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Louisiana-Lafayette wins game with six on court

Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:22 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 4:12 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

I wasn't a math major, but I sure can tell from the video below that Louisiana-Lafayette had six players on the court for the game-winning possession. 

I was also taught that that's one more than is allowed. 

Unfortunately, the officiating crew didn't catch it - and Western Kentucky was on the losing end of a game-winning shot because they had to guard six players for the final 21 seconds of overtime. 

Hilltoppers coach Ken McDonald had no idea that Louisiana-Lafayette had six players on the court until after the final horn sounded. 

The game was tied at 70-all as Lafayette inbounded the ball with 21 seconds remaining in overtime. The officiating crew had no idea that the Ragin' Cajuns had an extra player on the court. 

The officials are supposed to count the number of players on each sides on the floor. 

"It's a hard pill to swallow," said McDonald, who team nearly forced a turnover despite being a man down. "What really hurts is the kids. They really played hard." 

"The refs made a mistake," he added. 

McDonald said by the time everyone figured out what had transpired, the officiating crew was already off the court. He was told that he can't appeal. 

"Once they leave the court, you can't review it," McDonald said. "From what I've been told, you can't appeal it, either." 

McDonald was surprisingly calm for a coach whose young team (he starts four freshmen) could have used this victory. 

"It's a tough way to lose," McDonald said. "But we can still take a lot of positives from this game." 





Video via Tim Burke of Deadspin, who was on the ball with this shortly after it ended.
Comments

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:15 pm
 

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

I'm a high school official and you are supposed to count after every time out....but everyone gets lulled to sleep on something this basic.....you get the the point (you shouldn't) where you're numb to the counting because you count 20 times a game and so rarely does a team send out the wrong number either intentionally or otherwise.....something I announce two free throws and all the kids play it live anyway.....humans make mistakes and at times are less aware than they are at others.....three refs shouldn't be sleeping on this for sure.....but you'd be surprised...especially at lower levels.....they don't tell kids who's in or out when timeouts are called....kids report in and then return to bench and never tell the other guy they are out.....too bad it came down to this at end of game...not all that shocking to me though



Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

Apparently Ken MacDonald won't be making any positives out of it.  WKU fired him this morning.  That seems a bit harsh.
I don't think his firing is harsh at all. I'm official scorekeeper for high school games and I cannot imagine the coaches on the high school level not catching this, let alone a coach coaching on the college level.

How inept must that ENTIRE coaching staff be not to catch this?!?! Not one coach, or even a player for that matter, noticed this?? You don't need to be coaching on the collegiate level if you cannot notice 6 guys on the court at the end of a game.



Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Love the UPS ad in the background

When the game's on the line, use 6 guys at a time.
That's Logistics. 



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

Apparently Ken MacDonald won't be making any positives out of it.  WKU fired him this morning.  That seems a bit harsh.
 



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:39 am
 

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

are u kidding me ncaa?



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:31 am
 

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

It wasn't noticed until after time expired that there were 6 men. Rules dictate that this is an irreversable call once time expires. I'm a UL fan and it bothers me a little that this happened. Although considering Elfrid possessed the ball the entire time from the inbound to the layup, I'm not exactly sure how much not having the extra guy would've really made to that play.



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:12 am
 

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

Yes, there is a rule against playing with 6 players.  I believe it is a technical foul for playing with 6.  It is the refs responsiblity to count the number of players.  I can't imagine the oppsing coach and players not noticing then sooner.  The coach handled well because he is probably embarrassed he didnt notice it as soon the play started.  There is nothing you can do now to change the outcome of the game.  It will go down as one of the biggest miscalls ever.  But miscalls and bad calls happen all the time.  Its part of the game.




Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:56 am
 

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

The officials sadly missed it but are also guided by rules and there are certain things they can and cannot do....once they are off the floor the game is over...they obviously didnt ignore it they just didn't see it......there are infractions in every game that go uncalled....fouls, violations, penalties.....it's part of the game....just because this is a glaring instance...you can't just hand out wins...and as my father used to say you had forty minutes (in this case 45) to put yourself in a position not to lose on a bad call!!!!!!!!!!!!  you can't lose on a 3 at the buzzer if you're up by 4.........coach has the right attitude and if you believe in karma he's got some coming



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:51 am
 

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

UK,

Unlike football where there is a flag for too many people on the field, there is no such rule that I've ever seen enforced in basketball for the same thing.  What happens is the refs count the number of players and wait until each team has enough players before putting the ball in play.  This happens frequently when there are substitutions.  The process is they wait. 

The team with 6 players doesn't get penalized because the refs are responsible for catching it.  Head coaches are advocates for their own team.  So are the players.  Why didn't the Hilltoppers players notice it when they matched up?  As bad as it was for the refs to miss, the Hilltoppers made the same shocking mistake.  As a guard on defense when I played, it was our responsibility to look around the court and make sure everyone was matched up. 




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:27 am
 

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

I cannot understand how this cannot be resolved.  It is simple....they had too many players on the court, what they did should be nullified, and WKU given the win.  They got the lead playing within the rules of the game, and now they are penalized and a team that didn't play within the rules of the game wins.  And it isn't even an opinion call, it IS RIGHT THERE ON VIDEO.  This is why the NCAA is the biggest pile of trash in sports today.


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