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Kansas defeats Washburn, 62-50

  • 7 p.m., Nov. 5, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: KU closes out exhibition play with 62-50 win over Washburn

By Matt Tait

It was billed as a better tune-up for the Kansas University men’s basketball team than the one the Jayhawks got against Emporia State last week.

And it was.

But despite a scrappy effort from visiting Washburn in KU’s final exhibition game of the 2012-13 season, the Jayhawks took advantage of 17 points from red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore and knocked off the Ichabods, 62-50, at Allen Fieldhouse.

"We actually guarded them well," KU coach Bill Self said. "We held Washburn to 50. We did a good job defensively. Our offense stunk. It was just beyond bad."

McLemore finished 6-of-12 shooting, including three makes from three-point land, to lead the KU offense, which also got 13 points from senior point guard Elijah Johnson and 10 from freshman forward Perry Ellis. McLemore also chipped in 10 rebounds.

KU led by 12 at halftime and by as many as 17 in the second half, but Washburn refused to give in. The Ichabods cut the KU lead to as few as 11 (53-42) with 5:32 to play but could not climb any closer.

The entire game was far from a thing of beauty, as KU turned it over 24 times and fell victim to 18 Washburn steals. In addition, KU hit just 16 of 27 free-throw attempts.

"Our senior leadership was non-existent," Self said. "We played like little babies tonight."

Box score

KU coach Bill Self audio

Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore and Perry Ellis audio

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action.

The game turned when: KU turned a 13-12 first-half deficit into a 34-19 lead with a 22-6 run sparked by several transition buckets and a couple of McLemore three-pointers. Considering the Ichabods never trailed by more than 17 and still were within as few as 11 points with 5:30 to play, the early 16-point run proved to be huge.

Offensive highlight: After sleep-walking through much of the game, senior center Jeff Withey woke up and went to work down the stretch. His and-one with around 7:00 to play was big, but it was his block, spin and outlet pass to a streaking Travis Releford, who dunked, drew the foul and hit the free throw, that brought the crowd to its feet.

Defensive highlight: McLemore shined because of his offensive output, but his best moment may have come on the other end of the floor. With the Jayhawks leading 37-26 and in the middle of a sluggish start to the second half, McLemore soared to swat a jump shot by Washburn’s Jared Henry with 15:46 to play. The block and ensuing KU possession led to a monster dunk from Withey, and KU cruised home from there.

Key stat: The Jayhawks weren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut in this one, but they were considerably more efficient than the Ichabods. KU finished the night shooting 44 percent from the floor, compared with just 26 percent for the Ichabods.

Up next: The Jayhawks will open the regular season Friday, Nov. 9, when they take on Southeast Missouri at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Join the post game discussion

Duane Rice

Jaybate quote of the day "when Jeff lights the candle the space ship can launch"


Actually, I thought the team looked very good for about 8-10 minutes the second half. We know now that when Jeff lights the candle the space ship can launch. Really, this was a much better exhibition game for getting better than EState. This was a game where they got to labor and get a feel for what its like when the shots are falling and when they aren't. Now they know that trifectation is never going to get it for them.

The master was right. Self said this team has to play inside out, whether it likes it or not. They can get hot as firecrackers from trey and still not have the kind of inside rebounding toughness to hold a lead based on hot trey shooting.

The run and jumpers got to subordinate to Jeff, Perry, Jamari, Justin and Landen, even if they don't think they are Supermen.

How did I ever doubt Self about playing inside out?

He may have a tough time finding a way for them to play inside out, but there is no doubt at all now that they have to.

The way for this team to become the best it can be is for it to commit to becoming a ferocious rebounding team. I know, I know, we don't have natural rebounders on this team. But this is the challenge. If this team can find a way to play that uses all of the big men playing at their highest levels of intensity and crashing the glass hard all the time, then, this team could amount to something.

Rebounding by committee.

Never seen it done before.

That's exactly the kind of unprecedented challenge that Self thrives on.

"Some men look at things as they are and say why? I look at things as they might be and say why not?" -RFK

Go for it Hawks.

Wooden found a way to rebound his way to a ring with everyone under 6'5" tall.

Nothing is written.

Rebounding by committee. Go for it. It will allow you to play inside out through Jeff and Perry and then that will allow Ben Mac to become a monster.

That's the recipe for this team.

You read it here first.

Jonas_opines in reply to Jayhawk470

Those sites are great if you now live in North Carolina and have NO other way of watching some of the smaller games.

Curtis Stutz

I love that Washburn gave KU a physical matchup today. I also love that we got to see the starters together for long periods of time. On top of that it's great that this year we can expect to see 5 players on offense being aggressive. Assists come so much easier when everyone is putting themselves in a position to score it. Don't understand the negativity, Traylor had a nice play or 2, Withey brought the swat, BMac showed off his smooth offensive game, Ellis played well. EJ isn't a Jacque Vaughn type PG, he's not out there to be a magician with the ball. Washburn got in the face of the guards, they'll take it to heart. He's spending a lot of energy coaching the younger guys right now, make no mistake, it's awesome to have a senior PG like EJ on the team.

