New rule for NCAA basketball

Submitted by Blazefire on February 3rd, 2011 at 8:52 PM

The NCAA has just announced a rule change for Mens Basketball to be instituted immediately.

If your team is called Ohio State, MUGGING the opponent will not result in a foul.

If your team is called Michigan, a gentle graze of anywhere north of his shoulder blades is good for a trip to the line.


The Squid

February 3rd, 2011 at 10:42 PM ^

*What* was Motta talking about there? There was absolutely zero excessive roughness against Sullinger. And he's a freakin' beast and *creates* all sorts of contact. It's actually a little bit like watching Shaq play: he's constantly slamming into defenders to create space and pretty much never gets called for it.


Weird, petulant moment from Motta, particularly in victory after *his* team played kinda crappy.


February 3rd, 2011 at 9:53 PM ^

This sucks.  At least we beat the spread.

On to actual analysis...if Novak actually made threes and the refs managed to pay attention to the game, we had a chance in the second half.  But we're not NC contenders and RAWR VALUCITY ARENA, so there.


February 3rd, 2011 at 9:37 PM ^

Let's face it.  It's good for the Big Ten to have the #1 team in the country.  And a rag-tag bunch of no-nothing recruits, white kids and relatives of famous players beating said #1 team is NOT good for business.  There was no WAY the refs don't know that and they will do everything in their power to get the outcome the Big Ten needs.  

Follow the money.  As the late great Tony Soprano once said "shit flows flows up"


February 3rd, 2011 at 11:52 PM ^

I wouldn't go full-blown conspiracy theory on this; Referees almost always favor the home team, and they almost always favor the higher-ranked team (as sort of a confirmation bias thing), and Ohio State does have the personnel that is conducive for drawing large amounts of fouls (seriously, who can stop Sullenger without fouling?). Michigan hasn't been great at drawing fouls and attacking the rim well this season, and Ohio State has, plus OSU really stresses not giving up fouls. It's not a conspiracy, it's just a perfect combination of a home-court advantage, a predisposition to giving the better team the benefit of the doubt in split-second decisions, and inherent advantages that OSU has and Michigan does not. It's definitely not right that there are biases in refereeing, but seriously, people are human. The refs have no stake in how much attention the B1G gets, and the outcome that the B1G needs and the outcome that the refs need (a game without controversy) are never mutually inclusive.


February 4th, 2011 at 12:19 AM ^

But Michigan shot 7 free throws at home to OSU's 25. Michigan averages 13.8 fta per game, and against OSU they shot 11 in TWO GAMES. OSU, on the other hand, averages 20.21 fta per game. Against Michigan they shot 50 total free throws. While the difference compared to OSU's average isn't that big, taking both disparities into consideration adds (hypothetically) 21.39 free points to OSU's overall score, or 10.695 ppg. That's not even getting into the lack of playing time for Michigan's starters due to foul trouble against OSU.


February 3rd, 2011 at 9:04 PM ^

This would've been a completely different game had our guys been able to stay aggressive and not get called for a (weak) foul on every fucking play. 

<-- still fuming over OSU's band playing "I can't turn you Loose"


February 3rd, 2011 at 9:06 PM ^

This game was so frustrating in the 2nd half. Props to Beilein for not cussing the official out and getting T'd up after watching some of those "calls" and no-calls...we'll get there eventually boys...just keep on fighting!

Blue Bunny Friday

February 3rd, 2011 at 9:19 PM ^

They were bad, but they weren't THAT bad. The FT discrepency is about style of play.  D-Mo, Morgan, and Stu missed way too many lay-ups.

OSU got much better calls in Crisler.  It's still stupid for Matta to call out the refs at the end. F him.


February 3rd, 2011 at 9:11 PM ^

I can't wait until the hammer gets dropped on the Buckeye basketball and football programs.  They are the media darlings of the last 9-10 years, so I don't expect it soon....


February 3rd, 2011 at 9:19 PM ^

........but their basketball team, particularly with Matta at the helm, has done some serious recruiting that just seems a little off for a school that doesn't have a real history of having a good program.

Some of that may be the lull that IU has had since Knight, or even Kentucky(although they seem to be bouncing back a little now). Some of it may be that they finally found a coach who can recruit well. There does seem to be something fishy going on though with their program compared to it's history.


February 3rd, 2011 at 9:36 PM ^

Matta is dirty.  It isn't a secret.  OSU plays the payment game with associates of recruits (friends, family members, coaches, etc.) where they pay in small drops along the path.  Want the kid to open your letter?  That'll be $1000.  Want him to take a visit?  $2000.  And so it goes.  Unfortunately, this is the way to land most of the top 20 players.  My source (cause I know you'll ask) is another Big Ten coach who has been asked but refuses to pay the same amounts.