Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Jayhawks edge rival K-State at buzzer to win Sunflower Showdown

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) comes in with a put-back bucket against Kansas State during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) comes in with a put-back bucket against Kansas State during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.


The typical Kansas stars did most of the damage, but junior wing Svi Mykhailiuk won the game late for the Jayhawks in a thrilling Sunflower Showdown Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Mykhailiuk beat the buzzer with a game-winning layup against rival Kansas State, allowing KU to edge the Wildcats, 90-88.

Prior to that, a big bounce-back game by freshman Josh Jackson and a typical showing from senior leader Frank Mason III kept K-State from stunning the home crowd and the favored Jayhawks.

After scoring a season-low four points in his Big 12 debut the previous week, Jackson rebounded — and dunked and passed — his way to a far better performance, helping the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks survive.

Though both Jackson and Mason struggled with turnovers at times (nine combined), the freshman’s overall game — career-high 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists — and Mason’s 3-point shooting (4-for-5) helped KU hold off its capable rival.

Kansas (13-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) shot 53 percent from the floor, and finished with five players in double figures.

Mason, who entered the day as the league’s co-leading scorer with Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans, put up 15. His running mate, junior Devonte’ Graham, scored 13, but it was senior Landen Lucas, who produced 18 to go with his 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double, and Mykhailiuk (11 points) who came through in crunch time.

K-State (12-2, 1-1) shot the ball well, too, in a hostile environment, making 51 percent, and was led by sophomore forward Dean Wade’s 20 points, which tied a career high.

The combative primetime affair marked the end of K-State’s seven-game winning streak, and brought KU’s win streak to 13 games, following a season-opening loss to Indiana, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Though K-State had a shot to take the lead in the final 20 seconds (a missed Wade 3-pointer from the top of the key), KU extended its winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse to 47 games.

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

• The game turned when: Kansas, which led by 10 at intermission, put together just enough offense to survive, after rival K-State clawed back to tie things up — first at 75, then at 84 and 88, as well.

Mason set up Lucas for a layup with 1:27 left, and the senior big man put it in for an 86-84 lead. His free throws at the 1:02 mark proved crucial, too, before Mykhailiuk won the game with a buzzer-beating layup.

With 5.6 seconds left and the length of the floor to travel, Mykhailiuk threw an in-bounds pass to Graham, then got the ball back before traversing the length of the floor for the clutch basket.

Much earlier, a drive for a basket in the paint by Wade tied the game at 75 with more than eight minutes to play. But Jackson, who dominated much of the first half, quickly reasserted himself with a basket to make sure the Wildcats didn’t get an opportunity to re-gain the lead at that juncture.

• Offensive highlight: Less than three minutes into another showcase night for Jackson, the freshman from Detroit annihilated the rim with a one-handed slam that will replay on the fieldhouse video board for years to come.

Graham had the attention of the K-State defense near the right elbow, and when Jackson saw that, he made a hard cut for the paint. Graham put the ball right in Jackson’s hands with a bounce pass, and though Wildcats senior forward D.J. Johnson tried sliding over to help, it was too late.

Jackson skied above his defender, cocked the ball back with his right hand and added another pulverizing tomahawk to his constantly growing highlight reel.

• Defensive highlight: There certainly weren’t many for Kansas in this heated in-state showdown. But Jackson’s speed, footwork and anticipation showed up on the defensive end of the floor late in the second half.

Lurking outside of a passing lane like a pick-happy defensive back, Jackson jumped a Kamau Stokes pass and would’ve took off for an open dunk had Wade not bumped him immediately following the steal. Jackson made both ensuing free-throw attempts to build KU’s lead to six with 7:17 left.

• Key stat: Turnovers. KU made 15 of them and they led to 17 K-State points. Those numbers kept K-State competitive and gave the Wildcats a shot at knocking off the Jayhawks.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will be back in Allen Fieldhouse Saturday to take on Texas Tech (6:15 p.m., ESPN2).

By the Numbers: Kansas 90, Kansas State 88.

By the Numbers: Kansas 90, Kansas State 88.

— See what people were saying about the game during's live coverage.

More news and notes from Kansas vs. Kansas State


Barry Weiss 3 years, 5 months ago

well, I think we are getting mauled down low by teams. I have not seen the box score, but I'm worried.

At least WV lost tonight.

Jay Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

The box score tells a different story. Rebounds even. Paint scoring even. Bigs scoring...who knows?...who's "big" for KU? Lucas, Bragg, Lightfoot and Jackson outscored Johnson, Wade and Budke by 10.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 5 months ago

well Jay, I think you will see it by the end of this year. It's coming. I'll eat crow if I'm wrong. But we are definitely on the ragged edge with Lucas and Brag.

