Controversial missed call a hot topic after North Carolina wins National Championship over Gonzaga Tom Pennington/Getty Images
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels anfd Silas Melson #0 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs compete for the ball in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Officials weren’t great in North Carolina’s National Championship victory over Gonzaga, 71-65, Monday night. And arguably the worst call of the night unfortunately came down the stretch, with less than a minute remaining after a loose ball ended up in the hands of North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks and Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie.

With UNC leading, 66-65, refs ruled it a jump ball despite Meeks’ hand clearly being out of bounds while touching the ball.

North Carolina would get possession, score and make the game a three-point contest, 68-65, with only 26 seconds remaining. Gonzaga would turn the ball over, leading to a North Carolina dunk that extended the lead to five points and put the game out of reach with only 12 second remaining. It’s a brutal what-if, but the Zags are going to spend the offseason thinking about how one call could have made the difference.

At the end of the day, a three-point deficit didn’t put the game out of reach and Gonzaga simply didn’t take care of business.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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