"Deflategate" is not going away, ever, because here we are after an exciting college basketball game, and players are grousing about the feel and weight of an inflated ball.
Maryland is an Under Armour school, so it wears Under Armour uniforms and tests Under Armour technologies and plays with Under Armour basketballs. Iowa is a Nike school. This somehow presented a problem in Thursday night's Terps victory.
"Yeah, for sure. It feels different. It's heavy like a street ball, like an outside ball," Iowa guard Peter Jok told the Des Moines Register. “No excuses. It does feel weird."
Added teammate Mike Gesell, after the Hawkeyes shot a season-worst 20.8 percent from 3-point range: “It's a little different feel. At the same time, it’s the same weight, same size. Same shape, too."
It should be. According to the NCAA rule book for the 2015-16 season, the game ball "shall have a deeply pebbled leather or composite cover," "shall be within a maximum [circumference] of 30 inches and a minimum of 29 1/2 inches" and "shall not be less than 20 ounces or more than 22 ounces" in weight, among other requirements. If the ball is deemed substandard upon inspection, the referee "may select a ball for use provided by the visiting team when the home team cannot provide a legal ball."
Hopefully, this is the last we hear on the matter. I'm not sure I want to live in a world where Melo Trimble surreptitiously texts equipment managers about air pressure.