BACK COURT VIOLATION
The video below shows a really good call by a Big Ten official during a critical juncture of a game between in state rivals Michigan and Michigan State. This is a throw in play, but if you watch closely you will see that the Michigan State player began a dribble which gave Michigan State player and team control in the front court. Unfortunately for the Spartans the dribble went off the ball handler’s foot and rolled into back court where he was the first to touch it. Back court violation.! Michigan State coach Tom Izzo tried to get the officiating crew to see the play differently, but to no avail. The Big Ten reviewed the play and concluded that the official called it correctly. Team control begins when a player of that team is holding or dribbling the ball.