Video: Auburn fans’ premature Final Four pandemonium goes viral
In the heat of the moment, it’s hard to realize in real time what actually just happened. This is exactly what Auburn fans experienced when the buzzer sounded at the U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night during the Final Four.
That’s all they heard: a buzzer signaling that they had moved on to play for the national championship on Monday. Well, that’s what they thought. What they didn’t hear was a whistle on a foul call on Virginia guard Kyle Guy as he rose up from three in the left corner, with their Tigers up by two points.
Guy eventually sank the three freebies to secure the Cavaliers’ spot in the NCAA Finals, as they escaped by the skin of their teeth with a 63-62 thriller.
Watch the clip below from Bleacher Report as Auburn fans pre-maturely celebrated before realizing the game wasn’t over:
They thought Auburn won 😬
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 7, 2019
Still, you can’t blame the fans at the arena for celebrating in the heat of the moment. But there’s no excuse for these Tigers fans who were presumably watching at home, and ran around the streets to celebrate a win they didn’t have.
Auburn fans running around celebrating not realizing Virginia actually won😂😂 pic.twitter.com/vpodK94XHg
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 7, 2019
Absolutely heartbreaking. Hopefully, there’s another clip of those fans realizing that they actually lost.
Nonetheless, with many tagging the call as controversial, there’s no doubt that the referees made the right call. Auburn guard Samir Doughty did make contact with Guy as he went up for the shot. Moreover, he didn’t give Guy enough space to land safely.
Still, it wasn’t as if the foul was a free ticket for Virginia to the national championship. Guy still had to make those three gut-wrenching free-throws with nearly every Tiger fan heckling him at the line.