In case you missed it Iowa State was basically robbed of a signature win last night at home against Kansas and a chance at being a strong 10-5 in the Big 12 Conference. Instead of issuing a clear charge on Elijah Johnson, no call was made and the play went to the floor where Johnson was the aggressor and possibly fouled Georges Niang for a second time on that possession. The foul was eventually called on Niang and Johnson went to the line and calmly buried two free throws to send the game into overtime, it was robbery.
I’m usually against awarding a charge because it is becoming too prevalent in college basketball but this was a blatant charge in which Niang was set and Johnson simply bowled him over. In that instance even a bad call would have been better than the no call, and the following whistle of Niang was even worse.
Here’s the video of the disputed play:
Here’s the Big 12 acknowledging the officiating errors:
The #Big12 acknowledges that officiating errors were made at the end of regulation during last night’s Kansas at Iowa State game. (1 of 2)
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) February 26, 2013
How is this going to effect Iowa State’s at large chances? They were already considered somewhat of a bubble team and now are more behind the eight ball then they need to be.
My opinion is that the Cyclones are going to be just fine and as long as they don’t implode down the stretch they will likely cruise directly into the Field of 68. The Selection Committee watched that game and I’m sure that their takeaway is that Iowa State likely deserved to win that particular game and looked like a tournament team against a very desperate potential number one seed in Kansas.
Earlier in the season the Cyclones pushed Kansas to the brink in Lawrence so it’s pretty evident that they can play. Their resume is good enough right now to support an at large seed. The RPI is somewhat high at 53 and they are only 5-7 against the RPI 100 but they own a sweep of Baylor, and have wins over Kansas State, BYU, Oklahoma and took Oklahoma State to the wire in Stillwater. The Cyclones have the look of a tournament team, now they need to seal the deal.
They have games remaining at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and at West Virginia to close the season before Big 12 Tournament play. My stance is if they can finish with some combination of at least two more wins counting Big 12 Tournament play that they will get into the Big Dance. It’s clearly in their best interest to take care of business as soon as possible and either split or sweep the Oklahoma schools but that’s easier said than done because those teams are just as desperate and a season finale in Morgantown is no walk in the park.
Either way it’s all there for the Cyclones to play their way into the tournament and being robbed of that game against Kansas really doesn’t change a thing. They can play and everyone knows it but they need some more wins regardless and I think they will get them.