Here’s something I’ve been puzzling over for awhile.
The OU thriller certainly wasn’t the first time “Pitbull” Frank Mason has been hurt by the refs. Against OU, Higgins was the main offender, but the phantom fouls and eye-popping non-calls came early and often. I’d argue Frank was the player most consistently screwed by the reffing in that game.
Furthermore…I don’t think this is a rare occurrence with Frank. In the season’s early-going, it’s been common for him to drive to the rim and take hits under the goal while the refs swallow their whistles and stare like they’re watching early-round love taps in a UFC bout.
What does Frank have to do to get a whistle? And why aren’t his drives into the trees more frequently rewarded?
My only answers are pure speculation. All the more so because Frank’s often the shortest player on the court, and you’d think that help him get to the line more often, but it’s clearly not the case.
Is it because he doesn’t have a big rep nationally and refs haven’t heard of him? Or because he’s built like a mini-tank even at his height? Or because he doesn’t chat up the refs like a more outgoing player might do?
Frank doesn’t get his share of calls and I don’t get it. Anyone have a hypothesis?