Big 12 basketball notebook: KU-Iowa State rematch could be another dandy

Kansas has beaten the Cyclones twice — but it's needed overtime both games.
From Staff Reports Published: March 14, 2013

“To get this win for them is really special,” said Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. “And going all the way back to my Big Eight days at Kemper Arena and playing in front of the fans, I know how special it is for them. Couldn't be happier for our fans.”

SMOOCHING SNYDER

The Sprint Center exploded with cheers late in the KSU-Texas game — but it wasn't because of a play made on the court. Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder was shown on the Kiss Cam.

Snyder didn't take the bait the first time, despite encouragement from Wildcat fans. He just waved. The Kiss Cam moved on, but after a KU couple kissed and a Texas couple did the same, the camera came back to Snyder and his wife. This time, Snyder's wife pointed with her finger to her left cheek. Snyder leaned over and kissed her, and KSU fans jumped to their feet like Collin Klein had just scored a touchdown.

PAJAMA PARTY

Kansas unveiled special uniforms for its game against Texas Tech on Thursday. The uniforms featured short sleeves and striped shorts. Some compared them to Zubaz pants of the 1990s. Adidas is outfitting several teams this postseason with exotic uniforms.

KU won't wear the uniforms in the NCAA Tournament.

“For a game or two, I don't think it's that big of a deal,” said KU coach Bill Self. “Sometimes you gotta be a team player. Kansas tradition and history should be what is promoted for … in our look. And we've done that for years, but this is the one game where we will make that exception for Adidas.”

CORRALLING KABONGO

Texas had staged a mini-revival late in the season, entering the Big 12 Tournament on a three-game winning streak and going 5-3 since point guard Myck Kabongo became eligible on Feb. 13. But Kabongo scored just two points against K-State on Thursday night, on foul shots with 41 seconds left in the game. Kabongo was 0-of-5 from the field with five turnovers, though he did have five assists.

“The first game, I think he had 24 points and he pretty much killed us,” K-State point guard Angel Rodriguez said. “He did whatever he wanted to. So the whole key with them, if you stop Myck Kabongo and you let other players make plays, you're going to have a higher chance of winning the game.

 



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