The end of the Virginia-Auburn game was destined for controversy thanks to a last-second foul call, but Twitter exploded when Gene Steratore revealed that the refs missed a double dribble in the final seconds.
Even though much of the attention has been paid to the insane ending to the Auburn-Virginia showdown in the Final Four, Twitter went nuts after CBS’ officiating expert Gene Steratore broke some news after the game.
Steratore revealed that by rule, Virginia’s Ty Jerome should have been called for a double dribble when he lost the ball, had it bounce off his foot, and then picked it up to continue the possession.
The double-dribble would have resulted in a turnover, essentially ending the game given how little time was left on the clock, meaning we could be looking at a controversy on par with the non-called pass interference in the NFC Championship game. As Twitter is ripe to do, people went crazy over the latest error in officiating.
Legendary college basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale stated the obvious.
Auburn star Bryce Brown was caught on camera by Yahoo Sports voicing his displeasure with the officials, and this was even before Steratore’s announcement came to light.
Here are a few more obvious hot takes about how Auburn got screwed by the officials missing this call.
ESPN’s Jay Harris also feels bad for Auburn, noting that while the foul call was correct the Tigers still got hosed.
Plenty of fans jumped on top of the poor officiating as well.
The debate on how badly Auburn got hosed should rage on throughout the night, which is exactly what the NCAA doesn’t want to happen on the signature night of the college basketball season. Instead of talking about how crazy the final five minutes of this game were, all Twitter cares about is the fact the refs missed a bizarre but obvious double-dribble.