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Kansas defeats Texas Tech, 91-63

  • 2 p.m., March 14, 2013
  • Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

FINAL: Jayhawks knock out Red Raiders, 91-63

By Matt Tait.

One can only wonder what Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self told his team at halftime of Thursday's 91-63 quarterfinal victory over ninth-seeded Texas Tech at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

After a sluggish first 20 minutes, the top-seeded Jayhawks (27-5) rocked the Red Raiders with a 39-19 run that looked more like what you would expect from the Big 12's No. 1 seed.

KU led 34-25 at the break and then scored 35 points in 13 minutes to take control and advance to Friday's semifinals.

Red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore once again filled up the stat sheet, finishing with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-8 from three-point range.

Kansas jumped out to a 15-5 lead and looked sharp in doing it, but turned sloppy once the reserves came in. That allowed Texas Tech to hang around for much longer than many people expected. Just 10 days ago, KU drubbed Texas Tech, 79-42, in Lawrence on Senior Night.

This one wound up being a drubbing, too, but Tech, which knocked off eight-seed West Virginia on Wednesday night, definitely caused a few problems for the Jayhawks in the first half.

By game's end, however, Self enjoyed the luxury of emptying his bench — Rio Adams scored 11 points late — and the Jayhawks easily advanced to the much-anticipated rematch with Iowa State.

Here’s a quick look back at some of Thursday's action:

The game turned when: The Jayhawks closed the first half with a 7-0 run — buckets by Perry Ellis, Withey, Withey, and Withey free throw — and then opened the second with a 10-2 run. The 17-2 spurt turned a 27-25 KU lead into a much more comfortable 44-27 lead, and the rout was on.

Offensive highlight: If you don't count the pure beauty of Ben McLemore's jump shot — which could hold down this spot every game — then the red-shirt freshman takes the cake here for two early dunks. The first delivered KU's first points of the game off a nice alley-oop pass from Elijah Johnson. The second, moments later, was off a tip-ahead pass that led to a wide-open path and a vicious tomahawk dunk.

Defensive highlight: Let's give this one to Ben McLemore, whose steal and push ahead to Travis Releford early in the second half resulted in a four-point play as Releford finished the bucket, was fouled and hit both free throws after a flagrant foul was called. The series pushed KU's lead to 21 — 52-31 — and allowed the Jayhawks to rest a couple of guys late to save some for the weekend.

Key stat: Points in the paint. It didn't matter if it was Withey, Ellis, Kevin Young or even Jamari Traylor, the Jayhawks got just about everything they wanted at the rim and outscored the Red Raiders 34-22 down low. KU also shot 19-of-22 from the free throw line.

Up next: The victory moved the Jayhawks into the semifinals, where they will face Iowa State at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Box score

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Live coverage (Ended March 14, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.)

Jaybate

Holly having a good make up day today. Good hair day too.

Jayhawkinatl in reply to fansincewilt

Just don't ever break out the blue ones!

Jaybate

I was just about to take General Patton back, but now he just fell asleep on my feet. :-)

Ku2004daniel

hahaha HAHAHAHA

Jayhawk2181

Get some rest boys and let's throw down on ISU tomorrow

Born_and_raised_a_ku_fan

Where's IH_27 now?

Phil Leister in reply to Ku2004daniel

Speak up, I can't hear you

Ku2004daniel

HE'S JUST YOUNG. LEARNING SOME VALUABLE LESSONS. HARD TO HAVE PATIENCE WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG AND ALWAYS BEEN THE MAN ON YOUR TEAM

Jaybate in reply to Brian Powell

Its all down hill at Apple Anno Steve. :-)

Jayhawk2181 in reply to Phil Leister

completely agree

Sam Constance

I just came here to say that Brent Musberger is an idiot and a tool.

