But RJ Melendez getting called for a technical foul for “having momentum while dunking a basketball” is still pretty awful.
Officiating college basketball is a tough job. The referees are all independent contractors that have different bosses, and a completely new set of them during the NCAA Tournament than they’ve had all year. There’s no union, no full-time employment, and while there are supervisors, they can only give feedback and not steps to action to get better.
But what we’ve seen in this tournament is that one of the biggest sporting events in the world (and one that’s only behind the World Cup in terms of betting handle) is often awfully managed by the three men in charge. It needs to get better, and it needs to happen soon.