Brawl breaks out at the end of the KU - K-State game
Posted Jan 22, 2020 2:25 AM
Third-ranked Kansas and Kansas State ended their bitter showdown with a wild melee behind the basket that included punches, shoving and at least one player picking up a stool.
The brawl started moments after the Jayhawks tried to dribble out the time on their 81-59 victory. Silvio De Sousa was stripped by the Wildcats' DaJuan Gordon near midcourt and Gordon tried to go in for a layup. The Jayhawks' big man recovered and blocked his shot, sending Gordon to the floor, then stood over him barking. That triggered benches to empty and punches to be thrown
Kansas State (8-9, 1-4 Big 12) renews one of the oldest college basketball rivalries on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats travel to Lawrence, Kan., to take on No. 3/3 Kansas (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) in the 292nd Dillons Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks will be the third consecutive Top 25 opponent for K-State, following home matchups with No. 23/23 Texas Tech (63-77) and No. 12/13 West Virginia (84-68) last week. Tuesday’s game will tip at 6:01 p.m., CT on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) on the call.
K-State snapped its 4-game losing streak with an all-around impressive effort in an 84-68 win over No. 12/13 West Virginia on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. Led by a career-tying 25 points from junior Cartier Diarra, the Wildcats connected on 59.2 percent (29-of-49) of their field goals, including 60.9 percent (14-of-23) in the second half, to snap its longest skid to start league play since 2008-09. It was the highest point total and field goal percentage against a Big 12 opponent since scoring 85 points on 61.5 percent shooting (32-of-52) vs. Oklahoma State on Feb. 23, 2019. The victory was not only the 100th at Bramlage Coliseum for head coach Bruce Weber, but also the 17th Top 25 win at home since 2012-13.
Despite leading for nearly 34 minutes, K-State was still tested in the second half by West Virginia, which came into the contest ranking ninth in scoring defense (59.3 ppg.) and second in both field goal percentage defense (35.0) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (23.8). Leading by 24 points with just under 15 minutes to play, the Mountaineers turned up the pressure and slowly started to chip away at the deficit, using a 25-7 run to close the deficit to 60-54 with 7:48 to play. Unlike the close losses to Pittsburgh, Mississippi State and Oklahoma, the Wildcats found a way to respond, scoring 9 points in a row, including a combined 6-of-6 effort from the free throw line, to push it back to 13 (69-54) with just over 5 minutes to play. The team didn’t let off, building the lead back to 20 (81-61) with 1:51 left.
Kansas (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) enters the week at No. 3 in both polls after sweeping road games at Oklahoma (66-52) and Texas (66-57) last week. The Jayhawks’ 3 losses have come to teams all currently ranked in the nation’s Top 10 (Duke, Villanova and Baylor), including its lone home loss coming to the current No. 1 Bears. The team is equally impressive on both ends of the court, averaging 76.4 points on 49.7 percent shooting, while holding opponents to just 60.6 percent shooting on 37.3 percent shooting, including just 29.4 percent from 3-point range. Three players are averaging in double figures led by the Big 12’s top scorer in sophomore guard Devon Dotson (18.2 ppg.) and senior forward Udoka Azubuike, who is averaging a near double-double (13.1 ppg., 9.2 rpg.) on an NCAA-best 77.6 field goal percentage.
One of the oldest rivalries in college basketball, K-State and Kansas have met every season since 1912. It is the sixth-most played series (291) and eighth-most consecutive games (114). The Jayhawks hold a 197-94 lead in the series, including a 50-6 advantage since the start of Big 12 play. The Wildcats have lost 13 straight at Allen Fieldhouse with the last win coming, 59-55, on Jan. 14, 2006.
NOTES ON 3/3 KANSAS
No. 3/3 Kansas (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) rebounded from its first home loss of the season to Baylor on Jan. 11 with back-to-back wins on the road against Oklahoma (66-52) and Texas (66-57) last week. The Jayhawks, who rank 12th nationally in field goal percentage defense, held the Sooners and Longhorns to a combined 35.3 percent shooting (42-of-119) from the field.
Kansas is averaging 76.4 points on 49.7 percent shooting, including 36.1 percent from 3-point range, to go with 38.7 rebounds, 15.2 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.5 blocks per game, while allowing 60.6 points on 37.3 percent shooting, including 29.4 percent from 3-point range. The team is connecting on 65.8 percent from the free throw line. The Jayhawks rank among the Top 10 in several categories, including sixth in field goal percentage (sixth), seventh in scoring margin (+15.8) and 12th in field goal percentage defense.
