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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Duke benefits from terrible call in crazy win over North Carolina

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Duke completed the comeback in an overtime win over North Carolina on Saturday, and of course they benefited from a bad call in the process.

UNC was leading 96-95 with 10 seconds left and inbounded the ball. The pass in went towards Andrew Platek, who was clearly fouled by Wendell Moore Jr. Not only was no foul called, but Duke appeared to knock the ball out of Platek’s hands, meaning it also should have been UNC ball. Instead, they gave the ball to Duke.

The entire sequence somehow going in Duke’s favor was a prime example of terrible officiating.

Tre Jones made a free throw to tie the game and then missed with 6.6 seconds left to give his team a shot at the last possession. They won the game on a crazy shot by Moore, who was in the right place at the right time by the basket.

In the end, North Carolina deserved to lose. They were up by 13 with under five minutes left and blew a 7-point lead with 1:11 left. They gave away the game. But the referees sure didn’t help at the end.

Also, if you haven’t seen Tre Jones’ spectacular play to send the game to overtime, make sure you watch it.

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