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If this team could fricking rebound they would be a 3 lost team at most. They can't rebound and it costs them dearly. That is due to being lazy and undisciplined and it shows in other areas of the game. They take horrible shots at the most inopportune time. They won't move their feet and switch properly, they reach too much and they refuse to box out consistently. They put themselves in this situation in every game when they get a lead. They simply start playing like they are at a rec center and jack up threes. Then they look around like they have been wronged by the refs for their lack of effort.
You are right, except the refs part. Sure, we could have done more to win the game - but those refs (especially the one old guy) missed so many calls it wasn't worth counting. It was a pitifully officiated game, mixed w/ a collapse on our own.
"Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places you have to look at it right."
But if we had just rebounded at the end of the game LSU wouldn't have had the extra possessions to score. Plain and simple. We created more opportunities for the ref to have that effect by getting killed on the boards.
We could have done a bunch of things differently/better, not saying we don't share the blame - but a somewhat better officiated game would have led to a drastically different outcome..
The refs aren't out to get us in every game we lose as some (not saying you) complain about when we lose.
Sometimes you just have to call a spade a spade. Our team hasn't played well since the beginning of December and our coach has no solution for it. He has pretty much said as much himself at times.
"Don't confuse association, with something we both really like." ---JB
Agreed - we've been the recipients of some poorly officiated games that helped us out, but like you said, call a spade a spade, and today's officiating was atrocious. If it had only been bad we would have won.
We played horrible in December, but we've played better than our competition for 85% of our games since then. We were over matched by Mizzou, threw-up on ourselves against Aub, and were screwed today and at UT.
I don't have a solution either for having a non-productive offensive big man in Gueye and his only replacement a gimp, non-productive defender in Jacobs. We could continue to beat a dead horse on recruiting or lack-there-of but that won't fix anything. Regardless of this pretty big shortcoming we've still won our way into contention for the SEC regular season title
This post was edited by acal85 17 months ago
Bama shot their last FT of regulation at 16:10 left in the game. Two close plays out of bounds weren't reviewed. Both would have went Bama's way if they had. I don't ever blame officiating for this loss but I do for killing momentum. Just imagine trying to play ball when the calls are not going your way. It's tough and for a young team...tougher.
Bama also had a 10 point lead with less than 3 minutes to go. LSU had 3 offensive rebounds in the last 2 minutes.
Can't review that kind of stuff in basketball - can only review on shots beating the clock or for a tall guy elbowing a short guy above the shoulders.
Nick Jacobs took a shot at 1:25 mark and O'Bryant fouled him across the body while we were up 2. Yet, LSU shot multiple FTs down the stretch. Check Gueye's defense on his 5th foul and O'Bryant's noncall on Jacobs. Major advantage for LSU.
This post was edited by BamaWinz 17 months ago
You are missing the point that the game NEVER should have gone to OT. If we limited LSU's scoring possessions by rebound we would have won the game. Simple as that.
The other side of that point is that if the refs just make correct calls, we might get killed on the boards and still win.
the refs were the worst since the tennessee game, no doubt. But we sucked on offense, especially the last 3:30...Again.
1960 Les Paul
Did the refs block out our guys on defense and allow all the offensive rebounds at the end of the 2nd half and in OT?
I get it man. They choked. Players have a responsibility to play hard/smart basketball. My point is, they're human and didn't catch a break down the stretch. If they win by one it's still a terrible job but a win. The calls on Gueye affected the game. You did notice how LSU packed it in once he got to 4 fouls? We as fans have to factor those things in. Jacobs isnt a great rebounder. Jacobs with back issues makes it worse. I know if I played that game today, I would've tightened up down the stretch when they kept going to the line. I thought they did a really good job today of playing through it still. Just wasn't aggressive enough in final minutes.
If the Refs actually called over the back on some rebounds, then we would have shot free throws. Pretty hard to rebound with Johnny O 3rd climbing on your shoulders. I don't understand letting someone like him bang people on one end and calling chippies on the other end on Gueye, Randolph, and Cooper.
Remember when Bama was up 10 or so and Cooper launched a couple of 3's early in the shot clock? Run clock, even if we don't score they wouldn't have time to score 10 points to tie it. Steele took one too. They were decent shots, but not in that situation.
That is because they don't box out properly. They always try to out jump the opposition.
I get that. Remember when Bama was up 2 and Lacy had a 3 on 1 but passed it out to run clock? Those possessions you spoke probably played into that. That's just basketball. If they make either of those OPEN 3's we probably win.
Nope, they did however make some horrible call which led to Randolph and Gueye not being involved in any of those attempts.
I hate blaming refs as much as any other real (well, former) competitor, but like I earlier mentioned, if they had just called a bad game we'd have won. We still could have done more to keep it out of their hands, but it was equally pitiful by the refs.
BTW - like your sigs and your screen name just registered w/ me - Better Off is one of my all-time favs
Yes the refs made some terrible calls that went LSU's way, but thats life on the road and should be expected. The refs didn't cause our players to start throwing up all over themselves the last 3 minutes. Just off the top of my head of some of the bonehead plays that cost us the game down the stretch:
While up 10 with about 2.5 mins to go, Cooper takes a three with about 25 seconds on the shot clock. Cooper not blocking out on the missed front end of the 1 and 1, LSU gets the rebound and gets fouled and makes both. The horrendous Steele inbounds, he had plenty of timeouts to burn but decided to turnover the ball under the goal for an And-1. Cooper turning over the ball at the end of regulation and not even getting up a shot.
These are just off the top of my head and had nothing to do with the refs, we blew it.
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