Refs swallowed their whistles at on at least three occasions in the last four minutes of regulation. McLemore getting shoved as he drove in for a layup, McGee running through Johnson to get an offensive rebound that led to an Ejim layup and Ejim's blatant walk before he flipped one in over Withey.
Paul Janssen cost ISU the victory last night. I would hate to officiate the Texas game in Hilton this weekend. At the first hint of a bad call, the officials are going to feel the discharge of a lot of pent up ISU anger (from last night and the last month or so).
It still baffles me how Withey got his first foul of the game.......in overtime....He made contact on almost drives to the basket...oh well, nothing out of the ordinary...
Agreed, he is so slow out there on the court trying to guard the drive and bumps people down low on the way in. Seemingly all the officials were looking at last night were his arms up top which would block the shots clean or not hit the offensive player.
"It's appropriate for leaders sometimes to move boldly against the flow of public opinion," she said. "That's called leadership." --- Sarah Swisher (D), Superdelegate, Iowa City
It is impossibe to evaluate the officiating on a basketball game if you care who wins the game.
A few years ago I was in a sports bar in the Quad Cities during an Iowa-Illinois game. There was a pretty equal number of Iowa and Illinois fans there. About 99% of the fans for BOTH teams spent the whole game screaming, bawling and whining about how terrible the officials were and how biased they were against them. I watched the game (not really caring who won) and thought they did a good job.
Frankly, I didn't think last nights officiating was really no more than life on the road in the Big 12 with a little of being influenced by the crowd at the Phog which always happens. It wasn't really that bad.
I'm still amazed that Withey doesn't get called for more fouls. On one attempted block he had one hand straight up but for some reason the offensive player (Ejim, I think) didn't get much elevation and Withey had great hops. Watch the replay and you see his other hand pushing the offensive player down so he elevates higher. Dude is an elite shot blocker and it is clear that he gets elite treatment by the refs. It sucks, but the few times ISU has had an elite player (Fizer, for example) they have gotten some calls as well. That Withey foul statistic is truly ridiculous, though. Someone who blocks that many shots on a team that plays that tight of defense is going to foul more than 1.3 times per game. It will just happen when you are that aggressive. You are not going to always be in position nor always anticipate the offensive player's move correctly.
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