North Carolina recovered a year ago’s devastating NCAA championship loss with a 71-65 title win over fellow top seed Gonzaga on Monday night. Rather than commending the Tar Heels’ prosperity, watchers were left baffled by tyrannical administering.
The arbitrators shrieked each group for 22 fouls, ending the game’s stream to a snail’s pace. Media individuals disclosed their grievances on Twitter:
Refs tonight pic.twitter.com/C0rPl8JzY6
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 4, 2017
The ceiling is the ref.
— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) April 4, 2017
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) April 4, 2017
Game is not about you, refs.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) April 4, 2017
We had a wonderful college basketball season. 38 teams averaged over 80. And now this.
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) April 4, 2017
You’ve seen these refs call fouls. Now you want them to have to throw a ball in the air? People will die. https://t.co/yLDM4r90U9
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) April 4, 2017
Tough break for the referees who called 44 fouls during the championship game, yet didn't get a SINGLE ONE included in "One Shining Moment."
— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) April 4, 2017
So when do we get to see UNC and Gonzaga involved in this ref match?
— Jake Ciely (@allinkid) April 4, 2017
Multiple NBA players also disapproved of the officials’ quick whistles:
Let these kids play. Put the whistles away.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 4, 2017
Man I can't watch this anymore man! I would like to see the kids decide who wins the game! I mean Bruh!! Smh
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 4, 2017
The refs wanna be involved sooo bad 😩
— Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) April 4, 2017
Thought it was just the Pacten refs but seems all of college basketball shares the same problem. Completely ruining the flow w ticktackery
— The Needle (@spencerhawes00) April 4, 2017
Refs in college are 🤐no comment. https://t.co/Qb0ZlWWHJj
— Beno Udrih (@BenoUdrih1) April 4, 2017
While the referees can’t just ignore contact because of the moment’s elevated stakes, the audience clearly would have preferred them to give the young players some leeway on the grand stage.
Nobody tuned in to watch a ref show.