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Kansas defeats Eastern Kentucky , 80-69

  • 3:10 p.m., March 21, 2014
  • Scottrade Center, St. Loius, MO

FINAL: Kansas 80, Eastern Kentucky 69

By Matt Tait --- mtait@ljworld.com

St. Louis — Conner Frankamp and Perry Ellis kept the Jayhawks in it in the first half and Jamari Traylor had a heck of a lot to do with making sure his team survived in the second, during KU's 80-69 victory over 15th-seeded Eastern Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Scottrade Center.

In 13 first-half minutes in place of ineffective starter Naadir Tharpe, Frankamp scored six points and dished two assists. More importantly, he did not turn the ball over, which was what sent Tharpe to the bench in the first place.

KU committed 13 turnovers — compared to just five for EKU — but got steady enough play from Frankamp and Ellis to head into the locker room tied at 32.

In the second half, KU's size wore down the Colonels (24-10), who kept throwing up three-pointers all afternoon and watched 39 percent of them go in (12-of-31).

Tarik Black came up with some big blocks and dunks and Traylor's ability to attack the rim and rip rebounds out of the air was huge toward KU hanging on in this one.

Traylor contributed a double-double (17 points, 14 rebounds) and Black (12), Andrew Wiggins (19) and Ellis (14) also reached double figures for KU, which improved to 25-9 and will move on to Sunday.

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

• The game turned when: The Jayhawks ripped off an 8-1 run after finding themselves tied at 56 with around 8 minutes to play. Traylor and Wiggins were huge in the run, finishing buckets right at the rim to give Kansas just enough of a cushion to survive.

• Offensive highlight: With 6:05 left in the first half and the Jayhawks needing a spark, Andrew Wiggins came up with a block on one end and then raced down the floor to catch a lob from Frank Mason that pulled the Jayhawks within 23-18. A few minutes later, Mason and Wiggins connected on another alley-oop play that helped bring the KU fans in the building to life. In the second half, Tarik Black had a string of three power dunks in six or seven possessions to help the Jayhawks hang tough.

• Defensive highlight: With the game tied at 56, and on the heels of a three-point play on the other end, Jamari Traylor came up with a nasty block of EKU's Glenn Cosey that led to a free throw from Wayne Selden on the other end for the Jayhawks. Selden missed the second free throw but Traylor slipped in for the rebound and flushed it to put Kansas up three with 7:55 to play. In all, Kansas used its size advantage to the tune of 7 blocks. EKU finished with 1.

• Key stat: KU's field goal percentage (59.6) helped them survive in this one, which played perfectly into EKU's hands for much of the day, with the Colonels forcing turnovers and knocking in three-pointers.

Box score

• Up next: With their victory today over Eastern Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the second-seeded Jayhawks (25-9) will face No. 10 seed Stanford at a yet to be determined time on Sunday.

Stanford advanced to the third round with a 58-53 over New Mexico in the first game of the day in St. Louis.

6-foot-2 junior guard Chasson Randle led the Cardinal (22-12) with 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic added 10 points apiece for Stanford, which jumped out to a huge lead early in the game, led by five at halftime and held on for the victory.

KU is 8-2 all-time against Stanford. The Jayhawks last faced the Cardinal in December of 2003 in Anaheim and lost, 64-58. Before that, KU played Stanford in the second round of the 2002 NCAA tourney (also in St. Louis) and won 86-83 en route to reaching the Final Four.

The Cardinal feature four players who averaged double figures in scoring this season and are led by all-Pac-12 first team selections Randle and 6-10, 240-pound forward Dwight Powell.

In addition, senior forward Josh Huestis was named to the all-Pac-12 defensive team and junior wing player Anthony Brown earned the Pac-12's most improved player of the year award.

Stanford is coached by Johnny Dawkins, the former Duke assistant, who is now in his sixth year in Palo Alton, Calif.

Join the post game discussion

Chuck Wagstaff

Big 12 South sux

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Rolland Remmert

He would probably have to murder someone to have a worse year!

Eric TheCapn in reply to Crimsonorblue22

I think WSU wins easily.

kevin jenkins

Glad that's over. Most of the team played well. Think Self should bench Tharpe again and play 2 guards or use Conner. Defense is still killing us on the outside

Crimsonorblue22

Think WSU will have tough game? Anyone here like them?

Lawkan

wow look at all the empty seats for the goerge washington memphis game

Rolland Remmert in reply to fansincewilt

suppose he could go downhill as much as he did between years one and 2

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Mojayhawk

Think it was a joke

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to fansincewilt

Ha, do senior pm again?

Mojayhawk in reply to fansincewilt

He will blow his NBA draft status if he comes back. He can only hurt himself more with his antics.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Eric TheCapn

Wow, sounds like we missed a good game-osu

fansincewilt

Rumor is that Smart comes back to O State for his third year for the horrible season they had.

Lindhawk in reply to Eric TheCapn

I agree hate smart but want big 12 to show well

Crimsonorblue22

Amazing!

Marcus Balzer

Baylor during Sherron's senior year the last time we didn't hit a triple?

Lawkan in reply to Crimsonorblue22

1 and that was an offensive foul.

