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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Rush wills KU to 68-64 road win in OT

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Update #13: FINAL, KU wins 68-64

Rush forced Taylor into another bad three look, but Hubalek scurried for the offensive board, resetting the shot clock and bringing the game unde rthe one-minute mark.

Rush forced a steal, though, and threw down a two-handed slam in transition, continuing his stellar finish to the game. ISU's Corey McIntosh was then called for a travel, giving KU the ball back with :34.5 left.

Dodie Dunson was then called for a foul away from the ball which put put Mario Chalmers on the line for two. In ice-cold fashion, Chalmers hit the first, forcing ISU into a timeout. Out of the quick break, he hit the second, putting KU up 67-63 with :21.9 left.

Taylor drove to the hoop and earned a trip to the line with just under 10 seconds to go. Taylor hit one of two, and ISU couldn't foul Julian Wright until there were :5.9 seconds left.

Wright, who had struggled all afternoon, made one of two to again make it a four-point game. Taylor missed a three with time expiring, giving KU the 68-64 win.

KU had four players in double figures, led by Sasha Kaun with 13. Brandon Rush had 12, Mario Chalmers 11 and Sherron Collins 10. ISU's Mike Taylor led all scorers with 21, but was shut down late with Brandon Rush guarding him.

KU, now 15-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12, return home to face Missouri Monday night at 8 p.m.

Update #12: 1:28, overtime, game tied 63-63

Just like with the game's opening tip, Russell Robinson took control of it. Julian Wright, though, took a questionable shot which resulted in ISU pulling down the board and drawing a foul. Wesley Johnson, though, missed the free throw, giving KU the ball again with the game still tied.

Johnson, though, swatted Brandon Rush, and Chalmers was called on the other end for his fourth foul of the game. Mike Taylor hit one of two free throws, and Julian Wright responded with a baseline jumper on the other end to put KU up 60-59.

Hubalek again hit a big bucket in the lane to put ISU up, and again Sasha Kaun tried to respond. This time he couldn't hit a hoop, but got himself to the free throw line.

Kaun hit his first free throw, after three straight misses, but missed the second, leaving the game tied, 61-61, and giving the ball to ISU on a loose ball which went out of bounds.

Wesley Johnson missed a baseline jumper for seemingly the first time in the game, but KU gave it back on a tie-up under the ISU hoop. Johnson then took an entry pass and laid it in off the glass to put ISU back up two.

Brandon Rush then took a lob inside from Chalmers, tying it up in highlight-reel fashion. That tied it, 63-63, with 1:28 to go.

Update #11: END OF REGULATION, game tied 58-58

Right out of the break, Dodie Dunson stroked his third three of the game to back KU into a corner and put ISU up 58-55 with 1:08 left to play.

Brandon Rush hit his second three of the game, though, after KU as a team had struggled all day from long range, to tie it with exactly a minute left.

KU then forced ISU into another empty-handed possession, and got the ball back, calling a timeout with :19.6 seconds to go and the shot clock turned off.

Chalmers, though, missed a three as time expired, sending the game into a five-minute overtime period.

Update #10: 1:34 , second half, game tied 55-55

Julian Wright's inside jumper out of the timeout was tipped away, giving the ball to ISU, but Jessen Gray's three missed off the back iron.

Russell Robinson took KU's first open look on the other end from three, but his missed as well.

Taylor continued to struggle for ISU, clanking a jumper in the lane to give KU another shot at taking the led back. This time, not only did a shot in the lane miss, but Sasha Kaun's fourth foul under the basket was KU's seventh team foul, putting ISU's Jessen Gray at the line for a one-and-one.

Gray missed the first one, and Clark was called for a loose ball foul for ISU, sending Julian Wright to the line in the double bonus. Wright made one ot two to tie that game, 53-53, with 2:17 to play.

Hubalek came back down and curled around Kaun to hit another jumper in the lane. But Kaun came back on the other end for his third and-one of the game off of a Brandon Rush miss. Kaun missed his third free throw, though, keeping it tied at 55-55.

Update #9: 3:46, second half, ISU leads 53-52

Mario Chalmers, fresh into the game with three fouls, missed a fading layup, but Taylor pulled up for a rushed three-pointer in transition which clanked, but went off of Julian Wright to stay in ISU's possession.

Taylor took two more ugly three-point attempts, and neither had much of a shot with Rush now guarding him. They turned into two points in transition for Kaun. Hubalek scored inside for ISU, though, to keep it a three-point game.

Kaun came back strong with another two inside, this time drawing a foul with it. He missed the free throw, though, keeping ISU with a one-point advantage.

Taylor aired another three-point attempt, with Rush obviously distracting him, sending the game into its final television timeout at the 3:46 mark.

