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Time for a shot

The time it takes to shoot

If you are Clemson: ......

Measured by the dots (0.6 seconds), as determined by the referees in Cameron, after much deliberation.

The amount of time you get to shoot

If you are Duke: ...........................................................................................................
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The result: An (erroneous) extra two seconds, after considerable deliberation, for Duke to hit the game-winning, buzzer-beating shot. Duke wins 68-66. Here is the youtube video, and here is ESPN's semi-apologetic Jay Bilas.

It was an incredible finish in several ways, but one in which the officials' lack of credibility cheapened the game of college basketball.

The error was not as egregious as that of the Pac-10 officials last fall, whose mistakes literally stole a win away from Oklahoma at Oregon. This game in all probability would have gone to overtime had the correct call been made, and Duke would have been favored to pull it out. But the error very likely denied the underdog Tigers the chance to play five more minutes in a game they'd prepared for all week.

Technology is changing our ability to document and monitor the decisions of officials during the game. Improved monitoring should improve performance. As we've discussed before, the NFL is clearly doing a great job of using video technology to monitor referee decisions. In my view, the results show up on the field - NFL refs are the best in sports. But in the ACC, it remains business as usual. Yesterday's error was sloppy at best, quite possibly home cooking of the standard variety, certainly consistent with the "Duke gets the calls" theory that has been rampant around the ACC for years. Technology and transparency should put an end to that practice, if it exists, and hopefully its perception, whether it exists or not. But perhaps it takes a long time to deprogram officials.