Frustrated Auburn fans give refs (and Yale fans) hell on social media

Auburn is on upset alert against Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl during practice at Spokane
Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl during practice at Spokane / James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

It was rough for Auburn right from the start of the Tigers’ Round of 64 matchup against Yale. Jaylin Williams rolled his ankle and then Chad Baker-Mazara, the only player on the team with extensive NCAA Tournament experience, got ejected for elbowing Yale’s August Mahoney. 

Throughout the game, without Baker-Mazara’s scoring punch, Auburn has struggled to get any separation from the Ivy League champs. Auburn fans have become frustrated with the officiating as Auburn has been whistled for 20 fouls to just 15 for Yale with three minutes remaining in the game. 

The referees have been very involved in the game since its chippy start which, and without my pace or flow to the action, the more talented team hasn’t gotten to stretch its legs and extend its lead. 

Most fans are upset with the referees, but some have become frustragted with the player of the Tigers, who came into the tournament off an impressive SEC Tournament run. Even late in the game, Johni Broome was whistled for a foul going for a rebound which allowed Danny Wolf of Yale to tie the game. Yale is 16-25 from the free throw line. 

Other fans have started to dislike the preppy Ivy League fans of Auburn’s opponent. Guys like this celebrating could make a potential loss even tougher to stomach for Auburn fans. 

Auburn is firmly on upset alert and not all by its own doing.