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Who are the referees for the 2023 Final Four?

Here’s a look at the full list of referees the NCAA has provided for the final three games of the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 22 Virginia at Boston College Photo by Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Update April 3 9:20 p.m. Here are the referees for SDSU-UConn in the national championship: Ron Groover, Keith Kimble, Terry Oglesby

Update 6:20 p.m. Here are the referees for Saturday’s action

San Diego State-Florida Atlantic: John Higgins, Bert Smith, and Kipp Kissinger. You can see more about their season-long stats here.

UConn-Miami: Roger Ayers, Doug Sirmons, Jeffrey Anderson. Dan Hurley called Jeffrey Anderson “a #&)!ing clown” earlier this season after a game against Villanova. Their season-long stats are here as well.

With an NCAA Tournament that’s had as many close games as we’ve ever seen, many games are being decided by the whistle as much as the players.

Florida Atlantic is in the Final Four, but if a timeout had been correctly given in their first round game against Memphis, they’d be back on the beach in Boca Raton watching the national semifinals with everyone else. The margins of error in a sport with more parity than ever are razor-thin, and so who the NCAA chooses to make the calls in these games could determine who cuts down the nets on April 3 in Houston.

With that in mind, we’ve added some stats about the referee pool that has been named to work the 2023 Final Four in Houston below. These referees are considered the best of the best in college basketball, even if College Hoops Twitter doesn’t always agree.

Here is the full list of referees for the 2023 NCAA Final Four per the NCAA, alongside some stats available from both and about their performance this year.

KenPom’s Referee Average Thrill Score is the projected amount of excitement and importance a game should have before tip-off, and measures the Top 50 games an official has worked this season.

NatStat* lists the Total Fouls for each game, and is based on the calls made by all the officials in a game worked by that official. Nine of the officials below will work the games, and two are listed as alternates, but we don’t know who is who as of now.

*Currently NatStat lists four different Jeff Anderson’s (Jeff Anderson, Jeffery Anderson, Jeffrey Anderson, “Jefffery” Anderson... seriously), and they don’t seem to get every game, but we did the math below.

Jeff Anderson, West Henrietta, New York
83 games, 57.55 Thrill Score (22nd), 35.69 fouls per game

Roger Ayers, Roanoke, Virginia
95 games, 65.68 Thrill Score (6th), 31.60 fouls per game

Ron Groover, Newnan, Georgia
99 games, 62.59 Thrill Score (11th), 34.73 fouls per game

John Higgins, Omaha, Nebraska
99 games, 66.73 Thrill Score (4th), 32.22 fouls per game

Keith Kimble, Arlington, Texas
103 games, 69.78 Thrill Score (1st), 34.23 fouls per game

Kipp Kissinger, Omaha, Nebraska
97 games, 66.05 Thrill Score (5th), 31.99 fouls per game

Terry Oglesby, Maryville, Missouri
92 games, 67.13 Thrill Score (3rd), 33.98 fouls per game

Mike Reed, Mount Shasta, California
80 games, 54.34 Thrill Score (32nd), 33.48 fouls per game

Doug Sirmons, Virginia Beach, Virginia
98 games, 68.57 Thrill Score (2nd), 32.33 fouls per game

Bert Smith, Florence, Kentucky
98 games, 60.20 Thrill Score (16th), 33.03 fouls per game

Paul Szelc, Lawrence, Kansas
83 games, 64.89 Thrill Score (7th), 34.62 fouls per game


It seems pretty clear in the Final Four matchups who will want which refs. If you’re FAU facing a very physical San Diego State team, you’ll probably be looking for officials that blow the whistle a bit more often. The same for Miami, as they’ll want more calls overall being made against UConn considering the post play and physicality of the Huskies at the rim.

So if you’re UConn and SDSU, you’ll want to see Roger Ayers and Kipp Kissinger walking out of the tunnel. And if you’re either one of the Florida teams, having Ron Groover and Paul Szelc with the whistle is probably a good thing for you.

Odds to to win 2023 NCAA Championship from DraftKings Sportsbook

UConn -125
San Diego State +400
Miami +450
Florida Atlantic +650