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FINAL: Oklahoma State knocks off No. 1 Kansas, 85-77

Kansas center Cole Aldrich, right, and forward Xavier Henry tangle with Oklahoma State guard Nick Sidorakis during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich, right, and forward Xavier Henry tangle with Oklahoma State guard Nick Sidorakis during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

February 27, 2010, 2:00 p.m. Updated February 27, 2010, 6:48 p.m.


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KU scoring — Collins 22, Xavier Henry 17, Aldrich 11, Marcus Morris 10, Taylor 8, Markieff Morris 6, Reed 3.

KU was 27-for-58 from the floor (46.6 percent), 8-for-20 from three (40 percent) and 15-for-23 from the free-throw line (65.2 percent).

OSU was 32-for-53 from the floor (60.4 percent), 10-for-19 from three (52.6 percent) and 11-for-17 from the free-throw line (64.7 percent).

OSU out-rebounded KU, 36-26. OSU had 16 turnovers, whlie KU had 12.

James Anderson finished with 27 points on 9-for-19 shooting.

FINAL: OSU wins, 85-77

Muonelo makes the second free throw, and Xavier follows with a long three to cut the lead to six.

Anderson is fouled in the frontcourt, but he only makes one of two.

Taylor drives on the next possession, but his shot is blocked. The KU coaches clamor for a foul, but none is called.

Anderson is fouled again, and he makes both this time.

Collins airballs a three, and that should about do it. OSU fans rise to their feet, sensing the upset is near.

Pilgrim adds an uncontested layup, and Collins follows with a three. Self calls timeout.

OSU finishes off its victory, and students flood the court, amkgin it a sea of orange.

The Cowboys win, 85-77.

OSU 79/KU 71 — 1:18 left in game

Anderson and Collins trade two free throws. KU can’t afford to trade.

KU gets a steal, and Collins finishes on the other end for a layup. KU cuts the deficit to nine for the first time since the first half.

Muonelo makes one of two at the line. OSU is called for a cheap foul, and Xavier Henry makes two free throws. KU cuts the lead to eight with 2:36 left.

KU’s attacking defense forces OSU into another turnover, as a pass sails into the stands. Travis Ford puts both hands on his head.

Xavier misses a shot inside, and OSU gets points off the runout, as Anderson slams home an uncontested attempt.

Collins drives and puts in a layup, but time is running out for KU.

Muonelo misses the first of two free throws. Ford calls timeout.

OSU 74/KU 63 — 3:42 left in game

Lots of fouls and lots of free throws lately, and that benefits KU. The Jayhawks want to lengthen this game, and the best way to do that is by scoring without having any time run off the clock.

KU gets a steal off its full-court press, but once again, Collins turns it over with a chance to build momentum. This time, he’s called for a carry.

Xavier Henry has a three-pointer blocked, but he comes down with the rebound and puts in a tough 15-footer.

KU still can’t get a stop. Muonelo drives into the lane and right by Xavier in the middle for a layup.

Collins answers with a deep three, and Self calls timeout with KU down 11.

Anderson is fouled by Marcus Morris, and that’s Marcus’ fifth foul. That’s a crushing blow for KU.

OSU 69/KU 55 — 6:45 left in game

OSU milks the shot clock, and Anderson delivers at the end with a drive in the lane and shot off the glass.

Reed answers for KU, making a baseline shot with a foul — Page’s fourth. The Jayhawks need to get stops, though.

It doesn’t happen on the next possession. OSU beats the press, and Aldrich is forced to goaltend inside.

KU pushes it, and once again, Xavier Henry drives to the middle of the lane to put in an easy two.

Aldrich gets it deep in the lane, but he misses the short hook. That’s a huge miss for KU, which once again was on the verge of grabbing some momentum.

Taylor hits a three from the top against OSU’s 2-3 zone. Nice confidence shown there from the sophomore.

KU once again blows a chance at momentum. The Jayhawks get a stop, but Taylor misses a layup in transtion. On the other end, Page is left open for a three that swishes through.

Xavier follows with a long two, but Page squirts free again, popping in another three-pointer. Page is 4-for-4 from three.

OSU 57/KU 42 — 11:31 left in game

Muonelo hits a three out of the timeout. OSU back up 19.

KU pushes the pace, though, and Xavier Henry drives by his man to get an easy two in the lane.

Anderson misses a three, and Taylor rattles in a baseline floater on the other end. KU makes up one point with Aldrich and Collins on the bench.

OSU 54/KU 38 — 13:37 left in game

Marcus Morris makes one of two free throws, but OSU can’t keep possession. Marcus eventuallly comes up with the rebound, and he takes a dribble before putting in an emphatic, one-handed dunk.

