Thanks, refs, for helping KU beat Iowa State
The Kansas City Star
Iowa State defeated the highly ranked Kansas basketball team Monday night in Ames, Iowa.
At least, that’s what the mad-as-hell Cyclones’ fans think today.
However, thanks to crucial mistakes by the referees, KU escaped with a 108-96 overtime victory.
Now, spoiled KU fans (like me) aren’t going to easily admit that the refs’ miscues were responsible for the Jayhawks’ amazing comeback in the final seconds of that game.
But, uh, they were (along with yet another last-minute meltdown by Iowa State in a close game).
Let’s have the Big 12 Conference set the record straight. Here’s the “only public statement by the conference on the matter,” released Tuesday afternoon.
“The Big 12 Conference acknowledges that officiating errors were made at the end of regulation during last night’s Kansas at Iowa State men’s basketball game. The plays have been reviewed and appropriate measures will be taken by the Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials to adjust the number of future assignments for the two officials involved in conjunction with Conference policies.”
The errors - such as not calling a foul on KU’s hard-charging Elijah Johnson in the final seconds or not calling KU’s Jeff Withey for a fifth and disqualifying foul a bit earlier - irritated a lot of Iowa State fans but also national sports writers watching the game on ESPN.
Yahoo’s Pat Forde tweeted: “Bert Smith and Tom O’Neill should be suspended by Big 12 for outright incompetence after robbing Cyclones.”
The Big 12 notice didn’t say anything about suspensions, but you can bet it’s likely these two refs won’t be working marquee games for a while.
Oh, and then there was this last-second overtime dunk by Johnson.
Yikes. KU will have an extra-tough road trip to Ames in 2014.