A Yahoo reporter has taken a side on the call. Enjoy:
There's at least one funny "Volunteer" comment.
The reporter (Kaduk) is a former Wisconsin Badger and big Chicago sports fan:
Presumably not a Michigan fan? :)
A Yahoo reporter has taken a side on the call. Enjoy:
There's at least one funny "Volunteer" comment.
The reporter (Kaduk) is a former Wisconsin Badger and big Chicago sports fan:
Presumably not a Michigan fan? :)
Love most of the media focusing on that call and ignoring the 3 brutal calls that went against Michigan in the previous 5 minutes.
Sorry the media darlings got beat lol. Go Blue
is in the same boat. A caption in his article echoed the "controversial call sends M to Elite 8" sentiment and he spent the entire article giving Izzo a you know what.
Because most sports writers are hacks who don't pay attention to games except insofar as it helps them write their 500 words. Honestly, you see a bunch of these old dudes and you realize that most of them could never have gotten the jobs they have now today.
It was very controversial. I just don't see how he thinks a terrible blown call that have TN the ball sent UM to the elite 8. If anything that almost doomed UM.
Figures all the focus is on the charge and not on the blown review. Well, if the team can use it as motivation for Kentucky, then let the national pundits keep talking.
if it wasn't called, then Michigan has a clean steal with no Volunteer in immediate foul range of Levert. Game over. So I guess, I sort of agree with the author, a terrific ending was denied: a player whose struggles put his team in jeopardy makes the game saving steal really would have been a nice storyline.
I think the alternate scenario results in Stokes at the line shooting 1&1 after a blocking call on Morgan. The LeVert strip wasn't relevant. That was either a block or charge -- not a no-call.
people have argued that it's a no call rather than a charge. I see your point but it's not a block according to the rules. If you call it a block, you get Shaq ball where the bigger player just bulls his way in. That's not basketball. I also don't agree with a no call. Refs need to enforce the rules all the time not just when they feel like it. And they need to be more consistent on this call. I think if there's any doubt, the call should be a charge.
I think the no-call's defensible here, if you think LeVert had already stripped the ball before the contact. A lot of referees would choose not to call an offensive foul against a player that's already turned the ball over because it punishes the wrong team, taking away the advantage of the live-ball turnover.
that Stokes is known for it. Stokes bulled right into two guys. My hunch is that Martin told him he should have passed the freaking ball.
At any rate, there are so many alternative scenarios flowing from those couple of calls down the stretch that to say TN lost because of a bad call is just garbage.
and a number of tennessee fans complaining, had to do with, how can it be a charge if the ball was loose (by the tip away by Levert crashing to double team).
i'd rather be a billionaire with five sex addicted supermodel wives. sometimes we don't get everything the way we want it.
That's not all it's cracked up to be. One week of every month, there are five women and one you who wish you were dead.
that's what the other four are for to take my mind off the "other one".
Oh, dude...DUUUUUUUUDDDDE...PLEASE tell me you don't have them living together and sychronizing cycles. Bigtime rookie mistake, man. Have you ever even been in a love hexagon before bro???
if i was a billionaire do you really think i would have only one house?
Dude lowered his shoulder directly into Morgan's chest, and Morgan didn't have any part of that. Had he stuck his chest out, they may have called a block.
Plus the botched review essentially made it a one-possession game instead of two with 20 seconds left. Then the charge play likely never would've happened.
Tennessee got straight out-played for 38 minutes. And I guess they're not talking about Appling's shove or any of the questionable calls in the Kentucky game? Give me a break.
I'm not one to hate on refs, but the officiating last night was terrible and crap. Anyone who drove into the lane got fouled. They had several and 1 attempts towards the end, Morgan "chest pump" fouls, missed calls and reviews. We benefited and they benefited as well but that game was shitty.
That was definitely a controversial call, but how about the flat out wrong call on the out of bounds play a few minutes prior? That was cut and dry, the charge was a bang bang play. Also not mentioning that if nothing was called, LeVert had a steal and the clock runs off at least 3 seconds before he's fouled, which would have been an even better outcome. Again, no respect for Michigan, and I'm sure Beilein and co. wouldn't want it any other way
So lame. Say there was no call either way instead of a charge. Caris is still sitting there with a ball on his hip and a Tenn foul to stop the clock would be the next step.
