- College basketball fans were not happy with the refs overseeing Tuesday night’s game between UConn and Villanova
- Supporters of both teams called out the officials for questionable calls—including a crucial one in the closing seconds
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UConn had a great opportunity to move up in the rankings when their men’s basketball team hosted an eighth-ranked Villanova squad at the XL Center on Tuesday night, and it looks like they’ll be doing exactly that after knocking off the Wildcats in a 71-69 victory.
However, the biggest story of the night wasn’t the final score but the referees who many fans feel played an unnecessarily significant role in the outcome.
The Huskies played the majority of the contest without head coach Dan Hurley on the sidelines, as he was hit with a fairly deserved technical foul for slapping the scorers table in frustration with around five minutes to go in the first half but was bizarrely ejected after getting hit with a second for pumping up the home crowd shortly after.
Danny Hurley just got a second tech leading to an ejection for this. College officiating needs a reality check. pic.twitter.com/6QOYSMHLDF
— George Balekji (@GeorgeBalekji) February 23, 2022
However, that paled in comparison to a crucial call in the closing seconds that essentially decided the game.
Villanova was trailing by one with around six seconds remaining in regulation before Collin Gillespie drove to the hoop and appeared to draw a foul that would’ve sent him to the free-throw line with a chance to take the lead. Unfortunately, an official determined R.J. Cole had actually drawn a charge despite replays that appeared to show that was decidedly not the case.
— UConn Men's Basketball (@UConnMBB) February 23, 2022
I’m sorry, but this is a really bad call to literally determine the game. Clear block here on RJ Cole. pic.twitter.com/LDIOb9C6A3
— The NBA Analyst (@The_NBAAnalyst) February 23, 2022
As you’d expect, spectators and viewers were less than thrilled with the refs for inserting themselves into an otherwise fantastic contest.
Whoever called that 2nd T on Hurley and tossed him should never be allowed to ref another college bb game again!!! With that being said if this XL Crowd keeps this energy up the 2nd half, goodnight Villanova!!!! WOW THIS IS FUN!!!!! #UConn
— A🏀UConn🏀Sausage (@ScottCo39908318) February 23, 2022
We hope you love anything the way these refs love giving UConn technical fouls.
— /r/CollegeBasketball (@redditCBB) February 23, 2022
Totally embarrassing officiating in UCONN/Nova
Refs should be suspended, but they won’t because refs can’t get in trouble
— David (@DavidCBets) February 23, 2022
I’m sitting behind a Villanova fan who is irate at the decision to throw Hurley out. Even when Nova was up he said it was ruining the game.
Big East refs unify the conference.
— Tim (@TimFromUConn) February 23, 2022
The refs in this Nova-UConn game pic.twitter.com/Hbc3xS9UpI
— Jaylin Williams Fan Account 🦚 (@ShootyHoopsWill) February 23, 2022
That basically sums it up.