Kansas defeats Iowa State, 89-76

  • 8 p.m., Feb. 2, 2015
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Wayne Selden Jr. keys KU’s revenge-game win

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) roars at the Jayhawks' bench after hitting a three against Iowa State during the second half on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) roars at the Jayhawks' bench after hitting a three against Iowa State during the second half on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Wayne Selden Jr. and his Kansas University basketball teammates have tried to follow the age-old “one-game-at-a-time” mantra since the Jayhawks’ five-point loss against Iowa State on Jan. 17 in Ames, Iowa.

Easier said than done.

“It was a lot on our mind because we were so worried about last game. We thought about the last game so much. It’s been haunting us ever since it happened,” Selden said after helping (19-3, 8-1) KU gain revenge on the (16-5, 6-3) Cyclones, 89-76, on Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

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His career-high tying five threes and team-leading 20 points fueled the redeeming victory.

“We just kept thinking about it, thinking about it (first meeting). Even when we were playing other teams we’d get away from it because we were really looking forward to this one,” said Selden, who had just one point in nine minutes the first half.

Things didn’t appear promising for the 6-foot-5 sophomore from Roxbury, Massachusetts when coach Bill Self hooked him for committing a turnover early in the second half. Selden returned after Brannen Greene (11 points, seven the first half in helping KU to a 35-28 lead) committed a mistake with the ball.

Selden finished the final half with 19 points off 7-of-9 shooting — five of six from beyond the arc in his 19-minute final-session stint.

“They outplayed us the first time. We were better tonight,” Selden said simply, crediting his offensive explosion to his teammates.

“My teammates saw me. Kelly (Oubre Jr., 16 points, five boards, three assists) and Perry (Ellis (17 points, six boards, four assists) both found me,” Selden said.

Selden’s 20-point outing was his finest in Big 12 play this season. He entered having scored in double figures in just two of eight games. His season high is 21 points in a home win over Florida and career high 24 against Oklahoma on Jan. 8, 2014. He had five threes in that game.

“Wayne was really excited in the locker room. I’m happy for him,” KU sophomore guard Frank Mason III said after scoring 12 points with eight assists and five rebounds, just two turnovers in 37 minutes.

“It will help his confidence because he hadn’t been shooting it that well. It was great to see him play like that, great for us to win the game,” Mason added.

KU coach Bill Self — his Jayhawks lead West Virginia by one game and Iowa State by two in the Big 12 standings — said Selden’s performance was pivotal.

“He was so good and it’s so good to see a guy who cares so much play that well,” Self said. “It’s been up and down for him offensively. He’s kept a great attitude. Certainly we need him.”

Selden entered the game a 34.4 percent shooter, 37.0 percent from three. He did hit three of six threes in a win over Kansas State on Saturday, good for 14 points, his previous high in a Big 12 game this season before Monday.

“I’ve remained confident,” Selden said, indicating, “you always think it’s going to go in.”

Selden, who attended the same prep school as ISU’s Georges Niang (24 points, six boards), said the Jayhawks, “weren’t thinking about the Big 12 race at all before the game. It was more so the loss at Ames, what we did wrong there. The biggest thing was transition buckets. We tried to eliminate them as much as we could.”

The Jayhawks ran stride for stride with the Cyclones this time. Greene and Oubre hit two threes apiece and Ellis one in a 20-6 run that turned an 18-11 deficit into a 31-24 lead late in the first half.

KU led, 41-32, in the second half when Selden exploded for eight straight points for KU. He hit two threes and a deep two to help the Jayhawks to a 49-34 advantage with 15:15 left.

ISU did cut it to nine (54-45) at 11:23. However, Selden hit a three to go with two points apiece from Mason and Oubre to immediately right the ship to 61-45 at 9:13. KU led by as many as 19 the second half (with 6:50 left).

“I think us and Iowa State have developed a pretty nice rivalry,” Self said. “We were focused to play up there, they were just better than us. They were focused here. We were better tonight.

