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CBB Expert: Duke Got A "Favorable Whistle" vs. UCF

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski coaches against North Dakota State.

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 22: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the North Dakota State Bison in the first half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Sunday's Duke-UCF game came down to the wire, with a splash of heartbreak mixed in for good measure. But the game was not without controversy as one college basketball expert noted.

Following Duke Blue Devils' 77-76 win over the Knights, college basketball insider Jeff Goodman noted that a previous possession that allowed Duke to take control of the game was the result of a "favorable whistle." Per his review of the final minutes, on a key play, Duke forward Zion Williamson extended his arm on B.J. Taylor, but was not called for a foul.

Goodman also noted that R.J. Barrett was not called for a push on UCF star Aubrey Dawkins. Both plays had a huge impact on the final score of the game.

UCF wound up losing on the final play after missing two chances at a layup.

As furious as some UCF fans might feel for getting beaten by the referees, there is still plenty of blame to go around.

Even though they went 15-of-20 from the line, just one more of Tacko Fall's free throws could have been the difference maker. It certainly didn't help that the 7-foot-6 Fall fouled out right before the final UCF possession.

Nonetheless, the UCF fanbase will likely have even more ammunition for resenting Power Five schools.

It was a fun game, though.