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Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:48 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 9:16 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Some questionable calls that change the outcome of a game are judgment calls that could technically go either way.

The non-call on Syracuse center Baye Keita’s goaltending was not one of them.

With six seconds left and Syracuse leading by two, West Virginia forward Deniz Kilicli grabbed an offensive rebound after Darryl Bryant missed a 3-pointer. He went up for what looked to be an easy follow – but Keita came out of nowhere and knocked it away after it hit the backboard.

Seemed like a clear call, but there was not a single whistle from the three-man crew of Karl Hess, Gene Steratore and Brian O’Connell. This wasn’t one of the goaltending calls where a shot kind of looks like it’s on the way down depending on the angle – this clearly hit the backboard first, before Keita swatted it away.

A contested Kevin Jones 3-pointer missed at the buzzer, as Syracuse escaped with a 63-61 win. Sure, there would have been six seconds left, even if the goaltending was called. Syracuse would have had a chance to win. That still doesn’t erase the fact it was a horrible missed call.

"It's inexcusable. It's inexcusable," head coach Bob Huggins said, according to RapidReporter Patrick Southern.

This kind of thing is only going to increase the complaints that referees are overworked. For example, let’s look at head official Karl Hess’ schedule for January, courtesy of 

  • January 1: Villanova at Marquette
  • January 2: Old Dominion at James Madison
  • January 3: Alabama at Georgia Tech
  • January 4: UTEP at Marshall
  • January 5: Louisiana-Monroe at Florida Atlantic
  • January 7: Miami (Fl.) at Virginia
  • January 9: Cincinnati at Georgetown
  • January 10: Florida State at Virginia Tech
  • January 11: Syracuse at Villanova
  • January 12: George Mason at Drexel
  • January 14: NC State at Wake Forest
  • January 15: Duke at Clemson
  • January 16: Louisville at Marquette
  • January 18: Old Dominion at Towson
  • January 19: Virginia at Georgia Tech
  • January 21: Connecticut at Tennessee
  • January 22: Samford at UNC-Greensboro
  • January 23: Drexel at William & Mary
  • January 25: Duke at Maryland
  • January 26: NC State at North Carolina
  • January 28: West Virginia at Syracuse

He’s had seven days off this month – and I’m assuming he’s traveled on at least four or five of them. Throw in the fact he’s refereeing some high-intensity basketball and it’s pretty clear he’s overworked.

Until that problem is taken care of, expect more of these calls.

Or, rather, don't expect any calls.


Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:32 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

If he is so dysfunctional, why is he drawing a salary? 

Since: Mar 1, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:12 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

THANK YOU for the voice of reason.   The media loves to sensationalize this and hardly mentions the fact that WVU GOT THE BALL BACK AND STILL HAD A CHANCE TO WIN - which they missed.  Not to mention the fact that WVU missed several shots down the stretch and had numerous turnovers.   All season long SU has had calls go against them and this time, one call (or non call) went their way.  Media shouldn't be doing the whining........

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:12 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

Did these officials work the WVU vs Baylor game in Vegas this year? 

WVU lost on a last second foul which the announcers said had not been called all day.  Announcers said Baylor had been shoving WVU players to the floor and out of bounds the entire game but no fouls were called.

Last play of game, WVU misses a foul shot, WVU player goes after ball, places hand on a Baylor player as WVU makes the game winning basket.  WVU called for foul, Baylor makes free throws and wins game.

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:53 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

It was a hard fought game by both sides.  It was obviously a poorly officiated game on both sides, I think everyone can agree on that.

Since: Jan 18, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:50 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

Actually, he is serious and RIGHT.  Give WVU the correct call.  Score is tied.  SU has 10 seconda to take a shot for the win.  Worst case for SU is overtime.  Blown call - loose ball scramble and Kevin Jones takes a 3 to win.  If it goes in, Cuse loses when with the call the worst case was a tie.

Everyone hates that they got it wrong.  Fact is, if you let the game come down to a last second call, you failed to win it with turnovers, missed shots , etc.  GET OVER IT  

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:29 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

OK so he calls a lot of games. But you are acting as if each game lasts 6-8 hours. They don't by the way, in case you didn't know, Mr. Borzello. For the working class of the majority of the United States, a full time refereeing gig would be a dream come true due to the fact that you don't work that many hours, unlike what you have written. Sure you can take into account travel time, but please, it's not like he's doing manual labor all that time. And this ref is getting to work in possibly his dream job, as most referees are. 99% of America cannot say the same thing. Most are stuck in dead-end jobs, working 50+ hours a week, doing a job they hate.

And you say this guy is overworked? Please. Stop making excuses for him. He missed the call; intentionally or unintentionally, it doesn't matter. The call was missed, and he should be blamed for it. Don't make excuses for poor job performance. He ought to be accountable for a big mistake at work that possibly cost a team the game.

If I were working on a big project at work and made a huge mistake that changed the outcome of the project, I would face the consequences of my mistake. Do the same to this guy, and don't make up lame excuses about being overworked. 'Cause that's not working for the majority of those that read this article.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:13 pm

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

Check out David Hall's work schedule. This is what these guys do! They ref games for multiple conferences and are the best at what they do. For some of these guys, this is their livelihood and they take it very seriously, so any screw-up hurts their future employment chances. By the way; have you ever watched a Big East Tourney game and not see one of those hacks blow a call? It just happens! All anybody wants is a fair shot by officials and they usually do come through.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:58 pm

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

good one... this isnt uk you are talking about. you have not a clue about the ordeal. troll on elsewhere

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:57 pm

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

just rewatch the game su was agressive going to the rim and calls were missed frequently.. su had both bigs with 4 fouls while wvu was without foul troubles in the post... nice try as i stated i implore you to rewatch the game. regardless .. use some common sense.. su missed 12 wide open 3s.. wvu was lucky to be that close.. there is a reason they are 22-1 and it has nothing to do with the officials. dont get me started on the banked in 3 or the fact that su again was getting to the rim at will and was winning this ballgame overtime or not. keep trying to use one call as justification for wvu to be given a w. i said it was a bad call but your a fool to ignore everything else. its over and the better team won.. put your tissues away

Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:14 pm

Obvious missed call gives 'Cuse win over WVU

You are assuming Fab will be back to the tournament, and until he goes to his first college class that is no lock.

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