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Nov
09

Ref’s are not unbias?


I have to give Kevin McCarthy and his blog Parsing the WAC for bring this article to my attention.

The following article on ESPN.com takes a look at a recent study that concluded that basketball referee’s do not always call a game fairly or evenly for both teams in a college game. Now I realize most of us could have told them that with-out investing the money and time it took the study, but while most reasonable basketball fans would totally agree with the findings as a no brainer, it is amazing how many people believe while most home teams get a distinct advantage, but their own team not only does not get the home advantage but actually get hosed at home by the refs.

Griz Fans despite what you think the Griz are one of the biggest beneficiary of a home court advantage when it comes to refs calls in the Big Sky Conference, don’t take my word for it ask a former (non-Griz) player or coach. It has a lot to do with the “Pit design” of the field house.

 

Bobcat Fans the same goes for us. I have gotten some of the dirtiest looks when I have leaned over to a fellow screaming Bobcat fan during the game and say “That was actually was the right call”.

Here is a short sample of the article:

Fewer fouls called on home team

They don’t all need glasses. But if you always suspected basketball referees are biased — well, you’re right, according to a couple of professors who’ve studied the matter.

Refs favor the home team, the academics say. They’re big on “make-up” calls. They make more calls against teams in the lead, and the discrepancy grows if the game is on national TV.

The professors studied 365 college games during the 2004-05 season and found that refs had a terrific knack for keeping the foul count even, regardless of which team was more aggressive.

Exhibit A: The 2005 Final Four meeting between Illinois and Louisville. The Illini, known for being more aggressive defensively, got whistled for the first seven fouls. By the end of the game, the foul count was Louisville 13, Illinois 12. The Illini won 72-57.

Results like this were the norm across all the games the professors studied from that season — from the Big East to the ACC to the Big Ten and all 63 NCAA tournament games. The take-home message for coaches: The more aggressive your teams the better because, in the end, the foul count is going to be about even no matter what.

It helps explain, the professors say, why college basketball has gotten increasingly physical over the past 25 years.

“Part of the reason for the study came from something my coach used to tell me,” said study co-author Kyle Anderson, a visiting professor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, who played at Division III Knox College. “He said a team can come in and push and shove and grab and hold, and by the end of the game, or end of the half, they’ve only got one or two more fouls because officials kind of get tired of calling it.” …..

You can find the whole article here you should check it out.

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