Saturday, February 3, 2018

Oklahoma State spoils KU basketball’s 120-year celebration

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) watches as Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff (12) pulls down a rebound during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) watches as Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff (12) pulls down a rebound during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.


On the day the vaunted Kansas basketball program celebrated its 120-year history, the Jayhawks weren’t able to dominate or cruise like they have so many times through the years inside Allen Fieldhouse.

In fact, KU found lost at home for the third time this season on Saturday.

Visiting Oklahoma State put KU in its largest hole of the year during the first half and a late-game push by the Jayhawks wasn’t enough to overcome their offensive and defensive woes in an 84-79 defeat.

Four of five Kansas starters scored in double figures, led by sophomore center Udoka Azubuike’s 20.

The big man shot 4-for-5 from the floor in the second half, as the home team tried to recover form 12-for-32 shooting in the first half.

The Jayhawks (18-5 overall, 7-3 Big 12) made 57.1 percent in the final 20 minutes.

Senior Svi Mykhailiuk put up 17 points, senior point guard Devonte’ Graham added 17 and eight assists and sophomore guard Malik Newman chipped in 16.

OSU’s Kendall Smith led all scorers with 24 to go with five boards and five assists.

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

• The game turned when: The Jayhawks couldn’t make stops down the stretch.

A 13-point halftime cushion for the visitors didn’t get trimmed below seven until Mykhailiuk knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:09 left in the game.

A Graham 3 with 0:42 left cut it to five, and his free throws with 0:14 to go got Kansas within three, but the push proved too late and incapable of making up for what came before it.

The Cowboys (14-9, 4-6) converted 12 of 15 shot attempts during a crucial stretch of the second half that began with more than 15 minutes left and lasted until the 3:17 mark.

Oklahoma State played with energy and confidence, and shot 64 percent on KU’s home court in the second half to pull off the upset.

• Offensive highlight: The Kansas offense needed some life in the second half to fuel any sort of rally. Mykhailiuk did what he could to spark his team often, but one occasion in particular out of a timeout impressed more than the rest.

Mykhailiuk, situated on the left wing, began cutting toward the paint when Graham had the ball at the top of the key. Mykhailiuk lost his man as Graham hit Mitch Lightfoot at the left elbow.

A textbook bounce-pass from Lightfoot set up Mykhailiuk in stride and the senior rose up off of two feet to throw down a one-handed hammer.

• Defensive highlight: Chase-down Svi strikes again.

Just as he did earlier this week in a KU road win at Kansas State, senior Mykhailiuk reminded those watching he has some athleticism and defense in his game, too.

After forcing a shot on offense, leaving his feet only to get stuck and blocked, Mykhailiuk didn’t hang his head. He hustled back to the other end as OSU looked to capitalize.

When Jeffrey Carroll tried to put an exclamation point on a finish, driving from the wing in transition for a one-handed dunk attempt, Mykhailiuk kept Carroll in his sights, measured his steps and soared upward to perfectly block the would-be jam with KU trailing 14-12.

The senior from Ukraine wasn’t finished there, either. Less that two minutes later, he came flying in toward the rim again on a potential Oklahoma State transition chance off a Cameron McGriff steal.

This time it was Kendall Smith who fell victim to a soaring Mykhailiuk, as he once again used his left hand and positioned himself ideally to avoid contact, allowing him to smack the shot off the backboard.

His defensive efforts helped make up for Mykhailiuk’s slow offensive start in the first half — 1-for-5 shooting in opening 10 minutes, 3-for-10 before the break.

• Key stat: Second-chance points.

The Cowboys not only survived KU’s home court, but thrived on it early because they kept beating the Jayhawks to their missed shots.

OSU put up 20 second-chance points to KU’s 16 total points a little more than 11 minutes in, building a 28-16 advantage on the scoreboard.

Oklahoma State took the largest lead by a KU opponent this season (18) and a 46-33 advantage into halftime on the strength of its second-chance points, dominating the category, 22-3, in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second half, the Cowboys only added four second-chance points but there weren’t many opportunities for them to cash in on that front with all the shots that were falling for them.

