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UK games with Roger Ayers aren’t very fun

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Last night’s loss to Arkansas marked Kentucky’s fourth consecutive loss when referee Roger Ayers is patrolling the court with his exhausted whistle. Think about that for one second. Kentucky, a team that hasn’t lost many games under John Calipari, lost its last four that Roger Ayers officiated.

In those four games, John Calipari received three technical fouls (his streak ended last night) and the opposing teams shot a combined 142 free throws. Better yet, Kentucky attempted fewer free throws than its opponent in all four games. May I remind you, Kentucky is ranked eighth in the nation in free throw attempts per game. Kentucky rarely makes fewer trips to the stripe than the other team.

Let’s continue, shall we? John Calipari’s record is 135-30 at UK over the last four and a half years. He is 2-5 when Roger Ayers is involved.

So we can all agree we’ve seen enough Rogers Ayers for awhile. He needs to stay away from Kentucky and stick to letting 11 players on the court in Sun Belt games.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

92 Comments for UK games with Roger Ayers aren’t very fun



  1. Elwood Blues
    11:22 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    The least you could do would have a disclaimer that says “I’m not blaming officiating for the loss, BUT…” It’s pretty obvious that you’re the man behind Not Jerry Tipton, and all NJT tweets about anymore is Louisville still blaming the refs for the loss. Well lookie at what Cats fans are doing now. Yeah, officiating was bad, but I really don’t know if it was one-sided. It was bad on both ends. Even if it WERE apparent that the officiating was extremely one-sided, that’s never an excuse for a loss. Grow up.



    • UKHowell84
      11:39 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

      “Even if it WERE apparent…………..that’s never an excuse for a loss.” ????? What? Calls CONTROL the game flow and tempo. If you get phantom calls, and get bumped across the half court line with no call, and various other terrible calls that could lead to points, to you its not an excuse. Wow. Straight from the mouth of one who BENEFITS from terrible officiating, especially after your media darling Ware broke his leg. Give me a break. I definitely think our boys should have hit free throws to have a chance to counter the bad calls. It leaves everyone in a could of would have conversation, the fact is the calls sucked and we lost. This ref has a track record of a bad whistle to the Cats, it speaks for itself



    • Elwood Blues
      11:47 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

      So telling UK fans to not blame the refs makes me a Louisville fan? I am a UK fan through and through, but blaming a single referee for a loss is beyond childish. Yeah, bad calls can help change momentum and they can hurt, but they’re never the sole reason for a loss. There is never a “reason” for a loss. A lot plays into it. Bad calls play a role, sure, but where there’s an article about a referee there could be 5 about other things the Cats had control over and didn’t do well.



    • jpg
      11:58 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Most UK fans are not blaming the refs for the loss! Unforced turnovers and bad free-throw shooting were the main culprits. Were the refs good? No. They missed a bunch of calls ((ex: Polson getting a 50/50 ball, but being called for a foul when Arky’s little white dude ran into him.) (ex:James Young being called for a foul on a loose ball when the player went siding out of bounds, and Young never touched him.)), but UK should have never been in that position.



    • Elwood Blues
      12:03 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Oh God, that Polson 50/50 loose ball foul was pathetic. AND THEN CAL PULLS HIM OUT AND SCREAMS AT HIM ON THE BENCH! I honestly can’t stand Calipari.



    • raccoon
      12:27 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      I had to think Cal was yelling at Polson for something else. That call made me so mad. Cal also yelled at Randle when he got called for a foul for jumping straight up and rebounding the ball on the FT attempt.

      As far as Young, he did touch the Arkansas player. His hand pulled a little on the guy’s arm as everyone was going for the ball. It is the kind of thing that doesn’t get called 95% of the time and it happened right after the push/over and back no-call which made it that much more frustrating. But to be fair he did touch him.



