Kansas coach Bill Self apologizes for dunk, says team played soft
Justin Edwards hasn’t forgotten the way Kansas State’s first meeting with Kansas ended earlier this season.
Edwards, a senior K-State guard, remains upset with KU guard Brannen Greene for an unguarded dunk he made in the final seconds of the Jayhawks’ 77-59 victory.
“It was kind of like they were just throwing stuff in our face when they did that,” Edwards said Thursday. “To get back at them and just beat them on the court is what we want to do.”
The Wildcats didn’t say much about the dunk at the time, but they now admit it bothered them immediately.
Kansas held the ball on the game’s final possession and appeared ready to run out the clock, leading some K-State players to begin walking to the handshake line with time remaining. But Greene added two extra points before the buzzer.
KU coach Bill Self was not happy about Greene’s dunk, either, and let the world know about it during a postgame radio interview, describing the play as totally classless.
“That was probably the biggest (expletive) move I’ve ever had a player do during a game,” Self said earlier this month. “To dunk the ball like that when the other team – even their players are going, ‘How disrespectful to the game.’ It certainly showed unbelievable poor sportsmanship.”
Edwards used the same expletive as Self when asked about Greene on Thursday.
“It wasn’t sportsmanlike of him to do that,” Edwards said. “The players kind of just said he was a (expletive). I don’t know if I should say that or not, but, yeah, players talked about it.”
The back and forth should add fire to an already heated rivalry when K-State and Kansas meet again at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats have won back-to-back home games in the series.
K-State coach Bruce Weber declined comment on the play earlier this month, referring to it as a Kansas deal. On Thursday, he was asked if he planned to motivate his team by showing them replays of the dunk.
“I don’t know,” he said with a smile. “We will see.”
Greene has since apologized for his last-second dunk, but that means little to K-State players.
“In a situation like that you just want to walk off the court and let the game be over with,” K-State junior Wesley Iwundu said. “We still remember that. It is just motivation going into this game.”
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