I have never seen a lane violation called in nearly two decades of watching college basketball. Until the the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament, that is. Now I’ve seen three. Why? Why did the referees choose this insignificant rule as a point of emphasis for the 2012 tournament? We may never know. What I do know is that this call took the game out of the players’ hands. (Controversy starts around 1:30) Be proud NCAA. I don’t care if this was the “right” call. Only a biased fan would say it was a good call.
Just as a refresher – when was the last time you reviewed a lane violation on a made free throw? I’ll wait.
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