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Kansas defeats Louisiana Monroe, 80-63

  • 7 p.m., Nov. 8, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: KU gets by Louisiana Monroe, 80-63 in foul-fest

Box Score

By Jesse Newell

For a while, the Kansas men’s basketball team found life hard without starting point guard Naadir Tharpe — and graduated center Jeff Withey.

Though KU’s defense was shaky throughout, the Jayhawks still managed enough firepower late to pull away from ULM in a 80-63 season-opening victory on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tharpe missed the contest after illegally playing in a summer-league game in Chicago a few months ago.

The Jayhawks allowed 12 combined dunks and layups to ULM, a high number that was rarely seen with the 7-footer Withey protecting the rim.

Andrew Wiggins led KU with 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting in a choppy game that was overtaken by ticky-tack officiating. KU made 27 of 43 free throws, while ULM was 18-for-29.

Andrew White III (12) and Perry Ellis (12) also added double-figure scoring for KU.

Here’s a look back to some of the action:

• The game turned when: Kansas coach Bill Self marched onto the court to argue jaw-to-jaw with an official about a foul call on Frank Mason with 15:34 left in the second half. After Self somehow avoided a technical foul, the Allen Fieldhouse crowd came to life, and a few seconds later, KU raced down the court for a Tarik Black layup — just KU’s fourth fast-break point of the game — that made it 49-41 and forced a ULM timeout.

• Offensive highlight: Andrew Wiggins once again showed his offensive potential on a baseline move with 12:19 left in the second half, taking a couple quick dribbles to his right before floating in a finger-roll before ULM’s defense could rotate. It’s the kind of tantalizing play that makes you wonder why the 6-foot-8 Canadian isn’t more aggressive off the dribble with the talent he has.

• Defensive highlight: With 9:13 left, Tarik Black poked away a ULM pass for a steal, then Conner Frankamp threw ahead for an Andrew White III layup and foul. A few seconds later, after White made his free throw, Frankamp stole the inbounds pass and put in a layup of his own, capping a 15-5 KU run.

• Key stat: Though it might be overlooked, KU was excellent on the defensive glass, coming away with 28 of 34 potential defensive boards (82.3 percent). For some context, the best defensive rebounding team in the country a season ago, Colorado State, came away with 77 percent of the potential defensive rebounds.

• Up next: KU will take on Duke in the Champions Classic at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the United Center in Chicago.

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended November 8, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.)

Joe Ross

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Lajayhawk in reply to David Leathers

And me too.

Lajayhawk in reply to David Leathers

Will do.

David Leathers in reply to Lajayhawk

If you do, look me up... same name

Lajayhawk in reply to David Leathers

Yeah, that's where I've been thinking of jumping back in. Just haven't done it yet.

Eric TheCapn

58 fouls! 700 wins! Rock Chalk. Boo NCAA.

Melrank

We are 1-0 and that's all that matters. Rock Chalk!

Kevin Woods

31 fouls for ULM 27 for KU

David Leathers

700!!!

Lex Valdez

700 @ home ROCK CHALK!

Crimsonphoenix

Welp.

00:00 left in Second Half
Louisiana Monroe 63
Kansas 80

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

That's a wrap. KU moves to 1-0 with the 80-63 victory. Be sure to check out the box score just above the Twitter app above for statistics and keep it right here all night for audio, post-game reaction and analysis.

David Leathers

...site

David Leathers in reply to Lajayhawk

I've been playing on sportsbook... just curious, cuz you led me to the sight

Melrank

My wife thought I was so smart when I was screaming "give it to Connor" for a 3. I love this delay thing.

Eric TheCapn

Guys! Guys! That was like 60-straight seconds of basketball for the first time in an hour!

Lajayhawk in reply to David Leathers

Used to play a lot. Haven't in a while, once they cracked down on US play. Might get back into it. Why you ask?

Danr in reply to Lajayhawk

One of the best possessions of he game on O

01:08 left in Second Half
Louisiana Monroe 63
Kansas 78

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Frankamp nails a three-pointer.

Melrank

Gettin Wiggie Wit It

Lex Valdez

wow refs!!!!

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Steal and slam by Wiggins. Wasn't anything special, but fans exploded anyway. Completely understandable. Wiggins now up to 16 points on the night.

Stupidmichael

HO-LY. Selden was planted for 4 seconds?!?!

Eric TheCapn

Only work on free throws and running into the opposing players in practice from now on. There is no point in practicing anything else.

Melrank

Even when the call is for us, this rule sucks.

David Leathers in reply to Eric TheCapn

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Stupidmichael in reply to Eric TheCapn

It's Norwegian Jesus.

Eric TheCapn

Thor makes the best male cheerleader.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff in reply to Melrank

Very possible. Wonder if coaches will start "practicing" them a little more. Could win or lose a lot of games.

Melrank

These guys are scrappy.

02:27 left in Second Half
Louisiana Monroe 61
Kansas 73

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

7-1 run by ULM, featuring a couple of three-pointers, trims KU's lead to 12. Timeout Kansas.

Melrank

FT Make % is going to be the most important stat in colleg BB this year.

Todd Simpson

This game has actually bored me due to the large amount of Free Throws

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Down to 12. KU still in control, but ULM won't quit. Timeout Self.

David Leathers

LA, you play online poker too?

Stupidmichael

Seriously. Any word on Brannen Greene? He got ripped by Self for missing a pass, and has barely s niffed the floor since. He alright? In the dog house?

Ben Schwartz

If I didn't already love college bball, I would seriously have trouble being entertained with these new rules. Terrible. College ball is great because of determination and grit... a determined team can fight and win a game they shouldn't. The refs aren't even letting players make hustle plays on non-possession balls.

