Watch the Controversial Call in the Arkansas-Seton Hall Game That Has Twitter Screaming


The 2017 NCAA Tournament had its first controversial call on Friday afternoon, and it sparked a passionate debate on Twitter between fans who thought the call was correct, and those who thought the refs got it wrong.

With 18.3 seconds remaining and his team trailing by one, Desi Rodriguez of Seton Hall put two hands on the back of Jaylen Barford of Arkansas, who tripped and fell forward. The referees initially ruled that the play was a conventional foul.

But upon video replay review, the refs changed their minds, and deemed the offense a flagrant 1 foul.

The changed call effectively killed Seton Hall’s chances in the game. Arkansas was awarded two free throws and the basketball, allowing them to take a two-possession lead which Seton Hall simply couldn’t overcome.

The conversation on Twitter was intense. Some fans thought that given the time left in the game and the situation (as well as the original call on the court), it was wrong to basically end Seton Hall’s chances in that spot on what was a pretty soft foul. Others believed that the refs adhered to the letter of the law.

Here’s a sampling of the reaction:

So what do you think? Watch above, via TNT.

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