No mention of the tipped ball that was CLEARLY ours.
No mention that LeVert had the steal, the ball was in bounds and he would've had a chance to just stand there until they fouled him. It would've been the best inbounds play we had all night AND they would've lost time on the clock.
This is GARBAGE and people who think that call cost them the game are idiots.
They also don't understand that Morgan was the primary defender, he can slide and be moving at the point of contact. This call goes against Aaron Craft all the time because he just lowers his shoulder and bullies his way to the rim. Either that, or its a no call and he sits on the floor with his hands in the air...OR he travels. But it's not the defender's fault Stokes (or Craft) goes barreling into them.
Generally Morgan is the "help man" and he's sliding off him man to help out and take a charge...in THAT case he's the secondary defender and it can be a block. That was NOT the case this time. Morgan was the primary and LEVERT was the secondary.
The media sucks far too often.
To be fair, in the video on the page they mention the tipped ball and say the charge essentially was a makeup for that missed call. People might not like the call, but the ref had a great view of it and he called it. He obviously thought it was a charge and it looks like one on replay. The idea that you wouldn't call a charge just because there are only 6 seconds left in the game is laughable. I guess their idea is that because the other team has the ball with 6 seconds left, the refs should just ignore the rules.
The 6-foot-8 senior was feeling pretty good about his role and yelled "mismatch" as the Wolverines walked off the floor with their narrow two-point victory. - regarding Morgan's exit from the court
If indeed true, that's actually pretty funny to me, especially after everything that had been said all week about Tennessee's size on the interior. Glad to see yet another reason that the national press gave that we could not advance fall by the wayside.
All day today we'll probably hear about Kentucky's "size, speed and athleticism" or some combination of those.
I don't remember who tweeted it but apparently JMO actually yelled "Mismatch my ass!"
The press conference (It was on repeat on BTN last night). Reporter had to clean up the quote to ask JMo about it. JMo talked about how they've played against same or better competition in the B1G...and they won the conference outright.
Who cares. Ignore the noise. Now let's beat a UK team that is thinking they just won something against Louisville.
I said this last night on Twitter, but if I do what Stokes did when I play pickup basketball, I call an offensive foul on myself and walk to the other end of the court.
You can't just lower your shoulder into a guy when he's standing in one place and expect to get a call in your favor.
MSU does it all the time.
Yeah. Well. They're assholes.
Who is worse MSU and their fans or the media?
I vote yes.
How is this not the most upvoted comment in MGoBlog history?
Funniest one line response I've seen in a long time. Thank you!
Because people regularly try to take charges in pickup ball.
(legend: "regularly" = "never")
Whatever. Let the pundits keep picking us to lose, it seems to piss the kids off and make them play with a chip on their shoulders. I'm totally fine being the dog in the media's eyes the rest of the way.
"Controversial call allows Tennessee to take MIchigan to the wire"
Morgan played yet another great game. How many opposing centers does he have to outplay before he starts getting the recognition he deserves from the national pundits? Otoh, he seems to relish the underdog role and plays well with a chip on his shoulder.
who cares? We won. In a year, nobody besides for a few drunk volunteers will be pissed about the call. Also - Levert had the steal anyway, so I don't really get why it's so controversial - the ball had backspin on it and stayed in bounds - if it wasn't a foul, Levert had the ball on the baseline anyway. Same result, charge call or not.
defending the call and slamming the article you know you're reading some extremely hack journalism type stuff.
Insane how much the media hates us
---every college sports fan in America.
I mean, Michigan has a history and the stereotype is they're arrogant...but there are plenty other schools who would fit that description as well. But it's Michigan that gets the reputation that when they win, there's something controversial about it (PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE OTHER CONTROVERSIAL CALLS THAT ALLOWED TENNESSEE TO EVEN GET IN A POSITION TO WIN THE GAME, OF COURSE).
It was "controversial" in that it effectively decided the game. But you know what? Anyone arguing that it was a blocking foul is dead wrong. And that's the ONLY scenario out of the three which favor Tennessee.
