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Wildcat-Jayhawk report Wildcat-Jayhawk report: No. 18 KU 86, No. 25 K-State 60

  • Published Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 7:07 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 11:34 p.m.

Saturday’s box score

No. 18 KU 86, No. 25 Kansas St. 60

KANSAS ST.MinFGFTRebAPFPT
Southwell264-81-10-1219
Foster233-121-41-5337
Iwundu251-22-20-2024
Gipson335-70-00-40310
Spradling252-62-20-2026
Thomas282-74-62-3129
Williams174-54-41-30312
Lawrence61-20-01-1032
N Johnson70-11-20-0011
Schultz10-00-00-0000
Rohleder10-00-00-0000
D Johnson70-00-00-1010
Totals19922-5015-217-2562160

Percentages: FG .440, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 1-11, .091 (Thomas 1-1, Lawrence 0-1, Southwell 0-1, N. Johnson 0-1, Foster 0-3, Spradling 0-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Iwundu). Turnovers: 10 (Gipson 2, Thomas 2, Williams, Iwundu, Schultz, Southwell, Lawrence). Steals: 1 (Southwell). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSASMinFGFTRebAPFPT
Selden, Jr357-103-50-43220
Tharpe331-72-21-1914
Embiid195-70-01-92411
Wiggins337-135-64-52322
Ellis306-110-03-50212
Mason111-30-00-1212
Wesley10-00-00-0000
Greene10-02-20-1002
Frankamp51-10-00-0003
Black152-30-00-4144
Traylor162-22-40-3116
Totals19932-5714-199-33201886

Percentages: FG .561, FT .737. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Wiggins 3-4, Selden, Jr. 3-5, Frankamp 1-1, Embiid 1-2, Mason 0-1, Tharpe 0-5). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: 6 (Black 2, Embiid 2, Ellis, Traylor). Turnovers: 7 (Selden, Jr. 3, Wiggins, Embiid, Black, Mason). Steals: 4 (Ellis, Selden, Jr., Mason, Wiggins). Technical Fouls: Embiid.

Kansas St.283260
Kansas454186

A—NA. Officials—Mark Whitehead, Paul Janssen, Ray Natili.

Embiid ejected

It could have been worse for KU freshman center Joel Embiid, who was ejected in the second half on Saturday after hitting K-State’s Nino Williams with a quick backhanded shot to the face.

The play came as Embiid headed back down the floor on defense after both players had battled for position. Embiid was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul, which earned him an immediate ejection. The foul, though, won’t warrant any further suspensions because it was not deemed a fight, according to a longtime referee evaluator who attended Saturday’s game.

“Regardless of what took place prior or if there was anything, you got to be tough enough to think next play,” KU coach Bill Self said.

If Williams had retaliated with his own blow, the sequence could have earned suspensions for both players. Embiid, who had 11 points and nine rebounds, will return for Monday’s game against Iowa State. KU did not make Embiid available to answer questions from reporters after the game.

“That’s frustrating to me that that would happen, even if it was a situation where it was retaliatory,” Self said. “And I don’t have any idea that it was. You can’t do it. I thought it was a good lesson for Joel, and a good lesson for our team to learn from Joel.”

Self didn’t protest the officials’ decision to eject Embiid after they reviewed the play.

“I told him, ‘If he did it, get him out of here,’ ” Self said.

Foster injury

Kansas State freshman Marcus Foster had one of his worst games Saturday, scoring seven points and battling foul trouble in 23 minutes.

The shooting guard didn’t have his normal shooting touch, making 3 of 12 shots. He looked a step slow on defense, too. The off day could have been due, at least in part, to an injured ankle. Foster tweaked his ankle against TCU, and Weber said he missed practices this week.

When asked if Foster was slowed by the injury, Weber said “It might have been, but I think it was more them (the Jayhawks’ defense) than anything.”

Crowd control

Nino Williams thought a sellout crowd of 16,300 at Allen Fieldhouse affected the Wildcats on Saturday. “Early the crowd got us rattled,” Williams said. “People can say how difficult it is to play here, but when you are on the court and in the game it is different.… They just made plays and we didn’t.”

Bouncing back

K-State doesn’t have much time to dwell on this loss. It faces Oklahoma, which handed Iowa State its first loss Saturday, on Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum. Then it hosts West Virginia.

A pair of wins will boost the Wildcats’ conference record to 4-1. Two losses will drop them below .500. That’s why Weber wrote “Next game, big game” on the dry-erase board inside K-State’s locker room following this loss.

“We can’t worry about this,” Gipson said. “We have to put it behind us and we have to defend at home.… That’s the good thing about the Big 12, you get back-to-back games so you can’t rely on that last game you play. You always have to play the next game.”

Iowa State update

Kansas may have caught a break when Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane sprained his ankle in the Cyclones’ 87-82 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon. Kane, a transfer from Marshall, entered Saturday averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists, leading Iowa State to a 14-0 start before its first loss.

His status appears questionable for Monday night when Kansas travels to Iowa State for a Big Monday matchup. Iowa State officials told reporters in Norman, Okla., that Kane’s availability for Monday could largely depend on his pain tolerance.

“Kane’s great,” Self said. “I heard he turned his ankle or did something today. I don’t know serious, but he’s a terrific player.”

Worth noting

Jevon Thomas made his first four free throws of the season. Before Saturday, he had missed his first eight attempts.… Will Spradling only made two shots, but they were both impressive. The first was a reverse layup over multiple KU defenders. The second came on a mid-range floater.… K-State didn’t make a three-pointer in the second half.… Kansas won its Big 12 home opener for the 30th time in 31 seasons.… Freshman Conner Frankamp hit a three-pointer for the second straight game. KU improved to 6-0 when Frankamp scores. Kansas senior Tarik Black recorded his 1,000th career point on a basket in the paint in the first half. Black, who finished with four points, now has 1,002 career points, including 949 points at Memphis during his first three college seasons. “I knew I was at 998, so it was just special to get that 1,000th point,” said Black, who wasn’t sure he’d score this many points when he signed with Memphis. “I felt confidence that I would be able to score — not saying I’d hit 1,000 points, I didn’t think I ever foresaw that.”

Kellis Robinett, Rustin Dodd

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