Breaking down the officials for Kentucky-Louisville


According to Dave Baker and Drew Deener, we now know that Tony Greene, Doug Sirmons and Mark Whitehead will work the Kentucky-Louisville game on Saturday.

Here’s some background on the three.

Tony Greene: This will be the 16th Kentucky game that Greene has worked since the start of the 2011-12 season. He has worked two Kentucky games already this year — the 79-65 win over Providence in Brooklyn and the 67-62 loss to Baylor in Arlington, Texas.

Greene, who is from Atlanta, worked last year’s national championship game along with John Cahill and John Higgins. Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 for the national title that night in Atlanta. It was Greene’s seventh selection to the Final Four.

Greene worked the UK-U of L game in 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2011-12. Kentucky was 3-1 in those four games.

According to Statsheet, there have been seven technicals called in the 25 games Greene has called this season.

Doug Sirmons: This will be the fifth Kentucky game that Sirmons has worked since the start of the 2011-12 season. He worked the Kentucky-Baylor game along with Tony Greene earlier this year.

Sirmons, who is Virginia Beach, Virginia, worked last year’s Final Four, his first Final Four assignment. He officiated Michigan’s 61-56 win over Syracuse in the national semifinal along with Randy McCall and Mark Whitehead, who will also be working Saturday at Rupp.

Sirmons worked the Kentucky-Louisville game at Rupp Arena on January 5, 2008 along with Mike Stuart and Jim Burr. Louisville beat Billy Gillispie’s team 89-75 that day

According to Statsheet, there have been 14 technical fouls in the 34 games Sirmons has called so far this season.

Mark Whitehead: This will be the eighth Kentucky game that Whitehead has worked since the start of the 2011-12 game. He has not worked a UK game this year. He worked three last season, wins over Lafayette and Auburn, plus that 88-58 loss at Tennessee.

Whitehead, who is from Denham Springs, Louisiana, has worked the last three Final Fours. He worked the 2012 national title game along with Verne Harris and Mike Stuart. Kentucky beat Kansas 67-59 that night in New Orleans to win the title.

I believe this is the first Kentucky-Louisville game that Whitehead has worked.

According to Statsheet, there have been just four technical fouls called in the 35 games that Whitehead has worked so far this season.

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