I was pissed because I thought they called Levert on a reach in foul, when it was clearly a clean knockout. That's because Michigan was getting royally screwed in the foul department down the stretch, that I just assumed it was a fould on michigan. I yelled for a solid minute. Until I realized Michigan was inbounding the ball. Then I was happy.
They don't hate us in my opinion- they just hate having to think and properly analyze. Wouldn't journalism be easier if a spade looked like a spade 100 times out of 100?
I think it's just that 'conventional' wisdom about what should win is all they see. When a team doesn't look the part (2 ballers, 1 shooter, and two bigs) they struggle to wrap their minds around it. Or I guess you could say they know they have an audience to sell to and they anticipate the audience can't wrap their minds around it (which could be true).
Either way, the result is the same: 'Properly' built team loses + Foul called in closing seconds = Rightful team got jobbed
It's as if they are simply saying, "does not compute".
We have the correct math though- and why wouldn't we? We've been watching this michigan team knock off opponent after opponent. There's no missing it if you know anything about this Michigan team.
You could cut Tenn and paste MSU from the regular season and get the same media reactions, at least pre-game...'now that Payne's back, MSU will blow this thing wide open'...etc. Really, this has been happening all season since McGary left the lineup.
When that call was correctly a charge! Jordan anticipated and simply beat him to the spot. Any other point of the game, no one would have said anything. At most, Jordan could be accused of selling the charge--which, if you want one, you better do. Thanks Jordan.
"That's what I do- I take charges."
Guy should sign with Visa or MasterCard for a 2 year Tourney-Time only commercial series.
Although, I'm not sure how Visa or MasterCard would feel about losing all customers that are Syracuse and Tennessee fans.
Like that one play decided the game. What about the other 39 minutes? Weren't they down 17 at one point? They're lucky our own careless turnovers mixed in with botched ref calls let them be that close. Truth be told we should have really blew them out.
We get no respect. I still can't figure out how 3 professional's go to a monitor and still screw that call up. Ball clearly went off Maybane but I digress...we won so fuck it.
From this reporter's viewpoint on the nearby sideline, Jordan Morgan's feet sure didn't look set in the final moments of Michigan's controversial 73-71 win over Tennessee in Friday night's Sweet 16 game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Okay, that's great. But that's not the rule for the primary defender. Morgan was in legal guarding position, he stayed vertical, and he moved laterally not toward the ballhandler.
Wait a minute...you should understand the rules of the game before questioning calls?
I guess the reporter's view from the sideline was better than the referee's view right in front of his face.
His feet don't have to set. 90 percent of journalists are hacks, and thats a scientific fact.
I think you're underselling that percentage by about 9 percent.
Yeah, Stokes was not in the act of shooting. The "reporter" does not even know the rules.
explained this on the TBS studio cut in b/n its 2 games. He pretty much embarrassed Seth Davis who was taking the wrong side. Gottleib first explained the rule involving a primary defender and then noted that in college you're able to move sideways, that it's not necessary to be absolutely still, just as discussed above.
I would also note that "controversey" is not a synonym for "close call that could have gone either way."
i think the amazing part is that if Mr. Tacky Balls can see this was an obvious charge. what are the other journo's drinking?
I think the difference is that Gottlieb and Kellogg are NCAA guys, that's what they mostly watch. Ernie and Barkley and Kenny Smith and basically everyone else in the studio (except Seth Davis, who's an idiot) are NBA guys, where the rule's a litlle different and the usual interpretation even more so.
Wait, you mean sports journalists spew opinions without knowing the rules? Who knew?!
Oh whatever. A bullshit call on Burke's amazing block on Siva potentially prevented us from taking home a national title last year.
Bad calls happen. It sucks but it's part of the game.
to take from that article is:
fuck you yahoo for auto-play video ads with no controls.
(and then make sure to disable on your friendly neighborhood MGoBlog)
I also enjoy how Yahoo has gotten into the habit of making gifs with the 'meme' font because they clearly don't understand what a meme is
It was the right call - on replay that is clear.
