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KU coach Bill Self calls Brannen Greene's late dunk against K-State 'classless'

Kansas coach Bill Self apologizes for dunk, says team played soft

University of Kansas head coach Bill Self offered an apology for the dunk at the end of the game and said this is the most soft the team has played all season during post game comment after KU beat K-State 77-59 in Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday, F
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University of Kansas head coach Bill Self offered an apology for the dunk at the end of the game and said this is the most soft the team has played all season during post game comment after KU beat K-State 77-59 in Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday, F

Bill Self wouldn’t usually be incensed with an 18-point winning margin, but that was the case Wednesday after Kansas ran past Kansas State 77-59.

The Jayhawks won by a deceptively wide margin. Kansas State played better than it had in recent trips to Allen Fieldhouse. But Kansas wore out the Wildcats toward the end and ran away.

Too far, according to Self.

As the final seconds ticked off, junior guard Brannen Greene scored on an uncontested dunk before the buzzer.

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Self was furious. He called it a “(expletive) move” on his postgame radio show and before taking questions at his postgame news conference issued an apology.

“Before you ask questions I’d like to first apologize to the K-State team, the program, coaches, players for the unsportsmanlike act one our players did at the end of the game that was totally classless,” Self said. “I guarantee you it will never happen again.”

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber was told of Self’s radio show comment.

“That’s up to them, that’s their deal,” Weber said.

Weber had his own anger issues — with the officiating.

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He stopped short of criticizing the crew directly but Weber was furious in final minutes of the first half, as the Jayhawks rolled to a 10-point lead with a 14-3 run that was fueled by free throws, and completed with a four-point play by Greene.

“You have to be better than them on the road,” Weber said of the officials.

Weber said he tried to keep his poise at halftime talking to the team. He told the Ray Natili-led crew that his poise for the first 16 minutes of the first half as the foul disparity grew to 15-8, favoring Kansas at the break.

“I can’t let the kids get frustrated,” Weber said. “You have to fight through it. You have to be tougher than that.”

When the game turned with 12 minutes remaining, there was no issue with the officiating. The Jayhawks simply made the plays on both ends.

Wildcats’ big man Stephen Hurt hit a jumper from the top to shave the Kansas lead to 47-45. Wayne Selden, who played the best game of his career in Saturday’s stirring triumph over Kentucky, was mostly a no-show on Wednesday. But he knocked down a three-pointer here to give the Jayhawks some breathing room.

Devonte’ Graham came up with the first of three straight Kansas steals, and turned this one into a lob pass finished by Selden. Perry Ellis, who led the Jayhawks with 19 points, then finished his own steal with a flush.

And Kansas was off. Kansas State has seen plenty of moments like this in Allen Fieldhouse, where it has now lost 22 of its last 23 games. The Jayhawks had started a 9-0 run.

K-State head coach Bruce Weber discussed KU 77-59 defeat of K-State in Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

But this one unfolded in different way. Often, Kansas opens the distance early against the Wildcats. Not this time.

Kansas State led 16-7 early, and outscored Kansas 10-2 to open the second half to close the gap.

“I guess we didn’t come out ready to play,” Ellis said. “We have to put our foot on the pedal and keep playing the whole game, not just in stretches.”

But the Wildcats arrived with a good defensive game plan, making Kansas struggle for baskets, but without starting point guard Kamau Stokes. Weber said after the game that his freshman who was averaging 9.4 points and 2.7 assists would have a procedure for a knee injury suffered in last weekend’s victory over Mississippi and “would be out for a while.”

Perry Ellis credited K-State's defense for making the game close in the first half and Wesley Iwundu said mistakes on offense lead to defensive struggles in the second half as KU beat K-State 77-59 in Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

Another big edge for Kansas State was on the boards. They outrebounded the Jayhawks 36-21, prompting Self to unleash a “soft,” description of his team.

