WVU guard Daxter Miles Jr. fell to the ground after Kansas center Udoka Azubuike put his body into the Mountaineers’ senior.

No foul was called and the Jayhawks ran down the floor for a layup that all but sealed yet another WVU loss to K.U. inside Allen Fieldhouse.

This time, though, Bob Huggins had seen enough.

After getting a technical with eight seconds left following the non-call on Azubuike, the WVU head coach did not let up, screaming at any official within shouting distance. He was ejected, gave a the officials a little more of his mind, and walked off the court.

Then, within a minute, Devonte’ Graham shot twice as many free throws for the Jayhawks as WVU did all game. Huggins’ two technical fouls were worth four from the foul line. The Mountaineers shot three the entire game — a make by Sagaba Konate at the 19:30 mark in the second half and a miss by Jevon Carter at the 4:34 mark in the second half.

The other didn’t count because of a lane violation on Miles Jr. late in the game.

The Mountaineers did not shoot a single free throw in the first half, compared to Kansas’ 12 from the line.

In the final 20 minutes, the Jayhawks outshot WVU, 23-2, from the charity stripe.

Some of those were late when the Mountaineers were intentionally fouling, and four were added because of Huggins’ technicals, but if those are taken out, K.U. still shot 29.

It’s not the number of shots the Jayhawks took, though, that had Huggins so upset. It was the fact that WVU only shot two. That has become a huge problem within college basketball.

There is no denying that the Mountaineers foul a lot, largely due to the aggressive nature of the press and the defensive style they play with.

But you can’t possibly tell me that Kansas did not commit touch fouls or illegal screens throughout the course of the game. You can’t tell me that there was no contact on just one of WVU’s 62 shot attempts.

There is just no way.

The Mountaineers did not play well down the stretch. They took bad shots and made too many mistakes when it mattered most. But one argument I’ve heard in favor of the egregious disparity in free throws is that WVU settled for jump shots rather than attacking, while Kansas took the ball to the basket. That was the reason WVU didn’t get the calls and the K.U. did.

The Mountaineers shot 26
3-pointers to Kansas’ 22 — four more from the perimeter. WVU shot 35 from inside the arc; the Jayhawks shot 25. The numbers put that narrative to bed.

There is no excuse for a 35-2 free-throw disparity. Referees continue to call games tighter and tighter with the new rule changes, but seem to only call certain things when they feel like it. There is no consistency to what is a foul and what isn’t a foul, and it’s driving fans and viewers away from the game, which is a shame.

Being a referee cannot be easy, with constant complaints from fans, coaches and players. But when it seems like you’re making the game about yourself, like the crew Saturday, in Lawrence, you should face the consequences and be questioned why you made the call you did.

If conferences are protecting their officials from answering the tough questions, then we will continue to have games like the one we all saw — a complete disaster.

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