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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hot start carries Kansas to rivalry win

Kansas players Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr., left, forward Perry Ellis (34), and guard Devonte Graham (4) pull a rebound from Kansas State guard Malek Harris (10) during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas players Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr., left, forward Perry Ellis (34), and guard Devonte Graham (4) pull a rebound from Kansas State guard Malek Harris (10) during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KANSAS 68, K-STATE 57

Box score

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.

— See what people were saying about the game during the KUsports.com live blog.


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By the Numbers: Kansas beats K-State 68-57

By the Numbers: Kansas beats K-State 68-57

Comments

Reggie Flenory 5 years, 9 months ago

Greene's jump shot is anointed by the Holy Spirit

Sean Getman 5 years, 9 months ago

The only thing that worries me about this game is how relaxed we are after hot starts. Monday is arguably the biggest game of the season thus far. We can't ever let off the throttle. I have faith in HCBS!

John Myers 5 years, 9 months ago

Our inability to extend first half domination into second half demolition is maddening. Always glad for the win, but it seems like this has been a problem for years. I just don't get it.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 9 months ago

I guess Bruce Weber likes Bill Self's shadow since he has lived in it for 12 years now. I'll be glad when KSU fires him in a couple of years and he goes back to living under a bridge.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 9 months ago

What is up with the long underwear the shockers are wearing today?

Nathan Varvis 5 years, 9 months ago

I agree with John Myers. Its is frustrating to watch this teams inability to put together a full game. That said, solid win today in which Mason struggled RCJ.

Dave Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

What has me concerned is the free throw percentage. In non conference play it seemed like making free throws were a given. But once conference play started, free throw are almost a 50 - 50 deal. I'd feel a lot better (especially come Monday night) if our free throws were falling to the tune 78 to 82 percent of the time. Anyway, Monday night and ISU is a big, big game.

Mark Lindrud 5 years, 9 months ago

Greene is one of the top shooters in the nation and we hardly, if at all, set up outside shots for him. He could potentially be the leading scorer on this team if we just set him up. We used to do that for the likes of Morningstar and Reed, but we don't for Greene who is a better shooter. If guys like Mason and Oubre drove and dumped it out to Greene on occasion or even set up screens for him, it could get scary, but we just don't do it. He is shooting 48% on 3 pointers and we are not using that.

RJ King 5 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if we will be seeing some of that, now that Greene seems to have emerged from Self's doghouse by appearing to put more effort and energy into his defense. (Why bother setting up plays for a guy who was seeing very little court time?) As Brannen earns more minutes, perhaps he'll factor more into the game plan. We can hope.

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