Welcome to our world, Washington

Although I did not watch today’s North Carolina-Washington NCAA Tournament second round game, I followed it on my phone. Just by checking scores, the general trend of the game appeared to be one where Washington seemed to be in more ‘control’ throughout the afternoon as each hit of ‘refresh’ generated information where the Huskies were clearly in front (by 11, by 10, by 7, etc) or were close to being tied.

I didn’t need to watch the game to know what was going to happen. Since Carolina was playing in Charlotte in a big game, everyone on this side of the country knew exactly what to expect. And, it appears that (again) we were correct in letting decades of history to be our guide. I just feel sorry for the poor fans from Washington; I think they really thought they had a chance.

I just got home from church, lunch and some much needed quality family time this afternoon. I had my mind on doing ONE thing when I walked in the door before doing anything else — check the box score to see how many more free-throws Carolina shot than Washington? There was no reason to really watch the game — fouls/free throws were all I needed to know to come to a conclusion regarding Washington’s chances today.

So, I just clicked on the box score and lo and behold my ‘surprise’ to see that the amazing North Carolina Tar Heels played the ENTIRE GAME while committing only 9 fouls — in FORTY minutes of play. Not nine fouls – one just below the bonus – in a single half (which would still be pretty scarce); but UNC got whistled for only nine fouls for the ENTIRE GAME!? Washington, on the other hand…despite leading for much of the game…’committed’ 20 fouls throughout the afternoon.

In the end, the Tar Heels shot 23 free throws to Washington’s 7. Carolina shot in excess of 200% more free throws today than the Huskies. Will wonders ever cease?

How would I know that Carolina was going to shoot (significantly) more free throws than Washington during the afternoon? Really? You ask that? Oh…you must be visiting us from a Washington website. WELCOME!

Do me a favor — why don’t you check the box scores from this season and tell me the last three games that UNC shot less free throws than an opponent. I am dead serious. All you stat-heads leaf back through the archives and tell us about Carolina’s foul and free throw differentials this year and let’s prove that I don’t know what I am talking about.

And, don’t give me this crap about Carolina ‘going inside’ with the ball and therefore generating more fouls than the opponents. At the RBC Center in Raleigh last month, nobody could have gone inside with the ball more than NC State did to Tracy Smith…and, we all know how the ‘athletic’ Tyler Zeller was able to play almost 30 minutes without committing a foul after getting himself in early foul trouble. Amazing! Even when losing by 17 points last week in the ACC Championship against Duke, the Tar Heels found a way to shoot six more free throws (21) than the victorious Blue Devils (15). Old habits are hard to break.

Oh yea. It appears there were both a clock issue and a questionable no call on basket interference at the end of the the game where the officials bungled both calls in a manner that benefited North Carolina. You don’t say? There is little reason to jump too deep into just two plasy at the end of the game when throughout the game calls were made to favor Carolina every time Washington tried to pull away. (You don’t really have to ask how I would know that even though I didn’t watch the game?)

PS: Controversial end to the North Carolina vs Washington game also being discussed here.

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48 Responses to Welcome to our world, Washington

  1. wufpup76 03/20/2011 at 4:28 PM #

    Just remember everyone, video evidence is not needed to put more time back on the clock in any situation.

    The only thing that matters is when the whistle blows. So, technically the ref on the baseline could’ve just watched the ball land out of bouds and not blow his whistle and it’s game over …

    That sounds like quality review procedure to me.

    Let’s not even consider that every single I’ve ever witnessed where they did make a timing ruling that ruling was based on video evidence. Except when the Holes play. And it benefits them.

    “There is no need for a review. Everything was correct. This will all be over by Friday.”

    Integrity FTW.

  2. newt 03/20/2011 at 4:35 PM #

    They shot 42 free throws Friday night.

  3. wolfonthehill 03/20/2011 at 5:08 PM #

    Washington was, in fact, going inside FAR more than unc-ch in the first half… something like 20-6 in points in the paint at one point… despite a 9-1 foul disparity.

