Mark Gottfried would like a word with J.D. Collins, the NCAA national coordinator of officiating. Or at least a viewing session with him.
The N.C. State coach thought a veteran crew of ACC officials allowed Florida State to get away with an excessive amount of physical contact in Monday’s 77-73 Wolfpack road loss.
At the start of the season, the point of emphasis by the NCAA, at the behest of the national rules committee, was to cut down on contact both on and off the ball.
Free throws and fouls increased across the board in November as officials called more hand-checking fouls and bumping away from the ball.
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The November emphasis went by the wayside in N.C. State’s first game in February, Gottfried said.
“My personal opinion, I thought it was way too physical,” Gottfried said. “They allowed Florida State to bump (N.C. State guard Cat Barber) and put their hands on (Barber) too much.”
A veteran crew of Brian Dorsey, Tony Greene and Michael Roberts worked Monday’s game. N.C State was called for 14 fouls, Florida State was called for 15. The Wolfpack attempted 17 free throws and FSU took 15.
The problem wasn’t the fouls that they called but the ones that they didn’t, Gottfried said. The hand-checking on the dribbler and bumping off the ball was routinely called earlier in the season. Gottfried was seeking more consistency on Monday.
“That game tonight was nowhere near called the same way it was in November,” Gottfried said. “If the national supervisor of officials wants to have a discussion, he can call me.
“We can watch that game and go watch every game in November. You won’t convince me that it was called the same way.”
Barber, who scored 31 points, said FSU’s goal was to “beat him up,” but he said he was able to adjust to the contact.
“They tried to push us around a little bit,” Barber said. “They tried to deny me (the ball) but we fought and we came back, so I’m proud of my team.”
Gottfried said the only way FSU could slow Barber was by holding him.
“With Cat, he’s so quick and fast, you have a hard time containing him without bumping him or putting a hand on him,” Gottfried said. “Despite all that, the guy still gets 30 and has a great night.”
Barber went 8 of 10 from the foul line on Monday. He entered the game the ACC’s leader in free-throw attempts, and ranked sixth in the NCAA. He has been to the foul line 190 times in 23 games this season.
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