Duke basketball: Jon Scheyer goes viral telling referee he made wrong call

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer has gone viral for arguing with referees. 

No one was able to work the referees better than former Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski and it is very clear that Jon Scheyer is still learning that facet of his new job.

Duke picked up its second consecutive victory on Tuesday night against Wake Forest, 75-73, but it is Scheyer that is making headlines following the game for an encounter he had with referee John Gaffney.

Blue Devil freshman forward Kyle Filipowski missed a 3-pointer with 4:55 remaining in the second half and Duke leading 68-56.

It appeared that the rebound was tipped out of bounds by Wake Forest guard Tyree Appleby but the officiating crew ruled that it was last touched by Duke’s Ryan Young.

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Appleby had a major grin on his face following the call and Scheyer could not help himself but interject.

“You hit it out?” Scheyer discretely said to the Wake Forest graduate transfer.

Tyree Appleby, with a massive grin on his face, responded “yeah, I hit it out.”

Duke basketball head coach grills referee for making incorrect decision

The Duke head coach then went over to John Gaffney before the ball was put back in play trying to make his case for the call to be overturned.

“He knows…he’s laughing because he hit it out [of bounds],” Scheyer explained.

“I may be wrong,” Gaffney responded but never gathered with Ron Groover or Jeffrey Anderson to discuss changing the call.

“You are. On that one you are wrong,” Scheyer finished his plea before action was resumed.

The entire encounter was captured by the social media team of the Blue Devils and posted to its TikTok account, where it has nearly received one million views.

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The call actually had a massive impact on the game because instead of Duke getting the ball back with a chance to put Wake Forest away for good, the Demon Deacons went on a 10-2 run to bring themselves within four points, 70-66, of the Blue Devils with 1:23 left.

Duke (16-6, 7-4 ACC) will host rival North Carolina (15-6, 7-3 ACC) on Saturday night (6:30p.m. EST, ESPN) before going on the road to play No. 20 Miami (17-5, 8-4 ACC) and No. 6 Virginia (17-3, 9-2 ACC) next week.

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