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Jim Boeheim goes nuts, gets ejected in loss to Duke (VIDEO)

Feb 22, 2014, 9:08 PM EDT

Jim Boeheim got his first introduction to ACC refs on Saturday night during No. 1 Syracuse’s 66-60 loss to No. 5 Duke.

The Syracuse head coach got ejected for the first time in the regular season after he lost it on referee Tony Greene for a charge that was called on C.J. Fair with 10.4 seconds left in the game.

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To set the scene: earlier in the second half, Michael Gbinije had taken what looked like a clear charge on Jabari Parker, but was whistled for a block and Parker was given an and-one. With a minute left in the game, Rakeem Christmas was fouled as he threw down a dunk. The free throw would have allowed Syracuse a shot at tying the game. Nothing was called.

And then there was the final play.

You make the call: Was it a charge? Boeheim didn’t think so.

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“I thought that was the worst call of the year,” Boeheim said after the game, saying that he won’t regret his reaction “today, tomorrow or next week”.

“I just hate to see the game decided on that call. That’s all.”

Back to Boeheim for a moment: He had a right to react the way that he did to the call, but it was the reaction that cost his team the game. The two technicals fouls that he received gave the Blue Devils four free throws. Without the reaction, Duke has the ball out of bounds with 10.4 seconds left up two. That’s still winnable for the Orange, particularly with the way that Duke was shooting free throws.

But I don’t think Boeheim cared at that point.

He wanted to get tossed.

Welcome to the ACC, Jim.

  1. packhawk04 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Nice restraint by boeheim, and im not kidding. If i was a coach and that terrible of a call was made in that spot, im not leaving without one good punch on that ref.

    • chimemorg - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Then that makes you as big a jerk as he was …

  2. blbrad - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    welcome to the ACC, Jim. you’re gonna need a lot more patience than that, because you’re going to see a lot of those calls on the road.

  3. rabbi187 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Bang bang play. Call could have gone in either direction and not 1/10 as bad as the ending to the first matchup. Boeheim acted like a 3 year old who just had his banky taken away from him. Grow the hell up.

    • spacealbatross - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Oh, you mean the play where the ball was hit and knocked out of the duke players hand before there was any contact. yeah your right. duke gets all the calls in the reg. season at home. Then in the tourney they dont. What happens they get bounced in the first or second game.

      • rabbi187 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        A. I don’t like Duke
        B. If you think that wasn’t an obvious foul at the end of the 1st game your either blind or stupid.

      • spacealbatross - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Just some consistency would be nice. That way each team knows how they can play.

    • rabbi187 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM


      • ku62 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Must be nice to play where you OWN the whistles. Might have won with only one of those blatant home court calls, but it’s more comfortable with some insurance.

  4. buffalo65 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Bad call but hey, It’s all about the learning in college anyways. As long as the kids shake it off and hit the books all is good. Everyone wins.

  5. cdawg1969 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Duke Vitale couldn’t even say anything about the call…that in itself speaks volumes about the validity of it!

  6. footjos - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    To set the scene: earlier in the second half, Michael Gbinije had taken what looked like a clear charge on Jabari Parker, but was whistled for a block and Parker was given an and-one. With a minute left in the game, Rakeem Christmas was fouled as he threw down a dunk. The free throw would have allowed Syracuse a shot at tying the game. Nothing was called.

    That is the real reason it was a bad call. If Parker gets the call, then Fair should get the call. That’s a five or six point swing.

  7. lastdukestreetking - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I have no rooting interest. Initially I thought it was a block. Replay tells me it was about as close as it could be. Defender may have had his feet set before Fair (?) started up. Sorry to see Boeheim take away his team’s last chance.

  8. ku62 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Must be nice to play where you OWN the whistles. Might have won with only one of those blatant home court calls, but it’s more comfortable with some insurance.

  9. southsidegroovin281 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Hood’s feet was set outside the arc. He was there so long he was adding the kitchen sink to the house he built. Boehoiem is the one that sealed the deal for the orange. And if you think that was controversial try revisiting that 1st game when Hood got fouled on the attempted dunk. GO DUKE!

  10. grussell10 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Welcome to Cameron…the one place you don’t want to be with the game on the line and Coach K still alive..

  11. idratherbeinsouthbend - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    No rooting interest in this game either, but I think most unbiased fans know that this was a very close call on the slowed down replay. Now imagine trying to make that same call in real time.

    All of that being said, I think the officials get just as amped by the home crowd as the players. Hence, the bang-bang play goes to the home team.

  12. longtallsam - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Syracuse got the calls at their place, Duke gets them in theirs. That’s the way it goes, it seems. But looking at the replay, it could have gone either way…certainly not a obvious bad call.

  13. chrisco716 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    I certainly don’t care for dook. But it was the correct call. Bad call in Syracuse. Good call in Durham. SU should have lost both games instead of just one.

  14. packhawk04 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Hood was still dancing around when the guy jumped. If you think its a close call, you dont understand the rule. That was a very easy block call. If you wanna say karma for the first game, go ahead. Just dont make a fool of yourself and say this was a close call.

