Further proof of officiating deterioriation

The precipitous decline in college basketball officials’ ability to call the most basic violation in basketball – the travelling violation – is a topic we have discussed here for years.

So, I couldn’t resist an entry this morning when I came across the video below that highlights both the utter incompetence of ACC (and college basketball officiating) AND the ‘coincidence’ that it features Coach K’s Duke Blue Devils playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

If anyone has watched CJ Leslie get whistled for deserving (and undeserving) travel calls in nanosecond speed this year…please tell me what you think of the double standard of this?

As it specifically relates to Austin Rivers and Duke – I think it is safe to say that Rivers gets away with AT LEAST two or three of these a game. Could you imagine the impact on a season of games if Duke had AT LEAST that many more turnovers (and therefore no points on those possessions) per game? What about the intangible and immeasurable impact on Rivers’ (and the rest of the Blue Devils’ psyche)

What is REALLY confusing is that John Clougherty and the ACC officials SUPPOSEDLY watch for tendencies in players, right? If you don’t remember this, then please click here. Why is it that I think the ACC’s ‘tendency watching’ is centered on confirming calls that are made by officials, thereby only serving to re-inforce the ineptitude on the court as opposed to discerningly watching the game tapes looking for MISSED calls. Just because a player isn’t getting called for fouls doesn’t mean the player isn’t fouling. It doesn’t take a genius to understand how quickly the cycle of incompetence self perpetuates.


…Next up?…

…I can’t wait for some Duke fans to pull together some videos of Tyler Hansbrough’s four years of traveling, charging, and bulldozing through the ACC. In the event you forgot about this classic from Bobby Knight:

Lastly…in case you think this is just an Austin Rivers issue…please allow me to share the following:

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30 Responses to Further proof of officiating deterioriation

  1. Wufpacker 03/05/2012 at 8:13 AM #

    It’s funny you post this now. I was thinking about this all weekend as I watched various games. Between this issue, and the seeming move toward NBA “continuation” rules for two shot fouls, I was increasingly irritated this weekend even while watching games that did not involve NCSU.

  2. Hungwolf 03/05/2012 at 8:16 AM #

    Good Post. They let Hansborough shuffle/walk his way to a national title. All about the ratings!

  3. state73 03/05/2012 at 8:23 AM #

    As usual Bob Knight is exactly right on this one. He is the one TV announcer not afraid to call out the officals. Would like to see the gutless ACC office respond to this.

  4. Rick 03/05/2012 at 8:29 AM #

    The ACC officiating is both biased and incompetent.
    But they do not care. They got the Duke/UNC game for the league championship and that is obviously all they care about.
    They do not care about fair officiating.
    They do not care about other schools.
    They do not care about consistency.

    I honestly despise the ACC. I cannot watch ACC basketball anymore. The Big Ten and Big East games are much better to watch. The refs are not as prominent in those games.

  5. BJD95 03/05/2012 at 8:44 AM #

    The Scheyer thing was just flat-out unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything more absurd. Thanks for bringing that abomination back from the memory hole.

  6. BJD95 03/05/2012 at 8:45 AM #

    Oh, and CJ Leslie is no more. Long live Calvin!!

  7. wolfonthehill 03/05/2012 at 8:51 AM #

    I’m sure my wife’s sick of hearing me complain about it – I say it 10 time a game – every game – now. Specifically plays just like Rivers – nearly every time someone catches the ball up top, they take three, if not four, steps. It’s the NBA-ization of college ball, and it’s destroying it, little by little.

    Add that to the fact that Calvin gets whistled for travelling far too often… as does Lorenzo… while Kendall Marshall can go an entire season with no double dribbles OR walks? Gotta be f’ing kidding me…

  8. TheAliasTroll 03/05/2012 at 8:54 AM #

    Hey boy, know you role and shut your mouth. This is the ACC.

    Anyone see the travel call on Lorenzo Brown yesterday when he clearly did not travel? I watched it about 10 times in slow motion and he took two steps. We’ve got to be the only team in the league that gets called for travels that don’t even happen. Missing a travel is one thing, but calling a travel where none exists is truly poor officiating.

  9. Texpack 03/05/2012 at 9:18 AM #

    I actually thought the travel call on Calvin in the first half was way worse than the Lo Brown call. He either got fouled or had the ball stripped before he had the opportunity to walk. He even pointed to his pivot foot after the call.

  10. coach13 03/05/2012 at 9:36 AM #

    I’ll tell you something the networks are seldom doing anymore, and that is showing a replay of foul calls. I don’t think that is by accident either. I have DVR and I can see the BS and missed calls, but alot of the announcers are playing along as well, no questioning the calls, but even going as far as trying to justify them. The ACC and refs know they are doing a sotty job and everyone across the board is trying to keep it low key.

  11. tann84 03/05/2012 at 9:44 AM #

    I believe the Scheyer play actually cost the hokies that game. They needed the ball back and were down by like two or something and that travel would have gave it to them, instead scheyer got to shoot two shots and effectively end the game. I try to tell this to my UNX fans but they won’t even believe the video I show them.

  12. JasonP 03/05/2012 at 9:51 AM #

    Wow – that Rivers video is outstanding. Traveling is actually an important part of his game! It helps him get separation on shots and in better position for drives. Incredible that’s not called. Is there something magical about wearing blue in the ACC?

