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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Arkansas hurt by controversial calls against North Carolina

Arkansas tip ball

Arkansas came up short in their upset effort against North Carolina on Sunday, losing 72-65 to the Tar Heels in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. If a call or two towards the end of their game had gone their way, things could have been even closer.

First came this play with 1:18 left in the game and the Heels up 66-65. Daryl Macon missed a 3-pointer and the refs ruled the ball was North Carolina’s after it went out of bounds. However, a replay showed Macon’s shot was tipped and therefore out on North Carolina.

On the following play, North Carolina’s Joel Berry missed a shot that was rebounded by teammate Kennedy Meeks, who put it back in for a basket to make it 68-65. Many complained that no charge or travel was called on the play.

But another video shows that maybe Arkansas should have been called for a foul, so the outcome was fair.

In the end, despite the controversial calls, Arkansas missed two free throws and a 3-pointer in the final minute and can only blame themselves for the loss, not the officials.

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