KU scored seven second-chance points in the loss, via 10 offensive rebounds.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will be right back inside the fieldhouse on Tuesday night for Round 2 with TCU (8 p.m., ESPN2). KU won in Fort Worth, Texas, against the Frogs, 88-84, in January.

More news and notes from Kansas vs. Oklahoma State

By the Numbers: Oklahoma State 84, Kansas 79.

By the Numbers: Oklahoma State 84, Kansas 79.


Rae Bricil 3 years, 9 months ago

This team is an enigma.

There was plenty of blame to go around for this loss but can someone please explain to my why Vick is still on the floor? What does he give this team? Rebounding, offense, defense? i dont see any of those. He appears to be a good player with little to NO confidence and he is killing them.

Bill Corrigan 3 years, 9 months ago

Multiple KU shots would not fall today whereas OSU made big hoops all day long to maintain its lead. Can't remember watching the Jayhawks miss as many crucial chances to crawl back from a deficit in AFH.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 9 months ago

I can't either. Hopefully, it was an aberration not to be repeated. Now we need to win some games on the road.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 9 months ago

that first half, we just were getting flat out beat to all 50-50 balls. we missed multiple bunnies, shot poorly and got dominated on the board. OSU was just more physical, hustled to the ball way more than us, and hit big time shots even when our defense was good. well, this shows we are very beatable as coach has said if we don't give maximum effort. we are whizzing away the conference championship. at least this will help me go into the NCAA's not expecting much and being too disappointed when we get bounced.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 9 months ago

Raandom Thoughts:

1] Don't be surprised if TT or OU or both lose as well...just one of those weird days in the Big 12.... Blame it on a full moon.

2] Had a doctors appointment so I taped the game. Since I don't need the aggravation, I'll probably wait to review the tape.....if I do at all.

3] It really seems we can't get through a season without losing to OSU at least once...truly Bill's Kryptonite!!!

4] Since I didn't see the game, folks, help me out here and tell me who was to blame for this loss. Thanks.

5] Vick has officially entered the category of "head case"!

6] Best case scenario for this team....tie for Big 12 Title, lose in Finals of Big 12 Tourney, lose in the Sweet Sixteen...let me repeat, that is the BEST this team will do. There is every possibility that they won't achieve any of these goals.

7] Tom Brady is a smug, rich boy and Bill Belichek is a Hall of Fame cheater; that being said, New England is going to destroy the Eagles!! F##KKITTYF##KF##K!!

David Howell 3 years, 9 months ago

OSU always plays KU tough ! However, the Jayhawk's show up at home and play like they are the lesser team. Outside of Lightfoot we have no bench. Defensive effort was lacking, out-rebounded by 13 and the better team won ...........

When was the last time you saw a coach take out all of his starters and put the bench in. I was ready for that today to wake the guys up. No one is worried about losing too many minutes short of foul trouble !

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 9 months ago

Would be pretty hard to pull off with only 9 players available.

David Howell 3 years, 9 months ago

I show 10, but short of one getting sick you get my point. Not sure -4- off the bench couldn't have given more effort ....................

Brian Skelly 3 years, 9 months ago

No stops. That's it. We couldnt defend them at all. That was awful defense. Yes, there were times where OSU made some tough shots, but to me they almost always got a good shot when they need it. Lack depth is killing us once again.

Kit Duncan 3 years, 9 months ago

Rebounding: OSU 16 Offensive, 25 Defensive KU 10 Offensive, 18 Defensive

Second chance points: OSU 26 KU 7

Fast Break points: OSU 4 KU 6

I can go on but basically I believe, until this team buys into rebounding, other teams are going to continue to rally to the glass and keep Kansas from getting second chance shots. When KU was on defense, I find it unconscionable how OSU was able to make so many easy put-backs off missed perimeter shots. On offense, so many times KU players stand in awe of their shot instead of moving in for the potential rebound. Also, on defense, too often Kansas players are either caught watching an opponents three point attempt or are already sprinting downcourt for a fast break.

If the opposing team swarms the offensive glass to either make the rebound or get fouled attempting to do so, there is no fast break. With only one big under the basket to get the rebound (offensive or defensive) Kansas has little chance of making the big play.


David Robinett 3 years, 9 months ago

We will continue to get out rebounded playing four guards. Especially if Vick is a no show.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 9 months ago

There's no sugarcoating this loss in any way.