Jay Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

DJ Johnson had 10 points, 5 boards and fouled out. I'd say that Lucas and Bragg did fine.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 5 months ago

Cool thing for Mykailiuk to hit the game winner with his dad in stands. However the ‘Hawks really didn’t need to keep it that close to come down to the last second.

This team needs to make up its mind to get tougher and close down opponents. Given the competitiveness of our last two games and the WVa loss to TTU, it’s apparent every night, home or away, will be a dogfight. We’ve got to quite with the silly turnovers (10 KSU steals, really…?) and start playing some D. Kenpom has the AdjD for this team of 26! That’s the worst D since Kenpom commenced operations in 2002, which was 6,3,14,19,2,1,1,12,8,9,3,5,22,10,3,26 for each year!!! This team is turning in worst defensive metrics than the ’14 Tharpe days. I never thought this team could possibly be this bad defensively and certainly never thought I’d ever see a worse defensive team since the defensive disaster days of the Tharpe nightmare.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 5 months ago

That game was the best-played Sunflower Showdown since the 2010 double-overtimer in Manhattan.

Daniel Kennamore 3 years, 5 months ago

Very obvious missed travel call on Svi's last layup, but there were bad calls all night so I'll take it.

Self needs to find an answer for how to defend against a large post man or this team is a 16 bow-out at best.

Bob Thompson 3 years, 5 months ago

Bad calls all night? I have never seen a game with so many bad calls. No calls when fouled, and fouls called when their were none. I really feel sorry for the players both KU and KSU to have to play with refs that bad.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 5 months ago

The more things change, the more the seem to stay the same. The start of this season seems reminiscent of seasons past.

1] Win a tough game on the road against a stronger than expected opponent [TCU].

2] Take care of business in sloppy fashion against someone in the home opener [if Svi had taken any more steps, they would have started to play line dancing music].(KSU].

3] Pound someone in the third game {TT}.

4] Lose three road games [Baylor, West Virginia, ISU].

5] Lose to someone they shouldn't lose to [Okie State or maybe KSU].

6] Surge in the second half of the season to go for number 13.

7] When a game at home on some miracle play.[Svi's layup, McClemore's bank shot, etc.]

8] End the season 14-4 tied with at least two other teams for the Championship. Advance to the Elite Eight and maybe, just maybe

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 5 months ago

TCU looks good, KSU looks even better. Or is it our so-so defense that makes them look good? We won both games through great labor. But, it looks like we can avoid to have a rough season if: we have the edge on rebounding with our 'bigs', our team doesn't give up so many second chances, stop ugly TOs, better FTs, and we know how to utilize bigs on offense. Other than that, 50% FG on offense justifies playing 4 guards, or whatever; looks like we're sharing the ball as we should.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 5 months ago

Well free throws are better - -in the first two games of Big 12 competition 74.4 % - - -32-43 attempted, our assists is up in Big 12 play 20.5 per game as where overall was 19 shooting 3pt% 43.1% - -it's the dam defensive end . When is the last time you have seen a team into Allen and shoot 50% for the game?

Bryce Landon 3 years, 5 months ago

Based on their records coming into their games against us, I'm inclined to think that TCU and Kansas State are legitimately good this season.

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 5 months ago

I thought about that, too, Bryce.. but winning by 2 against UT? beats me.. either their testosterone level increases playing at AFH, or they're really getting better.

Michael Sillman 3 years, 5 months ago

Watching the game on TV, I was surprised by the low energy in the fieldhouse for a K State game. The team seemed to be uninspired as well. Very happy to just get the W.

Rick Golden 3 years, 5 months ago

Bottom line is we are just not that good i love KU like the next person but we cannot defend and its not just the post

Jay Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

Rick. Do you watch other games? Nobody can defend. The way the games are called, they're all shootouts. It's what the NCAA wants.

Jay Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

I did. TTU 77 WVU 76. Almost every player had 3 fouls. TTU 2 best fouled out. 54 FTs were taken. Only 33 were made...

Gerry Butler 3 years, 5 months ago

LOL, Jay Rick says watch West Virginia umm how did that work for west Virginia last night? League is a lot tougher all around. Jay watch how many times West Virginia hacks away with fouls ugly, ugly, ugly games. We see what happens to West Virginia when teams handle there press refer to last night lol

Robert Brock 3 years, 5 months ago

Someday, Vick will catch on to this defense thing.

