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Calipari may have been planting a seed with potential officials in Friday night's game about physical play:
"We're just trying to tweak what we have and get better at what we do and be ready for a physical war," Calipari said. "I'm watching all of these games and I don't know where all this physical play stuff that we're supposed to be calling went to, but I swore one team had lacrosse equipment on. We're doing stuff physically (in practice) so we can be in that type of game and stand it because you don't have any control over how it's going to go. Is it going to be a rough game or not? Is it going to be called closely or not?
“We’re just doing everything physical in practice. When we’re guarding each other, we’re telling them get up. And around the goal, when the guy goes to shoot it, body him a little bit, because that’s what we’re having. On drives, ride the guy. It’s what I’m seeing in all these games, guys flying everywhere. Be aware of flopping on drives. We’re telling them just be aware. It’s hard when you’re getting – they call it the fish hook because you drive by the guy and (sticks finger in the side of his cheek), ‘Ah,’ and the other guy slides under and takes a charge on you. Stuff’s hard. They’re physical games, but you know what? They’re physical for everybody. It’s not just physical one way or the other. They’re physical, they’re rough-house games right now, and we’re playing a team that plays that way.”
I feel like I've been in sync with Cal this year. First the charge/block ridiculousness, now this.
I've been preaching it for weeks: NCAA basketball is hurting its product by allowing games to be played in this fashion.
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I agree completely. This style started in the Big East. It doesn't look a lot like basketball a decade ago. What it does is allow a lot of marginally skilled but strong guys play the game and teams with low skill levels compete.
And there you have it folks, scoring is down for what reason???????????????????
I've seen more shooting and point guards pulling and setting blocks and picks than offensive guards in a football game this year. They are allowing a whole lot more which makes the ticky tack stuff they call even more frustrating.
That's the part that bothers me most. If you want it to be football, fine. If you want nothing to be allowed, fine. But when you let anything other than an appendage being ripped off go, you can't call hand checks 30 feet from the basket. There is no consistency.
I've figured it out.
In the paint = no blood, no foul
Behind the 3 point arc = no touching allowed
In between = Depends on how I feel
hey all anybody had to do was watch the enitirity of the Cincy / Florida St. game.
i could not believe my eyes with some of the stuff that was being allowed.
talk about a blood bath.
Interesting side note... If any of you saw the UK women's game last night, it's filtered down to their sport as well. That looked more like roller derby than basketball.
You put a game on from the 80s, and it's almost completely unrecognizable from what we have today.
You nailed it. That's 99% of the games I've seen this year.
It sucks but it's true.
refs stink period. indiana beat us the first time because they were allowed to beat us to death then called anthony davis for touch fouls. the only chance the hoosiers have is another loose whistle for them.
hell at the end of the gm we tried fouling twice before wartford got the ball then they decided to let it go.
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The refs didn't cost us that game.
IN 3 YRS TEAMS WILL AVG 45 PTS PER GAME AND PLAYERS WILL HAVE TO WEAR FOOTBALL GEAR.
I'd say if you went back to the 90's you still wouldn't recognize it. Right now, college basketball just isn't a very good product.
And like you, I agree that it's killing college basketball imo. Hard to watch. I believe a previous poster stated that it started with the Big East, and that's probably accurate, but it seems across the college landscape at this point.
Refreeing is kiing a great game.
I have no problem with hard physical aggressive ball in postseason play. The NBA is a prime example, no easy buckets around the rim. If you foul a guy you better make damn sure he earns 2 points from the line and NO and 1's. It brings an added intensity to postseason games. However, just as May said, there just hasn't been any form if consistency whatsoever. That's what drives me up the friggin wall.
I don't mean to change topics here, but as for what's truly killing the college game....the F*#@*&G stoppages in play. Its BRUTAL! Seriously, at one point in THE UK/Iowa state game there was a commercial after 4 consecutive scores. These media timeouts have made teams like the early 90's UNLV squads or the 96' UK team extinct. Those teams ran other teams to death and wore them down and out. That is a thing of the past. Which is one reason why Pitino's style of play hasn't been as effective over recent years.
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