[1] We lost at home for a third time this season (four if you count the UW loss in KC).

[2] We lost to a team that entered the game with 9 losses and that was 3 games below .500 in Big 12 play.

[3] We lost to a coach who had never before won an away game until now.

[4] We not only lost but got our asses kicked almost all the way through, trailing by as many as eighteen - EIGHTEEN!!!!!!!! - to this 9-loss OSU team with a rookie head coach.

F-minuses all the way around, from the coaching staff who didn't do jack-squat to get the team ready, to the players who clearly have no pride in defending Allen Fieldhouse.

Marcus Balzer 3 years, 9 months ago

The lack of depth argument is overrated and removes the blame from a HC that refuses to use his bench, trust his players or develop his bench. He has guys on his bench but refuses to play them.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 9 months ago

Agreed and not only that --historically he has only plays 8 players regardless.

Also tired of the "fatigue" argument. Yes some players are playing a lot but so are lots of player in the league. They really only look tired when their shots aren't falling.

Lastly, no more lack of talent argument--this team has 4 possible pros. Not other B12 has more than 1---don't think OSU had any though KU made some of them look it.

Tom Jones 3 years, 9 months ago

This argument always cracks me up. Either you're saying that you know better than the staff who should be playing or that they actually know that someone on the bench gives them a better chance to win but they're leaving them on the bench anyway. Both options are just plain silly.

Sometimes the other team just plays better.

Tom Horner 3 years, 9 months ago

At about 10 min. into the second half my wife commented "KU looks like they don't want to win this game." I think that says it perfectly; there was no want to today.

Steve Johnson 3 years, 9 months ago

Self should have mentioned he was out coached again. I would attribute 3 of our losses to the Coaching staff this year. The team was flat and not ready to play. I hope DeSousa transfers because he may be the worst player I have ever seen wear a KU uniform. He doesn't even have the basics forget about getting use to the system. Horrible job in recruiting. He would be best served to go play for a junior college team. Vick is now a liability, Garret isn't much better, Lightfoot is consistent and gives Dok time to recover. Overall they are an over rated team that will struggle in every game they play. They will need luck and need TT and OU to get upset if they plan on #14

David Howell 3 years, 9 months ago

I am tired of the streak. It's a great record to tie UCLA, but ultimately the Jayhawk's are more remembered for their shortfalls in the NCAA tournament. KU has had several years where they were final four worthy, but were upset here and there.

Usually I expect a deep run in the tournament and they fall short. This year I have NO expectations and maybe they figure it out for a deep run ........... Most Probably NOT,

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 9 months ago

I hope somebody saves your De Sousa comment and rubs it in your face next year when he gets sufficient time in the system to get a fair chance at succeeding and excels because of it.

Steve Johnson 3 years, 9 months ago

don't worry, he will transfer because he will get no PT. New guys coming in will dominate him. Go watch him at JUCO

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 9 months ago

Good to see you doubled down on your idiocy. Now not only is he transferring but he's going to a JUCO. Wow...

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 9 months ago

Steve, you're way off on Silvio. "Worst player you've seen in a Jayhawk uniform"?

You obviously lack the requisite knowledge as you don't seem to understand just how difficult the transition from IMG to Kansas is in midseason. I agree with Shannon. Looking forward to seeing you eat your words.

Linda Peschka 3 years, 9 months ago

More losses are expected if they continue to play as today. Three(3) major areas that must change for the better if they expect to win the Big 12 and stay in the NCAA tourney longer than the first round: A. Rebounding B. Defense C. This one change can correct the other two but most of KU fans will not agree. Why not? It is most evident. Bill Self must start really coaching with an open mind. 1. The fact we are a small team with 4 guards and actually most of them are slow of foot or NOT QUICK which makes it difficult to play an efficient man-to-man defense and because of size it is difficult to out rebound Self should go to a MATCH-UP ZONE DEFENSE. It allows quicker coverage of shooters, and gives more players around the basket to block out and rebound. A Match-Up zone is different than "regular zone". But Self does not like playing Zone Defense. It is now time for him to realize if he continues with the current play he will, in most of the remaining games, provide poor defense and rebounding which will lead to several more losses and the probability of not winning the Big 12 Conference Championship. It is NOW time for him to alter his game plans so he implements a different defense that will also afford more opportunity to gather more rebounds. That one intervention will make a major difference. Also I totally agree that Vick is a liability. He should be used sparingly. To recapitulate, Self needs to try defensive changes and mix-up his defenses if not then good- bye Big 12 Champs. Always, D. Graham as one of the Senior leaders should improve his play. ROCK CHALK.

