DeAndre Kane sliced to the basket with 1.6 seconds left, leading Iowa State to a 85-83 win over North Carolina in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. Iowa State advances to the Sweet Sixteen where it will face UConn Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Cyclones ended the game with a 17-6 run over the final 4:23.
There was some confusion after Kane’s basket, with North Carolina trying to call a timeout (without any time left as it turned out) as the clock ticked to zero. The referees huddled and eventually deemed the was game over since the clock didn’t start after the ball was inbounded. All-in-all, not the best way to draw up the final play of the game — or finish a game for that matter.
Also, how does the clock operator not know how to start the clock when the ball is put into play? As the popular Internet phrase goes: you had ONE job.
Meanwhile, Kane did it all for the Cyclones during their comeback. Here’s his slick bounce pass to Melvin Ejim.
Williams, as you’d expect, Tarheels coach Roy Williams wasn’t too happy about the final minutes of the game went down as he team coughed up a lead and a potential trip to Madison Square Garden.