  2. TN Cat
    11:24 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    As I said last night, I’m glad NCAA tournament games are on a neutral court. There is a reason it’s so tough to win on the road and it’s not always about the other team being better. We get our fair share of home cooking too at Rupp but last night was ridiculous.



  3. esteban
    11:24 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    so says the Loserville fan trolling the UK site…what a loser



  4. DTA
    11:27 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    We’re actually 2-5 in games with Ayers under Cal.

    7-7 in all games with Ayers, but 2-5 since Cal got here.



  5. Fake Jonathan Schuette
    11:28 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Drew, 50% (7 of 14) and 82% (135 of 165) are significantly different at 95% confidence level.



  6. TPACAT
    11:31 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Purely a coincidence, I’m sure…



  7. ChiefWiggum
    11:33 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Last night there were questionable calls on both teams. I don’t try to put a quantity to bad calls but the timing of them. Last night, the timing of what I consider bad calls against us last night was worse than the bad calls against them. The over and back call, the foul on Young and the block against Willie at the end of regulation come to mind first.



    • BNClay
      11:43 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

      And the Technical on Lee on the free throw line that resulted in 2 extra free throws and the ball.



  8. j a brooks
    11:34 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    We get more fouls CALLED but we also get fouled a ton more. They beat the crap out of randle everytime he got within 6 feet of the basket



    • YES!
      12:39 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Amen. Every time they showed a highlight of Randle scoring, he got fouled. Dykes would say “he’s so good at playing through the contact”…uh yeah, contact that wasn’t called until mid way thru the 2nd half.



  9. Billie Bidwell
    11:35 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    We lost last night because of poor free throw shooting and freshmen inexperience doing dumb things. i.e. not blocking out, not passing the ball, etc…. BUT this Ayers joker needs to find another job. Digging ditches comes to mind. Same jerk who officiated UNC game. Both games went on FOREVER and no flow to the game, constant whistle blowing, what was a foul on one end of the floor wasn’t on the other, inconsistent as all get out, players fouling out, the list goes on and on. They need to be fired or monetarily docked for every bad, inconsistent, or missed call. If Ayers not involved, we would have won that game even with our issues. Could have won it anyway had we hit ft’s and passed the ball. I heard the other day that the Big 10 experiencing the opposite, no calls, and how difficult it was going to be come trny time. NCAA needs to get a grip on these idiot officials and get consistency throughout the league, and make sure the games aren’t about the refs. I’m sick of it. Refs ruining the game.



  10. esteban
    11:35 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    There were terrible calls both ways last night. that was obvious to ANYBODY. But there were so many critical points in the game where the officials made terrible calls just as UK went on a run or were looking like they were going to take the lead. The back court violation when harrison was pushed over the line as plain as day destroyed us. It was a tie game at that point and we were poised to take control of the game finally…what happens? next trip down they hit a 3 and are right back in control. THE WORST PART OF THE OFFICIATING was the bastards didnt even give Willie a chance to play! Look at the tape…the worst foul he committed was the “block” call where he clearly had position (could be argued he didnt hold it i know)…all the others were tick tack what the hell did he do fouls! Willies inability to get involved due to the refs killed us. With his defense and rebounding we win this game. Bottom line. I criticize officials every game…but i have never thought they were cheating us on purpose. This game was different. There was def something fishy going on and it starts with Ayers, who you could tell LOVED making calls against the Cats…was obviously looking for anything he could call against us. Getting sick now…sorry for the rant



    • Porchini
      12:48 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      The problem was the calls weren’t consistent- other than being consistently bad for both sides. Harrison or Young, I can’t remember which, got called for pushing one of the Ark players out of bounds on the sideline once, but the same thing happening to Harrison at half court was overlooked. Thats unacceptable. Either call it both times or not at all.



  11. It was bad
    11:39 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    It was bad, aside from the fouls you mentioned Chief there was the two that Ark got 3 points for, technically UK won regulation by one point, there was also the elbow to the chops of Young that was called a play on, but then Lee was charged for the flagrant for the exact same thing! Ridiculous!



