KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Bill Self roared up and down the sideline in front of the Kansas bench, a volcano of emotion threatening to spill onto the court, his unfiltered venom directed at the officiating crew.
Self knew he was going to get called for a technical foul.
He was practically begging for it.
"I acted like an idiot, I know," Self would say later. "They could have popped me a lot earlier and I wouldn't have had to act that way for so long."
That was the closest Self came to admitting he got the technical foul on purpose, but it clearly had the intended effect. The seventh-ranked Jayhawks quickly became energized, rushing past Iowa State for an 88-73 victory in the Big 12 tournament semifinals Friday night.
Perry Ellis scored a career-high 23 points, Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson added 14 points each, and Ben McLemore finished with 10 for top-seeded Kansas (28-5), which advanced to play the winner of Kansas State-Oklahoma state on Saturday night for the tournament titl...