Following SMU’s loss last weekend UAB had been on the nation’s longest win streak at 14 straight games before falling on Thursday to Western Kentucky.
Therefore, the Blazers were looking to get back on the right side of the ledger against a Marshall team that, at 7-1 in Conference USA play, was trying to overtake UAB for the league lead.
Eventually, the Blazers were able to clip the Thundering Herd 81-78 in order to consolidate their lead in the league. But boy did they do it under controversial circumstances.
With about two seconds left, Marshall’s Ryan Taylor slashed toward the bucket for a layup. He was clearly slapped across the wrist by a UAB defender, but the foul was not called. To make matters worse, the ball hit off of Taylor afterward and went out of bounds off of him, meaning that on review the officials had to hand the ball to UAB with just under a couple of seconds left.
That obviously led to Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni voicing his displeasure with the officiating in a rather boisterous manner, as seen in the video above.
The win puts UAB in the driver’s seat in the Conference USA race, a full game ahead of Middle Tennesssee State and Marshall in the loss column. Given that a majority of the team that beat Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament last season is back, I would venture a guess that most high-major teams are hoping the Blazers get upended a few more times the rest of the season, including in the C-USA Tournament.