Podcast: The midweek pod is back and filled with controversy

Michigan was upset at Penn State and John Beilein was ejected. We sort through the controversy and discuss Big Ten officiating. Michigan State picked up a signature win on the road in Madison and is back on track with back-to-back impressive performances.

We recap all of the action and preview this weekend’s games.
Listen to “Ep 17: The midweek pod is back and filled with controversy” on Spreaker.

(00:46) Michigan loses at Penn State, John Beilein gets ejected
(26:58) Michigan State’s big win at Wisconsin


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  1. ReegsShannon

    Gonna fight back on the “calls always even out over the course of a game”. When basketball is a game that comes down to 2-5 possessions in like 75% of games, it seems kind of absurd to assert that games are always gonna end up with relatively even officiating over the course of a game. Just a 2-3 call swing can determine the outcome.

    It’s definitely futile to complain about since nothing is gonna change now or in the future no matter how much you talk about it, but I am very much of the opinion that bad officiating does decide games.

  2. umhoops

    Didn’t put that point together very eloquently, but the point I was trying to make is that you notice more calls that go against your team.

    Obviously there are games that can be determined by a call (look at the foul late in the Nebraska game last night) but we might forget (in this case I didn’t even watch :rofl:) five or six other calls that also could have had a huge impact.

  3. Champions

    Calls may even out over the course of a season, but not necessarily within a single game.

    Thought Brendan was quick to dismiss the as coincidence, that Lewis Garison (?) worked all three of our loses. We are undefeated when he isn’t on the floor. Thought that point deserved more discussion. What is Dylan’s take.

    Also, wasn’t he the same official that was in the best position to make the double dribble call? I’m not sure, because his back was to the camera. How can that call be missed when it happens right in front of you. I don’t whine about foul calls a lot, because they are judgement calls to a large extent, but double dribble is pretty cut and dried.

    I am also getting tired of the “well, if Michigan just makes a couple of more shots, none of this matters” line of thinking. It may be true, but a team shouldn’t be expected to to have to compensate for poor officiating.

    Lastly, two bad calls: take away the missed illegal screen and the double dribble, you erase two PSU made baskets and three made technical free throws. That is a 7 point swing that would certainly influenced the ending of that game.

  4. umhoops

    I think there are plenty of signs that Lewis Garrison isn’t a great ref. There’s a reason he hasn’t done an NCAA Tournament game over the last three years.

    I agree w/ BQ that it is a coincidence that Michigan has lost those games though. I don’t think there’s something about Lewis Garrison that makes Michigan more apt to lose or that he has a vendetta against Beilein or something like that.

    I understand that there are points associated with any “bad call” or “good call”. My point is just that if you swap two or three and correct them, there are almost always 2 or 3 others that went the opposite way,.

  5. bobohle

    Just my opinion but I agree that the bad calls tend to even out during the season but not necessarily in the same game.

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