CONTROVERSIAL Buzzer Beater Ending as #10 Michigan St. wins at #18 Wisconsin

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It’s only the third of the year yet Wisconsin has three home losses this college basketball season. Seriously, when do the Badgers lose more than twice at the Kohl Center in an entire season? Let alone three times?

No. 18 Wisconsin fell to 12-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten with a 63-60, overtime loss to No. 10 Michigan State (14-2, 3-0) tonight. What a way for Tom Izzo to get his first ever win at the Kohl Center. The game appeared headed to double overtime after Ryan Evans’ 3-pointer at the buzzer of the first overtime. However, the play was reviewed, and it was determined by the officials that the ball was still in Evans’ hands as the clock hit zero.

Now Evans will be known for something other his awful early ’90s Kid ‘n’ Play style haircut.

Here’s what referee Pat Driscoll said to the media after game about the shot, which they reviewed seven times.

“In the rule book, it’s rule five under ‘Scoring and Timing Regulation,’ section seven, ‘Beginning and End of the Period.’ In games with a tenth of a second, game clock display in where an official courtside monitor is used – which we had tonight – the reading of zeros on the clock is to be used to determine whether a field goal determined before or after the experation of time and the period.

In the process, by rule, we go to the courtside monitor. Any shot near the expiration of time for the first or second half we review.

Upon our review, we determined that the ball remained in the hand of the Wisconsin player at the reading of zeros.

On if it was noticed that the game clock above the scoreboard said zeros, but the clock on the ribbon board said 0.2 seconds remaining:

“We did. But, by rule we have to go by the clock that is on the backboard. I don’t know why there would be different (times) – it could be satellite, electronic, whatever – but by rule we have to go by the clock that is attached to the backboard. In our review on the monitor, the clock clearly showed zeros while the ball remained in the Wisconsin player’s hands.

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