"The conference even apologized to Iowa State for officiating mistakes"

NO THEY DIDN'T YOU SENILE OLD FOOL. THEY SAID MISTAKES (generic) WERE MADE. THAT'S IT

Jaybate in reply to Danr

Thx for posting that. I have been working hard at trying to get a laugh out of you. You have been one of my toughest outs. We kind of got off on the wrong foot. Maybe I can stay on your good side. :-)

Eric TheCapn

However, the battery-life on NBAMac keeps going and going.

Ku2004daniel

RIO WILL BE VALUABLE

Ku2004daniel

I LIKE GOOD TIGHT WELL PLAYED GAMES. THESE ISU GAMES HAVE BEEN THE BEST OF THE YEAR. LOOKING FORWARD TO ROUND 3!

Brian Powell

In case anyone's wondering, the battery life on a Macbook Air sucks. Almost didn't last the whole game streaming ESPN3 over Wifi.

But hey, we won :)

fansincewilt

I'm beginning to like the uniforms.

Phil Leister in reply to Jayhawk2181

Besides Tharpe, it's not as though we have many proven guards on this team. Frankamp will probably have some growing pains. Rio will be valuable. I hope he sees it that way, anyways

Ku2004daniel

6:30 START TIME

Eric TheCapn in reply to John Lee

More like a Jayhawk-Cyclone fight...

Jayhawk2181 in reply to Jesse Newell

I hate to quote Stupidmichael... but "I'm scared"

Ku2004daniel

NO EMOTIONS B. MAC

John Lee

Iowa State is ALWAYS a tiger fight! I AM READY!!! WOOOO!

Jayhawkinatl

Funny...Rio walked, but the ref told him to stay put.

Ku2004daniel

adammmmms hahahaha

Jaybate

So, what were the total fouls called?

John Lee

I was worried for a few minutes latter first half but that was a good game!

Jayhawk2181

be interesting to get a Tait-like percentage wheel on whether or not Rio will be back

Danr in reply to Jaybate

LOL

Eric TheCapn

...and EJ comes off the bench, grabs the ball and dunks it before the buzzer!

FINAL
TT 63
Kansas 91

Jesse Newell

KU will play Iowa State at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Jaybate

C'mon Rio, jam it.

Jaybate

I get it. Its Patch Adams.

Jaybate

Is Tyler taking Adams to iron?

John Lee

is he gonna leave the game with that as his only stat?

John Lee

turnover on self

Danr

I hear the crowd now... cheering Tyler on to shoot it.

Ku2004daniel

Baby face! Where were u gong?

Born_and_raised_a_ku_fan in reply to Appleaday

That will be K-State's job.

Jaybate

I give who is Adams on TTech? He looks like a Youth league backup.

Appleaday

Let's mess with Texas

Born_and_raised_a_ku_fan

Hey Brent, the league bowed to your hype machine when you went on and on about Niang's flop.

Jayhawk2181

nice finish Rio

John Lee

texans....

Phil Leister in reply to Jayhawk2181

His story is the story of almost every freshman who plays for Self. Frustrated with a lack of playing time, but their time always comes in the future. I'd hate to see Rio transfer. He'll be a stud in the coming years

John Lee

oh they have a good "nuculus" to work with for next year at TTech

Jaybate

The dogging is winning.

Eric TheCapn in reply to John Lee

Oh, oh I know.

Lajayhawk

Alright. Guess I should get back to my day. See you all tomorrow night.

Rock Chalk

John Lee

about rio...

John Lee

not about tyler hahahaa

741hawk

Has Brett figured out that E Manning is not suited up?

Jayhawk2181

I don't understand how Rio can be so disillusioned... Bill had to have told him he'd have to fight for playing time. If he busts his butt and makes smart plays he'd be on the floor more. Good to see him hitting some shots

John Lee in reply to Eric TheCapn

agreed. he is a worker. good for his odds with bill self and playing time

Ku2004daniel

hahahaha Baby face T. Self

Eric TheCapn

Tyler Self looks cold.

Lajayhawk

We're now 50% from 3 for the game, 9-18....

