Saturday, March 3, 2018

Oklahoma State rolls past No. 6 Kansas in regular-season finale

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) is taken off balance on a shot during the first half, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, in Stillwater, Okla.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) is taken off balance on a shot during the first half, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, in Stillwater, Okla.


STILWATER, OKLA. — Oklahoma State became the first team to sweep Bill Self in his 15 seasons at Kansas, as the Cowboys closed the regular season with an 82-64 beating of the No. 6 Jayhawks at Gallagher Iba Arena.

Only one KU player, senior point guard Devonte’ Graham, scored in double figures. Graham’s 4-for-14 shooting gave him a team-high 15 points in the final Big 12 road game of his four-year career.

Oklahoma State guard Kendall Smith led all scorers with 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting.

The Cowboys (18-13 overall, 8-10 Big 12) shot 50 percent from the floor and had four players — Mitchell Solomon (16), Tavarius Shine (11) and Jeffrey Carroll (10) — join Smith with double-digit points.

OSU, which led by 18 during its five-point win at Allen Fieldhouse a month earlier, buried the Jayhawks (24-7, 13-5), putting the perennial league champ in its biggest hole of season, 23 points, before the game concluded.

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

• The game turned when: The Big 12 champions couldn’t match the activity and execution of a Cowboys team trying to play its way into the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma State, clearly inspired in its Senior Day home finale, led by as many as 17 in the first half.

Senior big man Solomon couldn’t miss early, making all five of his shots for a 14-point, five-rebound first half.

Senior Carroll, meanwhile, scored eight points and knocked down a 2 of 4 3-pointers before intermission.

Smith, a graduate transfer, put up 10 points before the break.

OSU’s eight first-half steals paved the home team’s way to easy baskets, as the Cowboys scored 13 points off 10 Kansas giveaways.

Oklahoma State added eight second-chance points off five offensive rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

Kansas couldn’t make defensive stops, either, as the Cowboys hit 17 of 30 (57 percent) shots from the floor.

When the Jayhawks weren’t turning the ball over early, they weren’t shooting at a clip strong enough to offset their passing and ball-handling issues. KU hit 12 of 28 first-half shots (43 percent) and only scored on 15 of 36 possessions. The Jayhawks missed 5 of their first 9 shots at the rim.

OSU took a 46-30 lead into halftime, and though the Jayhawks pushed the Cowboys early in the second half, the giant early deficit proved too much to overcome.

• Offensive highlight: Graham opened the game dishing to teammates and keeping everyone involved.

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The senior point guard, who assisted on four of KU’s firsts baskets, threaded one of his five first-half assists from the top of the key into the waiting hands of a rolling Udoka Azubuike off a ball screen.

KU’s 7-foot center had a rare easy basket inside as a result, putting home a two-handed slam.

It wasn’t one of Azubuike’s more ferocious dunks, but the on-point pass made the play and helped KU’s center get going a little offensively on an afternoon when the Cowboys were defending his post-ups with success.

• Defensive highlight: KU obviously didn’t have much success on the defensive end of the floor Saturday.

• Key stat: Points off turnovers.

KU’s offensive issues fueled the Cowboys’ confidence. By the end of the afternoon, Oklahoma State scored 21 points off the Jayhawks’ 17 giveaways, making it much easier for coach Mike Boynton’s bunch to pull off the season sweep.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will get a few days to regroup before playing Thursday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. at Sprint Center, in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.

By the Numbers: Oklahoma State 82, Kansas 64

By the Numbers: Oklahoma State 82, Kansas 64


Doug Stahler 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Psychic Pself “I think 13-5 will get it free and clear,” said Self of what record he believed would win the Big 12 title this season. -Dec 28th

Drew Doerfler 2 weeks, 6 days ago

i don't think people realize how much KU needs and relies upon Devonte.......without him, this is a bad team.....bad.....he scores, rebounds, gets other people shots and dunks with his passing and driving. There is a reason he plays 40 minutes....we can't afford him to not be out there because this team sucks when he isn't leading them. Vick can't create his own offense..and doesn't really seem to want to 75 percent of the time.....Svi has taken over offensively at times this season, but doesn't really get anyone else going......Newman is just not a driver or facilitator and his shooting is very streaky.....this isn't to tear anyone else on the team down, but just to say thank you Devonte! You are the heart and soul of the jayhawks this season and without you, there would be no conference streak or even possibly a place in the dance. Thank you for a great senior season and willing this team to what they have accomplished so far. as for this game......KU did not want to be out on the court and didn't seem interested at all at competing today.......sad especially given the fact that Okie state shamed them at home this season already......the good news? next year the hawks are going to be very, very good with the chance to be great! my prediction is that Newman and azubuike come back.....Vick leaves to play over in Europe. We will be deep and talened everywhere with the nations best frontcourt in azubuike and d. lawson starting and desousa and mcormick off the bench....Mitch will redshirt next seasonto put on much needed size and strength

Barry Weiss 2 weeks, 6 days ago

It's probably too late in the season to do it, but I'd take Vick out of the starting line up and go with Mitch and Silvio. I really think Vick is sick or something is wrong with him. He just does not hustle, always playing at about 75%. Silvio played 13 min to Vick's 38 and the production in points and rebounds was about the same.

