Officials admit mistake in Gonzaga win; Arizona player dislocates finger but plays on

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  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    March 20, 2017 12:40 p.m.

    Gonzaga overrated? I don't know. Does it really matter? That's why they play the games.

    The thing I like about this year is that there is no dominant team that is virtually not vulnerable. Pre-tournament, some CBS announcers tried to convince us that the East bracket was the strongest with Villanova and Duke. Many of those CBS guys had either Villanova repeating, or Duke winning it all. Well, Villanova and Duke are now gone, and number 1s Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga all look vulnerable. Seems like this year is living up to the marketing as "March Madness."

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 20, 2017 7:15 a.m.

    No way that call, cost North Western the game. Not showing up in the first half cost them the game. The whole place was pulling for NW. Also, the Refs had no choice but to give the coach a T; that was a stupid move on his part.

    Go Zags!

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    March 20, 2017 7:14 a.m.

    That's exactly it. They led the entire game and are very deep. One play didn't matter as Gonzaga still took it to them to end the game. Perfectly rated and Sweet 16. Keep up the domination!

  • SFSteveS SF, CA
    March 19, 2017 11:41 p.m.

    My original comment was denied for "a personal attack" ... my "attack" was to state that it's easy to sit in a lazy boy chair, watching the game on TV with slow-mo and stop-action and criticize the officials for their calls or lack of same ... it is FAR more difficult to officiate, having to watch the action at full speed ... I've done a lot of officiating, though none above the high school level, but even that's enough to assure you that it's quite difficult to be out there in real time making the calls than it is to do from the couch ...

    With all due apologies to the arm chair officials out there ... yours is a very easy task ...

  • Joyfully American Fork, UT
    March 19, 2017 8:30 p.m.

    Missed call, but the refs didn't put NW down 34-12. They dug themselves a very big hole.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 19, 2017 7:02 p.m.

    Watching the tv live action it was evident the arm blocking the shot was inside the net. What were the three referees watching at that moment? It just doesn't make sense that one of them did not see what was happening. That egregous non-call may well have cost Northwestern the game, when you add on the technical free throws and getting the ball back. Dreadful performance by the referees. They need to be sanctioned.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 19, 2017 6:23 p.m.

    Coach Collins saw it...and the refs should have...and they were to quick to call the "T", given the situation...It cost NW the game...and Go Mountaineer!

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2017 5:07 p.m.

    Gonzaga over rated? That may be true, probably not, but you had better wait until they lose before making such a statement. Was Villanova over rated? No, they simply lost in a one-game elimination tournament. That's the great thing about March Madness - yes or no, up or down, win or go home. Standings and rankings mean nothing.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    March 19, 2017 4:46 p.m.


    Only team in the nation with one loss, so many good wins you can count them on at least two hands, #1 near the end of the season, NCAA auto bid, #1 seed, Sweet 16... And that is overrated? Regardless of what happens, they are at least 16/300+ in the whole nation. That makes them Elite, and anything but over blah blah blah. Ridiculous and bogus claim sprouted from jealousy.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    March 19, 2017 12:57 p.m.

    I feel sorry for Northwestern because this was one of those mistakes that truly may have cost a team the game. But that's what it was--a missed call. It happens and I also feel sorry for the refs who blew the call. I imagine they feel terrible. But, it wasn't "so obvious". 99.9% of the viewing public including most in the arena probably didn't even know a through the hoop had occurred. It would have been nice to have been able to go back and check--but the rules don't allow it. And truthfully? I think that's better because I'm just about fed up with ends of games turning into marathon "check the monitor" sessions. Too bad for the Cats, though. It doesn't spoil the fact that they had an amazing season and their fan base was wonderful.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 19, 2017 12:05 p.m.

    "....and let Northwestern back into the ball game."

    Yeah, NU had nothing to do w/it....Please....Clearly overrated.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    March 19, 2017 11:26 a.m.

    I am writing down that cjd1 said that Gonzaga will not be in the final 4. It is an interesting observation, but will he/she be right?

    From what I read in the article, Coach Collins is a class guy and coach with a unique team.

  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    March 19, 2017 9:51 a.m.

    Officials miss calls all the time, often blatantly obvious, but that's no excuse for a coach to come storming onto the court to protest a missed call.

    Coach Collins rightfully deserved the technical that was called on him, and probably should have been hit with a technical several times earlier in the game for berating the officials.



    Gonzaga is far from over-rated. The Zags dominated the Wildcats in the first half, then got a little complacent and let Northwestern back into the ball game.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 19, 2017 7:35 a.m.

    Hard for me to understand how the three officials can have missed such an obvious call. It is small consolation for Northwestern for the officials to admit it after the game. They sure didn't have a problem calling a technical on Northwestern's coach complaining about the blown call. This certainly taints Gonzaga's win.

  • New to Utah Provo, UT
    March 19, 2017 6:54 a.m.

    This was a tremendous game. The Zags played lights out in the first half only to be countered by an outstanding second half performance by Northwestern.

  • Fred T PHOENIX, AZ
    March 19, 2017 1:13 a.m.

    Refs miss lots of calls.... this was just one of many.

    In the Arizona game they called two fouls I saw on St Mary's top player where he didn't tough anyone.... Just the way the game works.
    Always has.
    If you reach in, you are most likely getting a foul called on yourself. Doesn't matter if you fouled or not. Just the way it works.

    I did smile at all the traveling calls today. Sort of unfair, they let them travel all year and now start calling it. Friday I saw one big man inside get the ball and take 3 steps without dribbling and dunk it. Maybe it is OK since the were really small steps ;-) refs must have been watching up high.

    But as Charles Barkley and so many others will tell you, "It ain't a fouls unless the ref blows the whistle."

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    March 18, 2017 11:57 p.m.

    Like I previously stated , Gonzaga will not be in the Final 4. Way overrated.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    March 18, 2017 11:56 p.m.

    One thing they will never admit is the officiating in every game I saw seemed to favor the better seeded team. Not by much, but just a call or two is all it takes. Like the NBA it leaves one to wonder just what is a foul when it is called on one end of the court but not the other.

    The games have been entertaining, though. I will admit that. And two costly turnovers and a couple missed free throws and suddenly you go from being within 2 or 3 points to behind by 7 - 10 points. But that'as why you play them.

    Just ask Villanova why they call it "March Madness!"