Secondary issues dominate KU-KSU

Kansas guard Brannen Greene (14) comes down from a breakaway dunk with seconds remaining in the the Jayhawks' 77-59 win over Kansas State, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

? Several items that have nothing to do with the X’s and O’s of basketball have dominated the conversation entering today’s 5 p.m. Sunflower Showdown between No. 2-ranked Kansas University (22-4, 10-3) and Kansas State (15-11, 4-9) in Bramlage Coliseum.

— K-State senior Justin Edwards tells the Wichita Eagle the Wildcats “want to get back at them (Jayhawks)” in retaliation for KU junior Brannen Greene flushing an unguarded dunk before the final buzzer sounded in KU’s 77-59 win over KSU on Feb. 3 in Allen Fieldhouse.

— Edwards and junior Wesley Iwundu have, in quotes printed by the Eagle, encouraged fans to storm the court if the Wildcats win. That’s despite the fact KSU was disciplined by the Big 12 for a court-storming incident against KU last year in which a Wildcat student plowed into KU’s Jamari Traylor and was cited by police for disorderly conduct.

Asking for court storming also is in direct conflict with KSU administration, which warned students they would be prosecuted if they stormed following a recent win over Oklahoma. They did not.

— KSU students today will display K-State Collegian posters with an image of the Starship Enterprise. It mocks the situation in which KSU’s band allegedly drew up a formation at a KSU football game in which a Jayhawk performed a sexual act. It ended up with KSU paying a fine to the Big 12 office for poor sportsmanship.

Regarding the hottest topic — court storming (a sports writer had his leg broken in an incident at Iowa State this season) — KSU’s Iwundu told the Eagle: “We are definitely looking forward to that. Why not have fun with it? This is college basketball and that is part of college basketball. We want to see the court storm happen.”

Noted coach Bruce Weber to the Eagle: “Our security is beefed up. If it happens, we will be much better prepared and we won’t have any problems with it. I just hope they come and cheer and have fun and we can play at a high level and they are a factor in the game.”

To prevent a court storm today, the Jayhawks must win in Bramlage for the first time in three seasons. KU is 23-4 in the building throughout history.

“It’s a great crowd, very active, loud, but I don’t know if it’s a building as much as it is the players that have been playing in it,” KU coach Bill Self said. “I think their crowd gives their players a lot of confidence, a lot of energy, just like our crowd does, and I think we’ve caught them the last couple of years when they’ve been really good. They play very well and totally deserved the outcome that they got.

“The biggest thing is we’ve got to focus in on not letting them play well and doing something to keep them from playing well, and we can do that on both ends if we play well,” Self added. “Going into it with a mindset to attack them as opposed to letting the intangibles be a factor in the game.”

K-State outrebounded KU, 36-21, in the game in Allen.

“Their effort on the glass was far better than ours,” Self said. Forward Stephen Hurt led the way with 11 boards and 14 points. “We’ve got to be much more active, try harder and be a little bit more focused.”

All in sold-out Bramlage.

“The past two years, we’ve come up short there. This year we’re going to try to change it,” said KU junior Wayne Selden Jr., who had seven points in the first meeting. Perry Ellis had 19. “If you haven’t been able to do something, you always want to accomplish it. It’s been tough there the last two years. They beat Oklahoma, so we know they have a capable team. We have to come out and guard ’em.”

Noted senior Traylor: “It’s up to us to go in there and get a win in a crazy atmosphere. It’s always tough in there because they play so hard. Because of the rivalry they want to win. We want to win, too. We’ve got to be focused, not let the crowd change anybody’s game, just go out and execute. We have to be better on the boards than the last game. They triggered a couple runs off of the activity. If we keep them off the glass and lock down on defense we’d be in better position to win the game.”

