Virginia Cavaliers advanced to the finals of the NCAA tournament, after a huge controversy. Tony Bennett’s boys defeated Auburn Tigers, 63-62, with Kyle Guy hitting all of his three free throws with 0.6 seconds until the end.
Before that, the refs whistled for a foul on Cavs’ guard.
His team was down two points, with 1.5 seconds to go, and had the ball. An inbound pass was made to Guy who was in the corner, and instantly fired a three which didn’t go in.
But the referees called a foul against Samir Doughty, who made a low-intensity contact with Guy, touching the rival with his torso. Whether this should have been whistled or not, will be seen over the next few weeks.
Shock and desperation on one side, and anxiety on the other. Guy was calm and made the first two free throws. Auburn’s coach Bruce Pearl wanted to disturb the player by calling a timeout before the third one, but that didn’t work.
After the match ended, the tension was too high, and the officials quickly ran off the court into the tunnel and towards the locker room. The police had to step up and intervene in order to calm down the furious Tigers fans, and protect the people in black and white suits.
But this wasn’t all. On the last possession prior to the controversial call, Ty Jerome, Cavaliers’ guard, made a double-dribble mistake, before being fouled with 1.5 seconds to go. After that play, Virginia got the inbound pass.
All in all, a lot of luck for the Cavaliers, and a big disappointment for the Tigers. It is hard to believe that this school might have another chance to win the championship anytime soon.
Jerome scored 21 points for the Cavs and had 9 rebounds along with 5 assists. Guy added 15, and DeAndre Hunter 14.
For the losing side, Samir Doughty had a team-high 13 points, off the bench, Bryce Brown 12 shooting 4 of 10 for three, and Jared Harper had 11.
Tigers were pretty bad for three, which is their biggest weapon, 9 of 31.
Up next Virginia faces Texas Tech Red Raiders in the finals, scheduled for this Monday. The Raiders made another big surprise and eliminated Michigan State Spartans 61-51.