UCLA Struck Down by a Phog Phantom (in a striped shirt with a whistle)
The Lede. It was billed as a probable blowout, but when you place two of the game’s regal programs on the same floor with two of the best coaches in the business standing opposite one another, we all knew better. Kansas and UCLA represent about a million wins, a couple hundred conference titles and several dozen national championships (Helms titles included!) — well, at least it feels that way. The point is that no matter the present rankings, so long as Bill Self and Ben Howland are patrolling the sidelines at these two schools, they’ll always be competitive. Tonight’s game personified that word, competitive. Too bad it got ruined by an egregious whistle made by an official who needs to remember to let the kids decide the game.
Your Watercooler Moment. Foul or not a foul? Should a referee make the same call with 19:01 on the clock as he does with 00:01 on the clock? These questions were the biggest story in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series game between Kansas and UCLA this evening. After 39 minutes and 59 seconds of back-and-forth basketball between two of the sport’s bluest of bloods, the game balanced on a loose ball situation where a UCLA player bumped a Kansas player as both pursued the rock. Kansas guard Mario Little arrived at the ball a split-second prior to UCLA’s Malcolm Lee, and the referee on the near-side thought the ensuing bump with 0.7 seconds remaining on the clock was sufficient to justify blowing the whistle. From our view (and most of America’s, if Twitter is any indication), that’s a bit of contact that you don’t call at any point of the basketball game, but ESPECIALLY not in a tie game such as this one with under a second to play. Although ours appears to be the majority viewpoint, there are alternate ones: ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla, for instance, stated that he believed the bump was a foul at any point of the game, and it was in fact the correct call. Gary Parrish says that there’s something for everyone in that play — KU fans, UCLA fans, and the fence-sitters. UCLA head coach Ben Howland, however, only saw it one way, throwing down a water bottle in disgust before later saying that it was a poor way to end the game. Star of the night Tyler Honeycutt said afterward, “as refs, you’re supposed to just let that go.” If this were the NBA, both UCLA player and coach would be facing hefty fines from the league, but we think that the Pac-10 will cut them some slack here, because, well, they’re right. But don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself.
What did you guys think about the call?
no. the player was out of control and it was fluky. I would let them play OT. at the same time i dont blame them for calling it.
it is a foul, but many referees would've let that go in the final second.. but yeah.. tough loss..
I'm glad they called it because then coachs would be telling guys to foul at the end of games but make it look like a accident
Refs generally swallow their whistles that late...I don't like the call and it would have to be a super hard foul for it to be a truly justified foul call that late IMO, but it would've been a call at any other point in the game, so I can't be too upset. It clearly was a foul, but 99% of the time that would've been excused.
i dont like it for obvious reasons(ucla fan). But i dont think it was clearly a foul either. Two guys pursuing a loose ball. Players bump into each other. You could make that call on every single possesion of the game and have both teams fouled out by half time. To make that in that situation is a bad decision by the refs. At least 2 kansas players said they didnt agree with it as well which should tell you something.
when will referees do the world a favor and recreate Jonestown?????