Kansas State vs. Kansas Game Ends in Huge Brawl That Spills into Stands

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2020

LAWRENCE, KANSAS - JANUARY 21:  Silvio De Sousa #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks picks up a chair during a brawl as the game against the Kansas State Wildcats ends at Allen Fieldhouse on January 21, 2020 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It's not often the outcome of the rivalry game between the Kansas State Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks takes a backseat, but that is exactly what happened Tuesday.

Kansas' Silvio De Sousa appeared to put the exclamation mark on his team's 81-60 victory with a block of DaJuan Gordon in the final seconds, but he stared down the Kansas State player and stood over him.

That caused a benches-clearing brawl that featured De Sousa picking up a stool, punches being thrown and ejections for everyone but the five players for each side who remained on the court to finish the final second after a lengthy video review, according to the ESPN broadcast.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

A huge brawl went down at the end of the Kansas-KSU game... (via @Riley_Gates) https://t.co/lIwNfMgHFx

ESPN @espn

Benches emptied at the end of the Kansas State-Kansas game. https://t.co/zWv46h3RJC

Matt Norlander @MattNorlander

Kansas’ Silvio De Sousa went full WWE and picked up a chair amid a huge brawl between Kansas and Kansas State. https://t.co/flC5NDPRfd

Kansas athletic director Jeff Long issued a statement following the brawl:

"The conduct of a few of our student-athletes at the conclusion of tonight's game vs. Kansas State was simply unacceptable and not reflective of who we are. Coach Self and I will review the incident, along with the Big 12 Conference and Kansas State to determine appropriate consequences. There is no place for this conduct in college athletics or here at KU. I would like to apologize to the Big 12 Conference, Kansas State University, Gene Taylor, Bruce Weber and all fans for the lack of sportsmanship from members of our team this evening."

Kansas has won 10 of the last 11 matchups against its rival, and this one will surely be remembered for some time. The Jayhawks weren't allowed to celebrate with their fans, per Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star.

Newell also shared head coach Bill Self's comments regarding the incident:

Jesse Newell @jessenewell

Bill Self says, "I know we were in the wrong" in terms of the KU-KSU melee. "That was an embarrassment in our part for the role that we played in it." Self says there will be consequences he's handing down tomorrow.

Jesse Newell @jessenewell

Bill Self on KU-KSU melee: "Regardless of how it got started, that's no way for mature men to act."

Jesse Newell @jessenewell

Bill Self said he talked to his team about selfishness in the locker room. "There was no communication back and forth. It was one way."

Jesse Newell @jessenewell

Bill Self on KU-KSU melee: "What happened is zero signs of toughness. It's a sign of immaturity and selfishness more than toughness."

This was not the first dust-up involving the two schools.

Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star reported in February 2015 a Kansas State student was cited for disorderly conduct for slamming into Kansas forward Jamari Traylor as Wildcats fans stormed the court following an upset victory.

As for Tuesday's game, Christian Braun (20 points), Devon Dotson (18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals) and Udoka Azubuike (10 points and 14 rebounds) led the way in a dominant victory for the Jayhawks.

They are 15-3 overall and 5-1 in Big 12 play but will be short-handed in the immediate future if the conference doles out suspensions.

Kansas faces the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, while Kansas State, which fell to 8-10 overall and 1-5 in league play, will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide the same day.