Diane Erb in reply to Crimsonorblue22

1

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Eric TheCapn

Big 12, we need to look good! Helps us

Crimsonorblue22

How many TO's 2nd half?

Eric TheCapn in reply to Lawkan

I hope they keep this page open until the end of the OSU game. I don't even know what I want to happen. I hate Smart-ass, but did pick OSU to win one. THen again, my bracket is already F'd.

Lindhawk

Rock Chalk

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Lawkan

I hate missing his performance

Crimsonorblue22

Time warner has post game

Lawkan

Smart is going to flop and whine his way out of the first round at this rate.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Eric TheCapn

Really?

Rolland Remmert

Now to go pay homage to the sponsor......maybe twice

Mickster in reply to Eric TheCapn

Hilarious!!!!

Eric TheCapn

ROCK CHALK

Eric TheCapn

I am happy I will "see" you guys Sunday!

Crimsonorblue22

Yes

Surrealku

PFIIIUUHH... i can't wait to watch the replay.. thanks everyone. Roooock ChallllkkkkK!!!

Mickster in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Quickie on ku radio

Eric TheCapn in reply to Lindhawk

Tharpe's new nickname is "The definition of insanity," or "Self's insanity," or..... I dunno, something. I'm working on it. Leave me alone, voices.

Rodney Crain

Lucky, survive and advance though

fansincewilt

Great insights from Smith -

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Mickster

Where was interview?

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Benton Smith

Good job! As always, we appreciate u!

fansincewilt

Self is learning he can trust Francamp. He was great today.

Eric TheCapn in reply to tim deegan

lol, sorry. but bring it up with coach self

Lindhawk

Tharpe will start Sunday. BUt self better pull him quick if he is playing like he usually does.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

About to head down to the locker room and press conferences. We'll have plenty more in the hours to come.

Mickster

Conner interviewed by Bob! Great job dude

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Rolland Remmert

Ha, speak up!!!

Danr

Not one three? That's amazing... and scary.

David Davison

OSU needs to pull this out

fansincewilt

Our team is so focused on getting the steal or block that sometimes we just fail to guard our man. We could be seeing a star budding in Francamp. Traylor was fantastic.

tim deegan in reply to Eric TheCapn

ouch, that is a buzzkill

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Eric TheCapn

At least we know Conner can jump in there and do great!

Mickster

Tough to watch first half. Good on us in second half!

Rolland Remmert

who the hell wanted to bench Traylor before the half

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

Thx

Eric TheCapn

The crazy thing is, Tharpe will start Sunday.

Chuck Wagstaff

OSU down 6

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Danr

I'm going w/Mari and conner

tim deegan in reply to Danr

+1

FINAL
E. Kentucky 69
Kansas 80

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas shoots 60% from the floor and pulls away in final minutes to beat Eastern Kentucky and advance to a Sunday matchup with Stanford.

Lawkan

what time is Sunday or do we know yet?

tim deegan

Whew, bring on our next dance partner

Danr

Game ball should go to Conner. Ran the offense and played some good D.

Eric TheCapn

oh, i forgot a 'w'

Chuck Wagstaff

Time to clear-cut some trees....

Eric TheCapn

♫ Kaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ♪

Crimsonorblue22

Rock chalk!

Danr

At least a third of our points have to be off dunks.

tim deegan in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

all kinds of awesomesauce that is

Eric TheCapn

♪ Jaaaaaayhaaaaak ♫

Mickster in reply to Danr

LOL,!

Bret Eckert

We still can't play Def.

Rodney Crain

Phew

00:18 left in Second Half
E. Kentucky 69
Kansas 78

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Chuck Wagstaff

17 points is a new career-high point total for Jamari Traylo

Bret Eckert

Traylor is a beast!!!!!!!!!

Craig

Dunk Fest!

Eric TheCapn

♫ Rooooooock Chaaaaaalk ♪

Mickster in reply to Eric TheCapn

+1

tim deegan

amazing, we might even make the vegas spread - 15

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Fplvieyra

Me too, bruise bros, do they work well together or not?!!!!!

Danr

Was that popping sound Tharpe's head finally being pulled out of his...

Eric TheCapn

Consider my hat tipped.

tim deegan in reply to Eric TheCapn

I'll totally buy that ticket!

Eric TheCapn

JAMS it in!

Eric TheCapn

I'm casting my vote for the Frankamp-Traylor ticket!

Crimsonorblue22

Tip your hat and tell them bye

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jamari Traylor 15 points, 14 rebounds.

Bret Eckert

WOW!!

Rolland Remmert in reply to Bret Eckert

Only when they get dumped

Craig

Wow, Wiggins!!!!

Crimsonorblue22

Nice job fellas

01:00 left in Second Half
E. Kentucky 64
Kansas 74

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Chuck Wagstaff

Embiid who?

Danr

little guy carrying the team

Craig

Traylor!!!

Rolland Remmert

RCJH

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Danr

I wish the stat program gave a slam count.

Fplvieyra

Love that pair. Traylor and Black play so well together.

Bret Eckert

Can we ever get TV guys that talk about KU

01:30 left in Second Half
E. Kentucky 64
Kansas 72

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Danr

slam count?

tim deegan

HELL YEA!

Craig

Traylor!!!!

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