Iowa State players, coaches and fans have to hate the block-charge rule and the inconsistency in how it is called by officials.
For the second time in a month, the Cyclones were on the wrong end of a botched block-charge call in a huge game Saturday against Ohio State in the Round of 32, and this time the call contributed to ending their season in a 78-75 loss to the Buckeyes.
And once again, a higher authority admitted afterward that game officials got the call wrong.
Iowa State led 75-74 with 1 minute, 41 seconds to play in the NCAA tournament game when Cyclones’ senior guard Will Clyburn drove to rim and made a layup over two Ohio State defenders .
One of those defenders was Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft who stepped in two take a charge. It was a bang-bang play with Craft establishing position just as Clyburn soared to the rim. Officials called Clyburn for charging and waved off the bucket. The nullified shot would have made it 77-74.