The shot was the shot, but what really made every person associated with college basketball go temporarily insane, was the charge Craft took with 1:41 left in the game.
Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg spoke about how smart it was that he kept his foot above the restricted area, thus preserving the charge. As if A.) Aaron Craft simultaneously put himself into position to take a charge, recognized—to the inch—exactly where he was with respect to the restricted area, raised his foot above said area while taking the charge and B.) the play had anything to do with section "A" as opposed to it merely being Aaron Craft who took the charge.
Postgame, CBS analyzed this thing to death. Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley and everyone else on the show, including the NCAA's national coordinator of officiating John Adams, agreed it was not a charge, but it was a tough call.
USA Today does a great job explaining exactly how and why everything associated with this call was bad: the hovering foot theory is just plain wrong for two reasons, and the NCAA continues to reward faux defense.
But really, the craziest thing about this play is that it's being treated as a thing that cost Iowa State the game. There was 1:41 left in the game. That's, like, 45 minutes in real time. It was a tough call to go against the Cyclones, for sure, but this isn't Packers-Seahawks.
What we should really be focusing on is Aaron Craft's post game comments, which were just so perfectly Aaron Craftian.
Aaron Craft on dreaming of hitting this shot as kid: "I'm a defensive guy, so I was in backyard, you know 3-2-1, taking a charge."— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 24, 2013
Aaron Craft departs, says he's got to study for an organic chemistry test tomorrow.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 24, 2013
It's enough to make you crazy.
Controversial call hangs over Ohio State victory [USA Today]