March Madness 2017: Local weather preempts North Carolina-Kentucky finish in Ohio

Viewers sat through six agonizing minutes, and not just because bad weather was on the way.

When the documentary of Sunday's North Carolina-Kentucky Elite Eight classic is made, the production better include the oral history of what happened when the screen went blank in Columbus, Ohio.

Viewers in the Columbus market were denied a live look at the thrilling finish of Sunday's game because the CBS affiliate, WBNS, cut to a weather alert because of tornadoes in the area. A six-plus-minute weather alert. An alert that consisted of a black screen and a meteoroligist's voice (Deadspin has the video). Not even a graphic of Doppler radar.

MORE: Interactive NCAA bracket

The weird thing is, there was aticker running at the top of the screen before WBNS cut away. Yes, tornadoes are serious business, but come on, the technology's there to multitask.

Well, there's no spoiler alert, so we'll review what happened while viewers were away: Kentucky's Malik Monk hit a game-tying 3-pointer, and North Carolina's Luke Maye responded with the winning 2-pointer with three-tenths of a second remaining in regulation.

WBNS tried to make good by replaying the ending:

As the internet made clear, that was too little, too late.

We had the "Heidi Game." We now have the "High-Def Black Screen Game."

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes