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Kansas defeats Kansas State, 68-57

  • 1 p.m., Jan. 31, 2015
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Jayhawks win Sunflower Showdown 68-57

By Matt Tait ---- mtait@ljworld.com

If Saturday's 68-57 victory over Kansas State by the Kansas University men's basketball team at Allen Fieldhouse seemed familiar, it's because you've probably seen it before and could've just popped in a replay of a dozen other previous meetings between these two at KU's home gym.

Like so many other Sunflower Showdown match-ups in Lawrence during the past couple of decades, the Jayhawks jumped all over the Wildcats in the first few minutes and never looked back.

K-State (12-10 overall, 5-4 Big 12) opened the game shooting just 9 percent from the floor during the first 9 minutes and KU, which continually got dunks and layups during that stretch, built a 20-5 lead and had the home fans rocking.

By halftime, KU's lead was up to 33-17 and the Jayhawks cruised home from there on a day when several former Jayhawks — Greg Ostertag, Scot Pollard, Eric Chenowith, Tyrel Reed, Sherron Collins, Darnell Valentine and Calvin Thompson to name a few — and a handful of Kansas-City-area sports stars (Royals stars Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson) were celebrated for their presence in the Fieldhouse.

Perry Ellis led KU (18-3, 7-1) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Brannen Greene added 11 points (on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range), Kelly Oubre Jr. chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds and Wayne Selden Jr. added 13 points.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: The calendar turned to Saturday, Jan. 31. K-State has a solid team and has proven that on more than one occasion this season. But there's just something about the Wildcats coming into Allen Fieldhouse that makes life tough on the guys from Manhattan. Add to that general fact the reality that KU just played a terrible game a few nights earlier at TCU, and this outcome was pretty easy to predict.

• Offensive highlight: On a late drive to the rim, which started with yet another close miss by Selden, the athletic guard who has struggled to knock down shots near the rim this season, twisted his body to get one hand on the rebound and knocked in his own miss without ever landing after the initial shot.

• Defensive highlight: With 6:50 to play in the first half and KU in total control, sophomore Selden made sure it stayed that way when he flew in the air, hung there for a while and swatted a shot by K-State's Justin Edwards. Both players hit the deck and Selden came up off the floor with that icy glare that fires up the fans and his teammates.

• Key stat: Field goal percentage. The teams took about the same number of shots, but KU was far more successful with theirs. The Jayhawks shot 45 percent from the field on 58 attempts and K-State shot 33 percent from the field on 60 attempts.

• Up next: The Jayhawks return to Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night for a rematch with Iowa State at 8 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. The Cyclones handed KU their first Big 12 loss of the season Jan. 17 in Ames, Iowa.

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Join the post game discussion

Lawkan in reply to Texashawk10_2

it was walkons. They probably didn't know what they were doing.

Mojayhawk in reply to Benton Smith

Thanks. Have fun.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Mojayhawk

Sorry. Not sure, and have to hustle back to the media room for the post-game stuff. Will try and remember to look for that in next couple days.

Texashawk10_2

Totally classless move by Weber to foul down by double digits with under 10 seconds left.

Mojayhawk

Benton. Where does that put Frank in the list of consecutive double digit scoring records at KU?

FINAL
Kansas State 57
Kansas 68

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bwag

Does KSU think their going to pull this out fouling in last 10 sec's?

Don Burgundy

Weber is pathetic

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Mojayhawk

Today makes it 18 in a row for Mason in double figures.

Mojayhawk

18 in a row for Frank!

Matt Lacey in reply to Mojayhawk

I think they just said 18.

Rodney Crain in reply to Mojayhawk

18

Bwag in reply to Kristen Downing

Maybe saving a little in tank for Mon.

Mojayhawk

Benton, How many games is Frank's Double figure scoring streak?

Kristen Downing

Need to play even better Monday.

Joe Ross

Good game. Im out. See you guys on Monday. Read the blog and leave your comments. Peace guys!

Mojayhawk

Hit 'em both. Get your 10

Matt Lacey in reply to Mojayhawk

Got your wish. Can he make em?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Rodney Crain

KU been doing plenty of that this season. Can't knock 18-3 record.

Bwag

What the heck has happened to PE's FT shooting?

Chuck Wagstaff

Monday

HUGE

Rodney Crain

Nice w, just win and advance

Mojayhawk

Need Frankie to get fouled so he can get his 10

00:51 left in Second Half
Kansas State 51
Kansas 65

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Rodney Crain

K state players acting like they are beat

Joe Ross

Weber calls timeout down 14 inside of a minute and a hal.f

Matt Lacey

It's plays like that why I don't let cold Selden get to me.

Joe Ross

Selden looks fresh with his haircut.

Kristen Downing

Good hustle, but won't work against ISU.

01:33 left in Second Half
Kansas State 65
Kansas 49

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mojayhawk in reply to Benton Smith

Mega Swat! Wow!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Selden misses a shot with shot clock winding down on offense, recoverde late on D to swat Iwundu on fast break.

