Notebook: Kansas 70, OSU 58

Even though the Cowboys were able to mask it pretty well in Saturday's 18-point victory against Texas A&M, the loss of Le'Bryan Nash was glaring against the Jayhawks.

KU was able to play four defenders out on the perimeter with Tyshawn Taylor blanketing Keiton Page everywhere he went because Oklahoma State had nothing on the offensive interior to force the Jayhawks to do otherwise.

Page took more 3's alone (14) than KU took as a team (12). OSU shot 25 in all, making 11, largely because it couldn't get points inside.

The Cowboys were outscored 34-8 in the paint. OSU's starting bigs — Michael Cobbins and Philip Jurick — combined for zero points on 0-for-5 shooting.

Having Nash as a legitimate scoring threat in the post could have made a significant impact on the game not just for scoring but for what it would have opened up elsewhere.

Standing ovations

There were plenty of them on Monday night. Things started off by the fans giving their appreciation for Keiton Page and the five student managers honored in the pregame ceremonies on Senior Night. Then there were a few more at halftime.

The 12-1 Oklahoma State football team was introduced to the crowd with Big 12 and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl trophies in hand, drawing massive applause from Cowboy — and Jayhawk — fans.

Shortly after, Larry Reece announced Mel Wright was in attendance at the game. Wright is famous for hitting a jump shot with two seconds remaining to give Oklahoma A&M an upset victory over No. 2 Kansas and legendary center Wilt Chamberlain in 1957. Then his teammate and former OSU coach Eddie Sutton was put on the big screen, as well, drawing the classic, "Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!" chants from the crowd. The announcements wrapped up with a solid ovation for former Cowboy star Desmond Mason.

The final ovation of the night came when Page checked out of the game for the final time at home in his career with 37 seconds left.

Quotable

• Travis Ford on Markel Brown's tough night. Brown scored seven points on 2-of-9 shooting and had four turnovers.

"He just didn't get in that flow. He started pressing a little bit at times and he wanted it bad. He's Keiton's roommate and they're as close as you can get. They are tight, almost like brothers. They've been so good for each other. They are so tight and such a fun two guys. He'd be the first to tell you it wasn't his 'A' game, but he tried. He was competing. He was wanting it and you could see it in his eyes in timeouts. He was getting frustrated, but he'll respond back from it. It just wasn't his night."

• KU senior guard Tyshawn Taylor on winning the school's eighth consecutive Big 12 regular season title:

"It feels amazing because a lot of people didn't think we'd be this good this year. I think if you asked us at the beginning of the year, our goal was to always win a Big 12 championship. We prepared like we wanted to win, we played a terrific non-conference schedule that prepared us for playing a tough conference. We lost two games to two tough teams. We played well and we held serve at home and got some tough road wins and came out on top."

• KU coach Bill Self on Keiton Page:

"He was great. I don't think we did an unbelievable job defending him, but I didn't think it was awful. He was great. I'm glad he is a senior. The career he has strung together is pretty good. I joked this, but he passed me in career scoring at the end of his freshman year, which means I didn't score much. But, he's, what? All-time top five or seven in scoring, and the all-time leader in minutes and threes? That's unbelievable. What a career, and he was fabulous tonight."


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