The goaltending call at the end of the UCLA-SMU game was the first truly controversial moment of the NCAA tournament, so of course New York radio host Mike Francesa spent more than 20 minutes ranting about it.
The last-second goaltending call that helped lift UCLA over SMU was the most controversial moment of the tournament thus far. New York sports radio icon Mike Francesa was watching live in his studio and had a hard time processing what he had just seen.
The audio below is Francesa's initial reaction.
He spends over 15 minutes completely perplexed about the play, wondering why it wasn't reviewed. (Goaltending is not reviewable, by rule.) He also suggests, astonishingly, that Larry Brown should have instructed his players to foul Bryce Alford and send him to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game rather that let him take a three-pointer.
Mike tosses it to commercial and comes back steaming. He's not confused anymore, he's angry. He calls it, among other things, an "insult to America."
Francesa is always the voice of reason.
- Dan Gartland