Duke fell in its Elite Eight matchup against Kansas in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Sunday evening in overtime, 85-81.
After Grayson Allen missed a last-second shot attempt in regulation, the Blue Devils and Jayhawks went back-and-forth in the extra session with a Final Four berth on the line.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 25, 2018
Ultimately, Duke couldn’t stay close with Kansas down the stretch, but not without some controversy.
With the Blue Devils leading by just one point with under three minutes remaining, Kansas guard Malik Newman drove the lane and Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. moved into position for what should have been a clear charge. Instead, officials called a block, Carter Jr. exited the game with five fouls and Duke simply couldn’t keep pace.
Here’s a still of Carter Jr., who is clearly outside of the restricted area, has both feet planted and is taking contact from Newman, who initiates the contact.
Twitter reacted appropriately.
Absolutely HORRIBLE call by Roger Ayers
— Brett Friedlander (@BFriedACC) March 25, 2018
He was there. In position. Terrible call.
— Duke Digest (@DukeDigest) March 25, 2018
Textbook charge. What?????
— Ben Leonard (@Ben___Leonard) March 25, 2018
What happens next for Duke is unclear
Grayson Allen is heading to the NBA. Marvin Bagley III and Carter Jr. could follow him as sure-fire lottery picks. Gary Trent and Trevon Duval could opt to leave as well.
Duke is loaded for next year’s class, and even with departures of top talent, will look to make a deep run in next year’s NCAA Tournament.
For now, they’ll have to settle for heartbreak, with clarity on what departures are exiting their starting five coming in the next few weeks.