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Kansas men’s basketball advances after controversial call angers Samford: ‘Unbelievable play’

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THE Kansas Jayhawks avoided an early upset in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Thursday night, thanks to a controversial call in the final minute of their first-round game against Samford.

The Bulldogs, 13th seed managed to cut a 22-point deficit to just one with 14 seconds left when Samford’s AJ Staton-McCray said he made a “great play” in blocking Nicolas Timberlake’s shot under the basket.

Nicolas Timberlake commits a mistake

AJ Staton-McCray, No. 5 of the Samford Bulldogs, is called for a foul on Nicolas Timberlake, No. 25 of the Kansas Jayhawks, with 14 seconds left during the second half of the first round of the men’s basketball tournament in the NCAA at the Delta Center on March 21, 2024, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Officials called it a foul, which would have resulted in two key free throws from Timberlake for a 93-89 victory.

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“I saw the play,” Samford coach Bucky McMillan said in his postgame statement.

“I thought AJ made an incredible play, you know what I’m saying? I don’t blame the call. Some people can look at it different ways. But I was really proud of our guys’ ability to play . “.

But on social networks, several fans saw things differently.

Jaden Campbell parties

Jaden Campbell, #2 of the Samford Bulldogs, celebrates a three-point basket against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half of the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Delta Center on March 21, 2024, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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“Ban this referee team for stealing from Samford,” one person said in response to the NCAA Article on X showing the replay in slow motion.

“Terrible call, Kansas was once again saved by the refs,” replied another.

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Timberlake insisted in his postgame speech that he was “definitely fouled” on the play. Kansas coach Bill Self apparently avoided giving his opinion when asked him about the call and instead praised Timberlake’s play.

“I thought Nic attacked the basket well,” he said. “He’s a much better athlete than a lot of people think. He attacked hard, like he should.”

Kansas players celebrate

Elmarko Jackson, #13, and Dajuan Harris Jr., #3 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrate against the Samford Bulldogs in the second half of the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Delta Center on 21 March 2024 in Salt Lake. City, Utah. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The fourth-seeded Jayhawks next face Gonzaga, seeded No. 5 Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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