Rick Barnes says he hasn't received an explanation from officials about horrible foul call on Lamonte Turner
Tennessee blew a 25-point lead against Iowa on Sunday afternoon, but managed to hold on in overtime to advance to the Sweet 16.
Referees didn’t make things easy for the Vols, calling a phantom foul on Lamonte Turner late in the second half on an Iowa three-point attempt.
On Monday, coach Rick Barnes was still upset about the call, saying he hasn’t gotten an explanation yet (via RockyTopInsider.com):
“The only thing they told me was ‘don’t look at the monitor’ because I was sitting there looking at it,” Barnes said with a chuckle. “But we didn’t get one. I just saw it when I was watching our tape at the end of the game. One official (called a tipped ball on a block) and the other one came in (and called a foul).
“They gave us no explanation. They just said they called a foul.”
Here’s the supposed “foul” on Turner, which sure doesn’t look like a foul, even in real-time footage:
How is this a foul on Lamonte Turner lol these refs love the lower seeds this tourney pic.twitter.com/kCkvVVdRlr
— BettorIQ (@BettorIQ) March 24, 2019
Fortunately for the Vols, Turner came down and hit a clutch three on the next possession to atone for that error, even though it shouldn’t have been called a foul in the first place.