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Bill Self calls Brannen Greene’s game-ending dunk a ‘d— move’

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Wednesday night No. 7 Kansas played in-state rival Kansas State for the first time this season, and despite winning by a comfortable margin of 77-59 the Jayhawks did not put forth their best effort. As a team Bill Self’s team shot 55.1 percent from the field and converted 23 Kansas State turnovers into 30 points.

But they also at a disadvantage on the boards, as Kansas State grabbed 13 offensive rebounds, and guard Wayne Selden Jr. did not follow up his outstanding performance Saturday against Kentucky with another solid effort. Selden scored seven points, shooting 3-for-9 from the field while failing to grab a single rebound. That gave Self plenty to discuss following the game, but at the start of his press conference he apologized to Kansas State for the actions of junior wing Brannen Greene.

In the game’s final seconds Greene, instead of holding the ball and allowing time to expire, threw down a two-handed dunk to provide the final margin. Below is video of the final seconds, with Kansas State exerting minimal (if any) effort defensively.

Self didn’t look pleased with Greene’s move as he approached Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber for the customary postgame handshake, and he certainly didn’t mince words during a postgame radio interview, calling the incident “the biggest d— move I’ve ever had a player do during a game.”

Here’s the full quote, with context:

“Brannen Greene, we’ve put up with him doing some stuff in the past, but that was probably the biggest dick move I’ve ever had a player do during a game. To dunk the ball like that when the other team. Even their players are going, ‘How disrespectful to the game.’ It certainly showed unbelievably poor sportsmanship.”

Self went further, starting his postgame press conference with an apology:

This isn’t the first time Greene has raised Self’s ire this season, as he was suspended six games during non-conference play for conduct detrimental to the team. Self reinstated Greene a game earlier than expected, bringing Greene back for the team’s win over Holy Cross December 9.

Greene’s minutes have fluctuated in recent games, as he’s played 11 minutes or less in seven of Kansas’ last eight games. Included in that stretch was the loss at Oklahoma State in which Greene didn’t play, and he played 24 minutes in the Jayhawks’ loss at Iowa State. Situations like this don’t help matters when it comes to earning more playing time down the line.

Kansas visits TCU Saturday, with No. 14 West Virginia visiting Lawrence next Tuesday.

Ellis helps No. 7 Kansas pull away from Kansas State, 77-59

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self was only slightly happier Wednesday night than Kansas State counterpart Bruce Weber, and the only reason for that was his seventh-ranked Jayhawks had won.

“I’ll be candid,” Self said after the 77-59 victory, “they outplayed us. They beat us to loose balls, they outhustled us. … That’s about as soft as I can remember one of our teams playing.”

Perry Ellis scored 19 points, and Svi Mykhailiuk and Devonte Graham added 10 points apiece, to bail out the Jayhawks (18-4, 6-3 Big 12) on a night they were dominated on the glass.

Kansas managed two offensive rebounds while getting outrebounded 36-21 by an undersized opponent.

“It wasn’t a well-played game on our part at all,” Self said. “But I think K-State, they came ready to play. I thought their defense was really, really good. I think they shrunk the floor on ball screens, they control the glass. … For some reason we were still ahead.”

That reason was probably the Wildcats’ 23 turnovers.

“One of the things I put on the board was, `Make simple basketball plays,”‘ Weber said. “We try to do too much sometimes and don’t let the game come to us.”

Stephen Hurt had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wildcats, who have not won at Kansas since 2006 – three coaches ago. Wesley Iwundu added 15 points but also had six turnovers.

“Coach said, `You can’t let offense determine defense,’ and that happened to us,” Iwundu said.

Not in the first 15 minutes. That part of the game belonged to Kansas State, which clogged the lane and forced a handful of early turnovers of its own to take an early 18-10 lead.

“We can’t do that,” Graham said. “We have to come out and know everyone is coming after our heads.”

Eventually, Ellis and Mykhailiuk knocked down 3s to help start a first-half run, and Frank Mason III countered his balky shot with some hustle that created plays for others. After one hard landing, the guard got up to find the white sleeve covering his right calf and knee soaked through with blood.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats slowly began to lose their composure.

