Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self certainly can understand why Kansas State might use the ending of last year’s Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence as motivation for Saturday’s 11 a.m. rivalry game at Allen Fieldhouse.
“I’m sure that will be something that will be talked about with K-State because obviously that game should have gone overtime without question because Svi did walk on that last play,” Self said Thursday morning on the Big 12 media coaches teleconference.
KU shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk took an extra step or two as confirmed by replay en route to his last-second layup that gave the Jayhawks a 90-88 victory on Jan. 3, 2017.
“We played them since then. I think that was the first game of our series last year. We played them afterwards in Bramlage,” Self added.
Then a junior, Mykhailiuk hit a three with 2:32 left that broke a 63-63 tie in KU’s 74-71 victory on Feb. 6 in Manhattan.
“That certainly wouldn’t surprise me,” Self said of K-State using the Svi no-call as a possible rallying cry Saturday. “I know that coaches and players use every motivational tactic that they can that is natural. That is certainly a natural one. I can certainly understand why they were upset and disappointed last year leaving Lawrence.”