San Francisco coach Jessie Evans complained Tuesday about the home-court advantage the Zags will have in this weekend’s conference tournament at McCarthey Athletic Center. He also said that referees are intimidated by the raucous sellout crowds at Gonzaga.
Evans (above) was apparently referring to his team’s free-throw deficit in Monday night’s last-second 75-72 loss at Gonzaga. The Dons were 3-for-7 from the line, while Gonzaga was 18-of-23.
“The stats don’t lie,” Evans said during a conference call. “That’s been the case all along. I’m saying things publicly that the other coaches feel.
“It’s unfortunate that officiating gets intimidated a little bit,” Evans said.
Evans also complained about having to travel to Gonzaga, which is hosting the tournament for the first time.
He thought the tournament should be held at a neutral site, which Evans defined as San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego, where six of the eight WCC teams are based.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few said criticizing the officials hurts the integrity of basketball.
“I don’t think guys should ever say that,” Few said. “They are questioning the integrity of the game of basketball, questioning the integrity of officials.”
In 14 WCC games this year, Gonzaga made more free throws (268) than its opponents attempted (248). The Bulldogs shot nearly 100 more free throws (346) than their opponents, making 77 percent of them.
After the microphones were turned off, Few followed by asking all present to cease and desist with any futher comparisons of Adam Morrison to Dee Dee Ramone or Rick Danko.
A forward or two with floppy hair and a tendency to drive the lane is probably gonna result in a plethora of calls.