Last night Penn State pulled off an improbable 75-69 win against No. 6 Michigan. Penn State outplayed the Wolverines in nearly every facet of the game.
Lost in the controversy of last night’s game was Lamar Stevens 26-point double-double. There is not denying Stevens and the Nittany Lions came to play in what has been a disappointing season so far.
However, one thing that stood out was the Wolverines had more fouls called on them than the Nittany Lions. Michigan had 19 fouls called on them opposed to Penn State’s 13.
While these numbers simply don’t tell the entire story, it was clear the Big Ten officials missed some blatant calls against Penn State.
Right when the halftime buzzer sounded Michigan head coach John Beilein, who has not been kicked out of a game since 1978-78, went into a frenzy.
Clearly infuriated with something that took place on the court Beilein had to be restrained by his assistants. Ultimately Beilein was swiftly ejected from the game.
It appeared Beilein was simply trying to protect one of his players, Zavier Simpson, from an illegal Penn State screen.
Penn State guard Jamari Wheeler did not appear to have his feet set on the last play before half which allowed the Nittany Lions to take a 13-point lead into the locker room.
Upon further review this screen looks like the college basketball equivalent of targeting. Luckily Simpson was not injured, but it could have been much worse.
This wasn’t the only blatantly missed call in the game. The refs also missed a clear double-dribble as well.
Overall the referees did a poor job last night. The seldom angry Beilein let these calls get the best of him, but for good reason.
Considering Beilein rarely loses his cool he should receiver the benefit of the doubt here, especially for trying to protect his player.
Penn State still completely dominated that game as they were winning 40-27 at halftime, but these calls against Michigan certainly played a role in the win.