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Seated behind the Virginia basket with my son; we didn't hear the whistle.

We had a good view of the shot. When I saw Kyle put his head in his jersey, my heart sank. Learning that a foul was called was exhilarating.

By chance, we were seated next to Jim Burr, longtime NCAA referee who had worked 16 final fours and seven championship games. Jim sat through the entire game quietly, and we didn't really interact much after he found his seat. But, as the referees huddled at the table, I raised my eyebrows and asked him what he thought of the call. I'll remember his response until the day I die: "It was a foul and this game is over." As in Guy wasn't missing any of these free throws. A great line and a prophetic one.

After Virginia pulled it out, Burr grabbed my arm as he was leaving his seat (as it turns out for the evening) and says to me: "You know they talk about teams of destiny. I think your team is one." And with that he was off. A great memory.

By the way, he didn't mention Jerome's double dribble on the final possession of regulation. No one in our section caught it live. I think we were all aghast that he had bobbled the ball with so little time left.

Thinking back on it, I honestly don't really remember much about the first half of the Michigan State-Texas Tech game. I think I was legitimately in shock. An incredible evening. Getting to enjoy it together with my son is something that I will always cherish.

[Post edited by 3NotchedHoo at 08/01/2019 3:50PM]

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  Every time I hear any of these moments -- cavgrad 08/01/2019 11:30PM
  Kudos to that ref for calling the foul -- chanman66 08/01/2019 4:01PM
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  Great post. ** -- Trigon 08/01/2019 6:20PM
  Great story! ** -- phoo 08/01/2019 4:41PM
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