Tell us something we already didn’t know. If you haven’t seen “The List” check it out here, it has some jaw dropping historical numbers.
Some numbers from AP All-Time Top 100 are as follows:
75.37% of all polls
Jan. 18, 1949 (first-ever poll)
1950s, appeared in 89.63% of polls, but 1990s were close with 89.33%.
1960s, appeared in 59.59% of polls.
The Wildcats have missed appearing at least once in the poll for only three seasons during the 68-year history of the AP poll, the fewest poll-less seasons of any program. Those seasons were 1952-1953, 1988-1989, and 1989-1990.”
It’s interesting to note that his decade could end up being the best all time once completed.
(We do not condone contacting John Higgins, this is about officiating and how bad he is during Kentucky games)
From a Sporting News article released about the game: “There were some curiosities, though, particularly with the first-half officiating. On three occasions, official John Higgins observed action and did not blow his whistle to call a foul on Kentucky until the outcome of the play turned in UK’s favor.”
There were plenty more than just three. You can hear the disdain in the voices of Tom Leach and Mike Pratt in the video below. We listen to them every single game all season, and they tell you when “Cats gotta break there”, and are fair in their assessment. They were the most livid we have ever heard. It became beyond obvious that there was an agenda here. Notice how he walks away from the Malik Monk push down after he looked directly at the play. Also, note that he doesn’t call a foul on Derek Willis in the scrum until the ball is in the hands of Isaac. He made that call from across the court only after it was clear Kentucky gained possession. Note how out of position he was on the foul against Wenyen. Not included in the video is the late whistle against Dominique that was under the bucket that Higgins called from half court, while the guy under on the play, did not blow his whistle. John Higgins dominated the game with his calls. After all of this, John Higgins has advanced to officiate the Final Four in Phoenix. This is perhaps the most telling part of this tragedy.
The following video was produced by cal for the win with the final imageof his contact information replaced by KentuckyCrazies.com. Once again, we don’t condone personal attacks on John Higgins.
Here are all of the games officiated by John Higgins against Kentucky
Most noted are the 2005, 2011, 2015 and 2017 tournament losses. UK is just 3-5 when Higgins officiates a game. Kentucky is just 10-10 with the officials combined that called the UNC game.
It’s also noteworthy to point out the Cornell game. That game was brutally physical. At the 4:28 mark of the video below, Cornell takes down DeMarcus Cousins and no flagrant was given. Throughout the game, Higgins roamed the baseline and let Cornell beat Boogie up every time he went to the basket. This played dividends the following game against West Virginia when John Higgins boss, Curtis Shaw officiated HIS first UK game in 5 years. Kentucky lost that Elite 8 game against West Virginia. Shaw called a technical against Deandre Liggins. West Virginia shot 34 free throws in that win.
In the 2011 game agains UCONN, a call was made on the baseline against Darius Miller by John Higgins.
Everyone remembers two foul calls in a row by Higgins late against UK during the 2015 Wisconsin Final Four game, and then this shot clock violation happened that was never called.
John Higgins stated in a Sport Illustrated article, “I’m not disagreeing, and I’m not apologizing,” he says. “We’re supposed to enforce the rules as written, right? The NCAA is always preaching sportsmanship, sportsmanship, sportsmanship. You can eat a little crow if you know you probably screwed a play up, but when you let coaches and players and coaches act like idiots, you lose all credibility. I try not to let it happen in my games, that’s for sure.”
Well, it looks like John Higgins doesn’t officiate games, he openly competes.