David Leathers in reply to Lajayhawk

The bacon is actually made from their retired cheerleaders

Eric TheCapn

They should be showing replays of free throws. That's the story of the game.

Lajayhawk in reply to Matt Tait

Wait… what? KState has a "come watch us play and get free bacon" promotion?? Seriously? I can't even make fun of that. It's like picking on a 5-year-old with a disability.

Melrank

Really? *For reference - I'm referring to the Embiid push that probably happened like 10 minutes ago in real life. *

Eric TheCapn

Good free-throw contest, guys!

03:50 left in Second Half
Louisiana Monroe 54
Kansas 72

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Under 4 timeout 2nd half at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kevin Woods

Over under on foul total 75?

Lajayhawk

Un-effing-real.

Stupidmichael

The NCAA needs to burn.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Just spotted a human strip of bacon in the crowd... No doubt a shot at K-State's "come watch up play and get free bacon" promotion.

Melrank in reply to Tom Keegan

LOL

Stupidmichael

Unbelievable.

Lawkan

We are following Michigan St so Tuesdays game might not start until 10:00 PM

Lajayhawk in reply to Stupidmichael

LOL

Ben Schwartz

holy.... god that kid can elevate

Kevin Woods in reply to Stupidmichael

LOL

Lajayhawk

He got punched in the face on that.

David Leathers

What an ugly FT shot

Melrank

If you follow Mason on Twitter you'll learn the dude LOVES to eat fast food. I think he should be nicknamed "Chipotle". The only draw back is it's hard to type.

Stupidmichael in reply to Stupidmichael

Wesley. Sigh...

Stupidmichael

Justin Welsey is going to get called for a foul just for leaving the bench at this rate.

Kurulz3400 in reply to Stupidmichael

I know!!! its 4am here in Germany..I hope my kids let me take a long nap today!!! :)

04:40 left in Second Half
Louisiana Monroe 52
Kansas 72

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

It's been a grind, but Jayhawks now up 20

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff

Frank Mason just learned that when the coach waves you over, you sprint, not walk. Amazing what one cross expression and a second wave can do.

Lajayhawk in reply to Kevin Woods

52 fouls.

Kevin Woods

That makes it an even 50 fouls.

Lex Valdez

tharpe will make a big difference fo us come tuesday night!

Lajayhawk

That's young players right there. Lacking the chemistry in an early season game.

Eric TheCapn

Matt, please make someone there add up all the fouls called in all games today. I bet we set a record! Woo!

Melrank

LOL - that was "fun to watch".

Kevin Woods

Almost 50 fouls so far.

Lajayhawk

Seriously. The game has NO energy with these fouls.

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff

Had Embiid looked to hoop he would have seen Wiggins wide open. He would have played a supporting role on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays.

Eric TheCapn

This sport is becoming unwatchable with the new rules. Worse than watching the NFL. Boo every whistle, fans.

Stupidmichael

Man. Wiggins starting to loosen up. He should look to drive at least every other time he touches the ball.

05:23 left in Second Half
Louisiana Monroe 52
Kansas 69

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Wiggins headed to the FT line.

Lajayhawk in reply to Stupidmichael

Move to the West Coast. :-)

Melrank

THIS RULE SUCKS

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff in reply to Joe Ross

You bet, man. Right now: 25 fouls for ULM and 24 for KU

Stupidmichael

9:02. Kill us now when KU plays the 8:00 game on ESPN. HOLY SMOKES

Melrank

Those are our 2 freshman making some plays.

Lawkan

It wont be an easy adjustment. Its a natural reaction to put your hands up when they drive.

Joe Ross

Matt, near the end of the game could you give us a foul tally? Just out of curiousity. Both teams entered the double-bonus early.

Lajayhawk

Step-back, my man. Step it BACK.

Melrank

Man, even the calls FOR us are hard to believe.

Oldalum

Sel

Eric TheCapn

Defense is now against the rules.

Brad Swisher

Keep feeding the beast.

05:57 left in Second Half
Louisiana Monroe 51
Kansas 69

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Embiid picks up point No. eight and KU opens up its largest lead.

Lajayhawk

We gotta start thinking of a nickname for Embiid. Put your caps on board rats.

Melrank in reply to Melrank

Reputataions are interesting things. . . .

Joe Ross in reply to Tom Keegan

Hopefully. But on the other hand it stands to reason that there will ALWAYS be more stoppages after the rule than before. The other thing is that sometimes a physical game is enjoyable to watch, and you effectively take that away. No use lamenting it, though. It is what it is.

Tom Keegan KUsports.com staff in reply to Kevin Woods

Wiggins will see that driving to hoops is easier with new rules and he'll start doing it more. He's probably a little self-conscious about all the national attention and is going out of his way to show he's not a ball hog.

Melrank

Seems like every time CF takes a 3 your're expecting it to go in and surprised when it doesn't.

Lex Valdez

smooth touch at the line embiid

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff in reply to Lawkan

Five blocks, according to the live stats.

Lajayhawk

"Not quite the lock-down defensive mentality"? Uh, how about, we stink defensively. Out loud.

Danr

Dunk it embiid

Kevin Woods

Thinking maybe park everyone in a zone and force them to shoot jump shots. Too easy to get to the basket and get free throws.

David Leathers in reply to Lajayhawk

That's why he isn't red shirting... guarantee he's already monsooning 3s in practice.

Stupidmichael

Has Brannen Greene subbed in this half?

Stupidmichael in reply to Lajayhawk

Definitely. He will win Kansas some games this year.

Lawkan

Do we have any blocks tonight?

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