No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 11 Kansas State final: Jayhawks win 59-55

USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to a strong defensive effort, Kansas defeated their in-state rivals in Manhattan to remain undefeated in Big 12 play.

No. 11 Kansas State succeeded in making its game against No. 3 Kansas a grueling, half-court defensive battle, but the Jayhawks proved they could win with their defense on Tuesday, leaving Manhattan with an 59-55 victory.

Bill Self's high-powered offense was held mostly in check, with none of the Jayhawks putting up more than 12 points. However, outside of a 19-point effort from Shane Southwell, the Wildcats couldn't get anything going, as they shot only 35 percent from the floor.

Travis Releford, the Jayhawks' fifth-year senior guard, was the key on both ends of the floor. He was their leading scorer while also playing lockdown defense on Rodney McGruder, who shot only 4-12 despite using a blizzard of screens in Bruce Weber's half-court offense.

Neither team had lost in Big 12 play, which is going through a bit of a down stretch outside of the Sunflower State. As a result, Kansas went a long way toward clinching its ninth consecutive conference title, as Kansas State will likely need to defeat them at the Allen Fieldhouse to make it a race again.

Check out Rock Chalk Talk and Bring On The Cats for more.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.