Sunday, February 26, 2006

Longhorns praise youthful Kansas


— When Texas forward P.J. Tucker, the likely Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, talked about how good his team is, he talked about the present. When he praised Kansas University, he talked about the future.

"We know how good we are," Tucker said after contributing 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals to an 80-55 victory over KU on Saturday in the Erwin Center. "In-house, we know we're a good team, and we know we're going to keep getting better."

Tucker on the Jayhawks: "I always said Kansas is going to be a great team with all those freshmen coming in. They're just young. Once they get older and get more experience, I heard someone say they'll be a top-five team coming into next season."

Texas coach Rick Barnes didn't write off this season for the Jayhawks after his team overpowered them.

"I said at the beginning of the year I thought Kansas by the end of the year could be as good as any team in the country, and I believe that right now," said Barnes, gracious in victory.

In the marquee matchup, Tucker got the better of KU freshman star Brandon Rush, who scored a season-low three points.

"He is a great all-around player," Tucker said of Rush. "He can knock down the open shot and drive. I had to stay down, contest every shot. Daniel (Gibson) came in and did the job as well. And our zone did a good job on him."

The Longhorns have some respect for Kansas, a possible opponent in the Big 12 tournament title game.

In that game, Texas won't have a homecourt advantage, even though the tourney is played in the Longhorns' home state.

"We had a great crowd today," Tucker said. "We were amped up. We knew it was going to be a great game."


Andrew Ledell 14 years, 1 month ago

I made the long trip to go to this game, and I must say I wasn't completely dissappointed in the effort. I mean, not being able to see all of the stats, I was pretty sure Texas hadn't missed a three-pointer in the first half (although I guess they shot 50%, which is fantastic). I think this was just a case of one team having its best possible game and another team just not being able to really get it going on either end of the floor. And home court advantage didn't hurt the Horns either. Although, I did see at least 50 other Jayhawk fans. WE WILL BE BACK! Go see a road game if you have a chance. It doesn't compare to the Fieldhouse, but it is really fun to see other Jayhawk fans and show fans of other teams how much we love our Hawks. ROCK CHALK!

basketballfever24_7 14 years, 1 month ago

Hey I have to admit I am dissappointed. I was at the game. I also saw some of the players at the hotel about an hour and a half before the game and they looked like they were half asleep. I wish the players were half as pumped as the fans were about this game. KU was completely out hustled, except how they guarded Aldridge. I thought they did a great job guarding him. By the way he hit 9 of 10 shots from the field, he just flat out played great. Hey I am a firm believer that KU is never as good as some the fanatical KU fan say they are, and never as bad as the fans getting off the bandwagon. I think KU is going to respond pretty good, but will it be good enough?

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