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1 hour ago, aphilso1 said:

 

Not bad officiating.  They did let Cockburn get away with murder in the paint, but that is somewhat to be expected.  He easily could have been in foul trouble.  I think the way the officiating occurred was consistent, but benefited Illinois.  Easily could have benefited us instead and still been fair.

 

That is not a good way to look at this.  The referees can decide a game before it starts just by deciding how they are going to call it.  For instance, if Illinois is playing Iowa and the refs decide you can murder somebody before a foul is called, Illinois is going to win.  If they call it tight and don't allow physical play, Iowa is going to win going away.  

 

Similarly to football, if the officials decide they are going to allow a lot of defensive holding in by both sides in a Wisconsin game, Wisconsin will win, because their entire defense is based on holding.  If they call it tight, Wisconsin will lose.  So called "consistent" officiating can still dictate the winner.

 

That aside, the foul called against McGowens down the stretch was just plain awful.  Whether it was due to implicit bias of thinking Dosunmu was the best player in the conference so obviously it was a foul, or if it was done to protect Illinois NCAA seed, that call was still complete shit.

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My 4 takeaways:   1. Cockburn gets away with so much pushing, it's nauseating. His first foul comes midway through the 2nd half...Yeah,ok.   2. Ayo carries the ball worse than Bant

I always toss and turn after a game thinking about what this means going forward, in context, in our quest to be at least a competitive program and eventually one that wins a game in the NCAA Tourname

23 minutes ago, Dead Dog Alley said:

 

That is not a good way to look at this.  The referees can decide a game before it starts just by deciding how they are going to call it.  For instance, if Illinois is playing Iowa and the refs decide you can murder somebody before a foul is called, Illinois is going to win.  If they call it tight and don't allow physical play, Iowa is going to win going away.  

 

Similarly to football, if the officials decide they are going to allow a lot of defensive holding in by both sides in a Wisconsin game, Wisconsin will win, because their entire defense is based on holding.  If they call it tight, Wisconsin will lose.  So called "consistent" officiating can still dictate the winner.

 

That aside, the foul called against McGowens down the stretch was just plain awful.  Whether it was due to implicit bias of thinking Dosunmu was the best player in the conference so obviously it was a foul, or if it was done to protect Illinois NCAA seed, that call was still complete shit.

This is where I just don't understand things.

 

Do you really think the conference gets involved to this level? To tell refs to make sure things go the way of a specific team?  That's the only way I can see "protecting" a team's seed comes in to play. 

 

If you think a conference can (and does) affect things to this level, I'm not sure why (or how) you can continue to watch college basketball. 

 

I'm not saying this about you specifically, DDA.  I'm saying this about any watcher of college basketball in general.

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