Baylor guard Ish Wainright made sure to stop Kansas guard Wayne Selden in the postgame handshake line following KU’s 70-66 victory on Friday night at the Sprint Center. He had to say something after Selden posterized him with a dunk midway through the second half.
“I said, ‘I’ll be watching SportsCenter later on today,’ ” said Wainright, a Kansas City native.
Though Wainright later admitted he should have fouled Selden instead of allowing the dunk, he didn’t have any problem giving his opponent props for the play.
“It was respect. We’re all basketball players,” Wainright said. “If you don’t get dunked on, you’re not a basketball player.”
Meanwhile, KU’s walk-ons went crazy with their celebration on the bench.
Evan Manning saw the play open up first, leaping into the air before Selden had even put the slam down.
“I got a couple of fist pumps in there too — flying fists. It was a good celebration,” Manning said with a laugh. “One of the all-time greats.”
Tyler Self, meanwhile, jumped and put both hands on his cheeks as if he’d seen a ghost.
“We know Wayne can do things like that,” Self said, “but it’s always cool to see it done in games.”
Minutes ticking up
KU guard Devonte’ Graham played a team-high 38 minutes against Baylor on Friday after leading the team in minutes with 34 on Thursday.
He was asked about his legs after the game.
“They’re good right now. They’re a little tired, but I’m not worried about it,” Graham said. “We’re going to get to the hotel and do some recovery. Roll out, and just try to get ready for tomorrow.”
KU’s players said they were motivated to pick up a Big 12 Tournament title. The Jayhawks haven’t won the event since 2013.
“We’ve got this far,” Graham said. “We might as well go ahead and take it and try to validate what we did in the regular season.”