By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
• Key play: Ben McLemore picked up his second foul with more than nine minutes left and went to the bench.
• Key stat: K-State’s Rodney McGruder had just two points in the first half.
• Key play: Jeff Withey converted a jump-hook in the lane with 2:46 left.
• Key stat: K-State shot just nine of 30 from three-point range
Winter visits KU shoot-around
Kansas coach Bill Self had never met legendary Kansas State coach Tex Winter, so on Tuesday afternoon, he arranged for Winter, the inventor of the triangle offense, to stop by and meet his players.
Self introduced Winter to his team, mentioning his history at K-State in the 1950s and his time as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls.
“It was neat,” Self said.
• Self was asked after the game if he had any different feelings about the Sunflower Showdown rivalry now that KU had played K-State for the first time since Missouri left for the SEC. Self's answer: Not really, but he knows who KU's biggest rival is now.
"They're a big-time rival," Self said of K-State. "But when you have Mizzou, all your pent-up hate can go in one direction, basically. So this was more of a respectful rivalry, and I still feel that way. I think it's two teams, classy, playing hard, and there's no talking. There were just kids out there competing. I'm leaving out of here knowing who our biggest rival is, but it's not a hated thing."
• Was it a pass or a shot? Late in the second half, KU’s Kevin Young had tried to throw a lob to Jeff Withey, but instead fired the ball off the backward for a turnover. The pass was so bad that it was officially scored as a missed shot instead of a turnover.
"That was a pass," Young said. "I think they gave it as a shot, though. I’d rather have the shot; no turnover. I can take the shot. But it was a horrible pass, I don’t know what I was thinking."