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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Jayhawks win physical Sunflower Showdown at K-State

KU holds 2-game lead for 1st in Big 12

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) celebrates after disrupting a pass from Kansas State guard Barry Brown (5) to forward Stephen Hurt (41) for a turnover by the Wildcats during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) celebrates after disrupting a pass from Kansas State guard Barry Brown (5) to forward Stephen Hurt (41) for a turnover by the Wildcats during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

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— For about 10 minutes during Saturday’s second edition of the 2015-16 men’s basketball Sunflower Showdown, it was the Kansas State Wildcats who played with more fire and ferocity with the hope that a strong effort would inspire the home crowd and give Kansas fits.

And then talent took over.

Kansas 72, K-State 63.

In a game that featured way too many first-half whistles, KU and K-State slugged it out for the first 16 minutes and then Kansas stepped on the gas to build a 17-point lead early in the second half (52-35). The Jayhawks held on for dear life as K-State pulled as close as three points on a couple of occasions inside the final four minutes.

The two teams combined for 21 fouls in the first half and Kansas spent most of the half at the free-throw line, reaching the one-and-one with nearly 14 minutes still to play.

K-State coach Bruce Weber and the loud and proud fan base let the officials hear about it after every whistle.

The victory, coupled with Oklahoma’s victory at West Virginia, gives Kansas a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings with four games to play.

The usual suspects helped the Jayhawks (23-4 overall, 11-3 Big 12) snap a two-game losing streak at Bramlage Coliseum, but Kansas also got big production from Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Jamari Traylor off the bench to help topple the Wildcats (15-12, 4-10).

KU now has won six straight conference games after starting 5-3 in the Big 12.

Frank Mason III led Kansas with 16 points and 5 assists, while Perry Ellis, who suffered a nasty cut on his head midway through the second half, added 14 and Wayne Selden Jr. chipped in 12.

As for Brannen Greene, whose late dunk in KU’s home victory over K-State fueled quite a controversy, he was held to just one shot, two fouls, two turnovers and one rebound in five minutes. But Greene did make his presence known by being the first Jayhawk on the floor during warm-ups and taking a ball and dunking it while the KSU students harassed him.

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

Podcast episode

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self: KU motivated by desire to win, nothing else

KU coach Bill Self said KU was motivated by its desire to win and nothing else during Saturday's nine-point win at Kansas State.

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• The game turned when: KU ripped off a 14-0 run late in the first half to take control. K-State led 25-21 after back-to-back buckets by Wesley Iwundu and had a couple of cracks to extend that lead. But it never happened and the next thing the Wildcats knew, KU led 35-25.

• Offensive highlight: Let’s give it to Mason for his three-possession stretch in the first half that put KU up 10. Mason finished twice on hard drives to the rim and also drained a three-pointer, turning a 30-25 KU lead into a 35-25 lead with just over two minutes to play in the half. Then, just for good measure, Mason delivered an actual highlight early in the second half, racing up the court in transition and wrapping the ball behind his own back, from the right hand to the left, to go up for an uncontested bucket that put Kansas up 52-37 with 15 minutes to play. Even some of the K-State fans in the crowd ooh’d and ahh’d.

• Defensive highlight: Two big-time defensive plays by two different Jayhawks in the final minute of the first half played a huge role in KU leading by 10 at halftime. The first came from Mykhailiuk, who also hit a couple of first-half three-pointers. With K-State’s Iwundu racing down the floor looking to cut the KU lead to six, Mykhailiuk darted back in front of a pass by Iwundu and intercepted it. On the ensuing possession, an Ellis dunk put KU up 10. After that, with KSU looking to keep KU’s lead at single digits, senior forward Traylor picked up a flat-footed rejection of a runner attempt by Justin Edwards. Not only did Traylor get the block, but he also managed to save possession for KU. A Devonté Graham three in the final seconds missed left, but KU still led by 10 entering the locker room.

Podcast episode

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Wayne Selden, Frank Mason applaud team effort in win over K-State

KU juniors Wayne Selden, Frank Mason applaud team effort in Saturday's nine-point win over K-State.