  12. j a brooks
    11:39 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    What i mean is we get a lower percentage called of the actual fouls that occur. People look at total fouls and say w how can you complain when you’re getting more fouls called your way but what people don’t understand is we get fouled about 50 times a game and they call about 30 of them… we foul the opponents about 30 times and they call 25 of them



    • raccoon
      12:21 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      The people who don’t understand this can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Sometimes it is like trying to explain Heaven to a stone.

      Teams that are undersized,teams tha shoot from the outside and teams that press normally get called for more fouls than teams that their oppenents who aren’t/don’t do those things. Kentucky plays an offense that is condusive to opponents fouling (getting the ball inside, driving to the basket) and doesn’t press and doesn’t have to foul inside because they have the height/size to play defense.

      Kentucky shot 10 fewer 3’s than Arkansas and beat Arkansas 42-26 in the paint. Arkansas also had 10 steals to UK’s 3 (they pressed). Not blaming the loss on the refs, but these are just facts.



  13. Cat Daddy
    11:39 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Agreed the refs controlled the pace of the game for the worse. Made some really bad calls that hurt our team’s momentum. Saying all that i think we are just fine, but got to hit some more of the freebies at the line!



  14. Blaming Refs = No Balls
    11:42 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Drew blaming the refs… pathetic, middle school type stuff



    • Elwood Blues
      11:48 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Amen. Especially since all he tweets about under NotJerryTipton anymore is making fun of UofL fans for blaming the refs. And yes, I’m a UK fan.



    • HeyMoron
      12:43 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      There is a difference in pointing out that the refs suck and blaming the refs for the loss. Despite the crappy refs, we still should have won that game but failed to due to lack of execution. The refs didn’t lose the game for us. they just made an extra obstacle that we failed to overcome. However, that 2 point basket that was called a 3 (where Dykes said 3, no changed to a 2, no back to a 3) gave them an extra point in regulation and we end up going to OT. I replayed that shot a few times, his toe was ON THE LINE!



    • mike
      12:53 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      The blog I read only showed the difference in numbers in games officiated by Ayers vs those that weren’t. Can you post the copy where Drew blamed Ayers for the loss?



  15. Biglaw Dawgin'
    11:45 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I agree with everyone that the Cats could’ve played better etc., but this is just too weird to overlook. I mean, maybe it’s a coincidence, but those are some bad numbers against Ayers. The 2 main theories have to be 1. a bias against UK and 2. Illegal activity going on. I mean, if you’re going to be against a team, UK would be the team to bet against since our fans usually swing the line a few points in UK’s favor most games. But if he’s betting on games he’s reffing, you’d think he’d mix it up a bit. I don’t know, maybe Cal ran over his turtle when they were little or something.



  16. UKBlue
    11:46 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    That whole crew of refs were fing horrible; hello first thing the guys on ESPN said on Sportscenter was about the refs.



  17. bluebloodtoo
    11:47 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I hate to say it, but when looking at Roger Ayers stats vs specific teams, the ACC gets the worst of his officiating. That said, it’s obvious to me that Mr Ayers is not unbiased. If you look at his foul calls vs teams there are several teams that routinely almost double the fouls that he calls on the rest of the teams.

    http://statsheet.com/mcb/referees/roger-ayers/teams



    • bluebloodtoo
      11:51 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Ok, let me retract that comment above. I didn’t notice the number of games called was actually higher for those teams as well. It does look like he’s relatively unbiased on paper. I still would not say that he did a good job with the game last night.



