As we wade into what feels like Hour 100 of the national championship game, it’s probably best to look at what’s gotten us here.
Mainly, it’s been some officiating that’s been questionable, maligned and mocked.
There have been a lot of whistles. Like, a ton. A massive amount. An enormity of foul calls.
Even King James was displeased with the stripes.
Dwyane Wade, too.
Yes, officiating college basketball games is very difficult. Yes, the refs are under impossible scrutiny in a game like the national title with so many people watching and the stakes are so high.
When you’re universal derided and jeered, though, you might not have whistled up to the standard deserving of the moment.
At the end of the day, this was a dream title game matchup between two accomplished programs and teams. What we got for much of Monday night, though, was a bunch of jokes about how bad the officiating became. Not exactly a great showcase for the sport.