“The competitive juices get flowing after you’ve played someone and for whatever reason they made you look silly or outperformed you. There’s talk in the media about the league race. That was never mentioned once. The chance to play a team that whipped us the first time we played (was the focus). Our guys have a unique respect for Iowa State in part because Wayne and George were teammates. It’s a healthy competitive deal. They (Jayhawks) knew. That would have been three losses in a row (to ISU) if we didn’t take care of business tonight.”

And about that Selden ... “You get 20 in a half (19), it’ll help your confidence. He had a goose-egg the first half, second half was five of six from three. That’s huge,” Self said. “You can’t bank on guys shooting like that. Going into the game we were thinking if we could match them at the three-point line it’d be positive. TO make three more in the same amount of attempts (KU was 10 of 21; ISU 7 of 21) was big for us. Wayne was terrific. Brannen made some shots (2-3 from three) and Kelly some shots (2-6 from three) the first half.”

KU will next meet Oklahoma State at 1 p.m., Saturday, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Erich Hartmann 4 years, 11 months ago

Man, I just LOVE IT when Wayne Selden plays like this. Same NBA-player impersonation he did vs. FL. He's a big, tough dude, spending a lot of energy defensively, and I'd like to see him be aggressive like this offensively, while learning to avoid charge calls...

Selden is coming along nicely, as is Ooooubre! As is Greene...As is Graham...As is Cliff...

Benz Junque 4 years, 11 months ago

THERE you are, Mr. Selden. We see you now. That's the Wayne Selden we all dream about seeing out there. Great hustle by Wayne on defense to help keep the ISU fast break contained and big shot after big shot. Keep putting in the hard work because it's paying off.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 11 months ago

Let's hope the dream becomes a reality...

Or else it is the one game blip like EJ at ISU.

Steve Zimmerman 4 years, 11 months ago

So, did ISU think Selden can't hit 3s? or did they assume Selden would be more of a facilitator? I hope Franschilla realized he was wrong, too. It'll be interesting to know what those scouts really think about Selden, though.

Adam Collins 4 years, 11 months ago

With Selden's poor shooting numbers over the course of the year, I would think the scouting report doesn't make him too big of a threat on offense. As we saw tonight, he can get hot but you have to pick your poison with KU.

Mike Riches 4 years, 11 months ago

I've done a complete 180 on Greene. I fully admit I had written him off at the beginning of year; I thought there was no way he would crack the rotation. I thought he was way too cocky and way too soft on defense. I would cringe when he entered the game. Now I love when he comes in. He's still not the best defensive player, but his shot is so smooth. Our record would not be what it is without Greene, period. He has hit so many key shots at huge times. Selden was great in the 2nd half last night, but it was Greene who came in when we were down 7 in the first half and hit a big three to start our run. Momentum shifted on that play. I'm even learning to like his confidence, as it's undoubtedly a key to his success. I love being wrong sometimes! RCJH!

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 11 months ago

I feel the exact same way about Greene, that is his lackadaisical defensive, ball handling and rebounding was too much of a liability for the few shots he made. He still has those mindless tendencies, like last night needlessly running into the ISU guy on the weave. However, the guy obviously is working hard to overcome those deficiencies and has displayed world class shooting skills.

When Greene is shooting like he is now, I'd like to see him get off 10 or more threes!

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 11 months ago

He definitely picks his spots.

It makes me wonder what Self is telling him in practice. As well as he is shooting it, I would expect him to be launching from all over the floor, but he only put up 3 deep balls last night. I don't know if Self just tells him to wait till he's wide open, or if he's taken it upon himself to protect his shooting percentage at the risk of passing up opportunities.

The latter seems unlikely considering a gamer with confidence like Greene is typically looking for any and every opportunity to launch a three-ball.

However, the side benefit of having Greene out there is that the defense can't give him an inch. They won't sag off of Greene. And Mason and Ellis in particular reap the rewards as they are able to get in the paint at will.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 11 months ago

I think you are right on spot Suzi. He is not there yet as a complete player, but I can count a minimum of 3 wins this year where his shooting alone has changed the momentum and gave us a lift on the way to a win.

