> > > > > So I was out in the field seeding cover crops late the past couple
> > > > > nights with rain coming in today, so I told my wife to record the
> > > > > roundball game last night. ?She did, but... it ran late. (I always
> > > > > record the show following a sporting event just in case) ?So I got to
> > > > > watch the first 36 minutes of the game at midnight or one. ?Then I got
> > > > > to switch over to sportscenter to learn that Michigan had, indeed, ran
> > > > > out of gas.
> > > > > Anyways....was that the worst refs EVER on a national game? ?WTF?
> > > > > They'd let ten fouls go then call the eleventh...It went both ways.
> > > > > Then the tie ups...Louisville would foul the hell out of a Michigan
> > > > > player, just barely touch the ball and they'd call ?a tie-up. ?Hell,
> > > > > Burke got two-leg tackled under the basket with no call...and that
> > > > > blatant kick by Michigan right in front of the ref....no call.
> > > > > Outcome would have been the same. ?Still.
> > > > It looked like it was just bad both ways....I don't like basketball as
> > > > it's played today. ? The last Louisville bucket or one of the last the
> > > > guy was underneath and must have been fouled about 3 times and still
> > > > put the ball up high off the glass and in.
> > > The finesse of the game went by the wayside when both sides figured
> > > out they were able to get away with *** on the court.
> > I read an interview with Pitino a day or two ago in which he was bemoaning the way the college game is played today, or more accurately, the way it is being officiated. ?He was saying that NCAA BB, and Big East BB in particular, needed to be officiated more like the NBA-- tighten up interpretations on blocking fouls, moving picks, reach-ins, etc. ?I gotta agree with this-- it has gotten so physical that ?skilled players can't show their abilities while lunks thrive.
> > Last night's game was a perfect example. Some of the calls were inexplicable, and not a matter of interpreting what's too physical-- a missed goaltend that even those in the top row could see, a kicked ball by McGary, Burke's perfect block late in the game that was called a foul, and others. ?But most of the officiating ?mess was the result of interpreting what is allowed on the floor. ?Several times players were bumped right off the floor while holding or dribbling the ball. McGary got chop blocked once on a play that would earn a flag in football. ?Reach-ins on virtually every trip up the floor. ?All uncalled. Ridiculously poor, and makes you wonder how this officiating crew got selected to do the biggest game of the year.
> > Turns out that two of the three refs were Big East officials, and both had officiated at least a dozen Louisville games this season. ?Allowing this was a very bad idea. I'm not saying that it resulted in open bias for one team (although it certainly opens the door to such suggestions), but having officials who are very familiar with one team and their style of play will inevitably result in them calling the game differently than they otherwise would with two teams that are unknowns to them. ?I'm also pretty sure that their relation with Pitino would be different than their relationship with Beilein. That could work either way, but regardless it shouldn't be a factor in a championship game.
> > So in the end it was ironic that Pitino was complaining about the way the college game is being called before the game, but appeared to clearly benefit from it during the game.-
> Nicely stated.
More evidence, I think of why Pitino was worthy of his recent HOF selection. He understands what the rules (and particular officials) will allow, and pushes it to the limit.