Big 12 Conference Officials Release Statement on Kansas-Iowa State Officiating

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIFebruary 26, 2013

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Fred Hoiberg of the Iowa State Cyclones reacts from the bench during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on January 9, 2013 in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Big 12 conference released a statement on Tuesday afternoon regarding the officiating in last night's game between Kansas and Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.

IRVING, TX - The Big 12 Conference has released a statement regarding the officiating during the Kansas at Iowa State men's basketball game on Monday, February 25. This will be the only public statement by the Conference on the matter.

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.

Both coaches and players from Monday night's game expressed their frustration in front of officials over certain calls made.

Kansas head coach Bill Self was charged with a technical foul just two minutes and seven seconds into the contest. Some of the questionable foul calls can be seen in this highlight video.

Down by five with 32 seconds to go, Kansas forced overtime and went on to a 108-96 win. Iowa State forward Georges Niang was called for a questionable foul with five seconds left, sending Jayhawks guard Elijah Johnson to the free-throw line to tie the game.

Jayhawks center Jeff Withey should have been called for a foul right before the end of regulation, but the officials missed it, and his time on the court carried into overtime, where he then finally fouled out.

Danny Parkins, a host for 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City, joked that Withey was called for his sixth foul in overtime and was playing under NBA rules.

An Iowa State fan apparently tried to get on the court and confront Self over the game. He likely wanted to tell him Kansas didn't deserve the win due to bad officiating.

Tom O'Neill, Mark Whitehead and Bert Smith were the three officials for Monday's match, according to ESPN, but the Big 12 avoided identifying them in the release.

In the end, the conference can't fix what happened. The damage has already been done and the Jayhawks will hold on to the win. With a tight conference race, this game will hurt Iowa State, as it falls behind in the Big 12 race and Kansas manages to stay tied with Kansas State for first place.