BOSTON - When the inevitable question about the officiating was posed to Jim Boeheim during his post-game press conference, the Syracuse head coach mumbled just two words:
Despite the brevity, Boeheim's response was everything needed to tell us how he really felt about the stripes.
The officiating in last night's game was sensitive to say the least.
The Orange, who committed an average of only 15 fouls a game this season, were whistled 29 times tonight, while the Buckeyes were called for 20 fouls. Two of those Ohio State personal fouls were called on their star Jared Sullinger, who had to sit out the final 13:42 of the first half.
While the referees probably didn't impact the outcome of the East Regional Final, they at least robbed fans of what could have been an even more competitive and high-level game.
Of the 16 players that took the floor, three fouled out, 10 committed at least three fouls, and everyone committed at least one foul.
With Sullinger sidelined for most of the first half, there was a huge chunk of the game where the best player on the floor, one of the best players in college basketball, was unable to compete and showcase his skills in front of a national audience.