With 34 seconds remaining in the South Regional Final between No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Villanova, an important foul call was made against Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham. After losing the ball while dribbling through the Villanova trap, Graham dove for the loose ball at the same time that Villanova’s Josh Hart reached out for it.
In the play Graham and Hart touched the ball simultaneously, but Graham’s momentum took him into Hart. The official called Graham for a foul, his fifth, and the Jayhawks lost the player who to that point in the game had made all five of the team’s three-pointers for the game.
You make the call: should Graham have been called for a foul on that play? A travel? Or should the officials have let the play go?
Following the game official Terry Wymer provided the following explanation for the call:
“Kansas was the team in control of the ball. The ball came loose and Kansas maintained the ball. Number four for Kansas (Graham) undercut number three for Villanova (Hart). Therefore it was a team control foul and they were not shooting a one-and-one. They never lost the ball. We got together to review the sequences to make sure.”
To say that this season hasn’t gone as planned for the Texas Longhorns would be a major understatement. Seen as one of the teams best equipped to challenge Kentucky before the season began, Rick Barnes’ Longhorns are now at the point where they need quality wins to simply ensure that they’ll make the NCAA tournament.
That’s what made their game at No. 8 Kansas a highly important one. The Longhorns fell by the final score of 69-64, and one of the questions asked was whether or not Texas guard Isaiah Taylor was fouled on his drive to the basket with just over nine seconds remaining and the Jayhawks leading 66-64.
Was Taylor fouled on this play? Or was he simply out of control, resulting in it appearing as if he were fouled? You make the call.
Of course, the game of the year had to end with a bit of controversy.
On the final shot of the game, after Nate Britt intentionally missed a free throw, Marcus Paige looks like he has a beat on the rebound with a chance to tie the game. But there’s contact, Paige goes flying and Duke comes up with the loose ball.
You make the call here. Was this a foul on Justise Winslow?:
What do you think?
Did Paige get hit?
Here’s another angle:
This wasn’t the only call that went against North Carolina down the stretch, either. On the layup that tied the game from Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow quite blatantly held J.P. Tokoto:
But in reality, none of this really matters.
Because if UNC didn’t commit unforced turnovers, and if they hit their free throws, and if they had scored on the final possession of regulation, all of this would be a moot point.
No. 23 West Virginia knocked off No. 8 Kansas 62-61 on Monday night in a game that had a thrilling finish.
Juwan Staten went coast-to-coast for a spinning, go-ahead layup with 3.9 seconds left that was very nearly answered by a full-court pass to a streaking Perry Ellis, who missed a tough layup as the clock expired.
But Kansas may have a legitimate gripe about a call at the end of the game. It looks like Staten took an extra step or two on the spin.
You make the call. Was this a travel?:
No. 9 Kansas beat No. 18 Oklahoma in one of the most thrilling games you’ll see this season. The Jayhawks were up by 19 at halftime, managed to fall behind the Sooners by the ten minute mark of the second half and then proceeded to bounce back from a four-point deficit in the final minutes to take home an 85-78 win.
The biggest sequence of the game came with about four minutes left. Kelly Oubre missed a free throw that would have tied the game at 71 but Cliff Alexander came up with a tough offensive rebound. The ball eventually ended up in Brannen Greene’s hands, and Greene buried a three to give Kansas the lead back. At the other end of the floor, Alexander drew a charge on TaShawn Thomas which led to a Frank Mason Jr. jumper at the other end, put KU back up four points.
Isaiah Cousins would hit a three to cut the lead back to one, but Kansas scored on back-to-back possessions afterwards, capping a decisive, 10-3 run.
The questionable call in that run was the charge on Thomas, who “pushed off” on Alexander before scoring to tie the game at 73. Here’s the play:
You make the call.
Charge? Flop? No-call?
It certainly didn’t lose Oklahoma the game — that atrocious first half did the trick there — but it was a huge momentum swing in the final minutes of a barn-burner.