NCAA Tournament Rewind Day 2: Really, a flagrant foul?
We’re recapping the best, worst and weird moments of the NCAA Tournament, which tipped its round of 64 on Thursday. On the second day, a questionable flagrant foul called at the end of a close game dominated the headlines.
About that call
No. 8 Arkansas and No. 9 Seton Hall were locked in a great battle, and the Razorbacks were in control with a 72-71 lead and the ball following a missed Pirates shot.
After doing a great job of passing the ball around and getting the ball up the floor with Seton Hall trying to foul and extend the game, the intentional foul was eventually committed by Desi Rodriguez, who gave Jaylon Barford a shove.
Barford — perhaps embellishing a bit — hit the floor pretty hard, and upon review, the officials decided it was a Flagrant 1 foul. That meant two free throws and the ball for Arkansas, who pulled away from there to win 77-71.
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) March 17, 2017
Good call? Well, a quick scan of Twitter (we’ll let you do that on your own) would reveal that most people think it was anything but. However, maybe it was?
NCAA National Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating J.D. Collins explains the flagrant foul call at the end of the Arkansas game. pic.twitter.com/2nJvy6XGmu
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 17, 2017
That dunk was mean
There’s really not much we can say about this vicious dunk by SMU’s Semi Ojeleye other than you really, really have to see it.
This Ojeleye dunk for SMU is the stuff dreams are made of. Fun game with USCpic.twitter.com/TkkPj2vRsk
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) March 17, 2017
Ojeleye, a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, took advantage of the big stage, scoring a game-high 24 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.
The No. 6 seed Mustangs were unable to ride Ojeleye’s performance to the next round, however, as No. 11 seed USC won 66-65, posting one of the first upsets of the tournament as a First Four team moving on to the weekend.
Two of the best
The first game of the day was one of the most anticipated, with watchers eagerly awaiting a duel between two of the best point guards in the country.
Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans and Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. did not disappoint.
Evans finished with 23 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, but Walton would match him with 26 points, 11 assists and five rebounds in a winning effort.
The shifty Evans put his handles and vision on display.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 17, 2017
This pass by Jawun Evans… pic.twitter.com/sjtJZau23q
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) March 17, 2017
While Evans had the highlights, Walton’s Wolverines picked up the 92-91 win and move on for an exciting matchup with No. 2 seed Louisville on Sunday.
Self’s son gets on the board
There aren’t many moments you’ll see get much of a reaction in a 38-point blowout with under 30 seconds remaining.
Kansas head coach Bill Self’s son, Tyler, hitting a three is one of them.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2017
Self, in his senior season, has played under 100 total minutes in his career. He had yet to score in the NCAA Tournament until Friday, when he scored five points, including the three-pointer that made the building and Kansas bench explode.
Big 12 Player of the Year Frank Mason III can be spotted on the bench as the first Jayhawk to quickly jump out of his seat in anticipation of the shot doing down.
Self’s dad was one of the few not losing their mind, but couldn’t hide the emotion on his face as he clapped for what could be his son’s last shot taken and made in a Kansas uniform.