Seton Hall was able to beat Niagara, 83-72, but the big story was that the two teams were able to rack up 73 personal fouls in one game. There were a total of 102 foul shots taken between the two teams.
This past offseason was focused on officiating more defensive penalties and focusing more on hand checks and other defensive calls. The NBA did away with hand checks back in 2005, the NCAA reviewed it’s rules in June of this year and changed some things like the interpretation on charge/blocking calls.
But maybe the refs at this game went a little over-board this time. In the first half of the season opener, there were 40 fouls and in the second there were 33. Seton Hall shot 52 free throws and Niagara shot 50. In case you were going to go Wikipedia what the record was for most free throws taken in a NCAA basketball game was, I did it for you. Back in 1953 in a game between Northern Arizona and Arizona, a combined 130 free throws were taken. Northern Arizona set the single-game record in free throw attempts with 79.
Let’s just hope this is a one time thing this year, or else we may be stuck watching 4 hour basketball games.