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• Key stat: Field goal percentage. KU was bad at the free-throw line (18 of 30) and sloppy at times with taking care of the ball (15 turnovers). But the Jayhawks out-shot the Wildcats 50 percent to 38 percent, making four more field goals on five fewer attempts.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will head south to play their second-to-last conference road game of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday at No. 25 Baylor on ESPN2. The suddenly red-hot Bears enter Tuesday’s game on the heels of back-to-back victories at home against No. 13 Iowa State and on the road at No. 24 Texas.

— See what people were saying about KU's rematch with rival Kansas State during KUsports.com's live coverage


More news and notes from the Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan




By the Numbers: Kansas 72, Kansas State 63

By the Numbers: Kansas 72, Kansas State 63

Comments

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 4 months ago

If only Brannen had gone for the dunk to finish it off. That would have been sooooo sweet to rub salt in the wound.

John Pritchett 3 years, 4 months ago

You know, I wonder if Greene had something up his sleeve at the end of the game, because he went over the back of one of our other players to rebound the ball and was fighting for it as the clock ran out. It was one of the strangest things I've seen in awhile. I wish I knew why he wanted the ball so badly.

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 4 months ago

To show Bill that he would not attempt a basket while the clock was winding down?

Steve Macy 3 years, 4 months ago

Perry will need lots of ice, I hope he is ready to play on Tuesday, but if there is any question, rest him. It is hard to rush the court when you lose, harder still to compete when your defense consists of reach and grab. What are the rules concerning a coach on the court? Bruce is like a one man court rush at times. Thank you Svi, timely shooting.

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 4 months ago

My hat is off to Perry Ellis . He took a beating but the last thing in his mind was for him to be in the locker room with the game on the line . Perry and Jamari are 2 reasons I want the Jayhawks to win the NC They have given 4 years.. something that you rarely see at a major school. Their heart and desire sometimes mask their weaknesses but the will to win is in both of them. Kudos to them !!!

Rock Chalk

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 4 months ago

both injuries were the result of friendly fire hope he's okay

Bryce Landon 3 years, 4 months ago

Unlike the losses to Michigan State and Iowa State, KU withstood the KSU charge and made just enough big plays down the stretch to seal the win. Hunter Mickelson had the single biggest play of the game when he forced D.J. Edwards into a late turnover with under a minute to play. Why he doesn't get more playing time than he does is a mystery to me.

And with OU beating WVU, we now have a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings.

Guess it's time for me to drop the "Fire Bill Self" mantra. He's doing a hell of a good job this season.

Tyson Ailshie 3 years, 4 months ago

Or at least hold off until we see how we do against the mid-majors of the tourney ;)

James Smith 3 years, 4 months ago

Nope.... Fire Bill Self!!! Again why we lose in March. He can't coach to put teams away or finds a way to let his teams keep teams of lesser quality in games. A couple things go different at the end and we lose this game. Keep being a "Settler" and be happy with this win.

Darrel Stice 3 years, 4 months ago

It'd be really easy to fire back at you, but something tells me you don't use too much sense or good reasoning in your thought process. Let us know when you find the coach and team that never lose.

Kit Duncan 3 years, 4 months ago

It's hard to tell if you're serious. If you truly think Bill Self should be replaced, please enlighten us as to who Kansas could find who would do a better job. Bill is currently number 5 in active coaches in career winning percentage, behind only Mark Few (Gonzaga), Roy Williams (UNC), John Calipari (UK), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke). Self has a better winning percentage at Kansas than Roy Williams had and has won more games and lost fewer At KU than Roy has at UNC during the same period.

Mark Few had the golden job handed to him at Gonzaga. Roy had the golden job handed to him at KU. Cal and Coach K both earned their stripes at lesser schools as did Self before earning their current blue blood jobs.

Who ya gonna get?

