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Big 12 suspends Kansas’ Silvio De Sousa 12 games, Kansas State’s James Love 8 for their roles in massive brawl

The Big 12 suspended Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa 12 games Wednesday for his role in the No. 3 Jayhawks’ brawl near the end of their 80-61 win against Kansas State on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

The conference also suspended Kansas State’s James Love, an inactive player who fought in street clothes, eight games. The Wildcats’ Antonio Gordon was suspended three games, and Kansas’ David McCormack received a two-game suspension.

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“This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated, and these suspensions reflect the severity of last evening’s events,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "I am appreciative of the cooperation of both institutions in resolving this matter.”

De Sousa was the main instigator on the Kansas side, but several other players that left the bench and were involved in an ugly fracas that spilled into disability seating behind one of the baskets.

At one point, De Sousa was preparing to swing a stool when assistant coach Jerrance Howard grabbed it from his hands.

“We are disappointed in his actions and there is no place in the game for that behavior," Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday.

Self also said he spoke with a fan who was caught up in the melee, and that she was banged around "to the point where I'm sure we'll correspond with her today to see how she's feeling."

The Jayhawks were dribbling out the clock when De Sousa was stripped by DaJuan Gordon, a freshman from Curie, near mid-court. Gordon tried to go for a layup, and De Sousa recovered to block his shot and send Gordon sprawling. He then stood over Gordon and barked at him, triggering both benches to empty and come together in a scrum as fans scrambled to get out of the way.

The Jayhawks’ Marcus Garrett and McCormack also were in the thick of things along with the Wildcats’ Love, Antonio Gordon and David Sloan, who was the first player to come to DaJuan Gordon’s defense.

"The incident last night was not good for Kansas, it was not good for Kansas State, it was not good for college basketball," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said Wednesday. "There's many people to blame and I'm the head of our program so it falls back on me."

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Both Self and Weber said the Big 12 was reviewing video with more punishment likely.

“There will be consequences ... there will be consequences, there will be penalties,” Self said.

The schools are scheduled to meet again Feb. 29 at Kansas State.

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