March 29, 2012

Refs Hijack CBI Game 2

Filed under: Basketball — Chas @ 9:03 am

I never thought I would write this, but I wish Tim Higgins and Jim Burr could be on the officiating crew for the final game of the CBI Championship. No. I’m not joking. I’ll get to the recap a little later. These morons deserve their own post.

I realize many of you didn’t see the game last night. Let’s jump ahead to the final seconds. Pitt has a 6-point lead after Lamar Patterson hit both free throws. There are under 15 seconds left. Washington State can’t mess around, despite their offense being slower than Pitt’s. They have to get a quick bucket. Pitt is not letting them. It is already under 10 seconds, so they do what they can to free a shooter. Forward Abe Lodwick literally plows through John Johnson in an attempt — I suppose — to provide a screen for Reggie Moore. Lodwick for extra emphasis puts a forearm into Johnson’s jaw. Johnson as he is being hit has his arms go around Lodwick. Legs tangling and Lodwick falls on top of Johnson. The whistle blows….

Intentional foul on John Johnson.


Somehow the ref managed not to see Lodwick steamroll Johnson, and only saw Johnson “take down” Lodwick.

Courtesy of PantherSports, here is the video.


Sadly, while that was probably the worst, most egregious call it was not atypical. The refs called a total of 39 fouls in the 40 minute game. 26 fouls were called just in the second half.

Sadly, the refs probably feel that they called a fair game since Pitt was whistled for 20 and WSU for 19. The calls completely disrupted the game. The frustrating thing was watching them call every defensive stand by Pitt in the paint a block. That was how Washington State got back into the game. They just drove straight into Pitt players in the paint and got the call. At one point, Dante Taylor was called for a block. He was standing straight up, arms up. Reggie Moore drove, jumped right at the chest, bounced off and got the call.

The HDNet playcalling crew looked at the replay and even they were befuddled by these calls. Finally Keno Davis utters the statement, “At some point you just have to fall down.” Yes, it was so bad that the color commentary advocated flopping by the big men.

And to answer the question of where they got these guys. Donnie Eppley (R), Brian Dorsey, Ron Tyburski are mainly NEC and MAAC refs. All three have a whistle-happy history of averaging around 37 fouls called per game.

i thought dixon was going to get a T on that as well…you forgot to mention the next in bounds play when they almost ran over the pitt player to get the steal/foul…

Comment by mike 03.29.12 @ 9:08 am

There were so many Mike. And to be honest, I was still seeing red over the intentional foul call that I didn’t pay too close attention to the inbounds play.

Comment by Chas 03.29.12 @ 9:31 am

Did you see the Syracuse – Ohio St game last Saturday? OSU shot 42 free throws; on the other hand, the 2nd foud call on OSU’s Sullinger was a joke. Boeheim was called for a T, and would have gotten a 2nd (and automatic ejection) if it wasn’t an NCAA game.

I live in Cleveland area and even the locals were complaining despite OSU winning.

What I hate the most are the non-consequential, brush fouls called 40 ft away from the basket (hell, Dante had been called for these at least 2 dozen times this year) … yet people are mauled underneath the basket and nothing called.

Comment by wbb 03.29.12 @ 9:21 am

And, after that, a Washington State player wrapped up a Pitt player (I forget who), wrapped both arms around him and was called for a foul but not an intentional. You could see Bill Hillgrove on the broadcast crossing his arms calling for the intentional. If it wasn’t so sad it would have been hilarious.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.29.12 @ 10:05 am

WOW. Thanks for putting that video up. That is pretty bad…

Comment by WCSTEVE 03.29.12 @ 10:16 am

bush league tourney = bush league officials. Everyone gets what they deserve I guess

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 03.29.12 @ 10:48 am

Basketball is not supposed to make you laugh however after reading this and watching the video I laughed – out loud. And I laughed again at the next replay of it. Wow. Not sure how can you miss this but I am glad you wrote about it as I was confused in reading about the game why JJ intentionally fouled. At least now I know – he didn’t

Comment by bdubb 03.29.12 @ 10:50 am


Comment by Palm Beach Panther 03.29.12 @ 11:15 am

I saw the game and if I recall correctly, Chas’ tweet was something like “Worst.Call.Ever.” Hard to argue. It was clear Johnson was trying to save himself from being smashed into the court and did the human thing of self-preservation. A lot of times they’ll look at video to verify the intentional and they didn’t do that here.

Patterson has become the go-to guy at the end of games. I think Jamie sees him as a Wanamaker in the making, and to be honest, I think he’s much better at this point than Wanamaker was.