Usually on replay when I see the "charge' calls, I almost always see a lean or slight movement that I did not notice in real time making me honestly question the call. The "charge" in last years Cuse game for instance, in real time thought it was a clear charge, on replay thought it was much closer and could understand any debate - here I am sorry but I don'tt think it is even close.
In this instance, now maybe I am wearing my "Go Blue" glasses, the replay more than confirmed that Morgan was completely set did not lean and just got ran over. Also, as mentioned in a different thread, had they let it go Levert had a clean steal - the ball stayed in bounds - actually after seeing that Levert had the steal, I wished they would not have called the charge, because of the inbounding troubles Michigan was having.
The only thing that would've been controversial is a block call in that situation given what the replay showed. Overall the refs sucked, Michigan got away with a few things, but if anyone thinks that the refs did not have any fingerprints on Tenn's "comeback", all that they are doing is trading my "Go Blue" glasses for thier "Tennessee Orange" glasses.
- Go Blue ][\/][
end of the game. Michigan made a lot of mental mistakes but the pressure intensified and built up more than it should have because of other calls.
To their credit, they pulled it out which good teams do.
That was one of those "bang bang" plays. Could've went either way. I'm glad we won, but it's tough to see a call like that in the closing seconds that basically determined the outcome.
Not that it ever should have come to that in the first place because the refs blew that review.
Marching on. Kentucky tomorrow.
I wonder if they are too small. On my big dh screen I could see, but maybe not on my other tvs.
Let's start a Kickstarter campaign to get the referees some bigger review monitors.
That was such an awesome play. I think he could have thrown it down if he wanted to though.
I was at the bar next to some Iowa State fans who were watching their game - which happened to be on time out when Stauskas made this play, and the guy turned to me and said "that was pretty badass" LOL it was an awesome heads-up play by Nik!
Ive only been watching basketball for about 4-5 years. Have never played basketball or anything at any point in my life before that. I'm completely obsessed with Michigan basketball now and while I think I mostly understand the game, I don't know all of the rules. Last night I watched the games with my Sparty friend, and when Stauskas did this I just turned to him and said "is that legal?" Ridiculous heads up play. It's nice that Stauskas can still have a positive effect on the game on an off shooting night.
:10 you see the guys right hand pull him down.
Loved the sweet Tenn foul on Walton. Now that's a foul.
If you are going to foul a guy shooting a three, then you go foul him linebacker-style in front of God and Country. Let the Ref's whistle sing it from the hills like the Sound of Music.
The gift that clearly went off of Tenn to give them the ball back or the debatable flop?? That is March madness, just beyond lucky we got the call to go our way.
...is how much Stokes looks and sounds like Carmelo Anthony at the press conference.
Complete with head band. And the orange of the Tennessee uni's gives him the Carmelo glow., too. Very studied.
Seriously guys who cares. Bad calls happen all the time, and that wasn't even one of them. It was a tough call but a correct one. Lets enjoy our boys tmrw. It's been a great run so far. We need not to fret about refs, media, msu, etc... We got a great team!!
Get why this call is controversial. Dude lowered his shoulder and straight out plowed into Morgan. That is a charge without a second thought in the first 39 minutes of every game, 99 times out of 100.
College rules allow for defender to shuffle if he has established position.
"Controversial Review Keeps Tennessee in the Game with 30 Seconds Remaining"
It wouldn't have mattered, LeVert knocked the ball out cleanly and would have had possession of it anyway. Fake controversy created by journalist who needs something to talk about.
It should read "Controversial charge call allows Tennessee enough time to either regain possession or shoot a half courter (damn that's catchy)." If Levert steals that ball as he presumably would have, there's nobody around to foul him and the clock all but runs out. While it may sound like a stretch, I feel like that call kept them in the game (albeit a long shot).
Michigan would have had the ball! Not like he was driving to the basket with the ball. Lavert knocked it out and stole the ball.
The media selects a narrative: MSU injuries, gritty Aaron Craft (oh so gritty) or powerhouse Volunteers and anything factual that counterdicts the narrative is either dismissed or simply ignored.
All week they slobbered over the greatness that was Tennessee and the fact they got their ASS handed to them for 37 minutes simply didnt register. All the horrible, horrible calls that went against Michigan didnt register. The only thing that DID register was the call that went against their latest darling and that injustice must be called out.
