Not news, just a rant after 35 years of watching college basketball if I may be permitted.
Check out the blocking foul that was called on the ISU player in the last moments of regulation....
In football, I always feel like the players and coaches define the outcome (Green Bay/Seattle replacement ref game aside). But in basketball, I feel like I'm watching a script half written by the players and coaches, and far too frequently half written by the referees. This isn't news, but just an observation that at times the preposterous calls by basketball refs obviously meant to add poetry to a game, instead make me feel like I've suddenly been tranported to a WWE cage match at The Palace.
Understandably, in no sport do referees come in as close contact to screaming, gyrating fans, coaches and opposing coaches as they do in basketball. But with all of the technology that has advanced so many other sports, it's unfortunate basketball hasn't found a way to evolve in some manner to improve referee objectivity and accuracy. Until that changes, the ominous poetic license employed by referees will continue to define why basketball, despite all of its beauty, will be a second rate sport to me, just a few notches on the WWE scale left of boxing.