Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now

Controversial calls prevent UNC-Asheville's monumental upset

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

On an afternoon that featured no upsets and no buzzer-beating endings, the story that stole the show was undoubtedly the officiating in No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville.

A missed goaltending call against Syracuse in the second half was egregious, wiping off at least two points from UNC-Asheville, but it still was nothing compared to what happened down the stretch. First, there was a lane-violation call on J.P. Primm that negated a missed free throw by Scoop Jardine, leading to two points from at the charity stripe.

NCAA tournament coverage
Related links
More college hoops coverage
Regional coverage

According to the rule, it was indeed a lane violation, although it could have gone uncalled without much notice.

A few moments later, Syracuse attempted to inbound the ball to Brandon Triche along the sideline. The ball went off his hands as he got knocked from behind, landing out of bounds. It was either a foul or off of Triche, clearly. The official, though, thought it went off of UNC-Asheville, granting Syracuse the possession.

The Bulldogs couldn't recover, falling late, 72-65.

“Tough calls down the stretch,” Primm said after the game. “In college basketball, sometimes you have to play everybody in the building.”

Head coach Eddie Biedenbach thought the bad calls had a direct effect on the outcome of the game, saying that Asheville outplayed Syracuse throughout the game and deserved to come out with a win.

“Tonight, we were better than Syracuse,” Biedenbach said. “These guys played their tail off for 40 minutes and played better than Syracuse. This is the better team tonight.”

After the lane-violation call, Biedenbach was clearly steaming and had a discussion with the referee about the call. In the post-game press conference, one reporter wondered what they were talking about.

“What do you think I was asking him?”

I think we know.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre

Latest Video

September 19, 2014
Jim Boeheim on the Doug Gottlieb Show (10:12)
1 June 18, 2014
Gary Parrish on VT Coach Buzz Williams
(8:17)
2 June 3, 2014
Gary Parrish on Auburn's Bruce Pearl
(5:59)
3 April 9, 2014
Parrish on Derrick Gordon coming out
(6:24)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

Mens Baltimore Orioles Majestic Charcoal 2014 AL East Division Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

MLB Division Champs Gear
Get your team today
Shop Now