Hi-Topper Exclusive Report – Tate George’s Buzzer Beater Should Have Been DISALLOWED

It’s College Hoops Week here at Hi-Topper Nation and we are digging deep into the annals of College Basketball History.

The following report is a HI-TOPPER EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION:

On March 22, 1990 UCONN Men’s Basketball announced it’s self to the world with a dramatic victory over Clemson in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

The final play of the win was a dramatic full court in-bounds pass from UCONN’s Scott Burrell to Tate George, who sank a buzzer beater jump shot to give the Huskies the come from behind victory.

The play is iconic not only to Husky Fans but to the history of March Madness. The replay is shown every year along with the other dramatic moments of Madness past. It’s legacy is etched in stone.

BUT THE BASKET SHOULD HAVE NEVER COUNTED!

Let’s take a look at the play:

There was 1 full second on the clock when the play begins. By rule the clock does not start until George touches the ball. No qualms there. The clock start is as clean as could be expected.

George catches the ball with his back to the basket in an off-balance position:


At .7 seconds he’s on one leg.


At .2 seconds George is still early in his release. Look closely at his right foot – still on the ground. 0.2 seconds and he still hasn’t jumped. 2 tenths of a second to jump and release the ball.


This is a freeze frame with no time left on the clock.

Here is a zoomed in look at George:


To my expert blogger eyes it’s pretty clear that at least George’s left hand if not both of his hands are still on the ball.

NO BASKET! THE SHOT DID NOT GET OFF IN TIME!

Unfortunately there were no Instant Replay Rules in 1990 so the shot was not reviewed by officials. If it had it clearly would have been disallowed.

For 28 years this play has been held up as the epitome of March Madness. But no longer. Now finally the Sports World knows the truth.

Please credit Hi-Top Table Athletics for this ground breaking discovery.

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