March Madness: NCAA admits huge missed call in Gonzaga-Northwestern

Northwestern players are headed home with a disappointing loss, but also a feeling that they have just scratched the surface. Gonzaga came with their bigs, Fresh Forward Zach Collins made his presence felt with two and one buckets for 6 point from the paint give the Dogs a 53-34 lead with 13:33 remaining.

A missed call by referees during the Gonzaga-Northwestern game has a lot of people talking.

I appreciate the apology.

"It makes me feel great", he said to laughter.

The arena, drenched in purple, was rocking, and all the momentum was in Northwestern's corner. So instead of Northwestern cutting the deficit to 3, Gonzaga pushed its lead back to 7 with 4:57 left.

Gonzaga should cruise to the final four, and once they get there, they are as explosive and as athletic as any major conference school that will be waiting.

To add salt to the wound, Chris Collins was called for a technical foul when he immediately objected to what was an obvious interference call.

The NCAA issued a statement after the game to say that they made the wrong call, and that Northwestern should have been awarded the two free throws.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (24-11): Standout junior guard Bryant McIntosh scored 25 points against Vanderbilt for his 11th 20-point performance of the season and hit the tying and go-ahead free throws with 14.6 seconds left.

But despite the loss, Business Insider reported that Coach Drew is "proud" of his team for "fighting back" and being able to get to the point where they were "in that situation". "I would put it on Northwestern making some nice adjustments on our switch defense, and their guys stepping up and hitting big shots".

You might be thinking, "I'm not suer it's legal to stick your arm through the rim to block a shot". Of course. That cuts it to three. "We're at our best when we play with emotion".

What a comeback it was.

And coach Chris Collins would take it. Gonzaga dominated the flow of the game so far.

"I don't know if we would have had enough to win", Miller said. "We were really creative on switches", Nigel Williams-Goss said. "I'm really going to miss these guys and this program and just being part of this team".

Mark Few coached Gonzaga to a 31-1 record this season, with wins over Arizona, Florida, and Iowa State.

"I mean it would have been a three-point game", he said. "You can have whatever game plan you want, but at the end of the day, you have to compete".

Sorry about the whole goal tending thing Northwestern fans, but thank you for giving us this new meme/GIF! "You react spontaneously and stuff happens".

Gonzaga dominated the first half 38-20, but NU played inspired basketball over the final 20 minutes, outscoring Gonzaga 53-41 and almost getting within striking distance of the lead before faltering late. "The way we fought was great and we fought to the very end".

Summary: Northwestern foul troubles thru out the game was costly, their inability to score at critical times was not good and it ultimately cost them to lose the game.

But losing, especially that way?

After a weekend in which the 2017 NCAA tournament verged on swerving out of control with a string of upsets and near upsets, the top-seeded team in the West Regional emerged with a significantly clearer path to the national championship. But they're not allowed to review a call they never made in the first place. Pardon fouled out and three players, Lindsey, Barret Benson and Gavin Skelly, finished with four each.

  • Julie Sanders