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Burr has worked 16 Final Fours and seven national championship games. But in the closing 1.7 seconds of a 65-63 win by St. John’s over Rutgers, he and his crew failed to notice when a player traveled and stepped out of bounds. The Big East admitted the errors and the crew pulled out of the tournament.

This time, the situation wasn’t so clear-cut.

“Honestly, with a second or two left on the shot clock, most refs don’t call that type of foul, especially when you’re trying to make a hard play on the ball,” Williams said.

“Earlier in the game they might have called it a foul just because he did fall on the ground. But late in the game, most refs don’t call that. That’s why I went up so hard to try to block it and save the game.”


RECORD WATCH: Pac-10 player of the year Derrick Williams seems on the verge of breaking an unlikely record.

Williams hit his only attempt Friday against Memphis, improving his season 3-point shooting percentage to 61 percent. If that holds up through the Wildcats’ tournament run, the 6-foot-8 forward will eclipse Steve Kerr’s school record of 57 percent set in 1987-88. That’s also the NCAA mark for players who have made at least 100 3-pointers in a season.

Williams is 36 for 59 this season _ not enough to qualify even for the NCAA’s lower benchmark of 50 3-pointers made in a season. Glenn Tropf of Holy Cross holds that record at 63 percent, also in 1987-88.

“It would be the greatest upset in NCAA history if Derrick breaks Steve Kerr’s record, and I say that only because Derrick is such a gamer,” coach Sean Miller said. “If we got in the gym and those two guys shot it out, I’d put all money on Steve Kerr. But in the game _ and Derrick hit a big one here tonight _ the bigger the moment, he’s such a gamer.”

Kerr also holds Arizona’s career record at 57 percent and went on to set the NBA’s career mark at 45.4 percent.


COMING UP BIG: It was roughly this time a year ago when Duke’s big men started playing up to their size and became key reasons why the Blue Devils won the national championship.

If their tournament opener was any indication, it might be happening again.

Miles Plumlee had 13 rebounds, nine on the defensive end. Little brother Mason Plumlee added five rebounds, made five of his seven shots and scored 12 points. Both were forces inside early against Hampton _ Duke led by double figures before the outmanned Pirates managed their first rebound. The Blue Devils went on to establish a 38-29 rebounding edge in their 87-45 win.

“We’re not just playing up and down. We’re playing laterally,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “And when you have big guys being able to play laterally, you’re going to be a better basketball team, and they’ve done a good job of that.”

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