Awful Call In Final Minute Helps No. 13 Marshall Upset No. 4 Wichita State

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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.

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.

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.

Yes, I had Wichita State winning in my bracket. Your point?