This topic is long overdue as a separate A10 MB thread.
While I expect most posts on this thread to be about games involving A10 teams (who will soon start playing each other), this thread is not limited to A10 teams. However, it is limited to college basketball games and bad officiating thereof.
My compliments to Jeff Eisenberg, whose Dagger will tip off this thread:
Officiating Blunder Causes UConn to Attack the Wrong Basket in Overtime (Jeff Eisenberg - January 2, 2013)
Referees had UConn and Marquette line up the wrong way to start overtime.
When Junior Cadougan buried a deep 3-pointer at the end of regulation to send Tuesday night's Big East game between Marquette and UConn to overtime, he didn't just propel the Golden Eagles to an 82-76 win.
He also paved the way for one of the more unlikely officiating gaffes of the college hoops season.
Referees allowed Marquette and UConn to face the wrong baskets for the opening tipoff of overtime, which resulted in Shabazz Napier attempting a layup on the incorrect goal and Golden Eagles defender Jamil Wilson goaltending in an effort to block it.
Only after the possession was over did the referees realize their mistake, stop play and confer for several minutes in an effort to figure out how to handle the unusual situation.
What they decided was to wipe out the two points UConn would have received because it's not possible to goaltend on your own basket and to award the ball to Marquette since the possession arrow favored the Golden Eagles. Based on a close examination of the NCAA rulebook, however, that wasn't the appropriate ruling.
According to Rule 5, Section 1, Article 3: "When the official(s) permits a team to go in the wrong direction, and when the error is discovered all activity and time consumed shall count as though each team had gone in the proper direction. Play shall be resumed with each team going in the proper direction."
Big East coordinator of officiating Art Hyland acknowledged via email late Tuesday night that the officials erred nullifying the goaltending call and taking two points from UConn.
Said Hyland, "The ruling of the officials would have been correct if the same play had happened because of player confusion and not because of the officials lining them up in the wrong direction."
Marquette entered the game a 5.5-point favorite. Thanks in part to the disallowed basket, the Golden Eagles' margin was six.