20 January 2012
That reffing was...not great. Anthony Grant ripped into the referees with 12 minutes to play, unleashing a Darren McGavin-esque stream of profanities while doing everything in his power to keep the veins in his neck from exploding. Part of the frustration came from how his players were reacting on the court - but a big part of his rage came from the refs themselves.
Vanderbilt seemed to receive most of the 50/50 calls early in the game, and most questionable whistles sided with the Commodores in a contest that saw the crowd use plenty of sarcastic applause whenever the 'Dores were called for a foul (Vandy only had 12 in the game). This early advantage seemed to have taken a toll on the Tide, and it helped the team dig themselves a hole that they couldn't climb out of. Vanderbilt is a team that excels at getting to the free throw line, but many off-the-ball fouls and charges that could have been blocks seemed to go Vandy's way in Tuscaloosa.
He goes on to note that this was not the decisive factor in the game (true), but it certainly didn't hurt. As always, SEC officiating is the pits.
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