KU presses, and Aldrich races up the court to steal a pass. KU doesn’t score off the possession, but the Jayhawks are showing some life.

KU needs a shot to go down but can’t get it. Collins misses a layup, and Taylor misses a floater in the lane. OSU coach Travis Ford calls timeout to try to get his team re-focused. KU missed an opportunity to grab momentum there.

OSU 54/KU 35 — 15:42 left in game

Muonelo puts in his first shot of the second half — a 19-footer. Maybe OSU can keep up its red-hot shooting.

KU races back up the court, and Collins swishes a three. It looks like the Jayhawks are going to want to pick up the pace in the second half.

Matt Pilgrim puts in a stickback jam, and Collins shows horrible shot selection on the other end, putting up a fallaway jumper that bounces away.

Just when all looks lost, Collins scoops to Aldrich, who somehow floats in a short shot inside while getting fouled. Aldrich pumps his fist to show some emotion, and his free throw trims OSU’s lead to 16.

Collins shows some emotion, but it’s directed at the wrong place. After getting called for a charge, he screams at the official. He then starts to hand the ball to that official before snatching it away at the last second to throw it to another official. Collins is walking on thin ice there, and the KU coaches try to settle him down.

Another three from Anderson. KU has no answer for him today.

KU scoring — Aldrich 8, Collins 7, Markieff Morris 6, Marcus Morris 5, Xavier Henry 3.

KU was 11-for-28 from the floor (39.3 percent), 2-for-10 from three (20 percent) and 5-for-11 from the free-throw line (45.5 percent).

OSU was 19-for-31 from the floor (61.3 percent), 6-for-11 from three (54.5 percent) and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line (50 percent).

Both teams had nine first-half turnovers. OSU had 20 rebounds to KU’s 15.

James Anderson had 15 first-half points on 6-for-11 shooting.

Halftime thoughts

KU needs to hit threes to make a comeback, but the Jayhawks might be wise to look inside first. Aldrich, Marcus and Markieff combined to make 8 of their 12 shots in the first half.

KU needs better shooting from Collins, but more importantly, it needs more fire from its leader.

The Jayhawks will get a boost when Marcus Morris re-enters the lineup after getting in foul trouble. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go the rest of the way for KU.

So who should guard Anderson? I’m still thinking Marcus is the best option, followed by Morningstar. I’m not sure if anyone could have guarded him on a couple of those shots, though.

OSU 45/KU 29 — Halftime

Not much Morningstar could do about that Anderson attempt. From 19 feet, Anderson swishes a baseline shot with Morningstar right in his face.

Anderson dishes to Moses for an emphatic dunk, but Collins follows with a three for KU. The Jayhawks also shot quickly enough to get a two-for-one at the end of the half.

Anderson misses, and Collins frees up Xavier Henry for a three at the buzzer. The wide-open try hits back iron, though, and KU misses an oppourtnity to make a mini-run at the end of the half. Xavier slaps his hands together in frustration.

OSU takes a 45-29 lead into the break.

OSU 41/KU 24 — 2:38 left in 1st half

Collins misses a forced three at the end of the shot clock. He’s 0-for-5 to start this game.

Collins misses the front end of a one-and-one, but Aldrich is there for the rebound and stickback. Where would KU be in this game without second-chance points?

Anderson makes it look easy, going around Xavier for a layup off the glass.

Marcus Morris gets his second foul on an offensive rebound attempt. That’s a huge whistle, as he’ll have to sit out the rest of the half.

Aldrich has a shot blocked inside, and in transition, Anderson swishes a three from the corner, sticking out his tongue after the shot goes through. That’s 13 points for Anderson on 5-for-9 shooting, and Self uses his third timeout. OSU has its largest lead at 36-20.

Collins misses another open three. Not only is he not hitting shots, he isn’t providing the normal emotional spark that he usually brings to the Jayhawks.

Collins is fouled, but he misses the front end of the one-and-one. Collins is 0-for-6 from the floor and 0-for-2 from the free-throw line.

Collins is fouled on a drive, and he breaks his drought, making both free throws.

Anderson creates for OSU on the other end, driving by Morningstar before finding Marshall Moses for a layup.

Collins puts in his first field goal, a shot in the lane, but Muonelo answers with an open three from the corner. OSU is up 17. KU's largest deficit this season before this game was 11 at Nebraska.

OSU 29/KU 17 — 7:59 left in 1st half

Collins drives to the lane and kicks out to an open Morningstar, but the KU junior misses the open three. He’s now 0-for-8 from three in his last five games.

