Sunday, March 27, 2016

Devonté Graham addresses controversial fifth foul

Devonte' Graham, left, and Frank Mason III, are interviewed after their 64-59 loss to the Villanova Wildcats Saturday, March 26, 2016 in an NCAA Elite Eight matchup at KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, KY. .

Devonte' Graham, left, and Frank Mason III, are interviewed after their 64-59 loss to the Villanova Wildcats Saturday, March 26, 2016 in an NCAA Elite Eight matchup at KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, KY. .


— Kansas sophomore guard Devonté Graham was called for his fifth foul with 0:45 left of what turned out to be a 64-59 loss to Villanova in the Elite Eight, Saturday night at KFC Yum! Center.

Graham appeared to get hit as he lost the basketball near mid-court on the play. He was called for a foul while diving for the ball and hit the leg of a ’Nova player.

A foul on Villanova, with the Wildcats leading, 56-54, would have sent Graham to the line.

“It could have gone either way,” Graham said. “It definitely didn’t go our way.”

The sophomore guard was asked if he was hit and that’s why he lost the ball.

“It is what it is. He hit the ball according to the refs and I tripped the guy,” Graham said.

“I was surprised it was a foul. I thought he was going to call a travel at first or something like that. But I was definitely surprised it was a foul.”

Of some controversial calls, KU coach Bill Self said: “I thought he (Graham) made quick-hand great defensive plays that would have led to run-outs. Our run-outs turned to free throws for them. Maybe he fouled. I don’t know. About four plays could have gone either way throughout the game and it didn’t work out for us.”

Controversial call: From Terry Wymer, on the officials' call with 34.1 seconds left in the second half:

"Kansas was in team control of the ball. The ball came loose and Kansas maintained the ball. Number four for Kansas (Graham) undercut number three for Villanova (Josh Hart). therefore it was a team control foul and they were not shooting a one-and-one. They never lost the ball. We (the officials) got together to review the sequences to make sure."

— Obtained by USBWA pool reporter Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports

— See what people were saying about KU's Elite Eight loss during's live coverage

More news and notes from KU’s Elite Eight loss to Villanova

By the Numbers: Villanova 64, Kansas 59

By the Numbers: Villanova 64, Kansas 59


Jared Reeves 4 years, 11 months ago

The officiating this game was TERRIBLE. However, we lost because we played like crap. Its like the OSU game earlier this year. We didn't let them beat us, we beat ourselves, which is what makes the loss so hard.

Marc Frey 4 years, 11 months ago

We did beat ourselves. When you hand he ball over the other team close to mid-court.....that in inexcusable.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Wymer was wrong, as he was on most of his calls during the game. Graham didn't maintain control of the ball--both he and 'diacono were reaching for it. Bad. bad officiating. Doesn't mean tht KU would have won. But the officiating was very uneven.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 11 months ago

The replays very clearly show you are correct.

Dustin Peterson 4 years, 11 months ago

"The ball came loose and Kansas maintained the ball."

WHAT?!? A team cannot possess a loose ball. That's garbage talk. A ball cannot be loose and in possession simultaneously.

Here's what actually happened. The officials were actually very consistent on this call. You'll remember Selden picking up a charge call early in the game, and the foul on Graham was exactly the same situation. Both Selden and Graham tried to split the trap, the officials were very clear that no amount of contact by Villanova defenders would draw a foul, and consequently the ball came loose. Both Jayhawks tried to recover the loose ball and made contact with Villanova players earning the offensive fouls. Very consistent. The officiating wasn't bad. It was unfair. And it's just what the doctor ordered to get the Jayhawks uncomfortable from the very beginning. It's no wonder we played so poorly.

Armen Kurdian 4 years, 11 months ago

I don't think I have ever in my recollection seen a 'team control' foul. Graham would not have lost the ball if he were not affected by the Villanova players then diving on it. KU had other chances yes, but it was a hideous call that made a difference in the outcome of the game. Graham had a right to the ball when he dove on it, and so what if Hart was in the way?

It really sucks that the season had to end like that.

Tim Hendricks 4 years, 11 months ago

I remember at least two times a Nova player was fouled on the floor and after contact threw their arms in the air and were rewarded three shots for a shooting foul?

Kristen Downing 4 years, 11 months ago

Free throw shooting, turnovers, good game plan on Perry and zippo points from the bench cost us the game.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 11 months ago

The refs were tough on Devonte and not just that fifth foul, but not why we lost.

Kyle Sybesma 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm long past blaming refs for losses and they are not the reason we lost this game. Nova had a charge call go against that I thought was a bad call. I've thought the officiating was horrible all year and I'm not saying horrible against KU, I'm saying horrible in general. I honestly don't know what is and isn't a foul anymore.

Lucas would stand straight up and get called for numerous fouls.

We were hacking away at UT's big men in the first half in Austin. I couldn't believe what we were getting away with.

Continuation "and 1" calls were so inconsistent. What constitutes continuation?

James Kim 4 years, 11 months ago

The origin of all this was Graham foolishly trying to split a double team when he had 5 seconds left to cross the mid-court line. He had attempted such a move previously that led to a similarly bad result.

Face it, Graham made a poor decision and should not have put himself in that position to begin with.

It was a comedy of errors/poor choices all night for the entire team.

Play a cleaner game and KU would be the team heading to Houston.

Terrence Cernech 4 years, 11 months ago

The hallmark of good officiating in all sports is that you never notice the officials. Unfortunately officials are human. They have their failings, both intentional and unintentional. They have biases or preferences and at his level of play they are able to suppress those feelings. I have heard coaches admonish their players with the old axiom: you're not perfect and neither are they. All that being said, I hate them when their obvious errors affect the outcome of games. The contestants are to determine the outcome and not the administrators.

Terrence Cernech 4 years, 11 months ago

One of the obstacles teams face in the tournament is the unknown when it comes to officiating. It is not that officials are unfamiliar with the teams, familiarity is not supposed to be a factor in the application of the rules of the game. The critical unknown that consistently comes to play is the players unfamiliarity with the officials and what the officials have a tendency to enforce. The players have to be quick studies in the Tourney when it comes to officiating.

John Boyle 4 years, 11 months ago

It is too bad KU didn't have a Big 12 official doing the game to even out the A-10/Big East official that was obviously bias for Villanova. I do not usually blame officials for losses and in most cases you can over come the poor officiating if you play well but this game was decided early by the lack of calls on Nova's contact and the ticky tac calls on KU (especially the guards). Also, it would be nice if the officials enforced the rules on traveling. Way too many times the players would split their feet before releasing the ball for a dribble or they would shuffle their feet when adjusting to go around a defender on the post. This game was just extremely poorly officiated. I have never understood why officials like to call touch fouls that amount to nothing but let the contact that totally displaces a player go. It just doesn't make any sense.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.