NCAA title game refs get roughed up on social media

FILE - In this March 25, 2016, file photo, Gonzaga's head coach Mark Few argues a call with an official during the second half of a college basketball game against Syracuse in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Chicago. Few tells The Associated Press Friday, April 1, 2016, that the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse's come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16. Refs called a 10-second violation but the 10-second limit in the backcourt should have reset once a player touched the ball in the front court. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Did the refs ruin the NCAA Tournament championship game?

The story:

Sixteen players stepped onto the court in the national championship game between North Carolina and Gonzaga Monday in Glendale, each with the hope of making history and becoming a college basketball immortal. But it was the three guys wearing stripes that took over the NCAA tournament final, bogging the game down with ridiculous fouls, blown calls, unnecessary replay reviews and ruining the greatest night in the sport so badly that you expected them to snatch the trophy from Mark Emmert, put on Carolina’s championship T-shirts and drive off into the Arizona night.

LeBron and Wade:

Twitter, in general, was not kind:

Give credit to Gonzaga:

Myron Medcalf from ESPN:

Forget the victory and the significance of the moment for champion North Carolina and national runner-up Gonzaga, because we must start with this: Monday night’s national championship game — beset by an abundance of foul calls, poor offense and a sleep-inducing rhythm — stunk. For everyone. For the fans who paid a lot of money for seats at University of Phoenix Stadium. For the players who fought so hard to reach this stage, only to endure the wrath of an officiating crew (Verne Harris, Michael Stephens and Mike Eades) seemingly unprepared to manage the big bodies in the paint. For the diehards who welcomed Gonzaga vs. North Carolina as another testament to the shrinking divide between the powerhouses and the rest of the Division I pool. For the casual fans who waited for college basketball to dazzle them and instead left the couch or bar stool disappointed. And for the game itself, which underwent a slate of changes in recent years to enhance the product but watched a season conclude with an unimpressive showing on its final night.

What do you think? Did the refs ruin the NCAA Tournament championship game?

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