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KU’s Malik Newman on Lagerald Vick’s steal and the ensuing three-pointer in the Jayhawks’ victory over Kansas State in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals on March 9, 2018, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas’ basketball players spoke just above a whisper during media interviews in an unusually quiet winners’ locker room on Friday night at the Sprint Center. An 83-67 Big 12 Tournament semifinal victory over Kansas State — the Jayhawks’ third victory over the rival Wildcats this season in as many tries — didn’t have the feel of a usual, lopsided win. Big 12 championship for the ninth time in the 15-year Bill Self era.
KU has won the title seven times under Self, the last championship attained in 2015-16 after last year’s flop in the quarterfinals. Graham added after scoring 15 points on 3-of-11 shooting and dishing eight assists. He missed 5 of 6 threes on a day KU made 11 of 28 from beyond the arc to Kansas State’s 2 of 13. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today.
K-State forward Dean Wade, who had scored 42 points and grabbed 14 rebounds across a pair of losses to KU during the regular season, was ruled out of the game earlier Friday because of a foot injury. 21 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds over the two previous games vs. Graham just 1 minute, 17 seconds into Friday’s game, K-State down, 3-0. Brown returned to the bench after being treated in the locker room, but did not return to the game.
Obviously that took the wind out of their sails. We didn’t play with great energy at all tonight. We were just trying to get through it. That was not a jubilant locker room tonight. The Jayhawks were somber for a couple of reasons. We took our foot off the gas and relaxed.
Udoka Azubuike for the second straight game — were nonetheless burned inside by K-State forward Makol Mawien. Mawien scored a career-high 29 points — 11 more than his previous best mark of 18. Obviously they scored in the post,” said Lightfoot. Next man up is our mentality. I didn’t do a great job of doing that.
I’ve got to come out and play harder. Lightfoot and De Sousa had combined for 14 points and 14 boards in Thursday’s quarterfinal win over Oklahoma State. I had stupid fouls,” Lightfoot added. I’ve got to bring that energy better.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk spoke in the Kansas locker room following the Jayhawks’ victory over Kansas State in a Big 12 Tournament semifinal on Friday, March 9, 2018. The Jayhawks did respond after K-State cut the gap to two. Wildcats rebound, Garrett plucked a steal and hit a layup that made it 55-51 KU at 9:55. Graham missed, then De Sousa tipped in the rebound for a 57-51 lead at 9:11. After K-State cut it to four, Malik Newman cashed a three, De Sousa made two free throws and KU led 62-53 at 7:44. Self said, impressed at Garrett’s quick steal. When I missed the three I could have went to the offensive glass,” Garrett said.
I don’t know what was going through my mind. I acted like I was going to run back on D, turned around real quick and was able to get a steal. KU for the second straight night was led by Newman, who had a career-high 30 points against Oklahoma State on Thursday. He scored 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting against K-State, including 5 of 8 from three.
Newman said of the keys to his resurgence. He had just seven points in KU’s regular-season ending loss to Oklahoma State. Stop passing the ball, just shoot it. KU coach Bill Self on senior guard Devonté Graham after the Jayhawks reached the Big 12 Tournament title game with a victory over Kansas State on March 9, 2018 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. For us, he’s made shots in this tournament. If he hadn’t made shots, we wouldn’t look very good in the tournament.
He’s really carried us these first two games. Azubuike worked out on the bike Friday and Self said: “Hopefully we’ll get him on the court in the next two days although that doesn’t mean he’s going to play. What does FBI probe now mean for KU? Poe entered Wooddale High School in Memphis, Tennessee without any prior football experience. His coach, Cedric Miller, had spotted Poe practicing with the marching band in the summer before Poe’s freshman year at Wooddale, and told him to report to football practice the next day. By his junior season, he was an all-state honorable mention defensive lineman and credited with 63 tackles and eight sacks.