Look - anything that gives Morgan motivational fuel is A-OK with me. So if the media now want to jump on Kentucky's bandwagon and dismiss Michigan AGAIN then I"m fine with it.
Personally Beilein vs Calapari looks like a chess match between Bobby Fisher in his prime and my cat Murphy. Can't wait for tomorrow.
This is so true. They pre-write their story into a template and just plug in a few names and some metrics after the game. It's more "efficient" that way, don'tcha know. They can't be bothered with a story that does not fit the narrative.
Look for Belein's team to run a lot of back-door cuts and 1-3-1 zones against Kentucky. Even if they don't.
If THAT was a controversial call to the reporter, what are his thoughts on Appling's mugging/push off on the Virginia defender that pretty much killed their chances?
The defender clearly fouled Appling before the push-off
They need a catchy title to get people to click on the link
That's all I care about.
Hopefully the team gets a copy of this. Also, make sure someone tells Morgan he is too damn weak to cover Kentucky inside.
And yes, absolutely zero mention of the OOB ball that should have gone Michigan's way on review.
I peruse deadspin often because sometimes they have very good stories and it's also a nice stop for everything but F them and their michigan bias. At times it seems they live to shit on Michigan.
I normally enjoy Deadspin, too, but this article was so one-sided and ridiculous...and check out the author's additional comment in the reply section. It almost makes it worse.
Yea. At least the majority of the comments are telling him he's a prick.
But I also must remember they thrive off clockbait and that article is geared just towards that. Michigan fans will click in disgust and haters will click to pile on. All about the $$$$
The article headline just screams "HEY, MICHIGAN SUCKS -- CLICK HERE FOR MORE!"
Think about it. Anger fuels Internet clicks. They know Michigan has a huge fan base. They know what they are doing. Smart business, I don't like it but it's smart.
This guy clearly wanted Tennessee to win. Amusing the commenters are generally tearing him a new one. I love how he tries to rationalize how LeVert does not clearly get to that ball
I mean, maybe he does, maybe he doesn't. We will never know because the whistle blew the play dead and everyone stopped playing
No, we do know. It's on the tape.
Don't be too hard on Sean Newell; he has had enough personal experience to know what a flop is.
BETTER than Tennessee all night. The refs made a few shitty calls in the final minutes to help the Vols back into the game at the end. We get ONE call our way at the end and all of a sudden the whole game is controversial? Fuck that. LeVert stripped the ball before the charging call and we would've taken possession. Much ado about nothing. Michigan was the better team and deserved to win that game.
We won. Big deal. Screw the media.
that a game in the last few minutes. Could not believe they gave it back to us after it seemed they were hellbent on giving it to Tennessee in the waning minutes.
If there's a rival flavor to schadenfreude it is media butthurt. Tell me more about how Tennessee got screwed.
my favorite was the vol player that was quoted "i can't believe that an official would make that call with a game of this magnitude". as if the rules of the game do not matter when it's a big game.
they should have known that michigan was going to try and draw an offensive foul. they should have avoided it at all costs. guy made a bad decision, and now he get's to complain about it for the rest of his life.
There goes our chance at a non-shared National Championship! Maybe if some of the UM grad judges out there would commute more Tennessee player sentences then we could get back in good graces. That or cease televising games that bear witness to actual Tennessee teams actions versus legend.
Tenn fans were relatively chill about it. I find it funny that MSU fans think it was a bad call. It was either a charge or a no call. Both benefited Michigan.
You mean MSU fans were delusional about something to with Michigan?
They would NEVER do such a thing...
Let people keep not giving Michigan any respect. They can use it as motivation.
If "the players decided the outcome of the game" then Caris would have stolen the ball, presumably got fouled with very very little time left (less than what actually ensued) and Michigan probably wins anyway. That's what I don't understand about this charge controversy. There was a loose ball regardless of the call. If you want to say it was a block then that's different. But don't say it's a shame the refs decided the outcome because if anything that whistle have Tennessee enough time to heave a prayer.
