This is something that drives me crazy about basketball. By rule, the referee isn’t supposed to take the shot clock into account when determining if a 10-second violation has been made. The backcourt ref’s hand-counting is the only ‘clock’ that applies. It’s hard to believe that a ref can keep time better in his head than an actual shot clock can. That’s just stupid.
Why not call a 10-second violation the instant the clock hits 25? That would make so much more sense than they way it’s currently done.
Here’s a video of the officials blowing a 10-second violation in a Texas vs. Oklahoma basketball game in Norman, Oklahoma on 2/24/2007. Sooners coach Jeff Capel couldn’t believe there was no violation called, and then when his player was called for a foul instead of a Texas backcourt violation, he went nuts and got called for a Technical foul. A 10-second call would have completely changed the game. Instead, Texas won 68-58.