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Jayhawk report (Jan. 18)

Green Bay Packers quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers talks with Wichita Heights basketball coach Joe Auer in the stands at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Green Bay Packers quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers talks with Wichita Heights basketball coach Joe Auer in the stands at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. The Wichita Eagle

Saturday’s box score

No. 15 Kansas 80,

No. 9 Oklahoma St. 78

OKLAHOMA ST. Min FG FT Reb A PF PT
Nash 22 5-11 0-2 3-5 2 4 10
Williams 21 1-5 0-0 2-3 0 2 2
Murphy 38 5-10 2-2 0-1 1 4 12
Brown 28 5-13 0-0 2-3 1 5 15
Smart 39 3-14 10-10 0-10 9 2 16
Clark 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 3 0
Forte, III 30 7-11 2-2 1-5 2 1 23
Soucek 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals 199 26-66 14-16 12-33 17 22 78

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.

KANSAS Min FG FT Reb A PF PT
Selden, Jr 33 2-9 4-4 0-3 4 2 9
Tharpe 39 7-8 4-4 0-2 6 0 21
Embiid 32 5-6 3-7 2-11 1 2 13
Wiggins 23 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 3 3
Ellis 18 3-8 0-2 1-4 0 0 6
Mason 18 2-4 1-3 1-4 0 2 6
Greene 7 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 5
Frankamp 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Black 9 4-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 8
Traylor 18 3-3 3-3 0-3 1 3 9
Totals 198 29-52 15-23 8-37 13 14 80

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.

Oklahoma St. 30 48 78
Kansas 47 33 80

A—NA. Officials—John Higgins, Doug Sirmons, Keith Kimble.

Scrappy Saturday

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.

Rustin Dodd

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