Monday night’s national championship game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Villanova Wildcats finished with an amazing sequence of back-to-back 3-point shots in the closing seconds. Understandably, UNC fans walked away feeling a sting from the last-second dagger that clinched the game for Villanova, 77-74.
Tar Heel fans are now looking to expose a long vine of sour grapes by petitioning on Change.org to overturn missed calls from the start to the end of the game. At press time, there were 627 signatures on the petition. Carolina fans aren’t settling for the missed chances they feel could have secured a victory.
Here’s what one Tar Heel fan had to say:
“This game was poorly officiated from the tipoff to the end. It was a one-sided called game all the way through. The officials called fouls against UNC that should have not been called and never called Villanova for the fouls they committed. The officials never called Villanova for multiple travel violations either. Also, I want a complete investigation into the officials as it was them that decided the game not who played better.”
Another Tar Heel fan, of course, accused the referees of rigging the outcome:
“The refs were very biased. Many times they let Villanova get away with walks. As a basketball player, I can tell you that letting a guy travel like that makes him hard to defend. Our guys work very hard on the court and in the classroom. It’s not right for them to lose the game because of the refs. This was their championship that the refs stole.”
Granted, there were some questionable calls, but some went against ‘Nova at inopportune times to slow their momentum in the second half. But let’s praise UNC senior Marcus Page for his acrobatic 25-foot, double-pump 3-pointer to tie the game at 74, and Wildcats’ hero Kris Jenkins, who swished that 30-foot jumper for Villanova to run off with the win and the NCAA title. It was the type of game in which the team who had the last possession was going to win.