Pittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson was called for a flagrant foul on Wichita State’s Ron Baker on a drive to the basket at the end of the first half. The call allowed the Shockers to extend their lead to five before halftime.
Doug Gotleib gives a pretty emphatic monologue on his feelings about the call, saying “This is the dumbest thing we do in basketball” and “absolutely, completely moronic.” He does note that this is technically the correct call by the letter of the rule.
I’m inclined to agree with Gotleib on this one. Giving another team the ball and points for accidental contact seems like an excessive punishment. Essentially every blocking/charge call could be considered flagrant given the violence of those collisions. While I understand every sport is trying to be cautious of head injuries, there has to be a balance between eliminating preventable contact to the head (i.e. Whipping your elbows in front of a defender to create space) and accidental content like what happened above. The rule probably should be reworded.
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