Joe Ross

Fresh shot clock! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=she%27s+fresh+kool+and+the+gang+

Don Burgundy

HOLY HELL WHO ELSE SAW GIBSON TAKE 78 STEPS

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Selden flies at Foster on the in-bound play to make sure he doesn't get another 3 to drop.

Lawkan

apparently traveling is legal today.

Joe Ross in reply to Joe Ross

grr

Joe Ross

Why does Dickie V pronounce Jahlil's last name as "Okifer"?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kelly Oubre has 8 points and 9 boards. Needs a bucket and a rebound to get a double-double.

Mojayhawk in reply to Matt Lacey

I think they installed the arc because of the "Mizzou Flop". They were masters at it. It was their best Defense.

Rodney Crain in reply to Bwag

Lol was thinking the same thing. What is funny is he always looks like he can't beleive it was called, and he does it at least once every game.

Matt Lacey

Were there ever any significant injuries in College or NBA before the charging arc was put in place? I've never liked it. If anything, it should be smaller.

Joe Ross in reply to Joe Ross

Mission nearly accomplished.

Mojayhawk in reply to Kristen Downing

Not sure, but KO's stroke is a little off past 2 games.

Joe Ross

Iwunde trying to break the backboard with his three point shooting.

03:26 left in Second Half
Kansas State 49
Kansas 62

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Ellis just grabbed his 3rd rebound of 2nd half on offensive glass. Not as many misses available after 10-board first half.

Bwag

Seldons charge of the game

Kristen Downing

Any points for Oubre this half?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Foster's 2nd half onslaught continues with his 3rd 3-pointer since the break. 19 points today.

04:15 left in Second Half
Kansas State 49
Kansas 62

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mojayhawk in reply to Joe Ross

You're right. Soooo, we'll get to keep him for 2 more years likely

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mason was scoreless and hadn't hit a shot until the 12:43 mark. Now has 6 points.

Darin Bradley

That's more like it

Joe Ross

The Mason is no longer laying bricks.

Rodney Crain

Two great plays by Traylor

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Tip-in on offensive glass by Wayne Selden Jr. gives him 10 points in 2nd half.

Kristen Downing

Where has Oubre been?

Mojayhawk

nice tip!

Joe Ross

Brannen Greene 50% from 3. High FT percentage too. If he could play defense hed be cashing NBA checks.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Gipson has 12 2nd-half points for K-State, and Foster has 10.

Kristen Downing

Get back.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU had hit 4 shots in a row before Selden misfire.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Benton Smith

12 of 21 for KState FTs.

Lawkan

still giving up way too many offensive rebounds.

Joe Ross in reply to Benton Smith

Mason on time...

Micky Baker

Mason looked like he was held on that layup too.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

K-State 12 of 20 at foul line today. KU just 4 of 7.

Darin Bradley

Couldn't wait to blow the whistle.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

3 fouls apiece now on Traylor, Ellis and Grene for KU. Edwards, Thomas and Iwundu for K-State.

Kristen Downing

Interior defense, fouling.

07:25 left in Second Half
Kansas State 44
Kansas 56

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Mojayhawk

Better not celebrate after buckets vs. Iowa State. Cyclones will get more of those transition baskets off KU makes.

Kristen Downing

Feeling a bit nervous.

Mojayhawk

Our guys rarely complain or make faces/gestures when fouls get called on them, but our weakness is too much mouth after we do something good on offense. It's consistent. Can't we learn? We give points away.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Points in paint update: 32-20 advantage for Kansas.

Bwag

3 pt shooting up to nearly 43%

Micky Baker

Foster has probably done some talking of his own out there too.

Darin Bradley

Refs inserting themselves in the game. Weak T

fansincewilt

That one was too obvious.

Bigbri in reply to Micky Baker

They probably finally said enough is enough and called it. Just happened to be on us.

Micky Baker in reply to Benton Smith

Yeah, right in Foster's face. Let him learn from it. Just let the scoreboard do the talking

Joe Ross

I like that Devonte has that kind of swagger. I just wish he could do it with duct tape over his mouth.

Micky Baker

However, I'm not sure that warrants a T though. We've been taunted a few times with nothing called.

Kristen Downing

Wow, seems out of character.

Rodney Crain

Come on Moonlight play with poise..... Freshman. Geeze.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Micky Baker

Thanks. Just yapping at K-State after scoring?

Lawkan in reply to Benton Smith

running his mouth in Fosters face.

Don Burgundy

Fran Fraschilla really gets on my nerves

Cshjhawk

Graham was complementing Foster on his scoring!

Mojayhawk in reply to Benton Smith

Talking smack to Foster

07:53 left in Second Half
Kansas State 40
Kansas 56

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Micky Baker in reply to Benton Smith

Taunting, and it was clearly taunting.

Chuck Wagstaff

Allergic to success

Darin Bradley

Foster held the pose. Greene answers to restore order.

Mojayhawk

Not your style, Devonte. Be cool.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Graham got whistled for a T there after scoring. Couldn't tell what happened from my seat. Any video evidence?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Brannen Greene 3 (his 3rd of game on 4 shots) and Devonté Graham layup has KU back up 16.

Joe Ross

Dunk it Graham!!!

Joe Ross in reply to Joe Ross

But Greene buries it!

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