Sunday, February 4, 2007

Collins: KU ‘relaxed’

Freshman scores 18, but stung by loss


With 7:15 left to play Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse, Sherron Collins canned a three-pointer from the top of the key that put Kansas University on top of Texas A&M; by eight and seemed like another crucial blow to the Aggies' hopes of a late comeback.

After swishing what would be his final made shot of the night, the freshman guard hardly could hold back the excitement and let it show with a grin.

Over the next five minutes, he committed a pair of turnovers, the second of which helped A&M; senior Acie Law continue his late one-man act, willing the Aggies to a 69-66 road victory and sole possession of the Big 12 lead.

In the end, Collins, KU's 5-foot-11 offensive dynamo, had to exchange the potential-hero card for another learning experience to be added on his freshman resume. Instead of talking about his eighth double-digit offensive performance in the last 10 games, he had to sing another sad song of reasoning.

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"I think we relaxed," said Collins, who scored a team-high 18 points, including a trio of trifectas. "Yeah, I'm pretty upset. I mean, you're up 11 points, and all you've got to do is take care of the ball and, you know, just make stops, and that's something we didn't do, and they executed it late in the game."

Even though KU was limited to just four fast-break points on the night - still two more than Texas A&M; registered -Collins continued his recent routine of mixing deep swishes with acrobatic slashes to the rim.

And while Law carried A&M; during a 17-4 Aggie run to close out the game, Collins carried the Jayhawk offense for almost the entire game leading up to that point, with sophomores Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers struggling to find offensive rhythm.

"Teammates just found me when I was open, and I just knocked down the shots, but I mean it's really sour," Collins said. "I'd rather not score as many points as I did and still get the win."

Despite the disappointing finish, backcourt mate Russell Robinson wants to make sure Collins remembers that one player alone doesn't lose a game - especially a game in which KU lead by 11 points with nine minutes to play.

"Even with that turnover, we had a chance to win," the junior guard said. "Came down to one stop, and we couldn't get it, but Sherron's gotta not let that get him down, continue to play hard, and I think he'll be fine."

Go figure

62-52KU's lead with 6:33 to play

17-4Texas A&M;'s game-closing run

42.1KU's field-goal percentage against the nation's best defense

34.9Opponents' field-goal percentage against A&M; coming in

46.3A&M;'s field-goal percentage against KU

37.6Opponents' field-goal percentage against KU coming in

1-31Big 12 South's record in Allen Fieldhouse

3Teams (KU, K-State, Texas) tied for second behind A&M; in the Big 12


Douglas Yetman 11 years, 7 months ago

This game was not lost on ONE play. It was lost beacause of poor game managment...and the blame for that lies squarely on Self's shoulders. It is sad that a team could go on a 17-4 run to finish the game...ON OUR OWN FLOOR!.

A coach that sees that happening should call a time out (or more than one) and COACH his team through it. Self did not do that well.

Each of our losses this year, and our tourney losses, has been because of poor game manangment. That comes from the coaching.

actorman 11 years, 7 months ago

it a poor management on the self fault.

Is that English? Swahili? Portugese? Nothing that Self or the KU players do could ever be remotely as poor as jamestoo's "management" of the English language.

Robert Brock 11 years, 7 months ago

Hey! That reminds me - whatever happened to that Rush fellow and Mario whatzisname?


FlaHawk 11 years, 7 months ago

limpitlives - I agree with your comments that Coach Self lost this one with poor game managment. The TV commentators on ESPN said that KU was out of timeouts with 25 seconds to go. Don't temember Coach Self calling any time outs during last 6 minutes either. Plenty of TV timeouts and a team should never get caught with no timeouts at the end of the game.

Needing a three point shot to tie, KU had Wright, Kaun and Robinson on floor with Chalmers and Rush. Don;t think Aggies through that Wright, Kaun or Robinson was going to put it up. Robinson and Wright were pretty much wide open and Chalmers and Rush got caught on the sideline and had no option but to put a poor attempt.

Bottom line, Coach Self let the game get our of hand by not doing much (if anything) to change the momentem. Same thing as DePaul and ORU (did not see TTech game, as I was in Caribbean).

pitthawker 11 years, 7 months ago

PLEASE!!! Poor management by the coaching!?!?! How about the guys out there that missed defensive assignments, "relaxed" and made poor choices! This b.s. about Self has to stop. He is not getting consistant play from the players. A coach can only do so much. The PLAYERS need to figure it out. I think this team will be fine during the tournament. Can we please stop blaming the coaches. This loss was because of the players.

Also, Rush and Chalmers didnt get caught on the sideline...that was the designed play.

jamestoo 11 years, 7 months ago

it a poor management on the self fault. he lost this team when he let authur talk him out of not starting. you don't do that as a head coach. the coach should teach him the way to play to keep him out of foul trouble. he would be a different play today if had learn on the court than watching and coming in later. he also is miss using collins. i have no problem with russ rob. but he can't play like collins. collins doesn't even start and he lead the team in scoring in almost every game. self needs new plays to get brandon in the game. he'll play his backside off against a colo. or neb.,but where is he against stiffer comp. this is poor coaching. build on your strenghts,not try to instill something into his players that not working.

thehawkster 11 years, 7 months ago

jamestoo- "collins doesn't even start and he lead the team in scoring in almost every game" What?????

ernzenj 11 years, 7 months ago

I think more than poor clock management it is poor execution and disappearance of key players (Rush and Chalmers) in big games. Also our big men are a huge weakness.

Greg Woolen 11 years, 7 months ago

Kansas is 2-1 against top 10 teams. UNC is 1-0, A&M is 1-1, Ohio St. is 0-3, Wisconsin is 2-0, and Florida is 1-0. Pretty respectable IMO when compared against the other "#1 seed" schools. Law got hot the last 5 minutes, and Kansas "relaxed." They needed the big win to build their resume' and Kansas believed that their lead would hold up.

I saw good defense late on A&M's part. I saw an intentional foul that was cleverly masked and gave A&M an extra possession, although how can you fault a team doing that when the referees allowed it. What I didn't see was strong game play from our bigs. Kaun has been absent the last few games, and Arthur hasn't done terribly great in conference games. Darnell Jackson has been better than I had hoped, but isn't able to make up for what Arthur and Kaun are missing. I see the team continue to miss easy baskets (layups). Freethrows are hot and cold.

I will now concede that I don't believe we can attain a #1 seed in the tourney and hope that we can still hold on to a #2. Hopefully the players learned this lesson now and don't have to learn it again in March.

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