Kansas is averaging 65.2 points in Big 12 play on 44.7 percent shooting, including33.8 percent from 3-point range, while allowing 56.4 points on 36.5 percent shooting, including 30 percent from 3-point range.
One of the more balanced teams in the country, the Jayhawks are led by the Big 12’s top scorer in sophomore Devon Dotson, who is averaging 18.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting, including 30.9 percent from 3-point range, to go with 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals in 34.8 minutes per game. Senior Udoka Azubuike averages a near double-double (13.1 ppg., 9.2 rpg.) while hitting on a NCAA-best 77.6 percent from the field. Sophomore Ochai Agbaji also averages double figures at 10.5 points per game with a team-best 30 triples on the season, while junior Marcus Garrett averages 9.6 points and a team-best 4.4 assists per game. Senior transfer Isaiah Moss averages 8.1 points, including a team-best 40.3 3-point field goal percentage.
Kansas is led by Hall of Fame head coach Bill Self, who has posted a 487-109 (.817) record in his 17th season, which includes the 2008 national title and 3 Final Fours. He is 694-214 (.764) in his 27th season as a head coach.
K-State and Kansas will meet for the 292nd time in their histories with the Jayhawks holding a 197-94 advantage in a series that dates to 1907. Kansas is 90-35 all-time in games played at home, including 47-18 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are 50-6 all-time in the Big 12 era.
K-State snapped an 8-game losing streak with a 74-67 victory over Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 5. It was the first victory over the Jayhawks since a 70-63 at home on Feb. 23, 2015. Kansas has won 13 straight games against K-State at Allen Fieldhouse with the last Wildcat victory coming in a 59-55 win on Jan. 14. 2016. Last season, the Jayhawks earned a 64-49 win at home, holding the Wildcats to just 31.6 percent shooting from the field.
Senior Xavier Sneed has averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 7 career games against Kansas with 5 starts, while junior Cartier Diarra has averaged 10.8 points on 55.5 percent shooting in 4 career games with 3 starts. Diarra scored 18 points in his first career game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Head coach Bruce Weber is 3-15 all-time against Kansas, including a 0-7 mark on the road, while he is 4-16 against head coach Bill Self.
ON THE ROAD
K-State has a 60-132 (.313) all-time record on the road since the start of Big 12 play in 1997. However, the Wildcats have been considerably better on the road since the 2006-07 season, having posted a 48-61 (.440) record away from home after going 10-70 (.125) from 1997-2006. The team is 32-47 (.405) under Bruce Weber on the road, including 25-38 (.397) in the Big 12.
K-State posted a 7-2 mark on the road in Big 12 play a season ago, which was the best mark by a Wildcat team since going 6-1 in 1975-76.
LAST TIME OUT: K-STATE 84, 12/13 WEST VIRGINIA 68
Junior Cartier Diarra tied a career-high with 25 points to lead an all-around impressive effort, as Kansas State ended a 4-game losing streak in Big 12 play with a resounding 84-68 win over No. 12/13 West Virginia on Saturday afternoon before 8,549 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats connected on 59.2 percent (29-of-49) of its field goals, including 60.9 percent (14-of-23) in the second half, to snap its longest skid to start league play since 2008-09. It was the highest point total and field goal percentage against a Big 12 opponent since scoring 85 points on 61.5 percent shooting (32-of-52) vs. Oklahoma State on Feb. 23, 2019.
Diarra was among three players in double figures for K-State, which has now won 3 in a row against West Virginia for the first time since winning 3 straight to start the Big 12 era from 2013-14. In addition to Diarra’s career-tying 25 points, which included 16 in the second half, senior Xavier Sneed and freshman DaJuan Gordon added 16 and 15 points, respectively. It marked Diarra’s fourth 20-point game of the season.
K-State grabbed the early lead behind three consecutive 3-pointers, including back-to-back triples from DaJuan Gordon, who scored 13 of his season-high with 15 points in the first half. After the Mountaineers closed to within 26-21 with just under 5 to play before halftime, the Wildcats responded with a 16-4 run, which included 6 in a row, to take a 42-25 lead into halftime. The team scored 22 of their 42 points off 13 WVU turnovers.
