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The Referees In The Iowa-Tennessee Game Are Getting Trashed

A referee holds up a basketball during a first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament between the Washington State Cougars and the Colorado Buffaloes.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 08: A referee holds up a basketball during a first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament between the Washington State Cougars and the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Colorado won 73-63. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The first game of today's second round has already produced some wild action. It has also produced some questionable refereeing.

No call has been more controversial than the phantom whistle on Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner against Iowa's Jordan Bohannon. Turner cleanly blocked Bohannon's three-pointer, yet a foul was inexplicably called.

The closest ref, Tim Clougherty, signaled that the ball was tipped. However, Terry Oglesby blew his whistle and after a brief discussion, a shooting foul was assessed.

Did we mention that Iowa was down three and Bohannon made all three free throws to tie the score? Yeah, this was a key call.

Even CBS rules expert Gene Steratore said Oglesby would "probably want to have that one back."

Tennessee would retake the lead on the following possession on a three-point field goal by Turner. However, Iowa battled back and tied the score in the final minute.

Tennessee has the ball with 14 seconds left and a tie score. The Vols blew a 25-point first half lead today.

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