Kansas defeats Kansas State, 90-88

  • 8 p.m., Jan. 3, 2017
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Spectacular Svi: Mykhailiuk’s buzzer beater lifts Jayhawks past K-State, 90-88

With a hand in his face, Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts in the final bucket to give the Jayhawks a 90-88 win over Kansas State on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

With a hand in his face, Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts in the final bucket to give the Jayhawks a 90-88 win over Kansas State on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.


With his father, Iurri, visiting from Ukraine and sitting in the Allen Fieldhouse bleachers behind the visitor’s bench, cheering for everything from his son’s introduction to a couple of made free throws, Kansas junior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk had the ball in his hands with the game on the line and gave his dad something to truly cheer about.

With the game tied and 5.6 seconds remaining, Mykhailiuk nearly fell across the inbounds line before flipping the ball to Devonte’ Graham, who quickly pitched it ahead to Mykhailiuk, whose running start set the stage for a coast-to-coast lay-in that gave third-ranked Kansas a thrilling, 90-88 win over Sunflower State rival Kansas State on Tuesday night.

After catching the ball 75 feet from the basket, Mykhailiuk raced up the left side of the floor with two dribbles, let the shot fly on the right side of the lane and watched the ball fall through the net as the horn sounded and red light popped on signifying the end of the game.

Asked, somewhat sarcastically, if the play was the one KU coach Bill Self drew up in the timeout, Mykhailiuk grinned and said he was trying to inbound the ball to Frank Mason III, who, earlier this season, beat Duke with a game-winning jumper in the Champions Classic in New York City.

Asked what went through his mind after catching the pass from Graham, Mykhailiuk said: “I was just trying to make a layup because it was an open lane.”

After the game, K-State coach Bruce Weber said he was happy with the way his team played and battled and OK with Mykhailiuk being the guy who hit the game-winner.

“I didn’t want Frank to beat us,” Weber said of the final play. “I’ve watched him too much over the years. I saw him against Duke (in November) and I wanted to take the ball out of his hands.”

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As soon as his teammates realized Mykhailiuk was the one who would get the opportunity to win it, a variety of thoughts flashed through their heads.

“Rebound in case he missed it,” said freshman Josh Jackson, who flirted with a triple-double and finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists. “Just try to tip it in.”

Joked Landen Lucas: “I wanted him to throw the alley-oop to me but he made it so it’s OK.... It was a great play by Svi because it wasn’t exactly what we drew up but he improvised and made it happen.”

Following the first game-winner of his competitive career, Mykhailiuk (3-of-7 shooting for 11 points) was the picture of composure after the game, insisting that he was much happier that his shot gave his team the victory and barely even acknowledging the individual praise and mob-scene celebration that followed.

“I was just focused on the game and trying to win the game for my team,” he said, noting that he had already seen the replay on his phone while texting his father. “It’s probably at the top and it’s a great moment in my life. It feels great. But we just need to focus on the next game.”

That the Jayhawks (13-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) were even in the position of needing Mykhailiuk’s heroics in the final seconds was a testament to the kind of game Kansas State (12-2, 1-1) played from start to finish.

The Wildcats were red hot in the first half — 54 percent from the floor, 50 percent from three-point range and 88 percent at the free throw line — yet somehow trailed by 10 at the break.

That “somehow” was classic Kansas, which matched or surpassed K-State’s hot shooting everywhere but the free throw line to build that 10-point halftime lead.

The early going had all of the elements required for the typical Kansas-pounces-on-the-Wildcats barrage that we’ve seen so many times in the past.

The Jayhawks got great effort on the offensive glass, had no problem getting out in transition and benefited from a violent, rim-rattling, soul-shaking one-handed flush from Jackson that sent the building into a frenzy and forced K-State to call a timeout with 17:08 to play.

But then a funny thing happened. The Wildcats refused to flinch and actually responded with a 15-7 run for an 21-13 lead at the 13:20 mark of the first half.