  18. Officiating needs to be talked about!
    11:48 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Esteban, I couldn’t agree more. I know “blaming the refs” isn’t the thing to do when talking about games but in my opinion there’s something more than just a coincidence that Vegas is spot on so often. As Esteban states above the bad calls during critical points in the game is what killed us. You can’t simply ignore the fact that there were so many horrible calls when the Cats started to get things going. People can say I’m whining all they want but if the game is called correctly the Cats win by double figures easily. This isn’t just a UK thing. This is happening in games all across the country and it needs to be addressed because its ruining what has always been one of the purest sports out there. How would all of you people handle sitting at your desks doing your job and someone running up and screwing up what you’re working on and then your boss telling you that you should learn to work harder or figure out how to deal with it?? Or you students writing a paper and your roommate coming in right when you get about done and deleting half your paper and then your professor telling you should have to learn to work around it?



    • bluebloodtoo
      11:54 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

      While I agree with the point that you are trying to make, your analogies aren’t that great. Those circumstances are going to exist in the workplace and to some degree you do have to just “deal with it”.



    • BNClay
      11:56 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Ditto!



    • CGabby
      7:58 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Well said



  19. j a brooks
    11:53 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    There was a phantom foul called on randle first half. Watch it again. Hes literally 2 feet away with his hands up.

    The polson call made zero sense. Polson had a right to theloose ball grabs it and then the arkansas fan collides with him once polson had his hands on it and Hes called for a loose ball foul.

    Harrison had the ball sliding out of bounds and an arkansas player reaches in and slaps it then its loose and young slaps at it and the result is a reach in foul on young. Snd it was ayers that made that call.

    Harrison pushed over the midcourt was still a foul.

    All those swung momentum one way or another



  20. BNClay
    11:53 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    THere is no shame in blaming refs when it is true.

    Block on Willie,
    foul on Young when the ball was already out or bounds,
    foul on Randle on clean block,
    another foul on Young after a clean swipe at the ball in the backcourt,
    the bump on the over and back,
    the non call on the elbow to Young,
    then the Flagrant on Lee while Arkansas shot freethrows,
    Arkansas getting a timeout when it should have been jump ball possession to UK,
    Polson get past his defender driving the lane, defender litterally has a hold of his arm and spins him around, no call.

    There is a reason Arkansas is garbage on the road and almost unbeatable at home. Not the crowd, although that is a factor, but the calls. It is just the truth. Home/Away means about 10-12 point on a betting line. The poeple who are putting there money up know this is true. Home teams get calls, and none more so that the Razorbacks. Excep maybe Duke or UNC.



    • rahrah
      12:52 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Well said. I really think those 3 guys loved being on camera last night too. I have never seen officials watch so many replays for so long and then discuss on the court for even longer. Indecisive as all get-out. Also changed calls far more than is normal and changed the guy called for the foul more than once. They were on camera more than Randle! Whole thing was weird.



  21. jaws2
    12:01 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    We make 1 or 2 of the 14 bricked free throws, this argument would be a mute point. Oh, and by the way, some of those missed free throws were at those critical momentum points in the game. Just make the fricken free throws.



    • mike
      12:18 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      “Moot”, not “mute,” unless you are deaf or something..



    • Blue_Cat75
      12:20 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Agree with your statement about making free throws, but it is a moot point, not mute. Sorry, had to do it.



  22. CAT DADDY
    12:14 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    The Big 10 never freaking calls hand check fouls…. seriously watch Aaron Craft! Each conference is reffed completely different. this even more soo this year than others i can remember. Big 10 always physical but come on. If these refs were in big 10 the games would last 8 hours



    • Big Blue B-Rad
      12:27 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Aren’t college basketball refs not confined to only 1 conference? Maybe the Big 10 refs tell them the games have to be officiated a certain way.



  23. ?
    12:14 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I thought the call at the end of regulation was weird as well. Iv always thought you could only run the baseline after a made basket not a timeout. If im correct we would have had the ball under our goal with 1.2 seconds left. Anyone know the actual rule?



  24. Blue_Cat75
    12:18 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Anyone else catch Nessler’s comment about the supervisor of officials being at the game? I don’t know about you, but if my supervisor is watching me, it means I’ve been screwing up.



