Oh my God.
I am honestly SO FLABBERGASTED by this that I cannot even begin to compose this blog entry for fear that my head will explode. This will be one of the most disjointed blog posts you will ever read on SFN as I cannot think straight right now. Just keep going and bear with me.
Just watch a college basketball game now and youâ€™ll see all the pushing and banging and physical play you need.
And that concerns North Carolina coach Roy Williams.
â€œThereâ€™s no question the game has gotten way too physical,â€ said Williams Monday. Williams spent six years on the Rules Committee arguing that point. He said â€œthe easiest wayâ€ to reduce some of the physical play â€œis to call more fouls.â€
â€œThe game of basketball is supposed to be a finesse game,â€ Williams said.
I actually AGREE with the premise that college basketball is far too physical and there is not nearly enough fouls called ON CERTAIN TEAMS. What I can’t fathom is that a coach who just graduated a player that set the all-time college basketball record for shooting free throws is the one complaining. Not to mention the unofficial record that Hansbrough also owns – or is at least tied with Shane Battier – for number of fouls that were not called against him that should have been whistled.
This is a guy who was recently criticized by NBA players for being too rough and fouling too much. Think about that for a moment — professional basketball players!? But, Roy Williams didn’t ever seem to have a problem about contact in college basketball when Hansbrough was on his team.
Hell, Hansbrough was so accustomed to creating contact that he couldn’t help but push off and foul his own teammates even when he was celebrating!! Look at the picture on the left. Who runs like that? It is not even natural when you look at the positioning of his body. Compare his â€˜runningâ€™ posture to that of every other player in the picture (and every other player in the world). Sheeshâ€¦he is friggin pushing-off and attempting to slow down the faster Wayne Ellington as the Tarheels storm the court to celebrate. Some things never change, eh? He was so accustomed to knocking around others that he literally cannot step onto the court – even in celebration – without creating some kind of contact with people around him. (We later learned that this contact resulted in Hansbrough shooting two extra free throws hours after the game.)
I could go on about Hansbrough and Roy Williams’ hypocrisy forever. To save us all the hassle, I strongly encourage you to click on this tag and do some serious web surfing – you will find some fun and frustrating items there that will be of interest to you. Items like poor Virginia Tech’s indoctrination into the ACC from last year’s ACC Tournament that is summed up by the chart on the left, by this video, and by the following comments from the N&O.
UNC finished the game with 21 attempts from the free-throw line (hitting 15), while VT finished 8 of 11. Itâ€™s not like VT took a ton of 3s and the totals were skewed by shot selection. UNC and VT each took 19 3s.
And donâ€™t confuse me here, Iâ€™m not saying UNC won because of the officials. Hansbrough was great â€” actually it was one of his five best games â€” but the selective enforcement of the contact did affect Tech.
Vassalloâ€™s second foul, about 22 feet from the basket on a touch foul defending Bobby Frasor, was questionable at best. Vassallo had to sit out the final 8:19 of the first half after that foul. Thatâ€™s a long chunk of the game to go without your best player, especially on a team thatâ€™s a three-man show.
In closing, I offer that you can mostly thank Duke and Coach K for the current state of college basketball. The defensive style of play that evolved at Duke in the late 1980s and into the 1990s put so much pressure on officials that they simply could not call fouls on muplitple players every single possession. Add to that mix the public berating and flogging K would put on any official that called fouls on Duke and you had a recipe for what we have today – football without pads.