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MURPHY’S LAW: Cyclone heartbreak, tough call, No wrestling coverage???

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By: John Sears

Is anyone really surprised how the Iowa State game ended?  Seriously.  It’s a fitting ending to a great/heartbreaking season.  Iowa State showed a TON of guts, battling back from 13 points down in the 2nd half only to have their hearts ripped out, again.  It was that kind of year.  A good year, but it could have been really good.

All the focus is on the ‘charge’ called on Will Clyburn with under 2 minutes to play.  Bad call?  Yes.  Tough call?  Yes.  This call was NOT as blatant as the ‘charge’ call in the Kansas game.  At Hilton it was a blatant no-call where the refs swallowed their whistles.  Sunday Aaron Craft’s heel was hovering over the ‘charge arc.’  Was he moving?  Slightly.  It was the wrong call.  The NCAA basically admitted it was the wrong call.  But, in the heat of the moment I understand how the call was missed.

That being said ISU still had plenty of chances to win this game.  Melvin Ejim is wishing he had those free throws back. He missed the front end of TWO 1-and-1’s down the stretch. What about the rebound that was there for the taking with 29 seconds left?  If Iowa State grabs that board we may be talking about Tyrus McGee hitting a game winner?  Who knows?  Cyclones committed 16 turnovers, OSU 9.  Opportunities and chances were there, it just wasn’t to be.

Give credit to Aaron Craft.  Ice cold Stones.

niangGeorges Niang, don’t be too hard on yourself.  Niang got a hand in Craft’s face but Craft made a ‘March moment.’  Niang has the chance to go down as one of ISU’s all-time greats.

What ifs will haunt this Iowa State team.  So many chances throughout the entire season, and so much heartache.

I feel bad for Chris Babb.  That ankle roll is about as bad as it gets.  I’ve done it before, you feel like you want to cut your foot off it hurts so much.  If Babb is able to play I think ISU wins this game.

How much fun is Florida Gulf Coast to watch?  Man they are fun to watch.  Every time I look up it’s an alley oop or a deep 3.  This is the same Fla. Gulf Coast team that lost to Iowa State in December…AND, the same Gulf Coast team that lost to Lipscomb twice, East Tennessee ST, and Stetson.  There’s a reason it’s called March Madness.

Hats off to the Iowa women.  Bluder’s Bunch beat Miami by 16 Sunday night at Carver.  Iowa definitely benefited from the home game atmosphere, but the Hawks also BEAT a good Hurricane team.  Up next, top seed Notre Dame….

A viewer emailed this gem in to Soundoff…”Why didn’t WHO or anyone else, televise at least some of the National tournament?”  He’s referring to the NCAA wrestling tournament.  Apparently he missed the 5, 6, 10 newscasts Thurs, Friday and
Saturday, as well as ESPN’s broadcast coverage online and on the ESPN networks throughout the entire weekend.  Come on Man!!!

Sergio Garcia hit a 1 handed shot from a tree on Sunday…No joke.