Regarding the Duke Wisconsin game:
Duke - 13
WISC - 15
Duke - 20
Duke - 11
WISC - 21
Looks to me as if Wisconsin settled for a lot of threes, while guys like Tyrus Jones, Grayson Allen, and Justice Winslow were attacking the rim.
Yes, that's what a cursory look at stats will make you think. There was a little reporting on issues after the game, though:
"There are many things that make a great basketball coach. One of them is recruiting talents like Okafor, and point guard Tyus Jones, and surprise star Grayson Allen. One of them is knowing what to do with that talent once it turns up in your gym. And another is working the refs, and what Krzyzewski did with Joe DeRosa, Michael Stephens, and Pat Driscoll was nothing short of a masterpiece. He chewed their ears in that first half like Mike Tyson at an audiologist convention. Still, though, it was 31-31, and Wisconsin had only as many fouls as Okafor. Things seemed to be going according to Hoyle. But the veteran mentor saw what was coming.
“Watch,” he said to me. “Mike’s got them now.”
Sure enough, come the second half, just as the Badgers took a nine-point lead, the world turned upside down.
....... By the time the championship ended, at 68-63, Krzyzewski’s fifth title was headed back to Durham and the Blue Devils had attempted 16 free throws in the second half to Wisconsin’s three. This was a whopping statistical anomaly. So, before we get to the rest of the game — and it was a terrific one, all the more so because it was so ragged and scrambled — let us salute DeRosa, Stephens, and Driscoll. Nice work, gents. You defied the math, beat the odds, and managed to do your jobs despite having Krzyzewski dancing across your collective cerebrum. The man is a stone mind-bending genius. That cannot be denied.
.....Truth be told, Ryan got outcoached by Krzyzewski — not by much, but by just enough. In the end, every coach uses what he has to get what he wants, as James Brown once put it in a radically different context. he got outcoached because Mike Krzyzewski is the most powerful man in American basketball. Five national championships. More wins than any other Division I men’s coach. Two Olympic gold medals. NBA stars on speed dial. So, when he talks, even in the seething furnace of a national championship game, all the right people always listen." -------Charles P Pierce, grantland.com
And this about a critical call once Duke had free throw after free throw to take the lead . . .
"NCAA vice president of men's basketball championships Dan Gavitt told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Wednesday that officials did actually see all available replay angles of the controversial call late in Monday's title game between Duke and Wisconsin, including the angle TV viewers saw on the broadcast that showed a loose ball last touching Duke's Justise Winslow before going out of bounds.
Gavitt's remarks contradict those of John Adams, the NCAA supervisor of officials, who said on Tuesday that the referees never saw on the replay monitor the angle that "everybody saw at home" of an out-of-bounds play that gave possession to Duke with less than two minutes remaining. The loose ball appeared to last touch Winslow, but after officials Joe DeRosa, Michael Stephens and Pat Driscoll met for about two minutes to discuss the play, they ruled that Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig last touched the ball and awarded possession to the Blue Devils, who were leading 63-58 with 1:53 remaining.
"Unfortunately, John misspoke yesterday," Gavitt told ESPN.com after his OTL appearance. "The officials did indeed have the camera angle that was shown on the CBS broadcast. It was the last angle they did see. They likely did not stay long enough with a review to see that angle magnified. But they made their determination based on the two-minute review and the camera angle that was shown on CBS.
Adams said on Tuesday he saw the better angle after the referees had left the monitor and considered calling them back to look at the play once more, but decided not to.
Gavitt said he has since spoken with Adams, who is leaving his position after coordinating with officials for his last NCAA tournament. " -----non-attributed story (no author? hmmm) on si.com
Hmmmmm, never any follow up to why Adams chose not to insure in the moment that a crucial call was being made that his officials actually saw and considered the footage and images that were critical and determinative in that situation. He saw the video, and he knew it was available, but said it wasn't available and was never seen, and he DECIDED NOT TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THIS IS THE HEAD OF THE OFFICIALS FOR AN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!
No, there's nothing ever going on, whether personal, relational or business!