Kansas State coach Frank Martin talks to reporters following the Wildcats' 59-53 loss to Kansas on Feb. 13, 2012.
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 59-53 victory over Kansas State on Feb. 13, 2012.
Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey nearly had a triple-double on the same day he was named Big 12 player of the week.
After his team took a one-point lead in the second half, Kansas State coach Frank Martin said he saw one main difference between Kansas and KSU: maturity. “That’s the difference when you’ve got grown men playing for you,” Martin said following KSU’s 59-53 loss to KU on Monday night. “It makes our guys look like little kids in those moments.”
You play basketball for Bill Self and you don’t compete hard, he’ll repay you with interest. And he’ll keep repaying you until you get tired of going through more than any physical opponent can put you through. And then you’ll start competing. You might even transform from a lamb in retreat to a charging bull. That’s how Jeff Withey responded to the punitive Self, a football coach who dresses, smiles and sees the court like a basketball coach.
Jeff Withey finished one block shy of a triple-double, helping the Kansas men's basketball team to a 59-53 victory over Kansas State on Monday night in Manhattan.
Withey posted 18 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks.
Tyshawn Taylor added 20 points, five rebounds and five assists to go with three turnovers.
KSU cut the lead to 55-51 with 1:15 to go, but the Wildcats came away empty on three straight possessions.
Thomas Robinson added 10 points, nine rebounds and two assists to go with five turnovers.
Jamar Samuels led KSU with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He also went 4-for-6 from three after entering the game just 8-for-35 from the three-point line.
KU (21-5) will play host to Texas Tech at 8 p.m. Saturday.