A day after West Virginia lost to Kansas, coach Bob Huggins refused to further address the free throw shooting divide between the winning Jayhawks and his Mountaineers on Saturday.
WVU was given but two foul shots, while KU was given 35, 26 of which were converted into points.
“I’ve been doing this 40 years,” Huggins said Saturday night. “I don’t think I’ve ever been in a game where we shot two free throws. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a game where the disparity was 35-2. I’ve never been in a game like that.”
Since then the topic has become hot nationally. A Yahoo! story studied if Kansas really does get a favorable whistle at Allen Fieldhouse. (It concluded since the start of the 2004-05 season, the Jayhawks get the equivalent of 4.55 more. The national average is 2.35 more per game at home. Statistics analyst Ken Pomeroy said that ranks 38th highest nationally.) Huggins’ suggestion that officials regularly address the media afterward has been discussed.
Yet on Sunday, WVU coach Bob Huggins would not only refuse to discuss the matter, but also whether he or his school would ask the Big 12 to look into the matter.
On Monday, though, the Gazette-Mail reached West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons and asked if his office or school has done so.
“Every AD in the league has conversations with the Big 12 on a regular basis,” Lyons replied. “Since the Kansas game, I have had several conversations with the Big 12 on a variety of business topics.
“As you know, there is a sportsmanship code of conduct, which we will follow, when it comes to criticizing officials publicly. That’s all I have to say at this time.”
WVU is in Waco, Texas, and will face Baylor at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ferrell Center.