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ESPN’s Fraschilla provides take on crucial last-second call

December 3, 2010


Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

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Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following KU's 77-76 victory over UCLA on Dec. 2, 2010.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

UCLA coach Ben Howland questions last-second call against his team

UCLA coach Ben Howland questions the last-second call against his team following KU's 77-76 victory over UCLA on Dec. 2, 2010.


UCLA head basketball coach Ben Howland discussed the Bruins' 77-76 loss to Kansas Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Howland said a foul called at the end of the game was a "really really poor way to end a game on a call."

Fran says …

ESPN-TV color announcer Fran Fraschilla provided the Journal-World with his take on the most crucial call of the college basketball season to date — UCLA’s foul of Mario Little with seven-tenths of a second left in the Jayhawks’ 77-76 victory over the Bruins on Thursday in Allen Fieldhouse.

The foul sent Little to the line for a tie-breaking, game-winning free throw.

“I think the replay showed there was a foul (by Malcolm Lee), and I’ve always felt as a coach that the referees need to call a foul the same way in the first minute as they do in the last minute,” former St. John’s coach Fraschilla said.

“While it was a very tough break for UCLA, it looked like it was a foul. To me, it looked like although he (Little) was fading when he got fouled, he started his shooting motion and was smart enough to continue his shooting motion, so the referees gave him the two shots. Remember, UCLA was in the two-shot bonus. It was going to be a two-shot foul anyway so it didn’t matter.”

The officials went to the monitor before sending Little to the line with a chance to break the 76-76 tie.

“The rule is you have to go to the clock to make sure the foul didn’t take place after there’s triple zeros on the clock. It was clear the foul took place before the clock got to triple zero,” Fraschilla said. “Again, it’s a very tough break for the team that gets the foul called on ’em, but it’s part of basketball. When I hear people say, ‘Let the players decide it, not the officials’ ... a UCLA player decided it unfortunately by fouling,” Fraschilla stated.


DeAndre Daniels, a 6-foot-8, 180-pound senior forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., attended the game as part of his official visit to KU. Daniels, who decommitted from Texas in mid-August, also has UCLA on his list of schools that still includes Texas, Florida, Kentucky and Oregon. He’s’s No. 9-rated player nationally. His visit will last until Saturday.


Steve Jacob 7 years, 4 months ago

The "referees need to call a foul the same way in the first minute as they do in the last minute" is bull. You don't see pass interference calls on Hail Marys in football, do you.

Lee Eldridge 7 years, 4 months ago

That's a silly comparison. Mario has a chance to make a play and win the game at the end of regulation, but can't because he's fouled by UCLA. He was off balance and not likely to make the shot, but that's not the point. We've seen players MAKE shots like that to win games, but with the foul he had NO chance to make the shot. I'm with Fraschilla. I foul is a foul.

I'll also say that I don't think it was a well-officiated game. Strange fouls were called on both teams. But the last one was the right call.

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