Saturday, February 28, 2015

Longhorns wonder about late no-call

Texas guard Kendal Yancy (0) tosses a pass around the Kansas defense during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Texas guard Kendal Yancy (0) tosses a pass around the Kansas defense during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Texas coach Rick Barnes was in no mood to complain about the officiating following Saturday's 69-64 loss to No. 8 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.

But the veteran Longhorns leader did not mind mentioning a couple of instances that he thought were key to the outcome of the game. And he did so with an assist from ESPN broadcaster Jay Bilas, who offered his point of view on sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor's drive to the rim with the Longhorns down two and under 10 seconds remaining.

“I wanted to know if that was a (foul) because from where I was sitting I thought it was,” said Barnes of Taylor's strong take that missed and failed to draw a whistle. “Jay Bilas walked right up to me and said, 'Rick, he got fouled.' I don't know what you guys saw who were sitting right there. I haven't seen it. I'm just quoting Jay Bilas.”

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On the play, Taylor, who led Texas with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, drove into the heart of KU's defense from the left wing, soared toward the rim, absorbed some contact and threw up a wild shot. The shot missed, Taylor wound up on his back in the corner by the Texas bench and Kansas knocked in a couple of free throws to ice the game.

That final play by Taylor was indicative of the kind of effort he put forth throughout the day. But the Jayhawks (23-6 overall, 12-4 Big 12) found a way to stop him when it mattered most.

“I thought Isaiah Taylor played one great game,” said KU coach Bill Self. “And he could get anywhere he wanted to get.”

Added Barnes: “I kept telling Isaiah, 'You can get down the lane if you want to get down the lane.' You still have to make some plays and make shots.”

Although Taylor's stat line surely looked good to anyone who saw it, the Longhorns (17-12, 6-10) did not quite share Self's positive outlook after the game.

“Our guys played hard, put themselves in a great position and had a chance to tie the game,” Barnes said. “When you're fighting as hard as we did, you do feel like everything goes against you.”

One of the biggest things that went against the Longhorns was KU junior Perry Ellis, who led all scorers with 28 points and added 13 rebounds. Ten of Ellis' points came from the free throw line, a product of both his aggressive play and a few bounces going KU's way.

“You gotta give him credit for coming up with (those),” Barnes said. “I think one of them bounced off the backboard. Those things happen.”

Asked what he's seen from Ellis during the past few games that have helped him top 20 points in three consecutive games, Barnes spoke to Ellis' experience.

“Just his tempo on offense,” he said. “I think he's really simplified a lot of things. The fact that he's been around and played a lot of games, you have to be impressed with the way he has improved. And being in a lot of big games and playing big minutes, you'd expect that from him.” 

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Gregor Southard 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure Bilas just momentarily forgot that at least three no calls favored Texas in the first half. And I bet most of the people who will whine about that play over the next few days were completely OK with Staten's four step walk at WVU.

Ron Sterling 6 years, 3 months ago

Exactly. Refs swallow the whistle at the end of games all the time. It may not be right, but we all know it happens, so it's something coaches and players should be prepared to deal with. And, as the WVU game shows us, it balances out over time.

Joseph Kuebel 6 years, 3 months ago


Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

Has anyone mentioned that you need to lay off the Caps Lock?

Dave Benjamin 6 years, 3 months ago

Definitely fair to call it a questionable call but the officiating was suspect at best all day. Fouls were called inconsistenly throughout and UT got their share of favorable calls as well. I never saw Barnes as much of a whiner but I'm sure things are different now that his job is on the line.

Jeff Foster 6 years, 3 months ago

Calls missed both ways, maybe he got nudged, maybe he lost his balance and fell? Tough game either way. Glad the Hawks showed their grit and overcame that early second half shooting slump! Games like that make March!

Jay Reynolds 6 years, 3 months ago

Hysterical. Bilas walked over and talked to Barnes? No wonder Bilas was sticking to his guns so hard when they showed the replay from a couple angles that clearly showed any contact was initiated by Taylor being completely out of control.

Jesse Johnson 6 years, 3 months ago

Taylor was completely out of control on that play, as he was for much of the 2nd half and he got a lot of calls to go his way earlier (including when he pushed off Mason). Notice how Bilas said nothing about Mason receiving all kinds of contact from the Texas defenders when he went the rim on the preceding play. Really there were bad calls both ways all game (like when Oubre didn't get touched and they called a foul) but on that last one Taylor was just too out of control.

Steve Zimmerman 6 years, 3 months ago

Ellis leg might have something to do with that out-of-control. Taylor should've known he was playing at AFH, anyway. Beware of the Phog!

Humpy Helsel 6 years, 3 months ago

I know I'm biased, but honestly, I didn't see a foul. I saw a player out of control falling down and throwing up a wild shot. It was a tough game to call both ways, and there was a lot of contact that was called at times and overlooked others. But that play...the emphatic position of Jay Bilas did not reflect what I saw on the replay. It was a man's game today. One thing which is occasionally mentioned but not given as much consideration as needed, is how we get everyone's best effort while teams "show up" for other teams. Guess it comes with "playing KU" territory.

I wish they media would quit asking players like Brannen Greene to explain everything about his shot, the high arc, the high release, blah blah blah blah blah! I listened online one day and they had him answering this and that about his shot and he hasn't hit one since. Leave them alone and let unconscious shooters remain unconscious. Ask rebounders their techniques for getting position under the basket or defensive foot slide techniques. Leave them shooters alone!