But Kansas responded in other areas. Svi Mykhailiuk, who played one minute total in the past three games, had his best Big 12 performance this season with a robust stat line — 10 points, four assists and three of the Jayhawks’ 10 steals.

Mykhailiuk had six during a key stretch in the first half when the Jayhawks finally became active on offense.

Kansas State committed 23 turnovers, another sign that Stokes wasn’t on the floor.

The road doesn’t get easier for the Wildcats, to take on top-ranked Oklahoma in Manhattan on Saturday. K-State 13-9 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12, seeks its first victory over a ranked team. They posted 11 such triumphs over the past two seasons.

As for the seventh-ranked Jayhawks, they turned the corner on the league season at 18-4 and 6-3, chasing the Sooners and West Virginia, each at 7-2 in the standing. If Kansas is going to win a 12th straight conference title, it must find some success in road games, which has proven difficult this season.

But one thing is for certain. When an outcome is sealed, no Kansas player will again dunk at the end of a game.

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Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @blairkerkhoff

No. 7 KANSAS 77

KANSAS STATE 59

TableStyle: SP-bkwideplayersCCI Template: SP-bkwideplayers

K-State

Min

FG-A

FT-A

O-R

A

PF

PT

Wade

26

2-3

1-2

0-2

0

4

5

Hurt

28

6-13

2-4

4-11

0

2

14

Ervin II

21

0-6

0-0

2-3

3

4

0

Edwards

31

1-9

0-1

2-6

1

2

2

Iwundu

37

5-7

4-4

0-5

5

2

15

Brown

28

4-10

0-1

0-2

2

2

11

Budke

13

1-1

0-0

1-1

1

3

3

Johnson

12

3-4

3-4

2-4

0

5

9

Rohleder

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

3

0

Winter

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

TEAM

   

2-2

   

Totals

200

22-53

10-16

13-36

12

27

59

Percentages: FG .415, FT .625. Three-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Brown 3-7, Budke 1-1, Iwundu 1-2, Ervin II 0-1, Edwards 0-3, Hurt 0-4). Blocked Shots: 1 (Hurt). Turnovers: 23 (Iwundu 6, Hurt 4, Edwards 3, Brown 3, Johnson 2, Ervin II 2, team 2, Budke). Steals: 7 (Brown 2, Edwards, Ervin II, Iwundu, Hurt, Johnson). Technical Fouls: Edwards, Hurt. Fouled Out: Johnson.

TableStyle: SP-bkwideplayersCCI Template: SP-bkwideplayers

Kansas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

O-R

A

PF

PT

Lucas

25

2-3

4-5

1-6

1

5

8

Ellis

34

8-11

0-0

1-5

0

2

19

Mason III

31

1-5

6-9

0-1

4

2

8

Selden Jr.

24

3-9

0-1

0-0

2

2

7

Graham

39

4-9

1-1

0-3

4

2

10

Mykhailiuk

21

4-7

1-1

0-1

4

3

10

Traylor

13

1-1

3-4

0-4

0

1

5

Greene

6

3-3

1-1

0-0

0

0

8

Bragg Jr.

5

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

2

Diallo

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

TEAM

   

0-1

   

Totals

200

27-49

16-22

2-21

15

18

77

Percentages: FG .551, FT .727. Three-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Ellis 3-3, Greene 1-1, Graham 1-4, Mykhailiuk 1-4, Selden Jr. 1-5, Mason III 0-1). Blocked Shots: 4 (Traylor 2, Bragg Jr., Lucas). Turnovers: 16 (Ellis 4, Selden Jr. 3, Mason III 2, Graham 2, Traylor, Mykhailiuk, Bragg Jr., Lucas, team). Steals: 10 (Graham 3, Mykhailiuk 3, Ellis 2, Traylor, Selden Jr.). Technical Fouls: Lucas. Fouled Out: Lucas.

Half: Kansas 39-29. Attendance: 16,300. Officials: Ray Natili, Keith Kimble, Ron Groover.

AP-WF-02-04-16 0437GMT

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