Comment by velvil 03.29.12 @ 11:16 am

I would not be surprised if the refs were later found to be on the take. There are only so many plausible examinations: gross incompetence and gambling are but two.

Not a bad time to monitor their actions and cash flow. Perhaps they are in debt. If College players can point shave, why would officials be immune?

Comment by SFPitt 03.29.12 @ 11:17 am

And velvil, I think Woodall has shown the past 2 games that he isn’t the go-to guy. He’s reminded me of Jerry McCullogh lately – driving into spots he can’t handle and then throwing up junk or getting blocked.

Just glad Jamie didn’t get a T after that call.

Comment by KeyboardKev 03.29.12 @ 11:19 am

Is it just me or could Patterson get into a little better shape or add some muscle thus making him a better player?

Comment by steve 03.29.12 @ 11:30 am

Velvil – I think the officials can only go to the video to determine if the foul is a flagrant foul (and if so, to determine the degree), not whether it is intentional. I could be wrong about this, but that is my recollection.

That being said, it is hard to imagine what the official thought he saw if he made that call honestly. And frankly, the other two officials aren’t completely off the hook either. For the number of times you see officials huddle together to try to get a call right, it makes no sense that the other two did not at least try to question whether the foul was intentional, let alone getting the foul on the right player/team.

Yeah, that was about as bad a call as I’ve ever seen in a college hoops game.

Comment by Pantherman13 03.29.12 @ 11:42 am

Yes, I think that’s right about the video — flagrant or not. My bad.

Comment by velvil 03.29.12 @ 11:44 am

I Still dont think tray is 100% HAIL TO PITT

Comment by 63 Team 03.29.12 @ 12:01 pm

Woodall’s decision making late in games has been seriously and serially awful.

And all of the 3s are ridiculous. Moore has regressed in that department. I know this isn’t the fastest, most athletic bunch, but they have got to get to the rack.

I do think part of that, though, is Dixon’s offensive scheme. It’s not built around guys driving to the hoop in any form. It’s pass, move, and get the good look. I’m all for patience, but I think it breeds a certain sense of reluctance, almost fear, particularly among younger guys, who feel that if they drive and get blocked or up a bad shot, they’re gonna get the hook.

Don’t know if I’ll be able to see the last game. But a win would at least be something. WSU, on the whole, is not an impressive team. To lose 2/3 to them would be some serious salt in the wound, and say something about the state of this team.

Comment by Carmen 03.29.12 @ 12:24 pm

thanks for posting that video Chas…. I was following the score on my phone and couldn’t understand why Johnson would flagrant foul someone under 15 seconds left with Pitt up 6 ….. and, as bdubb said, now I know he didn’t. What a horrendous call.

Comment by vitzman 03.29.12 @ 12:25 pm

Velvil, Your comment about Brad Wanamaker reminds me that when BW was a frosh & soph, he was very “offensively-challenged”! But he worked and by his last 2 years, he was one of the “go-to- guys”. I bring that up because I think that Cameron Wright reminds me a bit of BW. Alot of people are not taking him seriously, but . . .

Comment by Larry 03.29.12 @ 12:55 pm

Please….wright & epps remind me of on non-D1 players. That is why we are in the mess we are in. If Pitt wants to succeed in the ACC, both players needt to be replaced asap with real D1 talent.

Comment by Rayhpgh 03.29.12 @ 1:18 pm

Tray is the one that reminds me of Wannamaker 1st 2 years in that he always seems to be too much of a rush .. and pushes too much. It seemed to me that the game seemed to slow down for BW the last 2 years and he became much more effective.

Comment by wbb 03.29.12 @ 1:44 pm

[…] gotten most of my say regarding the officiating out of my system. The only thing I’ll add is that I’m stunned to see the sanitizing of […]

I never thought Woodall was a D1 first starting guard. I sincerely think that Robinson is a quality D1 guard at the big time level.

Seeing him in videos I agree with the analysts he is not NBA quality but a solid first team big east or ACC guard by his junior year.

Adams will be here and he will make Robinsons transition easier. The last thing we need is Woodall on the court throwing up wild three’s when you have a force down low.

Comment by drw 03.29.12 @ 2:09 pm

I think a foul on Johnson was on some level a correct call, as he grabbed the tackler to the floor with him. It should have been a double foul. Even if you say Johnson acted deliberately for his part and the WSU player didn’t (or did — it was pretty flagrant), the double foul would have kept possession with WSU but not cost any points.

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 03.29.12 @ 3:11 pm

Jerry Macollough “the Flea” would be a huge upgrade!

Comment by Punxy Panther 03.29.12 @ 5:26 pm

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