Let the metaphorical finger pointing begin.
Following the Buffs 92-83 loss to No. 3 Arizona, a game in which CU’s Sabatino Chen banked in a three pointer at the buzzer that would have upset the Wildcats was waved off after the referees reviewed the shot to see if it left his hand in time to count, the Buffs felt there had to be someone to blame.
Colorado head coach Tad Boyle voiced his opinion, indicting the process of the call, not necessarily the call itself.
"Get rid of instant replay," Boyle said to ESPN.com by phone Thursday night. "In basketball, football, human error is part of our game. If human error is part of the game, let the officials call the game. Players, coaches and officials will make mistakes. It's part of the game.
"We spend all this money on replays and we still can't get it right. Get rid of it."
The referees on the court called it good in the moment, raising their hands to signify a made basket but went back and overturned their call. Proper procedure was followed, through replays and a consensus decision by the officials, and the result will stand.
"Game officials reviewed video replays of the end of regulation in accordance with NCAA playing rules and determined the ball was still on the shooters' fingertips when the official game clock on the floor expired. Per Conference protocol, the officials conducted a thorough review court side and viewed multiple angles of the play before confirming the ruling,” said Pac-12 coordinator of officials Ed Rush said in a statement released Friday. “I have reviewed the video replays and agree with the ruling."
The third year head coach said that although there will be no dwelling on this call he and ‘Buff Nation’ cannot help but feel slighted. If Chen’s basket had counted it would have been the first time CU has beaten a top-five opponent since January of 1973.
“That was like a shot to the gut. We're going to move on and not cry about it and not complain about it,” said Boyle. “We'll take it like men and hopefully get better."
Don’t look for any major changes to the review system the NCAA has in place anytime soon, for now CU can only use it as motivation.