Sunday's round-of-32 matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Iowa State Cyclones ended in very bizarre fashion.
After Iowa State's DeAndre Kane hit the go-ahead shot with just 1.6 seconds left, the Tar Heels crossed the half-court line and tried to call a timeout.
The referees originally ruled that UNC had signaled for the timeout before the game clock expired. But upon video review, the refs determined that it took a while for the clock to start up after the Tar Heels inbounded the ball. Thus, they declared that the game was over, giving the Cyclones the two-point victory.
Here's how the game's ending was explained to North Carolina coach Roy Williams.
Refs failed to notice that UNC was trying to call a timeout at the end, and then learned the clock operator started it late, per RoyW.— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 24, 2014