Saturday's call, even if it was correct, was like popping a little kid's birthday balloon.
Louisville might have won anyway, which is fine. The Cardinals deserved to win after climbing back from a 12-point, second-half deficit.
Something so important, such as a trip to the national title game, should not be decided by something so arbitrary.
Wichita State's dream season ended with a thud.
It was a tough game to choose sides.
Wichita State junior Cleanthony Early had the game of his life with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
The No. 9-seeded team from the Missouri Valley Conference had made its point, defeating No.1 and No.2 to win the West.
"Not only do they belong," Coach Gregg Marshall said of his team, "they can play with the best."
Louisville was "just" the best team in the tournament until last week's injury to guard Kevin Ware changed the drama dynamic. Ware's horrific leg break against Duke last Sunday shocked everyone who saw it and then galvanized his teammates.
Ware sat courtside in a wheelchair, wearing his No.5 jersey.
For most of the game, though, Louisville played like it was the double-digit underdog.
"I was mad the entire game," Ware said afterward.
At one point, he hobbled his way onto the court to chew his teammates out.
Louisville trainer Fred Hina had to chase Ware back to his seat.
Suddenly, with the game at the brink of slipping away, Louisville kicked it into another gear.
The Cardinals' frenetic pressure defense finally paid dividends.
Wichita State had only four turnovers until seven minutes left in the game. The Shockers went 26 minutes without a flub-up and then suddenly turned it over five times in seven possessions.
For Louisville, it was vintage discombobulation.
"Down the stretch we were just loose with the ball," Wichita State guard Malcolm Armstead said.
The Shockers' 12-point lead was gone in a blink.