In one sense, Jim Boeheim is right that you hate to see a great college basketball game decided on an official’s call, but in the more important sense, the Syracuse coach was wrong Saturday night.
First of all, it wasn’t the “worst call of the year,” as Boeheim put it after the game. In fact, ESPN’s Dana O’Neil and Jeff Goodman talked to several officials and officials management who said that call could go either way.
By objecting to a charge call against Syracuse senior C.J. Fair with 10.4 seconds left to the point that Boeheim was ejected by official Tony Greene — the Syracuse coach was out way out on the floor flailing his arms and cursing — he cost his team a chance at victory.
In his post-game news conference, Boeheim disagreed with that contention.
Because it was a player-control foul, there were no free throws. Duke had to take the ball out of bounds. It was a one-possession game.
Instead, Duke’s Quinn Cook made three of the four technical free throws, pretty much endingd the contest.
Boeheim did exactly what coaches teach players not to do — lose your poise.
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