Dale Kroening 3 years, 4 months ago

Yeah , fire Self .... A future HOFer , and one of or possibly the best coach in KU history .... Your a moron and obviously know nothing about college basketball . We are on the verge of winning a 12th straight Big12 title in the toughest conference in America , have the longest active home winning streak , longest active consecutive tourney appearance , longest active appearance in the top 25 .... Now Roy should get some credit for the latter two , but Self has continued that success . Have we underachieved at times , sure .... Show me a coach in America that hasn't ???? You have to be good to win it all , but you also need some luck and a lot of things to go your way . Why do you think its so difficult to repeat ???? By your standards no coach in America would satisfy you . If you call what Self has done is "settling" , I'd take it any day all day . There is NOTHING you could say that holds water to fire Bill Self . If you don't like him why not root for another team fool....

Mike Greer 3 years, 4 months ago

You mentioned luck, something I've thought a lot about lately. Without luck OU could have the sweep not KU. Skill and coaching will only get you so far, you need a few things to go your way. First meeting with OU, Latein (sp?) at the free throw line, he's about a 50% shooter, so there's every bit as much chance he makes that shot and it's game over. Second meeting, Hield at the line, he's a 90+ % shooter, he misses the tying shot, that might have changed the way the game played out and the result. The 2008 NC had some luck at the end of regulation, if nothing more than the foul attempt on Sheron wasn't called. The skill and coaching gets you there, but it takes some luck and some things going your way to make a run in the tournament.

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 4 months ago

I think luck is definitely a factor but missing a free throw is not luck. Some made the same argument about the title game against Memphis but the Tigers shot their percentage in that game and eventually it caught up with them.

Mike Greer 3 years, 4 months ago

It's not the missing of free throws, but the timing that seems fortuitous. It's not the call or lack of a call, but the timing of that bad call that seems to change the game.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 4 months ago

Just a thought - telling someone "your a moron" would hold more water if you said "you're a moron".

Just a thought.

James Smith 3 years, 4 months ago

Enjoy your settling ways and keep your expectation low so that you are not disappointed if we don't make the Final Four again.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 4 months ago

24 - 4, #2 in the polls. I'm not sure that you're seeing the whole picture James.

IF we get bounced in the first weekend then maybe you're onto something but this is a much better team than the ones we had in the past two seasons.

IF we make it to the Final Four James, are you willing to admit that you are wrong?

James Smith 3 years, 4 months ago

Yes but everyone else is happy winning Big 12 Championships and won't do the same if we don't make it. I have seen seasons like this too many times.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 4 months ago

Agree.. but if we fail to make it past the first weekend again you can expect to hear more than a few calls to replace Self. College basketball puts far more emphasis on the postseason than the regular season. Maybe that's true for all sports.

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 4 months ago

Why are we playing K-State on Rivalry Week? By my count we are 49-5 since the formation of the Big 12. Is 49-5 the definition of rivalry?

Bryce Landon 3 years, 4 months ago

Considering we've gone only 5-4 against the Cats in Bramlage the last nine games, I'd say it's a rivalry.

Kit Duncan 3 years, 4 months ago

Missouri bolted, so the default fell to the in-state school. OU has OSU. Texas has 3 other in-state schools to choose from since aTm is gone. ISU is rivalry-less as is UVW. : )

Joe Ross 3 years, 4 months ago

If someone asked me who is the emerging rival to Kansas, it would be Iowa State no question.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 4 months ago

Exactly what I think. Kansas State has made a decent attempt with wins at home to make this into a rivalry but for the most part, it's the games against Iowa State that have far more implications.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 4 months ago

If you want to go even further back, since Larry Brown replaced Ted Owens in 1983, Kansas is 72-11 against Kansas State.

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 4 months ago

I like Mickleson but we have a good problem to have too many bigs ....plus Lucas has stepped you .....Micks ankle sprain may have been a factor as well . Mickelson is a capable player if need be , Think about it Bragg and Diallo are gonna be good with a little seasoning The losses to Michigan St and Iowa state we were in control but once we lost the lead we got tight and didn't do what got us the lead ATTACKING THE BASKET. A dozen donuts....a dozen eggs ........and a 12 pack .........12 is a good number

Rock Chalk

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 4 months ago

Check ESPN top ten. I expect his behind the back layup to be on it.

Rich Hageman 3 years, 4 months ago

Really James ,, Fire Bill Self , the best coach in the NCAA , look at the record !! You have no clue !!

