Originally Posted by BuckeyeRed27
Incredible comeback. Connolly stealing that inbounds pass changed the entire game (that and Cage choking on the free throw line).
Claims of an intentional foul on Oden by X fans and the refs screwing them is pretty lame. Lightly got hammered the play before and should have been on the free throw line anyways (thus screwing OSU). Oden's foul was hard but he went for the ball.
I don't anyone here claiming an intentional foul is a Xavier fan. And there is no way Oden was going for the ball. No way. He was doing what any smart player needed to do - foul to stop the clock.
But he body blocked Cage and sent him 4 to six feet backwards in the air. Literally lifted him off his feet. He was not going for the ball and to say he was, well, I can't even fathom that rational. If it was the other way around I can guarantee you'd be screaming something different.
Xavier lost that game because they went into a "four corners" way too early and left their game plan and because Cage missed that second free throw and Ohio State came up BIG.
But it doesn't change that was an intentional foul and that intentional foul has NOTHING to do with the rest of the game, with Lighty being fouled or not or anything else - regardless what else happened in that game that was still an intentional foul.