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Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan Criticizes Officiating in National Championship Game

Bo Ryan

Bo Ryan

In a postgame interview with CBS, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was critical of the officiating in his team's national championship game loss to Duke.

In comments to CBS’ Tracy Wolfson, Ryan said the game had more body contact than in any game Wisconsin played all year.

The statistics, at least, were at odds with Wisconsin’s foul numbers all season as Duke went 16-of-20 from the free throw line, including 12-of-16 in the second half alone. Entering game, Wisconsin gave up the fewest free throws per field goal attempt in the country.

Here are Ryan’s comments to Wolfson after the game:

“It was just a situation were you just have to be able to handle all the hands and the checking and all the body contact. There was more body contact in this game than in any game we played all year. And I just feel sorry for my guys that all of the sudden a game was like that. They’re struggling with that a little bit. We missed some opportunities and they hit some tough shots. It’s just a shame that it had to be played that way. ...

“You look at our offensive efficiency and that says a lot about a group of people who are willing to share the ball and I think we set the record for offensive efficiency. It might not look that way our last 10 possessions there tonight. There might have been some reasons for that. I’m proud of them that way. We led the Big Ten in defense, fewest turnovers, fewest fouls — until tonight.”