Basketball is a physical game, but the amount of fouls called in the South Carolina-Memphis game over the weekend was mind-boggling.
The South Carolina basketball team remained undefeated on Saturday after a gritty 86-76 victory over a physical Memphis team at home. The referees were one of the main storylines in Columbia, S.C,. over the weekend as 68 personal fouls were whistled during Saturday’s contest.
SC coach Frank Martin admitted that the amount of fouls called was something he hadn’t experienced since he arrived at South Carolina in 2012.
“The game’s not perfect,” Martin said. “There’s games that, unfortunately, are not played as well as they need to be played… Referees did what they had to do, they called the fouls. We as coaches need to take that game and learn from it.”
The regular trips to the free throw line may have hampered the flow of the game, but Martin said he thought the fans at Colonial Life Arena thoroughly enjoyed South Carolina’s best start in 82 years.
“There were almost 14,000 people in our building,” Martin said. “They didn’t seem bored. They were out there screaming their lungs out and they were as energetic as any crowd we’ve ever had here this year.”
Martin and the Gamecocks will certainly take the win, no matter the style of the victory.