University of Kansas

Jayhawk report

Kansas players admire the Big 12 trophy during Saturday’s postgame celebration.
Kansas players admire the Big 12 trophy during Saturday’s postgame celebration. rsugg@kcstar.com

Saturday’s box score

No. 2 KANSAS 67,

TEXAS TECH 58

TECH

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Gray

19

2-5

0-0

3-5

1

2

4

Smith

35

1-8

1-2

5-14

1

1

3

Temple

19

3-5

0-0

2-3

0

4

6

Evans

29

1-6

7-8

0-5

5

4

9

Gotcher

36

6-13

3-3

0-0

2

1

20

Williams

20

2-6

1-1

1-2

0

1

6

Thomas

10

1-2

0-0

0-0

1

1

2

Williamson

4

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Ross

25

2-10

4-4

2-8

0

1

8

Ulvydas

1

0-1

0-0

1-1

0

0

0

Jackson

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

200

18-57

16-18

14-38

10

16

58

Percentages: FG .316, FT .889. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Gotcher 5-9, Williams 1-3, Gray 0-1, Ross 0-3). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: 2 (Ulvydas, Temple). Turnovers: 14 (Evans 4, Temple 3, Gotcher 2, Williams 2, Williamson, Thomas, Gray). Steals: 10 (Gotcher 3, Evans 3, Smith 2, Temple 2). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSAS

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Lucas

20

2-3

3-3

3-8

0

3

7

Ellis

28

4-13

0-0

1-5

1

1

8

Mason III

35

5-9

3-5

0-2

3

4

16

Selden Jr

27

1-8

1-4

0-4

3

1

3

Graham

27

3-7

0-0

0-1

4

3

7

Mykhailiuk

23

6-7

0-0

0-2

1

1

17

Diallo

13

1-2

0-0

2-6

0

2

2

Greene

8

0-1

2-2

0-1

1

0

2

Bragg Jr

6

1-1

0-0

0-1

0

0

2

Traylor

13

1-3

1-1

2-3

1

2

3

Totals

200

24-54

10-15

9-34

14

17

67

Percentages: FG .444, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (Mykhailiuk 5-5, Mason III 3-5, Graham 1-4, Greene 0-1, Ellis 0-2, Selden Jr. 0-4). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 4 (Diallo 2, Traylor, Ellis). Turnovers: 14 (Mason III 3, Ellis 2, Lucas 2, Mykhailiuk, Diallo, Graham, Bragg Jr., Selden Jr., Greene). Steals: 6 (Mason III 2, Graham 2, Diallo, Ellis). Technical Fouls: None.

Texas Tech

29

29

58

Kansas

37

30

67

A—16,300. Officials—Joe DeRosa, Kipp Kissinger, Terry Oglesby.

Svi rising

Kansas coach Bill Self had high praise for sophomore guard Svi Mykhailiuk following his 17-point effort against Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon.

“I was really pleased with him. He is on an uptick, no question,” Self said following KU’s 67-58 victory. “This is the best ball he’s played since he’s been here, not just because he’s made shots. He just looks more comfortable.”

Against Texas Tech, Mykhailiuk was 6-for-7 from the floor and 5-for-5 from three-point range. That continues a hot shooting streak, as he’s made 9 of 11 long-range attempts in his last three games.

“I’m just trying to keep shooting the ball like I shoot it all the time,” Mykhailiuk said. “That’s how it is.”

Mykhailiuk also has shown better passing ability, especially in pick-and-roll situations. He appears to be comfortable taking his time to read the defense, and when two players commit to him, he's quick to zip passes to KU’s big men.

“He looks like a pro to me,” Self said. “The way he played at K-State coming in, those were as good of looking plays that anybody’s made for us this year. Jumping up and shooting threes in transition, and confident.”

Selden slumping

KU junior guard Wayne Selden had a tough shooting game, scoring three points on 1-for-8 shooting. That included an 0-for-4 mark from three-point range.

“I thought his energy level was better. I thought he tried too hard today. I thought he was pressing today,” Self said. “I think he would probably tell you the same thing. The shots didn’t look smooth. They looked like they were a little out of rhythm.”

Following a 33-point game against Kentucky on Jan. 30, Selden has scored seven points or fewer in six of KU’s last eight games.

“We would like to see him be more consistent and be a 15-point-a-game scorer,” Self said. “If he does that, I think that’ll change the entire complexion of our team.”

Tubby impressed

Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith was asked if he thought he’d ever see another team win 12 straight conference titles in a power conference like KU has.

“I didn’t think I’d see it now,” Smith said. “It’s amazing what Bill Self has done.”

Self and Smith have emerged as top candidates for this year’s Big 12 coach of the year, along with Texas’ Shaka Smart.

“I think he deserves coach of the year,” Smith said of Self. “I think he’s done a fantastic job.”

Jesse Newell

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