biedenbach1Just a what if: What if the refs hadn’t blown a critical call in the 2012 NCAA Tournament game between UNC Asheville and Syracuse. UNCA went on to lose that game, pitting the 16-seeded Bulldogs against the top-seeded Syracuse Orange.

But what if UNCA had won that game? It certainly would have been the biggest victory for Coach Eddie Biedenbach at UNCA, and would have brought national attention and glory.

Alas, Biedenbach has decided to move on. But what if?

Here’s the Deadspin story that inspired the wishful thinking. It examines that UNCA vs. Syracuse blown call and goes from there:

In the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, 16th-seeded UNC-Asheville trailed top-seeded Syracuse by three points with 38.2 seconds remaining, Orange inbounding the ball. This was a big moment for the Bulldogs, and it would prove to be a big moment, too, for a man whose name and face you wouldn’t even recognize. In fact, what happened next in the game would stick with Eddie Corbett for weeks. There was a reason he’d always told his daughter to stay off SportsCenter and Facebook, wasn’t there?


  1. Bulldog Fan says:

    Maybe if UNCA had won that game, Biedenbach would still be here, and Chancellor Ponder wouldn’t be fighting to hold onto her job.

  2. Radio Follower says:

    Despite the loss, UNC-Asheville received a ton of great pub for the loss. However, a win would have shot the Bulldogs into NCAA Tournament history. Who knows what would have happened to Eddie. That was a magical season to be remembered by those who followed it. Forest, it’s a beautiful day outside. Go soak some of it up.

  3. Vlad Emrick says:

    But WHY would things have been any different? Biedenbach wouldn’t have left for another school as head coach last year. There’s no market for (then) 65-year old low major head coaches. So what would have changed at UNCA? More money?

  4. Forest Davenport says:

    Suppose UNCA had won that game and even gone on to the Final Four. All that would have changed is that the coach would have gotten an offer from a better school and he would have left UNCA earlier. UNCA would not be any better or worse off. NCAA Division I sports does not help the average UNCA student, only the pathetically small few that get “scholarships”. Most of these “scholarship” students could probably pay their own way and allow truly needy students to attend.

  5. Forest Davenport says:

    Does anyone even give a rat’s ass about this?

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