Archive for Tuesday, December 7, 2010

UCLA’s Howland speaks with NCAA

December 7, 2010


UCLA coach Ben Howland said over the weekend he spoke with NCAA coordinator of men’s basketball officials John Adams about the foul called against Malcolm Lee in the final second of UCLA’s 77-76 loss Thursday at Kansas University.

“I gave them my two cents,” Howland said. “But the game is over. They won, we lost. We’re moving forward now. Bad calls happen. It’s just unfortunate it would happen at that point in the game where it would decide a game.”

Lee was called for a questionable foul on KU senior forward Mario Little in the final second with the game tied at 76. Little went to the foul line and converted one free throw with 0.7 seconds left to seal the game.

Adams told’s Andy Katz that Doug Sirmons, the official who blew the whistle, made the right call.

“The refs reacted properly,” Adams said. “The only argument you can make is whether or not it was a foul. It’s a foul. The Kansas kid has control of the ball. It’s incredibly unfortunate to end the game like that. But I’ve looked at the tape this morning, and Doug called the foul like he’s supposed to.”

Howland said he has put the game behind him.

“It’s over,” Howland said. “There’s no going back and changing anything. We had a six-point lead in the second half. We’ve got to do a better job being able to handle that. That’s the biggest thing.”


hesshawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I like the "it's over" part, although it obviously isn't to him. He needs to catch the "Waaaaambulance" and stay in LA

Jim Williamson 7 years, 1 month ago

Ben Howland's mad because California kids don't want to play his snoozefest brand of physical basketball in a hellhole of an arena. Pauley is historic out the yingyang, but it's a rundown old pit.

Ben needs to let this go.

bad_dog 7 years, 1 month ago

You may not like the call-heck, I too would have preferred they won in a different fashion. But with respect to the propriety and timing of the call, I'll take the perpsective of NCAA Head of Officiating over yours. " The refs reacted properly," Adams told Katz. "The only argument you can make is whether or not it was a foul. It’s a foul. The Kansas kid has control of the ball. It’s incredibly unfortunate to end the game like that. But I’ve looked at the tape this morning and Doug called the foul like he’s supposed to."

Note Adams clearly characterizes it as "a foul". Was it "incredibly unfortunate" timing? Yes. Was it a foul? Yes. "Chicken crap call"? No, just the proper call made at a time when it was virtually impossible to recover from the consequences of the foul.

The way we were shooting free throws during that game, I wasn't sure the foul was going to matter anyway. I remember a certain group of Hawks playing at Mizzery a few years ago. We couldn't hit either free throw with nothing left on the clock and a tie game. We lost that game in overtime...

independant1 7 years, 1 month ago

Yup, I was ready for an OT! It's never good when a referee's call turns out to determine the outcome.

bad_dog 7 years, 1 month ago

No, it's not preferable to have a referee's call (or non-call) determine the outcome of a basketball game. But in the purest sense, every call/non-call determines the outcome to some extent whether it's a reach in foul in the first two minutes, a third foul that benches a key player with seven minutes remaining in the first half, an un-called foul on the baseline while bringing the ball in with less than thirty seconds to play that leads to a turnover, etc., etc. Every action or inaction has a commensurate response or reaction.

I'd rather see it resolved on the court without the need to call the foul and go to the line. But if a foul is committed, I believe the ref has to call it without worrying about consulting the timekeeper.

puddleglum 7 years, 1 month ago

yeah, they should just have no rules for the last minute...

how bout that streak?

ecilop 7 years, 1 month ago

Bens a classy guy, but the losing is getting to him. He knows that continued losing hurts recruiting and poor recruiting leads to more losing.

Jock Navels 7 years, 1 month ago

and more losing leads to...Far West Texas State, maybe

thomgreen 7 years, 1 month ago

Not if they keep losing to teams like Montana.

John Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

If the clock is running, does it really matter what point of the game a foul is called? If there is less than 1 second left of the clock, is there an open season rule in the NCAA? The refs were calling touch fouls against Kansas all game. Holliday's four point play on a foul called versus Tyshawn Taylor was a questionable call. I did not really see the foul by Tyshawn and a four point play can be a game changer no matter how much time is on the clock. Howland should do a better job of coaching his kids to play the odds the the last shot not dropping and not to foul with less than 5 seconds.

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 1 month ago

We play them again and we win by 20.

He was lucky to have come close enough to almost steal one and now he is crying for all the wrong reasons.

We played ugly.

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 1 month ago

This was a perfectly fine and appropriate way for the game to end. It was the right call. It sucks for UCLA, but these kinds of calls happen al of the time with little fanfare.

Hell, they are even celebrated if they benefit Duke or UNC or UCLA. Just ask Mizzou.

JSDAD 7 years, 1 month ago

Money says we'll end up in the same bracket come tourney time

Joe Hyde 7 years, 1 month ago

The ref's call didn't determine the outcome of that game. Mario Little's free throw did.

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