You don’t see this every day.
In a strange, but correctly-enforced rule, Kansas State was assessed a technical foul before its game against Kentucky even started just because a player dunked during warm-ups.
Sophomore Brian Rohleder, a seldom-used walk-on guard, threw down a dunk and grabbed the rim during the team’s layup drills with less than 20 minutes until gametime. That’s a “Class B” technical foul, so Kentucky was awarded two free throws before the opening tipoff.
Kansas State was accessed a Class B technical foul during warm-ups. UK will shoot two free throws prior to the jump ball.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 22, 2014
Officials have assessed a technical foul on #KStateMBB for dunking while the officials were on floor. UK to shoot 2 fouls then jump ball.
— K-State Athletics (@kstatesports) March 22, 2014
Official word on K-State tech: You can't dunk once the pregame clocks goes below 20:00. Walk-on Brian Rohleder dunked at 19:58. Unreal.
— Jason King (@JasonKingBR) March 22, 2014
Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison knocked down one of two of the free throws to give UK a 1-0 lead.
This is the second strange technical foul to take place in the NCAA tournament thus far. Cincinnati was assessed with an administrative technical foul when coach Mick Cronin brought in Jermaine Sanders off the bench, but whoever filled out the team’s scorebook forgot to include Sanders on the team roster. Harvard hit one of two free throws, helping the Crimson edge the Bearcats 61-57.
If Kansas State goes on to lose by one point, you’ll be hearing about this wacky rule for a while, that’s for sure.
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