    • Big Blue B-Rad
      12:29 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah I missed that. See, I find that Jimmy Dykes is only tolerable in very small doses. I probably spent more time in mute than out of it last night.



  25. jim
    12:24 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Wonder why the bookies allow more points for home court to UK,Duke and Kansas than other teams?Couldn’t be home cooking could it?



    • Ol Dad
      12:33 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Maybe because they are historic arenas with huge crowds, massive fan bases, and the best basketball tradition. Just maybe. I hate harping on officials, but last night was a blatant screw job. Anybody with basketball knowledge could see that.



  26. Micki DeMoss's Mustache
    12:29 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    There is biased officiating, and there is bad officiating. The evidence pretty clearly shows that Roger Ayers is a biased official, while the other two are just plain bad. Bad officiating is not as big of a deal as biased, because it usually ends up going both ways. However, when a game gets junked up as bad as it did last night, the junkiness tends to skew in favor of the lesser team. In effect, this means that whenever there is a poorly officiated game, even if the bad calls are even on both sides, it is almost always going to hurt Kentucky worse, because it interrupts the flow of the game, not allowing UK to wear down the other team like it should.



    • raccoon
      12:37 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      I also think that bad officiating tends to go in favor of the home team. Whether it is Arkansas or Kentucky or anyone else. The crowd influences officiating when it is bad (inconsistent, not rule-based). Dang refs don’t like being booed.



  27. Hoosier blue blood
    12:34 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I happen to agree that this particular ref has some kind of axe to grind against UK but last night wasn’t his worst performance. The foul calls are inconsistent this year across the NCAA for everyone. He’s just another example of the large number of enemies we have across the country. It’s tough to live up to the expectations of UK b-ball and this team is having trouble doing it. Poor free throw shooting, turnovers, and lack of hustle are problems. I don’t blame Calipari one bit.



  28. CAT DADDY
    12:41 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Jim….r u kidding? did u watch the game last night?



  29. Porchini
    12:43 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    At halftime, I commented that that was the worst officiated half of college basketball that I’ve seen in over 30 years of watching. Then the second half happened. Pathetic!



  30. Rod Steele
    12:48 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s see, a ranked UK team loses to an unranked Arkansas team & there are 50 “feel good” stories on this site. I wonder if the NCAA selection committee will feel as good come March? Here’s your answer….no…..and if they lose at Arkansas, count on losses at 5 or 6 other places, too. As I said early in the year, this is a 10 loss team…..PERIOD.



    • Biglaw Dawgin'
      12:57 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Negative ghostrider.



    • mike
      1:29 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Please get back to me if you would like to bet KYs over/under in losses for the season will be 10 or more. You seem very confident.



  31. Porchini
    12:50 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    What I also thought was ridiculous was the way Ayers was cut up in the crowd hype the first five minutes. Blows the whistle once when the call was on Ark, but 4 times when it was on us. High stepping and dancing around like the umpire on Naked Gun. Ridiculous.



  32. 2mites
    12:53 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    It is no secret that SEC officials are the worst in the nation period.



  33. Me
    12:54 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    There were areas where we could have done things better, obviously free throws, but I am going on record as saying I am blaming the refs. That was just as much a factor as missing a free thow or making a turnover. It gives points to the other team while potentially taking point away from you.



  34. Joel Embiid
    12:58 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Every time Julius Randle tries to go 1 on 4, I get richer!!!!!

    Keep gettin’ dem checks, Julius! If you ever want to know how to go on the road and win a conference game, let me know.



  35. Andy
    1:00 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    We missed 14 free throws. Thats your game right there. Make a few more and we win. The twins need another year in college esp Andrew. No way is he pro ready. A pg that can’t hit free throws consistentkyis a liability in the nba.



    • Biglaw Dawgin'
      1:09 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Andrew definitely needs another year. Last night’s game had me flashing back to Ryan Harrow at point. Andrew looked like he was literally afraid to bring the ball up the court. 5 turnovers and didn’t hit a shot until :01 left in the game. I agree, he’s not ready for the pros. Hell, he doesn’t look ready for the SEC.



