The officiating was terrible, probably the worst so far this year.
I think part of the reasons for the charge calls though was that ISU was probably as agressive driving to the basket, or trying to get it into the post players as they have been this year. That's a good thing, but the players need to learn to avoid the charges. Another factor was that Drake was getting back on defense (by abandoning the offensive rebounding) and was usually set so there were few chances for fast break points for ISU.
The refs were consisting calling EVERYTHING on both teams... the game never really got into a flow and was tough to watch because I was just anticipating the next whistle. Really hate how the game was officiated yesterday. Seems to be the common theme with that group of officials.
If someone could cite the rulebook where someone has to be "set" to draw an offensive foul that'd be great.
You can pick out people who don't understand basketball pretty quickly with 2 big things:
a) There is no such thing as "over the back."
b) There is no requirement that you have to be "set" to draw a charge.
The first charge on Percy was an offensive foul. It should be called more when the shoulder is used to clear space. The second was solid acting. A couple were legitimate, a couple were bang-bang, and a couple were just terrible calls.
Calling Brent Blum...
I would like to know your thoughts on the officiating yesterday as your insight is always welcomed on the board. I thought it was a brutal game to watch, regardless of fan base. I just assume the Refs got to open a present early before Christmas and wanted to try out their brand new whistles. Watching the stream, it appeared at times the ref behind the action"worst angle" would make the call...i.e. charging vs flop. I couldn't tell if it was Drake or Duke playing for the flops. I thought they were too active with the whistle both ways.
Anyway, your thoughts would be great.
Brent Blum@brentblum Paul Janssen officiating Iowa State-Drake..not my fave.
A foul fest with Paul Janssen's crew...like riding a bike
Before the offensive player (with the ball) becomes airborne, the defender must have two feet on the floor, be facing the opponent and be stationary to draw a charge. Otherwise it should be a blocking foul.
Secondary defenders (help defenders) moving forward or to the side are also in violation, and these should be blocking fouls.
Contact that is “through the chest” is not de facto proof of a charge. The rule in its entirety must be considered before determining a foul.
In some cases, it appears that a defender is being rewarded solely for being outside the arc, without considering the other aspects of the rules.
By the way, there is a silver lining to all the charge calls yesterday: Iowa State is driving to the basket. They have relied so much on the three in the early going I was afraid they wouldn't be able to score at all if they went cold from beyond the arc. It's nice to know they can score inside even when they're not hot from outside.
Most of the time when some idiot is yelling for over the back, they're looking for a push call from the referee. That requires exactly no explanation to anyone familiar with the English language.
Same with the guy who thinks that it can't be a charge if the recipient's feet are moving. As long as you've established initial legal guarding position, you're good to go so long as you stay in legal guarding position. That's one of my biggest pet peeves watching college basketball. Guy jumps on a pump fake, stays vertical, gets jumped into, gets whistled for a blocking foul. No referee with a brain in their head is calling a blocking foul there. A good ref is going to let play continue.
Same story with one of Percy's? fouls yesterday. He jumped straight up with his arms extended straight above his head after establishing legal guarding position and the guard jumped into him under the bucket. Percy gets called for the body foul. Absolute garbage.