Saturday, February 4, 2017


Tom Keegan: Unlikely 3-point threat shoots Cyclones to win in Allen Fieldhouse

Iowa State guard Deonte Burton (30) puts up a shot over Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Iowa State guard Deonte Burton (30) puts up a shot over Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.


This is how easier-than-most-to-shake upsets happen in basketball: A talented player who doesn’t care how many shots in a row he has missed keeps firing without ever looking back, without ever fearing consequences in the event the shots keep clanking off the rim.

Deonte Burton played that role to near perfection Saturday to lift Iowa State to a 92-89, overtime victory over Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks had won 51 in a row.

In his previous three games, Burton had missed each of his 10 3-point attempts and came into the game shooting .305 from long range.

Burton made 7 of 9 3-pointers and totaled 29 points, eight rebounds and six steals.

In Ames, Burton scored 21 points, but seemed to be doing KU a favor by spending too much time on the perimeter. He made 1 of 6 3-pointers in that one, so the same player who shot the Cylones out of it in Ames shot them to victory in Lawrence.

A case could be made that had Burton, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound leaper built like a defensive end, stayed close to the rim in both games, Iowa State would have won at home and lost on the road. Instead, the reverse happened.

Not that Burton was the only factor, just the X-factor. Kansas turned it over 21 times and Iowa State made 18 of 34 3-pointers on a day their 3-point specialist, Matt Thomas, went 0 for 5 behind the arc.

Burton had made 18 3-pointers all season heading into the game.


“Definitely,” Kansas senior guard Frank Mason said. “But when we played them at Ames he shot the ball pretty well but not like that. I knew he could get hot any moment after the first half because he got off to a good start.”

For an underdog, the 3-point shot in basketball equates to a puncher’s chance in boxing.

“They played with house money today,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “They came in and played with a free mind. We tried to tell our guys they’re going to come in and let if fly. That’s their chance to make a lot of 3’s and we didn’t defend it.”

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Burton is a better and more thoroughly scouted player than sophomore Marchello Vealy was when he came to Allen Fieldhouse on Nov. 15, 2006, having made 1 of 14 3-point attempts during his career.

He came off the bench, made his first seven 3-pointers, scored 22 points and led ORU to a 78-71 victory.

Saturday’s game, the fourth in a killer eight-game stretch of the schedule, wasn’t as big a surprise. But Kansas was favored by 10 points, likely the largest point spread during the eight-game stretch.

"We let them get shots up," said Self, after Iowa State became the first school to beat him twice in Allen Fieldhouse. "Some open looks, especially in key moments they got some open looks, but they had to do a good job and knock the shots down and that is what they did. All it took was for them to miss a couple of those, and they didn't. That is what a veteran team like them is supposed to do and props to them for hitting those shots."

The loss didn’t hurt Kansas in the Big 12 standings because Kansas State upset Baylor in Waco and Oklahoma State upset West Virginia in Morgantown, but KU failing to win a game it led by 14 points at the half still makes it a bad loss. It further illustrated how the team’s lack of depth, absence of a post-up scoring threat and shortage of defensive help for Landen Lucas on the interior translates to closer games than in typical seasons.

Now Kansas must prepare for a Kansas State team coming off a victory at Baylor and a creative K-State student fan base armed with a series of disturbing headlines linked to the Jayhawks off the court. It will take a tougher performance than Kansas was able to muster Saturday to defeat a K-State team that lost in Allen Fieldhouse, 90-88, on Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk's walk-off winner.

By the Numbers: Iowa State 92, Kansas 89 (OT).

By the Numbers: Iowa State 92, Kansas 89 (OT).

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Barry Weiss 3 years, 4 months ago

did anyone think it was strange that Bragg was not even at the game? Maybe I missed him, but I think there is something to that.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 3 years, 4 months ago

What a great first half it was to watch and what a terrible second half to witness. It reminded me of several of the NCAA tournament games we've lost where some unheralded player makes 7 3-pointers and we lose by two.
But we could have still won if we'd just taken care of the ball. Huge missed opportunity to take a commanding lead in the league. Devonte Graham needs to step up and start asserting his will on the game more. Forget 7 deep, we're 5 deep.

Greg Bowles 3 years, 4 months ago

I agree with you Karen. For some reason we did not guard the three point line AT ALL! I kind of blame coach Self for not switching from man to man to a possible 3-2 zone to keep the outside threat at bay. The Iowa State back court was exploiting the mismatches in the man to man perfectly. Didn't seem like anyone was willing to take on Burton. Yes, we did miss a perfect opportunity to seize a two game lead in the league, since all the top teams lost on their home floors. I think the K-State game will be a very difficult one for us and especially Svi. I am sure they will have some major heckling for him. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Dirk Medema 3 years, 4 months ago

Making outside shots is what forces team out of zones, not into zones.

It is fine to mix-up D's, but there is a time and place for each of them. It's not just a matter of throwing food at the wall to see what sticks.

Robert Brock 3 years, 4 months ago

Burton showed Josh Jackson what it was like to play against a MAN.

Jay Scott 3 years, 4 months ago

Still think Josh is headed to the D League?

Carolyn Hunzicker 3 years, 4 months ago

How can Jackson not be able to guard a 245 pound average player. As far back as he guards, he needs to be 7 foot to be effective.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 4 months ago

Burton is to small to make it in the league, but he is far from an average player.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 4 months ago

My take on the game is simple. Due to the reduced rotational options and thus heavier playing time totals, our main six guys are getting gassed and are slow to react as the game wears on.This was their third game in eight days and sooner or later it was going to catch up to them.

Just look at all the close games that they have played. When was the last time we blew someone out?

Also, sorry, but anyone saying that the incidents in and around the team are not distractions to the team is, pardon me, full of crap. This is a topic being talked about on a national level. One concern is what potential recruits and, more specifically, recruits parents are thinking at this moment.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 4 months ago

70% on FT's for the game, but I think it was less than 50 in the last few minutes.

That and "every possession counts".

Kent Richardson 3 years, 4 months ago

Freak game. We did our 3 minute scoring drought twice or so. We developed this about 6 games ago. We know we can outscore every one but when we don't then it's WVU, IND, and ISU. We have been getting lackadaisical with the ball the last month or longer. Their 4 guard was unconscious from 3 and we coughed it up 23 times. Freak game after a tough week. I doubt it is the end. Everyone gives us their absolute best effort and we screwed up that is all.

Mike Greer 3 years, 3 months ago

21 turnovers, they turn the ball over a lot with an average of around 13, but 21 turnovers, that's what costs you a game you basically won in the first half.

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