The T.A.H. mailbox was full this morning from upset Duke fans who weren’t particularly enamored with their team’s effort in NYC yesterday. A number of them questioned the officiating showing particular angst over this photo taken by Nick Laham/Getty Images of D.J. Kennedy of the St. John's Red Storm and the Blue Devils’ Nolan Smith.
A substantial number of Duke loyalists simply stated that Smith never does anything wrong – ever. Therefore, he could not have fouled Kennedy. Others, quite a few actually, seemed convinced that Kennedy was guilty of an offensive foul – what us old timers still call “charging.”
Actually, we have researched this very carefully, and this is not an offensive foul and/or a charge. If you look VERY CLOSELY you will note that only Smith’s right toe is touching the floor. In order to establish position to draw an offensive foul, a player must have both feet on the actual basketball court.
Whether or not a Duke player can draw an offensive foul from behind an opponent is a discussion best left to those with more knowledge or stronger opinions.