Cal players stopped short of accusing Kansas of playing dirty Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion.
“We were ready to play physical,” senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison said. “It was two teams just going real hard. That was it.”
Kansas coach Bill Self didn’t see it that way. He was not happy about how things unraveled. And his third-ranked Jayhawks (11-0) posted a 78-63 win over Cal (6-5).
Star forward Marcus Morris was ejected for a flagrant foul when he elbowed Cal’s Harper Kamp in the face with 17:23 left. Thomas Robinson and Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez each earned technical fouls after nearly coming to blows following a first-half pileup for a loose ball. In the first half, Robinson was hit with a flagrant foul on Gutierrez.
“I thought it was ridiculous,” KU coach Bill Self said of his players’ behavior. “We obviously contributed greatly to it. Cal was chippy also. We didn’t handle it well.”
Self said he was “really disappointed in Marcus,” who Self said “got what he deserved.” He also promised, “Marcus is going to get punished big-time.”