LeBron, D-Wade and more react to the poor officiating.
If you watched any part of last night's NCAA Championship game between Gonzaga and UNC, or followed the game at all on social media, you already know that the refs were downright brutal.
The three officials called a total of 44 fouls during the game and the second half didn't have any flow as the whistles were blowing every other trip down the court.
Late in the game, with Gonzaga trailing by a point and 49 seconds on the clock, the refs missed a clear out of bounds call which would've given the ball to the Bulldogs. However, the refs called for a jumpball and the possession arrow was pointing to UNC. They went on to score the game's final five points and secure another National title.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few spoke about that pivotal no-call late in the game, but refused to place any blame on the officials. Per ESPN,
"No, there wasn't [any talk of reviewing the play]," Few said after the game. "I wish ... and that's probably on me. I had no idea. I just, from my angle, it didn't look like it was a situation where there was an out-of-bounds situation, or else I would have called for a review. So nobody made me aware of it, or I certainly would have within the last minute there or two minutes. So that's tough. It's tough to hear. But, you know, that's just the way it goes."
Naturally, the rest of the world had plenty to say about the way things played out.
Check out how some NBA players and fans around the world reacted to the way the refs officiated last night's NCAA Championship game.
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
Thank you, @OfficialNBARefs. Just for being you. Tonight of all nights, we appreciate you.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 4, 2017
Let these kids play. Put the whistles away.— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 4, 2017
Love the effort from all these kids. Cant say that for the refs. Killed the flow.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) April 4, 2017
Was fired up all day to watch the two best teams in the country. Instead have been subjected to enduring the 3 best officials.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) April 4, 2017
We basically watching the refs make all the plays— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) April 4, 2017
Cmon man stop calling these damn fouls let them play #UNCvsGonzaga— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) April 4, 2017
One Shining Moment should just be every second-half whistle.— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) April 4, 2017
Redemption can still be the theme next year....for the refs.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) 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
The refs wanna be involved sooo bad 😩— Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) April 4, 2017
Let the kids play all these ticky tack fouls— Marquis Daniels (@Marquis_Daniels) April 4, 2017
refs huddling up, really think they have a chance to win this thing. pic.twitter.com/sSH7uFr5zD— Danny (@recordsANDradio) April 4, 2017
Hahaha everyone is ripping the refs! #WeDidntWatchToSeeYouRefBruh— Baze (@24Bazemore) April 4, 2017
HOW DID THE REFS MAKE A BILLION CALLS IN THE SECOND HALF BUT MISS THIS ONE?!? pic.twitter.com/ZZC2OuLoVy— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 4, 2017