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Did Ty Jerome get away with a double-dribble in Virginia's Final Four win over Auburn?

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Did Ty Jerome get away with a double-dribble in Virginia's Final Four win over Auburn?

It wouldn't be an instant Final Four classic without a little bit of controversy!

With Virginia trailing Auburn 62-60 in the final seconds Saturday, UVA point guard Ty Jerome dribbled the ball up the court, but then bumped it off his back foot. Jerome then picked the ball off the court and began dribbling again, seemingly a double-dribble which would have resulted in a turnover and given the ball back to the Tigers.

And yet, no whistle blew.

After the game, CBS' Gene Steratore explained why the referees should have called a double-dribble on Jerome. 

“As Ty Jerome brings the ball up the court, he accidentally bumps the ball off his back foot … he then re-possesses this ball with both hands. That ends his dribble," said Steratore. "Then he makes the decision to dribble again, which by rule is a double-dribble."

Following the no-call, UVA's Kyle Guy was fouled on a three-point attempt with 0.6 seconds left, and made all three free throws to give the Cavaliers an improbable 63-62 win. 

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Kyle Guy's free throws send Virginia to first-ever NCAA Tournament final

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Kyle Guy's free throws send Virginia to first-ever NCAA Tournament final

And that's why it's called March Madness.

Virginia trailed Auburn 62-60 in the final seconds of their Final Four matchup Saturday. But as UVA guard Kyle Guy caught the ball and put up a last-second three, he was fouled by Auburn's Samir Doughty. 

Guy stepped to the line and cooly sunk all three free throws, giving UVA the 63-62 lead. The Tigers' desperate attempt to hit a buzzer-beater failed, and the Cavaliers celebrated reaching their first-ever NCAA Tournament final. 

“I could lie to you and say I knew I was going to hit them, but I was terrified," Guy told CBS' Tracy Wolfson after the game. "I had confidence in myself, but this is what we dream of. And for me to be able to do this for our team, I couldn't be happier."

To quote Bill Raftery: "Onions!"

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