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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

KU leads the entire way in 30-point rout of OSU

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Update #10: Final, KU wins 87-57

As the bench emptied for KU, the reserves took advantage. Brady Morningstar hit a mid-range jumper on his first touch, sandwiched between a pair of OSU buckets.

Matt Kleinmann hit one of two free throws for his first points of the game, Brad Witherspoon had a chance to score his first KU points, but clanked a three and missed his own follow-through. Jeremy Case hit the final three points for KU, who won 87-57

Seven KU players had at least seven points, led by 18 from Brandon Rush and 16 from Sasha Kaun. Mario Boggan, who entered the game averaging over 20 points per game for OSU, had just eight on an awful shooting night as the Cowboys drop to 15-2, and Kansas improves to 14-2 and 1-0 in Big 12 play. KU travels to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State Saturday at 1 p.m.

Update #9: 3:46, second half, KU leads 81-48

Julian Wright hit one of two free throws after OSU had another ugly miss out of the timeout on the floor. KU so far has shot 61 percent from the field and has 17 steals (six of which by Chalmers, who now has at least five in four of the Jayhawks' last five games).

Darrell Arthur missed two free throws, but Rodrick Stewart collected the offensive board, hit Arthur back for an easy one-handed slam.

Update #8: 5:23, second half, KU leads 78-48

Darrell Arthur scored on a failed lob to boost KU's lead to 22 points. An added bonus was Mario Boggan's trip to the bench, having been ineffective all night with a 4-of-16 shooting performance so far.

With just over nine minutes to go in the game, Darrell Arthur notched a sweet assist when coming down the lane and taking an entry pass from Mario Chalmers, when he flipped it to Darnell Jackson for a jam to make it a 69-45 contest with time now heavily in Kansas' favor.

Marcus Dove hit a three for OSU, but Darnell Jackson kept his offensively solid night going, hitting his second baseline jumper of the game, giving him eight points on 4-of-4 shooting.

Russell Robinson drove the lane after another OSU missed shot, and the defensive breakdown for the Cowboys continued as Robinson dropped in an easy layup. Darnell Jackson came back moments later to score again and went up 75-48. Oklahoma State whistled another timeout, but KU even made its screwups look good. After a failed entry pass to Kaun got tipped away, the ball found Sherron Collins, who swished home a three to make it a 30-point game at 78-48.

Update #7: 11:38, second half, KU leads 65-45

JamesOn Curry gave OSU a ray of light out of the timeout, hitting a three and getting fouled at the same time, and the four-point play made it a 13-point play, and all of a sudden a new game emerged.

Chalmers scored on a slashing layin in which he shed a pair of defenders to answer, and after another Boggan miss, Collins fed Kaun on a lob for his first points of the second half.

Terrel Harris hit a wide open baseline three to come back from back-to-back KU scores.

Collins came out of a timeout with a deep three to put KU back up by 17 points, but Curry again went aggressive to the basket, scoring his 11th and 12th points of the night.

Rush did the same thing, entering the lane for an inside leaner, and after another OSU offensively empty possession, Chalmers got inside and scored another and-one to push the lead to 19. The free throw again made it a 20-point game at 65-45.

Update #6: 15:22, second half, KU leads 53-36

Just like it went at the start of the first half, turnovers marred the opening possessions of the second stanza.

Each team did it twice, and Mario Chalmers almost broke the scoreless stretch in transition, but was swatted from behind. On the other end, Kenny Cooper hit an and-one, and drew the third foul on Julian Wright. Cooper missed the free throw, but his hoop made it a 15-point game at 47-32 two minutes into the second half.

Russell Robinson answered with a swooping layin which counted, but he was called for a charge coming down, giving OSU back the ball. Sherron Collins then scored again on a coast-to-coast opportunity after a ferocious defensive rebound by Kaun, putting KU back up by 19.

Cooper continued to be the only Cowboy able to find space underneath as he scored again, giving him 12 points. But right after that, Mario Boggan notched his third whistle, having scored just six points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Rush and Boggan traded baskets, and Sherron Collins was whistled for a foul as KU leads 53-36 with 15:22 to go in the game.

Update #5: Halftime, KU leads 47-30

Byron Eaton hit one of two free throws out of the timeout, but KU traded it with Kaun's sixth field goal of the game, giving him a game-high 14 points.

Monds threw down a one-handed stuff for OSU, and a Rush miss put the ball back in the Cowboys' hands down 19 points with two minutes left in the half. After that, Rodrick Stewart was called for a foul. Curry missed both free throws.

Brandon Rush tried to create on the other end, but missed for the second time in a minute in the lane, and Cooper got a layin for OSU to pull his team within 17 points.

