Refs missed a goaltend, but West Virginia lost game, too


Playing their third straight game without the services of starting center Fab Melo, Syracuse escaped with a 63-61 win over West Virginia at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.

What everyone is going to remember is the missed goaltending call, which is fair. The goaltend was as obvious as the no-call was atrocious:

And, as is the standard anytime there is a bad call that decides a game, the pitchwork-waving twitter revolutionists started complaining about how many games officials work and began calling for replay to be added for goaltending.

It was a bad call. It happens. West Virginia probably would have lost to Cincinnati had Kevin Jones been granted a timeout at the end of regulation last week.

What West Virginia should be more concerned about is their inability to take advantage of the opportunities granted them by Syracuse. The ‘Eers had 19 offensive rebounds, had a number of bad possessions down the stretch and missed two threes in the final ten seconds that would have won the game. One of those threes came after the game-saving “block”.

West Virginia got a bad break, yes, but they lost this game all on their own.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.