Jim Boeheim was ejected in the final seconds of the Syracuse-Duke game on Saturday after going nuts following a call that went against his team.
Syracuse was trailing Duke 60-58 when C.J. Fair drove baseline for a layup. He was called for a charge after making contact with Rodney Hood with 10.4 seconds left, and Boeheim went ape.
Jimmy Glasses ran onto the court to contest the call, was hit with a technical and then ejected when he didn’t calm down. I’m no lip reader, but it sure as heck looked like Boeheim was calling it a bulls— call.
As a result of the two technical fouls called on Boeheim, Duke got four consecutive free throws and made three of them to turn a two-point game into a five-point game.
As ESPN commentator Jay Bilas said, Boeheim’s reaction to the call killed Syracuse’s chances of winning the game. We should also note that this was Boeheim’s first career regular-season ejection.
After the game, Boeheim called it the worst call of the year.
“I thought that was the worst call of the year. That’s all,” Boeheim said via the Daily Orange’s Stephen Bailey.
Boeheim cited the changed definition of a charge/block in the new college basketball rules when saying the refs made the wrong call. Here’s what the new rule says.
“Under the revised block/charge call in men’s basketball, a defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass,” according to the new rule. “If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul. Previously, a defender had to be in legal guarding position when the offensive player lifted off the floor.”
The call was terrible, but he does need to control himself better than that. He cost the team a shot at the game.Google+