The stage was set for Oklahoma State to regain the Big 12 title chase with optimism Monday night, with Kansas set to fall at Iowa State.
The Cyclones led at home, with Hilton Coliseum rocking, as time wound down.
It was redemption time for ISU, too, having blown the first meeting in Lawrence, failing to foul and prevent a tying 3-pointer that led to overtime and an unlikely Jayhawks win.
That one hurt.
Monday hurt — still hurts — more. Yes, the Cyclones lost in overtime again. And this time there’s a feeling that they were wronged. The Twitter world immediately flared up at a no-call, and susequent foul that led to KU tying the game at the foul line and getting to overtime. You can see the video here.
National college basketball analysts and writers all jumped on the play that spun KU to victory.
Telling, too, the Big 12 office quickly announced that it would review their officials’ calls at the end of regulation.
It’s a hot topic today.
ESPN’s Andy Katz sets it all up, checking in with Big 12 coordinator of officials, Curtis Shaw.
Here is a Bleacher Report story on the Twitter tirades.
And there’s this statistical graph, projecting ISU’s death knell with the call, no-call.
Where the Cowboys are concerned, the loss made it all the more difficult to win at least a share of the Big 12 championship, as they trail KU and Kansas State by a game. The trip to Iowa State figured to be the Jayhawks’ stiffest remaining test.