One tarnished moment.
VIDEO: Burke Block
I'd prefer to never see this again, but still a crazy play.
One of the best, cleanest, chase down blocks I have ever seen.
This is no Syracuse "blarge" call that you can make a case for the call. This is unambiguous.
There is no excuse for this call. After a night of allowing muggings you do not make a call like this.
After "letting them play" for 35 minutes, this is not a call that should have happened. As someone else mentioned, very much anticipatory - zebra had his lips on the whistle before he even got there it seemed.
As bad as this call was though, it happened with five minutes left in the game. Not five seconds. It put us down 5 points. There was plenty of time left to get some stops and even up the game. But we could not get the stops. That's ultimately why we lost.
It was very clear the first time.
In fact, it wasn't even close.
I would be absolutely on fire if I were Trey Burke after this game. The way he got jobbed in this game in so many ways is the kind of event that makes you either never want to associate with college basketball again or come back for another year and kill people. I'm afraid it's going to be the former.
Exactly. No point in playing for the love of the game, so why not go get paid?
Trey played a great game. That play was about as perfect a block as there can be. He's a true champion.
Ugh I'm sick again. What a great play that will rarely be seen again. F****ing great play. Not a Referee gripe but Gosh they sucked tonight.
What block... That's a FUCKING FOUL!!!
That is an NBA type play! Great game against a great team with horrid officiating both ways.
I can think of only two plays that Louisville could complain about. One, the no-call on the McGary kick, but they still retained possession. BFD. On another, Hancock came from behind and made a steal, but they called him for a foul. Hancock and Pitino threw hissy fits. Pitino should have been T'd up for that. When they showed the replay, it was obvious that Hancock came through our player's shoulder to make the steal. That was a good call. What else was there for Louisville to be upset about?
McGary should have fouled out on one of Behanen's rebound put backs that ended up going in, late in the game; Mitch fouled the hell out of him from behind. That's a pretty minor complaint (I guess an And-1 could have been called) so the point is taken and I agree.
With the amount of time left and a three point game, that was just a huge blown call.
Shit like this is why I just don't have much interest in watching most basketball.
Burke truly is a complete player.
Basketball needs to take strides forward in effective officiating. I do not care at all if it slows the game down, just get the damn call right.
Yep, that was as clean a block as can be. But the calls in this game were so crazy and erratic. Still, find it hard to believe they called a foul on that one.
This play was the swinging of momentum. A monumental FUCK YOU to us, and such a horse shit call.
Add the early missed goal tend to this and you just have to wince
an all-time great basketball play goes in the books as a foul. shame.
The ref screened himself from actually seeing anything by following right behind Siva. He couldn't see shit and assumed it was going to be a foul. What a jackass.
Sickening call. Absolutely horrible. I can handle bad, but consistent officiating, but today the refs were all over the map.
That was the best defensive play of the game. And they called it a foul.... after not calling a hundred other real fouls. Just ridiculous.
Add that to the other horrible calls.
Yes, the refs were the difference. It's too bad.
Michigan was the better team today no matter what the scoreboard says.
But maybe our poor foul shooting had something to do with it? Or defensive lapses?
Terrible call, definitely, but not as meaningful if we hit FT's under pressure - as Louisville did
Michigan made 18-25 FT's (72%), the same number as Louisville with only 2 more attempts. Michigan also made a number of defensive stops (including the totally clean great Burke block) in the last few minutes but were screwed by the refs. The refs let Louisville mug Michigan repeatedly inside in order to come away with several offensive rebounds. They even missed the blatant foul which caused Levert to go out of bounds after grabbing a defensive board. This last bad call essentially sealed the game.
I can understand some close judgement calls but there were numerous blatant screwups that all went against Michigan.
It's not sour grapes but unfortunate reality. Michigan was the better team but couldn't beat both Louisville and the refs. That's the way it goes sometimes. Michigan should feel proud that they made it to the championship game and won on the court although not on the scoreboard.
Was thinking the same thing, how many times this year have FT hurt us. I love what THJ brings with his energy, but his shooting is so inconsistent. if GR had his energy he would be dominant. What this team achieved this year with all the exposure it will help with recruiting in all sports. Just my thoughts...