  36. Bob
    1:01 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I think there was alot of bad calls and no calls on each team . The blocking foul that fouled out WCS was an very bad call . This went both ways which i am not happy about . However i think TWO PLYERS excluding the 3rd Young standing arround while Ark final shot thinking what are the chances is what coast Kentucky the game. Excuses are plenty and each of now the 4 loses were winable if Kentucky improves in certian areas. After each lost i have seen much improvement in the area 9free throws0 9defense] ect responseable for each lost .I have said and i will say again Kentucky will suffer 2/3 lost games going threw the SEC as weak as ESPN cliams the SEC is quote rank 7 last night . This is an 40 minute game not 39:58 game . I thought this was an great game the best i have seen this team play all season. They lost on an mental mistake .Lee, Johnson and this exspanded rotation is starting to pay off . Kentucky fought very hard down to the last two seconds of this game and i am proud of this team .This is what National Champs are made of which i think we will hang #9 this year .I do not liking seeing the Cats lose but when an lost makes them stronger i can accept that . great Game and GO BIG BLUE !!!



  37. mark wilson
    1:01 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I’m glad someone posted about this jokester of a ref. I’m still reeling as to how the ball goes out of bounds, and 3 seconds later a whistle is blown on James Young to send Arkansas to the line for 2 free throws. I’ve been watching basketball for decades, and that was by far the worst officiating crew I have ever witnessed. they really ought to be fired.



  38. Just smack me in the face
    1:18 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Ayers was bad but the UofL graduate Breeding made some questionable calls too



  39. MCATS
    1:18 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Only a few people mentioned the Ark 2 point shot by Culley that was counted as a 3. Did no one else see that his right foot was about half a shoe length over the line?! Someone post a video of that shot.

    Now that is not why we lost. However, those are usually always reviewed and changed. Thus we might have won by one point in regulation. Oh well.



  40. Bluecreeker
    1:19 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    UK loses ball games because they are a pitiful free throw shooting team.

    Roger Ayers is biased in his officiating of UK and MC State Games…for some reason.

    I went to bed a half time last night because I was not watching a basketball game. I was watching a free throw shooting contest wherein the rules were unknown to anybody other than the person shooting said free throws.

    142 free throws…..that’s not basketball. This is ridiculous and I would rather watch reruns of the friggin bachelor that Roger Ayers pulling this bogus crap.

    Simply ridiculous….even if UK had won by 20 points, they are ruining the game (period).



    • mike
      1:36 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      ^^^^What he said, except The Bachelor was replaced by sleep after the 1:15 first half.



  41. Syrin
    1:26 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Someone forward this to the NCAA regulatory body overseeing officials.



  42. UKNY FAN
    1:32 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    This is an interesting conversation. I hate to blame any loss on the officials and I wont do that here as I do think the calls were horrendous for both teams. However the ayres point is undeniable. Can someone do a foul call stat on him. Were his calls all on UK players and none on Arkansas? It would be interesting to see the percentage of calls he whistles UK for as opposed to the opponent. Hopefully someone can do that for the 2-5 stretch since cal got here.



  43. SP
    1:45 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    The calls may have had an even number, the the type of calls were way different. We were called for going after loose balls and phantom over the backs and pushes going up for rebounds. They were called for banging the #&%* out of our guys driving to the basket. We were called for trying to make hustle plays especially when we got close or took the lead. They killed our momentum. The calls on Arkansas were usually on Randle as he worked to the basket and are called every game. The calls on UK on those 50/50 balls are hardly ever made. The numbers may have been even, but there were way more phantom calls on UK last night.



  44. CJF
    1:53 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I would love to see a highlight video of all of Ayers calls, would probably be quite insightful.



  45. Mel D.
    1:59 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    BBN should be used to this by now–haters gonna hate!



