Originally Posted by Stanley Nickels
In all fairness, even I thought the foul calls at Mizzou arena last year were questionable. However, that remains the only time I can remember where there was an appreciable difference in fouls that leaned in Mizzou's favor, home or away. Part of that is talent- better talent forces poorer defensive play. But college basketball officiating absolutely has a built-in favor for the more marquee teams, and having referees assigned only to specific conferences (see: Pac12 officiating crew, UCLA v Mizzou 2012) only creates an opportunity for officials to protect and bolster the sacred cows within their conference.
There was a freakanomics episode about officiating and how it usually favors the home team because of the referees getting intimidated by the crowd. I think KU's raucous atmosphere definitely makes a difference, whereas in arenas where the crowd isn't quite so rambunctious, there is less of a difference in officials' calls.
I know that KU has a couple of referees that really dislike the Jayhawks, like John Higgins.