‘Let These Kids Play’: Twitter Not Thrilled With Officiating in National Title Game


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A year after losing the National Championship game on a heartbreaking buzzer beater, North Carolina defeated Gonzaga 71-65 to win the program’s sixth title.

But the game was, frankly, a mess. And that was largely due to the officiating. The refs called the contest extremely tight, putting multiple players for both teams in foul trouble and never allowing them to get into the flow of the game. They also went to the replay monitor numerous times on what should’ve been routine calls. And then, remarkably, given their prudence throughout the night, they blew a crucial call late which helped seal the deal for the Tar Heels.

Basketball players, fans, and pundits were less than thrilled. They took to Twitter with their grievances.

With 50 seconds left to play and Gonzaga down one, a scramble for the loose ball ensued. The refs called a tie-up, and since North Carolina had the possession arrow, they kept the ball.

But as you can see in the photo below, North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks appeared to have a hand out of bounds during the struggle for possession, which means the ball should’ve gone to the Zags.

[image via screengrab]


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