Michael Sillman 3 years, 9 months ago

Self’s error in judgment during the Oklahoma game looms even larger now.

James Donnell 3 years, 9 months ago

It looks like we will all need to lower our expectations, as hard as that is to do. Obviously, if this team doesn't bring its VERY BEST every game, we are so beatable. It is a little depressing to look at the remaining schedule. It's hard to imagine that we could get through it without AT LEAST two losses, probably more. We needed a cushion at this point to compete with TT and OU, and now it's gone. The stars will really need to line up right...

Everyone has noted the problems this team has at this point. They are pretty apparent. So combine those with the team coming out totally flat, and the result was an 18 point deficit that was too much to overcome against an aggressive and fired-up team. Simple as that.

Drew Doerfler 3 years, 9 months ago

this team is what it doesn't have a frank mason, josh jackson, or even an has a bunch of of players more in line with andrew wiggins without all of the natural talent.....they aren't tough nosed, hate to lose, 110% effort kind of players and it won't change. They are more of the finesse, prima donna type players. There is absolutely no excuse for losing at home to bottom of the pack oklahoma state with a bunch of ku players back in town to watch the game. Okie state outhustled, outplayed, had twice the heart as ku today. KU showed absolutely no pride in putting on the KU uniform and defending home court. I saw a lot of standing around while the other team was aggressively going after rebounds. I saw a lot of wide open 3 point shots by Okie state because our guards don't want to actually get in another guards face. I like the team and seems like we have a bunch of nice guys, but right now, i wish we had some Morris twin types of in your face, hard-nosed players. The only way we win this league is if the other top teams have their own screwups and hand it to us. i also see a sweet 16 as our upside with a first game loss not being all that surprising. Vick needs to be on the bench more and Cunliffe needs more playing time....Yes, cunliffe screws up, but at least he tries really hard out there and he may get comfortable and contribute...Vick is giving absolutely nothing to the team since big 12 games started...i don't know how many times i just watched him stand there while the other player went for a rebound.......hopefully they will prove me completely wrong and a pessimistic A##h$le and start playing their asses off and executing and doing the fundamentals like boxing out and rebounding..i would love to eat my own words....sorry for the long article...i was

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 9 months ago

Damn, seems like everyone is dumping this on Coach Self. After 15 years at KU and were back to this?

I'm not sure who anybody thinks is capable of coming off the bench and contributing immediately. Cunliffe has shot himself in the foot every time he gets on the court and Silvio simply doesn't have the tools needed at this level on such a short call.

Oklahoma State simply was able to beat back every run we attempted. It sucks. But it isn't time to throw our coach under the bus.

Steve Johnson 3 years, 9 months ago

Worst job of recruiting this year in Selfs 15 years. Who do you blame for the position we are in? DeSousa is horrible and don't care if he just came from high school. the guy has no clue what to do. Sam is a bust and no better than a walk on, vick is mentally out of it and will be gone at year end, Garret is a body on the floor but cant score if he has to. It all come down to Svi, Graham and Dok who have to play out of their minds every game for us to win. 3 way tie for the Big 12 and we are in the worst position of any of them. the difference is recruiting.

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 9 months ago

I'll blame you. That will make as much sense as the stupid crap coming out of your mouth.

It's one loss, we're still at the top of the Big 12 standings, we're the most consistently good team year after year, we're in the middle of the greatest run of winning seasons in KU history, and here you are bitching and moaning because we're not as talented as we normally are and have lost more games than we'd prefer. If you were a fan of ANY other team in the country you'd be used to having a "down" year every 3-5 years and being lucky to win 20 games. Our down years is when we fall one or two games short of 30 wins.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 9 months ago

And yet, here we are, 18-5 tied for first in the BIG 12. I highly recommend waiting at least 2 days before commenting after a loss. You're embarrassing yourself.