Its either a No call or a steal at that part of the game IMO. He clearly charged but that a tough call to make, but hats off to coach B and JMO bc they knew he would do that bc he dipped his shoulder a ton all game. Cant say enough about JMO and the strides hes made this year.
Controversial if you've never watched or played basketball. You can't drop the shoulder. Especially when you weigh 240. The controversial call to me is when the ball went out of bounce clearly off the ten player and was handed back to them, starting the whole Michigan mental lapse.
correction.. you can drop your shoulder if you are over 6 feet tall, and directly under the bucket.
Let's find every obscure media comment we don't like and post it in order to suggest a media conspiracy!
The Yahoo analyst interviewed in the video, Brad Evans, concludes with this laugher:
"So, just a circus of errors by the zebras under a minute to go which decided the game in favor of Michigan."
This implies that all the errors went in Michigan's favor. But if the "zebras" had gotten the first call correct—which they should have after their lengthy review of that play in which the Tennessee player clearly knocked the ball out of bounds—the entire complexion of the rest of the game changes.
Brad Evans is an Illinois guy so I'm sure he absolutely loathes the existence of Michigan.
The whole media hatred of us is directly linked to our head coach. When you have a head coach that yells at the refs every time one walks by, goes out on the court more than his subs and blames every problem the team has on their injuries (some self inflicted) you are bound to get people to hate you.
Oh wait...that shit gets them to love you???? Never mind.
Kevin Kaduk is a hack.
At times, I wonder if Kevin and Chris Chase (former Yahoo "writer," now with USA Today) are one and the same person.
I think I need to stay off Facebook until the Dance is over. My feed was awash with butthurt Sparty tin foil hat-wearers pissing and moaning about how it was more than a botched call - the refs/NCAA/media/Bilderbergs/Martians clearly want Michigan to win ZOMG you guys BLUE WALL scUM dslfkjdflkjdflksjdflksjdflkj.
In fact, they were so in the tank for Michigan that it was all they could think about and as a result only called two fouls on Tennessee for the first 16:07 of the second half, giving them several to burn on repeatedly fouling those late inbound plays. scUM handed ANOTHER win!!1!!!1111!!!!11!!!!
At what point does simply enjoying your own program's success become enough?
Especially ironic since they got a completely ludicrous non-call when they were inbouding up 2 in the last 30 seconds. Turns out it's much easier to inbounds the ball when you just shove your defender like four feet.
Even if Morgan doesn't get the charge, Stokes dropped the ball. We get it either way.
Reported on in fairly:
And there's the aforementioned Chris Chase, with a decent article. I'm stunned.
I love how Kevin Kaduk brought up the rule change for a block/charge for when an offensive player begins his motion to shoot or pass. But fails to realize that Stokes was not shooting or passing at that moment. Journalism at its finest.
I said this during the liveblog, but there is one basketball on the court and three dudes whose job it is to make sure they know where it is at all times. Yet, a couple of times the officials blew what seemed like easy calls because they simply weren't in the right position. It should never have gotten to the situation with Morgan and Stokes, and UT fans know that. Yes, it was a "controversial" call because while you call it a charge the first 39 minutes of a game, there's some inane sense of "letting them play" at the end which translates to "don't call offensive fouls" in reality.
The right call was made, and the right team won. I couldn't give a crap what a bunch of lazy writers have to say.
I hope the media keeps doubting us, i personally love it and i know if i was 18-21 and on michigans roster i would love it even more.
the other 38 minutes we pretty much controlled and somewhat dominated. Hacks.
The last few minutes of that game were a giant clusterfuck with things that could have been called, maybe shouldn't have been called, or could have gone either way. Singling out one event is just dumb.
a very heated email to this guy outlining all of the great points laid out above. If he wants to write a hack article, he is going to hear about it from me! I never really care enough to write heated emails but this email got pretty heated!
Don't care. Old news.
Now, about Kentucky . . .
This should be a non-issue. Had the refs overturned the out-of-bounds that was called off of UM but really went off the hand of Maymon there would be nothing to write regarding the charge on Stokes. That play was a 4 point swing IMO. Had they gotten that call correct the first time, Michigan is shooting free throws (after and additional 10 seconds are run off the clock while TN finally fouls enough to put UM in the bonus) and now up by 7 with ~35 seconds left as opposed to up by only 3 with 45 seconds left.