Update #8: 6:00, second half, ISU leads 51-48

Iowa State reclaimed the lead after Rush missed a three out of the timeout when Jessen Gray came back down and hit one for the Cyclones. Sasha Kaun tied it back up, though, with a twisting inside layup, earning a free throw on top of it. He missed from the line, leaving the game tied, 46-46.

Gray then hit another baseline basket with the shot clock expiring, but it sent Self flying down the sideline to find the ref to contest whether it was released before the 24-second clock expired. The hoop was waved off, keeping the game tied.

KU blew a golden scoring opportunity when Russell Robinson found Darnell Jackson wide open under the basket, but instead of throwing down the ball, he tried to bank it home and missed, earning him a seat on the bench in place of Darrell Arhur.

It resulted in no points for ISU, and KU got itself into the bonus when Sherron Collins drew a Cyclone foul. He missed the front end, though, and KU went back on defense with nothing to show for the previous possession.

Mike Taylor responded with another Cyclone three, and Sherron Collins trying to answer back was wiped clean under the basket by a swarm of ISU bigs.

ISU misfired on offense, and Collins came back in transition for his fifth field goal of the game to again make it a one-point contest with KU trailing, 49-48.

After KU again failed to score, Mike Taylor hopped his way down the floor for another hoop, again awakening Hilton Coliseum. Kaun missed a baby hook and Taylor took down the rebound in traffic. ISU's Rashon Clark missed a layup, and as soon as KU got the ball past half court, Self whistled for a timeout.

Update #7: 11:32, second half, KU leads 44-43

Darrell Arthur blocked a shot inside out of the timeout, but missed a mid-range baseline jumper on the other end which would have expanded KU's lead to eight.

Mike Taylor responded by hitting a three, putting himself in double figures. Taylor then recorded a steal past halfcourt, and got into the lane to draw a timeout on the fastbreak.

Taylor hit one of two free throws, but Julian Wright lost the handle on the defensive rebound out of bounds, giving the ball back to ISU. Taylor quickly drew Russell Robinson's first foul of the game, and KU's fifth of the half. ISU, though, came up empty-handed.

Darrell Arthur on the other end went hard to the hoop against Cory Johnson, putting home a layup nad drawing a foul. His free throw put KU back up by five, at 42-37.

Wesley Johnson banked home a straightaway three, and Julian Wright was called for a travel to again take away KU's momentum. Johnson missed a baseline jumper, and the board was taken down by Rush. After one KU miss, Collins again muscled into low-post position and hit another improbably layup, giving him eight points on the day.

Mike Taylor countered it with a three, but was quickly called for a foul against Chalmers, leaving KU up 44-43 heading into a timeout at 11:32.

Update #6: 15:16, second half, KU leads 39-33

Hubalek missed a baseline jumper right out of halftime, and Mario Chalmers was right under the hoop to rip down the board. He went coast-to-coast in fiery fashion and drew a foul to get to the line.

Chalmers hit both attempts, and got to within one, but Chalmers was then called for his second foul after the ball crossed the timeline.

After ISU was called for a loose ball foul, Chalmers' first three-point attempt of the day caught nothing but air, keeping the Cyclones up by one. Kaun then was whistled for his third foul of the game, but Hubalek made just one of two free throws, putting ISU up 31-29.

Russell Robinson made his offensive presense felt for the first time on KU's next trip up floor by getting into the lane and hitting an and-one layup. The free throw put KU up 32-31 - its first lead of the second half.

Mike Taylor had a wild layup rejected on the other end by the KU bigs, and Chalmers then took the ball the length of the floor to give KU some breathing room at 34-31. Hubalek and Kaun exchanged baskets, keeping KU up by three.

KU then turned up the intensity on the offensive glass, with Brandon Rush taking a third-chance jumper. It missed, but he was fouled on the way up. He hit the first free throw, giving KU a 37-33 edge. Wright then forced a turnover on the other end, and passed up a lob to Russell Robinson to give Chalmers a shot at a three. When it missed, he tipped in the garbage, but Chalmers picked up his third foul at the 15:16 mark, with the game heading for a full timeout.

Update #5: HALFTIME, ISU leads 30-27

Rush missed a three out of the timeout and Johnson pulled down the rebound, but possession went almost immediately back to KU on a charge call against Dodie Dunson.

KU was able to pry the ball back with solid post defense, but Darnell Jackson missed a close-range look after a nifty dish from Julian Wright, ahdning the ball back again. This time, Hubalek got to the line for the Cyclones. Hubalek missed both and Wright took down the rebound with roughly 80 seconds left until halftime.

