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.
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:
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.