Monday, January 16, 2017

Notebook: Bigs come through for Kansas at ISU

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) works to get a shot around Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at Hilton Coliseum.

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) works to get a shot around Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at Hilton Coliseum.


— Monday night was one of those games that Kansas coach Bill Self likes to refer to as “big-boy games.”

And thanks to some of the biggest boys on the Kansas roster, the Jayhawks came away victorious, 76-72 over Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum.

Senior forward Landen Lucas led the Jayhawks’ big men with 14 points and looked a bit like Shaquille O’Neal against the backdrop of the smaller, scrappier Iowa State lineup that ISU coach Steve Prohm put on the floor for most of the night.

“I thought it was big,” Self said of KU’s advantage inside. “You know, they’re not very big and they play small a lot. That makes them really, really hard to guard. But if there is an advantage we would have it would be in standing height, so we’ve gotta take advantage of throwing inside some and getting to the glass.”

KU out-rebounded ISU 41-24 and outscored the Cyclones 52-28 in points in the paint.

It seemed as if every time the Jayhawks found themselves in trouble, staring a dangerous Iowa State rally right in the face, they settled down in the half-court, looked over the top and inside to Lucas and sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr. and watched good things happen from there. It wasn’t always pretty. But it was effective, and that was all that mattered to the Jayhawks.

“That was the plan,” Lucas said. “And Carlton did great. I didn’t think I did very well given the match-up. I could’ve rebounded a lot better; I’m not very happy about that. But there’s always things you can improve on and the most important thing is that we won. Whatever we did do worked, so that’s fine.”

No weather concerns

An expected, ice storm that caused panic throughout northeast Kansas and left central Iowa in a winter storm warning through midnight Monday had no negative affect on KU’s travel plans.

The Jayhawks, who traveled to Ames by bus, arrived around 6:15 p.m. Sunday night and had an altogether uneventful trip to the most hostile environment they’ve played in this season.

KU was scheduled to leave after Monday’s game and arrive back in Lawrence around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Superb signage

Among all the loud roars, crude chants and handmade signs that fired venom toward the Kansas bench stood one of the best signs you’ll ever see.

In simple black-and-white letters on the face of a tombstone, it read: “RIP Perry Ellis’ college career, 1942-2016.”

Even with KU’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer now playing in the NBA Development League, the Old Man Ellis jokes are still making their way around the Big 12 Conference.

We’re No. 2 — and No. 1

Despite getting more first-place votes (32) than any team in the country, the Jayhawks stayed at No. 2 in this week’s Associated Press poll and watched Villanova (17-1, 28 first-place votes) jump over them from No. 3 and back into the top spot.

“It really doesn’t matter,” Self said. “I told our staff that Villanova would jump us in the AP (poll). They beat Xavier last week by 25, so that doesn’t surprise me at all. But we’re in a pretty good spot right now.”

Baylor, the nation’s No. 1 team last week, dropped to No. 6 in the AP poll after suffering its first loss of the season — at West Virginia last Tuesday.

Kansas did move into the top spot in this week’s coaches poll, replacing Baylor and earning 23 of 32 possible first-place votes in that poll.

No. 3 UCLA (18-1, 3 votes) and No. 4 Gonzaga (17-0, 2) were the only other teams to earn first-place votes in the AP Poll.

“At the end of the day, it’s the end of the season that matters the most,” Lucas said. “We were No. 1 for most of the second half of the season last year and Villanova crept up and beat us and ended up winning it all and finishing No. 1. That’s all that really matters.”

Jackson honored again

After averaging 18 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in KU victories over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State last week, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson earned co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors, marking the fourth time this season the Detroit native has been recognized for the award.

Jackson shared newcomer of the week honors with Texas freshman Jarrett Allen.

Historically, Jackson’s four Big 12 Newcomer of the Week recognitions ties the run by Tyshawn Taylor for the most by a Jayhawk.

After winning the Big 12 Player of the Week in late December, Jackson became just the third Jayhawk to earn Big 12 newcomer and player of the week honors in the same season, joining Ben McLemore (2012-13) and Mario Chalmers (2005-06).

This and that...

Kansas now leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 179-63, including a 69-39 record in games played in Ames, and a 25-21 mark at Hilton Coliseum.... KU’s current 17-game winning streak ties for the fourth longest streak of the Self era.... The Jayhawks moved to 6-0 in Big 12 play for the 10th time in the 21-year history of the conference.

By the Numbers: Kansas 76, Iowa State 72

By the Numbers: Kansas 76, Iowa State 72

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

More news and notes from Kansas vs. Iowa State


Dirk Medema 3 years, 4 months ago

Glad we got to go to Ames before Press Virginia. Hopefully, we learn from this one or we'll likely turn it over 30 in Morgantown.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 4 months ago

I was listening on the radio, and Brian Hanni made it sound like some idiot fans got ejected for throwing things on the floor after a call went against their precious Cry-Clowns. Did that actually happen?

Bert White 3 years, 4 months ago

I wouldn't doubt it, but I don't think there was any mention of fans ejected or stuff being thrown on the court during the TV broadcast. I will admit that that game had a lot of bad reffing though, for both teams. I was getting pissed off at the refs and we were winning, I can only guess how it felt for ISU fans heheh.

I take that back, near the end of the game there was mention of students/fans leaving and a camera did show people leaving. So if what the radio said was near the end of the game that might of been why they were leaving... But the TV announcers made it seem like they were leaving thinking they lost the game before ISU started their rally and didn't mention anything about people getting kicked out.

Noah Oone 3 years, 4 months ago


Not surprising they didn't mention it. Fran is secretly an ISU fan and you could tell he wanted them to win.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 4 months ago

Did Trae Young make it to the OSU game at Allen?

Matt Tait 3 years, 4 months ago

He didn't. He's now planning to come to the Iowa State game in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 4.

Patrick Bryant 3 years, 4 months ago

Greg G was definitely irritated at the winky blinky's they handed out that was a definite violation of league rules of not distributing artificial distractors. Can't imagine one didn't find it's way into the air horizontally.

Carolyn Hunzicker 3 years, 4 months ago

Did anyone see the guy behind the Iowa State bench about 6 rows up using a lazer ? ( or it sure looked like one) Saw something right after the time out. A bright red light at about the 10 minute mark of the second half

Gary McCullough 3 years, 4 months ago

How do we get more first-place votes and not be in first place? Sounds like they are using the Electoral College.

Mike Greer 3 years, 4 months ago

That's because of some jerk-off in Mich. had us at something like 13th. It's not first place votes but number of points. And although I wouldn't hold it against anyone to vote the Jayhawks at 2nd or 3rd, I believe 13th or whatever it was, is a bit absurd. But then, it's kind of like the coach at some little school in Fla., Schnellenberger I think, that had been at Oklahoma and always voted them about twenty something after the was shown the door.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 4 months ago

No, Gary, because popular votes make all their difference in Los Angeles county and New York City. If Hillary wants to be President of those two localities, that's fine with me. Actually, she can have the whole state of California if she wants, and we'll even throw Chicago in as a bonus.

Brad Farha 3 years, 4 months ago

C'mon gang -- let's keep this about sports and not politics.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 4 months ago

I agree, Brad, but I wasn't going to let Gary's snide comment go unchallenged. Don't worry, I reserve most of my political comments for the "news" blog, much to the chagrin of my strident liberal "friends."

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