Saturday’s box score
No. 15 Kansas 80,
No. 9 Oklahoma St. 78
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Percentages: FG .394, FT .875. 3-Point Goals: 12-28, .429 (Forte, III 7-10, Brown 5-9, Clark 0-1, Williams 0-1, Soucek 0-1, Smart 0-6). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 3 (Murphy 2, Soucek). Turnovers: 11 (Smart 3, Nash 3, Clark, Brown, Murphy). Steals: 8 (Smart 4, Forte, III 2, Murphy, Williams). Technical Fouls: Brown 2, Clark.
Percentages: FG .558, FT .652. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Tharpe 3-4, Mason 1-2, Greene 1-2, Wiggins 1-2, Selden, Jr. 1-6, Frankamp 0-1, Black 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 11 (Embiid 8, Wiggins, Black, Traylor). Turnovers: 19 (Tharpe 6, Selden, Jr. 5, Embiid 4, Wiggins 2, Traylor, Mason). Steals: 6 (Tharpe 3, Selden, Jr. 2, Mason). Technical Fouls: Embiid, Selden, Jr., Traylor.
A—NA. Officials—John Higgins, Doug Sirmons, Keith Kimble.
While Kansas and Oklahoma State combined for seven technicals or flagrant fouls, both coaches characterized the play as more competitive than dirty.
“It was emotions,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “I don’t think any of it was dirty or anything like that.”
The tensions began to escalate in the first half when Ford called a timeout and Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown kept playing. Brown ran into KU’s Jamari Traylor, causing a near fracas near midcourt.
“The guy just ran into me,” Traylor said. “I guess he was a little heated. We were both heated. I don’t really know, it happened so fast.”
Traylor was also assessed a technical foul, even if he was little confused on why he ended up getting one.
(I don’t know) how I got a tech,” Traylor tweeted after the game. “but it's cool.”
More ranked foes ahead
Kansas plays host to No. 12 Baylor on Monday night, its fourth straight game against a ranked opponent. If you count Oklahoma, which will likely be ranked on Monday, the Jayhawks have played six straight games against ranked foes.
After Saturday’s win, Self made a case that the Big 12 is the country’s best conference, mentioning that seven teams have received votes in the polls this year.
“That’s seven out of 10,” Self said, “and a lot of people have seven out of 14 or seven out of 15. So there’s no off nights.”
Aaron, meet Joe
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat in the second row behind the Kansas bench on Saturday, seated next to Wichita Heights coach Joe Auer (Perry Ellis’ high school coach). Rodgers, who had always wanted to see a game at Allen Fieldhouse, attended the KU practice on Friday and spoke to the KU team for a few moments afterward.