What a afternoon/night of basketball! Congrats to Louisville and Ohio State for booking their trips to New Orleans. Anyone want to talk about what we just saw?
Don't answer that. I'm contractually obligated to talk about it even if everyone says no anyway.
Has boeheim commented on the officiating yet?
Sort of, AA. Or is this some sort of AC/DC cover band? Regardless, Boeheim was asked about how the predominence of whistles impacted the game in his post-game press conference. He didn't even let the poor reporter finish his question before he mumbled an angry, 'no comment'. Scoop Jardine also refused comment so this is obviously a Syracuse decision not to speak on it.
Sometimes the officiating works in your favor (See: SU's win over UNC-Asheville) and sometimes it... doesn't. I seem to remember Boeheim being less than gracious after that opener so it's hard to feel too sympathetic for him now.
I lost track, how many players fouled out in the end?
Might as well stick with this topic for a bit. There were 49 total fouls called tonight. Shockingly, Dion Waiters and Aaron Craft were the only players that fouled out. Several players with four however for the Orange (Fair, Christmas and Keita). Thought for awhile this game would be determined solely by who had five guys left eligible to play...
Regardless of the officiating. Syracuse threw up too many bricks.
Syracuse definitely did a lot of things wrong tonight and I think at the end of the day even Boeheim would have a hard time saying his team deserved to win.
Syracuse should have (censored) won.
I added the 'censored' by the way. The real question would have gotten me fired. While I'm all for foul langauge (get it?), I'm not sure that's going to sell me on why the Orange should have won. Care to elaborate?
To many whistles on both teams - let them play
Agreed, Tim. The officials clearly weren't looking to help college hoops gain any new fans tonight. At one point, Brandon Triche turned to the media, shook his head and just said 'this is bull'. I think fans of both teams felt that way at various points tonight.
Now that Florida has lost will Bradley Beal go to the NBA
Good question, Sam. When asked after the game about his future, Beal of course played the 'no comment' card citing needing time to recover from the loss, bond with his ailing teammates, etc. This is usually code for 'hell yeah I'm going pro, I just know it would look bad if I said it now'. But we'll have to wait and see.
The refs sucked for both teams, Sully sat out 14 minutes first half, imagine if that didn't happen, how should Cuse have won?
I made that same point to someone in the media room a few moments ago. Syracuse did have more players in severe foul trouble down the stretch but OSU went most of the first half without their best player. It's impossible to know how this game would have ended up had the officials been less whistle-friendly but overall OSU played a better game, held off a late SU rally and won the game. In the words of Jim Boeheim, 'scoreboard!'
Despite all of the drama this year. Syracuse shojld be proud of what they accomplished this season
Absolutely. I couldn't be more impressed at the way they dealt with all of the off-court drama this season. They managed to block out everything and play an incredible season. One loss in the regular season in the Big East? That's definitely something to be proud of.
Any response from the officiating crew tonight?
Nothing at this point. I'll let you know if they issue a statement but I don't think they will. Unlike the Syracuse-UNCA game, there aren't specific calls that completely altered the course of the game in this one. Would think the refs have already sprinted to their cars and don't plan on being invited to New Orleans next week.
who is playin it the final four
Louisville, Ohio State and... two other teams.
FYI: Baylor vs. Kentucky is tomorrow at 2:20 PM ET on CBS, Kansas vs. North Carolina at 5:05.
did you predict both of those games accurately tonight?
Shockingly, I did. But I had a 50% chance for predicting each game so it's not really that impressive. Thanks for letting me have that moment though, James.
did you see what sully said after we went to the bench with his 2nd? Bet the cameraman didnt mean to catch that.
I didn't see that Hunter but I could probably take a wild guess as to what he said. A certain coaches' wife surprised some people with her language, um, choice after a certain call. Not sure if that was caught on the broadcast.
Just got an official statement from officials crew chief John Higgins on the tech called on Boeheim, he 'was assessed for being out of the coach's box and gesturing about a call.'
Thanks D'Arcy luv your work - are u on twitter ?
Thanks Tim! I'm a big advocate of Twitter, I'm @darcymaine_espn. I'll be tweeting up a storm tomorrow for the games so would love it if everyone joined me there too.
Any prediction for tomorrow's game?
I'm taking Kentucky in the opener and then... I'm torn. With still no official word on Kendall Marshall's status, I'm not sure which way to go. I'm going to take Kansas right now but I'm sure I'll change my mind 998349 times before tip-off.
Are you going to the Final Four? Enjoy these blog chat things.
Thanks Will! I will be heading down to New Orleans and will continue these blog chat things to the best of my ability. If there's something you guys want in terms of coverage for the Final Four, let me know. I always can use your input.
Just wanted to say I love your work, D'Arcy. Also, sorry to everyone for the horrible officiating. Oh and could someone call off these syracuse fans already?
Only because of your praise, John. SU fans, want to leave the dude alone? Flattery really does get you everywhere in this world.
That does it for me, everyone. Thanks for the questions and for following along tonight. Now please go out and enjoy your Saturday night. See you from New Orleans!