Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Self talks up KU-KSU rivalry

Kansas head coach Bill Self claps as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks' 90-84 win, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self claps as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks' 90-84 win, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who has one scholarship player and three walk-ons from the state of Kansas on his 2015-16 roster, makes sure his out-of-state Jayhawks know the history of the Sunflower Showdown.

“We’ve got three guys that weren’t here last year,” Self said of freshmen Carlton Bragg, Cheick Diallo and Lagerald Vick. “That’s only three. They’ll be educated. We’ll look forward to playing,” he added, referring to today’s 8 p.m., contest against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU, the record books show, has definitely dominated the series.

The Jayhawks, who are 188-93 all time — 23-5 versus KSU in the 13-year Self era — have won 49 of the last 54 meetings and nine straight in Allen.

“I think the K-State game has increased significance obviously since Missouri is not in our league. It’s an important game to a lot of folks. We know it’s a big game to people in the state. We talked about that today,” Self said Monday.

His No. 7-ranked Jayhawks take a 17-4, 5-3 record into the game compared to unranked KSU’s 13-8, 2-6 mark.

“Those teams are ones that can beat anybody on a given night,” KU sophomore guard Devonté Graham said. “We’ve got to keep pushing. We have to play like it was the Kentucky game (Saturday’s 90-84 overtime win in Allen). We’ve got to work just as hard. You can’t take any teams lightly. We’ve got to come out and do what we do.”

K-State coach Bruce Weber — his teams are 0-3 in Allen and 2-6 overall versus KU — knows it’s a tough task to try to beat a Jayhawks team that has won 35 straight home games and 147 of the last 150.

“Well, there haven’t been many teams who have been successful in there (Allen) except Kansas. They play at such a high level at home. They have such a great crowd there and they feed off that crowd,” said Weber, whose ’Cats have won two straight over Kansas in Manhattan.

“Everyone plays better at home, but they take it to another level. The beginning of the game is really important. You can’t turn it over and let them get easy baskets. You have to make them earn some things. You have to survive their runs. They are going to have their runs just like anyone does at home,” Weber added.

The ’Cats, who are coming off Saturday’s 69-64 home victory over Mississippi in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, will likely be without freshman point guard Kamau Stokes tonight. He suffered a knee injury while playing just eight minutes against Ole Miss.

“It will be point guard by committee,” Weber said. “Wes (Iwundu, 6-7 junior) has played some point as has Barry (Brown, 6-3 freshman). Carlbe (Ervin II, 6-3 junior) is going to play. I’m not sure he can play 35 minutes.

“The good thing is that we have had a lot of different people bring the ball up this year, so we have some options.”

Ervin last season was a first-team juco All-American at Connors State College.

“I think it was great for him to play well the other day against Ole Miss,” Weber said.

“Kamau (Stokes) only played eight minutes so he virtually played the entire game and played well. He led us on the ‘Play-Hard Chart’ and made some plays. However, it is an entirely different experience playing at Kansas, so he will have to adjust. You just have to play hard and compete and good things will happen. Our team can’t try to do too much. We just have to make simple basketball plays.”

Self said the Jayhawks face a challenge trying to attack Kansas State’s defense.

The Wildcats, who have led the Big 12 in scoring defense two of the past three seasons (60.4 ppg in 2012-13 and 65.4 ppg in 13-14), currently rank third in the conference in fewest points allowed (66.8).

“Bruce has always gotten his teams to guard,” Self said. “Whatever their conference record is (2-6), it could be flipped. They lost to West Virginia in two overtimes (87-83).

“The lost at Texas by a basket (60-57). At Oklahoma, they play well and end up losing by 10 (86-76). At Baylor they lose in two overtimes (79-72). They’ve been right there. They are fast on the perimeter, young and really guard.”

Mickelson practices some: KU senior forward Hunter Mickelson practiced some on Tuesday and is listed questionable for tonight.

This, that: Weber is 75-46 in his fourth season at Kansas State and 388-201 in his 18th season overall. ... Kansas State is 11-2 at home, 1-5 on the road and 1-1 on neutral courts. ... Iwundu leads KSU in scoring at 12.2 points per game. Edwards scores 11.9 points per contest. Freshman F Dean Wade leads K-State in rebounding at 5.9 per game. ...KU is 739-109 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse.

Probable Starters

KANSAS STATE (13-8, 2-6)

F — Stephen Hurt (6-11, Sr.)

F — Wesley Iwundu (6-7, Jr.)

F — Dean Wade (6-8, Fr.)

G — Carlbe Ervin (6-3, Jr.)

G — Justin Edwards (6-4, Sr.)

KANSAS (17-4, 5-3)

F — Perry Ellis (6-8, Sr.)

F — Landen Lucas (6-10, Fr.)

G — Frank Mason III (5-11, Jr.)

G — Wayne Selden Jr. (6-5, Jr.)

G — Devonté Graham (6-2, Soph.)

Tipoff: 8 p.m. today, Allen Fieldhouse.

TV: ESPN2 (WOW! channels 34, 234).



1 — Carlbe Ervin II, 6-3, 205, Jr., G, Oklahoma City.

3 — Kamau Stokes, 5-10, 170, Fr., G, Baltimore.

4 — D.J. Johnson, 6-9, 250, Jr., F, St. Louis.

5 — Barry Brown, 6-3, 195, Fr., G, Saint Petersburg, Fla.

