UNC advances to NIT final on controversial call

Matt Norlander
March 31, 2010

You want a real reason to be angry at the officials?

Forget Duke. That lighter shade of Carolina blue got some help by way of the zebra Tuesday night in Manhattan. Rhode Island and UNC played in the NIT semifinal, where the game went to overtime, and after Larry Drew II missed a shot (when UNC had the lead) in the closing seconds, Lamonte Ulmer got his spur nipped by Will Graves.

Here's the video.

The fix is in! Nah, but this was pretty horrid officiating. It's a close call, until you realize Graves' body basically is the reason that Ulmer loses his sense of gravity. And that this kind of foul was a point of emphasis this season makes it all the more egregious.

And if you want a closer look, it's after the jump.

However, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that Rhode Island could have avoided this situation altogether had it made one of its final four free throws down the stretch in regulation.

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