I notice he is out of position some on defense and offense at times. Like he is still learning how our system works, which is somewhat strange considering that he has been here a while. He still has no idea what a box out is I believe.

It is amazing how losing Tharpe and CF has significantly changed our Point Guard play and our 3 point shooting for the better. It is a distant memory almost how poorly we were last season.

"Money", Greene being the color of money (Joe Ross's nickname for him) is the reason we are so much better and our outside shooting has improved. He is a plus guy on our team. I agree when he is shooting well, lets feed him at the arc. We take those outside shots from Perry, he should not shoot a 3 for a while.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 11 months ago

This was a huge win but , like in the KSU game, we certainly did not look well against their press in the final 5 minutes. As stated after the KSU game, we need to put some time in working on handling th press before WVa. We also need to get back to the FT line in practice.

Dave Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

This was such an up and down the court game last night. I'd like to see the free throw percentage up also, but when you expend that much energy and playing tough defense around it, I'm somewhat satisfied with the free throws. They were really tired at times. You could see it in their posture at the line and the look on their faces.

Jerry Collins 4 years, 11 months ago

Great win. So many positives. I'm sure Coach Self will work a bit this week on the in bounds pass against the press, too slow developing. I shouldn't say this but I think West Virginia is the only thing standing between us and our 11th consecutive Big 12 title, and they use a lot of full court pressure. That said, how would you like to be an opposing coach trying to defend against KU. They certainly can't concentrate against 1 or 2 players. We've got 7-8 players who can score 15+ against you. That's exciting.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 11 months ago

Memo to the Iowa State Cry-Clowns: You may have a lot of advantages: A corrupt coach who uses shady recruiting tactics, a bunch of punks and thugs who got kicked out of respectable programs, dirty tactics like flopping, officiating crews who let you play by a different set of rules from everyone else, and Brent Musberger brown-nosing you and gushing about what wonderful people your fans are; but at the end of the day, you are still a bunch of pretenders. The Big 12 belongs to us.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 11 months ago

Do you have any proof to back up these claims or are you just unhappy that ISU is providing KU with some competition? You seem like the one who is crying.

Eliott Reeder 4 years, 11 months ago

Indeed. One of the best parts of being a KU fan is that you always get to take the high road. It is better to be a benevolent ruler...

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 11 months ago

Great points by Suzi and Jerry regarding the press-break. Kansas clearly is vulnerable against trapping defenses, both in the full and half court. They had moments last night against the full court press that they broke it down beautifully by bringing a player from the weak side directly into center court. I'm sure that Self is going to drill this home before WVU.

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 11 months ago

I also liked Landon Lucas attempting to inbound the ball quickly after an ISU make so as to not allow them to set up the trap.

That was just one of many things that Lucas did well last night. He was really a positive force out there in my opinion.

Dave Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Note to Wayne Selden: Get a trim every two weeks... lol

William Foreman 4 years, 11 months ago

The Ames Tribune's sports columnist has a good piece about how hard it is to win at Allen. He says, "It’s not just that the Jayhawks score. That happens every game. At Allen Fieldhouse, it snowballs. There is a bucket. The crowd erupts. There is another score. It gets louder. Everything builds upon the last move. It’s as if the court is slanted downhill toward the Kansas basket. A timeout can’t come quick enough, not before a double-digit point swing occurs.

Then there's a nice quote from Hoiberg: “This building explodes when they get those dunks,” Hoiberg said. “I’ve seen it a million times, and they did a good job with that.” - See more at:

Interesting thing about the Ames Tribune's stories about the game is that there are no comments from readers.

Joe Baker 4 years, 11 months ago

Then there's a nice quote from Hoiberg: “This building explodes when they get those dunks,” Hoiberg said. “I’ve seen it a million times, and they did a good job with that.” - See more at:

Because like Omar from the Wire, Kansas is comin’.

Kansas is comin' and hell's coming with them! (WARNING: due to the graphic nature of this video, viewer discretion is advised)

Wait a minute, did he say I see a Cowboy...? We play OSU next in Stillwater?

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