Elijah Johnson avoided being the next Briante Weber. When Michigan center Mitch McGary stepped in front of him in an attempt to free up teammate Trey Burke on an early inbounds play, Johnson appeared to deliver a low blow.
In the Round of 32, McGary leveled Weber, a VCU guard, on a screen. The Wolverines' freshman came out the loser of this incident in the Sweet 16.
After reviewing the play, Johnson was assessed a flagrant 1 foul. With the below the belt strike appearing to be intentional, many felt that Johnson deserved to be ejected from the game.
"That's a flagrant 2," CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb said during halftime of the Louisville-Oregon game. "Elijah Johnson should be out of this game."
Courtesy of Bleacher Report, here is a screen grab of the moment of impact.
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