    And yes – this decided the game. Between the free throws themselves and the fact that UW’s two dominant guys inside both had 3 fouls early in the 2nd half – making them far more tentative and sending Ndiaye to the bench with his 4th before the 10-minute mark – the entire tenor of the game was fundamentally altered by the foul situation.

    In a 3-point game, that’s called having the refs decide the outcome. Given that they weren’t ACC refs, I don’t get why they did it… I really don’t.

  4. 61Packer 03/20/2011 at 5:16 PM #

    All you need to know is that UNC got a #2 seed when they absolutely didn’t deserve it. Washington is the Pac-10 tourney champion and got a #6 seed and was planted in Charlotte. The selection committee, convinced that the Pac-10 deserved nothing, gave them nothing.

    The refs are aware of this, and call the games accordingly.

  5. WV Wolf 03/20/2011 at 5:21 PM #

    Perhaps it was a rhetorical question, but here is your answer:

    March 5, 81-67 win over Dook, free throw attempts were 22-21 Dook

    Feb 19, 48-46 win over BC, free throw attempts were 14-8 BC

    Feb 9, 79-73 loss to Dook, free throw attempts were 23-22 Dook

  6. jwoerner89 03/20/2011 at 5:53 PM #

    To go with WV Wolf…

    UNX shot 842 free throws this year, 303 more than their opponents 539 free throws, UNX made 564 free throws 215 more than their opponents 349.

    Another thing I found interesting is if you took an opponents free throw percentage on the night they played UNX and gave them the same number of free throws as UNX then you can conclude that UNX won 8 times this year because they shot more free throws alone. I know a lot of other things affect games but that statistic alone I found interesting.

  7. Sweet jumper 03/20/2011 at 5:56 PM #

    Last night I thought the Butler-Pitt game would never end. The refs reviewed the clock multiple times in the last few seconds and corrected the time at least twice. Today the UNX game was over before anybody could question the time or the goal-tending with no review. Washington’s coach said his assistants asked to review the clock and were told that it had already been done. Give me a break. Henson is a dumbass jerk who must be Rasheed Wallace’s cousin or copycat. I am waiting for someone to wipe the smirk off of his face and ignore his flops.

  8. BJD95 03/20/2011 at 6:19 PM #

    The dumb-ass basket interference didn’t matter – the last shot was a two. But more time should have gone back on the clock for sure.

    The biggest screw job is making a west coast team that played the latest game on Friday night turn around and start at noon EST on Sunday. You will never convince me that was anything other than a deliberate screw job by CBS.

    I watched the game from start to finish, and few of the foul calls were questionable.

  9. BJD95 03/20/2011 at 6:23 PM #

    FWIW, the Longhorns are really out of sync. Must be distracted by those marathon contract negotiations last night. ;)

  10. john of sparta 03/20/2011 at 6:41 PM #

    i’d rather post about winning,
    charlie sheen or otherwise,
    than post about refs and
    tinfoil hat stats.

  11. Sweet jumper 03/20/2011 at 7:00 PM #

    I know the dumbass goal-tending was on a two and did not matter, but the very fact that it was not called is inexcuseable. Last night after the Butler-Pitt game, the talking heads made such a big deal about the fact that the fouls were fouls and just happened to be at the end of the game, and the refs point of emphasis is to call the ENTIRE game accurately without regard to time left. They also harped on how great it was that the refs reviewed the clock several times in the last few seconds to make sure that the time was correct and that both teams were treated fairly. That seems to apply to everyone but the baby blues.

  12. Wolf74 03/20/2011 at 7:01 PM #

    This is exactly why I do not ever watch college basketball unless NCSU is playing. I am tired of the “haves” getting every break by the refs. I just keeps everything status quo which is what the NCAA wants. The NCAA wants the big schools with a name to continue playing so they will sell more tickets, get better ratings and make the NCAA more money. No conspiracy but the refs know this and also know there will be no flack if the “right” team wins.

