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March Madness: The three-point line at Portland NCAA tournament games was 9 inches short

A bizarre scene took place in Portland ahead of Sunday’s NCAA women’s tournament between NC State and Texas, when officials brought out measuring tapes to measure the distance of the three-point lines.

It turns out one of them was short. The NCAA announced in a statement Monday that the three-point line on one side of the court was nine inches shorter than required.

According to the statement, “the center hole” on the track was punched in the wrong place, leading to the discrepancy. The statement cited “human error by the Connor Sports contracted finisher” as the cause of the misplaced line. Connor Sports is the NCAA’s supplier “hired to manufacture and install all predetermined basketball courts for men’s and women’s basketball,” the statement said.

“The center hole was placed approximately 10 inches from the center of the basket, making the arc of the three-point line approximately 10 inches short at the apex of the arc,” the statement reads.

The center hole is defined as follows, according to the statement:

“For all NCAA courts, a small hole is punched in the floor at each end of the court indicating ‘center of basket’ during the finishing process.”

According to the statement, the sides of the three-point line were positioned correctly. It also said that the three-point arc on the other side of the court and all other lines were also properly marked.

Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer: ‘Unacceptable and extremely disturbing’

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer — whose Cardinal lost to NC State while playing on the improperly marked field — sharply criticized the error in a statement to the media Monday afternoon.

“What happened to the court in Portland is inexcusable and unfair to every team that played on it,” VanDerveer’s statement read. “When you get to a gym, especially in the NCAA tournament, you expect the baskets to be 10 at the very least. feet and the floor markings to be correct.

“For an error of that magnitude to overshadow an incredible two weekends of basketball featuring sensational teams and incredible individual performances is unacceptable and extremely disturbing.”

NC State, Texas continued to play despite an errant line

The discrepancy was discovered prior to Sunday’s regional final between the Wolfpack and Longhorns. Since the discovery was made just before tip, the game was played with the incorrectly placed lines. Each team played a half with the shorter 3-point line.

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NC State shot 9 of 18 from 3-point range in a 77-66 win. Texas went 1 for 6. The Wolfpack performed even better on the regular line, where they shot 6 of 9 from long range, according to the statement.

Four previous NCAA tournament games were played on the field before the error was discovered, all in the Sweet 16. UConn and USC will play the final game on the field Monday night in the tournament’s final regional final. The court will oversee the Huskies and Trojans.

“In Portland last night, the incorrect three-point line was painted over in a color that best matches the wood grain of the floor, and the correct three-point line was painted over it in black,” the statement reads. “This change ensures that the court is in full compliance with the NCAA Rules.”

The NCAA also announced that it had inspected all other courts in play in the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments, including those for the Final Four, and found them to be in compliance with regulations.

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The NCAA promised stricter quality control measures in the future.

“We apologize for this error and the time it went unnoticed,” the statement read. “Simply put, this court did not meet our expectations, and the NCAA should have discovered the error sooner.

“We will work with all NCAA suppliers and vendors to establish additional quality control measures to ensure this does not happen at future tournaments.”

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