  46. KG
    2:09 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    If you are of the opinion that last night’s officiating was acceptable then I urge you to re-watch the game.



  47. amirite
    2:10 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    i just now realized that the IU logo is basically a pitchfork



  48. playersfan
    2:27 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I thought UK played good. The turnovers were not from the press, they were silly inexperienced or as Cal said AAU plays. Randle throwing the ball inbounds without looking, Throwing the length of the court line drive out of bounds, etc. They shot well, The reason there were so many foul calls, is that was Arkansas plan. To foul on every play, hope some don’t get called, and disrupt the flow of the game, plus frustrate players that are better than you are. They hacked on every play. It was planned so well, they substituted in order to prevent their good players from fouling out, the hackers did the hacking. It was orchestrated, and the referees cooperated. The worst call, although I agree with those mentioned was tie game, Polson on defense under the basket, is called from mid-court for a foul. Two other officiates were 4 foot from the action, facing Polson and called nothing. Polson’s back was to the official that called the foul, he couldn’t see anything. The guy was just dribbling around not shooting, he was not affected at all by the phantom call. Do you think its a coincidence that Arkansas has such a great record at home, and stink on the road? Fans don’t affect players that much, but apparently they affect referees.
    I think referees should have to sit done with a video and official after ever game, and review their calls. Referee is tough when things are moving fast, like when Randle has the ball, but are you telling me Randle is too weak to get the ball to the basket, if he is not fouled. Then how come he had multiple shots under the basket, and they didn’t get over the rim? They were to many slow motion calls that were bad, Harrison over midstripe, Polson under basket, Polson rebound, Willie blocking, etc. Ky fouls were initiated by Arkansas, not KY.
    Dykes knew they were bad calls, but being from Arkansas, all he would say was, that was close it could have gone either way, but they didn’t did they. He kept saying Arkansas was desperate, I though his analysis was more desperate than the players.,



  49. Jason
    2:35 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Ayers is a joke. I have seen better officiating in the local rec leagues. He’s not the only questionable ref but he is the worst. After reading all the posts I can see everybody is as irritated and fed up with this issue as I am. Here is a way to let the NCAA what kind of dbags they employ.

    Go to the following web address: http://www.ncaa.com/contactus. Fill out the form. Type the information regarding the complaint into the form. Click “send”.

    Call the NCAA at 317-917-6222 to make a complaint. During the telephone call, explain all of the issues that were described in the written letter

    The game of basketball wasn’t meant to be spent at the charity stripe…these touch fouls and inconsistencies are way out of control.



  50. Blue Hair
    2:47 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Person who lack intelligence and is complaining about @notjerrytipton – word of advice. If you don’t like the tweet, quit following him. How difficult is that.

    And, yes, the refs truly sucked last night. If you didn’t see the bias against KY, I don’t know what game you were watching. Randle did not take a shot without getting fouled.



  51. Jason
    2:59 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I love our Kentucky boys and appreciate their effort. But, does anyone realize that Calipari’s record, not counting the first season and the championship season, is 62 and 25. That is not very good at all, especially at Kentucky. We need more players who will be around for two or more years to stay competitive.



    • fdd
      3:11 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      Not counting two seasons? Why not not count them all and say he’s 0-0? Silly.



    • Jason
      5:20 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      No it isn’t silly. It shows that with out strong leaders and simply relying on freshmen every year does not work. His first team had Patrick Patterson and the championship team had Darius Miller and some experience in Terence Jones and Doron Lamb. Thinking you can start over with a new team every year and remain competitive does not make sense. I know Cal’s statement has always been, “What do you want me to do, recruit lesser talent.” No, but I think there can be a balance between some top recruits and some players who are good players and will be around for a while.



