Three times now, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team has tried to limit the production of Kansas University’s All-Big 12 stars Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, and three times other Jayhawks have made the Aggies pay.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self heard Baylor’s Bears will wear black jerseys today, not the bright neon green outfits they sported in an 82-74 Big 12 tournament quarterfinal victory over Kansas State on Thursday in Sprint Center.
Kansas coach Bill Self entered the halftime locker room and told his team that it needed to rebound better and that it stunk in that area Thursday. Or, at least his words were close to that, KU guard Tyshawn Taylor said.
Perry Jones III, the sleeping giant of the Big 12’s sleeping giants, awakened on his opening day of the postseason, Thursday in the Sprint Center.
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy and players Keith Davis and Khris Middleton talk to reporters following their team's 83-66 loss to Kansas on March 8, 2012.
KU guard Elijah Johnson and forward Thomas Robinson talk to reporters after the Jayhawks' 83-66 victory over Texas A&M on March 8, 2012.
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 83-66 victory over Texas A&M on March 8, 2012.
Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting, leading the Kansas men's basketball team to an 83-66 victory over Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Johnson knocked down five of seven three-pointers to go with four assists, two steals, three rebounds and just one turnover.
Thomas Robinson contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyshawn Taylor added 16 points with four assists and four turnovers.
Jeff Withey was the only other Jayhawk in double figures with 11 points. He also notched six rebounds and four blocks.
After making just four three-pointers in each of its two previous games against A&M, KU made 10 of 15 threes Thursday (67 percent).
The win advances KU to Friday's semifinals, where it will face fourth-seeded Baylor at 6:30 p.m.