March 25, 2007
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Maybe somebody should have checked the nets before the Midwest Regional final started.
The game between top-seeded Florida and third-seeded Oregon was delayed almost 10 minutes near the end of the first half Sunday after one of the nets broke.
Florida guard Lee Humphrey's 3-pointer with 4:12 left in the first half snapped a string at the top of the basket. Officials called a timeout, but there was no quick fix.
It was several minutes before maintenance crews brought a ladder onto the floor. Then, another few minutes went by while the string - not the entire net, just the string - was replaced. It gave both teams an unexpected break, and the Florida players got so restless they came onto the floor at one point even though it was evident the net wasn't fixed yet.
When the maintenance worker finally climbed down from the ladder - almost 10 minutes into the timeout - the crowd gave a Bronx cheer.
Both nets were replaced at halftime.