Controversy in Omaha!
No. 5 Xavier picked up a 72-71 win at Creighton on Saturday afternoon that is going to put the Musketeers squarely in the conversation to be a No. 1 seed on Sunday when the top four seeds are announced.
And if you were to ask Creighton fans or Greg McDermott, they would tell you that the win was no where near deserved.
Let me explain.
Creighton took the lead with 4.6 seconds left thanks to three clutch free throws from junior Ronnie Harrell, setting up a Tyus Edney situation, where the Musketeers had to go the length of the court on the final possession of the game. Goodin did, and he drew a foul on Harrell, a foul that created quite a bit on discussion.
Check it out:
I thought it was a foul. Harrell was moving sideways when the contact was made. Goodin made the most of it, but if that whistle is blown with 10 minutes left in the first half, no one bats an eye.
I also thought that the foul on Harrell was equally questionable. He went down when he got his non-shooting elbow tapped by Trevon Bluiett? Again, if it was called with eight minutes left in the game, no one would have thought twice about it. Hell, it probably won’t even be discussed after this game.
It is what it is.
Xavier leaves with another Quadrant 1 road win and keeps pace with No. 1 Villanova atop the Big East regular season standings while the Bluejays lose another nailbiter and find themselves inching further and further away from receiving a protected seed in the NCAA tournament.