Trace Stark 6 years, 3 months ago

Personally, I don't think the zebes missed that call... replays seemed to show that Perry did not touch him. Bilas seemed should have backed off after the replay showed little to no contact.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 3 months ago

This was just a poorly officiated game. Call it tight or let them bang, but don't mix it up throughout the game. As a player, all you want is refs to be consistent, they can adjust to whatever style as long it's consistent. PAC 12 football refs might be the only group of officials worse than Big 12 basketball and even that's pretty debatable.

Ryan Shelton 6 years, 3 months ago

It's time to start talking about Big XII player of the year. I don't think one player has elevated himself as the most dominant in the league, but if a list of potential candidates needed to be procured right now, I think Perry's name should be included. Clearly he has a few weaknesses, and some will point (unfairly) to him missing the last second layup at WVU, but the way he's finishing the year, practically putting the whole team on his back, he is willing KU to title number 11. He's the best player on the best team, and that's good enough for me.

Clara Westphal 6 years, 3 months ago

Even if a foul had been called and the free throws were made, KU would still have won by 3.

Timothy Todd 6 years, 3 months ago

I've watched the one camera angle that ESPN shows numerous times. Doesn't look like a foul to me. Looks like he was out of control. Ellis had both hands up. Jay Bilas is just a whiner. We get it Jay- you think Ted Owens didn't recruit you hard enough. Wow, move on dude.

Micky Baker 6 years, 3 months ago

What is Bilas even doing going over to talk any coach about a non-call at the end of any game, regardless of who the two teams are?

Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

ESPN and Texas have been bedfellows ever since the launch of The Longhorn Network. There is a conflict of interest that is clouding Bilas' judgment.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 3 months ago

Sure you could call a foul. You could also call traveling.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

Well Ill be honest: Ive looked at the replay a dozen times from different angles and every time I saw a foul on Kansas. Clearly. With regard to some comments above, a player can drive the ball being out of control and still be fouled. There is no question that Mason's contact moved the offensive player. But to me the point is that there were more questionable calls in the game than the final one. I dont know how you blame any blown call on winning or losing the game more than any other blown call and because the contest was so close any of those could be put under scrutiny as well. In fact, a better question is one that Ive seen in other comments: DID HE TRAVEL? The answer is yes. Took the same number of steps that Staten did as far as I can tell.

Janet Olin 6 years, 3 months ago

Agreed, Joe. After seeing the replay, I see you could argue that there was contact. I also remember Bilas commenting there was a foul--'how could that not be a foul? Wow.'--after two no-calls toward KU. One was Perry getting hammered in the lane and the other was Frank on his back under the basket after being bludgeoned. There were probably other no-calls that the announcers remarked about, but the one on Turner was certainly not the only one or the worst. The officials allowed a lot of rough play on both ends.

Jonathan Allison 6 years, 3 months ago

yeah. Mason bumped him and knocked him off of his path. It was a foul, but we only remember it because it was at the end of the game.

Dale Rogers 6 years, 3 months ago

How come they complain about a call that went against them, or, rather a no-call that would have helped them if it was called but yet they ignore the same situations that would have favored the Jayhawks? And, likewise, the phantom fouls that were called against both teams. No one call decided the game. One call was the last one and that's the one they remember. They just need to pull up their big boy pants and move on.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 3 months ago

exactly the point I always try to make. did taylor get fouled ? yes he got fouled. did they also blow the call when Kelly went in for the slam? hell yes they did, no contact anywhere, he hit the floor from the momentum of his drive and dunk. BUT on the other hand does Taylor push of with his off arm EVERY single he tries to make a drive? hell yes he does. does it get called for that? once in a blue moon kinda reminds me of another individual uh does anyone happen to remember the name DERICK CHEVIOUS from mizzery? no not mis-spelled exactly how I meant to spell that, never got called. did they miss the call when Ridley absolutely climbed Kelly's back like a step ladder trying to get a rebound and nothing called? hell yes they did. bottom line is losers will always find excuses for reasons why they lost other then the real reason. that is they just got beat period. there are always enough plays in a game that weren't made here and there that cost you a game as much as anything else losers make excuses, winners just win. how about this, with all your hght, your length and we STILL outrebound you? whz up with that? you might wanna stat there, how about your stud from last year Mr.Holmes what has happened to him? an absolute non factor. What about the nu 1 ranked high school player coming in can someone please explain to me why he doesn't post up down low against much smaller players make use of the talent and take it to the rim against smaller? no he wants to play outside non-factor so many reasons Texas lost NOT just blame the refs. again losers make excuses. GO HAWKS

John Williams 6 years, 3 months ago

KU-69.......Texas-64.....nuff said. Finish on Monday and celebrate!!!

Larry Tomlinson 6 years, 3 months ago

Not one mention of the fact that his toe caught Ellis's foot which started his out of control. Also the jump ball that was changed to shot clock violation. On and on!

John Pritchett 6 years, 3 months ago

I have only one thing to say about this. If you cherry pick the foul calls, you're always going to feel robbed.

John Pritchett 6 years, 3 months ago

Oh, I'd also like to mention that Perry Ellis was fouled on the final play of the WVU game. Call that foul and we very likely win that game. You can't cherry pick. It happens to everyone. It's part of the game.

Michael Sillman 6 years, 3 months ago

Give credit to Mason for chest guarding Taylor and not reaching in with his hands. Most fouls called in that situation involve the hands.

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