→ Dan Wetzel on the Phantom Jump Ball at the End of Louisville-Wichita State

No one knows if Wichita State actually would’ve driven down the court and hit a dramatic game-tying three in the final second of its national semifinal game against Louisville.

And that’s the problem.

Instead, we know that referee Karl Hess believes that even the briefest of battles for a loose ball, even in the most precious moments of the sport, constitutes a held ball and thus a quick whistle and thus having the end of the game determined by that unlikable possession arrow.

When you’re an official and a national columnist is writing your name in a Final Four column, you really, really messed up. I would hope that, as a result of this call, Karl Hess is not officiating NCAA tournament games next year.