way too often. This tournaments's greatest moment may have been stolen by "them". The NCAA was quick to issue a statement admitting the error... Northwestern got screwed....royally...
Arkansas had their game against North Carolina stolen from them by an outrageous no call on an obvious charge in a tie game with seconds left. Meeks with a gift put back for the winning score. Arkansas should have had possession with the game tied and time for the winning score. Instead, North Carolina handed the game.
It had to be either a blocking foul, a charge, or a travel. The one thing it wasn't was a non-call.
When I watched it live I couldn't tell if the ball hit out bounds before the Arkansas guy saved it or whether the Arkansas guy stepped out of bounds before knocking it off the Carolina player who was standing out of bounds. My recollection is that the view was blocked from the angle TV showed and I can't find it online. So I wonder if that's why it was deemed inconclusive. While the Carolina player clearly blocked the ball, I don't know if the rest of it was clear.
AK should have gotten the ball back with 1 on the shot clock after the tipped 3, though. Not sure how that call stood.
There is a desperate need for a meeting where the basketball world decides that going forward there will be a lot more offensive fouls called on players jumping into an airborne defender and much less called when a defender on the floor jumps/slides/leans into an offensive player's path. It's an epidemic.
He clearly fouled in the backcourt (it would have been his 4th), but the ref swallowed his whistle. USC guard was off balance due to the foul and clearly dribbled out of bounds. The call: USC ball. Refs should call the call and quit worrying about the consequences.