A good double-team results in a steal for KU, but Aldrich leads Xavier Henry too far in a pass up the court. Henry can’t chase it down, and that’s turnover No. 7 already for KU.

Aldrich breaks a slump for KU, pivoting a few times before putting in a layup while leaning toward the rim. Marcus Morris follows with a layup on the next possession with a foul, and KU has settled down a bit on the offensive end.

Collins tries a jump pass to the perimeter, and his pass is stolen. Collins, Xavier and Aldrich all have two turnovers each.

Marcus Morris hits an open shot with his foot on the line, and even though the Jayhawks have had problems with giveaways, they have been getting pretty good shots off againt the Cowboys. Defensively, though, KU hasn’t performed well so far, as OSU is shooting 55.6 percent (10-for-18).

KU is especially struggling inside, where OSU has made eight of its 11 shots (72.7 percent). Remember, opponents have shot around 38.7 percent against the Jayhawks from two-point range in Big 12 play.

Xavier gets caught in a screen again, and Anderson hits a three. How long will this continue before KU switches to someone else defensively?

In transition, Page pulls up for a deep three that swishes through. Just like that, OSU is up 12 again.

OSU 21/KU 11 — 11:44 left in 1st half

Tyrel Reed guards Anderson out of the timeout, and he’s late getting around a screen. That half-second is all that Anderson needs, as he swishes a three from up top.

In transition, no one for KU steps up to take Page, and he gladly steps up for the open three-pointer. Big mistake for KU, as it’s no secret that the short guy is in there for his shooting prowess. Timeout Self, as Collins checks back in for KU.

Henry misses a long two, but Markieff Morris is there for the rebound and stickback.

Markieff Morris tries to dribble in the lane, and he has it stolen away. On the other end, Xavier Henry does his best bull-fighting impression, moving out of the way as the Obi Muonelo came toward him. Muonelo follows with the easy layup.

Markieff hits a three, but it’s negated because of a three-second-in-the-lane call. Muonelo follows with a 15-footer over a defender, and Self uses another timeout to try to break up OSU’s 12-2 run.

Collins misses a three, but Marcus’ hard work under the basket forces Muonelo’s second foul. The Cowboys aren’t very deep, so that could be a big whistle.

KU 9/OSU 9 — 14:18 left in 1st half

Great start for KU, as Tyshawn Taylor swipes the ball away from OSU’s Keiton Page. Taylor drops the ball to Marcus Morris on the break, and he’s fouled hard. Marcus misses both free throws, though.

KU starts the game with Xavier Henry on Anderson. The second possession, Henry loses Anderson in a bunch of screens, and Anderson sinks a long two. I’m surprised Marcus isn’t guarding Anderson.

Cole Aldrich gets two on an offensive rebound tip. KU is one of the best in the Big 12 at offensive rebounding, and OSU is one the best in the league in defensive rebounding. That will be an interesting aspect to watch.

Xavier Henry buries a three, but KU has been turnover-prone so far. Collins throws a pass away, and Page takes it the distance for a layup and foul. KU has three turnovers in just over three minutes.

Marcus Morris settles things for KU, hitting a 17-foot jumper for KU.

Aldrich misses a turn-around. He looks a bit gassed, as the teams have gone a long time without a media timeout.

3:06 p.m.

In the pregame introductions, James Anderson was introduced as "Big Game James Anderson." This would be the game to show it.

2:18 p.m.

Our pregame chat is open. I'll be talking there until gametime.

Just a reminder to use the "Submit a question" link to post a score prediction, to submit a comment or to ask a question.

Today's random question: Who will be KU's most improved player next season?

2 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., where the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

I know there were earlier reports that OSU's best player, James Anderson, might not play today because of back spasms. I can tell you that, right now, I'm watching him shoot three-pointers in his warmup gear as part of the Cowboys' pre-game activities. My bet is that he'll play today.

Also of note: KU's C.J. Henry is going through pre-game drills in his warmup gear. We haven't seen that in a few games from him. If this game gets out of hand either way, I'm guessing we might see him.

Please be sure to vote in the poll on the left and also use the hashtag #kubball to have your Tweets appear in the grid on the left side of the page.


thecurtis 8 years, 3 months ago

why is the game not playing on espn360?? anyone know where i can watch the game online?

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

You have to admit that if we're going to lose one more before the regular season ends, this would be much more palatable than senior night vs K-State or against Mizzou.

My magic 8-ball PS3 game does predict one loss for us before the season's out.

Oh, and it appears that Tennessee knocked off Kentucky at Knoxville. Guess they weren't so mediocre after all. (at least in their own house)

KANSTUCKY 8 years, 3 months ago

nice call zebra... he was standing on the line, idiot.