This, that: KU enters today’s game with a one-game lead over West Virginia and two-game lead over Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor in the Big 12 race. OU travels to West Virginia today for a 3 p.m. tip. Baylor travels to Texas in a 1 p.m. tip. … KU leads the overall series with KSU, 189-93. The teams have split the last four meetings. KU has won 50 of the last 55 contests. … Self is 25-5 all-time against KSU, including 24-5 while at KU. Weber is 2-7 against KU, including 2-6 while at K-State.

Probable Starters

KANSAS (22-4, 10-3)

F — Perry Ellis (6-8, Sr.)

F — Landen Lucas (6-10, Jr.)

G — Frank Mason III (5-11, Jr.)

G — Wayne Selden Jr. (6-5, Jr.)

G — Devonté Graham (6-2, Soph.)


(15-11, 4-9)

F — D.J. Johnson (6-9, Jr.)

F — Wesley Iwundu (6-7, Jr.)

F — Dean Wade (6-8, Fr.)

G — Barry Brown (6-3, Fr.)

G — Justin Edwards (6-4, Sr.)

Tipoff: 5 p.m. today, Bramlage Coliseium , Manhattan

TV: ESPN2 (WOW! channels 34, 234)



0 — Frank Mason III, 5-11, 185, Jr., G, Petersburg, Virginia.

1 — Wayne Selden, Jr., 6-5, 230, Jr., G, Roxbury, Massachusetts.

2 — Lagerald Vick, 6-5, 175, Fr., G, Memphis.

4 — Devonté Graham, 6-2, 175, Soph., G, Raleigh, North Carolina.

5 — Evan Manning, 6-3, 170, Sr., G, Lawrence.

10 — Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, 6-8, 195, Soph., G, Cherkasy, Ukraine.

11 — Tyler Self, 6-2, 165, Jr., G, Lawrence.

13 — Cheick Diallo, 6-9, 220, Fr., F, Kayes, Mali, Africa.

14 — Brannen Greene, 6-7, 215, Jr., G, Juliette, Georgia.

15 — Carlton Bragg, Jr., 6-9, 220, Fr., F, Cleveland.

21 — Clay Young, 6-5, 205, Soph., F, Lansing.

22 — Dwight Coleby, 6-9, 240, Jr., F, Nassau, Bahamas.

31 — Jamari Traylor, 6-8, 220, Sr., F, Chicago.

33 — Landen Lucas, 6-10, 240, Jr., F, Portland, Oregon.

34 — Perry Ellis, 6-8, 225, Sr., F, Wichita.

42 — Hunter Mickelson, 6-10, 245, Sr., F, Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Head coach: Bill Self. Assistants: Kurtis Townsend, Norm Roberts, Jerrance Howard.


1 — Carlbe Ervin II, 6-3, 205, Jr., G, Oklahoma City.

3 — Kamau Stokes, 5-10, 170, Fr., G, Baltimore.

4 — D.J. Johnson, 6-9, 250, Jr., F, St. Louis.

5 — Barry Brown, 6-3, 195, Fr., G, Saint Petersburg, Fla.

10 — Isaiah Maurice, 6-9, 225, Fr., F, Durham, N.C.

12 — Mason Schoen, 6-3, 185, Soph., G, Overland Park.

13 — Zach Winter, 6-3, 210, Jr., G, Andover.

14 — Justin Edwards, 6-4, 200, Sr., G, Whitby, Ontario.

15 — Dante Williams, 7-0, 255, Fr., F, Arlington, Texas.

23 — Ron Freeman, 6-5, 185, Fr., G, Los Angeles.

24 — Pierson McAtee, 6-6, 190, Fr., F, Manhattan.

25 — Wesley Iwundu, 6-7, 210, Jr., F, Houston.

32 — Dean Wade, 6-8, 225, Fr., F, Saint John.

33 — Brian Rohleder, 6-3, 215, Sr., G, Wichita.

35 — Austin Budke, 6-6, 220, Jr., F, Beloit.

41 — Stephen Hurt, 6-11, 265, Sr., F, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Head coach: Bruce Weber. Assistants: Chris Lowery, Alvin Brooks III, Chester Frazier.