22nd July 2024

Florida Atlantic secured a historic victory over Kansas State on Saturday, with the Owls incomes this system’s first journey to the Ultimate 4 within the course of. And the workforce’s radio announcer almost missed it.

Ken LaVicka, who was calling the sport on the FAU Radio Community, relayed afterward how he narrowly averted catastrophe within the waning moments to salvage the ultimate name. The Owls stymied Markquis Nowell and Co. with a staunch defensive play to safe the 79-76 victory.

As Lavicka put it, his radio gear misplaced energy as a result of a difficulty with an ethernet cable at his work station in Madison Sq. Backyard. Because of a well timed timeout by Kansas State coach Jerome Tang with 18.6 seconds remaining — together with some fast maneuvering and assist by a colleague — LaVicka was in a position to name the ultimate 15 seconds of the sport.

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This is his telling of the story, per NCAA school basketball correspondent Andy Katz:

LaVicka delivered this closing name as FAU superior to the Ultimate 4:

“Houston, you’ve got obtained an issue. Florida Atlantic’s coming to win a championship.”

“Or one thing alongside these strains,” LaVicka instructed Katz.

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FAU coach Dusty Might reportedly gave LaVicka the longest interview of any of his postgame conferences with media.

That is definitely deserved following LaVicka’s personal late-game heroics to safe the decision of a lifetime.

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