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Dear Gary (on the end of Louisville-Seton Hall)

Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:05 pm

Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Did you see the end of the Louisville-Seton Hall game? The refs blew it!

-- Jack

I think they literally blew it.

As in blew an inadvertent whistle.

For those unfamiliar, Louisville's Jerry Smith hit a corner 3-pointer Thursday night to cut Seton Hall's lead to 79-77 with 0.7 seconds left. Keon Lawrence grabbed the ball to inbound it, and then he walked onto the court and into the lane, still holding the ball. Confused, he bounced the ball to official Tony Greene, who bounced it right back. Meantime, Rick Pitino was going bananas, wanting a violation. But no violation was called.

It was awkward, no doubt.

But I've watched the replay 30 times, and it seems that an inadvertent whistle was blown, which prompted the confusion. Click this link and see for yourself. And don't just watch Lawrence. Watch the Louisville players, too. What you'll hear is something that sounds like a whistle, then what you'll see is some of the Louisville players act as if play has been stopped for a timeout. That's why I believe an inadvertent whistle was actually blown, because the actions of the players suggest they thought play was stopped.

Still, there's got to be a better way to handle that.

Shouldn't the refs have stopped play and explained that an inadvertent whistle was blown?

Instead, they just let the whole thing go, which means they let Lawrence cross the baseline without calling a violation. That's why it's a controversy, because they didn't handle the inadvertent whistle correctly. But, to me, it seems like a blown whistle is what caused Lawrence to walk onto the court with the ball.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2010 12:38 pm

Dear Gary (on the end of Louisville-Seton Hall)

It doesn't matter what Sosa signals for, it matters what the refs do.  Signalling for a time-out doesn't mean one is granted. 

I watched the game, and I've watched the replay, and nothing the refs do says to me anything other than: play on.  The ref on the baseline starts the count with his arm.  There's no whistle to be heard.  Yes, the Louisville players start to walk away like they got a TO, but no ref signalled one.  The Hall players seem to be following the Cards, but the guy inbounding also clearly didn't hear a whistle because he's STILL TRYING TO INBOUND THE BALL FROM IN-BOUNDS! 

The fact that the ref gives him back the ball says to me: we just screwed up and hope it will pass by. I see nothing that says "inadvertent whistle."  What I see says: "Louisville presumed it got a TO."

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2010 3:54 pm

Watch Sosa. He signals for a timeout

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