I agree with you, refs have a tough, thankless job. No matter what the call is, 50% think it's the wrong one.
I locked in at about the 10 minute mark of the 1st half. Now, allowing for leniency in both directions, did you see a game that was called differently from half to half? From minute to minute? Did you see any truly wild calls? I didn't. If we make free throws, we cruise home.
We made far more errors that effected the game, we made far more great plays that effected the game(as did Wisconsin)....those refs had 0% impact.
I don't mean to come across like I'm telling anyone to STFU. Absolutely not. I think that "we" as a fan base default to the refs being at fault if we lose or are behind.
Do you see any of that as inaccurate?
Yeah, not sure how i forgot, GB's , 1 and 1. ( i was quite annoyed he got the ball ).Last play, no foul, no call. Had nothing to do with refs letting players decide.
I did not watch all the game last night but skipped through after watching GOAT. But, after watching in its entirety today, I concluded that this may have been the team's best, hardest working, and strategically sound defensive game I have seen a BU Illini team play. Griffin worked very hard on the defensive end, other than a couple fouls given birth from inexperience which I hope will disappear, and Ayo really made some smart defensive moves along with all others who seemingly played tough, mostly smart, and with great effort. Wisky did not build an insurmountable lead by exchanging 3 for 2, winning the turnover battle, and making smart plays around the rim. They tried to do that, but we tried hard to stop that, resulting in a chance to overcome a 7 pt. deficit in the last 5 minutes with a storm of threes....which is what happened. The defensive play displayed last night needs to become the norm and learning to know what and when to do things (playing the game) seems to continue to improve. With essentially two frosh starters and two soph starters the team on the floor at crunch time is still a young team learning to become B1G warriors ready to play smart basketball with anyone. Not there yet by a longshot, but at least showed signs last night. Love watching the process and seeing Griffin and Nichols stepping up to what they can become. Smart play impresses me infinitely more than any dunk ever made....and I could care less if any Illini ever dunks....but Kofi needs to do just that after missing so many point blank bankers....and he tries to bring the hammer often enough while getting hammered too often. Wisky is the poster child of taking less athletic kids and teaching them how to play smart, winning basketball, The season can be salvaged into a dance bid but it will take great effort and some good bounces that these kids are earning.Watching the game again - AG really playing pretty solid D - know when to stick, when to help. GB's first two fouls were REALLY weak calls. Unfortunately I think he has a rep with the wild elbows and its hurting him now. Reevers really got away with a few chicken wings GB would have gotten called.
I personally have no respect for those few in the stands who stand and yell at the refs, especially on any call against the home team. This team won on the road in Madison!!! There cannot possibly be any legit complaint about officiating in view of the fact that for more than 100 years the B1G has set the standard for lopsided home court bias. This is not perceived bias but based on factual history of statistics.So let me make sure I have this right - you don’t like people complaining about the calls you didn’t see?
There was plenty to take issue with last night’s calls (we did have plenty of dumb fouls, too). It’s possible to both complain about officiating while also recognizing your team needs to do better and should be good enough to overcome that. Refs have a tough, thankless job in general but that doesn’t excuse the huge changes in consistency throughout and across games. Call it loose (my preference) or call it tight but just be consistent. Telling everyone to stfu about it just lets it slide and that’s worse for college hoops overall imo.
Neither here nor there really but, I officiate occasionally low level as my penance for yelling at referees. I realize what a difficult job it is but, it doesn’t really help when I’m in the stands for a team I have rooting interest for. Maybe a little but, I still complain about calls I disagree with.Telling people not to complain about officiating is like telling them not to complain about the weather or anything else for that matter. Some will complain, some won't.