The KSU lead grew to 24-15 after a 3-pointer by freshman Xavier Sneed, but then Jackson took over, scoring two buckets inside, assisting on another and then finishing an and-one in transition to pull the Jayhawks even with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half.

“Tonight, I just felt like I was gonna come out, be aggressive, bring energy to the game and try to attack the basket a little more,” Jackson said. “And it worked out.”

That was offensively. Defensively, the Jayhawks allowed K-State to shoot 51 percent for the game and left head coach Bill Self less than thrilled about his team’s effort, calling this group the poorest defensive team he’s had since he’s been at Kansas.

Never were KU’s defensive limitations more dangerous than in the final seconds, when K-State actually got the first look at a game-winner, a 3-pointer from sophomore Dean Wade that missed just short and set the table for Mykhailiuk to win it.

“We lived on borrowed time tonight and got away with it,” Self said. “We were really luck that he missed the shot.”

Kansas returns to action at 6:15 p.m. Saturday against Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse.

By the Numbers: Kansas 90, Kansas State 88.

By the Numbers: Kansas 90, Kansas State 88.

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Steve Zimmerman 4 years, 9 months ago

Sure, we won in the end. But give credit to KSU team. They didn't give us easy win. They have players who know how to FAKE under the rim, nice foot work, and I like how they pass inside. That's something our coaching staff needs to learn from. Develop players through fundamental skills. If we watch how Jackson often banks his shot while sliding sideways - that's not a high percentage FG. He should face the basket more. Bragg, Lucas, could fake more under the rim. Frank, as I said many times, this guy can really do serious damage if he knows how to pass on the inside. I know he has more control than last year, but boy.. if he has vision and can pass like Jackson, Frank can rack double double every night.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 9 months ago

Mykailiuk showed us the inverted version of his euro-step.

Rick Golden 4 years, 9 months ago

This team will not do anything special this year unless it learns how to defend and defend without fouling

Brett McCabe 4 years, 9 months ago

88 points allowed in regulation, at AFH, to a bubble team pretty much says it all. TTU and KSU are both bubble teams, at best. We've got work to do.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 9 months ago

How great for Svi's parents. What an incredible moment to watch their son win the game, and then hear that crowd roar. A special, special, special moment.

Andy Godwin 4 years, 9 months ago

"Defensively, the Jayhawks allowed K-State to shoot 51 percent for the game and left head coach Bill Self less than thrilled about his team’s effort, calling this group the poorest defensive team he’s had since he’s been at Kansas." Note to Self, you have only one center (Bragg looks completely out of place in the middle) who is not a rim protector and your guards constantly fail to prevent penetration. Normally the holiday break is when the team moves forward defensively, yet it is clear that only man-to-man will not work with this team. There are many Big XII teams that have more size than KU and the scouting reports will be to go after Lucas and Jackson and get them into foul trouble. Time to swallow your pride and mix in the zone. Only way to preserve Lucas, because the options behind him do not look promising.

Clarence Haynes 4 years, 9 months ago

Refs missed a number of calls on both sides.

Steve Corder 4 years, 9 months ago

Too many tacky fouls...and how does a ref call blocking when a player keeps backing down toward the rim, using weight advantage to move the defensive player from his established position?

Loss of Udoka is proving to be more significant than initially believed.

Without Self on the bench KU loses that game.

Jay Scott 4 years, 9 months ago

Lots of defensive coaches and Chicken Littles out there.

Look around. Nobody can defend. B1G scores are in the 70s. The way the games are called, it's impossible to defend. It's what the NCAA wants.