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 6 days ago

As frustrated as I am with Lagerald, what if he is playing with some sort of undisclosed injury? Why else would Self continue to start him as often as he has? I'd hate to bash him and then find out he was playing injured.

Mike Hart 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Doesn't really make any sense, Bryce. You are suggesting Vick has an undisclosed injury: So Self didn't know it... and for that reason kept starting him? He has lost his confidence and it looks to me like he is thinking too much instead of just playing. He doesn't have his swagger... his long range shots aren't even close to going in... and he's not as tenacious as he was. He's struggling...

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 6 days ago

My thoughts, for what they're worth:

[1] The shocking thing here isn't that Bill Self got swept by a Big 12 opponent for the first time. The shocking thing is that it took 15 seasons for him to get swept. His predecessors, Larry Brown and Roy Williams both got swept in their first year. Brown got swept twice by Oklahoma (1984 and 1988), and Williams got swept six times - thrice by Missouri (1989, 1990, 1994), once by Nebraska (1999), and twice by Iowa State (2000, 2001). The fact that Self went as long as he did without getting swept speaks to how well he has done in conference play most of the time and how seriously he takes conference play.

[2] That said, of all the teams to get swept by - Oklahoma State? Seriously?! Bill Self's Jayhawks got swept by a 13-loss team that is on the fence between NCAA Tournament and NIT? By a coach who had never before been a head coach in his life?? By a team that will be relegated to the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday play-in games??? At least Brown and Williams got swept by teams that were in contention for and won conference titles (with the exception of NU in 1999). But getting swept by a 13-loss team is a horrifically bad look. Not as bad as losing to Bucknell in 2005 or getting clowned by Wichita State in 2015, but in the same ZIP code for sure.

[3] Getting swept by a 13-loss OSU team is bad enough. But getting completely outclassed in both games??? There is no reason on God's green earth for Kansas, even in a "down" year with a thin roster, to ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER, for ANY reason, to get dominated by a 13-loss team the way OSU dominated KU in our two meetings this season.

[4] Despite what the experts and some of my fellow KU fans are saying about Kansas being a #1 seed, I have argued that a team that loses three times at home doesn't deserve a #1 seed. And now I argue that a team that loses three times at home and gets swept by a 13-loss team in dominating fashion definitely doesn't deserve a #1 seed. If the Selection Committee still gives us a #1, then I think someone on the Committee is on crack or shrooms.

[5] Pretty rich that OSU fans would be chanting "WE SWEPT KANSAS!" like they just won the national championship. What next, is OSU going to award itself a trophy for sweeping KU like Central Florida awarded itself a national title in college football? I was starting to dislike OSU ever since Marcus Smart wore the black and orange, but after today, I hate the Cowboys as much as I hate the Cyclones.

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Correction to Point [1] Williams got swept seven times, not six. He got swept by Oklahoma in 1989.

Mike Hart 2 weeks, 5 days ago

OSU is a senior-laden team... and their poise and athleticism makes them a bad matchup for Kansas and what are our relative weaknesses. If you watched both games this year... they beat us start to finish... and we basically were not "in" either game. I'm nervous about the Big 12 tournament and a 3rd matchup. The pressure and boulder... is on our shoulders to not lose 3 times in a row to them. OSU should be in tourney. 2 wins over KU, a win over WSU, OU, Texas Tech. That's enough for me. They deserve it more than OU...and certainly more than Texas.

Brad Watson 2 weeks, 6 days ago

What I saw today was an Oklahoma State team on Senior Day playing the leagues' elite program.....knowing they had to make a big time statement to get attention from the selection committee ...come out and play their best game of the year and we were not ready to match their passion and is human relax after winning the title ...we did..and got embarrassed...and it illustrates just what happens when you lose your focus for even a second...hopefully lessons will be learned...I am a fan of the game and enjoyed seeing those Oklahoma State players..coaches.. and fans...enjoy a huge win...because they may have punched their ticket....but they need a win or two next week to far as our team....get some rest....get your focus....realize...its the little things.... the attention to detail...that and work ethic...will get you where you want to go....Gallagher Hall is a tough place to play...especially on Senior forget about it.... and prepare like champions for the upcoming tournaments! ....We are behind you 100%!!

