Originally Posted by traderumor
Go ahead and pick that low hanging fruit. I knew my comments would be taken as "refs screwed Ohio State," but I was giving readers the benefit of the doubt that they would see that "refs can set the tone for a game, they did in a way that favored MSU, it caused Ohio State problems in all facets of the game on the offensive end, including shooting," which was the intended meaning of my comments.
But, to your argument, is Indiana a better team than Ohio State? While you're researching my prior posts, go back through the IU thread and read some of my predictions prior to their nosedive. Referees are a variable in a basketball game and can easily control a game. It is actually one of the easier sports of the big 3 to influence outcomes (see NBA ref busted for fixing games for gambling reasons, watch HS basketball in Anyplace USA). So yea, mentioning the officiating style in a game is a relevant point. As for Saturday's game, MSU played less poorly than Ohio State. Does that make them a better team?
Yes quite the Nostradamus you are. Picking them to lose games, fall to the back half of the top 25 which is where virtually everyone with whom you were arguing also had them ending up.
That said, I do think officiating can set the tone for a game, and officiating a game tight or loose can in fact favor one side or the other.
However from the relatively few games I've seen, it seems to work to tOSU's advantage when it is called loosely. Not being particularly deep, it seeems as though a tightly called contest would have a bigger impact.
Maybe Ohio State needs the game to be called "just right" so that it's not too tight wherer Craft and Sullinger are susceptible to cheapies, but not too loose where more physical front lines can overpower Sullinger with their girth.