  13. cWOhLFrPAiCKs 03/20/2011 at 7:07 PM #

    UNC shot (almost) the exact same percentage as their opponents from the line this year, meaning the more chances they had, the more points they scored.

  14. Wolfy__79 03/20/2011 at 7:41 PM #

    ….what killed me were all the fouls called on the huskies in the first half. compared to i think two for the tarbates. washington really took it unc and they were winded going to the half.. i think the calls should have been a little more balanced but i also think the huskies broke down a bit at the end of the half..(alot to do with the calls i admit)!

    unx will run up against a tough opponent soon enough.. where i don’t think they will be so LUCKY! going into this weekend.. wash hadn’t won at all in the state of NC? how did they even end up here? unc is the weakest undeserving #2 seed imo in the tourney!!

  15. BJD95 03/20/2011 at 7:48 PM #

    Syracuse in Jersey will be the end of the line for the Holes. Their worst possible matchup.

    And nobody’s staying within single digits of Ohio State if they keep playing like this. That would be the Holes’ Elite Eight opponent.

  16. smile102 03/20/2011 at 7:59 PM #

    “I know the dumbass goal-tending was on a two and did not matter, but the very fact that it was not called is inexcuseable.”

    Perhaps they didn’t call it because he didn’t touch the ball.

  17. smile102 03/20/2011 at 8:03 PM #

    “Syracuse in Jersey will be the end of the line for the Holes. Their worst possible matchup.”

    So why did CBS allow this to happen? BJD95, I know you are not one of the conspiracy clan, but wanted to interupt the Confirmation Bias.

    “tell me the last three games that UNC shot less free throws than an opponent.”

    Had to look back an entire month. You didn’t even check this before you used it as your evidence of game fixing, did you?

  18. BureauOfMines 03/20/2011 at 8:23 PM #

    The old adage, “You gotta beat ‘em by 15 to beat ‘em by 1″ was demonstrated today. Nobody wins close games against them. You can only win by utterly stomping them.

  19. swamppack 03/20/2011 at 8:45 PM #

    Washington clearly a better team today. When a comeback is facilitated by the refs, it makes it sooooooooo easy. There is the phsycological advantage there that fuels the physical performance for a team like unx who are always having thier diaper changed by the refs.

    Someone please slap the smirk off of henson’s face, by the way.

  20. packof81 03/20/2011 at 8:49 PM #

    Interesting stats indeed, jwoerner89 …

    I guess none of the league officials, other coaches or media pundits think this is odd. If the UNC players really are that skillful, such skills bear closer examination.

  21. ryebread 03/20/2011 at 8:59 PM #

    I didn’t even bother to watch the UNC/Washington game. UNC was playing at their “home away from home” in Charlotte. I knew Washington wasn’t going to win that.

  22. blpack 03/20/2011 at 8:59 PM #

    Hopefully the Holes season ends next weekend. They will lose a couple players at least and their fans will question if Roy knows what he is doing, just like last year. A buddy called me at the half just in amazement at how a team can play defense while committing two fouls in an entire half.

  23. BJD95 03/20/2011 at 9:06 PM #

    Marquette giving Cuse all they can handle. That would be a huuuuuuuge break for the Holes.

  24. choppack1 03/20/2011 at 9:16 PM #

    I actually think the ‘Cuse is a good match-up for the Heels. They play that sorry zone…Barnes should be able to have a field day against them.

    Of course, they are much tougher match-up for them than Marquette – who I guarantee-damn tee you won’t shoot more foul shots than UNC.

  25. BJD95 03/20/2011 at 9:22 PM #

    Zones give Carolina fits this year – only one credible shooter. As long as you have someone athletic enough to chase Barnes. Remember the second BC game, when the Eagles played zone?

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