Classic case of the referee anticipating contact, instead of actually watching to see if there is any. Was this the same ref who called the phantom foul on McGary's block against Kansas?
Did these refs come from the NBA ?? If not, I know where they'll be next month...
NBA refs would not have treated a star like Burke this poorly. Actually, if college basketball had NBA officials, Burke would be absolutely unguardable.
The game was punch- counter punch all game, until this counterpunch was taken away.
It could have been a great final 5:00.
doesn't have anything on that block. Picture perfect. Damn.
this is not helping
Here is a telling article ( http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1597935-louisville-cardinals-championship-streetball-on-the-biggest-stage ). Yet, the refs did not determine the outcome. Michigan allowed a man to single handedly close the points gap in the first half. In the second half, Tim Hardaway's defense was horrid. Follow that up by his poor shot selection (taking the most shots) and missing a key ft down the stretch and you have a loss.
Kudos to Michigan as they will do well next year. Sucks that the refs did not call a decent game. Sucks that Hardaway failed to guard dribble penetration at all in the second half.
Michigan allowed a man to single handedly close the point gap...a gap that was built single handedly by Spike. And I wouldn't be complaining about Hardaway. Unfortunately it was Robinson's man who had 15 points and a dozen rebounds.
usually when you quote bleacher report you are wrong.
It's just the refs giving away two free throws to the other team in a close championship. Add up the goaltending call, burke's second fould that benched him, and about 20 other highly suspicous whistles . . . . and well, I doubt it had any effect on the game.
call. Just terrible. That could have been the biggest momentum swing in the game.
The more I watch this the more I wanna punch babies.
Lot of poorly officiated games. Sometimes the calls swing your way--see game, Syracuse--and sometimes like tonight they don't. But let's not act like the refs denied us the victory. That's disrespectful to both teams who played one of the best NCAA Finals we've seen. Sucks we lost, but I'm proud of the way we fought the entire tournament including tonight. No shame in losing to that Louisville squad. They're a damned fine team.
Some calls we're obviously bad, and most were against us, but in no way was this a screw job. It's frustrating, so I don't blame people for venting about it, but I am focusing my emotions on a fine line if grief and gratitude. If that makes any sense
I very rarely rarely ever complain about the refs. Ever. I was watching this play. Saw the foul and fucking screamed at the top of my lungs at how this ended the game for us. A fucking horrrrrible call.
multiple horrible calls that were significant not go in their favor in that game? One missed charge/block that was not clear on the initial look does not equal blowing at least four plays that were completely obvious.
I mean at the end of day Michigan didn't play well enough in the last 23 minutes, but the fact that these officials are supposed to be the best of the best to be officiating this game really is unbelievable after seeing how god awful they were.
For all the people saying the refs didn't lose us this game. No they didn't, but you can't deny that would have been a hell of a momentum changer. It's not just about the points that directly result from bad calls.
It's sickening that the cleanest college dunk block I've ever witnessed gets a foul while half the game looked like hockey on hardwood. The call on Burke on the 3 point attempt was also a can of shit. Regardless of whether it was negligent, incompitent, or bias, the officiating in this game is BY FAR the least consistant, if not the outright worst, I've ever witnessed in college basketball.
this was by far the worst. I have never been so upset at basketball officials as I was when this was called a foul. All the griping about reffing is overblown, but THIS play, THIS call was so obvious and so wrong and at sucha crucial part of the game that I think it may have changed the game.
Imagine what happens if no foul is called. This is a momentum-changing play that was neutered by the refs. I think this is the one thing from this game I will be bitter about for a long time. It didn't cost Michigan the game...but it was turrible. Just turrible.
to take. Tough call, but there were a ton of bad calls in this game on both sides.
Could you point out a few game changing calls that went against Louisville?
Here is what I don't understand. When you blow the whistle on a play like this, what are you actually seeing? I mean there is so clearly no contact at all here. Do you just anticipate the contact so much before the play occurs that you can't help but make the call?
Yes. That's exactly what you do. It's just downright lazy.
When you blow the whistle on a play like this, what are you actually seeing?
