A prolonged video replay by the officials during Friday's game between Wichita State and Marshall appeared to be called inaccurately and, ultimately, might have cost the Shockers a key possession in their 81-75 upset loss.
In the final minute, Marshall and Wichita State players battled for a rebound in the paint when the ball flew out of bounds in a battle down low. The initial call on the floor was Marshall ball, but an instant replay clearly showed the ball tip off Jannson Williams, meaning Wichita State would get the ball back down three with 36.2 seconds left.
That's not how the officials saw things. After a lengthy video review, they determined it was, indeed, off Wichita State.
So instead of the Shockers getting the ball with a chance to tie things up, Marshall retained possession and promptly iced the game by getting a dunk from Ajdin Penava on the ensuing inbounds play to put the Thundering Herd up by five points.
Wichita State just got so screwed. The ball was out on Marshall and the replay showed it a dozen times. Wow.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 16, 2018
There also was another lengthy video review, just for good measure, on a separate call. But that one wasn't as pivotal as the first.
The final minute of Marshall-Wichita State took 18 minutes, 26 seconds— the longest we've ever recorded in the NCAA tournament— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 16, 2018
Replay at the end of Wichita State-Marshall...a fiasco. Sound effect: air out of a balloon.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 16, 2018
Maybe Wichita State comes down and clanks a 3-pointer off the front of the rim, and Marshall wins it 81-75 regardless of the outcome of the replay. But because of a botched review, we will never know exactly how this first round thriller could have ended.