We all knew that Varnado was going to be the beneficiary of extreme preferential treatment by officials, and this has obviously proved true. We are actually supposed to believe that he played 35 minutes against Arkansas Thursday and racked up 12 rebounds and 10 blocks but only fouled once the entire game. That's utterly ridiculous and I think everyone knows it. But what has transpired that is even more disturbing is the overall disparity in officiating between State and their SEC opponents. Check out these numbers:
|Opponent||Opp. Fouls||State Fouls||Opp. FT||State FT|
To put that into words, in three games they have been called for 26 fewer fouls (8.7 per game) and have shot 52 more free throws (17.3 per game).
Keep in mind that all three games were down to the wire, and had margins of victory of 5, 2, and 3. How is any team supposed to beat State when they are given such an unbelievable advantage at the line? Sure, there might be an aberration of this type of disparity in one game, but when it has happened for three consecutive games, we have to start wondering what's happening. What did all three of State's opponents do so wrong?