Down 2, DJ Strawberry drives the lane, takes a pass from Ibekwe, and gets fouled as a defender slips under him and doesn't give him room to come down. But the ref calls it a charge! Instead of going to the line with a chance to tie, Butler gets the ball.
If I was a real Maryland fan, I'd be furious. And you KNOW this is gonna fuel their Terping.
Andre Dawkins: “People ask me if I can still shoot, and I ask them if they can still breathe. That’s kind of the same thing.”
Good, I picked Butler anyway. Have a nice flight, Gary.
"Duke is a once in a lifetime opportunity and something you don't pass up on." -Amile Jefferson
Somehow, Gary will make it Duke's fault.
That was an absolutely horrendous call, though. That official will not be working the Final Four.
could not happen to a nicer team
From Maryland's perspective, it should not have come to that. But I'm glad to see Gary go home.
Gary Williams: Clearly Duke's early exit freed up the cash that was earmarked to go to the officials for the rest of the tournament. On the plane-ride back to Durham, K made the call to split the money evenly between the MD/Butler game and the UNC/Michigan State game officials in favor of the non-ACC teams. It is, of course, all Duke's fault that Maryland once again failed to show up against an inferior team.
I can't help it and I can't help but feel slightly bad about it but . . .
Who knew? Turns out BUTLER gets all the calls!
Post-game Gary - "after you win a national championship like we have you have to expect that you will have bad calls against you unless you play in Durham or Chapel Hill."
Ill be honest - I was happy to see UMD go home. I already dont like that Vazquez kid - and watching him do his showboating thing and then get sent home was nice. Also, I love the fact that Mike Jones pumped his fists at the Butler crowd earlier in the game, and it was him who couldnt handle the pass to at least try and tie the game.
Additionally, on the call, what it looked like to me is that DJ was coming down for a jump stop before going back up. I dont know waht the rule is there, but I dont think the defender slipped in underneath him on his way up to the hoop.
"Somehow, Gary will make it Duke's fault."
could be the post of the day.
"Post-game Gary - "after you win a national championship like we have you have to expect that you will have bad calls against you unless you play in Durham or Chapel Hill.""
did he really say that?
"Nope - misguided attempt at humor by me regarding Gary's constant references to having won a NC and being paranoid about Duke and UNC getting all the calls."
well, you captured the essensce of gary very well.
indeed you did . . . the sad part is that such a statement is not wholly unbelievable if attributed to him.
The Terps should have gone out in the first round...even their fans know that as bad as the call was, they didn't play with a tenth of the poise of Butler all game, and deserved to lose. The better team won.