Originally written on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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New York Times Syracuse didn’t lose Saturday’s game to Ohio State because of the refs. The Buckeyes made more shots down the stretch and SU couldn’t do enough on offense with Kris Joseph and the always confident Dion Waiters struggling. But the officiating in this regional final was a joke and it’s part of a growing trend of poor game management in college basketball. Early on the game was moving at a quick pace, and it seemed we were all in for a wlel played, up and down evening. But the referees’ whistles started and never stopped. The numbers from the game are simply staggering: 49 fouls called against just 43 field goals made. The Buckeyes had a staggering 42 free throw attempts (more than one per minute), the Orange took 25. Both teams were in the bonus with more than 13 minutes left in the second half. Scoop Jardine made sure to say the refs had not cost SU a chance at the Final Four: “Give Ohio State a ton of credit. We’re not gonna blame the refs. We feel like we had a chan...
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