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

Guess they just play to the end and hope that OSU can't keep this up. If they do, it was their magical afternoon and there was nothing we could do.

CLARKKENT 8 years, 3 months ago

jonas--you never know, they might lose those two too!

Jay_lo 8 years, 3 months ago

Game changed dramatically when refs spent half the afternoon before deciding to take the three-pointer away from us. O-State hit back to back 3's after the too long break and were off to the races.

If it is that close, that it takes that long to reach a decision they probably didn't have a good enough view to overturn their original call, and should have let it stand. With the lane violation call the refs took away half of our 3-pointers for the entire half.

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 3 months ago

They don't deserve to win when they play like this and the refs aren't beating the jayhawks the cowboys are.

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

CLARKKENT (anonymous) says... "jonas--you never know, they might lose those two too!"

I suppose they might, but anybody with an unbiased mind would find it pretty unlikely that they'd lose both of them. Not enough, say, for K-State to tie for the regular season championship.

But it is, of course, a possibility.

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

"They don't deserve to win when they play like this and the refs aren't beating the jayhawks the cowboys are."

That be the truth there. Even if all of the questionable calls had gone our way, we'd still be down close to 10.

sparky1958 8 years, 3 months ago

here comes sparky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sparky1958 8 years, 3 months ago

goin' down uk anderson having a B12 POY type game

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

Well, not a bad loss in the end. Made a game out of it for a minute there, late, won't lose the #1 ranking with UK losing, and this'll make them sharp for the next two. At least the headlines won't involve the words "crushed" or "destroyed" at this point. They kept fighting, and played pretty smart for the last 10 minutes.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 8 years, 3 months ago

Underachievers. This team has so many talented players that they red-shirted two guys who would be starters on most teams and yet they seem to think they only have to show up at the end of the game. Just lazy. Never yet played to their potential.

onetime97 8 years, 3 months ago

1 ranking in Basketball is useless cuz it isn't factored into selection sunday. It's just for some business to sell papers and advertising space on a website.

Lethargic play by KU for 30 minutes killed there chances to win the came but the did play like KU for the last 10 minutes. Bet they won't be doing anymore Big 12 regular season trophy presentations before the last game of the season anymore, all the players have checked out mentally which gives the opposition the belief they can win against KU now.

Don't care how good a team is, any coach doesn't want there team to be backing into post-season play.

phoggyjay 8 years, 3 months ago

i think it's good to lose a game before big 12 play and the dance. should wake 'em up.

onetime97 8 years, 3 months ago


If a team has a number 1 ranking they have a target on there backs, so don't get all pissy when they lose. Being a good sport is for winners and LOSERS.. :)

Niraj Shah 8 years, 3 months ago

Digusting performace, how does this team let the pokes shoot 60%. This is horrible defense and the team is not going to jack this year if they play like this again. Great leave the door open for K-State becasue. Just pathetic, guys weren't ready. Drinking their own kool-aid

Niraj Shah 8 years, 3 months ago

Hope the guys can refocus and take care of business against K-State. Losing on Senior night, and losing home streak would really stink.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 3 months ago

I have said it for years, there are ghosts in Gallagher Hall. I bet Hank Iba is smiling.

A lot of people have forgotten that Oklahoma A & M used to be a big basketball power some years ago. And the older folks in Stillwater have not forgotten this.

And it is pretty petty for the "new kid" Xavier (or shatever) who is from Oklahoma to be running his mouth badmouthing his home state and their teams. It makes great "bulletin board" stuff for the folks at OSU. Maybe Coach Self (himself an OSU grad and former coach) ought to clue his stellar players on showing a little class.

yankeevet 8 years, 3 months ago

Oh well...........we will take out K-State and Mizzou.................(right??) hummm

Jeremiah Jefferson 8 years, 3 months ago

KU, One and Done in the tourney just like always..

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 3 months ago

What are you smokin' lawrenceguy40? That was just dumb his winning percentage is over 800, jeez.

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

Haha, in come the doomcryers and trolls.

Omg!! They be da losting!

pfeifer 8 years, 3 months ago

Bill Self a loser? His winning percentage is unheard of. I don't think losing coaches get some of the best recruits in the entire nation to show up every year in August to play ball. I don't think losers win National Championships. If you want to talk about losing KU coaches, go bash on Mark Mangino, or you could even make a case that Turner is a loser, what with his 20-30 record. But a guy who carries an over 80% winning percentage through years and years and years of play in one of the toughest conferences in the nation is no loser.

BruceWayne 8 years, 3 months ago

so this is what it feels like to be a K State fan? Glad it only happens to us 2 or 3 times a year.

