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Kansas defeats Oklahoma, 83-75

  • 8 p.m., Feb. 24, 2014
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Kansas 83, Oklahoma 75

By Matt Tait --- mtait@ljworld.com

Lawrence, Kan., is title town once again.

Behind five starters who reached double figures in scoring, the fifth-ranked Kansas University men's basketball team clinched at least a share of its 10th consecutive Big 12 title with a 83-75 victory over Oklahoma on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

A complete and dominating performance like the Jayhawks enjoyed against Texas over the weekend it wasn't, but a grind-it-out, physical, NCAA-Tournament-esque game it was.

With OU leading for several good chunks of the second half and relentlessly pursuing the Jayhawks when they had the lead, KU (22-6 overall, 13-2 Big 12) flexed its muscles, picked up some clutch buckets from a variety of players down the stretch and held on for the eight-point victory.

KU led by as many as nine points in the first half and OU by as many as four midway through the second. But Kansas, behind 26-of-30 shooting from the free throw line, 7-of-16 shooting from three-point range and some big-time defensive stops down the stretch came away with one of its hardest fought victories of the season.

The Sooners had no answer for Joel Embiid inside early but quickly adjusted and forced KU into a few dry spells in its halfc-ourt offense. Two days after outscoring Texas 26-0 in fast-break points, KU finished with just 9 transition points in this one.

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

• The game turned when: Jamari Traylor got offensive. With KU reeling a little bit and in need of something good on the offensive end, Traylor scored two buckets in a three-possession stretch to put KU back in front. The first came on a drive to the rim with KU trailing 58-54. After catching it at the free throw line, Traylor put it down, drove hard to the left and then stopped abruptly in the lane. After the OU defender went flying by him, he simply elevated and dropped it in. Two possessions later, Traylor knocked down a free-throw line jumper in rhythm and without hesitation, this time putting KU up 62-59. Although the Jayhawks still had to grind it out, Traylor's unexpected offense came at a huge moment and gave the entire Kansas bench a lift.

• Offensive highlight: This one really was a stretch of highlights late in the first half, started by Wayne Selden's aggressive drives to the rim that produced four straight free throws and capped by three-pointers from Selden and Frank Mason, as the Jayhawks found enough juice to rip off a 10-0 run in the final minutes of the first half to head into the locker room with a 42-33 lead.

• Defensive highlight: With 7:30 to play in the game, and with KU and OU locked in a dogfight on every possession, a hustle play by Embiid to get after a loose ball — created by a Naadir Tharpe poke-away in transition — led to a three-point play for Andrew Wiggins on the other end. The and-one possession, which featured a nice push-ahead by Brannen Greene, put KU up 65-61 with just over 7:00 to play.

• Key stat: Tharpe finished the game 6-of-7 from the floor and knocked in a couple of huge buckets in the final few minutes to seal the deal. This after a three-game stretch in which Tharpe made just 2-of-19 shots. The junior floor general sure picked a good night to find his shooting touch again. Tharpe finished with 19 points to lead all scorers. 

• Up next: The Jayhawks will travel to Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday for an 8 p.m. clash with Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks held off the Cowboys 80-78 in a game they led big but had to hold on down the stretch to win as OSU sharp-shooter Phil Forte knocked in 7-of-10 three-pointers and led all scorers with 23 points, two more than KU's Tharpe.

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Bryce Landon

And if both Iowa State and Texas lose on Wednesday night, we get the title all to ourselves.

Melrank

CHAMP10NSHIPS

Robert Brock

Lonnie forces you to have to grind 'em out. Glad that our guys could ablige.

Bwag in reply to Jhwkr542

Yep. Statement was Sat

Bwag

Shr

Melrank

Wasn't too impressive but doesn't matter. A good solid win after the big day on Saturday. Big XII Champs Again!

Jhwkr542 in reply to Bwag

Yep...more of the "survive-and-advance" type than a statement win

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Naadir Tharpe finishes with 19 points to lead all scorers. Veteran takes KU to the Big 12 title.

Robert Brock

Diaz

Robert Brock

Dix

Robert Brock

10

Bwag in reply to Jhwkr542

It's a win

Matt Lacey

Do we finally have an in-control PG? That hasn't happened in a long, long time.

Tyson Ailshie

Sorry Brent and Fran but the Jayhawks have done it again!

Chuck Wagstaff

Night, all

Lori Dykeman

Tharpe was steady- steered us to the W

Jhwkr542

I'm ready to be done with this game...we never match up well with these types of teams. we then get in trouble by trying to jumpshoot them to death instead of going inside

FINAL
Oklahoma 75
Kansas 83

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas secures at least a share of its 10th straight Big 12 title.

Melrank

DECADE OF DOMINANCE

Eric TheCapn

TEN

Matt Lacey in reply to Eric TheCapn

I want one of the vintage jerseys so bad. I want to read the words in the stripes.

Rock Chalk X

Lindhawk

Rock chalk

Aircapjay in reply to Hawk90

I don't think Self will play to win there. He will play more of the bench I think.

Joe Ross

ROCK CHALK CHAMPIONSHIP

Ryan_32

Tharpe did a great job in the last 5 minutes...

Melrank

ROCK CHALK

Jayhawk

Mmhhawk

B12 Champs Again!

Brad Swisher

Tharpe the difference in this game.

Bryce Landon

Naadir with two huge FTs to make it a 3-possession game again.

