Referees slammed for second half calls

After North Carolina’s strong finish to the season and beatdown of Marquette in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Tar Heels were a sneaky good value pick to upset the East region’s top seed Baylor on Saturday.

At the very least, they could cover a 5.5-point spread.

Once the game got under way, not only did North Carolina look primed to cover, the game was trending in the direction of its 32-point win over Marquette. UNC led by 25 with 10 minutes left and appeared to be on its way to an easy win before a questionable flagrant foul that got forward Brady Manek — their leading scorer at the time — ejected. More questionable calls from the refs and a big foul discrepancy followed and UNC fell apart.

Baylor came all the way back to force overtime and the reaction on social media was all aimed in the direction of the refs.

Although North Carolina pulled through for the win in overtime, 93-86, the team certainly didn’t help itself with poor inbounding, execution advancing the ball against the press, free throw shooting or just dealing with late-game pressure in general. But there’s no doubt UNC was fighting poor officiating in addition to Baylor in this one.

That’s unfortunate at this stage of the season with the stakes so high.

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