Twitter Reacts to NCAA Championship Game's Questionable Officiating

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistApril 4, 2017
Sports Illustrated @SInow

Refs tonight https://t.co/C0rPl8JzY6

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:

Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixYS

Game is not about you, refs.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

We had a wonderful college basketball season. 38 teams averaged over 80. And now this.

Tyler Conway @jtylerconway

#nationalchampionship refs: You can't miss a foul if you call everything https://t.co/AMWQ31NQTh

Jake Ciely @allinkid

So when do we get to see UNC and Gonzaga involved in this ref match?

Adam Jacobi @Adam_Jacobi

Tough break for the referees who called 44 fouls during the championship game, yet didn't get a SINGLE ONE included in "One Shining Moment."

Don Van Natta Jr. @DVNJr

The ceiling is the ref.

Multiple NBA players also disapproved of the officials' quick whistles:

LeBron James @KingJames

Man I can't watch this anymore man! I would like to see the kids decide who wins the game! I mean Bruh!! Smh

DWade @DwyaneWade

Let these kids play. Put the whistles away.

Jordan Crawford @jcraw55

The refs wanna be involved sooo bad 😩

The Needle @spencerhawes00

Thought it was just the Pacten refs but seems all of college basketball shares the same problem. Completely ruining the flow w ticktackery

Beno Udrih @BenoUdrih1

Refs in college are 🤐no comment. https://t.co/Qb0ZlWWHJj

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.


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