After Mason’s basket with 12 seconds to go, Hurt turned the ball over on the inbounds play, sending Weber into an uproar. He stormed across the court after one of the officials and appeared to be close to getting a technical foul before assistants reined him in.

“I tried to keep my poise. And for 16 minutes, I told the official, I kept it to myself,” Weber said. “You have to fight through it and be tougher than that.”

Then again, Weber wasn’t any happier when Brannen Greene knocked down a 3-pointer and was fouled, converting a rare four-point play with 2 seconds left that gave Kansas a 39-29 lead.

Kansas State trimmed its deficit to 47-45 on a basket by D.J. Johnson with just under 12 minutes to go, but Wayne Selden III answered with a 3 from the wing and a layup off an alley-oop pass.

That kicked off one more big run that allowed the Jayhawks to seize control of the game.

“It was amazing to me, we were up 10 at the half and I felt like it was a tie,” Self said. “It was one of those games, I looked up and I was surprised we had the lead.”

STOKES SURGERY

Kansas State guard Kamau Stokes will have surgery on his right knee Thursday. He was hurt in last Saturday’s win over Mississippi. “He’ll probably be out for a while,” Weber said without giving details on the nature of the surgery. “It’s a miracle that he could come back (this season).”

TIP-INS

Kansas State: Johnson had nine points before fouling out. He played 12 minutes. … The Wildcats finished with a 36-21 rebounding advantage. … Kansas State is 1-6 in road games.

Kansas: C Hunter Mickelson did not play while dealing with a high ankle sprain. … Landen Lucas, who fouled out, had eight points and six rebounds. … Kansas was 16 of 22 from the free throw line.

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Kansas State plays No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Kansas visits TCU on Saturday.

‘Aggressive Wayne’ changes the equation for No. 4 Kansas

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With the two winningest programs in the history of college basketball meeting at Allen Fieldhouse, the expectation was that No. 20 Kentucky and No. 4 Kansas would put forth a good show. The two teams more than lived up to the expectations, but ultimately it was the play of Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. that made the difference.

Selden scored a career-high 33 points, shooting 12-for-20 from the field, to lead the Jayhawks to a 90-84 overtime victory.

Kansas managed to come back in spite of some subpar foul shooting, as they shot just 30-for-47 from the foul line for the game. In the second half, as the Jayhawks looked to cut into a Kentucky lead that grew to as much as eight points, Bill Self’s team made a habit of splitting trips to the foul line. But as Kentucky’s big men battled foul trouble and freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe cramps, the Jayhawks were able to mount a rally to grab the lead.

The spark was Selden, a gifted off guard who far too often seems to blend into the action as opposed to using his talents to assert himself. That wasn’t an issue against the Wildcats, as Selden was in attack mode from the start. That took its toll on Kentucky defensively, with Selden scoring Kansas’ next ten points after Kentucky took an eight-point lead with 13:54 remaining.

Kentucky played well, with point guard Tyler Ulis scoring 26 points and dishing out eight assists to lead the way. Kentucky’s a much-improved team over the last two weeks, and a big reason for that has been the play and intangibles supplied by Ulis. Coaches want leaders to emerge over the course of a season, and not only has Ulis done that but he’s also managed to take his teammates along with him.

The front court still need to be more consistent moving forward, but the progress shown by this group was evident even in defeat. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they didn’t have enough left in the tank to slow down Selden and the Jayhawks as they made their run.

Selden’s production not only applied pressure to Kentucky’s defense in the second half but it also gave his teammates the confidence needed to make plays themselves. That’s the kind of player he can be, and it’s what makes his periods of simply blending into the action so frustrating.

Kansas has talent, depth and experience, all of which was on display at various points in Saturday’s win. But if Bill Self’s team is to not only extend its streak of consecutive Big 12 regular season titles to 12 but also play deep into March, they need Selden to consistently be the “take charge” offensive option he was against Kentucky.

With the offense Kansas runs he doesn’t have to look for 25 shots a night, and the system wouldn’t work as well if he did to that level. But an aggressive Wayne Selden Jr. opens things up for the other Jayhawks, making them an even tougher team to defend as a result.