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Junior guard Ronald Ross leaves Middle Tennessee program

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After playing just one game at Middle Tennessee, junior guard Ronald Ross has decided to leave the program according to Adam Sparks of the Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal. Ross, who averaged 15.8 points per game in two seasons at Indian Hills JC, played five minutes in the Blue Raiders’ season-opening win over Southern.

Ross, a junior college transfer and 6-foot-3 guard, will finish out the fall semester at MTSU and then transfer to a different school. Davis said Ross is in good academic standing and has had no disciplinary problems at MTSU. Davis said Ross simply was “not the right fit,” but he did not elaborate.

“Ronald Ross has some really good qualities and he has done well in school,” Davis said. “But both of us agree he would be a better fit at another program. I hope he does really well in the future.”

The Blue Raiders moved to 2-0 on the season with a 77-70 win over North Florida on Wednesday, and five players are currently averaging at least nine points per game with shooting guard Kerry Hammonds II leading the way at 14.0 points per game. Guard Marcus Tarrance (13.5 ppg) is second on the team in scoring, with forwards Neiko Hunter (12.5) and Shawn Jones (11.0) next in line.

According to the report Ross was unable to earn a spot in the rotation during the preseason.

Davis stated that while unsure of what kind of impact playing those five minutes would have on the amount of eligibility Ross would have remaining, the school would do what it could to help the guard get the full two years. Earlier this fall, in clearing Georgetown big man Joshua Smith to play immediately, the NCAA gave Smith two full seasons of eligibility despite the fact that he played six games at UCLA during the 2012-13 season before deciding to transfer.

Could that decision benefit Ross when he picks a new destination? Given the way in which transfer cases have been handled recently, that seems to be anyone’s guess.

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: