According to the box score, Michigan point guard Trey Burke had one blocked shot in his team's 82-76 loss to Louisville in the national championship game. According to most people who watched the game, Burke had a pair of rejections, with the second being perhaps the most athletic play of the entire night. Unfortunately for Burke and the Wolverines, an official whistled him for a foul on this second attempt at a block.
With Michigan trailing by three points with just over five minutes remaining in the second half, Burke chased down Peyton Siva on the break and appeared to have a clean -- and stunning -- block at the rim. The official following the play seemed to think there was contact and sent Siva to the free throw line.
"I tried to time it up. I knew he was going to try to dunk. I guess the ref thought it was a foul," Burke told reporters after the game, via ASAP Sports. "I thought I had all ball and timed it up pretty good. Unfortunately, you know, it didn't go that way. They called the foul."
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Siva knocked down both free throws to push the Louisville lead to five points. Prompted by a follow-up question, Burke described the play as a "turning point" in the game. Michigan would never get as close as three points again.
"I think that was a turning point," Burke said. "There was lots of turning points to this game. It could have been momentum. If it was a no call, we could have gotten possession. We can't go back on that now. It was a foul. Louisville deserved it."
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