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.”
“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.