Kansas Notebook

Coaches say play was clean despite six technicals and flagrant fouls

Updated: 2014-01-19T17:13:48Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— While Kansas and Oklahoma State combined for seven technicals and flagrant fouls during KU’s 80-78 victory on Saturday, both head coaches characterized the play as more competitive than dirty.

“It was emotions,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “I don’t think any of it was dirty or anything like that.”

The tensions began to escalate in the first half when Ford called a timeout and Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown kept playing. Brown ran into KU’s Jamari Traylor, causing a near fracas near midcourt.

“The guy just ran into me,” Traylor said. “I guess he was a little heated. We were both heated. I don’t really know, it happened so fast.”

Traylor was also assessed a technical foul, even if he was little confused on why he ended up getting one.

(I don’t know) how I got a tech,” Traylor tweeted after the game. “but it's cool.”

** Kansas now plays host to No. 12 Baylor on Monday night, its fourth straight game against a ranked opponent. If you count Oklahoma, which will likely be ranked on Monday, the Jayhawks have played six straight games against ranked foes. After Saturday’s win, Self made a case that the Big 12 is the country’s best conference, mentioning that seven teams have received votes in the polls this year.

“That’s seven out of 10,” Self said, “and a lot of people have seven out of 14 or seven out of 15. So there’s no off nights.”

** Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat in the second row behind the Kansas bench on Saturday. Rodgers, who had always wanted to see a game at Allen Fieldhouse, attended the KU practice on Friday and spoke to the KU team for a few moments afterward.

| Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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