10 — Isaiah Maurice, 6-9, 225, Fr., F, Durham, N.C.

12 — Mason Schoen, 6-3, 185, Soph., G, Overland Park.

13 — Zach Winter, 6-3, 210, Jr., G, Andover.

15 — Dante Williams, 7-0, 255, Fr., F, Arlington, Texas.

23 — Ron Freeman, 6-5, 185, Fr., G, Los Angeles.

24 — Pierson McAtee, 6-6, 190, Fr., F, Manhattan.

25 — Wesley Iwundu, 6-7, 210, Jr., F, Houston.

32 — Dean Wade, 6-8, 225, Fr., F, Saint John.

33 — Brian Rohleder, 6-3, 215, Sr., G, Wichita.

35 — Austin Budke, 6-6, 220, Jr., F, Beloit.

41 — Stephen Hurt, 6-11, 265, Sr., F, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Head coach: Bruce Weber. Assistants: Chris Lowery, Alvin Brooks III, Chester Frazier.


0 — Frank Mason III, 5-11, 185, Jr., G, Petersburg, Virginia.

1 — Wayne Selden, Jr., 6-5, 230, Jr., G, Roxbury, Massachusetts.

2 — Lagerald Vick, 6-5, 175, Fr., G, Memphis.

4 — Devonté Graham, 6-2, 175, Soph., G, Raleigh, North Carolina.

5 — Evan Manning, 6-3, 170, Sr., G, Lawrence.

10 — Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, 6-8, 195, Soph., G, Cherkasy, Ukraine.

11 — Tyler Self, 6-2, 165, Jr., G, Lawrence.

13 — Cheick Diallo, 6-9, 220, Fr., F, Kayes, Mali, Africa.

14 — Brannen Greene, 6-7, 215, Jr., G, Juliette, Georgia.

15 — Carlton Bragg, Jr., 6-9, 220, Fr., F, Cleveland.

21 — Clay Young, 6-5, 205, Soph., F, Lansing.

22 — Dwight Coleby, 6-9, 240, Jr., F, Nassau, Bahamas.

31 — Jamari Traylor, 6-8, 220, Sr., F, Chicago.

33 — Landen Lucas, 6-10, 240, Jr., F, Portland, Oregon.

34 — Perry Ellis, 6-8, 225, Sr., F, Wichita.

42 — Hunter Mickelson, 6-10, 245, Sr., F, Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Head coach: Bill Self. Assistants: Kurtis Townsend, Norm Roberts, Jerrance Howard.


Jay Scott 6 years, 5 months ago

Weber may not have many more trips to Allen in his future. KSU will look pretty stupid buying out the extra years they extended his contract.

Rae Bricil 6 years, 5 months ago

Hopefully, as other have posted, this team can build on the UK win. They still have a lot of tough games in front of them at home and away. After seeing WVU win on the road last night they will most likely be a tough out at home---just like last year.

Also, I was surprised by UK's loss at Tennessee--obviously would have preferred UK winning therefore validating KU's effort in beating a good team instead of what appears to be a dangerous third tier team.
That said, beating UK, especially with Cal, no matter how good they are is always a good win for KU.

Tom Jones 6 years, 5 months ago

Self has never been swept in the league and it's not going to start this year, IMHO.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 5 months ago

True but 5 losses in the last 7 games (BIG 12 Tourney) is a pretty bad stretch.

Brian D. Steward 6 years, 5 months ago

You know, I honestly find it funny how KU can move down in the rankings after losing to ISU on the road and then beat UK at home, but UK stays exactly the same after beating a horrible MU team at home and dropping the game against us. Basically voters said a win against MU means more than a win against UK and that a loss on the road to ISU is worse than losing to KU at Allen. Maybe that's not how it was meant, but that's how it came across to me and it made me chuckle.

Mick Allen 6 years, 5 months ago

Agreed Rae. Even more bizarre and once again underscoring the presence of parity in college hoops this year is the fact last Saturday, TCU, a team with 1 Big 12 victory, beat Tennessee by 10 at Knoxville.

Rae Bricil 6 years, 5 months ago

I didn't realize that TCU beat Tennessee. Turning into "any given day..."--which I guess isn't a bad thing.

JD Roth 6 years, 5 months ago

Game was played at Fort Worth not Knoxville. 75-63 Horned Frog win.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 5 months ago

Pretty good game. TCU came from behind to get the win...

Kent Richardson 6 years, 5 months ago

The TCU fieldhouse floor makes it hard not to have a uniform clash. It was glaring when ISU was there. The FB uniform vibrant craze doesn't always transfer to indoor I guess.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 5 months ago

One group of Wildcats down on Saturday, another to take down tonight!

Eliott Reeder 6 years, 5 months ago

We could really use a nice blow-out win and I think the purple kitties minus a starting PG are just the team to get rolling on.

Kent Richardson 6 years, 5 months ago

I am hoping to tune into a game where we move the ball and score over 40 in each half. Also can we play mano y mano and get the job done. I wouldn't hurt to play a bit of zone to keep it fresh as needed.

Mick Allen 6 years, 5 months ago

Thank you J.D. I'm generally more accurate than that. Of course we go to Fort Worth Saturday. There are no sure things on the road this year.

Ryan Doll 6 years, 5 months ago

Is someone encouraging Frank Mason to play this circus shot playground b.s. ? .. cuz if not maybe he should sit for a few and chill

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