Chris Collins loses his mind on missed goaltending call, gets costly tech
With his Northwestern Wildcats in the midst of a stunning 20-5 run that cut No. 1 Gonzaga's second-round lead to a mere five points with five minutes left, Collins threw a temper tantrum after a awful no-call by the officials, running out onto the court to shout at a referee and quickly getting T'd up. As Pardon was finishing his shot, Gonzaga freshman Zach Collins' hand went through the rim and denied the opportunity. Collins was hit with a technical four seconds later as he angrily entered the court to protest the non-call.
Wildcats coach Chris Collins watched several Gonzaga games Friday night, including the lone loss to BYU.
Nigel Williams-Goss made both free throws, and eighth-seeded Northwestern - in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history - never got closer.
Literally, when the referee makes a call than you just can not handle.
If Gonzaga was really going to move, it would have more in common with teams in a conference such as the Big East, where having a football team is not a prerequisite to joining.
"I think about it. If something presents itself, we're certainly looking, the way other people have looked and analyzed to see how it would work for them".
"We do look forward to that", junior guard Silas Melson said. I feel like this is just a building block.
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Steve Greenberg says the boy, 11-year-old John, is Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips' son.
Collins will be hoping that his team will carry that kind of attitude into Saturday's game, and they'll need some big performances out of key players to help carry the day.
"... when a Gonzaga defender put his arm through the rim to..." They're also allowed to add points to the board if they wave off a bucket for offensive basket interference, but find that the call shouldn't have been made.
"I thought I blocked the shot and they thought it was a foul", he said.
The Wildcats came back from a 22-point deficit to cut the lead to five with under five minutes to play. Williams-Goss quickly dialed up a basket from the perimeter on the other end. They had been asked about their academic standards before their first-round game versus Vanderbilt - another renowned academic institution - and this week's midterm exams.
Jordan Mathews played his most complete half of the season during the game's first 20 minutes.
"We're always going to attack inside out", said assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, who compiled the scouting report. Gonzaga faces fourth-seeded West Virginia in the West Regional semifinal Thursday in San Jose, California. While that was a daunting task in of itself, the Wildcats had to fight against something else - tournament officiating.
NU's Barret Benson appeared to shove Johnathan Williams while setting a screen with 7:36 left in the game and the Bulldogs still holding a 63-52 lead.
Earlier in the second half, Collins blunted a Northwestern rally with two straight three-point plays on the low block.