After failing to keep an eight-point lead in a loss to its biggest rival, coach Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks faced an even tougher challenge Monday night.
Getting back to the locker room.
He needed the help of Kansas State counterpart Bruce Weber just to escape the jubilant melee.
In the scrum, Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend appeared to be seen in video posted online subduing a rowdy fan by securing him in a brief headlock and spinning him away from Jayhawks players.
Looks like a Kansas assistant executed a nice headlock on a fan taunting his players. https://t.co/wHdM0b7YeE
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) February 24, 2015
In other video, several students appeared to intentionally jump into Kansas players, and a fan can be seen running across the court and slamming into Kansas forward Jamari Traylor with a hard shoulder to the junior’s shoulder, knocking him off-balance before the fan is quickly grabbed by someone else.
“That’s disappointing that happened again, but we also allowed it to happen again,” Self said of the fans storming the court, which also happened when the Wildcats beat the Jayhawks last season.
It was more than just a happy pileup, though.
“It’s a ballgame,” Self said. “It’s not about chicken-winging somebody after the game.”
Weber was quick to apologize for the aftermath of the win.
“I love the students, and it’s a cool thing to be part of that,” he said, “but you also have to be careful of making sure no one gets hurt.”
Kansas State said in a statement that per Big 12 policy it would “review the end of the game situation and report on our security procedures.”
Weber showed his team a video of last year’s victory over Kansas — complete with the court-storming — as motivation.
“I said, ‘You can have your own special moment,’ ” Weber recalled.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz was used in this report.