Posted by Matt Norlander
Kansas went into Berkeley last night and defeated Cal, 78-63.
But it wasn't that easy. And it wasn't that breezy. The two teams got progressively angrier at each other as the second half wore on, until tempers flared to the point where Jayhawk Marcus Morris threw an elbow into the beak of Harper Kamp and was promptly ejected. Then, shortly after that, Cal's Jorge Gutierrez had to be subdued by coach Mike Montgomery after wrestling vigorously on the ground for the basketball with Kansas' Thomas Robinson.
No, this did not escalate rather quickly . It was a slow boil, for sure, and it ticked off Kansas coach Bill Self, who spoke afterward about the sequence of events.
"It was ridiculous, and we obviously contributed a great amount to it," Self said. "I think Cal was chippy also, but we didn't handle it very well. We let it bother us too much and had to get the last word in. Really disappointed in Marcus, really disappointed in him, and he got exactly what he deserved."
Check the highlights to see the measures Montgomery was forced to take on Gutierrez. At least he avoided the Van Gundy Method.
Things didn't stop from there, as Kansas' Brady Morningstar later got petty and tried to swipe the ball away from Gary Franklin after the play had been blown dead. In all four technicals were called: Morris, Morningstar, Robinson and Gutierrez were hit.
Fortunately for Kansas, clearly the superior team, the antics didn't cost it the game — though Cal did draw within five points midway through the second half.
"The thing that bothers me in basketball, and Mike would say the same thing, when guy puts their own agenda ahead of the team is very, very selfish," Self said. "That (Morris' ejection and ensuing action) was almost a nine-point play. ... That was about as bad a basketball play as I've ever seen."