Michael Sillman 3 years, 5 months ago

I frankly think that the new foul calling emphasis favors zone defense. Witness Baylor's success. Self may need to drop his opposition to a zone and use it for significant portions of games. If he does I like the 1-3-1 at Michigan. It leads to instant offenses by forcing steals in the driving and passing lanes.

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps, Sillman, in KSU case, zone might've helped, considering how they brought the ball inside so deep (made it) and so easy to pass through our men. In mano-e-mano, I've seen so many times our team didn't seal out the opponents, or kinda lost watching the ball instead of their men. If they are reminded that they need to be in the line between their men and the basket, fundamental defense, then we could've avoided so many second chances.

Larry Jackson 3 years, 5 months ago

I think Self's contract prohibits zone defense. At least it appears that way. No zone defense is a Iba/Okie-State/Self kind of thing. Isn't it?

Justin Kruse 3 years, 5 months ago

Glad we got the win. Make some free throws and we wouldn't be in that close of a game. Keep working the ball inside through Lucas. Rock Chalk

Rick Golden 3 years, 5 months ago

Jay do you think we are giving 100% percent on D? Stop being a homer and realize we are not a good defensive team at all and its not just the bigs I'm sick of hearing Fran talk about how good of defenders mason and graham are. they get beat off dribble everygame

Jay Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

Giving 100%? Stupidest comment of the year...but it's early....

Gerry Butler 3 years, 5 months ago

you might wanna check some of the other College teams guards are on the D - -say umm like Duke, Kentucky pathetic gets beat off the Dribble drive repeatedly Duke guards and stop anything. I will say this our WHOLE defense is bad you are right about that, but comes across like it's just our guys, all across the board schools defense really stinks like Jay said you tell me. Do people come to watch a game to see how good of a defensive tam is there with a score of 41-40 or 52-51, ? - - Or do they pay money to watch the players get up and down the floor be aggressive free flow, and the score in the low to mid 80's? People want to see the up and down not the walk the ball up the flow snell pace tempo and play defense the entire shot clock time after time that is just not happening anymore

Michael Sillman 3 years, 5 months ago

I have finally figured it out. Jay Scott is another screen name for our President Elect. Same ego. Same rudeness.

Jay Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

Here's the good news Mikey. Even if you're an angry snowflake, President Trump will make your life better, probably without you having any idea why. That is of course, unless you're a government bureaucrat or a welfare case.

Like our incoming President, I'm not worried about offending people with the truth.Thanks for the comparison. It's humbling to be declared...presidential.

Michael Sillman 3 years, 5 months ago

It really is you, Donald. Thank God. Now I know.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 5 months ago

Barry, don't know if I have mentioned before, but I like your comments. Insightful and to the point.

I am concerned about the defense, mainly because Coach Self is. He has been quoted as saying this team scores as easily as perhaps any team he has had, so maybe the players subconsciously think that they can make up for their defensive mistakes with their offense.

We'll see. Coach Self usually gets what he wants in the end, so I expect the defense to get better.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Harlan. I think I am an "old guy" like you that has watched decades of KU basketball. (If you are not an "old guy" my I enjoy your comments as well. I know I am a bit wound up about our depth with Lucas, Bragg, Colby and Lightfoot. It's thin in my book. Take last night for example. If Lucas picked up that 5th foul with even a few minutes left, we would have lost. We have very little margin for error now. Some, obviously, disagree and feel we are fine, good, the paint. I just don't think so. If our 3 ball game is good, it can overcome our problem with bigs. If they are off, and our FT's (which almost cost us last night) are sub 70%, we are very, very beatable. Dang, giving up 88 points at home.....( I know, I know...we scored 90)

Tony Bandle 3 years, 5 months ago

Harlan, you happy-go-lucky elf,'re optimism is refreshing. However, I must respectfully object.

Based on the fact that we are going with only a seven man rotation which is starting to play more four guard schemes, based on the fact that KU will be doing two games a week for the next eight weeks or so and based on the fact Bill hasn't shown an inclination to "zone it", those tired legs will translate into even more clean drives and looks to the basket against the Hawks.

I think there is only one solution......BOMBS AWAY!!!!!! If ya can't stop 'em, pop 'em!!!

I know this is not classic Bill Self KU basketball, but, damn, this is fun to watch!!!

Rick Golden 3 years, 5 months ago

Jay doesnt like people with comments that are completely accurate and true

Jay Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

Richie.. Feel free to point out an example. Is your assertion the players aren't giving 100% something that's 100% accurate and true?

Rick Golden 3 years, 5 months ago

Gerry the problem is the NCAA is trying to fix college BB withis freedom of movement crap.But the thing is nothing was wrong with college BB

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