NCAA Officiating Has Been Interesting So Far

College basketball officiating is always interesting and this weekend was no exception with technical fouls being given out like passes for a free chicken sandwich at Chick-Fila and of course this fine no-call at the end of the UCLA-Texas A&M on Saturday night.

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Now, I agree the UCLA is an excellent defensive team and yes this kid would still need to make the FTs at which point UCLA would have had time for one more shot and fail that OT had to be played.  However, it is flat out ridiculous that no foul call was made here.

Hat tip: Deadspin

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10 Responses to NCAA Officiating Has Been Interesting So Far

  1. Will says:

    At this point, UCLA and Memphis don’t worry me as much as Kansas and Texas.

  2. Josh Bowling says:

    That was not the only defensive play that UCLA got by with in the last few minutes. Those type of intangibles scare me. The ability to win close games and foul w/o doing so in official’s field of vision. Yes Kansas is the next scariest team after us.

  3. Thanks for the picture. When my wife and I saw the end of the game, we both immediately started yelling that the A&M player was hacked, but there was no call.
    I don’t think I’ve seen the officiating this “off” in the tournament as it’s been this year. THF, since you were at the game yesterday and our lovely stations in Omaha decided to show Memphis vs Mississippi State and Louisville vs Oklahoma, were there any blown calls at the UNC vs Arkansas game?

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    There were a few…obviously nothing that rocked the game one way or the other. Alex Stepheson was called for a foul going up the for the ball with an Arkansas player and they were both going straight up and Stepheson had the ball first. Hansbrough got called for a foul that was questionable and late in the game an Ark player hung on the rim pretty severely but it was not called a technical. Mostly it was fine mainly because UNC jumped all over the Hawgs and no manner of bad officiating was going to change the outcome.

  5. Alpha Wolf says:

    THF – we saw that call too, and frame by framed the DVR to make sure we saw what we did.

    The usual excuse is that “well, you had the advantage of replay” and that is true, but at the same time, we weren’t within ten feet of the action either.

    The wife asked if Coach Kool-Aid was working the refs.

    “Kool-Aid? I asked her.

    “Yeah, Coach K”…followed by some unprintables.

    It’s good to see the Tar Heel coming out in her. She worked hard for her degree and she should be proud of her team.

  6. Dominic says:

    Andy in Omaha…

    Being stuck here in Kansas, I’m in the same boat, CBS showed the Oklahoma game both days. FYI, if you didn’t know, this year you can watch whatever game you want thru the CBS sportsline website, there is a couple second delay, but it’s better than watching the score refresh. All you need to do is connect with IE, and don’t even have to register or anything. I wish they ran this service all year, I just can’t justify paying my TV satellite company for the acc season when there are usually only a few non-televised TarHeel games.

    http://www.ncaasports.com/mmod

    I was getting aggravated during Friday’s game, because the video kept hanging up,and it always happened when we were on offense! At least the audio kept playing through the glitches. I blame dook for the technical difficulties. 😉

  7. Thanks, THF. I’m already seeing some complaining by Washington State fans and Tar Heel haters that we got all the calls in Raleigh, and we’ll continue to get all the calls in Charlotte so State, Tennessee, and Louisville will never have a chance.
    For some reason, I was more uneasy about playing Arkansas than I am about playing Washington State. Hope I have a reason to be confident…………….

  8. robuck says:

    well, the easiest way to take the refs out of the game, so to speak, is to keep playing at a level that makes close calls inconsequential. It’s always better to let your play be the determining factor in the game, not the officials’ calls.

    funny that folks are pre-whining about calls in Carolina’s favor, considering that we were called for 5 more fouls than Arkansas and they shot 6 more free throws than we did.

  9. DrAlexUNC says:

    This is the same thing that happened in Duke’s hey day. When a team is hyped as a “great” defensive team, the officials are influenced on how to make calls. Flopping, bumps on the outside on screens, hand checks; they all seem to go unnoticed. This is the 3rd game that the Bruins have benefitted from late game calls that were questionable at best.

  10. Thanks Dominic! I’ll check it out. I already told the guys I play basketball with to count on me not being there so I can watch the beat down we’re going to administer to WASU. Just in case we don’t get the game on TV here, I’ll be sure to register so I can watch the game that way.

    GO HEELS!!!

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