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Kansas defeats Southeast Missouri State, 74-55

  • 7 p.m., Nov. 9, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Defense leads KU to 74-55 victory over Southeast Missouri

The Kansas men's basketball team held Southeast Missouri to 29-percent shooting in a season-opening 74-55 victory on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU's defense was especially stifling in the first half, as SEMO made just 6 of 29 shots (21 percent) as the Jayhawks took a 32-17 halftime advantage.

SEMO closed KU's lead to 43-37 with 11:43 left in the game, but KU answered with a 21-10 run to take control.

The Jayhawks won despite making just 2 of 21 three-pointers (9.5 percent).

"I thought we did some good things considering they only shot 29 percent and we out-rebounded them (49-37)," KU coach Bill Self said. "We only turned it over 13 times and we go 24-of-28 from the free-throw line. That (typically) is going to be a 40-point game.

"There is no way you can't win that game by 30 or 40 unless you go 2-for-21 from three."

Jeff Withey led KU with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Perry Ellis added 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting with eight rebounds, while Naadir Tharpe also had double figures with 10 points.

Ben McLemore had a balanced line, posting in nine points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks to go with a turnover.

"It blows my mind that we are not an aggressive group," Self said. "We are a passive group right now, and we have to pick it up. I'll keep saying it, and I'm not going to back off of it."

KU (1-0) will play Michigan State at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Champions Classic in Atlanta.

Box score

Photo gallery

KU coach Bill Self press conference

Jeff Withey, Perry Ellis and Naadir Tharpe press conference


Bobby Burch 8 years ago

"KU (1-0) will play Michigan State at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Champions Classic in Atlanta" ... Isn't the game scheduled for Tuesday?

Curtis Stutz 8 years ago

Yes, Tuesday the 13th, anybody got an extra ticket?

Jesse Newell 8 years ago

Yep. Thanks. Should be fixed above.

jaybate 8 years ago

Search me. I just know its the next game and its in Atlanta, where General Sherman once marched a little.

jonas_opines 8 years ago

10-loss season? Achievement to win the conference? Do we Really have such poor memory and retention? Do you not recall how many times, since 2008, maybe 2006, we've heard all these comments before?

We have a lot of potential weapons. Most of them are misfiring or jamming right now, but it's the first game of the season. Chill out, let the freshman grow up, let the coaches work. We'll be looking damned good by December, great by January or February.

LAJayhawk 8 years ago

Shabazz Muhammad was just declared ineligible. Better off not landing him after all.

Sorry, jonas_opines, it has nothing to do with your comment, just wanted it posted up top.,0,4254125.story

Curtis Stutz 8 years ago

Ineligible for now, he'll be playing by New Year's I imagine

Darshana Benhur 8 years ago

12 seed? We will get better. If Jeff played like tonight and Perry and BMac starts playing better will be just fine

Darshana Benhur 8 years ago

Jesse you need to chance the date for the MSU game its tuesday not thursday

Cody Riedy 8 years ago

Perry and BMac played well for their first game - so did Traylor. It's the veteran players that didn't contribute tonight. Withey had decent stats, but at no point tonight did he really stand out as a dominant go-to player. Releford was just off and EJ looks gimpy and is still unaggressive. At the end of the game Tharpe played like EJ needs to play.

Curtis Stutz 8 years ago

I find it that much more impressive when a guy puts up 17 12 and 5 and he didn't stand out as dominating the game. How many games did you look at a box score and say, oh wow, Simien has 15 points already, where did those come from?

jaybate 8 years ago

AWIII got 2 minutes against SEMSU. He got a rebound and did not make a TO. Talk about the dog house.

jaybate 8 years ago

AW3 Redux: Self was really driving the nail into AW3. On a night that KU shoots 7% from trey, AW3 gets 2 minutes. Self appears to be engaging in serious reproductive function with his mind. :-)

Cody Riedy 8 years ago

BMac and Traylor's forced redshirt may be a blessing in disguise - BMac looks legit and Traylor has a lot of potential. For a guy who didn't grow up playing basketball, he looks like he can already operate more smoothly on O than Withey.

kusayzone 8 years ago

Did any pne notice with a minute to go in the game, KU had #'s all in the game???

jaybate 8 years ago

Glass half full. We shoot back to our average against MSU.

Glass half empty. Imagine what Ratso, and then Huggins, will tell their players to do to KU!

jaybate 8 years ago

Everyone brace yourselves. There is a chance that Naadir could be starting against MSU.

Darshana Benhur 8 years ago

Bc EJ is injured or bc he is just better at this point?

