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This could be a reason for the bad shooting, it appears they may have been using a women's ball for the first 7:22. ... They took that ball out of the game and put in a new one.
Illinois coach Bruce Weber did his best Robert Stack impression to explain the unsolved mystery and said the ball was on a game-ball rack from a recent women's game at Assembly Hall. Somebody grabbed it off the rack.
"Our kids said something right away, but I said 'You guys are just missing shots, shut up and play,' " Weber said.
"I wanted to keep it. We were ahead," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. [...]
"I never had that happen before," senior guard Demetri McCamey said. "I don't even know what to say about that. It felt like a Nerf ball."