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I say no.  And here’s a good example.  While watching the Tennessee Vols vs. Michigan Wolverines game last night, Tennessee made a spectacular comeback after being down by double digit points at the half. And in the second half, with 6 seconds to go in the game, Tennessee had the ball and they were behind by just one point, 72-71, when the Vols’ Jarnell Stokes began a hard drive toward the basket.  Unfortunately, he was called for charging, when it actually appeared to me, and I’m sure many others, that it was a defensive foul.  Yet that one call by a single referee ended the Tennessee Vols season. It seems to me that in the NCAA post season tournament, during the last 60-seconds of a game, when a call is made by a ref, two of the three referees must agree that it was, in fact, a foul.  Or that it wasn’t a foul. That would take the game out of the hands of a single referee and require a majority-rule decision.  And one single referee would not be allowed to affect the season of an entire team.


Coach Cuonzo Martin, who was formerly head basketball coach of the Missouri State University Bears here in Springfield, Missouri, is experiencing a great deal of success late in the season.  In my opinion, there are a number of reasons for this. First and foremost he obviously has some very talented players, including Quinton Chievous, son of former All-American Derrick Chievous.  But he is also holding team meetings, allowing his athletes to vent their feelings and talk about their personal issues before competing.  And last but not least, according to news reports in the media, he’s having his team visualize being successful by watching videos of themselves performing while listening to Luther Vandross’ recording of “One Shining Moment.”  I’m predicting his team will make it to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. And they could go even further.

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