Illinois State’s Muller looks ahead to UE

Dan Muller

Dan Muller

After an 0-6 start in Missouri Valley Conference play, second-picked Illinois State had won seven of eight before a controversial call set the Redbirds back on Sunday.

Late in what ended up a loss to Wichita State, senior Jackie Carmichael came down for a rebound and kicked the Shockers’ Tekele Cotton (watch the play above). Officials ruled it a flagrant foul, awarded Wichita State free throws plus the ball, and the Shockers came back to win 68-67.

Ahead of Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game between UE (14-13, 7-8 MVC) and the Redbirds (16-11, 7-8 MVC) at the Ford Center, the devision provided the focal point of discussions on Monday’s Valley coaches teleconference.

Illinois State coach Dan Muller talks about the play: “It was a judgment call I guess after looking at the film. Basically, they called it because they determined Jackie intentionally looked and kicked Cotton in the chest while coming down with the rebound and determined it was intentional and a flagrant one…I haven’t spoken to anyone in the Valley office today. I exchanged emails a little bit. I did want to get some clarification on some of the rules of it. But it’s behind us, and I want to move on to Evansville.”

Muller was then asked if replay is used too much. “I don’t think it is, to be honest,” he said. “I know every coach will have their own opinion. There’s rules when they can use it, and if a coach requests — and I think this is a good rule — if a coach requests to look at a play because it’s an elbow to the head and it’s not, you lose a timeout. So there is a penalty to request that. The other reviews are clock issues — when they can look at those, and it’s very few times. It may take a long time to look at the replay, and that may be because of where you’re at — the venue. I don’t know how long it takes to get things up. It does seem like it takes a long time, but I honestly don’t think they’re looking at things too long. I’m more for getting it right than for not. It does give the other team a timeout. I don’t like that part of it, because it is how long it takes sometimes and how long they talk about it. But if you know the rules, you look at it…I don’t know why there’s so many referee conferences during those times because it delays things so much.”

Muller on Wednesday’s game against UE: “Playing an extremely well-coached, good team that’s coming off a loss where they played well. It’s my first trip to their new arena, so I’m looking forward to that personally. Our first game with them was a close one where we made some free throws and played down the stretch. But it was right there with four minutes to go. Obviously they have one of the better players in the league with Colt Ryan. Other guys are playing well, too, so it’ll be a tough, tough road game for us.”

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