Manhattan Kansas sophomore Svi Mykhailiuk, who had played just seven minutes the last three games, scored nine points off the bench in the Jayhawks’ 72-63 win Saturday at Kansas State.
Mykhailiuk shot 3-for-4 from three-point range, with four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 20 minutes.
“He likes K-State because those have been his best two games probably in league play,” KU coach Bill Self said.
Mykhailiuk had 10 points and four assists in KU’s 77-59 win over KSU on Feb. 3, in Lawrence.
Images from the Jayhawks' rematch against Kansas State, Saturday in Manhattan.
“Those three threes he made were big. He was the best player in the game in the first half (two threes). They went zone two possessions. Him making the three right off the bat got ’em out of the zone,” Self added.
Big 12 lead: KU is two games up on West Virginia, Oklahoma and Baylor in the league race, with four games to play.
“We’re in good shape, but we need to go play great Tuesday (7 p.m., at Baylor). If you win Tuesday, you put yourself in terrific position,” Self said. “I’m proud of our guys. We don’t need to relax at all.”
Fans boo Greene: KU junior Brannen Greene, who drew KSU’s ire by dunking at the end of regulation in KU’s 19-point win over KSU in Lawrence, was the first Jayhawk out of the tunnel onto the court for warmups before the game.
Drawing boos, Greene immediately accepted a pass from a manager and went in and dunked. Greene did not score in five minutes during the game.
Purple posters: Some signs visible in the crowd: “Joe Buck > Bob Davis,” “Beware of the Storm,” “My grandpa posterized Perry Ellis when he was in grade school.”
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.
This, that: KU leads the all-time series with Kansas State, 190-93. ... Since Feb. 12, 1994, KU has won 51 of the last 56 meetings. ... KU is now 76-47 in games played in Manhattan including a 24-4 record inside Bramlage Coliseum. ... KU coach Bill Self is 26-5 all-time versus KSU, including 25-5 while at KU. Bruce Weber is 2-8 vs. KU, including 2-7 while at K-State.
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