Originally Posted by bucksfan2
What is just right?
When OSU played Purdue, OSU was almost into the bonus with 12 minutes to go in the 1st half. I told myself at the time that it is helping OSU but the officials are having too much of a say in the game.
For the most part Craft plays defense the way you teach someone to play. You move your feet to stay in front of a player and don't reach. The tic tac fouls hurt OSU more than they help OSU most of the time.
But as for the loss it all came down to OSU's poor shooting. Hopefully they got that out of the way as the tournament gets near. You see it happen to the best of teams, it just usually doesn't happen at their home court.
That's a very tight rope to walk.
And obviously if for whatever reason one team gets called for a larger amount of fouls than it's opponents it's going to be at a huge disadvantage.
But generally the fouls tend to be pretty evenly distributed. And like I said, if officials are calling too many ticky tack fouls, I'd agree that Ohio State would be at a big disadvantage because the bench is so thin.
On the other hand, the officials really seemed to let Michigan State and Ohio State play physically, which allowed Sparty to grab the upper hand.
Now granted, the "letting them play" may work to tOSU's advantage versus anyone except for the Spartans, but that's the point I was making about foul calling not being too stringent nor too lenient but rather "just right."