NCAA Scores 2012: Reaction to UNC-Asheville's Close Loss to Syracuse

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NCAA Scores 2012: Reaction to UNC-Asheville's Close Loss to Syracuse
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Syracuse survived a huge scare, narrowly escaping a valiant effort from UNC-Asheville in a game that will go down as one of the biggest shams in NCAA tournament history.

UNC-Asheville fell victim to a series of questionable calls that ultimately led to a loss for the No. 16 seed. The chorus of boos the officials received to close out the game was well deserved, as a combo of blown and ticky-tack calls crippled UNC-Asheville.

A lane violation call and a ball that was clearly out of bounds off of Syracuse that the refs blatantly missed doomed UNC-Asheville. This grave injustice has caused Twitter to erupt.

Not every call down the stretch was blatantly wrong, but many that were in the air went against UNC-Asheville. ESPN's Matthew Berry weighs in.

Say what you will about the lane violation, but it's impossible to argue with the absurd out-of-bounds call that proved so costly to the Bulldogs. As USA Today's Nicole Auerbach indicates, it's a call that left even the NCAA coordinator of officiating scratching his head.

Refs have a difficult job and they are criticized far too often, but it's well deserved here. The Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz sums it up perfectly:

Whether or not you believe the latter part of Bill Walton parody Twitter Not Bill Walton's tweet, it's hard to get away from his first statement.

ESPN's Cindy Brunson says what everyone is thinking. Syracuse going down in the Round of 64 would cripple brackets worldwide. Thanks to the officials, disaster averted.

David Letterman funny man Eric Stangel takes a jab at Fab Melo, whose ineligibility played a huge role in this near scare.

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