Kansas 73, Kansas State 72 — Postgame Report Card

Kansas 73, Kansas State 72 — Postgame Report Card

Unsurprisingly, it clanged off the rim as Allen Fieldhouse exhaled.

And then there was Kansas State.

Yet to hear him tell it, moving forward won't be hard. He did what he wanted to do, which was to take the potential game-winning shot.

The K-State lead increased to six points after back-to-back KU turnovers resulted in five Wildcats points, including a Cartier Diarra steal and lay-in, making the score 34-28 heading into the final 60 seconds of the first frame. Weber said this is a resilient group that already rallied behind the loss of point guard Kamau Stokes, and can rally behind the loss of an emotional rivalry game.

"I trust Barry and if he didn't pass it I believe he did the right thing", Wade said.

Jayhawk Devonte Graham hit a three point basket to give the Jayhawks a short lived 24-21 lead as the Wildcats scored the next eight to lead 29-24.

Why didn't Brown pass it to him? "I honestly don't know why I didn't". Kansas State, on the other hand, has gotten used to their position as well, with the Sunflower Showdown loss just another episode in a series of close defeats this season.

KSU walked the ball up the floor slowly.

This is my 13th season covering Bill Self's Kansas basketball teams. Following a Bruce Weber timeout, the call was changed and given to Kansas.

"I want to keep my job", he said.

Weber and his assistants barked at Brown as the game ended on his missed 25-footer. "He saved our team". He cares so much.

What was Brown supposed to do on the final play?

"Throw it to Dean".

"Barry, he's been unbelievable". "He wants to win".

Regardless of whether Brown intended it that way, his actions amounted to him trusting himself more than his coach and teammate.

The Wildcats eventually gained some momentum, extending their brief lead to five points.

Early in his post-game media session, Weber shifted the conversation from the final possession to the referees.

"We've got that confidence that in crunch time we can get that last stop or execute that last play on offense", Graham said.

"I am really disappointed with some of the calls, but we were all here previous year and same thing", Weber told reporters after the game. "A technical shouldn't make a difference in the game".

The win gave Kansas its third-straight and pushed the Jayhawks to 14-3 on the year and 4-1 in league play.

Kansas State (12-5, 2-3) led 67-64 with 3 minutes left when Lagerald Vick knocked down a 3-pointer in front of the Jayhawks' bench and Newman scored on a put-back to give Kansas the lead.

Without explanation, Diarra picked up a technical for taunting. The Wildcats played with tenacity while KU struggled to get in a rhythm on either end.

Asked to clarify whether he said officiating cost his team the game, Weber said, "No, I didn't say that. I have worked too hard". A movie that K-State had seen before if you will. "I'm not going to comment what another coach says, but if that's a reason for losing, or losing a great game, that was a great college basketball game where two teams played their butts off, I don't buy into that at all".

Kansas has a quick turnaround now with a road game at No. 2 West Virginia on Monday night.

But while Weber was again questioning the officials, the bigger question in the minds of many was what went so horribly wrong on K-State's final play.

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