The Kentucky Wildcats are leaving Gainesville with a win over the Florida Gators on Wednesday night, 82-74.
Although the crowd was not as rowdy as it normally is when Kentucky comes to town, there was a situation that arose in the second half as Cason Wallace chased down a ball out-of-bounds.
As Wallace falls into the first row, he is grabbed by Florida fans, which was captured by Tristan Pharis.
Cason Wallace was grabbed by Florida fans after chasing a loose ball into the crowd.— Tristan Pharis (@TristanUda) February 23, 2023
The three Florida fans were ejected, but received an applause from the crowd... pretty classless. pic.twitter.com/DoGy903a26
"He wasn't grabbed."— Tristan Pharis (@TristanUda) February 23, 2023
He is literally getting bearhugged... pic.twitter.com/M85ySbcSYO
With assistant coaches Tyler Ulis and Chin Coleman spotting it immediately, the officials acted quickly at the next dead-ball to have a look, then eject the fans responsible.
A question arose out of the situation; how was there no technical foul on the play?
According to former NCAA Officiating Coordinator John Adams on Twitter, the referees handled the situation the correct way.
In case you're wondering why there was no technical foul assessed when Florida fans interfered with the game... https://t.co/Phkg7vnP30— Big Blue Insider (@bigblueinsider1) February 23, 2023
In a situation that can not happen. Luckily, Wallace ended up okay, and the refs took care of it rather quickly.