Marquette Fans Furious With Crucial No-Call In NCAA Tournament Loss To Michigan State

A view from above the rim during the Marquette and Michigan State NCAA Tournament game.

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The Marquette basketball team’s season ended on Sunday with a loss to Michigan State. The Golden Eagles fell in the round of 32 as they’ll now watch the rest of the NCAA Tournament from home.

The matchup was close throughout with the two foes trading blows deep into the second half of action. After falling behind by double digits early, Marquette battled back to take a 42-40 lead with just 12 minutes remaining in play.

They’d stay neck and neck up through the final moments, with the Golden Eagles trailing 60-55 in the last three minutes. That’s when a controversial no-call occurred, and it has Marquette fans talking.

With the team looking to cut the lead to just a bucket, guard Tyler Kolek drove to the hoop. He appeared to have an easy lay in before a Michigan State defender closed the gap.

The Spartan pinned the ball against the backboard, resulting in a blocked shot and ensuing Michigan State runout. Many on the Marquette side, however, believe a goaltend should have been called.

You be the judge.

Social media immediately erupted in debate. It seems that everyone is at odds on whether or not the call was the correct one.

Did the ball hit the backboard first, or was there simultaneous contact between the hand and the glass?

It’s definitely tough to tell. Unfortunately, since the referees didn’t call a goaltend on the original play, they were unable to go back for a second look.

Marquette head coach Shaka Smart was visibly upset after the play as he believed his team should’ve had two more points on the scoreboard.

Even those around Michigan State think they might’ve gotten away with one.

As it stands, the call stood as a block. Michigan State would score on the ensuing possession to extend the lead to seven points, which Marquette couldn’t overcome. The Spartans escaped with a 69-60 win to advance to the Sweet 16.