First, Bob Knight got an earful from the Wisconsin student body about a hunting accident. Then he watched Indiana blow a 12-point lead in the last nine minutes.
Finally, he could only slam his clipboard to the court in fury as the officials called an end to Wisconsin's 56-53 victory about one second too early.
It was enough to make even a mild-mannered coach crack -- and Knight will never be confused with a mild-mannered coach.
But of all the unpleasantness Knight endured at the Kohl Center on Sunday, he seemed the most upset with the 18th-ranked Hoosiers' dismal play down the stretch against the inspired Badgers.
''Let me put it (this) way, we didn't have a chance to win at the end of the ballgame,'' Knight said during a 45-second postgame statement.
''Wisconsin really deserved to win the game the way they came back. They played harder than we did in the last 10 minutes.''
Indiana's Dane Fife missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left, and television replays showed the ball bounced off a Wisconsin player and landed out of bounds with at least one second showing.
But the clock ran to 0:00 and the buzzer sounded. After a short conference, the officials declared the game over.
Knight attempted to grab official Ed Hightower and plead his case while the Wisconsin crowd stormed the court. Afterward, Hightower said the officials determined that the buzzer sounded at about the same time one official blew his whistle, making the play non-reviewable.
The controversial ending colored a sterling comeback by Wisconsin, which may have ensured itself a berth in the NCAA tournament by winning the Big Ten's final regular-season game.
Down 46-34 with nine minutes to play, the Badgers (16-12, 8-8) closed the game with an 11-3 run capped by four free throws by Mike Kelley in the final 25 seconds.
''We thought we had to win (to make the tournament),'' Kelley said. ''With our performance last year in the tournament and with so many losses, this was our chance on the national stage to show that we can play with anybody.''
Wisconsin also got a career-high 16 points from Maurice Linton, including a crashing layup with 59 seconds left that gave the Badgers their first lead in 33 minutes.
In other games involving ranked teams Sunday, it was No. 23 Miami 74, No. 19 St. John's 70 in overtime; and No. 24 Kansas 83, Missouri 82.
Two more automatic bids to the NCAA tournament were decided Sunday as Appalachian State beat College of Charleston 68-56 in the Southern Conference championship game and Southeast Missouri State downed Murray State 67-56 to win the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
The game was Knight's first in Wisconsin since he accidentally shot a friend while hunting grouse in the northwestern part of the state in October. Knight was cited for failing to report the accident, which wasn't serious.
Dozens of Wisconsin students wore hunters' orange to the game, and the students chanted ''Please don't shoot me!'' in the first half.
When the game was finally over, the Wisconsin students stopped chanting and stormed the court. They lifted Kelley onto their collective shoulders -- just like he had imagined moments earlier while trying to make the pressure-packed free throws.
''I've never had the crowd rush the court before,'' Kelley said. ''I was just thinking, please let me make these so they can rush the court. That's the best way you could end the year here.''
The Badgers got just their second win over the Hoosiers in the schools' last 37 meetings while beating a ranked team at home for the fourth time this season.
''I think we're in,'' Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett said. ''Take it for whatever you want ... but I think we've done enough this year that we don't have to worry about it.''
The game was meaningless for the Hoosiers (20-7, 10-6), who will meet No. 25 Illinois on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago.
After falling behind 50-45 with 4:13 to play, Wisconsin held Indiana without a point for four minutes while scoring nine straight. With the score tied at 50, Linton made a reckless drive into the lane, crashed into Lynn Washington -- and somehow scored.
''He kind of took my legs out from up under me,'' Linton said. ''I wasn't really worried about the finish. I was worried about the landing.''
Kelley added two free throws before Michael Lewis hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to play. After two more free throws from Kelley, who had 10 points, Fife badly missed a 3-pointer and set off the disputed ending.
A.J. Guyton led the Hoosiers with 23 points, but he missed two open jumpers and a free throw in the closing minutes of his final Big Ten regular-season game. Kirk Haston had 14 points, just two of which came after halftime as Indiana tightened up.
No. 23 Miami 74, No. 19 St. John's 70, OT
Elton Tyler had 20 points and a game-saving blocked shot, and Mario Bland added 19 points as the Hurricanes (20-9, 13-3) claimed a share of the Big East regular-season championship with Syracuse. Bland hit a jumper from just inside the top of the key with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime, and he and Tyler each scored four points in the extra period. But it was Tyler's block of a drive by Erick Barkley with nine seconds left and Miami leading 72-70 that proved to be the difference. Lavor Postell had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Red Storm (21-7, 12-4), who had an eight-game winning streak snapped.
No. 24 Kansas 83, Missouri 82
Freshmen Drew Gooden and Kirk Hinrich each made two free throws over the final 12 seconds as the Jayhawks (22-8, 11-5 Big 12) won on senior day. Gooden's foul shots after he was intentionally fouled with 12 seconds left gave Kansas an 81-80 lead. Hinrich made his with 7.6 seconds left. Freshman Kareem Rush had 20 points for the Tigers (17-11, 10-6), who took an 80-79 lead with a 13-2 run.
Appalachian St. 68, Coll. of Charleston 56
Tyson Patterson scored 21 points to lead the Mountaineers (23-8) to their first NCAA appearance since 1979 when Bobby Cremins coached there. Patterson had six points in a 13-2 run that gave Appalachian State a 56-45 lead with 4:11 left. Jody Lumpkin had 16 points for the Cougars (24-6), who had their NCAA tournament streak snapped at three straight years.
SE Missouri St. 67, Murray St. 56
Mike Branson scored 21 points to lead the Indians (24-6) to their first NCAA appearance. Isaac Spencer had 25 points for the Racers (23-9), who won the league title the last three years. OVC player of the year Aubrey Reese, who hit the game-winning shot last year against Southeast Missouri State, finished with three points on 1-of-18 shooting for Murray.
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