00:24 left in Second Half
Oklahoma 75
Kansas 83

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jhwkr542 in reply to Bryce Landon

Me too. We seemingly have nothing to play for, OSU everything

Hawk90 in reply to Bryce Landon

Plus OSU is fighting for their lives. It will be a very hard W

Eric TheCapn

I'm excited to buy a new t-shirt exclaiming the 'Hawks Big XII dominance.

Melrank

I think we got this! Thumbs Up

Brian Powell

ROCK CHALK

Crimsonphoenix in reply to Tdscpa

More to love!

Bryce Landon in reply to Jhwkr542

OSU is on a roll, and KU isn't playing their A-game tonight. I'm concerned about OSU. As Stupid Michael likes to say, "I'm scared!"

741hawk in reply to Lindhawk

Be nice.

Matt Lacey in reply to Ryan_32

IDK. Seems plausible. She doesn't get by on being a former Gator dancer or anything. The part about speaking French to Jo's dad seemed like a detail the network wouldn't make up if it were a setup.

Eric TheCapn in reply to Bwag

Yes, a Mr. Herpes

Lindhawk in reply to Tdscpa

Reminds me of Miss Piggy a little

Brad Swisher in reply to Tdscpa

Jolly Holly

00:27 left in Second Half
Oklahoma 75
Kansas 81

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Hawk90 in reply to 741hawk

She is by far the best out there.

Jhwkr542

I got a lot of money saying we mail it in on Saturday in Stilwater

Bryce Landon

I spoke too soon. Clark hits a 3. It's a 2-possession game.

Bwag

Did someone punch Bill in the mouth?

Tdscpa in reply to Crimsonphoenix

A BIG babe.

Bryce Landon

33.8 seconds away from a 10th straight conference title!

00:33 left in Second Half
Oklahoma 72
Kansas 81

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Ryan_32 in reply to Matt Lacey

Haha... ESPN sets that stuff up. You think they wouldn't give that to whoever is on the sidelines? Come on...

Eric TheCapn

♫ Rooooock Chaaaaaaaalk ♪

Melrank

Cool signs.

Cshjhawk in reply to Crimsonphoenix

Lot of bling tonite!

Chuck Wagstaff

EXCELLENCE

Joe Ross

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP.

741hawk in reply to Hawk90

Holly does her homework. Works hard.

Matt Lacey in reply to Hawk90

I agree. Practicing actual journalism by contacting Jo's dad and getting the kid pictures. Good feature.

Sarcastichawk

Brent trying to jinx the hell out of us

00:33 left in Second Half
Oklahoma 72
Kansas 79

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jhwkr542

These refs just seem to be on a 3 sec delay

Crimsonphoenix

Holly Rowe is a babe.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Embiid with a double-double, 12 points, 13 rebounds.

Melrank

C'mon Jo!

Bryce Landon

Now is not the time to be missing FTs.

Mmhhawk

Mussberger = dried up geriactric.

Brad Swisher

It's past Brent's bedtime.

Lindhawk in reply to 741hawk

True dat

Hawk90

Did I just read drop Holly Rowe? That lady is the best sideline reporter

00:46 left in Second Half
Oklahoma 72
Kansas 78

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bryce Landon in reply to Melrank

We've had a lot of that this season. Defense wins championships.

Maxbball11

Did anyone touch that guy on the last drive I keep watching it and see nothing but it's a bad angle

741hawk in reply to Lindhawk

Because the weak commissioner doesn't demand it. Oh, wait. They got rid of Senile Knight.

Ryan_32 in reply to Rolland Remmert

haha, he literally just said that 5 minutes ago... Unless you were being facetious. :P

Melrank

OU shooting 45% for the game. Disappointing defensive effort tonight.

Mmhhawk in reply to Lindhawk

+1

Bryce Landon in reply to Lindhawk

They don't care. They know Kansas fans will watch no matter who's calling the game.

Jhwkr542 in reply to Lindhawk

I vote no commentators

Ryan_32 in reply to Lindhawk

I say bring back the girl from the Longhorn network from earlier this week and drop Musberger and Holly.

Rolland Remmert in reply to Lori Dykeman

At least he hasn't said THE Allen Field House tonite

Joe Ross

Agreed. No chant yet. Evidently you didnt see the Michigan game last year.

Lindhawk

Why can't ESPN give us some better TV guys?

Lori Dykeman

And mushberger is just a moron

Jhwkr542

And spangler travelled there...i'm slowly turning into bob knight, complaining about no travelling calls

00:46 left in Second Half
Oklahoma 71
Kansas 78

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bret Eckert

Latest Media TO of the Season

Bryce Landon in reply to Rolland Remmert

Not yet. This ain't over yet.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Tharpe keeps coming up with critical buckets. He is 4 of 5 in 2nd half, and has 10 of his 15 points since halftime.

Bryce Landon

46.7 left, and OU gets FTs again after the commercials.

Rolland Remmert

now the chant

Lex Valdez

yes

Joe Ross

...big.

Melrank

Or give it to big Naads.

Jhwkr542 in reply to Maxbball11

Yeah, but we fell for the 24th pump fake tonight and nobody cared to help

Bryce Landon

NAADIR

Brian Powell in reply to Brian Mellor

My comment has zero effect on reality, duh.

Lori Dykeman in reply to Mmhhawk

I think Fran is a very fair assessor of what's happening.

Ryan_32 in reply to Benton Smith

I don't know that it's so much OU not going away, as it is KU not playing any defense and allowing them to stay in the game.

Bret Eckert

Wayne NO DEFENSE

Crimsonphoenix

I wish I could hurt my hand on the rim...

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