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These monitor reviews are sucking the drama out of the end of games

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

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It was probably the second-best game of this year's NCAA Tournament.

And we'll be talking about the officials just as much -- or even more -- than the actual play on the court because of another monitor review.

With 3.2 seconds remaining in overtime in Arizona-Wisconsin, Tony Greene, Mike Eades and Bryan Kersey convened in front of the monitor and took more than five minutes to decide whether the ball was last touched by Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson or Arizona's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. It looked like it was off Hollis-Jefferson.

Then another angle showed Jackson.

Either way, the zebras were staring into the tube like it was the season finale of True Detective.

Twitter blew up with its jokes and criticisms over the way the climax, suspense and drama of the game came to a complete standstill. The energy of an amazing moment, this 20-minute build to an ending: all zapped out. The public's disparagement was on-point -- and echoed in the postgame on TBS by Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Clark Kellogg.

Because there's got to be a middle ground here. Few in this modern age of sports would fight back on the notion of using replay to get the call right. Of course we want the calls to be right. But the reliability in the final two minutes to go to the monitor, it's become a crutch.

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Monitor reviews have become a plague on the sport at the end of games. (USATSI)

We can't be taking this long at the end of games to ensure the play is 100 percent correct. There has got to be a time limit, if not some other type of solution. Deadspin did a recent study showing just how ludicrous these situations are. The Tennessee-Michigan game took more than 18 minutes in real time to complete a minute's worth of game time on Friday night!

College basketball's end-of-game scenarios are already to stilted due to a duffle bag full of timeouts coaches treat like foreign currency the day before leaving a country.

We'd better see some change going forward, but don't expect next season/next year's tournament to be much different. Prolonged replay review will probably plague college basketball for at least another season because the rules committee meets every two years to vote on rule updates/changes. The most recent update to the rulebook came last spring. The NCAA's men's basketball rules committee only adjusts its bible for safety-related reasons in an off year.

If a gentlemen's agreement to a point of emphasis can fix this going forward, all the better.

One tweet after the game summed it up perfectly, from Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg.

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