Ryan Zimmerman 4 years, 9 months ago

All the Kstate fans on my FB feed are talking about the travel. Of course it was a travel, it's easy to see as a spectator. Refs missed it, but they missed a ton of calls on both sides all game. That last one they missed happened to be a game winner. I would have loved to see us win in OT, but Svi deserved that moment regardless. But to say the entire game was lost on that one call isn't accurate. You hate to see a game that way, but there was 39 minutes and 55 seconds of the game to where KState could've scored another basket or made a play. It wasn't a 5 second game and first to score wins. But the refs all game were pretty poor. Josh gets a technical for yelling at the ref, but Johnson on Kstate does it 3 times and nothing? IDK what Josh said, but be interesting to know. Regardless, that game in Manhattan will be a good one to watch.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 9 months ago

For those who can't watch a sporting event and actually understand what they are seeing, and prefer to look at statistics; KU - 8th in the conference in scoring defense and 6th in the conference in FG% defense. It's a problem. I know, Captain Obvious, here....

We are fortunate that we've played two conference opponents who will struggle to make post-season, with one of those games being played in the toughest home gym in America. If we had opened vs. Baylor and WVU, it would have made that game against the Kentucky Platoons look competitive.

Self himself has ranted about this team's lack of defensive toughness but he generally finds a way, and I'm confident the he will again. Another poster suggested a switch to zone. I listened Self on the radio a few weeks ago explain why he won't do it and it basically came down to credibility with the team. He believes that you can't preach a philosophy and then switch it when the going gets tough. It sends several wrong signals to your players.

Today is a day I'm truly happy that I'm not on the KU basketball roster - this is not a practice that I'd want to attend.

The good news? We're undefeated in conference. The world is our oyster.

Jay Scott 4 years, 9 months ago

Are you basing the 8th and 6th rankings on all games played or conference games played?

All games? Surely you noticed that some teams have played mostly cupcakes.

Conference games? They've played at most 2 and some teams only one.

"For those who can't watch a sporting event and actually understand what they are seeing, and prefer to look at statistics" - You understand neither.

I promised not to mock your stupid comments if you didn't make any. Jan 4 was all it took...

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 9 months ago

A bunch of good comments, but I do want to echo those giving KSU some accolades. For all of the jokes that we have made at times about Bruce Weber (myself included), he coached a marvelous game.

He had his players ready, and they had a very good game plan of challenging KU in the paint to either get easy baskets and/or fouls. They almost pulled it off, and who knows, if the traveling call had been made on Svi (which seemed pretty obvious), they might have prevailed in overtime although I doubt it. Without Johnson, who fouled out, their inside game was demonstrably weaker.

Weber's goal to not let Frank Mason beat them was excellent strategy, and Frank got most all of his points from outside. In fact, down the stretch, I had expected Frank to try to take over with his drives to the basket. KSU just kept him from doing so.

Going forward, our lack of depth inside is our potential Achilles heel. We are more passive inside than in the past because we seem to be trying to do as much as possible to minimize foul trouble. Unless Coleby and Lightfoot can give us some good minutes, it will all be up to Landen and Carlton.

The good part is that Landen has really come on big the last couple of games, and I believe that will continue.

All in all, it was a good night. We won, and WVU lost at Texas Tech, a place where we can hopefully snare another road run. Of course, we have to beat them at our place next Saturday first. Go Hawks!

Barry Weiss 4 years, 9 months ago

Harlan, I do believe the b-12 is going to be much more than a three way race many projected. We have played two very good teams. Like you, I worry about our inside depth, and it will catch up with us, most likely with Baylor.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 9 months ago

Here is an idea for future reference for K-State, IF you want to remove any doubt about questionable calls at the end of the game how about this- -try and make sure it doesn't come down to the final 5 seconds OF THE GAME. - -you had 39 minutes and 55 seconds to decide the outcome. - - -Or how about this, just a thought you ever think about trying to put some kind of defensive presence on the ball handler driving up the floor in the final seconds of the game instead of just letting him have an open path all the way the entire length of the floor? -- Just sayin - - something to think about, BUT HEY LOOK AT IT THIS WAY - -Walmart has tissues on Sale 2 boxes for a Dollar might be able to dab your eyes lmao - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

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