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The referees hate Villanova

Posted on: February 11, 2008 10:28 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2008 10:36 pm
AUSTIN, Texas -- I'm here at the Kansas-Texas game so I just saw a replay of the Villanova-Georgetown finish.

Holy moly!

They've been playing basketball for many decades.

So I suppose there have been worse calls in the sport.

But I can tell you I have never seen a worse call that decided a game, and nobody here in the media room could remember one either. I mean, how do you call that type of foul in a tie game 70-feet from the basket with less than a second remaining? It wasn't only bad, it was inexcusable to the point where the official who made the call should have to issue a public apology to Villanova and college basketball fans in general just like Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther had to apologize to Indiana last week.

And if you're keeping count, that's twice this season that Villanova has lost a game in the final second because of a questionable call (the other was against North Carolina State) and twice this season that Georgetown has won a game in the final second because of a questionable call or no-call (the other was against West Virginia).

In other words, referees clearly hate Jay Wright and love John Thompson III.

There is no other explanation.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 12:12 pm

The referees hate Villanova

Of course you're wrong, because he wasn't bumped out of bounds. Had the call not been made Wallace would have just dribbled the clock out.

Pay attention next time they show the replay before coming on a blog and make an erroneous statement.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 12:09 pm

The referees hate Villanova

I'm not debating whether or not it was a foul.  I would have preferred Georgetown lose, if only to help Michigan State in their seeding. Was there contact?  Yes.  Did it affect the ballhandler?  Maybe???  I don't know.  I'm a Big 10 fan.  No blood, no foul, right.  I just get mad when they let players rape each other in the final minute, so the "players can determine the outcome of the game".  How often has a guy gotten bumped as he puts up a half-courter to win the game and it is not called.  Yes, it would be more PC to let the players decide the game in overtime, but that's not the issue here.  The Villanove player sealed his team's fate when he stupidly fouled the opponent!  He made a choice, he could have let the ballhandler keep dribbling (with 0.2 seconds left, he couldn't shoot anyways!!!).  A foul is a foul in the first half and the fourth overtime.  Would I be mad if my Spartans lost like this?  Well, I'd be frustrated.  I will never blame an official for the outcome of a game,  because as far as I'm concerned, I've never actually seen an official take a shot, or grab a rebound, or foul a player.  Players play the games, officials officiate it.  Sometimes they get it wrong.  But to blame an official for a loss is ABSURD.  The next time you win a game on a questionable call, make sure to deflect all praise of your team to the men in stripes. 

To call me a blind basketball fan is simply a joke.  No explanation is necessary here.

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2008 11:50 am

The referees hate Villanova

In no way shape or form do I think Nova should win shooting 25%,

Nova is very, very bad, much work to do, hence their record

On the flip side, Gtown is tied for first in the league, by far the dominant team 

Admit they need to work on alot of things and you'll feel a whole lot better. 

Nova looked like a bad team

Gtown did not look like the dominant team they should be. 


Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 11:50 am

The referees hate Villanova

I think all of us Nova fans want is for you Gtown fans admit that a ref should not determine the outcome of a game, its a shame that most of you cannot. Exactly, besides a select few G'Town fans, none have admitted that it was a bad call. And then they go and say that the refs were the reason that Nova got back in the game. So, lets look at the stats...

Both teams had 24 fouls a piece, Nova shot 27 FT while Gtown shot 24, and 3 players foul out for Nova while only 1 for Gtown. Those look pretty even to me. So, this means that there were a ton of, many bad, fouls called, BOTH WAYS.

for every time Wallace was called for handchecking someone on Nova was called for a touch foul as well. Just agree that it was a horribly reffed game, both ways, and that no game should ever end like that. Even by the look of John Thompson III's face at the end you could tell that he was disgusted by that call.

Look, if that call was the other way around, I would love the call (as you do now), but I would at least be able to admit that it was a bad call and that no game should be decided that ways.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 11:43 am

The referees hate Villanova

You are right, a ref shouldnt determine an outcome of the game...but when a guy commits a foul and per the replay he did bump him...that goes along of all some of the touch fouls that were called on the Hoyas also...

It goes both ways and fortunate for G-Town the foul was called on Nova..

Yes Hoyas the did look sluggish, didnt put away Nova when they were up by 12, 46-34, then all of a sudden Hoyas dont go inside to Hibbert, too many TOs and giving Nova free points at the charity stripe...

Against Louisville, give credit where it is due, Louisville's defense in the 2nd half shut down Georgetown and deserved to win. Props to them..when a team shoots 4-31 in the 2nd half do you think your team deserves to win? but you know what they had a chance and Reynolds missed it...

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2008 11:33 am

The referees hate Villanova

I think all of us Nova fans want is for you Gtown fans admit that a ref should not determine the outcome of a game, its a shame that most of you cannot. 

Gtown looked sluggish, sloppy and tenative the entire game, not to mention their last game against Louisville. 

I will again call out J Thompson, if he does not find a way to motivate his players, it will be an earlt exit in March.  If any of you think that kind of performance would cut it against the likes of NC, Memphis, UCLA, etc, you are crazy. 

These teams would have blown Gtown out last night. 

I will also call out J Wright, he has to find an offensive system.  The only play they run on offense is the high pick and roll, that's it.  The team is young and struggling, maybe next year.

At least we can admit when our team is playing poorly. 

Good Luck to Gtown in the tourney, you'll need it

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 11:24 am

The referees hate Villanova

They did review, which made the call all the more heinous.  Sportscenter showed that the final .2 sec actually took 1.3 sec to run off.  Obviously a warp in the space-time continuum.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 10:56 am

The referees hate Villanova

Man, people are funny.  I saw the play when the refs missed the Hibbert shirt grab.  It's the same officials.  It just proves my point that it's bad.  There is also a term called gain an advantage.  If you don't gain an advantage, then it's not a foul.  Clearly, if the ref thought it was a foul, he should not have thought that the guy gained an advantage.  These games are not simulated so there is going to be contact on the court.  It just has to happen. 

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 10:49 am

The referees hate Villanova

jt4mvp  you are completely wrong.  I guess you are a blind fan and don't know anything.  There is a thing called touch fouls, nickel dimers as some analyst call it, when we know it's not a foul.  But we allow the refs to get control of the game early. Now reverse it and see how you would feel if they called the foul on the Hoyas in that situation. 

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 10:47 am

The referees hate Villanova

He bumped into Wallace, if you see the replay you will see that...get a way from him...

There were too many calls that went against the Hoyas also, Hibbert was called for a foul while the Nova player was holding his jersey....Wallace was called for Hand checking, and Scottie Reynolds how many times did he use his elbow to create space, especially on the last possesion for Nova...

Go Hoyas!!!

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