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AG has it covered. Solomon said nothing.
Arizona’s Solomon Hill was hit with a technical foul with 16:46 to go in the first half, three seconds after hitting a 3-pointer. He clapped his hands as he turned and headed down court, and seemed as surprised as anyone when the technical was called.
“You can’t say anything. It kind of sucks the life out of basketball a little bit,” he said.
“It’s not like I disrespected the player or the coach. I was just hyped up for the game. Things like that happen and now I know better.”
Yeah, but what did he say?
“Nothing. I didn’t say anything,” he said.
It was suggested to him that it looked like he did nothing more than the clapping.
“Exactly. We’re on the same page,” he said.
Miller, who was baffled by his own technical foul last week against UCLA, said he wasn’t disappointed in Hill.
“I don’t think he did it intentionally. He was emotionally charged up. That was the first shot that he made,” Miller said.
“He may have turned and said something after the shot. This is a tournament where you have to dot your I’s, cross your T’s and be on it. I’m sure he learned his lesson.”
It looked like all he did was clap while coming up the court. Maybe he gave the guy a look, but to warrant a technical you usually have to "taunt" the opponent. Are any of surprised, though? After the UCLA fiasco and now this, Arizona must avoid getting the "Bad Boy" label.
Personally, "T" up Arizona in every game. Seriously, we'll ride those motivating BS technical foul calls all the way to the Final Four.
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Thanks Brad. All of us in the bar were like wtf. No one had a clue plus we could not here the commentary. Good when walton is on but not good when something questionable is going on.
HE TOUCHED THE BALL!
Lute had his spats with officials from time to time. Despite my ref buddy and his group saying the call at UCLA was correct, and even if it was, IMO, Miller handled it very well during the game and in the press conference. If he simply would not have gone after the ref after the game, I don't think he would have been fined.
Last night was atrocious in the first 1/2 IMO.
"Arizona has no tradition" - Bill Walsh
"We have a tradition of kicking Bill Walsh's ass" - Teddy Bruschi
Compared to Miller, Lute got away with murder. And Lute doesn't even approach some of the attitude and ref baiting of some of the other legendary coaches.
For Miller to get a technical from an official he wasn't even talking to, and not in a hostile manner is ludicrous. Officials need respect, but there really wasn't anything disrespectful about Miller's tone or manner. If he came out of the coaches box slightly, it wasn't his intent to charge the official or interrupt play.
The call on Hill was even more crazy, and in my view, it is a ref who is trying to be noticed, for "keeping control" of the game so he can move onto the next round.
If Miller really wanted to gain advantage where it wouldn't hurt the team, he would just send Chol in to indiscriminately throw some elbows and be an enforcer. But he isn't that way.
And calls around the basket last night were bizarre.
My theory in the NCAAs is that the refs give advantage to an unknown school like Belmont. It may be unconscious, but am I wrong here? The more skilled team has to play through it, like Arizona did last night.
He CLAPPED HIS HANDS!, He clapped his hands, HE CLAPPED HIS HANDS!, He clapped his hands.
I read lips ......I can tell exactly what SH said
This post was edited by Mrzipityduda 13 months ago
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