Adams was concerned enough about what might have happened - and what could happen in the future - that he said this past week he was going to put an item on the agenda for the annual rules committee meeting in May to address this situation.
"Normally the rules committee doesn't like to pass rules that involve a specific situation that might be considered a one-in-a-million shot to happen," Adams said. "But this is the kind of thing if it did ever happen, especially in postseason, it would clearly be pretty awful."
According to Adams, one of the problems with the rules is that most of them were made before technology changed the game. Each time technology becomes more a part of the game, it creates new scenarios that hadn't been thought of in the past. This would be an example. Exactly how to fix this sort of situation isn't simple. Even if a standby official was added for every regular season game - as already exists in postseason - that official might not have a good enough view to merit stopping play immediately after a shot is made or he might not be able to get it stopped quickly enough in a scramble situation like the one in the Bucknell-Holy Cross game. Often, teams want to get the ball inbounds as quickly as possible in the final seconds to prevent the defense from having time to set up.
"There's no easy answer," Adams said. "But it's certainly something we need to take a look at in the future."
But how soon in the future? What if a play should occur in the NCAA tournament - where wild finishes are frequent - that involves a team converting a two-point buzzer-beater only to find after a replay that it was trailing by three?
"Can you imagine that?" Brown said. "Imagine the officials saying to a coach, 'Really sorry you lost that way, but don't worry: The rules committee is going to get this fixed for next season.' "
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski agreed. "It's not only a terrible way to lose, it's a terrible way to win," he said. "It'd be bad for the game. I'd say it's definitely something that should be looked at as soon as possible."
The scenario may sound far-fetched, but it is far from impossible. Perhaps the rules committee needs to fix this now, not after the season. The NCAA can probably afford the cost of a conference call. Can it afford to have an NCAA tournament game end that way?
"The logical thing to do is address it right now," Maryland Coach Gary Williams said. "Why wait for something like that to happen? Why not fix it right away?"
Williams believes once the ball is put in play after a shot is made it shouldn't be changed - replay or no replay. "Last year at Virginia Tech, we thought we had hit a three with something like six seconds left in overtime," he said. "We gave them a a layup at the buzzer. Then they went to replay and said our shot was a two - score tied. Obviously if we'd known it was a two we'd have played defense differently.
"At least though we could still win the game. The other way the game is over. Or, worse, your season could be over because you had bad information. That just can't happen."
Except that right now it can happen.
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