Thanks to a sea of replays, the final 60 seconds of the No. 13 Marshall Thundering Herd’s upset of the No. 4 Wichita State Shockers in the 2018 NCAA tournament took 18 minutes and 26 seconds, according to Deadspin’s Timothy Burke.
The final minute of Marshall-Wichita State took 18 minutes, 26 seconds— the longest we’ve ever recorded in the NCAA tournament
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 16, 2018
Worst of all, the first and longest of the three replays in the final minute served zero purpose, considering lead ref John Higgins and the rest of the officiating crew didn’t overturn a call that clearly should have been overturned.
Down by six with 45 seconds remaining, Shockers senior Conner Frankamp stroked a huge, deep three to keep his squad’s March Madness dreams alive.
Wichita State hits the HUGE 3pic.twitter.com/qKUbtnoGlD
— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) March 16, 2018
And it looked like they’d get the ball back down by the same amount with 37 seconds left, but on the floor —and then, after a lengthy review — the officials determined that this ball hadn’t come off the fingertips of the Herd’s Jannson Williams. Even though, you know, it did.
After the call, a beautiful baseline out of bounds play for an Ajdin Penava dunk all but sealed the upset. The Herd held on to win 81-75.
But those watching at home couldn’t get over the crucial call that boned the Shockers.
Refs just butchering the end of this Wich St-Marshall gm. 1st a ten min stop for a bad call. Then after the dunk by Marshall another stop for several min. #TERRIBLE
— Scott Ferrall (@ScottFerrall) March 16, 2018
Yeah, that’s horrible. Clearly off Marshall
— T.J. Moe (@TJMoe28) March 16, 2018
That’s a TERRIBLE call in the Wichita State/Marshall game – how is something that’s so obvious to viewers at home not caught by the refs with access to the same replays?
— Andrew Brenner (@dte421) March 16, 2018
That is a horrendous call. Clearly off Marshall.
— TellMeWhatYouWantMeToTweet (@DrunkCuseFan) March 16, 2018
Yes, I had Wichita State winning in my bracket. Your point?