Kansas officials are calling this "outrageous". "They agreed to the size and shape of the baskets prior to tip-off," replies KU coach Roy Williams. "If they had a problem with them, they should have said so before we started. You don't get to keep playing until you're happy with the outcome. Someone had to lose. We've scored over one hundred points many times." UCLA has sent lawyers as well as their athletic director to Madison Square Garden, where the scoreboard will be tested. Bob Frederick, athletic director for Kansas, will be there as well to oversee the process. "We are confident that whenthe points are re-totaled, we will be the winner of the game," says Frederick.
Kansas also points out that in many games prior to this one, the same baskets were used. "They didn't have a problem with the baskets until they lost," says Williams.
Outside the garden, UCLA student protesters have gathered outside bearing signs such as, "UCLA wants a fair game!". Students' thoughts echoed their signs. "All we want is a fair total of the points before we declare a winner," says student Karen Hays, a Bruin from California. "We need to
proceed cautiously and not rush to judgment before we declare a winner."
ESPN, around 7pm eastern time, had mistakenly declared UCLA the winner, despite the 16 point lead the Jayhawks held at that point. At about 8:30pm, with the game still to close to call, ESPN had to back off its prediction. College Basketball analyst Jay Bilas made the call. "We felt that with a number of points still not added in by Cummings and Watson, two very good scorers, we were certain UCLA would carry this game. We may have been premature in our prediction."
Rock Chalk :-)
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