Eric TheCapn

Rio demands his playing time by performing.

Lajayhawk

RIO lighting it up....

Ku2004daniel

Rio is feeling it!

Jesse Newell

Now Self's smiling on the bench. Adams up to 11 points.

741hawk in reply to Phil Leister

That's what is so frustrating . . . to them.

John Lee

Wayne Simien said, "Tolbert will be all-Big 12 before its done"

Born_and_raised_a_ku_fan in reply to Ku2004daniel

We also need some extra security to protect us from their worthless fans.

Lajayhawk in reply to Lajayhawk

Yikes. We're closing in on 70% from the field today, too. And 18-20 from the FT line.

Mom_of_three in reply to Ann Oneill

thats what i said.

Eric TheCapn

er, yeah, with a 'k.'

Phil Leister

Rio and AWIII would start on 90% of teams in the country.

Ku2004daniel

KU vs ISU round 3!!!!!! They are going to be out for blood! I hope we bring our A game!

Born_and_raised_a_ku_fan in reply to Lajayhawk

Don't know. Let's ask Jesse.

Jesse Newell

Self yells at Niko Roberts: "Come on, Niko! Come on!"

Cshjhawk in reply to Ku2004daniel

Great story! Well done!

Eric TheCapn

"Nico! Come on!"

Ann Oneill

Hannah looks like he is 12

Lajayhawk

What are we, 8-17 on threes today?

John Lee

RIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Ku2004daniel

Adams for 3!

Lajayhawk

You should all ask your dogs what the correct name for Allen Fieldhouse is. :-)

Ann Oneill in reply to Danr

Tharpe should have been talking.

Ku2004daniel

How was that CBS documentary "Danny and the Miracles" ? I missed it. I was hoping someone would have put it up on the internet or Youtube, can't find it anywhere. Anybody know where I can see it?

Mom_of_three in reply to Appleaday

our old guy is 13... he only jumps around when there is food involved... starting to go a little deaf... he doesn't take the stairs as much as he used to....

Eric TheCapn in reply to Lajayhawk

Yeah, newer arenas are made to dampen sound so they can hold concerts and such.

Appleaday in reply to Mom_of_three

My dog's 14 and a half. He still jumps about 5 feet straight up. He just has trouble with his landings.

Bcravenjhawkfan

I'm sure there has been plenty of verbage on here already about the uniforms. Time for Adidas to concentrate on shoes only.

03:27 left in Second Half
TT 50
Kansas 81

Jesse Newell

KU has turned up the offensive efficiency in the second half.

Mom_of_three

did i just hear the crowd yell wolf a second ago

Lajayhawk in reply to Eric TheCapn

Ha. I'm guessing the reverb has much more to do with the shape of the building. The Fieldhouse has a lot of 90 degree angles which causes sound to reverberate at a much greater degree. Looks like Sprint Center has more angles in it's design.

Joseph Kuebel

They shda made the jerseys camo (or shd I say zubaz print) all the way thru the jersey it looks tacky w just the shorts. Go all out or don't do anything at all.

Danr

Oh, Rio. Take care of the ball, man.

fansincewilt

Wilt's in

Eric TheCapn

Whistle?

Jesse Newell in reply to Tyson Ailshie

KU plays at 6:30.

Mom_of_three in reply to Jaybate

we had a scare with the old dog and i am not ready for him to go just yet... hopefully he has a few more years.... love that old pound puppy

Jesse Newell in reply to Jaybate

21 minutes. Didn't bring enough energy, according to Self's screams at him.

Tyson Ailshie

Jessie, what time do we play tomorrow?

Born_and_raised_a_ku_fan

I see Rio is out there.

Jaybate

Let's face it. Norm Roberts has a solid cool coefficient.

Lajayhawk

Texas Tech still stinks.

Tyson Ailshie

good D by Rio

Phoghorn in reply to Lajayhawk

I hoped someone would catch it.

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