Today was a bad loss but the game was entertaining. Also Ronald Ramon played a fantastic game, he is such a clutch player. Thats all the praise and good things to say today.
Firstly, Tim Higgins is a terrible referee. I know this is such common knowledge that its a cliche but its completely true. His grandstanding and taking over the game are embarassing for the Big East. He should NEVER ref games at the Pete he can’t handle the atmosphere. It takes a logical and sensible referee to deal with a lively crowd and Higgins isn’t that he is too emotional. The foul call to put Dominic James on the line to win the game was bad. A good ref lets that play go you can’t get a touch foul when you jump into the defender this is a simple call. Get your head out of ass and let the game play itself out, you handed the game Marquette. If I’m reading into the correctly your giving James the “star call” thats fine if its 9 minutes into the first half not with .9 seconds let in the overtime of a nationally televised game. Way to make the Big East conference look good on the national stage but you win in the end because everybody knows your name. A good ref doesn’t do need to be known. Also I’d like to say good job to Curtis Shaw you seem to really have your head on straight and called a good game. You will be a big time official with your Higgins Jr. impersonation. I hate when stuff like this happens it kills atmospheres and games.
This game should have never have never even gotten to the refs whistle. This was a big game and what always happens when big games come the team starts missing foul shots and Aaron Gray goes silent. In fairness to him he played a really good first 2 minutes of the overtime. Missing the amount of foul shots he did though lost the game for us. Marquette knew that and fouled him. Also the missing of layups and close shots is hard to understand. It just doesn’t seem like he has the appetite to win in the big moments. We need him if this is going to be a year we get past the Sweet Sixteen. Levance really played bad today too. Thats two games for him that he just hasn’t shown up in. If it wasn’t for Ramon playing a great game Fields performance would have been more noticeable.
To everybody who threw their towels on the court you realize in basketball they give out technical fouls for shit like that. Thats two free points to the other team. I was pissed too but I don’t want us to give up two points for it. Say whatever you want I’m not going to be the one who gives you crap for that but when the Zoo is putting us in danger of losing points on the court it has to stop. It stopped for the most part in the second half but it shouldn’t happen at all.
I’m out this was a terrible loss but we are still in front of the pack in conference. Lets get a hope for a better performance Wednesday.