An entertaining game between Florida and Auburn should be remembered for its action on the hardwood, but a controversial no-call from the refs has stolen the headlines. With a trip to the SEC Championship at stake, the Gators were left wondering why the officials didn’t blow the whistle.
Even though Auburn had the lead with six seconds remaining, both Bryce Brown and Jared Harper clearly hit Andrew Nembhard on his game-tying shot attempt. However, the referees somehow let time expire without calling a foul.
This loss is traumatic for the Gators because it could cost them an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Luckily for the Tigers, the refs weren’t aware of them attempting to intentionally foul Nembhard.
Auburn will advance to the next round following the questionable play in the final minute.
Here is video of the no-call:
Are you kidding me?!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/CpUPqK1bAb
— Lucas Dolengowski (@LDolengowski) March 16, 2019
Earlier this week, Clemson lost to NC State in similar fashion because the officials didn’t call the initial foul.
The consensus on social media today is that Auburn clearly got away with a foul on this play.
So … wait, Auburn just tried to intentionally foul Florida’s Andrew Nembhard before he got off a would-be, game-tying 3, and clearly fouled him.
But … no call.
Auburn 65, Florida 62. Final.
Tigers will play Tennessee or Kentucky in tomorrow’s final.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) March 16, 2019
That’s a pretty obvious foul
— Jake Winderman (@jakewinderman) March 16, 2019
Florida didn’t overreact or show frustration with the officials once the buzzer went off, but this is obviously a brutal way to lose. Now, the Gators will have to wait for their postseason fate on Selection Sunday.
As for Auburn, it’ll face either Kentucky or Tennessee in the conference championship.