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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jayhawks thrive off K-State’s mistakes to win Sunflower Showdown

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) gets to the bucket over Kansas State forward Dean Wade (32) during the first half on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) gets to the bucket over Kansas State forward Dean Wade (32) during the first half on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas State coach Bruce Weber and many of his players have experienced the knockout run at Allen Fieldhouse more than enough times to know how to brace for it.

And Wednesday night, during a game in which K-State actually controlled most of the first half instead of getting buried early on, the Wildcats appeared to be ready to compete on a different level.

They weren’t. And this time it was their own fault.

Instead of falling victim to a wild and crazy KU surge in which the home team simply overpowers them, the Wildcats (13-9 overall, 2-7 Big 12) victimized themselves as much as anything, committing costly turnovers and helping No. 7 Kansas grind its way to a 77-59 victory.

After watching K-State lead for a good portion of the first 20 minutes, KU responded to K-State snagging control for the third time in the first half with a 14-3 run to close the half. That put KU up 39-29 at the break and proved to be enough separation to help KU win its 10th in a row over K-State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks (18-4, 6-3) with 19 points and 5 rebounds, but KU’s biggest lift may have come from Svi Mykhailiuk, who finished with 10 points and, at one point in the first half, bailed out KU’s sloppy and sluggish offense by being the only guy on the floor willing to play aggressive and attack the rim.

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

• The game turned when: KU woke up in the second half and hit K-State with a 9-0 run to open up an 11-point lead and retake control of the game after Kansas State had trimmed KU’s 10-point halftime lead to two. Wayne Selden Jr. scored five points, and Mykhailiuk and Ellis also recorded buckets during the run.

• Offensive highlight: There was a stretch during the second half when KU forced a K-State turnover on four or five or six or seven possessions and nearly all of them led to highlight-reel offensive plays on the other end. One came on a wild lob from Devonté Graham to Selden, who finally woke up out of his funk around this same time. And the other two were hammer-time dunks by Ellis, who is not exactly known for putting a hurting on the rim. The easy buckets not only helped KU rebuild a comfortable lead but also brought Allen Fieldhouse to life and ended any thoughts K-State had of pulling off an upset.

• Defensive highlight: Late in the first half, after a drive and bucket by Frank Mason III, KU forward Jamari Traylor jumped the ensuing inbounds pass and knocked it off of a K-State player. That gave the Jayhawks another offensive possession in the final 10 seconds and KU made the most of it, getting a three-pointer from Brannen Greene on a designed play. Not only did Greene knock down the three, he also was fouled and hit the free throw to put KU up 10 at the break. It’s plays like these that are and always have been the reason Bill Self is so fond of Traylor.

• Key stat: Turnovers. KU was not exactly the picture of poise with the basketball, but they looked like the San Antonio Spurs compared to Kansas State, which turned it over a whopping 23 times to help ensure its own demise.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will hit the road for their second consecutive purple-clad opponent on Saturday, when they face TCU at 11 a.m. in Fort Worth. 

— See what people were saying about the Sunflower Showdown during KUsports.com’s live coverage.


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By the Numbers: Kansas beats K-State, 77-59

By the Numbers: Kansas beats K-State, 77-59

Comments

Luke Kading 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't think I've ever been as uninspired in a double digit victory than I was tonight. Kansas played sloppy and got bailed out by the refs on several occasions. It just looks like they lack focus and intensity way too often. Give them credit for winning the game, but until they show me something different I have a hard time considering this team a legit threat to make a serious run in March. The guards are way too out of control, and that includes Selden, and they have virtually no low post presence on offense. What does Carlton Bragg have to do to get some minutes? It honestly boggles my mind because I see so much potential in him and he brings some much needed offensive fire power. I actually think Lucas has played pretty well lately, but he is so limited. I can understand Diallo a little more because he sometimes looks lost, but I don't understand Bragg not playing, and every game like this where he gets five minutes only limits his experience and confidence for the stretch run, which makes me believe its going to be the same team we saw last March, which doesn't excite me too much.

Jared Reeves 3 years, 10 months ago

Luke, I agree. Lucas is decent, but it gets old seeing his man play a 1 man zone in the paint, because he knows he doesn't have to guard Lucas. It allows Lucas' man to double Perry, and stop our guards from getting to the rim.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

" it gets old seeing his man play a 1 man zone in the paint"

I hate to ruin your day with reality Jared but that doesn't actually happen. Ever. You're making up reasons to hate a player that game after game, the announcers are gushing over.

