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You make the call: Did Nick Johnson commit an offensive foul? (VIDEO)

Mar 30, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

With 3.2 seconds remaining in overtime in the West regional final, Arizona’s Nick Johnson was called for an offensive foul as he drove to take a shot with the Wildcats trailing 64-63. Arizona would get one more chance to win the game, but that nearly wasn’t the case as a result of┬áthis call.

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Two players on other tournament teams have already chimed in, with Tennessee’s Jordan McRae and Michigan’s Jordan Morgan tweeting their thoughts on the call. Their contest Friday, with the Wolverines holding off the Volunteers in Indianapolis, came down to an offensive foul called on Jarnell Stokes in the closing seconds.

Was the right call made? And should a foul have been called on the defender beforehand? You be the judge.

Video credit: College Spun

  1. holleywood9 - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Clear push off with the arm

  2. greej1938l - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:07 AM


  3. barkleyblows - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    No. I didn’t see them call any offensive fouls on Wesconsen with the hook. So why would this be an offensive foul?

  4. 15starr - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Yea that push off was too much.. Foul for sure.. Little less push and would have been no call

  5. garyman1 - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Absolutely, it was a push off.

  6. zellmer85 - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Of course he did..

    “Fouls shouldn’t be called if there’s under xx amount of time!”

    isn’t a very smart view point to use, and Arizona had the ref’s in their back pockets all night as Barkley pointed out, along with that final play of the game..

  7. fless43 - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    I admit, I am a Badgers fan. However, he extended his off hand and pushed off. Easy call.

  8. ljscro - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    I am an Arizona fan. It does not matter. Whenever a game goes into overtime there are dozens of calls and no-call for both sides to win that can be reviewed.

    Accept the result. Move on.

  9. greej1938l - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Well said. Ljscro

  10. 2thguy - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    yes, charge. and gifted ball with 2.3 left too. plenty of chances for Arizona to win.

  11. musketmaniac - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    If it’s that clear that he pushed off. Than it’s that clear there was contact before the foul. But the true travesty was that replay. wtf

  12. sdeberg - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    The game is over. Bad calls throughout the game. Consider it even. Plenty of chances for either team to win. AZ got the calls early…not so much at the end. Funny how that works out.

  13. eagles512 - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    Can’t call that and decide the game

    • tigersfandan - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      That logic is wrong. It’s the referee’s job to make the appropriate call regardless of how much time is left in the game. In fact, the referee would be more guilty of deciding the game if he made or did not make calls based on how much time was left, instead of basing his calls on what he was seeing.

  14. rawgator06 - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    This call was nowhere near as bad as the flop at the end of the tennessee game

  15. BrownsTown - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    A foul is a foul no matter how much time is left in the game. This isn’t the NBA.

  16. hoopslvr - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Question, was that not the same referee that made that awful charge call on Fair in the Duke-Syracue game? Was clearly a foul by defender before push-off, in lieu of new college rules.

  17. trapshoot - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Hate to see a game decided due to a controversial call like that.

  18. taskforcefreddy - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    This was one of the more poorly officiated games I’ve seen this year… from both WI and AZ’s perspectives. He pushed off and made it obvious but I’m surprised they blew the whistle.

    An even worse no call was Aaron Gordon coming across the baseline during the ensuing inbounds play where WI turned it over. Gordon was clearly over the baseline and nothing was called.

  19. ikeboy51 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    You can argue that there were bad calls but you can’t say that that last charge call on Nick Johnson did not greatly affect the outcome, it was not a horrible call and in any case should have been a block. Tony Geene (same guy from Duke vs Syracuse earlier this year) ruins games and should be investigated, he’s either on the take or just likes making horrible wrong calls to end games.

  20. ikeboy51 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    New question:
    Is Tony Geene on the take or just the worse ref ever?

  21. lks311 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    There was a push off, but there was also a “push-in” by the defender. The best call would have been no call at all.

  22. rseaver - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    As a coach, I have 2 primary concerns: 1) is the game being called to minimize the risk of injury to players? and 2) is the game being stalked in an equitable manner? This game, by most standards, was poorly officiated and not equitable. The first half went AZ’s way (the reason Ryan was Teed up, the horrendous blocking call on Kaminsky would be a couple of examples), the second half favored WI. However, OT was a completely different anomaly. The offensive foul on Johnson was dicey and my guess is that the main reason he was called was the arm extension. Oftentimes, it all depends on ref positioning as to what he can or cannot see. The fact that Gordon was so far over the end line on the inbound with 3 seconds was absurd. The 5 minute time out allotted to AZ (when they had none left) during the possession overturn call was unbelievably bad. So, there were bad calls throughout this game, just like most-theoretically, they ALL affect the game. AZ lost, WI won. Move on.

  23. packersgreenbay - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Looked clean to me, if anything looked to defensive foul. Either way this call made up for the hand full of (bad calls)fouls called against Wisconsin. On Wisconsin!

  24. gowhitten - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    It was a foul (and Nick Johnson is pretty full of himself).

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