Brad Watson 3 years, 9 months ago

I BELIEVE IN THESE KIIDS!!!!...They need to watch the Jerod Haase tapes and channel THAT....its in there ... then I know ...we will be.... just fine.

J.L. Forge 3 years, 9 months ago

I can't disagree that HCBS was a bit outcoached today and failed to adjust. The team sure didn't seem prepared or ready to play outside the latter part of the second half. Once again, they show no defensive tenacity nor the ability to rebound or go after the ball with aggressiveness. Vick seems to have completely imploded on himself with his confidence and focus gone. How his performance over the past month doesn't warrant some time on the pine is beyond me, maybe it would help to get him refocused and motivated. Dok is Dok, he will never be an elite big man in terms of defense, he just doesn't have that mentality as evidence by his lack of ability to block shots or rebound consistently. His offense continues to show some improvement and hopefully his free throw shooting trends upward! Our defensive performance by our guards also continues to be poor, today being no exception as they got beat to the hole, gave up open shots and were beaten to every loose ball it seemed. And then there is Garrett who just acts afraid to attack in any way on offense and by virtue, brings very little off the bench. Cunliffe and De Sousa, as described by many as being mistake prone, overmatched and not ready to compete are still bodies who have the talent to at least spell people for a minute or two here and there. During todays performance, what would that have hurt, especially in the first half? Play the hand you're dealt and give Lightfoot more minutes, he seems to be about the only spark plug we have. As a spoiled Jayhawk alum and fan, it's hard to see them not win every game but this team has its obvious limitations and we will have to hope they can string together some success as we march towards March! It's not all negative as it would seem, we are tied for first place and very much still in the thick of things.....RCJH!

Brad Watson 3 years, 9 months ago

It looks like Villanova.....Virginia.....Purdue.....Duke...are a lot better than the rest...we are in the next group with Cincy....Xavier...Mich St. and a few 4 really good teams and 8 to 12 others a notch incredible ...OFF the CHARTS energy...we will not be able to challenge these TOP 4......because.....THEY HAVE SUPERIOR ROSTERS......thats why the Jerod Haase homework is so important. We have a lot of winners on this team... so I do.... BELIEVE!!!!

Brad Watson 3 years, 9 months ago

KU ALL TIME ENERGY TEAM...Pierre Russell...Jerod Haase.....who else makes this team?

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 9 months ago

Richard Scott, Steve Woodberry and maybe Kevin Young.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 9 months ago

I just hope the Kentucky fans, North Carolina fans, and the Duke fans don't throw their coaches underneath the bus with Bill Self.

Rob Byrd 3 years, 9 months ago

THANK YOU Marius and Shannon for your intelligent responses, you restore my faith that Kansas fans aren't all turning into Kentuckians! Pretty sad when a less talented KU squad than what we're used to, gets trashed by their own fans. I can agree that unless maximum effort is given each game, we could very well lose the game, but to throw your HOF coach and a bunch of kids under the bus, probably won't provide much inspiration.

Austin Lopez 3 years, 9 months ago

I think Vick needs the Malik Newman treatment don't start him until he starts contributing, put vick on the bench and start someone else. It sure looks like Malik Newman took Bill Self starting a freshman over him personal because he has been by far our best rebounder, even though he isn't a elite defender he holds his on and is doing way better on defense and he came out the gate cooking in the second half, give the kid the green like he is having a terrific second half of the season since being benched. Malik Newman took a lot of heat from us on the blog in the beginning of the season, and I remember people calling him a bust, but now I see that his name isn't mentioned when we lose, now it's other players.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 9 months ago

Then who are you going to start in his place?

Austin Lopez 3 years, 9 months ago

PG- Graham SG- Malik Newman SF- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk PF- Marcus Garret C- Dok

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 9 months ago

Okay, but that doesn't help our scoring any. Taking out Vick and replacing him with Marcus Garrett might help the defense but you get less offense. Vick is the most athletic player on the team which makes it frustrating at times when he seems to disappear but overall he is a much better player than Garrett at this time.

Tom Jones 3 years, 9 months ago

Apparently coach is going with Mitch.

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