KU called a 30-second timeout, and turned the ball over right out of it, continuing a mini-slide heading into the half with another foul under the hoop, putting Cooper at the free throw line again. Both free throws went to make it a 15-point game, but Darnell Jackson came right back with a 16-foot baseline jumper and let OSU hold for the last shot. Nothing came of it and a Rush half-court heave fell short, but KU leads 47-30 after one half. Brandon Rush and Sasha Kaun each have 14 points for KU.

Update #4: 3:18, first half, KU leads 43-23

Terrel Harris scored his first points of the game with a pair of free throws out of the timeout. But KU kept bringing thunder. After Collins missed a runner in the lane, Darnell Jackson followed it with one hand over a crowd in strong fashion.

Harris made another pair of free throws, but KU still held a 20-point lead approaching the six-minute mark in the first half. It was followed by a Mario Boggan 19-foot jumper as KU has begun to slow down its attack.

Boggan had a chance to slice it to a 16-point game after KU failed on offense again, but his spinner in the lane missed. Sasha Kaun answered with a bucket, giving him 10 points on the night.

Kaun kept it coming with a quick turnaround bank shot while defended underneath, putting KU up 21 points after another OSU free throws. The 12 points already are a season high for Kaun, whose previous best was 11 points against Winston-Salem State.

Sherron Collins then hit a leaner from the left side on a tough drive to put KU up 23 points, but Terrel Harris' first field goal of the game came from three-land and again made it a 20-point game. A Kaun foul led to a full timeout at the 3:18 mark.

Update #3: 7:27, first half, KU leads 35-13

KU earned its way into the bonus just under the 11-minute mark, and Brandon Rush took advantage of the first trip. He hit both free throws, making him 7-of-8 from the line so far and giving him 12 points. To better that, Rush stole the OSU inbounds pass, but KU couldn't score with the ball again.

KU put up another defensive stand, and Rush went to the line yet again, hitting, you guessed it, another two. They came after he pulled down an impressive defensive board from a Curry free throw miss in the middle of the lane.

Collins was called for a walk, but the Jayhawks' four turnovers so far are nothing compared to the 12 OSU has registered just over 10 minutes into the game.

Things got heated on another sloppy OSU possession, as Kaun was raked across the face by David Monds pulling down a rebound. He then went and hit two free throws to push KU's lead to 31-11 with just under nine minutes to go in the half.

Collins, who had been ridden with mistakes early, then got the ball running at top speed after a Curry shot was blocked. He took it nearly the length of the court before finding Mario Chalmers for a flashy layin. OSU scored its first field goal since Curry's early three, but Julian Wright answered back with yet another baseline jumper, putting KU up 35-13 with 7:27 to go.

Update #2: 11:58, first half, KU leads 25-11

Darrell Arthur missed a pair of free throws out of the timeout, but KU's lead bulged to 10 points after forcing another turnover when Kaun got his third uncontested slam in quick fashion. It came on a nifty dish from Sherron Collins around two defenders.

Arthur had a chance to blow the Fieldhouse up on an open court one-on-none opportunity, but he held the rim to long and the ball throttled out. But Brandon Rush off of another turnover went back to the free throw line and hit a pair. Arthur then swatted Boggan after the Cowboys' leading scorer picked up his second foul, and on the way back down, OSU coach Sean Sutton melted down in the form of earning a technical foul.

Rush hit one of two free throws to put KU up 21-8. On the ensuing possession, Rush took a feed on the right wing, swooped into the lane and elevated for an authoritative slam, giving him 10 points and KU a 23-8 advantage.

KU continued the defensive dominance, forcing OSU into a backcourt violation, and moments later Julian Wright hit a pull-up jumper on the baseline to make it a 17-point game.

Sherron Collins made one of KU's first mistakes of the game, fouling Curry shooting a three, and the OSU junior hit all three attempts to finally snap a Cowboy drought.

Darrell Arthur got called on a charge at 11:58 with KU leading 25-11 heading into a full timeout.

Update #1: 15:24, first half, KU leads 16-8

KU tried a lob right off the opening tip which failed. But the ball was put back in the Jayhawks' possession when Sasha Kaun ripped down a Mario Boggan missed three attempt.

Turnovers kept coming as each team did the same on their next possession.

Kaun got the scoring started just over a minute in with a huge two-handed slam on the baseline off of a pick-and-roll. Then came a Russell Robinson three from the left wing after Brandon Rush scrambled to regroup a loose ball. It put KU up 5-0 and set the Fieldhouse ablaze.

OSU whistled an early timeout, and then worked itself back on the scoreboard. Kenny Cooper caught an inside pass and put home a two-handed jam and added a free throw with a foul call, slicing KU's lead to two points.

Rush, though, answered right back with a three-pointer, bumping KU's lead back to 8-3. KU also kept up its halfcourt pressure, with Julian Wright forcing another turnover. The result was another pick-and-roll slam for Sasha Kaun, giving him four quick points.

