Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
I think the 3 ESPN announcers were fairly disgusted by what they saw. As a basketball fan, I was too. Plain old ugly.
I think they were pretty impressed with how UC played effort wise these last three games. I don't think this team honestly has the ability to play pretty basketball. There just aren't many scorers. UC's best chance comes when they are in an ugly basketball game.
Honestly, the game last night was pretty terribly officiated. I think the announcers sounded more critical of the officiating than the style of play. The officials might be getting tired also. There were just too many missed calls and I really believe I've seen the worst officiating this year than I can remember. The whole charge/blocking call under the basket is called so inconsistently that it is almost criminal. I don't really blame the Refs for that since they haven't painted the semi-circle on floors yet. Traveling/carrying calls are terribly inconsistent also.
Just talking about last night, there are a few plays that I think were really badly called. Gates "foul" when denying the pass to the block was bad, the charge call on Vaughn for pushing off after the WVU player collided with him, and the hand in the face of Stephenson when he ended up coughing up the ball. Really though, that Stephenson play was just awful. Right in front of a ref and such an obvious call. I've never seen anything like that.
I also agree with the announcers that the whole double bye with all 16 teams playing should be eliminated. Its just not fair to a team like UC who has to play 3 nights in a row when they play a team that is playing their first game. I don't think they had their legs under them until about half way through the first half. Its just a terrible disadvantage.
All things considered, and even though it will be tough to forgive Dixon, I am proud as a fan with how they played last night. They seemingly kept in the game on pure will. Hopefully this is the stretch we can point to as when UC finally got some swagger back.
Hopefully UC plays some bonus basketball somewhere and they can get some home games.