Also, Shead gets hand checked literally THE ENTIRE GAME. Call it both ways and I’m fine.
That’s why the refs love to cheat against a Houston team (Professional or amateur) because every time they cheat against a Houston team they always have a bunch of good-natured Houston idiots that always give them the benefit of the doubt and always defend them. If they do the same against other teams, especially against teams that have a history of winning, then both the press and their fans would complain and shred them to pieces. Having been to different parts of the country I also notice Houston is not a popular city outside the city limits. Maybe it’s because of the heat, lack of tourist attractions, or maybe it’s because of the racial make-up of the city, but whatever it is outsiders seem to root against us. You even see it with all of the sport commentators on ESPN and other networks, they love to attack us for any reason they could find. To me, the anti-Houston sentiments are real. For the 4th largest city in America most Americans also seem to know very little about Houston.
I have always felt the main reason for our loss to Memphis was because Memphis was getting away with disrupting Carlton’s game by pushing, grabbing, and hacking him the entire game because the refs refusing to call anything on the Memphis players when they were killing him on the lower post. He never got the chance to even stand still for half a second without a Memphis player pushing him off balance or grabbing his arms or tying him up. Because Memphis were allowed to foul Carlton with impunity that completely took him out of the game and so he was a non-factor. That really hurt us because ever since Tramon and Marcus were injured Carlton has probably been our most important player. Once Memphis knew they could get away with fouling our big man they knew they had basically completely took our inside game away.
The constant pushing and banging that Carlton took have worn him out as well, which also caused him to be less productive. Any time a team is allowed to foul another team with very few penalties by the refs it’s a huge advantage, especially when the refs called a foul against that same team for every little thing. Meaning Memphis was allowed to do whatever it took to win the game while we were being shackled by the refs. It’s hard to win that way and I think those refs designed it that way.
I put very little credence into this type of explanation. That said, if you pay attention to point spreads and who calls what fouls, and the score at the time, it often looks suspiciously like a particular official either took or laid the points on a game they are officiating.
That’s a relatively new thing that I’ve noticed since MLB made an example out of the Astros. I can live with it - just win.
It’s because the refs are convicts and are on the take, that’s why they wear striped shirts.
Texas isn’t a popular state in a lot of places either.
My main problem with the Memphis game was how they were calling charges.
I live in the east coast right now and from what I see a lot of people here are actually jealous of Texas. They think Texas is too rich from the oil and too large and too powerful. People in the northeast either look down at Southerners or feel threatened by them. They paint southerners as racists and backwards, but from what I see I feel they are actually more racist than the people in Texas.
Yes, I agree with that. Memphis fouled our ball handlers all the time, but the refs seldom called anything against them. The same way with the way they fouled Carlton the entire night, even when the ball wasn’t even in his hands they fouled him to keep him from getting a foothold near the basket. I think keeping Carlton from contributing to the team was the most devastating thing that Memphis did to us that won them the game. Imagine how effective Shaquille would be if other teams were allowed to simply foul him with impunity.
I have yet to see a single charge called in basketball this year that was actually a charge.
I exaggerate, but easily 2 out of every 3 charges called in college basketball is a clear block. Refs have such a hardon for calling charges for some reason and it’s infuriating.
Agree. In several games I watched yesterday, the charging calls were atrocious. Even worse, most came at the end of the games and were a deciding factor in a couple.
I lived in Michigan for 6 years and they are very prejudiced against southerners and minorities. The bank I worked with had a business relationship with a company out of Birmingham, the way they smirked when they heard a southern accent was ridiculous.
Aaaaaannnnndddddd it continues. 26-12 on free-throws. They were gifted at least 10 that were more dubious than any we got. Not to mention that bogus “blocking” foul on Walker that ended up being pretty crucial. Getting really tired of getting screwed on the road and being lucky to get even neutral calls at home.
I agree, this game was pretty bad in the penalty department against us, but still I do feel they were more fairer to us than our games against Alabama, Memphis, and UCF. In those games the refs were very focused on only calling fouls on us or at least for the vast majority of those games. In this game the refs seemed a little more aware that they should be somewhat fair.
Oh I definitely agree it’s been worse than this game. The reffing in the Alabama game was outright criminal
You haven’t seen anything yet. If SMU comes into TDECU one game behind, you can brace yourself for about 40 SMU free throws to our dozen. And when we play at Memphis the same, just to ensure SMU wins the AAC.
You really believe that huh Mike.
More of the AAC getting 3 now that SMU and Memphis are both perched in the bubble while we are safely in as a 4 as of today
If you look at our games against teams not leaving the AAC, you will see a very different set of rules for fouls. We have been called much more tightly than our opponents. There have been a bunch of bogus fouls where even the announcers on TV said there wasn’t a foul. Just like today, we were called much tighter than WSU. The blocking call against Walker was definitely a charge that wasn’t called against WSU – as shown from several views and so stated by the announcer. Just like when Fabian was fouled and no call, but he was called for non fouls. The calls were not as tight against WSU. Yes, I believe that.