Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  5 responses

Pullen, K-State Knock Off No. 1 Kansas

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

Just hours after being voted the No. 1 team in the country, Kansas got pummeled by Jacob Pullen and Kansas State, falling 84-68.

Pullen was nearly unstoppable from the opening tip, scoring 23 of his career-high 38 points in the first half. In what was a much-needed victory to get Kansas State headed back in the right direction after a tailspin over the past few months, Pullen took charge behind the home crowd.

Outside of Pullen, the Wildcat frontcourt did its part to ensure the victory. Against the frontline of the Morris twins, Kansas State managed to win the rebounding edge 25-21. Meanwhile, it held Markieff Morris, the Jayhawks’ second leading scorer, to just 3 points.

But while there were other contributions made on Monday night, Pullen’s performance was the talk after the game.

From The Topeka Capital-Journal:

All season, people have been waiting for Pullen to do what he did Monday, to put a flawed team on his back and make it great.

That task has seemed overwhelming at times, but not Monday. Pullen scored a career-high 38 points — the most ever scored in a win against a No. 1 team — and went for 23 in a magnificent first half. He shot 9-for-17 from the field, 5-for-6 from 3-point range and 15-for-19 from the foul line.

“It was one of those nights when the ball went in for me,” Pullen said.

As for the losers in Monday’s in-state battle, Kansas walks away from the defeat having put up a brutal performance in its first chance to justify its No. 1 ranking. Meanwhile, Texas is now in the driver’s seat to both win the Big 12 and possibly seize the top ranking on Monday.

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    unpredictable college basketball season. I figured K State would win this one, just considering some of KU’s previous struggles and the absence of Selby….Looks like Texas has risen to the top

  • TheBarberShop

    Awesome. If the Longhorns can win their games, we should be #1 next monday. With the Rockets doing so “meh” this season, at least the ‘Horns can give me something to be happy about.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I thought Texas should’ve been number 1 this week anyways.
    They’ve already beaten Kansas. Kinda weird having a number 2 team that’s beaten the number 1 team in the country.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    In-season rankings are SOOOOOO unimportant. (ie KU being “ranked” above a team that beat them in Lawrence.) So stupid. The only rankings that matter are that little number in front of each school on your brackets!

    Great fight outta the ‘Cats last night.

  • tiquan

    hate to say i told you…….hook em