AS 8 years, 3 months ago

They lost and we just have to suck it up. You can't beat the players and the ref's!

Mandie Eutsler 8 years, 3 months ago

When we are on a winning streak the comments are empty. Now everybody shows up to criticize a coach who has one loss in the best conference in the country? Sheesh!

4everahawk 8 years, 3 months ago

Don't know what was going on in Stillwater today, but it sure as hell wasn't pretty! Did anyone else notice that the coaching staff were literally just sitting there (BS in particular) and watching this debacle of a game? The coaching staff and team had much the same demeanor. BS just about had a stroke during a time out a game or two ago when we were up by about 20 and today he barely broke a sweat...........looked like he was suffering homesickness. This game was an embarrassment........we are so much better than we showed today. Something seemed terribly off from the beginning. Strange that the entire team and staff all were taking a day off.

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 3 months ago

Quit blamin' the refs, the kids didn't play well at all. Great game by the Cowboys, ya got to tip your hat to them.

jaywalker 8 years, 3 months ago

Newsflash: No one beats a team that shoots 60/50 on their home floor.

They couldn't freakin' miss even with a hand in their face. You'll hear announcers use the word "demoralizing"; when even your best defense keeps gettin' scored on, they're knockin' down back to back threes in 20 second spans, and the crowd is going ballistic - demoralization sets in pretty quick. Then you get lazier on D, start reachin' instead of moving your feet, and with each passing minute the other squad gets more and more confident. Result? Today.

Nothin' but a thing. I was prepared for a loss today, kinda expected it. Much rather lose this one that the next two if I got to choose, and I like that they lost for two reasons: I think even the greatest teams need a slap in the face from time to time, especially when they live on the edge in so many contests. And it's gonna be a loooooong bus ride home, lotsa time to stew. I'm lookin' forward to a focused, fierce, fiery squad to take the floor Wednesday, baby!

As far as the refs go, I've always said that Stillwater is a case study in how a crowd can effect calls. When they're fired up they harp on EVERYTHING, and it gets into even the most seasoned refs psyche after a while.
That being said, the refs didn't shoot 60% from the floor. We lose that game 99 times out of 100, regardless the venue.

Paula Kissinger 8 years, 3 months ago

Officiating was questionable...Mc Morris DID make a 3 pointer NOT a 2 pointer, Aldrich was fouled twice within seconds and everyone seemed to miss it. OSU did not beat us...we beat ourselves. OSU came to play...we just showed up.

Larry Bauerle Jr. 8 years, 3 months ago

Some of you posters really need to go somewhere else, or at least grow up. It's one game. The sun will shine tomorrow and life goes on.

jaywalker 8 years, 3 months ago

"I've said it for years that we just need to fire Bill Self."

Only a rival troll would post something that stupid.

yankeevet 8 years, 3 months ago

KU is lucky too have Bill Self............he is one of the best!!!

cato_the_elder 8 years, 3 months ago

K-State can't be looking forward to coming into Allen Fieldhouse after KU's disappointing loss today. This will be a good wake-up call to set the stage for the Hawks beating K-State and Mizzou. O-State was ridiculously unconscious playing at home today, and will never play that well again this year.

1southernjayhawk 8 years, 3 months ago

lawrenceguy40/jimjones-An opinion is like a navel-everybody has one-but don't you realize how ignorant you appear to everyone else!!

riverdrifter 8 years, 3 months ago

Stop whining about the officiating. Jayhawks got their butts beat & deserved it. Cato is correct, though: this is very bad news for KSUck. They didn't look all that great in beating Misery tonight. Bill Self will have his team ready and waiting for little sister from the little apple.

brett conrad 8 years, 3 months ago

Reed, Morningstar and Taylor are afraid to shoot and it's hard to stop your man when you are 3 steps behind. The game was to fast for Cole, a game he should have dominated offensively. this team is slow compared to 08 team.

riverdrifter 8 years, 3 months ago

lawrenceguy40 (anonymous) says... Will all you bill self sycophants still be so happy when we go one and out in the big dance?

I like to gamble, IQ40, I like it very much. I'd (goshawk eying pigeon from above) like to know if you would like to arrange a wager on this.

And, what do you mean "we"? Got frog in pocket?

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

lawrenceguy40 (anonymous) says... "Will all you bill self sycophants still be so happy when we go one and out in the big dance?"

Will you still hate him (and them? and us? and everybody?) if we don't?

/yes /yes (yes, yes, yes)

yankeevet 8 years, 3 months ago

Jayhawks will eat Wildcat meat on wednesday night; for sure.................hoorah...

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