Those crazy refs are at it again!
The refs gave Kansas a 10-0 lead to start the game before Oklahoma even took the floor. By the time the Sooners arrived, they just couldn’t catch up, as KU opened up first half leads of 20-4, 25-10, and 30-15 before coasting to a 10-point 49-39 halftime lead.
The second half was dunk city as KU ran Oklahoma all the way back to Norman, posting a 97-70 lead by the under-4 timeout. Kansas cruised the entire half en route to the final 104-74 score.
The refs also held Trae Young to a season low four first-half points; he would finish with a season-low 11 total points on 3-13 shooting, with 9 assists to 5 turnovers.
Incredibly, the refs also let KU shoot over 60% from the field for the game, including 16-29 from deep.
All five KU starters scored in double figures. Devonte Graham led all scorers with 23 points on 8-17 shooting, including 5-11 from deep. Graham added 7 assists versus just 2 turnovers. Additionally, Silvio de Sousa got into double figures, scoring 10 points on 3-3 shooting and picking up 6 rebounds in 13 minutes.
But the big story here is the officiating. Once again, the refs took over a KU game. They continually picked on the Jayhawks all night long, calling 14 fouls against Kansas compared to calling just 12 on OU. As a result, Oklahoma shot 13 free throws to KU’s 11.
I for one am outraged. This free throw discrepancy is an embarrassment to the conference and to college basketball as a whole.
These Big 12 refs, man. There is clearly a conspiracy here. How else could a team who beat Kansas earlier in the season lose to them by 30?
Anyway, KU will take its show back on the road for a matchup with Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday, Feb 24, at 3:15 PM Jayhawk time. Hopefully the Jayhawks won’t get bailed out yet again by an officiating crew looking to make a name for itself.