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February 26, 2013

KU, Self receive unpleasant sendoff from some Iowa State fans

In the aftermath of Kansas’ 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State Monday night, an unidentified fan had to be restrained by police after moving and yelling in the direction of Kansas coach Bill Self as he left the floor.

In the aftermath of Kansas’ 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State Monday night, a unidentified fan had to be restrained by police after moving and yelling in the direction of Kansas coach Bill Self as he left the floor.

Photos from the incident, including

one taken by Lawrence Journal-World Photographer Nick Krug

, show an Iowa State fan being held back by a police officer near the sideline of the Hilton Coliseum court.

While answering a question about the entire post-game scene, which included a few pieces of debris flying onto the court while the Jayhawks returned to their locker room, Self downplayed the situation.

“That was two good teams playing,” Self said earlier, during a post-game press conference. “The crowd was unbelievable and great, and our guys responded well. That was as much fun as I’ve had all year long coaching in a game.”

Self and KU senior Elijah Johnson were among the last off the court after taking part in post-game television interviews.

•  Johnson regretted his fast-break dunk in the final seconds with the Jayhawks already up by 10 points.

“I want to apologize to the head coach of Iowa State for that last play of the game,” Johnson said. “I shouldn’t have dunked that ball. And right now, I’m feeling that. I should have dribbled that ball out. I just got caught up in the moment. I saw an open basket and I attacked it. I kind of got tunnel vision, and I guess it was rubbing off that whole end of the game.

Self said Johnson probably should have dribbled out the clock as well, but he didn’t think it marred what was a classic game.

“It wasn’t right,” Self said. “But it shouldn’t take away from him being an unbelievably classy kid.”

• Iowa State’s 96 points were the most by a Kansas opponent in a loss during the Bill Self era, surpassing the 90 points scored by Baylor in a 100-90 loss in 2008. The 89 points the Cyclones scored earlier this year ranks third.

Iowa State’s 17 three-pointers were a school-record, and just one shy of the most ever made by a Kansas opponent. The Jayhawks surrendered 18 three-pointers to Nebraska in a victory in 2002. The Cyclones’ 41 three-point attempts were also a record.

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