March Madness 2019: Florida falls to Auburn after controversial no-call in SEC semis

first_imgAuburn took Florida down on Saturday to advance to the SEC championship game, but the finish wasn’t without its share of controversy.Florida, down 65-62 in the final seconds, had the ball in the game’s last possession. As Florida’s Andrew Nembhard advanced the ball up the court for a potential game-tying 3, he was fouled by a trio of Tigers both on the ground and while in the act of shooting. At the very least, he should have been allowed to go to the foul line to potentially tie the game. Unsurprisingly, social media was in an uproar about the finish. Bruce Pearl literally just said Nembhard got fouled in the post game interview on national TV. But the refs didn’t see it 😂— CONNER (@CJ_Clarke1) March 16, 2019What i would say to those refs of the Flor-Auburn game pic.twitter.com/14DFz7fMZN— Brahm (@B_Ham1) March 16, 2019The end of Florida/Auburn might have been the WORST NO CALL EVER. As in the history of no calls. As in ever. You get the pt.— keith sheSHEDSHERYL (@porkchopsuit) March 16, 2019Wow. Just watched #Auburn’s 3-on-1 Kung Fu assault on #Florida’s shooter as he attempted a last second shot. Can’t believe no foul called on that. And I’m not even a Florida fan. #SECMBB #aub— Danny Davis (@Pastor3D) March 16, 2019Nembhard has been clutch in the past for the Gators. He knocked down a 3 in the final second on Friday that lifted them past LSU — and maybe into the last four byes of the NCAA Tournament.Auburn will get the winner of Kentucky-Tennessee in the SEC championship game on Sunday. MORE: Top upsets in March Madness historyInstead, no foul was called, the shot was badly missed, and Auburn escaped with the win. It’s tough to defend the officiating on this one.somehow this was not called a foul pic.twitter.com/iVgmaDqorQ— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) March 16, 2019Auburn seemed to be attempting to intentionally foul up three points, a strategy that has gained more traction in recent years. Although the Tigers got away with it, the strategy would have backfired had a foul been called and Nembhard sunk all three free throws.last_img read more