For the Auburn Tigers faithful, this one is going to hurt for a long, long time. An absolutely scintillating national semifinal in Minneapolis ended in controversy, as Bruce Pearl's team surged to a late lead only to watch three Kyle Guy free throws punch Virginia's ticket to the national championship game following a foul call in the dying moments that will be re-litigated for years to come. The fifth-seeded Tigers, who were playing in their first Final Four, were rightly devastated-- and let their frustrations out on the referees.
This isn't appropriate. It's not especially classy. But if there was ever, EVER a time to sympathize with sports fans who choose to deal with their emotional pain in this particular way, it's this one.
It wasn't just the fans smarting from the devastating defeat, either. Auburn star Bryce Brown sounded off on the refs himself. So did Charles Barkley. And even if that foul call is allowed to slide, this blunders Cavaliers moment shouldn't have:
Illegal double dribble by Virginia pic.twitter.com/lHL6FsTmLb— Brian Giuffra (@brian_giuffra) April 7, 2019
Not a happy weekend on the Plains, all told. And at least until football season starts, don't expect the anger and recriminations to subside.