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Bret Bielema tweets shade about refs in Arkansas-Kentucky SEC tourney title game

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Bret Bielema didn’t appear to be too happy with the refs following Arkansas’ 82-65 loss to Kentucky in the SEC men’s basketball tournament championship game on Sunday.

Bielema, the Razorbacks football coach, took to Twitter not long after the game to offer his thoughts about the perceived favoritism in a sarcastic manner.

Bielema was responding to a tweet from quarterback Brandon Allen that said he appreciated the Razorbacks’ physicality in the game.

In the game, which Kentucky controlled through its entirety and pulled away in the second half, frustration set in after Arkansas native and Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk made a throat-slashing gesture toward the Razorbacks bench. Arkansas’ Moses Knigsley then was called for a flagrant foul Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and got ejected from the game in the closing minutee.

Now former Arkansas offensive lineman Dan Skipper tweeted his annoyance in what he believed to be flopping in the game, as well as Kentucky bias from ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale, who was calling the game.

And former wide receiver Drew Morgan didn’t like that someone apparently called Arkansas “Arkansas University” instead of “U of A,” or the University of Arkansas.

Both Arkansas and Kentucky made the NCAA tournament field when it was announced Sunday after the game.

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