Michigan coach John Beilein says his team needed opportunities to grow after a loss after the loss to Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. on January 19, 2019.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press
MADISON, Wis. – John Beilein does not lose his temper often.
Michigan basketballThe head coach will be frustrated. But it's rare to see him as apoplectic as he was on Saturday afternoon with less than a minute left to play in Michigan's No. 64-54 No. Michigan loss.
Dragged by three with 59 seconds to play, the Wolverines attempted to commit an intentional foul against Ethan Happ, a Wisconsin star, a 49 percent free throw that entered the game.
Michigan head coach John Beilein is beside himself as he discusses a call with a referee during the second half against Wisconsin on Saturday. (Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The freshman striker, Ignas Brazdeikis, fouled Happ, who was away from the ball.
The whistle blew.
The officials piled up for almost 10 seconds before making a decision: a flagrant personal foul, which meant two free throws and possession of the ball, which effectively affected the game for Wisconsin.
After the call was made, Beilein was furious, approaching an official along the sideline. At one point, badistant coaches Saddi Washington and DeAndre Haynes tried to take him back to the Michigan bank, physically detaining Beilein.
The call was interpreted differently by each head coach.
After the opening whistle, Wisconsin coach Greg Gard left the bench of his team, pointing and arguing a flagrant foul.
"It's a rule," Gard said after the game. "He's in the video, I can not do it He made the video after last season, so anything that is not a ball game like that is a rule, I thought it was the right decision."
Beilein, meanwhile, explained his side of things during his post-game press conference.
"I'm going to have to be instructed in that," Beilein said. "Because in the past, the officials came to me on the sideline and they said, 'Are you going to intentionally commit fouls?' And I say, 'Yes, we're going to commit an intentional foul.' And then we commit an intentional foul. "Are you going to commit a foul?" I said, "Yes, we're going to commit a foul, that's intentional."
Beilein continued to confirm that he had told the team of officials on Saturday that Michigan planned to commit a foul.
"We've never done it outside the ball, but yes, you can do it," Beilein said. "I mean, I've done it before, but apparently they saw that, I think Iggy was probably telling them, I'm committing a foul, I'm making a mistake, but the way I interpreted it, you put two hands on it, you grab and you're committing a fault, it's not like that, you hit him in the arms.
"So I have to be educated in that, apparently it's something new for me that I have to educate myself in. Because I said to him, the lack (Happ) of the ball, it's no different than committing a foul on the ball."
According to the NCAA regulations, a flagrant personal fault "is a personal fault that is considered excessive in nature and / or unnecessary, but is not based solely on the seriousness of the act."
Listed as an example: "Removing the ball from a player who is not directly involved in the game is specifically designed to stop or prevent the clock from starting."
Gard thought that the lack of Brazdeikis in Happ justified a flagrant call based on the regulation. Beilein, based on his postgame comments, seems to believe that Brazdeikis should have been able to commit an intentional foul on Happ without incurring a flagrant foul.
In the end, Happ split the free throws and then scored an offensive rebound on the next possession.
When it was over, Michigan was seeing a six-point deficit with 15 seconds left, and the game was almost over.
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