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Home Sport When No. 4 Marquette upsets No. 1 Kansas in the Maui Invitational, tensions between head coaches Shaka Smart and Bill Self erupt.

When No. 4 Marquette upsets No. 1 Kansas in the Maui Invitational, tensions between head coaches Shaka Smart and Bill Self erupt.

No. 1 Kansas and No. 4 Marquette faced off in a top-five showdown at the Maui Invitational with the fervor of a conference rivalry game in February. And it looked like even the top coaches of each institution lost their cool.

by NAYEEMUR RAHAMAN
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After Marquette’s easy 73-59 victory in the tournament’s semifinals in Honolulu, Golden Eagles head coach Shaka Smart took issue with some rude remarks he heard from a Jayhawk player after a basket in the first half.

Every bench received technical. Marquette eventually took a 38-28 lead at the half and continued to be in command during a more composed second half.

“I probably shouldn’t have gotten so excited,” Smart said in a radio interview with ESPN Milwaukee following the victory. “We are Marquette. Marquette is a group that doesn’t back down from anyone. We will challenge anyone who steps up to do so and we will respond in kind.”

Self, meantime, didn’t seem to be buying Smart’s account of what started the altercation. “I don’t think anything he [Smart] said was true. I will not get into it.

With 21 points and nine rebounds in the win, Oso Ighodaro led Marquette. Kam Jones (10) and Chase Ross (12 points) were the other Golden Eagles (5-0) with double-figure scoring.

McCullers of Kansas, the alleged catalyst for the first-half fireworks, led all scorers with twenty-four points. Eight rebounds and 13 points were scored by Hunter Dickinson.

The Jayhawks’ record is now 4-1. On Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET, they will play No. 7 Tennessee in the third-place match. In the championship game, Marquette plays No. 2 Purdue at 5 p.m.

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