Controversial? Yes. Shocking? Sure. Unfortunate for Pittsburgh fans? Absolutely. A referee debacle? Quite the contrary.
Take it from a person who had Pittsburgh winning the National Championship in his bracket — the referees got the ending of the Pittsburgh-Butler game right on Saturday night. In fact, I commend them for not being afraid to make the tough calls when they knew they were the right calls. A bump is a bump and a smack on the arm is a smack on the arm. Both are fouls with 19 minutes remaining in a half and two seconds remaining in a half. Most officials don’t have the stones to call them in the latter situation.