NCAA Basketball: NCAA Considering Technical Foul Call On Oregon For Storming Court
The Oregon Ducks bench stormed the court at the end of Wednesday nights contest against the UCLA Bruins, and now the incident is being looked at by the NCAA.
Oregon won in dramatic fashion with a three-pointer by star forward Dillon Brooks with only 0.8 seconds left. It helped the Ducks regain the lead with a score of 89-87, until time eventually expired and they were officially awarded with the victory.
It was a sweet moment for Oregon, and a very bitter outcome for UCLA, who were handed their first loss of the season. Rightfully, the Ducks had every reason to celebrate, but apparently it may have been a little too premature.
As seen on the video posted by Twitter user Troy Machir, the entire Oregon team, both staff and players, were already on the court celebrating with 0.8 seconds remaining in the game. According to the NCAA rulebook, which includes "delaying the game", similar to such a situation when the entire team enters the court. A violation of the rule merits a technical foul to the erring player or team.
"When the delay does not interfere with play, it shall be ignored," an excerpt from the rulebook (via a report by Henry Bushnell of Yahoo! Sports) reads.
But as pointed out by Bushnell in his report, the clock was already dead when the entire Oregon team burst onto the playing court, and the clock above the basket showed 0.0. The red backboard light was also on, which signifies the end of playing time.
Bushnell also pointed out how UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball felt utterly disappointed, that he could no longer catch the last-second inbound pass from power forward TJ Leaf. The author also argued that if anyone was to blame, it should be the clock operator.
"So as much as UCLA fans might argue otherwise, it wouldn't have been right to penalize Oregon for its fans' behavior," an excerpt from Bushnell's report reads.
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