North Carolina redeemed last year's crushing NCAA championship loss with a 71-65 title win over fellow top seed Gonzaga on Monday night. Instead of celebrating the Tar Heels' success, viewers were left frustrated by overbearing officiating.
The referees whistled each team for 22 fouls, halting the game's flow to a snail's pace. Media members aired their grievances on Twitter:
Multiple NBA players also disapproved of the officials' quick whistles:
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.