Monday, February 27, 2012

Chicken wing adds to Mike Scott's bad game

After North Carolina’s 54-51 victory over Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams was adamant that the Cavaliers’ forward Mike Scott did indeed commit a foul when he was called for his fourth with 12 minutes remaining.

On the play, both Scott and Tar Heels forward John Henson were going for a rebound. Scott turned his body, going for the ball, and it appeared in live motion that he elbowed Henson, who whipped his head back as if he’d been struck.

The officials convened to decide whether Scott had thrown an elbow, though a slow-motion replay showed the contact to be minimal. Henson, however, sold the play well.

“He threw a chicken wing out there,” Henson said afterward, “and fortunately for me he got his fourth foul.”

At the time, Virginia led 41-37. Scott played one of his worst games of the season, making just three of his 13 field goal attempts and to finish with six points, so it wouldn’t be completely accurate to say his foul trouble caused Virginia to lose. But if nothing else, the moment when he picked up his fourth foul turned out to be a turning point.

In the next minute, P.J. Hairston made a lay-up and then made a 3 to give the Heels a 42-41 lead.

-- Andrew Carter


Anonymous said...

The rules say throwing an elbow is a foul whether or not it makes contact. If it's done intentionally, it's a flagrant foul.

Anonymous said...

Mike Scott wasn't guarding PJ Hairston was he?

Buckshot Jenkins said...

Scott threw elbows all day. Some of his worst ones were not called at all.