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Bill Self, Kansas upset with Big 12’s statement on blown call in Iowa State game

Mar 1, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

Bill Self

Kansas picked up a big win on Monday in a 108-96 win over Iowa State, thanks in large part to the 39-point performance from Elijah Johnson.

Following the win, the Big 12 came out with a statement, stating that officials had blown calls during the end of the game. Although the error in question was never officially addressed by the conference, it appears to be a play involving a no-call that resulted in Johnson shooting a pair of game-tying free throws.

On Thursday Bill Self made it clear he was not happy that the statement was even released by the league.

“I really believe, and I’m not speaking behind the Big 12 office’s back or anything like that, that I think we’re on the verge of crossing the line, that I think isn’t good,” Self told reporters.

“I am concerned that now,” Self added. “Have we opened up Pandora’s box that now anytime something happens in the future, now we have to make a comment about it? I always thought you handled your situations in-house.”

Johnson drove to the lane with 11 seconds and it appeared Iowa State freshman Georges Niang had position when contact was made. A block wasn’t called rather a hold on Niang following the missed layup. Johnson sank two free throws and KU pulled away in overtime.
Add Self’s displeasure with the conference’s statement to a growing list of problems that came from Monday’s game. Johnson dunked the ball emphatically to end the game, rather than dribbling out the clock, an unsportsmanlike act he later apologized for. Johnson would later received death threats from ISU fans. Self, while leaving the floor, was confronted by a fan before being restrained by security. The Cyclones took the loss and it may keep them out of the NCAA tournament after missing the opportunity to add a key win to their resume.

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  1. 22yanks - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Hey self that’s was a charge that should have been called , but wasn’t your team should have lost that game . That crappy refs was helping u guys all night night like he had money on the game

  2. stopthehate15bowdown - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    No, dude was sliding his feet which makes it a borderline call. The holding call after was a truly bad call. This is a perfect example of why the refs should let the players play at the end of the game!

  3. halfastco - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    What about missed calls in the first half?! People need to stop crying about the bad calls at the end of games…what about the bogus fouls in the first half?! I guess people don’t think they matter much? Tired of seeing all the sore losers cry about missed calls and/or no calls, it happens in every game in BOTH halves for BOTH teams! Maybe people should watch the entire game instead of the last 2 minutes…

    • bigmeechy74 - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      KU fan? Give me a break dude. They get calls on the road that most teams wish they got at home. Could you imagine if it was the other way around? If Iowa st made the same play at kansas? They would call it against iowa st in lawrence 100% of the time. They treat that jeff withey guy like he is michael jordan and duke era shane battier combined. When KU played IN STILLWATER they called fouls on osu for breathing on that guy down the stretch. I am not a kansas hater. They are one of my favorite teams. But If you honestly don’t realize that teams like kansas and duke get favorable officiating then you are an idiot.

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