College basketball referees have something of a bad reputation. But then again, sometimes they really earn it.
Our unfortunate latest case in in point: This weekend’s second round of March Madness, with seasons, legacies and berths in the Sweet 16 on the line.
Let’s start with Sunday’s matchup between eight-seed Arkansas and one-seed North Carolina. Carolina’s up just one with 45 seconds to play.
Tar Heels point guard Joel Berry II drives right with the shot clock running down. Then he commits an obvious travel and what could easily be called a charge before throwing up a wild attempt that a teammate scoops up and scores. Carolina goes up 68-65 and goes on to win the game 72-65. …