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Last year when we played cincinatti in the tourney we lost because they were way more physical and the officials for the game called it loosely. Tonight LT was extremely physical which caused turnovers and rattled this team. The officials didnt call anything.
My question is do you think that the way ACC officials call the game (touch fouls) affects how we play in non ACC games?
Possibly, but we do play very physical defense, typically. On offense, we'd turn the ball over with or without foul calls.
Honestly, I thought the same thing when FSU lost to Gonzaga three years ago. That said, here's what Ham had to say about it tonight.
“I thought the officials allowed the game to be physical and we should never complain about a game being physical.”
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Oh im not complaining, its just so different from what our guys are used to for the last 20 games of the season. The mentality you have to take is different from what theyve been taught. If LT played in the ACC the would have had to forfeit because every player on their team would have fouled out by halftime
No, I was pretty much agreeing with your post.
This is exactly why Duke usually goes nowhere when they get in the tourney. They are not getting the calls they usually get when in league play and get out muscled on alot of occasions. Hess, Valentine and the other ACC crews like to put their stamp on games but it only hurts everyone in the league in the longrun.
I think this is a problem, especially in football. Watch an SEC game and you see a far more physical game. The league encourages it and it breeds an intimidation factor as well as toughness over the course of a season. Come bowl time and OOC games, you often see an SEC team simply beat up the non-SEC team. The ACC in both football and basketball could set itself on the right course if it made a concerted effort to let the teams play, decide to let them play more physically, and set these teams up for success in OOC and postseason games. It is all about image and the ACC does a piss poor job creating and promoting a winning brand.
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