Mike Greer 3 years, 4 months ago

No no no, I want him to keep coaching KU ;). Besides, one basketball playing president jinxing the Jayhawks has been enough.

Rich Hageman 3 years, 4 months ago

Big 12 Champs !! Again !! This is getting to Easy !! RCJH !! Why would anyone even suggest firing Coach Self ????

Janet Olin 3 years, 4 months ago

Looking more optimistic for sure, but maybe hold off on the "easy". 2 road games left and a tough one at home vs. ISU. Won't win them unless free throw shooting improves. Or the three point shooting makes up for lost FTs.

Tyler Capone 3 years, 4 months ago

LOl @ James. Notice how he hasn't said anything since his ridiculous comment. No need to give him attention. RCJH

John Pritchett 3 years, 4 months ago

I loved the Mason behind-the-back play, but also thought that nasty Jamari Traylor rim-hanging dunk was a strong candidate for offensive play of the game.

Joe Ross 3 years, 4 months ago

Matt....we need a percentage wheel.

Kansas' '16 conference championship prospects:

Outright winners Shared title Implosion--Some other team wins

Tony Bandle 3 years, 4 months ago

All along, I felt that this team with all it's experience and talent would gain number 12 by the good old formula, 9-0 at home and minimum 5-4 on the road. Considereing that the two home games put us at 13-3 and everybody else is at least two games behind, even losing the two road games [which I feel won't happen] puts us in a tie and puts #12 on the banner.

Next season is when I feel the streak will end at unlucky thirteen. Without Perry, Jamari, Hunter, most likely Wayne [although that's not a sure thing anymore unless he has a bunch more of "Oklahoma" games], Bill will have, save for Landen, a really Greene[pardon the pun] front line.

Don;t get me wrong, we'll have a bunch of talent coming back with some excellent talent coming in [Josh, come on down!!!], and KU will be good, I just think the string is about to run out.

Mike Greer 3 years, 4 months ago

All streaks come to an end, and it's going to happen sooner or later, but we're not the only team loosing experienced players. ISU looses their best player, OU has 4 guys that have played over 90 games together that will break up, Baylor is loosing some experience in their lineup, so we still have as good a shot as anyone. And coach has replaced the starting 5 before and still won the conference. I wouldn't give up on the streak just yet.

Joseph Leon 3 years, 4 months ago

Mike, I'm not busting your chops, I promise. but can you explain to me why so many people online spell lose as loose. Is it a spelling error? a typo? what is it? i see it all the time. : )

Scott Lippoldt 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey, Joseph,

Not to answer for Mike, but it's probably not a spelling error or a typo. It is just one of those things in society that we are getting a little "loose" with. (Sorry--I should lose the humor!)

Actually, that is the "Grammar Gremlin" that I will be teaching my students next week. Others have included their/there/they're, "a lot" is always two words, its vs it's, accept vs. except, principal vs principle, when to use I or me, etc. Unfortunately, these things just aren't explicitly taught very often anymore, and thus the misusage becomes commonplace and accepted. Hope this helps...

Humpy Helsel 3 years, 4 months ago

Fire Bill Self. Huh. Really? I am sitting hear debating in my mind whether such comment deserves any response whatsoever. Well, what does one do if you come across someone walking down the street yelling out for everyone who will listen, "I'm a total idiot!"? And if by chance we note by their words and behavior, they well might be...Do you say anything or just go about your business because you realize they must not know any better? I am contemplating this dilemma right now! After short consideration these might be the same individuals who post on the football program side the ledger with some regularity, I finally conclude the poor souls should be left to live in their own world and to hope they find another location to share their lack of good judgment and lack of good cheer. One thing we should all conclude, or at least hope, they certainly wouldn't be in possession of a piece of paper hanging from their wall which testifies they are scholars and graduates of our outstanding University of Kansas.

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 4 months ago

13 is a unlucky number only if you think it is I believe Wilt Chamberlain wore number 13 for K U and that worked pretty well , nearly got us a NC ...... Sure we will lose Perry ,Jamari and Mickelson but look at what we have coming back I like our chances as well as anyone else in the Big 12 This time next year we may be talking about number 14 ......Something the great UCLA teams never did

Rock Chalk

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