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Much of the reaction on social media was in Manek’s defense. Manek’s flagrant foul appeared inadvertent while he was boxing out for a rebound.
Manek ejection was a joke. Boxing out No-Look elbow is an ejection? GTFO
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 19, 2022
The No. 8 seed Tar Heels were leading by 25 with 10:08 remaining at the time of the disqualification. The No. 1 seed Bears were mounting a rally late and had cut the deficit to three with under two minutes remaining behind a 30-9 run. The Bears tied the game at 80-80 with 15 seconds left to force overtime. But the Tar Heals rallied to win 93-86.
Manek started four years for the Oklahoma Sooners before transferring as a graduate student to North Carolina for his final season. Manek was leading the Tar Heels with 26 points at the time of the ejection.
According to the NCAA rule book, a flagrant 2 foul involves unsportsmanlike conduct that is extreme in nature, including “when a player swings an elbow excessively and makes contact above the shoulders”, or excessive or severe contact during a dead ball.
Brady manek was mad he got boxed out and hit him with a high elbow lmao for sure intentional pic.twitter.com/MoiMdo95XH
— jw (@the__johnw) March 19, 2022
We’re really ejecting Brady Manek for that? Sometimes we need to use some common sense (I know that’s difficult with the rule book).
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 19, 2022
If Baylor wins the championship, the tournament MVP should be Brady Manek.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) March 19, 2022
North Carolina was up 25 with 10:08 left when Manek was ejected.
With 15 seconds left, we are tied.
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) March 19, 2022
This UNC vs Baylor game is rigged. Brady Manek shouldn’t have been ejected.
— John Hood (@TheJohnHood) March 19, 2022
Baylor defense couldn't stop Manek so the refs did
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) March 19, 2022