Todd Simpson

Jayhawk470....I didn't have a single issue with the game.

Duane Rice in reply to Jayhawk470

what do you expect with illegal websites.


I don't know why you people think those websites that you posted that streamed the game live are great, but they are more trouble than they're worth. The feed keeps getting dropped. Here's hoping the KU-SMSU game is on ESPN3.

Todd Simpson

what's the # of blocks withey had tonight.


The only way this game could possibly have gone any worse would be if Kansas has lost this game, it was that bad.


In case anyone wasn't noticing, Self was letting them labor. There was no way he was going to hang a big number on a fellow Okie Baller with a shot at a D2 ring.

Duane Rice

That was horrible. Now everybody get out there and vote.

Darshana Benhur

Jesse do you know what the name of the one site that ranks all the D1 teams and also predicts their season wins? Forgot the site link


I had hoped EJ would step up and do what TT did last season, but that looks unlikely so far.

May be time to put the offense on Ben Mac's back and let him create out of wing point. Make him this teams BRush, when BRush was a freshman. Just let him create and dish to Jeff and The Designer anytime he doesn't think he can hole it; that would be a very tough offense to guard.

Todd Simpson

well Real ball starts soon. Exhibition time is done. Now man up and play some ball

Joe Satterwhite

Well that was painful

Washburn 50
Kansas 62

Jesse Newell

KU runs out the clock for the 12-point victory.

Brian Haase

we have a week to drastically improve... ugh

Brian Powell

my car this time of year in Purdue territory:


That was a ridiculous pass

Duane Rice

whats wrong with withey he couldnt get 3 blocks on that play

Hawk90 in reply to Todd Simpson

and he will. I will point to conference play last year. He will man up, but our whole team is learning how to play with each other, withey has been the least of our worries this game.

Jaybate in reply to Jaybate

But in time it will.

Jaybate in reply to Boouk

Self said scoring was going to be the big issue with this team.

As soon as the trey guns cooled, this team does not know how to scrap and keep holing the ball the hard way.

Todd Simpson

Jesse I know. I was just pointing out the fact you said how many people in the Big 12 have a 7 footer. Hawk90 I've complained mostly about his offensive performance. There is no reason he couldn't just keep going straight up....I'd like to see him actually be a force and Man up

Boouk in reply to Boouk

Against a D2 team too.

Hawk90 in reply to Bulltown03

well he did play b ball in high school, just volleyball was his first sport.

Duane Rice in reply to Beddie

Yes. Washburn is better than SE MO ST

Stupidmichael in reply to Bulltown03

Didn't he also play basketball? ........

Bulltown03 in reply to Beddie

Yes, Southeast Missouri State is not as good as Washburn

Jaybate in reply to Todd Simpson

Fighter, its a fact of life that some persons don't get serious till their check is threatened. Little guys don't threaten Jeff's check. But Anthony on UK did and Anthony went 1-10.

Also, its a long damned season and Jeff really ought to pace himself early against the cupcakes. Wear and tear is his real enemy, not a D2 team in graphically challenged unies.


Yikes, only 61 points thru 38 minutes.


do you think tonight's effort wins friday?

Bulltown03 in reply to Hawk90

we often forget that he played volleyball in high school.... not basketball



01:57 left in Second Half
Washburn 48
Kansas 61

Jesse Newell

Chipman takes a full timeout.

Brian Haase

I feel Withey just needs to adjust to the different style of play it will be without TRob playing next to him. He'll come around and improve vastly as the season progresses, expect it to happen sooner rather than later

Hawk90 in reply to Todd Simpson

no you're not, your finding a reason to complain about a guy who has at least 7 blocks this half.

Jesse Newell in reply to Todd Simpson

KU will play some tall teams this year, you know.

Todd Simpson

what's wrong Hawk90 I'm just telling it like I see it

Hawk90 in reply to Todd Simpson

please for the life of me stop.

Todd Simpson

that's the point Jesse....Withey doesn't play well against shorter competition


The team looks and feels more like a team when Jeff plays harder, that's for fecal sure. When Jeff is phoning it in, the team is like an asteroid floating through space with no fire inside.

Gotta show Jeff some old footage of Bill Walton having fun out their playing gametes to the walls.

Duane Rice

why is it that every 7 footer is suppose to be a 20pt. and 15reb. every game. everybody said the same thing about Ostertag and he played like 12 years in the NBA


His strong defensive effort does help me overcome his offensive liabilities though.

Todd Simpson

great block by withey there but *#@($&^( Stay on your feet.

