No. 2 Kansas came into its game at rival Kansas State without a win in Bramlage Coliseum since Jan. 22, 2013. Juniors Wayne Selden, Frank Mason and Brannen Greene had never won in Manhattan, and that’s something they desperately wanted to change.
And — despite a game effort from the Wildcats — change it they did.
The Jayhawks picked up a 72-63 win over Kansas State behind a nice trio of performances from Mason, Selden and senior Perry Ellis. Mason controlled the game tempo-wise and scored 16 points while dishing out five assists. Selden, after two games in Bramlage without a made 3-point field goal, scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Ellis scored 14 points on six shots.
Overall, it was the exact kind of performance you would hope for from the Jayhawks against a tough, physical team. More importantly though, it gave a bit of clarity to what had been a murky, clouded Big 12 title picture until Saturday.
This win combined with Oklahoma’s win over West Virginia gave Kansas a two-game lead in the Big 12 with four games left to play. That means Kansas is essentially three wins away from locking up its 12th-straight Big 12 title under Bill Self, a streak so long that its improbability is only matched by its ridiculous impressiveness.
Self’s ability to create his own legend after taking over from one himself in Roy Williams has been thoroughly remarkable, and there’s a good chance that one of the hallmarks of that legend will continue for yet another year following this victory.