K-State grew its lead to as many as 24 points (53-29) with 14:39 to play in the second half before West Virginia slowly started to chip away at the deficit, scoring 25 of the next 32 points to close it to 60-54 with 7:48 to play. However, the Wildcats responded with a 9-0 spurt, keyed by a 6-of-6 effort from the free throw line by Diarra, Sneed and junior David Sloan to go with a Diarra triple, to push it back to 13 with just over 5 minutes to play. This time, the team didn’t let off, building the lead back to 20 (81-61) with 1:51 left.
In addition to the solid days by Diarra, Sneed and Gordon, Sloan enjoyed an impressive day in his first career start at the point, scoring a season-high 9 points to go with a game-high 5 assists (to just 1 turnover) to go with a season-best 4 steals in a 36 minutes of action.
LEADING WITH DEFENSE
K-State has continued its reputation as one of the top defensive teams in the country under head coach Bruce Weber, holding its first 17 opponents to 62.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting (370-of-900), including 32.4 percent (111-of-343) from 3-point range, while posting a Big 12-best 8.8 steals and forcing 16.9 turnovers per game (third in the Big 12).
K-State ranks among Top 40 in 3 defensive categories, including 39th in scoring defense, 29th in turnovers forced (16.9) and 28th in steals per game.
K-State has held 25 of its last 51 opponents to 60 points or less with just five eclipsing 70 (with 4 occurring in the last 18 games). The squad has held 94 opponents to 60 points or less in Bruce Weber’s tenure, boasting an 85-9 mark in those contests. The Wildcats are 6-1 this season when holding an opponent below 60 points, including their first 4 wins.
K-State had one of the top defensive teams in the country in 2018-19, holding opponents to 59.6 points on 41.5 percent shooting, including 31.4 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 14.8 turnovers per game and averaging 7.5 steals per game. The Wildcats ranked among the nation’s best in a number of defensive categories, including fourth in scoring defense, 16th in turnover margin (+3.5), 36th in 3-point field goal percentage defense, 43rd in total steals (256) and 48th in steals per game.
The 59.6 points per game average was the lowest opponent scoring average since the introduction of the shot clock in 1985-86, surpassing the 60.4 points per game average in 2012-13, while it was the sixth-lowest all-time and the lowest since the 1982-83 team allowed 58.4 points per game. Only eight other teams (1948-49, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1961-62, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83) allowed less than 60 points per game in school history.
K-State held foes to an average of 14.5 points under their average in 2018-19, including a 14.6 average in Big 12 play. Eleven opponents (6 Big 12 foes) were held to 20 or more points under their average, most notably Texas Tech (26.6), TCU (25.4 and 23.5), Iowa State (24.3) and OSU (21.8).
In Big 12 play, K-State allowed 59.6 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3-point range. It is the school’s lowest defensive scoring average in a Big 12 season and a tie for the ninth-best in a conference season and the lowest since 1961-62. The Wildcats held Big 12 opponents (Iowa State, TCU [twice], Texas Tech, Oklahoma State [twice], West Virginia, Baylor and Oklahoma) to 60 points or less on 9 occasions.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
K-State is once again using its defense to generate offense, as the Wildcats are forcing 16.9 turnovers per game, including 8.8 steals per game, while averaging 18.2 points per game off those opponent turnovers.
K-State has scored 20 or more points off opponent turnovers 9 times this season, including a season-high 28 in the win over No. 12/13 West Virginia. The team has also scored 20 or more points off turnovers against Monmouth (21), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (20), Pittsburgh (24) Bradley (22), Florida A&M (20), Alabama State (26), Texas (23) and No. 23/23 Texas Tech (20).
K-State has forced 5 opponents into 20 or more turnovers, including a season-best 25 turnovers by UNLV and Monmonth.
K-State has scored nearly 4,000 points (3,984) off turnovers during head coach Bruce Weber’s tenure, an average of 15.5 points per game. In 2018-19, the Wildcats averaged 17.4 points off turnovers, outscoring opponents, 590-362. The team posted 12 games of 20 or more points off turnovers.
DEFICITS AND COMEBACKS
K-State has had to battle back from early deficits in each of its last 3 Big 12 games, but has found a way to rally from those deficits before losing down the stretch. The Wildcats trailed TCU and Texas both by 7 points before falling behind 10-0 to No. 23/23 Texas Tech on Tuesday.
K-State was down 7-0 to start against TCU before slowing chipping away at the deficit to eventually take a 17-16 lead at the 8:19 mark of the first half and tying at 23-all before the Horned Frogs scored 12 of the last 14 points. Down 49-42 with just over 7 to play, the Wildcats tied the game at 57-all on David Sloan’s 3-pointer before losing on a tip-in with 2 seconds.
