This post is not well thought out. It is also not well-researched. It is, in short, a rant. It is about one of the things that drives me crazy in sports.
Because I can’t find any data to back me, I’m going to just say this: Referees in college basketball call many fewer fouls in the first half than in the second half.
In last night’s Michigan State-Minnesota game, for example, neither team was in the bonus in the first half. To put it another way, the Spartans shot one free throw, Minnesota two.
In the second half, the teams combined for 35 free throws. I understand that the defense heats up and what not, but referees – especially Bed Head Jim Burr – seem to call anything resembling a foul in the second half.
This is a great way to ruin the flow of a game. Call me crazy, but I think a foul is a foul, regardless of the game situation.
Here’s one more thing that sticks in my craw – refs that wait to see if a basket is made to determine if a foul should be called. Again, a foul’s a foul’s a foul, unless it’s the first half, I guess.