Like most of the top defensive teams in CBB, Louisville plays very
aggressively. It creates a challenge for officials-- they can't call
everything. But when you run up behind a player who's dribbling and
reach in, it's really hard to do that cleanly. Louisville got called
for the foul on that play maybe 10% of the time
> > Or is louisville allowed to foul, grab, bump into michigan dribblers whenever they want and not get fouls called?
> It was a game with incredible talent on both sides of the floor. But
> the officiating was way below the level you'd like to see for a game
> like this. There were a number of just flat-out missed calls, several
> of which created a real swing in the game. The first was the bogus
> call on Burke which resulted in #2 on him and 15 minutes on the bench
> in the first half.
That's a thing coaches do far too often imo. The point of sitting someone is so that they don't foul out right, and *miss* time due to fouls right? Well guess what...when you sit your best player for 14 minutes, you are GUARANTEEING that that players fouls are costing your team bigtime....whereas if you just play them regularly you may get their full value. Or you may not if they keep fouling.
Uconn's head coach did the same thing a decade or so ago in a national semi game. They were clearly the best team imo, but because he sat his best player for over 15 minutes in the first half with 2 fouls, duke built a nice lead and if one of the last 4-5 possessions had gone their way duke would have stolen a victory because the uconn coach was overly conservative with his best player.
The worst was the 4th foul on Hancock, which was
> inexplicably given to another Louisville player. He stays in, and 30
> seconds later draws #4 on McGary. McGary to the bench, and Hancock
> proceeds to score 10 more points. The 4th foul on Burke-- a clean
> block-- also played a big role at the end, when he couldn't foul and
> precious seconds ran off.
> Like most of the top defensive teams in CBB, Louisville plays very
> aggressively. It creates a challenge for officials-- they can't call
> everything. But when you run up behind a player who's dribbling and
> reach in, it's really hard to do that cleanly. Louisville got called
> for the foul on that play maybe 10% of the time
14. I am torn.