  13. SqlWolf 03/05/2012 at 10:27 AM #

    Seeing all these video samples of incompetent officiating is simply nauseating. I found it too difficult to watch ACC games this year. I got to watch some NCState home games in person and watched what I could on TV but I really could not bring myself to watch other teams play. “Now if that don’t beat all… I am depressed” (Taggart [Blazing Saddles])

  14. Rick 03/05/2012 at 10:40 AM #

    They called a carry on Calvin.
    The last carry I can remember was called on Gainey.
    They never ever ever call that. Except on us.

  15. IMFletcherWolf 03/05/2012 at 11:01 AM #

    That video of Rivers is even more disturbing when you notice who officiated that game: The ACC’s “best” crew which included Hess & Ayers. Either one is standing beside Rivers in most cases. Ugh.

  16. patientwuf 03/05/2012 at 11:23 AM #

    “What is REALLY confusing is that John Clougherty and the ACC officials SUPPOSEDLY watch for tendencies in players, right?”

    I can’t think of 1 good reason why an official should study tendencies.

    ” Add that to the fact that Calvin gets whistled for travelling far too often… as does Lorenzo… while Kendall Marshall can go an entire season with no double dribbles OR walks? Gotta be f’ing kidding me…”

    Exactly my poit wolfonthehill. Tendencies? Also, I believe ACC officials have obviously pinned Howell(studied his tendencies) as being foul prone. Therefore he recieves more than his fair share of foul calls. He always gets 1 or 2 very questionable foul calls per game. Tendencies?
    I want to say call the game as you see it but ACC officials obviously can’t see. They can’t distinquish between fouls and non fouls. Especially when the WOLPACK plays.

    The ACC is biased for the BLUES-time to jump ship.

  17. ppack3 03/05/2012 at 12:17 PM #

    I have always said that officials should have to sit in front of the media after games, just like coaches. There is absolutely no accountability. In fact, the league staunchly defends these assholes.

    They should be called “The Untouchables.”

  18. TheAliasTroll 03/05/2012 at 12:46 PM #

    Oh yes, if Howell so much as breaths on a player at the top of the key he’s getting a whistle now.

    The watching for tendencies comment by Clougherty was beyond belief.

  19. wilmwolf80 03/05/2012 at 12:51 PM #

    This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. The proof is in the pudding, or in this case the video. I’ve said it many times, you cannot look at the problems with officiating solely from a statistical stand point. The numbers don’t tell the whole story. There are certain players that get called for things, while others do not. For instance, have you ever seen the Plumlees or Zeller and Henson called for over the back? Yeah, neither have I.

    And I agree with the sentiment above about Howell, he’s got two fouls on him whenever he steps off the bus. Yes, he has some boneheaded fouls 30 feet from the hoop, but he gets called for more tick tack fouls underneath the basket than any other big man in the league. Do you think Henson would have been called for that “hooking” that Richard got yesterday? The answer is no. And Calvin being called for palming yesterday, I haven’t seen that called on ANYONE all year.

    Again, I’m not claiming there is any sort of conspiracy, just that 20 years of the media, coaches, and conference officials building up this mythical notion that somehow the blue teams are able to play at a higher level without committing fouls and violations.

  20. xphoenix87 03/05/2012 at 3:32 PM #

    This particular call isn’t just a Duke issue, it’s a nationwide issue. The video picks out Rivers, but you could pick out most any guard in the country, and if you watched closely enough you’d see this going on. The switching pivot foot is an epidemic, and officials don’t even bother making an effort to call it anymore. Happens all the time.

  21. wolfmanmat 03/05/2012 at 5:02 PM #

    Officials in all conferences have gotten lax with the traveling calls…and players have taken advantage of that. Pretty much officials coud call traveling all game now days. Good thing they can still call 4 fouls in 5 minutes on Richard Howell tho. He does foul alot, but part of his issue is his reputation now. he’s gonna get called whenever he’s out of position and it’s close. That’s his reputation…which officials use far too much in officiating. I don’t think that the ACC officiating is “rigged” as some suggest, but I do think reputations/talent generates calls.

  22. CaptainCraptacular 03/05/2012 at 5:02 PM #

    Zeller got called for over the back against Duke on Saturday. His look was pure: Wtf I do this every game and NOW I get called for it?

    Only in duke/unc games do either sides players get called for such things.

  23. packof81 03/05/2012 at 6:18 PM #

    “The video picks out Rivers, but you could pick out most any guard in the country, …”

    Well, they sure call us for traveling.

    Coach Knight is absolutely right. They may as well toss the rule if they aren’t going to enforce it. He points out how buckets are made due to the traveling that make the difference in a game. Now I understand why he got angry enough to toss a chair. Heck, I’d like to throw chair after watching that.

    Between touch fouls and traveling non-calls, the refs determine the game as much as the players.

    To everyone who films that stuff, keep ’em coming. There’s nothing like evidence to shut up the naysayers.

  24. choppack1 03/05/2012 at 6:52 PM #

    Someone made a great point about replays…

    Basketball officiating has become a bad joke.

  25. xphoenix87 03/05/2012 at 7:12 PM #

    “Well, they sure call us for traveling.”

    Yeah, but there’s different kinds of traveling. The big problem displayed in these videos is the switching pivot foot, which everybody (including our guys) gets away with. A lot of the traveling calls on C.J. involve him shot-faking and moving too quickly without dribbling (which is actually the same thing as a switched pivot foot, but officials will always call you on it if you’re doing a shot fake) or doing a really long step and then trying to pull back, which always looks like a travel to officials even if it isn’t one. Honestly, travel calls these days rarely have much to do with a player’s feet. If you LOOK like you’re traveling (if you look awkward, if you’re taking long, slow steps), then it doesn’t really matter if you actually traveled or not, you’re gonna get called.

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