Sunday’s Sweet 16 matchup between No. 11 UCLA and No. 2 Alabama was a microcosm of just how crazy this year’s tournament has been.
The last minute of regulation alone had everyone’s heads spinning on social media.
While UCLA prevailed in overtime for n 88-78 win, but there was some controversy amid the drama at the end of the game.
With Alabama leading 61-60 with 1:05 remaining, Juwan Gary appeared to be fouled putting up a shot under the rim.
The refs did not make the call and UCLA tied the game up on a free throw on the ensuing possession.
The no-call led to some outrage on social media with many pointing blame at the officials should Alabama lose.
Alabama had chances to tie and take the lead afterward, though. With six seconds remaining and UCLA up 63-62, Herbert Jones missed two free throws for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama finished the game shooting a putrid 44% from the charity stripe, which led to everyone pointing to the fact that Alabama only has itself to blame if they lose, rather than the refs.
UCLA hit two more free throws with four seconds remaining and the game appeared to be over but Alabama’s Alex Reese was able to get a three-pointer off at the buzzer and sank it to force overtime, sending Twitter into a frenzy.
After all that, though, UCLA still prevailed in the end and advanced to the Elite Eight where it will play Michigan on Tuesday night.