I really try not to hate on referees. I usually feel bad for them. They are one of the few jobs that is rarely praised when done well, yet always panned whenever there is one slip up. For the most part, I give the refs the benefit of the doubt for having to call bang-bang plays on a constant basis. Having said that, I have to complain about the officiating in both games last night.
1. Quick Jump Ball- Louisville survived a scare from Wichita State, due in large part to a quick jump ball call made at the end of the game. With Louisville up 71-68, the Shockers had collected a rebound following a free throw miss. However, the player was quickly tied up, and after just two seconds of wrestling, the Wichita State player had gotten possession. However, the ref intervened with a fast whistle, and the game was decided, as Louisville retained possession. Three words: Let them play. Check out the highlights below, with the call coming at the 2:35 mark.
2. Charge Leads Michigan On– Unfortunately, there was more controversy in the second game, between Syracuse and Michigan. Just like the first game, one team made a huge second half comeback. That was Syracuse, who trailed at halftime 36-25, and also trailed by six with a minute to go. However, they stormed back thanks to quick baskets, and poor free throw shooting by Michigan. Syracuse had the ball, down by two, when Brandon Triche drove to the basket. He went off, and ran straight into Jordan Morgan. The player was clearly not set, yet the referee called it a charge, denying Syracuse a chance to tie it with free throws. This is one of the closest calls in basketball, but this time around, it was one of the easier calls.