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VIDEO: Did Luke Hancock force a jump-ball with Ron Baker?

Apr 6, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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ATLANTA — Luke Hancock made seemingly every big play down the stretch for the Cardinals.

There were the two drives to the rim midway through the second half. There was the three to put Louisville up for the first time in the second half. There was the three that gave the Cardinals a five-point lead with two minutes left.

But without a doubt, Hancock’s biggest play of the night came immediately after missing a free throw that would have put Louisville up four with 8.8 seconds left.

After Wichita State’s Ron Baker came down with the rebound, Hancock forced a jump-ball. Louisville had the possession arrow, meaning they got the ball back. Russ Smith eventually got fouled, hitting a free throw to essentially ice the game. Louisville won 72-68.

“I was forced to dribble the ball because I lost my balance,” Baker said. “I thought the ball was loose before the whistle was blown. I tapped it to Malcolm. They already called jump ball.”

It was close, and the biggest question after the game was whether or not that actually was a jump-ball. Did Hancock also have possession? Did he have possession long enough to earn the tie-up? Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall side-stepped the subject when he was asked about it after the game.

“As soon as both players have control of it to prevent a wrestling match, I guess. So if both players have their hands on it, it should be a held ball,” he said.

What do you think?

Was this a jump-ball?

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  1. chibimike - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    He doesn’t appear to touch the ball at all, just grabbing at arms.

  2. taintedlombardis - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Horrible, horrible, horrible. NCAA is full of shot.

  3. jthammerstix - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    ^*shit*

  4. jlsiberia - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Really bad call I would have liked to see the shockers get a chance to shoot a 3 just to tie. Disgusting.

  5. barbeaux - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Nope. With that much on the line you have to let them play it out. His contact with the ball wasn’t substantial enough. What a shame.

  6. Abe - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    not a jump ball.

  7. bowens3181 - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    I’m not even particularly sure Hancock touched the ball. Looked a lot like he simply grabbed Parker’s arm and pulled, and the ref call jump ball.

  8. bowens3181 - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Baker*

  9. joneildu - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    He clearly grabbed the ball. Much ado about nothing. It was a quick whistle, but Hancock had the ball.

    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/2431729/hancocktieup_medium.gif

  10. northstarnic - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Blown call. The ref made himself the highlight of the game, when he should basically be invisible. Such a disappointment to see a great game end this way.

  11. thedudeabides422 - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Since when dose dribbling help your balance? He never should of put the ball on the deck.

    • joejags28 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      If he doesn’t dribble, then he ends up traveling…..or trying to make an impossible pass while falling…..

  12. barkleyblows - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    The only person that could tell is Mr. 6 inch gap between his eyes Ronnie Baker. He could clearly see it hahaha.

  13. gopherz - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    BAD CALL;

  14. jollyjoker2 - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Lousy call. If that was a jump ball , there should be 50-100 per game called. The refs should be ashamed of making that call. Also, I wont be watching the final because I don’t know who the ref’s have money on. Its pathetic

  15. kdonn1016 - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    That was a terrible call as was the double foul call.. should have been a flagrant foul on Louisville… Wichita State should have won this game… Refs made the difference … I am not even a fan of either team but several calls against Louisville weren’t called…. Bad refs…

  16. g0b1gblue - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    After handing the golden boys the game with 43 calls in 40 minutes. They finally got caught locking in the sure win with a JUMP BALL call instead of a foul. Handcock was all over Baker most of the game. Of the 43 calls in the 40 minute game the WORST call was when the same kid, Baker, was flagrantly hit TWICE in the head and the refs called a double foul on Baker. Obvious the NCAA does not want the golden boys shamed on National TV by a no 9 seed Wichita POWERHOUSE! Wichita opened with a 8 to 0 start and in the second half led by as much as 12. The refs took care of the tempo blowing whistles more than 1 per minute. The game was put away on ice when they called a jump ball instead of a foul. But, the NCCA will get more Kodac moments with their golden boys! But Big Blue will not stand for a hack job like done against Wichita U.

  17. kingghidora - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    It was a horrible call. I screamed about it for 10 minutes when it happened. I replayed it over and over. He never got his hands on the ball. It was the Shockers ball all the way or it should have been.

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