5:05 PM ET, March 27, 2005
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (ESPN.com news services) -- Tom Izzo wasn't going to wait. He figured Kentucky's rim-dancing 3-pointer would be ruled a basket, so he grabbed his clipboard and started getting Michigan State ready for overtime. "Now let's beat them a second time," he barked into the huddle.Deflated at first, the Spartans recovered in time to heed the coach's call.
|Michigan State||2005||No. 5|
|North Carolina||2000||No. 8|
|Mississippi State||1996||No. 5|
Question: How did you make the decision on Patrick Sparks' 3-pointer at the end of regulation?
Burr: "On the court, I scored it as a three and scored it within the regulation of time, which is what we were supposed to do as officials. Then, we know we are going to go to the replay. When you go to the replay and you first see it, the camera angles that you have are very difficult and I felt that the play was so important in deciding a college basketball game that was as great as that was that I asked the guy in the truck to blow it up for me. I don't know how many angles he had, but he showed me every single angle he possibly good, and I still really couldn't find anything that would overrule my original decision.
"But, he said to me, 'I can blow this up.' I said, whatever you have to do because I don't want to make a decision until I can see every single angle you can possibly show me. When they finally blew it up, in my humble opinion, it showed that the kid was behind the line when he took the shot and that is how I made my decision. It was never a question of time. It was definitely off in time and the clock was never a factor.
"I thought both coaches were absolutely tremendous in the way they let me handle the situation. I thought they were both absolutely professional."
Only once had two regional finals gone to overtime, in 1992. ... Fifth-year senior Tim Bograkos is the only player left from MSU's last Final Four team. ... Kentucky had been 2-0 in NCAA Tournament games in Texas, using both as springboards to national championships.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||30-64 (.469)||31-69 (.449)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-19 (.526)||9-19 (.474)|
|FT Made-Attempted||24-30 (.800)||17-23 (.739)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||25 (0/0)|
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