  15. capone21 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Boeheim should be reminded of how Duke had 3 players foul out in the game at Syracuse. SU shot almost twice as many foul shots as Duke in that game. I guess the officiating was fine in that game since his team benefited. Of course Boeheim has always been a crybaby going back to the beginning of the Big East. I enjoy his tears.

    • moroninthehouse - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      No rooting interest here, just like to highlight when there ia a moron on the house. Did you watch both games? I did. In the first game, Duke shot 36 3 pointers. You DON’T get fouls (or foul calls) when 50% of your shots are 3 pointers. Either your a Duke homer or moron, most likely both

      • drewvt6 - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Might not be a moron. He was probably a Mathlete who never watched basketball till he arrived in Durham.

      • moroninthehouse - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        A couple of things: 1) drewvt6, that’s funny. Although, I was an aerospace engineering major (yes, actually a rocket scientist), which could easily be confused with a mathlete. Still, I appreciate the humor and it made me laugh. 2) Why the thumbs down for my post? Clearly, if you understand basketball, you know I am correct. You get fouled by playing aggressively and taking the ball to the basket. You don’t get fouled standing on the perimeter taking 3 pointers. Syracuse got twice as many foul calls because they took the ball to the basket, actually got fouled, and deserved to get the foul call.

        Maybe people just don’t like my post because they are duke homers or that I called the previous poster a moron. I’m sorry if I offended you but the facts are on my side and the truth is sometimes hard to take. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” My goal at, moroninthehouse, is to find these people who choose not to remain silent, and bring to their attention the foolishness of their ways.

  16. adamsjohn714 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    He acted like a child, throwing a tantrum because he didn’t get the call. He didn’t care about the effort his players put in or that the game was still winnable. All he cared about was getting all the attention and trying to be bigger than the game. Nevermind that he’s making millions of dollars while his players make zilch, he needs for the game to be about him too. It was pretty disgraceful.

    • drewvt6 - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      John Thompson, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley are all proud of Boeheim today. Watching the rehash of his career 20 years from now, Boeheim will laugh and still proudly talk about the fact he had to get tossed.

  17. sdeberg - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Could have been called either way, but I think it was a clear charge. I really don’t like Duke – tired of all the praise thrown at them. And this year think Boeheim has lucked out too many times. Everything said – look at the video – it was a charge. ‘Cuse fans, home or road – it was a charge. Duke fans – nice bounce back from the loss to NC. Whichever way – remember – IT’S A GAME. I woke up – so did y’all – this morning. IT’S A GAME.

  18. fjc1109 - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    I’ve never been a big Duke fan, but as they say, my enemy’s enemy is my friend. Don’t really care if it was a charge or not. I am just thrilled that (ex)’Cuse lost! Hooray for the ACC not being intimated by Big Baby Boeheim like Big East officiating crews were.

  19. atlbrave5 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Let’s be honest….that block/charge call is THE hardest call to make in basketball. Now when you add in the national attention, and the high level game involved and the call gets even closer. As an actual basketball official, I can tell you that one of the problems in the play is the fact that the official who made the call rotated on the baseline entirely too late to make that call. That was the MAIN reason why coach lost his cool…if you can read lips he said, “That’s not you call!!” Since I’m sure most of you don’t have a clue one when refs are supposed to rotate over into a new position, I will give you a short lesson. The LEAD official (on the baseline) should NOT rotate over to the other side of the line when there is a drive to the basket from the slot side which is exactly what happened in this play! Watch the reply of how the ref quickly ran over to that side and called the play all in one motion! I can guarantee you today he is more mad at himself NOT for making the charge call, but for making any call at all. Bottom line, he should have stayed on his original side and that call should have been made by the “C” or slot side official since it was on his side and he had the better angle! Now go back…watch the video and tell me if you learned anything I taught you anything new….you can thank me later!

  20. marchhill - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Nice article Rob! Fans have to view JIm’s outrage within the context of the whole game. Bilas and Vitale both commented during the course of the game about the no calls against Duke and that Syracuse “was getting hammered” under the basket. Gbinije and Christmas just two examples of the uneven officiating. Atlbrave5’s comment got it right as referee wasn’t even in the right position to make the call. These kind of “transformational” calls at the end of a big, nationally televised broadcast are what ruin the game for fans. The referee becomes the ‘star”. The new rules clearly tilt the call in favor of the offensive player. Makes you miss the Big East where the play of the game was not decided by making like a lamp post. If the ACC wants to truly be a national conference, bringing all these teams in from around the East and Midwest, then they have to get great officiating and not have everything revolve around the “Blues”.

    Bottom line: Both teams at a neutral site with excellent officiating:
    Syracuse, with four potential NBA picks, by ten.

    Which team talent would you rather have to coach?

  21. grilldoggy - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Hell, Duke got robbed by a bunch of bad calls in their last game vs Syracuse. So don’t cry for the Orangemen, they had it coming.

  22. usdcoyotesfan - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    The defender had his feet set just in time. I don’t see the problem here.

  23. themobilewellnesspress - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Brutal call. He’s pissed off cause the damn ACC refs played to Coach K’s pathetically coached way he teaches a charge. The players never made an attempt to defend the play. Total horse crap call. A cowardly way to coach hoops and shows a real viewer that the Duke player was a lesser player/talented one. This isn’t private school hoops, this is D-1/NBA style basketball.

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