MILWAUKEE – Here is text of Karl Hess’ remarks to a Marquette spokesman following the game, explaining the confusion at the start of overtime:
“Based on Rule Five, Section One, Article Three, when the official permits a team to go in the wrong direction, and then the error is discovered, all activity and time consumed shall count as though each team had gone in the proper direction. Play is then resumed with each team going in the proper direction.”
“The players went in the wrong direction. Because we allowed that to happen, the only thing that was wrong is there was a goal-tend on the play. We should have scored the goaltend and given Connecticut two points for that.
You have no team control after that, because you have a shot, so now you go to the alternating possession arrow. Because there is no team control at that point and then Marquette gets the ball and you head them in the right direction.”
In other words, it was a blunder. Kevin Ollie, being Kevin Ollie, was gracious and would not blame the loss on it. “It wasn’t the deciding factor in the game,” he said. “It just got the OT started in a bizarre way.”
It’s one play in a long basketball game in which the lead changed hands many times. But it was a four-point swing at a critical time, so it was undeniably a key factor.