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K-State pregame dunk leads to technical foul

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, March 21, 2014, at 10:17 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 7:35 a.m.

ST. LOUIS -- Kansas State was down by a point before Friday night's NCAA Tournament game even started.

Not easy to do.

But K-State walk-on Brian Rohleder, from Bishop Carroll High, dunked when he wasn't supposed to during pregame warmups, so K-State was assessed an administrative technical foul.

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison made one of two free throws before the game officially began.

A NCAA rule says "No player may dunk or attempt a dunk a dead ball before or during the game, or during an intermission."

Referees said that means no one can dunk once the 20-minute pregame clock starts ticking. Rohleder dunked with 19:48 on the clock. The refs were watching and the T was assessed.

John Underwood, Big 12 Conference supervisor of officials, said the rule has been in place since 1978.

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