For all the pain that a single negated shot, a moment stripped from the youthful Colorado team led by Tad Boyle, “I'm sick to my stomach because I think our team deserved to win that game,” could it be worth it.
Is it the best situation for the Buffs?
Sure, beating the No. 3 team in the country, the Arizona Wildcats, would be ‘rah-rah’ material. It would set a standard, and be yet another milestone of accomplishments that comes with sustaining a basketball program. A win would only be a tally mark, a mighty one at that, in the 2012 campaign, now it’s more.
Major college basketball journalists, like Andy Katz and Jimmy Dykes of ESPN, spearheaded the conflict. #GoBuffs and #RollTad were engulfed on Twitter, alluding to the debacle that unfolded under skeptical eyes. A resurgent, and unified voice, can be heard and won’t be forgotten by the selection committee in March.
When Sabatino Chen’s bank-in three-point-shot left his hand at 0.1 seconds on the clock, in which many replays retroactively showed, it became CU lore. It would live as reminiscent tenth of a second in Boulder, and Boulder alone.
When Chen’s banked-in three-point-shot left his hand at 0.0 seconds, as the officials finalized on the McKale Center court, it riled up a nation of college basketball fans, affiliated as one and without allegiance. The shot, the call is a stigma of unjustness, and something to rally around.
“We're not going to move on as 'oh we're going to forget about it and move on', we're going to remember this because you have to remember this feeling,” emblazoned Boyle. A defiantly motivated Colorado team takes on Arizona State Sunday. “If it doesn't hurt in the pit of your stomach and you're not a little bit pissed off then something is wrong with you.”
It stings, but given perspective, it’s could be the best thing to happen.