Texas coach Rick Barnes wanted to know. In the moments after Kansas’ 69-64 victory over Texas on Saturday night, Barnes sat down for a radio interview and wanted to get one more look at a potential game-tying layup from Longhorns point guard Isaiah Taylor in the final minute.
In the play in question, Taylor spun into the lane against Kansas’ Frank Mason and put up an errant shot while falling to the ground. Barnes believed Taylor was fouled. The whistle didn’t blow.
“(TV commentator) Jay Bilas walked right up to me, and said: ‘Rick, he got fouled.’ ” Barnes said after the game. “So I don’t know if he did or he didn’t. But I thought he did.”
▪ Kansas participated in its 11th ESPN College Game Day on Saturday, including the sixth at Allen Fieldhouse. This one was a little more muted. The show began early Saturday morning at Koch Arena in Wichita before ESPN’s traveling studio show moved to Allen Fieldhouse for a pregame broadcast at 3 p.m.
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▪ Perhaps you can call this an olive branch of peace from K-State. The Wildcats’ victory over Iowa State on Saturday helped the Jayhawks in the Big 12 race. The Jayhawks, 12-4 in the Big 12, now hold a one-game lead over Oklahoma and a two-game lead over Iowa State and West Virginia. Kansas will play for a Big 12 title on Tuesday night against West Virginia at home, and it might be for an outright title. Oklahoma plays at Iowa State on Monday night.
“It’s hard to say our brethren helped us out,” Self said of K-State. “But they did.”
▪ Texas’ 14 blocks against Kansas were a school record.
▪ Key play: Texas’ Demarcus Holland gave the Longhorns a 34-31 halftime lead with a three-pointer at the buzzer.
▪ Key stat: KU shot 33 percent.
▪ Key play: Perry Ellis finished a layup that stretched the KU lead to 64-61 with more than 2 minutes left. KU never trailed again.
▪ Key stat: KU was 26 of 32 at the free-throw line.