NCAA Tournament: Statement on Ohio State-Iowa State charge

The NCAA has released an official statement on the controversial charge call from the end of today’s Ohio State-Iowa State third round game in Dayton.

Here is the response from John Adams, NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating, that was sent out to the media this afternoon:

“I spoke with the official, and he determined the defender established legal guarding position outside the restricted area prior to the offensive player leaving the floor to start his shot. When asked, the official said he did not see the defender’s foot over the restricted area line. By rule, this is not a reviewable play.”

Moments after this supposed charge was taken by Aaron Craft, he nailed a three-pointer that sent the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles. Our friends at SB Nation have an excellent review as well of the detailed nuances behind this NCAA decision.

[Related: Animated: Aaron Craft sends Ohio State to the Sweet 16]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It was a close play could have gone either way and both sides would feel the same. That being said it didn’t determine the final score. Time for the next “controversy.”

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Agree that it was a tough call that could have gone either way. Disagree that it didn’t determine the final score. That play would have given Temple a big advantage that late in the game. That’s just a fact.

    Not hating…just saying.

  • Morph

    It makes up for the other 50/50 calls that went ISU’s way throughout the game.


    Yeah, considering the shot went in, it was a pretty big swing.

  • humboldt

    The national sound-and-fury over this call are comical to me. Making close calls at the margins is part of what makes sports such an entertaining and distinctly human enterprise. People need to relax and appreciate the exceptional competition they witnessed on both sides. That was the game of the tournament so far.

  • AJ

    So my question is will the NCAA release a statemet to the hideous out of bounds call at the end of Illinois/Miami that cost the a chance to tie the game? Can someone please tell me why THAT is not reviewable??? It is in the NBA!! Sorry, but the game is too fast for something like that to not be reviewable…not to mention that officiating at every level of every sport has gone down hill for years!! Help these stiffs out please!!

  • Wow

    Yeah seeing that nerd Greenberg whine was amusing. Typical OSU haters.