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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Breaking Down the Final 4 Refs:

John Calipari, John Cahill

We love to overanalyze officials and we do know what the possibilities are for Saturday’s game.  The 6 officials who will officiate the 2 games have been announced, but as of yet, I don’t think the 3 for each game have been released.  Either way, there are a bunch of common names on that list.  But just successful or unsuccessful have the Cats been in the Calipari era with each of the referees for this weekend (and potentially Monday).  Below are the records, notable wins, and losses for each of those refs since Calipari took over in 2009.


Pat Adams (20-3)
Notable Wins: LSU (2012 SEC Tourney), Wisconsin (2014 Final Four), North Carolina (2014), Florida (2015 SEC Tourney), Arkansas (2015 SEC Championship)
Losses: Vanderbilt (2011), Baylor (2012), Arkansas (2014)

Doug Sirmons (15-4)
Notable Wins: Tennessee (2010 SEC Tourney), Louisville (2013), Kansas (2014 Champions Classic), Texas (2014)
Losses: Tennessee (2010), Vanderbilt (2011), Baylor (2012), Florida (2014)

Mike Eades (5-3)
Notable Wins: North Carolina (2009)
Losses: North Carolina (2010), Duke (2011 Champions Classic), North Carolina (2012)

Verne Harris (3-1)
Notable Wins: North Carolina (2011 Elite 8), Kansas (2012 National Championship), UCLA (2014)
Losses: UCONN (2014 National Championship)

Brian Kersey (2-0)
Notable Wins: Baylor (2012 Elite 8), West Virginia (2015 Sweet 16)
Losses: None

John Higgins (1-1)
Notable wins: Cornell (2010 Sweet 16)
Losses: UCONN (2011 Final Four)


Joe DeRosa (9-2)
Notable Wins: Louisville (2012 Final Four), Louisville (2014 Sweet 16), Kansas (2014 Champions Classic), Notre Dame (2015 Elite 8)
Losses: Baylor (2013), UCONN (2014 National Championship)

Michael Stephens (7-2)
Notable Wins: UCONN (2009), Louisville (2010), Louisville (2011)
Losses: Georgia (2013), Florida (2014)

Pat Driscoll (3-1)
Notable Wins: Princeton (2011 First Round), North Carolina (2011 Elite 8)
Losses: Michigan State (2013 Champions Classic)


Article written by Bryan the Intern

13 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Breaking Down the Final 4 Refs:

  1. Great American
    9:39 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

    I think we all looked for a single name on there, and sighed in relief when we saw that he wasn’t on there. Of course im talking about Doug Showes (spelling?). A man that makes his presence known in every game he’s ever officiated, instead of going unnoticed like a good referee should.

  2. Catsby80
    9:53 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

    As long as ole Doug Shows, Tony Greene, and TV Teddy aren’t in the mix, I’m happy… Although wasn’t Pat Adams the guy that Matt said was absolutely AWFUL in the SEC tourney?

  3. Kyblue34
    10:15 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Pat Adams is a terrible ref, but I’ve never thought he was biased or one-sided. I like this list for us, and it certainly could have been much worse!

    10:21 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

    I look at the losses on that list and they were all losses in games that we deserved to lose, got outplayed, played a team that was better than were. It is really nice to see refs that have seen us before this year playing our A game (aka Kansas and UCLA games). They won’t be surprised by our abilities and call fouls based on, “Wow, surely he couldn’t have done THAT without fouling!!”

  5. robuk
    10:40 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

    #1Rex had zero charges filed against him during the Apple incident.
    #2 Rex is a KY legend and a pro calling games’
    so shut up it’s a non- story

    • blubo
      10:54 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

    • madarchitect
      11:06 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

      Reading comprehension is key to understanding robuk’s post.

    • blubo
      11:54 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

      reading comprehension would also aid in reading my post

    • EdC
      1:24 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      #1 Everything I have read is saying that he hasn’t been charged. That does not mean he won’t be.
      #2.There is video of him doing it. If they charge him or not has nothing to do with whether he is innocent.
      #3 Saying soft paws every other play isn’t being a pro. It is bad as trying to sell Purr-fect
      #4 What he did do that is not in dispute is that he tweeted out a RUMOR that could and possibly did hurt UK. He backpeddled and tried to act like it was all innocent but when you are saying book it you are standing behind it.
      #5 Why are you even bringing him up in this thread about officials that had NOTHING to do with him and wasn’t mentioned in the article?

  6. ukblue22
    10:43 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Thank God there’s no Doug Shows. Possibly one of the worst officials on the planet.

  7. Lip Man 1
    12:09 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    No Doug Shows, no Tony Greene…life is good.

  8. rockatao
    12:33 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Did either Harris or deRosa call that phantom charge on Poythress in last year’s final?

  9. EdC
    1:25 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    I just hope all the officials get a good look at Frank The Flop video before the game and don’t reward him for that garbage.