Big 12 officials admit referee mistakes in Kansas-Iowa State basketball game

The Kansas Jayhawks’ Monday night, overtime thriller of a victory at Iowa State was marred by some simply terrible officiating. It was plain to see in real time (by everyone but the refs themselves, of course) and upon further review, the Big 12 as a conference agreed.


Thus, on Tuesday, conference officials released what they have said will be the “only public statement” made on the matter. While the short, but to the point statement is by no means an apology, it is at least an admission of error and an acknowledgement that steps are being taken to rectify the situation, somehow.

“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.”

According to CBS Sports, the three men on the court on Monday night were Bert Smith, Mark Whitehead and Tom O’Neill. The team has worked 194 total games this season, but how many more they will referee in 2013 remains to be seen.

Obviously, Cyclones Nation would like to see a little more being done here. Iowa State seemingly had the game salted away when forward Georges Niang looked like he drew a charge from the Jayhawks’ Elijah Johnson. However, no call was made at the time. Then, and only a few seconds later, a hold was called on Niang as players on both sides scrambled for the loose ball.

The foul call gave Kansas two free throws with only seconds remaining. Both were made, sending the game into overtime, where Kansas absolutely took over.

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