Did the refs ruin the NCAA Tournament championship game?
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:
Man I can't watch this anymore man! I would like to see the kids decide who wins the game! I mean Bruh!! Smh
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 4, 2017
Let these kids play. Put the whistles away.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 4, 2017
Twitter, in general, was not kind:
They made a One Shining Moment video for the refs😂😭 pic.twitter.com/kg4aQIJqKH
— College Town™ (@CollegeT0wn) April 4, 2017
You get a foul!! You get a foul!! Everyone gets a foulllllll!!!! pic.twitter.com/sB4gkXbRBY
— Josh Huestis (@jhuestis) April 4, 2017
Refs tried to ruin Carolina-Kentucky and did ruin Carolina-Gonzaga. NCAA should be very proud. Next year they can sell refs, not Cinderella
— Mike Lupica (@MikeLupica) April 4, 2017
Refs tonight pic.twitter.com/C0rPl8JzY6
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 4, 2017
BREAKING: The refs defeat North Carolina and Gonzaga 999999 to 136 and claim their first national title! #NationalChampionship
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) April 4, 2017
'82: Brown passes to the wrong team
'93: Webber calls TO
Better to be lucky & crooked than good, I guess. pic.twitter.com/uVsrblCPZq
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) April 4, 2017
Even on a made basket these refs are stopping the flow!! Enough!
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) April 4, 2017
Refs please let the kids decide the game. In the bonus with more than 10 mins left in the game. Come on!!#nationalchampionship
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) April 4, 2017
Cmon man stop calling these damn fouls let them play #UNCvsGonzaga
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) April 4, 2017
Once again… the refs are the stars of the game. Thanks #NCAATournament
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) April 4, 2017
Refs out there like… pic.twitter.com/qFtBdmqj22
— Grind of Athletes (@GrindOfAthletes) April 4, 2017
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) April 4, 2017
Refs calling every minor foul under the sun but traveling is a-ok pic.twitter.com/mcDZMfyPTt
— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) April 4, 2017
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CALL A Flagrant 1 on the player who the refs initially said GOT FOULED. pic.twitter.com/u01uCDgA1a
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 4, 2017
Ayo trash refs Meeks was out of bounds pic.twitter.com/72MuMsKtG4
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 4, 2017
Do the refs get paid on commission? #nationalchampionship
— Matt Bonner (@mattbonner_15) April 4, 2017
We basically watching the refs make all the plays
— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) April 4, 2017
Give credit to Gonzaga:
— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) April 4, 2017
Mark Few's remarks on the officiating last night should serve as a model to all coaches. Blaming refs for a loss is making excuses.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) April 4, 2017
Also worth noting that Mark Few not only refused to blame the refs, he praised them. Lost with class and perspective and accountability.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) April 4, 2017
To a man, Gonzaga has credited North Carolina and refused to blame the refs. No surprise to see this group handle a tough loss with class.
— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) April 4, 2017
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?