It really isn’t too much to ask. But apparently it isn’t going to be that way in this conference. Yes, BYU plays hard and does the best they can but until there is some consistent objectivity and fairness in the way a game is called, BYU will not win many more games. Honestly, they are lucky to be 2-4 now and tied for next to last in the league. They still have not played either Kansas team, either Oklahoma team, Texas and a decent West Virginia team yet. Thank goodness they get two shots at Oklahoma State… but if the Cowboys take the ball to the basket they will shoot twice as many free throws, regardless of what else happens, and have a better than 50-50 shot at beating BYU. BYU is tied for next to last with Cincinatti and were drilled by them at home.
Once again, the quality of basketball is high and the games are fun to watch, I just would like to see BYU get their fair share of whistles when they get elbowed in the face playing good defense or run into a player that steps in front of them after passing the ball to get their fourth foul early in the second half of a winnable game (Dallin Hall). I’m not expecting to get any calls on drives to the basket, even if BYU gets knocked to the ground, but I would like to see the obvious ones and the ones that are similarly called for their opponents get called for BYU as well. It happened in the Iowa State game and we saw what the result was. BYU was fortunate vs. UCF because the other team missed a lot of easy shots and free throws. Houston was only whistled for 5 fouls in the second half tonite and that spells loss no matter how well you play. When there are a handful of obvious fouls that don’t get called and your opponent spends the most important minutes of a close game (at the end), shooting free throws, you aren’t going to win, plain and simple. In fact your chances, regardless of being tied with a minute and a half to go are slim and none.
BYU has not been on the favorable side of any of the officiating so far in this league and the fact that they don’t drive to the basket and draw fouls is kind of beside the point. Those aren’t the fouls that I am looking for because they don’t get those calls regardless. In fact I am fine with all the marginal drive to the basket calls that opponents get. The ones I want is when BYU plays good defense and still gets called for fouls and other similar calls that their opponents don’t get called for, the off ball stuff, the grabs and holds, etc. Then, if they lose the game, there is no pointing fingers at officials. Until a game is officiated with objectivity and fairness, I will point every time.
Here we go Cougars, NIT final four hopefully… if they even have a NIT tourney…
Lastly, the quality of basketball in the Big 12 is obviously very high. Compare that with the quality of basketball in the WCC and the type of basketball that is played. Do WCC teams play physical, drive to the basket to get calls, etc? No, not really, but if you look at the results in both conferences, is it that much different for BYU? Not really. They are not looked at in a favorable light, regardless of the reasons, by officials. It’s just how it is, agree with me or not, I don’t care.