Chalmers then slipped to the left sideline on defense and forced another turnover. He hit Brandon Rush with a baseball pass to midcourt. Rush earned his way to the foul line with a collision under the hoop on top of Eaton. He hit both free throws, and Julian Wright answered a JamesOn Curry three with a tip-in to keep KU's lead big at 14-6.

Boggan scored for OSU, but he was whistled for a foul on the other end, which is something the Cowboys need to avoid to hang around.

Darrell Arthur, fresh into the game, took an entry pass up for a baby hook and hit after the Cowboy foul.

Pregame

As Bill Self put it during his weekly press conference, if KU comes out on top after tonight's Big 12 Conference opener at home against Oklahoma State, it'll be a great scheduling move on the league's part.

But what better way to test your worth in a conference opener than against one of its top three contenders.

The Jayhawks expect one of the more raucous atmospheres of the year tonight with the No. 10 Oklahoma State Cowboys in town. It marks KU's first marquee matchup since a Nov. 25 82-80 win over then-No. 1 Florida in Las Vegas.

One area where the No. 6 Jayhawks have an advantage before the tip-off is in the depth department. Thanks to injuries and other whatnots, OSU enters Allen Fieldhouse with just eight scholarship players. But their top five are as good as any in the country. Leading the way is the inside-outside combo of senior forward Mario Boggan (21.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and junior guard JamesOn Curry (18.9 ppg).

The Cowboys added a walk-on in the days leading up to the game, though, to add some depth. It's junior Adarius Bowman, whose name should ring a bell with KU fans. He had 13 catches and 300 yards in the Cowboys' 42-32 throttling of the Jayhawks on the gridiron this fall. The 300 yards were the most a KU defense had ever allowed an opposing wideout in a single game.

Comments

Dale Kroening 13 years, 1 month ago

Ladies and gentlemen,thats Jayhawk Basketball!! Go Hawks!

jhawker137 13 years, 1 month ago

I've forgot how to spell beautiful, wait I remember now it is KANSAS BASKETBALL, watching this game has nothing on being at the game in South Carolina, but remember we need this until the first week of April, I and every KU Alumni want a Championship, so keep this intensity and level of play. I am extremely proud of you all tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ku98 13 years, 1 month ago

I hope the guy who bashed Kaun a couple of days ago saying he was "worthless" fesses up. Kaun was huge tonight. So was Brandon, with a nice FT shooting night. I was impressed by our depth tonight. Everyone showed up! Strong defensive effort too. I loved it! Way to go, guys!

fansincewilt 13 years, 1 month ago

Kansas was easily the #1 team in the nation tonight. Keep it up! Go Hawks!

Seth Peattie 13 years, 1 month ago

Love it. Now we need to ROUT Iowa State on Saturday, MU on Monday... Quite a statement to start the conference 'race' if we can pull it off.

Suck it OSU, Suck it JimJones!!!

Beak 'Em, HAWKS.

Michael Leiker 13 years, 1 month ago

I cannot believe that game. A KS team has never played like that. Maybe won by as much, but played like that , never. OSU is a solid basketball team. I'm in shock. I am so happy to say I am from KS tonight.

BigTamale 13 years, 1 month ago

I Ditto LAJayhawks comment...

KU has to bring the same intensity to Hilton on Saturday as they did tonight.

So far this year the Hawks have played UP to the competition...lets not play down to Iowa State and handle the Pussy Cats.

Michael Leiker 13 years, 1 month ago

1 in the nation? KS would have beat many NBA teams tonight. Ask yourself how many times during that game you just stood there, unable to cheer. I was numb. That was just different.

Lin Rahardja 13 years, 1 month ago

Brandon Rush was great tonight, played with finesse, and defended Curry effectively. The entire team was focused and well balance. Our freshmen gained lots of playing time. It was a great game for us.

Sigmund 13 years, 1 month ago

OMG, that was astonishing. If you are lucky enough to live in Lawrence you can catch it again on Channel 6 @10:30. I'll be late to work tomorrow, but it will be worth it.

mtjayhawk 13 years, 1 month ago

DEFENSE BABY! That's what it takes! Do that every game and you WIN!

rushlover22 13 years, 1 month ago

That game was absolutely amazing!! I expected a much tougher battle. However, KU shut OSU down! They were amazing!! It's hard to describe it! I was in awe a lot of the game. If they play like that all of the conference season there is no way that KU won't end up Big 12 champions! I agree that they need to go to Hilton and bring the same intensity. It would be a let down if they didn't. After this game it makes me even more excited for the next. Let's keep this intensity up the rest of the year. Kill the opponents with our defense and we will continue to be great. Now, this game is over focus on Iowa State. Get another win! Let's go HAWKS!!!! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kit Duncan 13 years, 1 month ago

Even though it got ugly a couple of times, the biggest thing I saw was the guys seemed to be having fun! They've played well almost every game, but even when ahead seemed a little tentative. Tonight they had intensity, energy, strength and aggressiveness. And they had fun! They kept up the pressure all game without a letdown. And did I mention, they had fun?!!!