  52. Don't be so quick to blame the refs
    3:09 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    There are a lot of calls you can make from the comfort of your couch with multiple viewing angles provided by ESPN. A majority of the people on this post couldn’t ref a youth church league game let alone a competitive game like this one. Blaming refs is the first step to saying that it was not our fault for losing. What about all the stupid plays the team made throughout the game? 10 turnovers in the first 15 minutes of the game. Speaking of no calls, what about Randle clearing room with his elbow. Disappointed the Cats lost but keep it real and focus on what is controlled by the team. Fundamental basketball, defense, ball control, free throws, game situation management, etc.



    • cjcat
      4:33 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      You must be a High School coach!



    • caveman2
      9:27 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

      I ref something else and I miss calls. It happens since I am human and not a robot. Over time I have gotten better as I have gotten more experience. These guys are supposed to be a top notch crew. They get paid very well for their services. This isn’t intramurals. They are supposed to have the experience to handle a hot crowd. What I saw was a group of guys that were out of their depth. The poor calls went through out the game. Miss one call..miss two calls..even miss three calls but these guys were horrendous all night. I don’t care if I am slow when I call a foul I just make sure I get it right. These guys did whatever they wanted and I am sure their boss patted them on the back when they were done and said great job. His vote is the only one that counts.



  53. cjcat
    4:30 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    All you have to do is look at his Sorry Ass and know we are in trouble!!



  54. UKALLDay
    5:30 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    The refs last night were atrocious. Okay so usually the only way a lesser talented team beats the superior team is when refs muck the game up, just like they did last night. I do not want to watch a free throw shooting contest. The NCAA needs to fix this crap. Now refs feel like they have to imagine fouls. I just want to watch good basketball. With that being said. Why in the HELL did the UK players just watch the ball in rotation in the air on that last shot, like they all just stopped playing at once! (You would think they were filming a scene in a movie). They literally watched the guy tip dunk it. Funny I remember Cal before the season saying that UK was going to to be getting tip dunks… the irony of losing a game on a tip DUNK… With that being said I LIKE OUR TEAM



  55. Ky_Tom
    6:13 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    My Lord please stop all this crying…UK played as bad a game as they have played all year, They made 17 turn oversm and WCS Sleep walking in the whole game. Does he know Chane Bahannan by any chance ?..There was over 80 free throw attemps, both teams missed them. UK went 26-40, The Hogs went 29-41..Thats pretty even..UK got beat because of lack of hustle, and poor blocking out on rebounds, that was how they got beat..standing around with theiir thumb up their rearends, and not blocking out on that last shot..Also Randle loses the ball every time he trys that spin move, other player and coaches are onto him and his game skills. He needs to to pass the ball, and learn to shoot short range jump shots, or he should just stay 4 years in college, because I believe right now if were to play in the NBA, they’d send his butt to the D league so fast, he would think he was never drafted in the first place..He may have been good in High School, playing 2nd rated chumps, but this is Div 1 college, where the players are as good as You and better than you, every time you take the court….I also blame Coach for not letting his bench players play way back in Nov and early Dec to help them learn the game and get prepared to go into the games….Why have 12 players, If your only going to play 6 or 7 all the damn time…If you play’em, they get better, if you don’t, they learn nothing and are useless to the game……..jmho



  56. Waaaa
    7:42 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….waaaaaaaaaaaa…waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.



  57. Shooter
    7:50 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    I think we all know what needs to be done… ???



  58. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:35 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    You would think that any team would be able to black ball a ref from calling their games. When you win 80% of the time, but are 2-5 with 1 ref it seems weird.



  59. Ho Lee Fuk
    9:37 pm January 15, 2014 Permalink

    That 45 minute game lasted 3 hours!



  60. steve
    8:31 am January 16, 2014 Permalink

    until this team hates losing more than working on their free throw problems we are going to lose games like these. flash back to 2012 and the Indiana game. mkg took that loss personal because simply didn’t like losing.



  61. David
    8:29 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    over and back after being bumped into it??…hmmmm…had the situation been reversed, the UK player would have been called for the foul…really bad last night…