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The conspiracy numbers from the second round

Posted on: March 24, 2008 6:34 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2008 9:54 pm
 

Officials continue to call NCAA Tournament games like they are the Battle for Faluja.

In the second round almost half the games (seven of 16) were bogged down by a foul-a-minute pace. The Tennessee-Butler game had a tournament-high 49 fouls. Taking into account the overtime, there was a foul call every 55 seconds in that game. The worst ratio was in the West Virginia-Duke game which featured a whistle every 50 seconds.

Going into the Sweet 16, three of every eight games (18 of 48, 37.5 percent) are being called at, at least a foul-a-minute rate (minimum 40 fouls in a 40 minutes). The second-round games averaged almost a foul out per game (14 DQs in 16 games). The average fouls per game were 37.125.  

So what, you say? Those of you who attended these games (like me)  were so pissed at the end you wanted to strangle someone.

I'll say it again. A mandate has been handed down by someone to call these games close. It takes away from the appeal of the tournament -- the players. We don't come to see officials, we come to see great ball.

 

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Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2008 11:19 pm
 

Burin does not equal OBJECTIVE!

Seriously!!?? A Bruins fan making a comment about officiating is ridiculous. How many calls/no calls can one team get? You must remember the Pac-10 Tournament? I can understand a blown call every now and then, but 3+ calls that directly impact the final score is suspicious. I’m not a big conspiracy guy, but I don’t think you can call it coincidence or destiny either! UCLA is a good team and deserves to be in the Sweet 16, I just don’t think they should get the benefit of the doubt!

Honestly, I'm a Big 12 guy and wanted A&M to pull off the upset, they didn't make shots down the stretch and you can't expect the refs to make that call with only a few seconds left......Unless it was reversed and UCLA had the ball!




Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2008 3:29 pm
 

The conspiracy numbers from the second round

I've said it many times this season, this time I'll shorten it to a pun. FOUL ON THE OFFICIATING. I've never seen so much poor officiating in 23 years of watching college basketball.




Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2008 3:12 pm
 

The conspiracy numbers from the second round

I've said it many times this season, this time I'll shorten it to a pun. FOUL ON THE OFFICIATING. I've never seen so much poor officiating in 23 years of watching college basketball.




Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2008 12:11 pm
 

The conspiracy numbers from the second round

I know who gave the command to call more fouls....CBS...that way they can stuff more commercials down our throats.  This year's coverage of the tournament has been awful in my opinion.  Too many commercials.  I live in Michigan and they continually change over from the Michigan State games to some other matchup I have no interest in.  I lose interest in the tournament because I'm getting advertising with a side of basketball.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2008 11:23 pm
 

Yeah, well like I said

Maybe you went into the wrong field.  Put on the stripes and see if you make all the right calls.  Also, thanks for the apology on the IMAX.  I appreciate the humor.  What I would like next time though, are pictures of every call made in the game, so we can actually set the record straight on how many were good/bad and who got the short end of the stick.  Either whine about all of them or none of them, take your pick.  After all, bad sports commentary is bad sports commentary, keyboard or no keyboard. 




Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2008 10:56 pm
 

The conspiracy numbers from the second round

It's obvious why this is happening, no teams wants to go home.  They want to win so badly that they will do anything to get the win.  It's still annoying, but I don't think they care what the fans think.  Hopefully UNC doesn't have to deal with one of these games, I'd be happy if they can just keep on winning by 30+.  I think the precentage of games like this will go up the closer it gets to the championship.  I usually just turn the TV off and go do something else, because the winner has already been decided.  I've never seen a game where the team that starts fouling wins.




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2008 9:47 pm
 

The conspiracy numbers from the second round

Popa:

 

two-dimensional pictures? Sorry I wasn't there with IMAX. Bad officiating is bad officiating. non-call or too many calls.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2008 8:40 pm
 

whats it going to be?

One thread you're complaining about a non-call.  Next you're complaining about it being called to close.  Whats next?  Oh, and thanks for fixing the link to the pictures of the non-call on Shipp against Sloan.  Can you now get us a picture of Sloan throwing Collison to the deck when the official actually did call a foul, but on the wrong player?  Hope to see you wearing black and white and calling the next UCLA game since you're so good the day after with still 2 dimensional pictures.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2008 7:41 pm
 

The conspiracy numbers from the second round

iF THE CALLS ARE NOT MADE IT ONLY FAVORS THE TEAMS WHO HAVE ALWAYS DELIBERATELY FOULED BECAUSE OF DEPTH OF TEAM. wISCONSIN RARELY HAS MORE FOULS THAN OPPONENTS: GOOD DEFENSE. MEMPHIS, NC, DUKE, UCLA SURVIVE FREQUENTLY BECAUSE OF IT.



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2008 6:59 pm
 

The conspiracy numbers from the second round

To be fair, readers need to know Memphis skewed the data here by providing around 7,000 of those fouls.

What do you think about the accuracy of the fouls? Especially the timing of the fouls?

I won't pretend to be dispassionate. I'm a Bruin.

The media seems intent on overturning or at least cheapening UCLA's win over Texas A&M because of the missed call at the end of the game. Given the time left in the game, isn't calling a foul a considerably risky proposition unless you had a direct and clear view of the action? There were three players surrounding the shooter and while I don't know the refs position on the court, I do know that when asked in the post-game Kevin Love (who was involved in the play) wasn't sure who made the play.

Not to run too far off topic, should you believe Love ingenuous or the refs somehow blind/dumb -- doesn't one need to consider all the borderline-to-horrendous fouls called, no matter the timing? Looking through my blue and gold colored glasses from the UCLA section ... or really anywhere in the Honda Ponda... it seemed a little obvious UCLA was the victim of more overall blown calls.

Dennis, countrymen, lend me your thoughts


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