Jesse Newell in reply to Melrank

Maybe. Last year in the tournament, he was pretty intense, though. KU fans might be a bit spoiled by having so many good big men.

I mean, who else has a 7-footer in the conference? Anyone?

02:47 left in Second Half
Washburn 45
Kansas 61

Jesse Newell

Washburn calls timeout.

Melrank in reply to Jesse Newell

Perhaps that's why he's so frustrating when he doesn't play with the intensity to match his ability.

Jesse Newell

There was some ball movement from KU.

Jaybate in reply to Jesse Newell

Yea, Jesse, I think Jeff has been working hard on learning to combine swatting with out letting, but he is thinking too much. Sooner or later you've got to cut loose and do it.

Brian Haase in reply to Jesse Newell

minus that pass

Todd Simpson

I just don't like withey.

Jesse Newell in reply to Melrank

He's the best player on the team until proven otherwise by McLemore.

Marcus Balzer in reply to Jaybate

Agreed. This team needs the bravado that Ty and T-Rob brought.

Todd Simpson

its not just that one where it was a really bad pass from Ben.....Withey has to be setup by an actual big man scorer....I've never liked a 7' player as they are normally really slow. I see him picking it up in 2nd half but it shouldn't have taken him a half.

Melrank in reply to Jesse Newell

Those were good plays for sure, however, your unwavering Withey Support is even better!

Duane Rice

I wouldnt trade withey for any other college basketball center.


Good to see TRel and Jeff bump a little. The team needs some more camaraderie.


now that was awesome

Brian Haase

boom. game sealed with that, time to relax a little. not that i honestly thought we could lose

Marcus Balzer

Didn't miss that one.



Jesse Newell

What a block. Maybe an even better outlet pass, though, by Withey.

Jaybate in reply to Todd Simpson

Well, Fighter, he appears to have heard you.

Jesse Newell

Good pass there from Ellis after feeling the double-team.

Bulltown03 in reply to Jaybate

Nailed it!! You will see an energized young when he comes back. EJ will get it done when it is needed. TT didn't look good early if you remember.

Brian Haase in reply to Jesse Newell

we can only hope

Melrank in reply to Todd Simpson

At least on that last entry, it wasn't his fault - that was a terrible pass from BMac.

Jaybate in reply to Melrank

There is something about minimalist camera work that makes an unimpressive performance look even worse.

Jesse Newell in reply to Todd Simpson

I hope you're not serious.

Todd Simpson

Withey is not sealing off anything at all. I don't like him playing and have said that for 3 years


But one will emerge in time. Maybe two.


Last year we had two every night MUAs in TT and Superman, and a bunch of supporting players.

This year we have a bunch of supporting players.

No one wants to be the man.

Everyone either wants to shoot, or keep the ball from sticking.

But no one wants the team on his back.


Hey, that's what I'm talking about!

Duane Rice in reply to Beddie

I dont know ive never dunked.

Stupidmichael in reply to Beddie

KU runs a clinic on it. Don't you know?

Brian Haase

can't even make the dunks tonight...


This is almost hard to stay awake for . . .


how do u miss a dunk



Jesse Newell in reply to Duane Rice

I watched them live. They were pretty ugly at times.

Duane Rice in reply to Jayhawk470

i watched the ones in France on the internet. They were worse

07:42 left in Second Half
Washburn 36
Kansas 49

Jesse Newell

KU just 12-for-21 from the free-throw line (57.1 percent).


This is the ugliest exhibition game I have ever seen in all the years I have followed KU basketball.

Jesse Newell

Withey having a great second half defensively.

Brian Haase in reply to Duane Rice

might be the only positive thing to come out of tonight


do they call fouls?

Duane Rice in reply to Brian Haase

we might find out tonight

Brian Haase in reply to Duane Rice

i don't think bill does either... yet



Duane Rice

Not sure which 5 your going to want on the floor in a tight game.

Jesse Newell

KU already has eight turnovers this half.

Darshana Benhur

Coach needs to make the guys run steps around Allen Fieldhouse till they are ready to play hard


7 shots in 10 minutes... my goodness.

Brian Haase

such a bad night overall


this is really bad

Jesse Newell

Kansas head coach Bill Self has words for game official John Higgins after a call in question went the way of Washburn during the first half on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self has words for game official John Higgins after a call in question went the way of Washburn during the first half on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug


The websites providing the free streaming are worthless. They keep losing the feed. Damn ESPN3 for not providing the telecast.

Jesse Newell

Kansas guard Ben McLemore hoists a three over Washburn guard Kyle Wiggins during the first half on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore hoists a three over Washburn guard Kyle Wiggins during the first half on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Jesse Newell

Kansas guard Travis Releford looks to defend a pass from Washburn forward Christian Ulsaker during the first half on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Travis Releford looks to defend a pass from Washburn forward Christian Ulsaker during the first half on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug


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