A critical goaltending call that sent UCLA to the third-round of the NCAA tournament spurred debate among athletes and pundits about whether officials made the correct decision.
With just seconds remaining in the second half, UCLA's Bryce Alford attempted a three-pointer. SMU's Yanick Moreira, positioned under the basket, jumped up and grabbed the ball as it approached the rim. What's less clear is whether Moreira impeded the ball's path toward the basket or whether the ball was going to miss the basket entirely.
Officials called a goaltend, giving UCLA a late 60-59 lead. The score held, and the Bruins advanced.
After the call, debate ignited on Twitter.
March Madness😳😳😳😳 it was an air ball though— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) March 19, 2015
Yep that was a goaltend.— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) March 19, 2015
I just don’t think you can call that and not have it be reviewable in a game that means so much.— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) March 19, 2015
What da eff just happened in this UCLA game ?!?!? Damn what a heartbreaker for SMU— Bengi #AllDay (@DevinEbanks3) March 19, 2015
By the looks of it, boy it seems that SMU was cheated. Who feels the same way?— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) March 19, 2015
Goaltending for the win.... Sheesh...— Aaron Brooks (@Thirty2zero) March 19, 2015