UCF fans analyzed the video, slowing down the clip and highlighting the moment when some officials helped Duke win a NCAA tournament win against the Knights.
Since the float of UCF goalkeeper BJ Taylor has fallen and Aubrey Dawkins' tip has kissed the edge before escaping, the match of the most spectacular tournament of the year has been sealed a little earlier in Duke's space.
Blue Devils star Zion Williamson missed a free-throw 14 seconds from the end. Dawkins and Duke's RJ Barrett were fighting for the rebound.
In widely shared clips on social media, Barrett seems to have pushed Dawkins forward before grabbing the ball and scoring the winning layup.
The referees' whistles were silent.
The keyboards of the UCF fans were not crazy, after the loss of 77-76 Knights, 9th seed, against the number one seed of the Blue Devils.
In addition to Barrett 's resumption, some wondered if UCF' s center, Tacko Fall, should have been called for his fifth foul in a last Williamson bout at the basket or standstill. there had been too much contact with Taylor during his last shot attempt. UCF coach Johnny Dawkins, however, dismissed the idea that anyone should blame the officials for the loss of Knights to Duke's benefit.
"You have an excellent game and I thought the match was excellent," he said. "I have no problem with the way the game has been reduced. It's a game you have to make games. Unfortunately, we simply have not done enough games. They played one more piece than ours, and that's what happened most of the evening. They came with a bigger one. That's all it was.
"I think [Williamson’s] driving to the basket was strong, and you have to call what you see. I do not have any problem with that. So that's the nature of our game. "
Many observers have noted that Fall was shot with at least one fault that had not been called during a Williamson drive earlier in the game and that it was ideal for The referees let the players decide the outcome of the fight rather than calling each contact in the dramatic game. last two minutes.
Barrett, a former member of the Montverde Academy, said he was focusing on scoring if Williamson missed his free-throw attempt.
"I just thought," What can we do to win this match? "Then I thought, I'm just going to try to do everything I can to get that bounce back."
The Knights were moved after being beaten so hard to create an epic crisis. Johnny Dawkins consoled the players who could not hold back their tears in the locker room.
It will take time to get back to being close to the goal, but Aubrey Dawkins did not hesitate to say he would not come back on his loss and doubted nothing.
"I am very happy with the way we played," he said. "I thought we played very well and did our best, and that's all you can ask for."
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