The Wisconsin Badgers beat Maryland 70-57 on Saturday night and Greg Gard decided not to make Diamond Stone’s actions any more of an issue than they already were. But the Badger coach certainly had a right to because the Big Ten officiating crew assigned to the game screwed up.
When Stone shoved Vitto Brown’s head hard into the court at Maryland’s Xfinity Center, that was only one legitimate conclusion that should have been drawn. The officials should have ruled a Flagrant 2 and an ejection of Diamond Stone.
Instead, referee D.J. Carstensen told a pool reporter after the game that it was a Flagrant 1. Plus, he issued a technical foul on Wisconsin’s Charlie Thomas for doing nothing more than coming to the aid of his teammate without any physical contact.
The fact that both teams were issued free throws after that incident was a clearly the wrong conclusion, which seemed like such a simple solution. [Read more…]