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No. 5 Oklahoma State’s win over Purdue exemplifies issues with new foul rules

Nov 28, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart is building a nice little reputation for himself as the best first half player … ever?

Smart scored 24 of his 30 points in the first half of No. 5 Oklahoma State’s 97-87 win over Purdue, hitting 4-for-6 from three and adding four rebounds and four assists. The Pokes led by more than 20 for much of the game before Smart picked up a technical foul in the second half. It was his fourth, and in his absence the Boilermakers were able to cut the lead to 84-80 at one point.

Markel Brown, who finished with 25 points, played the role of closer, hitting a couple of big shots down the stretch, but the story of this game was the fouls.

60 were called in total. Five players in total fouled out, and that doesn’t include Jay Simpson, who was given a Flagrant 2 earlier in the game. Four more players finished the afternoon with four fouls. Smart’s technical? It came after he was called for a horrendous foul by Karl Hess while trying to guard Purdue center A.J. Hammons in the post. Here’s the video. Explain to me why this is a foul on Smart. Why was he guarding Hammons in the post? Because Oklahoma State big men Michael Cobbins and Kamari Murphy both were already in bad foul trouble.

Look, I understand why refs have been told to call games tighter, and I actually agree with the reasoning. Freedom of movement on the offensive end of the floor is a good thing. It makes the game more fun to watch and it brings a level skill back that has been missing. If we wanted to watch rugby, we’d move to Australia.

The problem is that there are times where the refs just get way too ambitious, and this game was a perfect example. Doug Gottlieb has been campaigning as much as anyone about how bad some of these whistles are, and he posted a couple of videos that make his case quite convincingly.

Tell me, where is the foul here? Or here? Or here?

The game needed to be freed up. It’s been turned into a mockery. This needs to be corrected.

  1. xli2006 - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Whoever thought these new rules are good for anyone (fans, teams, or coaches) is out of their minds.

    The NCAA needs to own these rules and the criticism of them. We need less fouls in college BB not more (especially of the ticky tack variety).

  2. zoomy123 - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    The NCAA is a corrupt institution. They make billions of dollars off of people who don’t get fair compensation for producing that wealth. And now we have a situation where the NCAA has basically ordered the referees to rig the game by calling phantom fouls in an effort to make the game more exciting and thus increase their profit margin. This is practically criminal.

  3. usm418 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I’ve given up on college ball. Over coached,over officiated the referees call too many unneeded fouls. Why do they have the alternating possession rule. I’ll watch the good match ups just to check out the NBA potential of the better players but the NCAA should be about making the on floor game better. These free throw shooting contests are not compelling TV.

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