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I just hope they reviewed the whole game. The no call on the charge was awful, but so was the Withey charge to pick up his third.
On Tuesday afternoon the Big 12 issued a formal acknowledgement of the mistakes made by the officiating crew during Monday night's incredible Kansas-Iowa State game, which was marred by inept officiating.
That's basically what I said on twitter. Holding officials accountable is great. Just do it for the 39 prior and 5 subsequent minutes as well.
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I get why they said it but honestly...it is a chicken crap statement on their part considering they hire the damn officials and these guys have been awful pretty much all year. There were blown calls the whole game. Frankly I don't think officials are capable of calling charges properly anymore and the rule should just be taken out.
More than that, and it is not really a justification, but we all know that you will never get that call one way or another late. If he was one second later and it should have been a block does anyone thing we get that call? It does not make it right (the rules are not suspended late) but you will very rarely get a block or charge call there.
I think they need to change the whole mindset on the block/charge call. If it is a secondary defender stepping in then the benefit should go to the offensive player, but they should allow more contact by the primary defender as long as he is not using his hands to impede progress.
That seems like a problematic amount of discretion and subjectivity for already quality-challenged refs.
It's already a very subjective call, I just think the refs need more guidance on when to call a charge/block. Right now I feel like the only criterion is if the defender is outside the restricted zone. I think if everyone knows it will be a block unless it's so obvious that even the offensive player knows he commited a charge then it would be less of a problem.
I definitely agree with your assessment, but I'm not sure about the implementation. I tend more toward the direction espoused by Jay Bilas - tell officials to default to calling it a block unless they seem some OBVIOUS reason it's a charge. I think too many guys right now enjoy calling the charge, in part because the motion is fun to make, and they default to calling charges, which pushes offense down.
I would be fine with simply stating that a help defender can never draw a charge in the paint. That is the simplest way to fix the problem. The guy defending the man can get a charge at anytime. Help defenders can only draw a charge outside of the paint. This would not make help defense impossible but it would encourage the help guy to simply move his feet and get in good defensive position to challenge a shot rather than the drop to the ground like he took an RPG to the chest.
That works, too.
The charge call has gotten out of hand. You can't really blame coaches for teaching their guys to flop as long it works... Coach K had so much success with it everyone else started coaching it and now an offensive player can't drive to the basket at all for fear of picking up a charge call. The ironic thing about that is players don't pull up either, the pull up seems to be a lost art.
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The problem with anything that is a jumper that is not a three is that your chance of hitting a shot does not really fall at the 3 point line and does not appreciably rise until it is basically a layup. Pull up jumpers are about the worst shots you can take. There are the rare talented players that can make 50% plus of them to make it worthwhile but for most teams they are better off working the ball more or chucking a 3 late.
I would agree with this, if it wasn't for the number of charge calls being made. The refs allow a secondary defender to slide under and flop as a player is making a drive for the basket and voila, a charge is called. But you are right, the players who have the ability to pull up 7-10 ft. from the basket and hit the jumper consistantly are rare, but I never see that shot anymore, even from those guys.
And here is the problem with making that statement. Is anyone gonna apologize to UT for not calling the foul on Kabongo that would have sent him to the line with a chance to win?
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