Furthermore, all CBS talked about was the controversial charge call. AGAIN, HAD THE REFS GOTTEN THE OUT OF BOUNDS CALLED CORRECTLY THERE WOULD BE NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT.
At the very least, call it even.
I mostly watch the game, then come here for any commentary. But FWIW Sir Charles said it was a good call after the game, before I turned CBS off. Sports media by and large is even dumber than "news" media, and I can't fucking stand the fake TV news.
Oh, I didn't see Charles say that, I was watching TBS and the 4 different analysts the have there. One could argue the charge call either way, but the bottom line is that the zebras blew that out of bounds call 35 seconds prior, and that tilted the remainder of the game in favor of TN.
The Tennesse liveblog was all about how they were getting screwed by the refs and ours was the same. So whatever.
from "it's on the internet so it's fact" wikipedia
i think most of the grumpy pants are just angry that this is one of the rare times that a basketball official made a call that was accurate to the words of the rule.
To be fair, if there was a non-call, I don't think Caris would have successfully stolen that ball. He poked it loose, but it clearly looks like it was headed out-of-bounds. It would've been Tennessee's ball to in-bound again.
But I agree generally it's largely BS to blame the result of the game on one call or another. There were just as many--if not more--non-calls that should've gone against Tennessee. Same with blown free-throws, blown video reviews, etc.
The game was close enough that any one of perhaps 5-6 different variables going a different way might have changed the outcome of the game. Most of them were in Tennessee's direct control. To blame one of the things that was literally out of their control as the only thing that should/could have changed the outcome of the game is simply shirking reponsibility.
It's basically how losers talk--blaming everybody else instead of focusing on what's directly within your control to change or improve for the future...
EDIT: In other news, it looks like I've graduated out of the kiddie poll and now have the power to up-vote & down-vote. Go me. Looking forward to doling out pos bangs in the future!
I have to disagree on the out of bounds assesment. Watch the replay again and check the spin of the ball. It looked pretty clear from the spin after its first bounce that it would have stayed in play.
Eh..looking at again, I'd say perhaps. It looks like the ball itself might have stayed in-bounds, but LeVert certainly stepped out of bounds when he went to grab it. But again, that was after the whilstle, so it's possible if he was athletically trying to stay in-bounds during a live play, he would have been able to stop his momentum and kept everyhing in.
Speculation at this point.
I do agree generally that all this "controversial call" talk is bull-jive on at least two levels:
1) The call itself I think was fair. Defernders are in fact allowed to move laterally, so my guess is most of the complaints are coming from people who are ignorant of the rule or are total hacks who just want to have a reason to feel like a victim, and
2) Blaming the entire result of the game on that one call requires one to be willfully blind to the other factors that determined the outcome of the game.
As folks have said, if adds fuel to the fire for Michigan then so be it. Right now they're listed as 8-1 odds for winning the entire Tournament. The only two teams with lower odds are Dayton and UConn. The other 5 including Kentucky are more favored than Michigan at this point. Let Morgan & the rest of the guys stew on that for a day or so while they prep for Kentucky tomorrow....
If you watch the replay, Levert jogged over after the whistle and still got it before going out of bounds. Not sure how you can argue he wouldn't have made the steal.
If the blind and stupid refs hadn't blown the obvious out of bounds call earlier it wouldn't have been that close to begin with. Basketball is a game where you can literally pick and choose the blown or incorrect calls from game to game. Tennessee needed a miracle just to be in the situation it ended up in, and I don't believe in karma, but that last call that went against Stokes was terrible, but it also righted the wrong that was about half a dozen calls that went their way.
This is just what the media does - they fish for storylines. Most of them don't have a beef with Michigan. It's just their job to drum this shit up.
Just ignore it. The storyline will be over after the next game.
What I don't understand is that, IIRC, Levert had the ball so if it was a no-call then he would've just had to dribble the clock out. In fact, that charge actually helped Tennessee because the clock was stopped for them and gave them another chance.