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"Hopefully lessons will be learned"? Dude, the Jayhawks should have learned their lesson after the Cowboys administered the first hospital job on them in Lawrence last month! If they didn't learn the first time, what makes you think they'll learn now? The prospect of facing OSU a third time in Kansas City is a very unsettling one for me right now.

Dave Miller 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I agree 100%, Brad. KU got punked today because they just didn't seem interested in even being there. Devonte can carry a big load, but he can't beat any team by himself. If everyone doesn't show up intending to play to win, then they've lost already before the first tip. Svi and Malik couldn't keep up with their defensive assignments and Vick looked like he was lost. Garrett looked like he was tuned in, but he's just not developed enough to make much of a difference.

John Kelley 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Major Homer Time Brad, that's like eating the frosting without the cake.

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I agree, John. Brad is trying to sugarcoat this. There's no sugarcoating getting swept by a 13-loss team.

Brad Watson 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Okla. State had to have this meant everything to them......they lose.......they aren't getting into the NCAA Tournament........period........there was nothing for us to accomplish........typical let down game.......its human happens........they are they need to just.forget about it...... and move on.......PERIOD!!!

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Stop trying to put whipped cream on a pile of horse crap.

John Brazelton 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Both Texas Tech in Lawrence and OSU have shown how you can beat Kansas. You need 5 guys who can play nose-to-nose defense. Don't give any Kansas player room to shoot, dribble or pass the ball easily. When Devonte doesn't have room to maneuver, no other player can handle the ball with someone in their face. Doke is too slow on offense and is easily double teamed into either charging or missing hook shots. He needs to learn to pass quickly back to the open man.

Steve Zimmerman 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Oh boy, that was brutal... The Pokies came ready to play. Boynton is a really good coach. This loss is meaningless to KU in terms of placement in the NCAA tourney. I don't think HCBS emphasized on winning the game. But OSU team is a legit NCAA team deserved a spot in the tourney. Hopefully we'll still get another shot at them in KC.

Robert Brock 2 weeks, 6 days ago

The KU players will play when they feel like playing.

Self: “Guys! Come on, we need to step it up!” Players: “Shut up, Man. We won the regular season title. We’re tired. A’ight?”

Kent Richardson 2 weeks, 6 days ago

They are a matchup problem for us. Just like ASU is. Quicker and stronger guards that can guard us and that we cannot guard back. Big guys who can keep Dok off the blocks and push us off the boards. They are convinced they can have their way with us and who's to argue with them. We couldn't hit threes or drive on them. They got every look they wanted and the only time we got a sniff was when they missed some shots. Our guards with the exception of DeVonte and maybe Malik are not really good ball handlers and theirs are. We had a ton of turnovers in the half court and that hurt when we tried to fight back but we have done that all year when trying to overcome double digit leads. We did well against WVU because when we broke the press we had layups and wide open three looks. Don't get that against OSU. After the first OSU game they scored 84 against us and the 56 against Baylor at G-Iba. Interesting to see what happenes with them in the first round in KC.

Glad to see Silvio get some longer stretches and he was effective rebounding and scoring. He is coming along. Marcus does his thing by disrupting and deflecting. He is a decent ball handler and can shoot a little and drive some.

Vick played hard most of the time but he is passive and takes plays off for some reason.

Mitch is too small as a forward in the four guard it looks like.

We cannot start games acting discombobulated.

From now on out anything could happen. I suspect we will bounce back next week.

Duane Peschka 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Vick plays too soft and does not hustle much of the time. Several of the players played soft without much hustle. They were never in the game both emotionally and physically. KU DOES NOT PLAY MAN-TO-MAN DEFENSE IN ANY EFFICACIOUS MANNER BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO, TOO SLOW OF FOOT. It happened the first time we played OSU. As bad and lackadaisical as they played the greatest travesty was the lack of effective coaching by Coach Self. KU can not stop QUICK guards as OSU has. He knew that. Then why not try a MATCH-UP ZONE with an occasional trap. He did not adjust to the play of OSU,the same poor behavior from him as in the first game against OSU. Whether KU receives a #1 Seed in NCAA tournament is superfluous. They will not play past the second round. Graham can not do it all. This is a reality check for KU. However, maybe there is another reason why KU lost both games to OSU WITHOUT changing the style and schemes of game 2 after the poor performance in game 1, and that is Coach Self just DID NOT want to beat his Alma Mater. None of you have thought of that. Duane

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