K-State trailed 9-2 to start against Texas before again rallying to take an 18-16 lead with 6:40 before halftime. With the Wildcats leading 25-23 with 2:48 to play in the first half, the Longhorns would score 20 of the next 22 points to take 43-27 advantage with 13:11 remaining.
K-State allowed No. 23/23 Texas Tech to score the first 10 points of the game, but the resilient Wildcats responded with 7 in a row to close to within one possession before trailing 37-30 at the half. The team again fought back to take a 46-45 lead on a layup by senior Cartier Diarra to cap an 11-2 run with 13:24 to play. The Red Raiders responded with a 16-4 run over the next 6 minutes to take a 61-50 lead with just over 7 minutes remaining.
2-POINTERS HAVE BEEN KEY
With its 3-point percentage nearly identical in wins (34.2; 63-of-184) as in losses (32.1; 59-of-184), K-State’s 2-point field goal percentage has been a key factor in its wins this season. On the year, the Wildcats are connecting on 49.1 percent (267-of-544) from inside the 3-point line.
K-State is connecting on 47 percent (210-of-447) of its field goals in the 8 wins, including 55.9 percent (147-of-263) from inside the arc, while the team is hitting just 38.5 percent (179-of-465) of their field goals in the 9 losses, including 42.7 percent (120-of-281) from inside the arc.
This has been illustrated in the losses to Marquette and Mississippi State, as K-State connected on 32.3 percent (20-of-62) of its field goals, including 33.3 percent (13-of-39) from inside the arc, in the 73-65 loss to the Golden Eagles and 32.6 percent (14-of-43) of its field goals, including 32 percent (8-of-25) from inside the arc, in the 67-61 loss to the Bulldogs.
No 2 players have been as impactful in this statistic, as senior Xavier Sneed and junior Cartier Diarra.
Sneed is averaging a team-best 17.0 points on 50 percent (46-of-92) shooting, including 63.6 percent (28-of-44) from inside the arc, in the 8 wins, while he is averaging 12.6 points on just 31.3 percent (31-of-99) shooting in the 9 losses, including 34.7 percent (17-of-49) from inside the arc.
Diarra is averaging 14.9 points on 43.8 percent (42-of-96) shooting, including 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from inside the arc, in the 8 wins, while he is averaging 11.9 points on 41.1 percent (37-of-90) shooting, including 50.0 percent (25-of-50) from inside the arc, in the 9 losses.
RECAPPING NON-CONFERENCE HISTORY
K-State wrapped up non-conference play with a 69-67 win over Tulsa on Dec. 30. The win snapped a 2-game skid and helped the Wildcats finish with a winning record in non-conference play with 14th consecutive season. The team has one more non-conference game at Alabama on Jan. 25.
K-State has a 111-8 (.932) record at home venues (includes home games played at Bramlage Coliseum, INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita and the Sprint Center in Kansas City) in non-conference play dating back to the 2006-07 season, including a 102-6 (.944) mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
Despite seeing their 33-game winning streak end at Bramlage Coliseum with a loss to Marquette on Dec. 7, the Wildcats have still won 98 of their last 104 non-conference home games. The last home non-conference loss before Marquette came against Georgia, 50-46, on Dec. 31, 2014.
K-State has posted a 147-41 (.781) record in non-conference play since the 2006-07 season, which includes a 10-3 (.769) mark in 2018-19. The team has posted double-digit non-conference wins in 12 of the last 13 years.
Since going 7-6 in non-conference in 2014-15, which included back-to-back losses to Texas Southern and Georgia, the Wildcats has won double-digit non-conference games each of the past four seasons and is 50-14 (.781) in non-conference play since the start of 2015-16 season.
SNEED GETTING HOT
Senior Xavier Sneed has led the Wildcats in scoring in 8 of the last 16 games, averaging 15.0 points on 41 percent shooting (73-of-178), including 33.3 percent (31-of-93) from 3-point range, which includes wins against UNLV, Monmouth, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Florida A&M and Alabama State.
Sneed scored 19 points in the overtime win over UNLV, including the go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds left, then followed that up with a 15-point effort in the win over Monmouth on Nov. 13 before posting 21 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 19. His 18-point effort against Florida A&M on Dec. 2 lifted him to the Top 20 scoring, while he claimed his second 20-point game with 20 against Alabama State on Dec. 11. He has a combined 105 points in the last 7 games, including a season-best 22 against Oklahoma on Jan. 4.
