April 9th, 2013 at 11:22 AM ^

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.

Magnum P.I.

April 9th, 2013 at 12:26 AM ^

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. 


April 9th, 2013 at 12:48 AM ^

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?


April 9th, 2013 at 1:10 AM ^

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.

Johnny Blood

April 9th, 2013 at 12:31 AM ^

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.


April 9th, 2013 at 12:35 AM ^

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.


April 9th, 2013 at 12:37 AM ^


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.



April 9th, 2013 at 3:00 AM ^

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.


April 9th, 2013 at 9:32 AM ^

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...


April 9th, 2013 at 12:46 AM ^

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?



April 9th, 2013 at 12:54 AM ^

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.


April 9th, 2013 at 1:03 AM ^

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.  


April 9th, 2013 at 12:42 AM ^

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.  


April 9th, 2013 at 1:00 AM ^

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.


April 9th, 2013 at 2:13 AM ^


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.


April 9th, 2013 at 1:39 AM ^

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.


April 9th, 2013 at 1:02 AM ^

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.


April 9th, 2013 at 1:06 AM ^

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. 


April 9th, 2013 at 1:09 AM ^

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.