Saturdays box score
No. 18 KU 86, No. 25 Kansas St. 60
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.
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.
ANA. OfficialsMark Whitehead, Paul Janssen, Ray Natili.
It could have been worse for KU freshman center Joel Embiid, who was ejected in the second half on Saturday after hitting K-States 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, wont warrant any further suspensions because it was not deemed a fight, according to a longtime referee evaluator who attended Saturdays 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 Mondays game against Iowa State. KU did not make Embiid available to answer questions from reporters after the game.
Thats frustrating to me that that would happen, even if it was a situation where it was retaliatory, Self said. And I dont have any idea that it was. You cant do it. I thought it was a good lesson for Joel, and a good lesson for our team to learn from Joel.
Self didnt 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.
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 didnt 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.
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 didnt.
K-State doesnt 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. Thats why Weber wrote Next game, big game on the dry-erase board inside K-States locker room following this loss.
We cant worry about this, Gipson said. We have to put it behind us and we have to defend at home. Thats the good thing about the Big 12, you get back-to-back games so you cant 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 Kanes availability for Monday could largely depend on his pain tolerance.
Kanes great, Self said. I heard he turned his ankle or did something today. I dont know serious, but hes a terrific player.
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 didnt 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 wasnt sure hed score this many points when he signed with Memphis. I felt confidence that I would be able to score not saying Id hit 1,000 points, I didnt think I ever foresaw that.
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