Keep it up Hawks!!!

bethnbob 13 years, 1 month ago

That was a great game, I expected it to be close all the way. I hope they play that way the rest of the season. If they do we will go deep in to the NCAA tournament.

jaybate 13 years, 1 month ago

One of the announcers said KU was the perfect storm; that captures it.

Decisive stats were:

KU 17 strips OSU 2 strips

KU 56% trey OSU 33% trey

The strips alone account for most of the spread.

But talk about running the jocks off somebody! KU just kept coming.

And Self threw several different defenses at them early in both halves that seemed to confuse them quite alot.

Aside from playing hard and well, they also had one of those nights where they were in the right place for every loose ball and long rebound, too.

I would guess it was bittersweet for Coach Self, though. Sweet to get a huge win against an opponent we needed to beat to establish ourselves in the conference race. Bitter because it came at the expense of his alma mater. Eddie looked worse than Sean and Sean looked awful. I don't care who you are, whereever you went to undergraduate school is special.

Great game Jayhawks.

Great coaching, Coach Self.

Michael Leiker 13 years, 1 month ago

Highlights just on ESPN. They did not even mention that we beat the #9 team in the country by 30. You just don't do that. This team is one giant friek of nature. I can't believe what happened. Stop talking about oh, we need to play like that on defense, or if we did that every game. This team is a joke, an abolute joke. That game was just sick. There are no words.

jaybate 13 years, 1 month ago

Postscript:

If Kaun can play like this consistently, KU becomes the team to beat in USA.

If Collins continues on his trajectory defensively, ball handling and trey shooting, all the holes in the perimeter game are gone.

Darnell Jackson looks like a guys who's finding his game even with the few minutes he's been getting.

Finally, we played this astonishing game without Shady playing very well. Good lord, if we can get him going, along with everyone else, we will simply grind teams up.

Finally, Sean Sutton really goofed in pressing KU as early as he did. All he did was keep the pace torrid, which played completely into Self's strategy. I bet Eddie will have a long talk with his son about THAT!!

argentinehawk 13 years, 1 month ago

Great win!!! The only thing that can top that off this season would be 2 wins against missouri in blow out style like tonights game and a national championship!!

Joe Ross 13 years, 1 month ago

Im just tickled crimson!

WHAT A WIN! WHAT...A...WIN!!!

Can we play this way in March please? WOW! Great job all around. No game is ever gonna be perfect so lets not critique this one, eh? Lets just bask in the glory for a little while.

Kudos to Self, props to the players, and big ups to the FANS!!! You guys were electric tonight. Life is good when youre a Jayhawk!

jcsmith 13 years, 1 month ago

To Coach Self and the entire basketball program,

I give you a standing ovation.

bethnbob 13 years, 1 month ago

Did anyone else notice that Sean Sutton has the same pouty bottom lip that his dad does when his team just got whipped look. I thought it was hilarious.

kcmostwanted 13 years, 1 month ago

Who does Rush think he is.. a Preseason all american?... haha.. oh yeah he is...!! It's great to see him play aggressive and slash to the rim like tonight... it felt like a coming out party for him... 2 thumbs up for Rush and the whole team... I was very impressed but this game is over and we still have room for lots of improvement (now that is scary) :-)

Larry Smith 13 years, 1 month ago

and to think, some people said KU does not have the personell to play good perimiter defense, and that Collins would not be able to fill Hawkins shoes.....

anyway, great job tonight hawks, keep it up.

Joe Ross 13 years, 1 month ago

cap10d...

best comment on the page! In fact it sums it up so well that I couldn't help but smiling when I read it.

digitalkookie 13 years, 1 month ago

bethnbob...i took notice of little eddies lower lip as well...you could have landed a 747 on that thing!!! almost fell off my chair...very impressive performance last night. keep it up...kudos to the staff, players, and fans at AFH!!! rock chalk!!!!!!!

rockchalkjayhawk4ku11 13 years, 1 month ago

that was such a great game maybe as good as the flordia game the only thing that dissapointed me was when Darrel Arthur missed an open dunk trying to be fancy same with B. Rush. I am all for sweet dunks!!!!!!!!! but you got to make them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing game though Great job Sasha!

David Black 13 years, 1 month ago

Isn't it a wonderful life to be a Jayhawk? I am so proud! Go Hawks..good luck in Ames and I think the jinks is gone.

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