Did elbow from Wendell Carter Jr deserve a flagrant foul?

Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward Wendell Carter Jr. (34) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Duke Blue Devils freshman forward Wendell Carter Jr. may have gotten away with an elbow straight to the face of Michigan State Spartans senior forward Ben Carter. The two got tangled up late in the second half of the game between the two teams at the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, with one Carter whacking another.

The ruling on the court was a live-ball contact technical foul, which allowed Carter Jr. to remain in the game. It still gave Michigan State the same outcome as a Flagrant 2 foul would have — two free throws and the ball.

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  1. Christian

    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:30 am

    The right call was made here. It is shocking! These are the kinds of calls you normally expect the refs to screw up. It was an unfortunate entanglement that victimized one Carter and forced the other Carter to the floor. These things happen in competitive basketball. No one intentionally tried to hurt anyone. Both were aggressively pursuing a return to the other end of the floor to help out their teammates when the collision occurred. They made amends and moved on, which demonstrated tremendous poise on the parts of both kids.

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