Kansas State exacts revenge, denies No. 7 Kansas marquee win
No. 7 Kansas should have known its matchup with Kansas State on Monday wouldn’t be a repeat of the two rivals’ meeting on Jan. 11. In that game, the Jayhawks ran the Wildcats out of Allen Fieldhouse with an 86-60 win. But in the Little Apple, K-State would be a different team, and it proved as much this time around — even if it took some extra basketball.
The Wildcats prevented Kansas from notching another resume-boosting win by holding off the Jayhawks in overtime for a 85-82 win. It was a misstep for a Kansas team that had won nine of its last 10 games, and the program’s second Big 12 loss closed the gap between it and Texas for the conference lead.
Freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins, who didn’t have a particularly good shooting night (4-of-12 for 16 points), made a big one when it counted at the end of regulation. Wiggins drove the lane right and missed a game-tying layup but rebounded his own miss to tip the ball back in with seven ticks left. Kansas State, which led by as many as nine points late in the second half, didn’t get a shot off in time, so there was free basketball to be had in Manhattan.
Kansas State seemingly had this game in the bag, but Wiggins and the Jayhawks still had a prime opportunity to steal a win with five more minutes of play. The teams traded baskets until Brannen Greene turned the ball over for Kansas and the Wildcats capitalized with a D.J. Johnson layup. Wesley Iwundu nailed a jumper on K-State’s next possession, and it was all free throws from there.
For the moment at least, the Jayhawks remain the class of the Big 12. Kansas boasts a 9-2 league record, though the distance between it, Texas (7-3) and Oklahoma (7-4) got a little smaller on Monday. But it was Kansas State’s night in Manhattan. Marcus Foster (20 points) and the Wildcats have now snagged two straight upsets of ranked Big 12 teams in Texas and rival Kansas; prior to the win over the Longhorns, Kansas State had lost three of four contests in league play. This isn’t a bad way for coach Bruce Weber’s team to bounce back.