Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pinky Higgins

The light on the possession arrow didn't seem to be working early on, and on a jump-ball situation, veteran referee Tim Higgins couldn't tell whose ball it was.

"Can you see that arrow?" he asked the nearby media at the press table.

"No," we responded.

"I thought it was the end of my career," Higgins responded, jokingly.

As far as some UConn fans are concerned, that day couldn't come soon enough. In truth, Higgins doesn't need Lasik surgery and is a good referee. And tonight's game hasn't really been poorly officiated, even if the (near?)-sellout crowd at the XL Center might disagree.

Higgins waved off Alex Oriakhi's dunk at the buzzer, but it was the right call. The freshman got a pass from Kemba Walker, but rather than lay the ball in or even dunk it quickly, he cocked back for a two-handed authoratative slam, and it was too late.

Only really bad call against UConn came on Jerome Dyson's charge with 3:25 left, his second foul. While the Pitt defender's feet were not set, Dyson also really barrelled into him and appeared out of control. Could have gone either way; went Pitt's way.

Otherwise, fouls and foul shots are even: 8 apiece on both counts.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not really sure how you think Tim Higgins is a good referee.

January 13, 2010 at 9:16 PM 

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