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Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:48 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 9:16 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Some questionable calls that change the outcome of a game are judgment calls that could technically go either way.

The non-call on Syracuse center Baye Keita’s goaltending was not one of them.

With six seconds left and Syracuse leading by two, West Virginia forward Deniz Kilicli grabbed an offensive rebound after Darryl Bryant missed a 3-pointer. He went up for what looked to be an easy follow – but Keita came out of nowhere and knocked it away after it hit the backboard.

Seemed like a clear call, but there was not a single whistle from the three-man crew of Karl Hess, Gene Steratore and Brian O’Connell. This wasn’t one of the goaltending calls where a shot kind of looks like it’s on the way down depending on the angle – this clearly hit the backboard first, before Keita swatted it away.

A contested Kevin Jones 3-pointer missed at the buzzer, as Syracuse escaped with a 63-61 win. Sure, there would have been six seconds left, even if the goaltending was called. Syracuse would have had a chance to win. That still doesn’t erase the fact it was a horrible missed call.

"It's inexcusable. It's inexcusable," head coach Bob Huggins said, according to RapidReporter Patrick Southern.

This kind of thing is only going to increase the complaints that referees are overworked. For example, let’s look at head official Karl Hess’ schedule for January, courtesy of 

  • January 1: Villanova at Marquette
  • January 2: Old Dominion at James Madison
  • January 3: Alabama at Georgia Tech
  • January 4: UTEP at Marshall
  • January 5: Louisiana-Monroe at Florida Atlantic
  • January 7: Miami (Fl.) at Virginia
  • January 9: Cincinnati at Georgetown
  • January 10: Florida State at Virginia Tech
  • January 11: Syracuse at Villanova
  • January 12: George Mason at Drexel
  • January 14: NC State at Wake Forest
  • January 15: Duke at Clemson
  • January 16: Louisville at Marquette
  • January 18: Old Dominion at Towson
  • January 19: Virginia at Georgia Tech
  • January 21: Connecticut at Tennessee
  • January 22: Samford at UNC-Greensboro
  • January 23: Drexel at William & Mary
  • January 25: Duke at Maryland
  • January 26: NC State at North Carolina
  • January 28: West Virginia at Syracuse

He’s had seven days off this month – and I’m assuming he’s traveled on at least four or five of them. Throw in the fact he’s refereeing some high-intensity basketball and it’s pretty clear he’s overworked.

Until that problem is taken care of, expect more of these calls.

Or, rather, don't expect any calls.


Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:59 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

Even Cuse haters if given truth serum, would admit they're winning the game somewhere around 20% of the time in regulation and ~60% in OT if they get the ball in a tie game with 9seconds left.  If I were WVU I would honestly rather take my chances on WINNING the game on a 3 - Huggins seemingly felt the same way which is why they went for 3 not once but twice on both of their chances on the last possession. 

"Yah but that's not the point".  Well what is the point then - that refs miss calls?  No kidding.  In other news, republicans don't like Obama. 

If you want to talk about blown calls that impacted the outcome, the missed "Chris Weber time out" in WVU's game vs. Cincy was much more significant than this call. 

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:58 pm

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

Hate to be an echo of NYSUFan's comment and God knows I am not a fan of either team but it really was a very very close play to call. Even with the  benefit of looking at the replay several times. I would imagine as a ref in the heat of the moment he didn't see the ball hit the board first. Tough break.

Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:56 pm
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Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:00 pm

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

I can understand the outrage by the WV faithful over the 63-61 loss to SU on Saturday, however to be fair, I read the rules in regard to goaltending. If Keita touched the ball prior to hitting the backboard, no goaltending occurred. I have watched the replay a number of times and still am unsure which happened first, although it appears that it may have hit the backboard before the Keita touch. In the heat of the game, I can understand a call this close being missed. As sports fans, we all want the calls to be correct 100% of the time. Unfortunately, that will never happen. We've all been the benefactor of a bad call and have also been on the other end of them. It doesn't make the outcome any easier to accept. I suppose the only solution to this is to allow instant replay during the final minute of any game in order to try and get the call correct. Of course this would only make sense if the outcome of the game was still in question.

As for the outcome of this game, WV played well and had a number of chances to win. The Bryant missed 3 would have given WV a 1-pt lead, and of course, if goaltending had been called, the game would have been tied with approximately 8-seconds left. No guarantee that SU scores to win, but the opportunity was there. Even so, WV retained possession with 6.2 seconds and another opportunity to tie or win this game. It didn't happen. It's time to move forward.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:31 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

bottom line was if earlier out of bounds call was accurate wvu is not that close so it wouldnt have mattered ... btw if you watched the washington game yesterday there was a missed goaltending to end the half.. and the team that was hosed on that play lost by 2 points.. bad calls cheat teams out of points.. it happens .. if the refs were better in this game su wins by 5 ... keep trying to justify it. that wvu was robbed.. it was a bad call.. but its part of the game.. just like su losing their chance to get to the sweet 16 because of a bad call... an inexcusable misinterpretation of a rule.. wvu will be okay.. it ended cuses season last year.. personally imo coaches need to be given up to four video reviews a game to use to combat this.

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:29 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

The bottom line it was goal tending the game should have been tied.  PERIOD......doesnt matter who you root for. 

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:51 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

cheating.. lol go cry a river elsewhere. poor officiating has been a major problem all year, last year with su tied against marquette the refs made a blatantly wrong call against waiters for backcourt and that gave marquette the ball with less than a minute to go and they hit the ho ahead three.. against pitt this year melo had his jersey pulled all game and it was never called , against providence at the dunk they called it one way in the friars favor, against notre dame cooley used his elbows all game and they called it once , against marquette crowder shoved triche in the back and then got a putback that nearly tied the game.. i could go on.. bad calls happen far too often and cuse has been on the short end of those calls. and dont even get me started on the nova ganes in past years.. the wvu game ended on a bad call and was full of them throughout.. quit whining.

Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:46 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

I agree but the fact is that only the trail official should be looking for goaltending

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:27 am

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

I'll just be glad when we are done with the cheating bastards & the Big Least altogether!! The Orange-women have always been in bed with the commissioner (s). Of this league. Countless times they get the calls. Toledo Kstate most recent in football and now this garbage. Screw the BE screw the ACC and most of all. Screw Syracuse !!!!!

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:29 am

Missing The Point

Everyone is missing the point. Nearly all the posts are childish, sophomoric and biased, crying either for Syracuse or WVU. That's NOT the point here. This goes beyond the teams, and is about the rules of the game. IF the correct call would have been made, Syracuse would have still had the ball with six seconds. That's not the point. The point is that there were THREE officials, all of whom were looking directly at the play. All three were looking directly at Kilicli when he shot the ball. This was a blatant goaltend. The three officials looked at each other, and none of them wanted to make the call. How is it possible, and how can it be prevented from happening again? It's not a question as to who would have won the game if the correct call had been made. The question here is that the current rules need to be changed so that a play like this could be reviewed. Referees frequently look at replays to assess flagarant fouls or possession, but yet a critical play like this is NOT reviewable? One would think that goaltending calls would ALL be reviewable in that they are SCORING plays that ALL involve direct points. It's no different than a scoring play in football. Of course, the PAT kicked by Toledo was in fact reviewable, and after looking at the tape, the officials still made what was the worst call of the year. Coincidentally, the bad call favored Syracuse. This is not to suggest anything other than pure conincidence. The point is that the rules need to be changed to prevent something like this from happening in any game. Nobody wants to see stuff like this.  

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