“It’s a shame it had to be played that way.” — Bo Ryan
The 2014-15 college basketball season will be remembered for Kentucky’s undefeated run to the Final Four. It will be remembered for Duke’s 1,000th win and fifth national championship under Coach K. Above all, it will be remembered as one of the most horrid officiated seasons in sports history, culminating in a title game with equally horrible calls.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan didn’t hold back in his post game comments, seeming to at least partially blame the refs for his team’s 68-63 loss.
This foul call in particular nearly caused a Bo Ryan meltdown.
Ryan’s got a legit gripe here. Bronson Koenig was vertical trailing the play, and Tyus Jones initiated contact jumping into him. If anything, the refs should have just swallowed the whistles here and let them play on. But they didn’t, and it was a huge turning point in the game.
Compare this to a Wisconsin blocking foul minutes minutes earlier.
Koenig took to Twitter, needling refs for the call.