You're seeing poor Kevin Ware on the sideline and realize you need to do something to advance the most important narrative in the tourney.
You're seeing that the line in Vegas is L'Ville -5, and they're currently only up 3.
The NBA ref saga a few years ago along with the recent Pac 12 shit has forced me to always wonder how much the refs inentionally alter games.
I don't know that we would have won had the game been called better. I do know that Trey and Mitch would have been on the court more, and L'ville likely would have had fewer ORebs, fewer steals, and fewer FTAs. Wish we could have seen what would have happened.
Still incredibly happy that we're in a position to play "What if" after a national title game. Who saw this coming 4 years ago when we inexplicibly missed the tourney? Or 3 years ago when we were a leadership anneurysm away from another disappointing season?
Hopefully only Trey and THJ leave. Spike, GR3, Nik, Mitch, Caris + Walton and Irivin is a helluva top 7. If Donnal can contribute, it's even better.
I have nothing to say. Any analysis, game observation, or snowflake is basically like a vapor to me at the moment.
Gimme a day, please.
Hurts to lose a title to incompetency.
Fuck you Refs
Goaltending that was missed at the beginning of the game foreshadowed the rest of the calls.
So proud of this team and they have nothing to be ashamed of.
I feel way too depressed to watch this. But of course I do anyway. Such a spirit killer, we just couldn't recover from that and that bearded bastard not getting his 5th foul
if you want to vent about refs there's a thread already in existence for that. And that thread is one too many, you all sound like the Syracuse fans that so many UM fans were bashing last week because of the charge call gripe (not to mention the questionable blocking foul called on Syracuse moments before).
It was a bad call, but guess what? Burke wouldn't have needed to make that play if they hadn't just squandered their own possession and set up the fast break. After the play, UM had the ball down 5 with 5 minutes remaining. Plenty of time and plenty of opportunity to take the game. All the focus on the 2 points the ref cost them (in a 6 point loss) and not on the fact that UM couldn't get a body on the hot shooter.
To be clear, I loved this UM team and am not disappointed at all in their performance (though obiously I'm really disappointed in the outcome). I think it takes away from what was a great game and is incorrect to be putting so much of the outcome on the refs.
I'm glad I'm abroad and was watching ESPN International with Vitale announcing. He never gets on the refs; focusing on the players makes the game much more enjoyable.
The refs did not lose this game for Michigan, but to compare the complaints over this call to the Syracuse "blarge" is unfair and wrong.
The "blarge" was a 50/50 call at best that refs are never consistent on. Could it have been a block, yes, but there were experts who even with slow motion replay said thecharge was a good call.
No one is watching this replay and calling this a foul, it was a blown call plain and simple. Michigan could have done a better job of holding onto the lead and making this play a moot point, but its more then fair to expect the refs to get calls like this or the earlier goaltend correct.
true, they're different calls. But what Michigan fans have in the 'call was 100% wrong' category, Syracuse fans have in the 'this call very clearly decided the game' category. If I'm watching each of those calls go against my team in their respective situations, I think my negative responses would be comparable. I guess that's subjective though.
I'll add to this that it's a bit of a pattern for the basketball fans here. Seems like just about every Michigan loss this season was put on the terrible b10 refs.
I understand theres nothing you can do about the refs, but really?.....
It's that illuminati type feeling...
but the bad calls happened all...game...long. On BOTH sides. It had to be one of the worst officiated games of the tournament.
If it happened in a 1, 2 or 3-point game with 1 minute left then yeah, it's a game changer. But there was a ton of time left and we were down like 5 or 6. Louisville outplayed us down the stretch when it mattered most. It seems like they didn't miss a shot in the last 7 minutes of the game.
You can SEE THE SCORE in the video. It was a three-point game with five minutes left. This goes uncalled and Michigan makes a basket, it's a one-point or tied game.
What happened instead? Siva made both and then I think Louisville got a quick turnover. Now it's a seven-point game with under five minutes left. See how that works?
was a make-up call for the previous call at the other end. Louisville was LOUD last night; felt like a home game for them.
That was THE clearest block that I have ever seen!