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Was Duke’s Rodney Hood fouled by Clemson? You make the call (VIDEO)

Mar 14, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

College basketball fans love to explain how Duke gets all the calls every time there’s a call that goes Duke’s way.

That didn’t change on Friday night.

After Clemson’s Rod Hall hit a shot with nine seconds left to cap a comeback from 13 points down in the second half, Rodney Hood took the inbounds pass and went the other way, drawing a foul on K.J. McDaniels with just 3.8 seconds left on the clock. He hit a pair of free throws, giving the Blue Devils a 63-62 win.

You can see the video above. Do you think it was a foul?

The bigger issue is that Duke, once again, looked stagnant offensively late in a game. With the offensively-challenged Tyler Thornton playing crunch-time minutes with Quinn Cook strapped to the bench, the Tigers stormed back from a 47-34 deficit with just 12 minutes left in the game. In those final 12 minutes, Duke was just 5-for-14 from the floor with a pair of turnovers, which is more or less a mirror-image of the way that Duke lost to Wake Forest last week … and North Carolina two weeks before that .. and Clemson and Notre Dame back in January.

For a team that is as talented offensively as Duke is, they can put together a head-scratching scoring drought with the best of them.

We’ve said this all season long: the Blue Devils are improved defensively, but they are still not good enough to be able to continue to withstand their crunch-time offensive woes.

Foul or not, that’s what the talking point should be as Duke heads into a semifinal matchup with N.C. State on Saturday.

  1. elwaysagenius - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    35(can’t read name) appears to have hit Hood’s chest. Looks like foul to me.

    • wolfman02 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      He stopped dribbling back at the arc, pulled the ball to his chest, shouldered a defender…

      and “fell” to the floor.

      That is a “no-call” plain and simple.

      Let them play it out.

  2. bigmeechy74 - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    no. the clemson guy has the right to that space. hood initiated the contact. weak call to decide a game. hood was out of control

    • mitchellwall - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      How is it he has the right to the space that just happens to be in the path of Hood ? If he’s set, of course…but he was moving at pretty much the same speed as Hood was.

      • bigmeechy74 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        you don’t have to be set if you are running along side someone. So you think as long as you have the ball you can just jump in to the defenders path when they are both running? Both guys have the right to that spot. And hood initiated the contact. It’s a no call.

    • wolfman02 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      He stopped the dribble, shouldered, and then “fell.”

      That was a no call.

  3. djshnooks - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    They get calls all the time. It’s about time that a call went against them. #Karma

  4. mitchellwall - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    It’s what’s known as a judgment call, the ref made the call, and that pretty much settles that. Why must the media CONTINUALLY try and stir up a stink ? If it’s not Duke, it’s Danica . They must have an issue with the letter ” D “…brought to you today, by the national society of Dipsticks.

    • skins4me - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Mitchell I agree it was a foul. But Duke then fouled the Cu point guard on his drive with 1 sec on the clock and that was not called. Duke will never get the respect they deserve until the refs call even game.

  5. bbil2012 - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Remember that time everybody thought Laettner stomped on that guy but he really didn’t?
    That was righteous!

  6. texizz - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    He was definitely fouled!

  7. tominma - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Of course he was fouled!!! Why even write the story? Smart move by the Duke player to try and split the 2 opponents.

  8. wolfman02 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    No denying that was a battled game. But officials shouldn’t decide the outcome of close games.

    Hood “dramatically” shouldered a defender and then fell down.

    Should have been a “no-call.”

  9. wolfman02 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    He FELL.

    No foul.

  10. bigmeechy74 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    i hate you

  11. chunkala - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Why even watch the tournament this year. Refs and NCAA hellbent on handing them the title like they did in 2010. Don’t believe me? How did they get the easiest path to Final Four and rewatch the Baylor game where there were many dubious calls.

  12. sailbum7 - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    It looks to me like the Duke player covered up the ball and bulldozed into the Clemson player. The contact was initiated by the Duke player who seems to be out of control of where he is going like he lost his footing. If there was any foul here it should have been on the Duke player, not the Clemson player. This was an extremely bad call, particularly to have decide a game.

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