Saturday, January 31, 2015

Notebook: Devonté Graham earns ‘T’ for taunting

Kansas guard Devonte Graham (4) gets in for a bucket against Kansas State during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte Graham (4) gets in for a bucket against Kansas State during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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Kansas University freshman point guard Devonté Graham received a second-half technical foul in the Jayhawks’ 68-57 home win over rival Kansas State.

The young guard earned the whistle for taunting KSU’s Marcus Foster after Graham hit a driving layup with 7:57 left, KU up, 56-40. KSU scored four straight points after the ‘T.’

“He (ref) talked to the two players on the other end and said, ‘Hey knock it off.’ As soon as Devonté scored, he ran up there and yelled at him. He deserved it. It was immature and a bad play. He’ll learn from it. It won’t happen again I wouldn’t think,” Self said.

“There was nothing poor sportsmanship about that right there. That’s the rule. If an official tells you to knock it off and you do something again after that, you deserve what you get. He (Graham) is the best kid in the world. There was no ill sportsmanship even though that’s why they gave it, for taunting.”

Streak at 18: Frank Mason III scored 10 points the second half after going scoreless the first versus the Wildcats. He kept alive a streak of 18 straight games in which he’s scored in double figures.

“I don’t ever think like that. Those aren’t records to me,” Self said, asked if he knew Mason needed to hit two free throws at :25.7 to keep his string alive.

ISU game next: KU (18-3, 7-1) will meet (16-4, 6-2) Iowa State at 8 p.m., Monday, in Allen Fieldhouse.

“We owe ‘em,” KU freshman Kelly Oubre Jr., said simply. Iowa State beat KU, 86-81, on Jan. 17, in Ames.

Iowa State and West Virginia currently are a game behind KU in the Big 12 standings.

“I won’t even mention that. I’ll mention they beat us two weeks ago,” Self said. “That’s probably enough of a (thing to) stress. I’ll not say anything about first place.”

Whoops: Wayne Selden Jr. accidentally caused teammate Brannen Greene some pain during a quick celebration.

“I got him in the throat and I felt pretty bad about that,” Selden said. “I don’t know my own strength sometimes.”

Greene initially lost his breath, hunched over, and began coughing. He quickly recovered and did not show any troubling signs from the accident.

This, that: Self won his 550th career game against 177 losses. He’s currently tied for 16th all-time with Miami head coach Jim Larranaga among active Division I head coaches with 550 victories. ... KU is 188-92 against K-State, including a 41-4 mark in Big 12 games. KU is 45-18 versus KSU in Allen. ... Overall, KU has won 19 in a row in Allen. KU is 185-9 at home under Self. ...  Up until the 12:02 mark in the second half, Kansas State only had three players make a shot. ... Self used eight players (coaches’ decision). ... In the last four games, KU’s bench has outscored the opponent's bench, 111-28 (31-7 against Oklahoma, 31-8 against Texas, 35-4 at TCU and 14-9 against K-State). ... Selden set a new career high with four blocks. Selden's four blocks also tied the most by an individual Jayhawk this season (Cliff Alexander four against Michigan State Nov. 30, 2014). ... Graham's four assists and zero turnovers against K-State now gives him 24 assists to just three turnovers in seven games since returning from an injury against Georgetown on Dec. 10, 2014. ... Greene has made 10 of his last 13 threes.

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Steve Zimmerman 6 years ago

Graham, next time, slam the ball first then earn a 'T', buddy. Getting a 'T' after a soft lay-up is an embarrassment on the court. Never do that again.

Harlan Hobbs 6 years ago

Would be interesting to know what Foster had been saying to Graham. It's always the one who retaliates who gets caught. Loved the way that Foster tried to look so innocent.

RJ King 6 years ago

I didn't mind the T at all. It showed some energy and "good" swag (backed up by points). And - like HH says - who knows what led up to it.

Graham seemed quite surprised by the call, so it's likely nothing terribly evil was said. Just the official saying, " hey, we said no more." Graham is smart enough to not do it again.

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