With his first rebound against Marquette on Dec. 7, Sneed became the 13th player in school history with at least 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. He currently has 1,257 points in 122 career games to go with 541 rebounds. He joins a 1,000-point/500-rebound list that includes legends Dick Knostman, Jack Parr, Bob Boozer, David Hall, Steve Mitchell, Rolando Blackman, Ed Nealy, Jamar Samuels, Rodney McGruder, Thomas Gipson, Wes Iwundu and Dean Wade.
Sneed is one of 9 players to rank in the Big 12’s Top 25 in both scoring and rebounding, as he ranks ninth in scoring (14.7 ppg.) and 22nd in rebounding (4.8 rpg.). He joins Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Oklahoma’s Austin Reaves, Kristian Doolittle and Brady Manek, Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike, TCU’s Desmond Bane and West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe. Sneed also ranks sixth in steals (1.71), 10th in 3-point field goals made (1.88), 13th in free throw percentage (71.6) and 14th in minutes (31.4).
SNEED MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Senior Xavier Sneed continues to move up several career charts, as he ranks among the Top 20 in scoring (15th), 3-point field goals made (fifth) and attempted (fourth), steals (fourth) and minutes (10th).
With his 16-point effort in the win over No. 12/13 West Virginia, Sneed moved into the school’s Top 15 in scoring at No. 15 with 1,257 points, moving past former teammate Kamau Stokes (1,242), current Orland Magic Wes Iwundu (1,249) and Tyrone Adams (1,251). He is the fourth Wildcat under head coach Bruce Weber to rank in the Top 15 in scoring, following Barry Brown, Jr. (1,781 points/fifth), Rodney McGruder (1,576/eighth) and Dean Wade (1,510/10th).
Sneed already ranks among the very best among all 3-point shooters in school history, passing Rodney McGruder for fifth in career makes (189) and ranking fourth in career attempts (555). He needs just 11 more 3-pointers to become just the fifth Wildcat with 200 more triples in a career.
Sneed also continues to move up the steals chart with his 166 ranking fourth in school history, while he just cracked the school’s Top 10 in minutes played with 3,348 minutes in 122 games played.
DIARRA PROVING TO BE A SOLID PG
Junior Cartier Diarra is proving to be a solid point guard for the Wildcats, averaging 13.3 points on 42.5 percent (79-of-186) shooting with 5.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. He has led the team in scoring 8 times, including 6 times in the last 10 games.
Diarra’s 92 assists are the most by a Wildcat in the first 17 games since assists began being kept in 1976-77, surpassing the previous 17-game high of 90 done by (current UTSA head coach) Steve Henson in 1988-89. He has at least 5 assists in 12 of 17 games, including a career-high 10 vs. Alabama State on Dec. 11. He became the first Wildcat with a 10-assist game since Marcus Foster (at Baylor) on Feb. 15, 2014.
Diarra ranks among the top 55 nationally in both assists (41st/5.4 apg.) and total assists (54th/92). He ranks third in assists and fifth in steals in the Big 12, while he is 12th in scoring and 13th in assist/turnover ratio (1.48).
Diarra was the only player to score in double figures in the first 2 games, including 23 points in the opener against North Dakota State on Nov. 5 and 12 in the overtime win at UNLV on Nov. 9.
Diarra has scored in double figures in 9 times in the last 13 games, including team-highs vs. Marquette (14), Mississippi State (20), Tulsa (25), Texas (14), No. 23/23 Texas Tech (19) and No. 12/13 West Virginia (25). During that span, he is averaging 13.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting to go with 5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 31.5 minutes per game.
DIARRA NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK DEC. 30
Junior Cartier Diarra earned his first career Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honor on Dec. 31 after scoring a career-best 25 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 22.4 seconds left, to help the Wildcats defeat Tulsa, 69-67, on Dec. 30.
Diarra is the first Wildcat to earn the Big 12’s weekly honor since Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade won the accolade in back-to-back weeks on January 14 and 21, 2019. Overall, it marks the school’s 29th Player of the Week honor since the inception of the Big 12 in 1997, including the 13th under head coach Bruce Weber.
Diarra collected his third 20-point game of the season in Sunday’s victory over the Golden Hurricane, connecting on 8-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-11 from beyond the arc, to go with a 3-of-4 effort from the line, a game-high 7 assists and