One of the most entertaining games on Friday ended with some anger on behalf of Indiana coach Tom Crean, according to multiple reports from the floor at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center.
Indiana, a No. 10 seed, fell 81-76 to No. 7 Wichita State, and as the game ended, Crean immediately walked over to one of the officials and dropped his opinion on that man.
As the horn sounded, Tom Crean looked at official Kipp Kissinger (Nebraska native) across the floor and said, “You suck.”
— Dirk Chatelain (@dirkchatelain) March 20, 2015
Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel also reported Crean said “you suck” to Kissinger, an official who primarily works in the Big 12 and Missouri Valley Conference.
Wichita State is a Missouri Valley team.
“When this game was over Crean didn’t walk immediately toward the Shockers’ sideline. He walked toward one referee and told him, right in front of me, ‘You suck,'” Doyel’s column states.
According to BBState.com, which tracks officiating statistics, Kissinger ranks 720th out of 817 officials in terms of fouls called this season. The crews Kissinger has worked with have called on average 33.64 fouls per game in 2014-15.
Friday’s game between Wichita State and Indiana had 43 total fouls. Indiana was called for 26, Wichita State 17. Kissinger has been officiating since 1997, according to StatSheet.com, which also tracks officiating numbers.
The final 10 foul calls in the game went six for Indiana, four for Wichita State.