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Amelia Rayno's short takes: Jan. 7

  • January 6, 2012 - 9:59 PM
One clock strikes zero

In one of the most talked-about finishes of the early Big Ten season, officials ruled in Michigan State's 63-60 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Tuesday that an apparent tying buzzer-beating three-pointer by Badger Ryan Evans was no good. The controversy? Replay cameras showed a view with two separate clocks that weren't in sync. While one LED-style clock Evans could see showed he got off the shot with a fraction of a second remaining, the clock directly behind the hoop showed time had expired.

But officials -- who made the ruling according to the clock connected to the backboard -- said that the slight difference between the clocks is common in arenas around the country, caused by routine technical issues. It's such a small discrepancy, the general public only notices when it affects a major play.

Hoosiers toppling giants

Indiana became only the second Big Ten team to beat an AP-ranked No. 1 and No. 2 team in the same season when the Hoosiers beat No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State. The other team to do that? The 1952-53 Gophers, who beat No. 2 Illinois before getting the best of No. 1 Indiana in the last game of a 14-8 season.

Where are they now?

How would the Gophers have done without those three huge losses? No, not Illinois, Michigan and Iowa. These three losses, ex-Gophers who all transferred:

• Justin Cobbs, 6-2, 195-pound guard: Cobbs transferred to California after the 2009-10 season. After sitting out as a transfer, he is averaging 12.4 points and leads the team in assists at 4.6 a game.

• Devoe Joseph, 6-4, 180-pound guard: After landing at Oregon, Joseph sat out the rest of last season and the start of this season, becoming eligible in December. He's averaging 15.2 points, including a career-high 30 in Thursday's victory over Stanford.

• Royce White, 6-8, 250-pound forward: He's using his second chance with Iowa State, and leads the Cyclones in points and rebounds with 13.1 and 8.7 a game.

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