Jack Wilson 8 years ago

Objectively .. EJ was just plain bad tonight. Can't dress that one up. But not that bad.

DanR 8 years ago

We'll be OK...some growing pains. Jaybate... sorry for the inadvertent reply to you earlier. I'm swearing off the ipad during games from now on. (I was responding from Darshben: Why don't we have UK's freshman at least those freshman know how to play unlike ours. 8:21 p.m. November 9, 2012) LOL.

Jack Wilson 8 years ago

I hold to my prediction that White leads the team in 3 pt field goal percentage .. he's easily got the early lead. He may never lose it.

His shooting ability will get him into the rotation. It will happen. In three games, there is no evidence that Releford has improved shooting the ball, and no evidence that EJ has improved shooting the ball. This team needs a shooter.

Let me start banging the Andrew White drum.

On the offensive end of the floor, do you think he would have played worse than Releford tonight? Or better?

Now, vs. MSU .. you want experience. Releford will probably play better in that game.

I do think getting KY back in the rotation will add something, maybe a bit of flow. Maybe some more energy. Sure hope not at the expense of Ellis' minutes. It will come from somewhere. Withey played 35 min., Ellis 30, Traylor 9, Wesley 4.

Curtis Stutz 8 years ago

Withey won't average 35 (I don't think) and Wesley may have a hard time getting PT after KYo returns. I haven't seen a box score yet so I don't know how all the minutes lined up.

It was a really bad night for TRele on offense, but we need him to keep pluggin away. I'm glad he was trying to make some plays rather than just passing it off. He needs to be in finish 1st pass 2nd mode, but I think he'll get there.

Curtis Stutz 8 years ago

The ESPN box score has the minutes as W-30, Ellis-23, Wesley-8, Traylor-16, and that leaves 3 more minutes of probably garbage time for post players

So KYo could play some decent minutes without cutting into any of Ellis'

Jack Wilson 8 years ago

Sorry on the minutes, the first box I found was CBS and it was obviously wrong. They've changed it now.

chriz 8 years ago

Hey, Withey! Catch a freaking post pass! And then learn a freaking post move! But an improvement over last game, nonetheless.

Elijah, forget everything Tyshawn taught you. If we wanted stupid point play this season, we would've asked Tyshawn to red-shirt last season. At least show us how you can attack the basket. And not pick up stupid fouls. Goodness.

B-Mac...thanks for at least some highlights. Sorely needed during this game. have my permission to shoot more often. You're welcome.

Naadir, an improvement over last game. Way to stay in and not do anything stupid.

Releford, I'll pretend this game never happened. You played HORRIBLY. All caps. You embarrassed yourself with poor decision-making on offense and dumb fouls and blown assignments on defense. Terrible game.

To all of you: WAKE UP!

Curtis Stutz 8 years ago

The most disappointing thing about this game (other than posts by folks like chriz) is the 3 combined boards by Wesley and Traylor in 24 minutes of total play. Okay 2 for 21 from 3pt land is up there.

Mark Lindrud 8 years ago

Wow, we stink, the season is over. Let's pack it in now and call it a day! I feel like that is what everyone is saying. Let's see, Traylor, Ellis, White, McClemore are new guys added to the rotations and Tharpe didn't get much playing time last year. We all knew Travis wasn't a great shooter, Withey isn't a major scoring threat and neither is Young, this is EJ's first season as the starting PG where he was mostly a SG throughout his career. Yes, we may lose games because we are working out a lot of new guys in addition to guys finding their role on this team. Honestly, if we lost to both MSU and OSU during the non conference we can still win the Big 12 and end up a 2 seed. Hmm, sounds to me like we will be fine, and oh yeah we have a guy named Bill Self as our head coach. It is going to be fine people, the sun will rise, snow will fall in Lawrence, birds fly south in the winter, bears poop in the woods and KU kicks butt in basketball.

Chris Shaw 8 years ago

BTW, not everybody is saying that.

Mark Lindrud 8 years ago

btw huh, so, by the way is too many words to type?

Jesse Johnson 8 years ago

The game was ugly to watch in stretches but after viewing the box score it seems as though our only problem in the game was 3 pt shooting. We shot over 50% 2 pointers while holding them to just 29%. We outrebounded them offensively and defensively. Only 13 turnovers, which seems really low considering how young the team is and the fact that it was the first game of the season. Half of our field goals were assisted. 10 blocks. AND 85.7% FREE THROW SHOOTING FOR THE TEAM!!!!!! As soon as we can get over the jitters and start making three pointers I think this team will be very good!

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