Curtis Shaw, Big 12 coordinator, announced later last night after another crushing Iowa State loss that the league will look over the end of the regulation again and review the officiating. Kansas pulled out a 108-96 overtime victory that had much controversy and lots of talk about how the referees called the game throughout.
File this story under the “Oh, That’s Rich” category. There hasn’t been a call this egregiously bad and universally agreed that one team got hosed since the miracle touchdown the Seattle Seahawks came up with against Green Bay.
Perhaps rewatching the blown call over and over again on replays prompted the Big 12 to respond. It would have been better if they didn’t bother. Fred Hoiberg’s already taken the higher road.
“It is what it is, it happened, you’ve got to move past,” Hoiberg said after the game. “I thought Georges [Niang] made a heck of a play by stepping in there and drawing contact. Hey, it happens in this game. It doesn’t go our way.”
Nothing really has for the Cyclones, who still only have the awful effort against Texas Tech and the loss at Kansas State to really lower their head about in conference play. Iowa State now has four losses that could have easily gone the other way. The losses continue to get tougher for fans as they watched the team blow lead after lead.
Now the refs finally blew a game for them. It wasn’t just giving a powerhouse program a call late in the game; it’s simply how bad they handled the last 11 seconds of the game in regulation.
UPDATED (6:33 PM CT): A little earlier this evening, the Big 12 conference released the following statement:
“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 referees were Tom O’Neill, Mark Whitehead, and Bert Smith. It’s unknown which two of those officials will be involved in the “appropriate measures.”
Basically, those refs will probably not participate in many, if any more, games this season in the Big 12. By next year, everyone will have forgotten anyway.
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