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52 fouls were called tonight; 144 in the last three games


If there’s one disturbing trend in the past few weeks, it’s the number of fouls called by SEC officials. Between the two teams, 52 fouls were called tonight, 24 on Kentucky and 28 on Mississippi State, slowing the game down to a crawl and making it practically unwatchable. Four players fouled out: Isaac Humphries, Quinndary Weatherspoon, Schnider Herard, and Xavian Stapleton. In the past three games, a whopping 144 fouls have been called, which is absolutely absurd.

A double-technical was called on Isaiah Briscoe and Quinndary Weatherspoon for this exchange after a foul on De’Aaron Fox:

Please fix this, SEC.

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14 Comments for 52 fouls were called tonight; 144 in the last three games

  1. Rixter
    9:56 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    I think the league office has told the refs to do whatever is necessary to keep UK from winning every game by 30.

  2. catsarerunnin
    9:59 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    SEC refs blow…..literally. Like every trip down the floor…they blow.

  3. henderblue
    9:59 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Yes please do fix it. Rixter you may be on to something. It truly is almost unwatchable. If it wasn’t the Cats, no way I could sit through it.

  4. wallcrawler
    10:19 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    It’s valentine, he is the worst official I’ve ever seen and I guarantee he has called a couple of these foul fest games

  5. mwk0417
    10:35 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Any idea of the number of fouls called in other SEC games?

  6. pseudo
    10:37 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    If you’ve got playback access, watch the scrum as the crowd goes to the kentucky bench. There was a MSU player forcing his way through an official. Pretty sure once you put hands on an official in any league, you’re on your way to the showers?

  7. runningunnin.454
    10:39 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Meanwhile, in every other conference they are knocking, banging, hacking, and shoving.
    We’ll get to the tourney, and won’t have any SEC officials…..we’ll think it’s a damn ballet, and our defense will be weak.

  8. UKSam
    10:45 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    The SEC is a football league. Run a play, blow the whistle. It doesn’t matter what sport.

  9. Nolecat21
    11:02 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    For the record, ACC isn’t much better. UofL last two games—95 fouls, Duke last two–89 fouls, UNC last two–92 fouls.
    Xavier vs Butler–56 fouls
    SEC officiating is def crap, but its become all about freedom of movement. You can defend without putting your hands on someone. Just move your damn feet. We def get some bad calls, but there’s also some legit that are just bone headed plays. Moving screens, late box outs, jumping at shooters vs staying vertical. I believe they’ll learn to defend smarter with the way games have been called. At least they better.

  10. jaws2
    11:17 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Just another night in the SEC. The worst officials in the nation. Get used to it. This happens EVERY game on the road. The league does not want UK to blow out anybody on their court. It’s been this way for a couple of decades.

  11. KYcats11
    11:48 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    The sec is trying to make the rest of the league look good. They tell their officials to give every team but kentucky the benifit of the doubt. They also get the officials to call a bunch of fouls on both sides, so it looks even, but the sec knows that no matter what team you call the foul on, it disrupts kentuckys fast pace, resulting in closer games.

  12. EdC
    7:46 am January 18, 2017 Permalink

    I’m trying to look on the bright side of this. Yea the games are ugly and nearly unwatchable for probably the fastest team we have ever had BUT it is making us work on our half court game on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball so ultimately they may be helping us. For the tournament we need a much better 1/2 court defense than we have now. We have dropped from KenPom 7 to KenPom 14 on defense in basically the last week when we have been forced to play half court. I’m not as worried about the half court offense but can’t hurt to shore that up.

  13. blueberry
    10:12 am January 18, 2017 Permalink

    Its not just UK. In the Tennessee vs Ole Miss game. Tennessee had 31 fouls & Ole Miss 24