Jared Reeves 3 years, 10 months ago

Jay,

Luckily, reality (the game) is recorded. You can verify the 1 man zone by re-watching the game. His man consistently plays off him, when Lucas is away from the basket.

I don't hate Lucas at all. I think Lucas has a lot of attributes that are lacking in our other bigs. However, he also has some huge negatives as well.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

" when Lucas is away from the basket."

That's a whole different thing. They did the same thing with Embiid, Aldrich, Withey, etc etc and virtually every true center.Even with Robinson. Centers that can put the ball on the floor from beyond 15 feet or shoot from outside are not centers, or are rare.

Jared Reeves 3 years, 10 months ago

When Bragg is playing the 5, the other teams doesn't back off as much. This creates more spacing and more opportunity for everyone.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

But they pound him to death inside. Maybe Greene should play the 5? Nobody would back off him....

Jared. Sometimes I wonder why you do this.

Jared Reeves 3 years, 10 months ago

Jay,

You are comparing Bragg's interior defense to Greene's interior defense? Looks like someone knows they are wrong so they are making desperate arguments.

Bragg isn't a all-star on defense, but he isn't that bad either. Plus, he helps the offense more than Lucas. His benefits far outweigh his costs.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

So being able to shoot from outside isn't the only thing players need to do?

Wow! Jared! You're catching on! There's hope!

Michael Bennett 3 years, 10 months ago

Ugly game. We won, that's about all we can say about it.

Jesse Johnson 3 years, 10 months ago

Why doesnt HCBS use the time at the end of the game when we have a comfy lead to develop our younger players?

With 5 mins left and an 18 point lead Landen committed his 5th foul. So who does HCBS put in to replace him? Traylor! Why?!!!! Traylor hit his ceiling two years ago and obviously has no need to be developed for the future.

Luke Kading 3 years, 10 months ago

I thought the exact same thing. This team has no rotation and it has to be hard on those bench guys having no clue what to expect going into a game. Traylor and Lucas are fine as bit players, but in my opinion Bragg needs to be a major contributor and he's not getting a chance right now.

Vic Janeway 3 years, 10 months ago

what is wrong with Frank Mason? is there an injury that is making him drive each time instead of shooting? I cant remember one shot from the outside tonight. What happen to the fake drive and pull up shot on the top of the arc?

Tim Fields 3 years, 10 months ago

Free Bragg, Free Diallo.

It is getting tough to watch these games, I find myself hoping our starters foul out, only to find out that when one does foul out, still no Bragg and no Diallo.

He should let them transfer, there are more than enough schools that would give them minutes. Self's excuse that he cannot put Diallo and Bragg in situations where the team is struggling is not positive for the team. The starters have no fear of being replaced in the lineup or challenged for playing time and that leads to even more poor play and lack of effort and intensity.

I have never been this frustrated about a KU team and I have followed them for a very long time, since Coach Brown.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

Why do you think that it's better to play less effective players? Diallo is nearly useless. Talented, but completely incapable of adding anything within the system. Bragg is decent offensively, and improving, but weak defensively. I'm 100% sure he's playing as many minutes as he was promised and as he believes he's earned.

Jesse Johnson 3 years, 10 months ago

Jay. Why wouldn't HCBS play less effective players when we are up 18 with five minutes left? Sorry but your argument doesn't answer that. Diallo is nearly useless because he hasn't gotten any PT to develop. Why would Self replace fouled out Lucas with Traylor when we are up 18 with five minutes left when he could have put in Bragg or Diallo to get a little extra PT for development? It makes zero sense.

Jared Reeves 3 years, 10 months ago

Jesse,

In some people's mind, PT doesn't affect player development. Also, some people think HCBS is infallible.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

The objective is to win the game. Traylor is a late game stud. His ability to play inside and guard the perimeter and on switches is the best Kansas has and among the best in college ball. He's a solid free throw shooter. Every coach in America would play him in that situation.

Jared Reeves 3 years, 10 months ago

Jay,

The objective is to win the season, not just the game. Plus, when the game is already won, why not help your team in the future? Traylor is a good player, but he isn't going to get better by playing him more. The same isn't true for our Freshmen.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

You're the same person that goes bananas when they lose a game. Get lost. Your arguing with yourself is comically stupid.

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