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It was interesting to see both national semifinal games include fairly controversial calls in the final minute last night. The 50/50 "charge" call that went Michigan's way denied Syracuse a chance to go to the foul line and try and tie the game. The phantom "tie up" that gave Louisville the basketball off a missed free throw and denied Wichita State a chance at a game-tying 3-Pointer in the waning seconds.
I know it's the politically correct thing to say that game's aren't decided by a single call, that teams should do enough in the other 39 minutes to ensure the game isn't decided by a single play. Unfortunately, "reality" tells us that games DO come down to single plays and single calls all the time. All one has to do is look at any team's schedule and see how many games were decided by 5-6 points or less.
I'm not complaining, but only pointing out the importance officials do play in the game of basketball and why it is critically important that the Pac-12 figure out a way to overhaul their officiating program and do something to improve the quality of games in the league.
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While I personally thought it was a charge on Syracuse, I thought that jump ball call was horrible in the first game! And it's not the first time this season I've seen jump balls called the split second two opponents have their hand on the ball. That one you could say definitely cost the Shockers. I was impressed by Wichita State though but I think Arizona would've still killed em.
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I tend to agree. The block/charge call was a truly a 50/50 bang-bang play. The "jump ball" was pretty horrible.
I thought the Michigan-Syracuse game was one of the most physical with the fewest calls I have veer seen. Those guys are all pretty bruised today - no doubt. I thought there were some flagrant fouls. Intentional hits to the face, etc....no call. Hard to say it was unfair to either team, but 'letting them play' would be a huge understatement, IMO.
That jump ball thing is perplexing but every time I question my ref buddy he explains there is no specific amount of time or that you must have two hands on the ball (as I was taught in Junior High) or anything like that. It can be a split second and is just when you immobilize the ball in the hands of the offensive player. Lots of time it is called on big man going up, if the defender can get a hand on the ball before it leaves his hands, it can be a jump ball call.
I am also just baffled about the falling to the ground thing. One million percent of the time any Arizona Wildcat with the ball that has EVER fallen to the floor - gets an immediate traveling call. Doesn't matter of he was pushed, tripped, tries to maintain dribble, tries to call time out whatever - it is ALWAYS traveling. It is NEVER called on anyone else at any time, under any circumstances. Players fall down, roll over several times and pass to a teammate - no problem. Often they get a TO.
There was also a kicking on Michigan that did not get called. Again, if an Arizona players foot has ever touched the ball it's a kicking call. But other teams do it all the time and never get called for it. My ref buddy says the defender has to be moving his foot trying to get in the way...but I know I've seen it called for incidental contact against us.
"Arizona has no tradition" - Bill Walsh
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I had texted you prior to both of these calls that the when it is done right, the game basically calls itself.
Up to the point of the tied ball, which had to be the quickest call I have ever seen, the refs had done a decent job in the Louisville/WS game.
For years I've heard the statement that teams need to make sure they do enough to win, give themselves a margin of error, blah, blah, blah. But when you have teams that are so evenly matched, a bad call at the most critical time in the game can and often does influence the outcome.
I thought the whistle for the tie up was fast, but I thought that Syracuse was guilty of charging on that call. They couldn't generate any offense to speak of so they just started taking everything to the rim. There would have been nothing wrong with a pull up jumper there, a shot that seems to be a lost art. It was so crowded around the basket, I have no idea why you would try to score a lay up in that situation. Just my opinion.
The charge or block call was close...unlike a few in our game against fucla. There werent close.
Can college basketball please get rid of the archaic rule of the possession arrow?
Up vote. One of the worst rules in basketball.
Don't know if it would have changed the outcome of the national champions, but there appeared to be a blown call on what looked like a clean block but ended up a foul on Michigan late in the game.
Yes, the guy at the top of the arena knew that Burke cleanly blocked the breakaway layup attempt by Siva, but somehow the official five feet away blew that call. And yes, it was significant. Rather than Michigan going the other way with momentum down five points, Siva hits 2 free throws and the Cardinal are up seven with the momentum. Likely didn't decide the outcome, but that was a huge and obvious call that the official got wrong big time.
Man that block was all ball! No backing down from either guy at that point in the game. "I'll meet ya at the top"
This post was edited by TewaWildcaT 12 months ago
Don't know if I have ever seen a game where there was more contact. A foul could be called on every play. The announcers called it playground bb. We all remember that. Push offs, body blocks, undercutting. No calls. This is not basketball, this is rugby. The whole game has gotten out of hand.
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