“Auburn got robbed!” “The refs missed a double dribble!” “I am really stupid!”
These are all things that people that legitimately think that there was a missed call at the end of the Auburn-Virginia Final Four game have said.
No, the refs did not have Virginia winning their bracket pool, no they didn’t bet on Virginia, no they don’t have it out for Auburn in any way. They called the closest thing to a perfect game that we have seen all tournament. The last 10 and most crucial seconds were called as consistent and concise as any other call at any other point in the game.
This is the play in heated conversation. Yes, by letter of the law, it is a double dribble. BUT the officials on the floor don’t have slow motion replay, a rule book in front of them and a CBS contract to be the “well actually” douchebag on stand-by. If you want to get into missed calls, I can get into missed calls. How about the chest slap and jersey pull missed foul before Jerome touches the ball again? What about that War-eagle/Tiger fans?
That double dribble would not have been called at any other time in the game. You have to respect the consistency of the officiating crew.
Basically, complaining about a missed call after the fact or claiming that it was the only moment that changed the game is just petty and stupid. Auburn did not have to let Virginia go on a 10-0 run before their comeback, they could have made another free throw and they certainly did not have to foul Kyle Guy in the corner.
Wanna claim letter of the law on the double dribble? You have to claim letter of the law here. You have to give the shooter the opportunity to land. This was an easy call. Even Auburn’s resident incoherent lunatic, Charles Barkley, said so.
The same people that are claiming there was no foul on the Kyle Guy’s three point attempt are the same people that yell “ball don’t lie” when anyone else misses a free throw afterwards. But somehow this doesn’t apply when Kyle Guy drops his concrete nuts on the table and drains three in a row even when Bruce Pearl calls a timeout to ice him.
Auburn got beat. It is as simple as that. The referees called as close to a perfect game as they possibly could. The clock has struck midnight on this Cinderella story.
Auburn Basketball isn’t known for a whole lot. Bruce Pearl is bringing some swagger back, but before his arrival, the only thing Tiger Basketball fans could harp on was the career of Sir Charles Barkley. Easily the best player in program history. Since his basketball career ended, he has made a career out of basketball analysis, arguments with Shaq and incoherent ramblings. While every rant is new top 10, this pep talk to Auburn before their Final Four matchup with Virginia is my favorite. Take a look:
Here are the parts that really need attention brought to them.
“My number’s retired at Auburn, my number’s retired in Philadelphia, my number’s retired with the Phoenix Suns” … Okay, Chuck. Humble brags only.
“I never won a championship. I have to live with that forever. You guys gotta chance to do that.” To do what, Charles? Also never win a title? You can’t use pronouns without first giving it some kind of meaning. Very mixed message he is sending.
“You guys don’t know how hard it is to get here.” Oh, they don’t? This man is really telling the first ever Auburn Final Four team that they don’t know how hard it is to get to the Final Four when they almost got upset the first round and then had to beat Kansas, UNC and Kentucky in consecutive rounds.
“Don’t take this thing for granted.” Isn’t it impossible for the underdog to take a game for granted? The Kentucky 38-0 team took their last game for granted, but Auburn isn’t even supposed to be here.
See what I mean when I say incoherent ramblings? I am sure Charles meant the experience and Auburn definitely needs to take it all in. They should be incredibly proud of the way their team has played and how they have fought and clawed their way to the Final Four. As for Charles, personally I would have just said the same prayer he did in Space Jam.
Tom Izzo has done it again. While bringing at least a smirk back to every Kentucky fan’s face, he has brought another Final Four appearance back to East Lansing.
Izzo did the unthinkable. He slayed the mighty beast that was Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett. Most importantly, his win over Duke is finally calling into question Coach K’s coaching ability and how it was possible that he did not win the title with his “best team ever”. April fools, K’s job is just as safe as when he won the championship in 2015.
When you think of what coach deserves the title “Mr. March”, you have to have Tom Izzo in the discussion. In his 20 year tenure at Michigan State, he has now punched a ticket to 8 Final Fours. Izzo owns March. He loves it, he is committed to it, he is MARRIED to it. So much so, that he would never dare do anything that even resembled cheating on it with April. Tom Izzo simply can’t close.
Keep in mind that Izzo has only won 1 NCAA Title. That was 19 years ago. Imagine if certain other coaches of blue blood schools had that kind of record. Gotta hand it to him thought. That shows some real dedication to have a good enough team to make it that far, just to choke away all of your hopes and dreams.
Can’t help but assume Izzo will remain faithful once again this year.