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After Syracuse lost starting center Fab Melo, it looked like the standard rule of a No. 1 seed never getting upset by a No. 16 seed would be put to the test.
UNC-Ashville gave the Orange all that they could handle, getting great performances out of J.P. Primm (18 points) and Jaron Lane (16 points, 3-of-3 from outside the arc).
In the end, however, Syracuse received two huge calls—one of which was incredibly questionable—that helped them put the Bulldogs away.
A late-game lane violation (that initially didn't seem to have taken place on this plane of existence) and a missed free throw gave Syracuse two free throws (and two points). This was later proved to be the correct call. You can see the play in question here.
Then with under a minute left, an out-of-bounds call (that awarded the ball to Syracuse) made absolutely no sense. It should have either been a foul on the Bulldogs (which would have still been questionable, but justifiable) or out of bounds off of the Syracuse player who clearly touched the ball last. Instead, the ball was inexplicably awarded to the Orange.
Take a look for yourself and see what you think.
In the end, Syracuse avoided the upset, but showed that they are very vulnerable without Melo in the lineup.