I’ve said this before, I used to coach, there are a couple others on here that also have. General used to be or still is an official. We “know these things.” We also know officials can be manipulated into calls. They can accept money (hard to prove), it can be mandated by the league offices (even harder to prove), a good coach can work over the officials (I would badger an official so much during a game, that by the end if I yelled travel, he’d blow the whistle and signal travel even if the kid was dribbling), and as General posted above, the home crowd can influence the game. Also, something that’s been mentioned before (by General) is some officials like to be seen and make themselves part of the game.
Last year, Jimmy Dykes said every call is reviewed. What is not reviewed is no calls. Such as over the back that occurs more often than not against us. Now, my personal experience in coaching, scouting, and just watching is officials usually won’t make an over the back call when a 6’3 guard has position and a 6’8 or above goes over his back to get the ball. They should, but they usually don’t. All of them say they don’t want to influence the outcome of games, but they all do (whether intentional or not, look at the last 35 seconds of the LSU game, Watford pushes off on Mason, but doesn’t extend his arm, officials won’t call if arm isn’t extended. Mason swipes at the ball with no contact, yes the replay showed a clear pic in which you could see, the official blew the whistle, Mason fouled out, most officials make the call if they see a swipe, what many refer to as an anticipation foul. Then Watford got a call against Whitt, not sure it was a foul, but it was called, replay didn’t show a clear view of that foul. Finally, Desi corrals the blocked Joe shot, pump fakes, gets hammered, the officials signals contact, but time expired before the shot. Watch again, there was time on the clock when Desi got contacted. They influenced the outcome of the game. Whether the calls/no calls were correct or not, they definitely decided LSU won).