Like many of you, I disagreed with about 49 of the 52 fouls called in Tuesday night’s game at Mississippi State. The officiating was consistently abominable on both ends, which took big men from both teams completely out of the game
So in this week’s return of KSR Film Room — back by popular demand! — I’ll highlight three plays that really stood out to me as horrible whistles. There were plenty more crap-calls than these three, but I’m only one man and can’t possibly highlight every mistake Tuesday night’s crew made. These are only three of the many.
Let’s start with Bam Adebayo’s second foul that sent him to the bench seven minutes into the game. Adebayo made what looks like to me was a textbook boxout for a defensive rebound, but the officials saw a foul.
Take a closer look and tell me with a straight face that should be Foul No. 2 on Adebayo.
As a friend said to me after that call, that’s the kind of B.S. whistle that could cost Kentucky a national championship via foul trouble.
Now let’s move on to Isaac Humphries’ first of his five fouls. Another terrible call, it was followed up by yet another foul on Humphries only 14 seconds later, which sent Kentucky’s second big man to the bench for the remainder of the half.
This is not a foul.
Should we continue? We should continue.
Down to Tai Waynyard and Derek Willis defending the paint and still in the first half, Willis picked up his second foul on an off-ball screen that was a completely legal play in James Naismith’s eyes. It was equally bad as Willis’ first foul and it marked the ELEVENTH foul on a UK forward/center in the first half.
Hey TV Teddy, this isn’t a foul…
I could go on and on and on but I think you all get the point. Tuesday night’s officiating was as bad as it gets.