Collins again tried to go to the hoop and was swatted emphatically by Hubalek. Taylor then pulled a playground move, twisting to the basket for an improbably deuce. Another Kansas turnover resulted in a three-pointer for Dunson and an explosion in Hilton Coliseum with ISU leading 30-25 and :48.2 to go until the half.

Bill Self called a timeout,a nd out of it, Mario Chalmers drove around the defense and down the left alley of the lane for a layup, leading to an ISU timeout.

ISU's possession resulted in nothing, as the Cyclones lead 30-27 heading into the locker room. Sherron Collins leads KU with six points, while Mario Chalmers has five. Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur each have four. Wesley Johnson leads all scorers with nine, while Dodie Dunson has chipped in eight. KU had 11 turnovers to just four assists.

Update #4: 3:21, first half, game tied 25-25

Cory Johnson tied the game up out of the timeout with an awkward, fading baby hook in the lane, and then the Cyclones forced a turnover on the defensive end, but the possession resulted in a turnover with the game tied, 20-20.

Brandon Rush misfied for the third time on the ensuing trip, and Wesley Johnson came back by hitting another baseline jumper, putting ISU up 22-20 and forcing Bill Self to call a timeout with 5:53 to go in the half.

Rush finally hit at the 4:41 mark for KU from three-point range, giving KU back the lead at 23-22 and somewhat silencing the resurgent crowd. Though the three was quickly negated with one from Mike Taylor on the other end and then a KU turnover.

ISU tried a lob from Taylor to Johnson, and the result was Sherron Collins going back the other way for his third field goal of the game on a layup on the right side of the lane, putting the game at a 25-25 deadlock with 3:21 to go until halftime.

Update #3: 7:20, first half, KU leads 20-18

On ISU's first possession after the break, Wesley Johnson crossed up Darrell Arthur on the wing and hit a three to pull the 'Clones within two, but Arthur came right back with two inside to put KU's lead at 16-12.

Jiri Hubalek got himself to the free throw line and hit both shots to again get ISU within two at 16-14, and awakening the Hilton crowd. Darnell Jackson, though answered with a second-chance tip-in.

Hubalek cut the lead to two for the third time in the last several trips, but again KU was able to take back some momentum by drawing a foul on freshman forward Cory Johnson inside. Arthur then hit a spinning two from close range on the left baseline to again put KU up four.

Wesley Johnson continued to befuddle KU's defense by hitting a fading baseline jumper, and a KU turnover put the game into a full timeout with possession going to the 'Clones, trailing by just two.

Update #2: 11:36, first half, KU leads 14-9

Right out of the timeout, Kaun fouled ISU's Dodie Dunson while he was stroking a three. Dunson hit two of three, with Kaun pulling down the board on the missed third attempt.

Sherron Collins, into the game along with fellow freshman Darrell Arthur, took care of an expiring shot clock by pulling back and hitting a long two atop the key. Kaun, though, was called for his second foul on the next defensive trip, putting him ont he bench in favor of Darnell Jackson.

Arthur blocked a shot after the quick stop in play, and after two Darnell Jackson offensive boards, Collins drove to the lane and put KU up 14-7 with a scooped layin.

Dodson answered back for ISU with a three off of a long offensive board, and Rush then missed one to give the ball back to the Cyclones, but not before another timeout at the 11:36 mark.

Update #1: 14:45, first half, KU leads 10-4

KU won the opening tip, and after letting the offense set, Russell Robinson attempted a lob to Brandon Rush. Rush was fouled on the way up by ISU junior big man Jiri Hubalek and hit the back end of two free throws.

On ISU's first possession, Julian Wright forced Wesley Johnson into a turnover in the corner, and on the other end, Wright fed Sasha Kaun inside for an easy deuce, putting KU up 3-0. Iowa State's Mike Taylor slashed to the basket and dropped in two inside for the Cyclones' first points, and Russell Robinson came storming right back on the other end, earning a trip of his own to the line.

Robinson hit both free throws, giving KU back its three-point edge. The Jayhawks defensively early on applied some full-court pressure to try and keep ISU's offense from finding quick flow. Taylor got inside again, and this time drew a foul on Russell Robinson, which came right after Rush picked up his first foul of the game. Taylor missed both free throws, but KU couldn't control the board, and after Kaun partially blocked a Wesley Johnson shot, ISU got the ball back. KU finally got the ball back after Rush ripped down a board on a Taylor missed three. The result was a turnover when Wright tried another entry pass to Kaun from the high post.

KU opened up its lead some when Mario Chalmers drove the left side of the lane on KU's next possession, hitting an awkward leaner and drawing a foul in the process. Chalmers hit his free throw to put KU up 8-2 nearly three minutes in.

Kaun, though, turned the ball over with travels on back-to-back trips up the floor after a couple of nice defensive stands.

Wesley Johnson pulled ISU within four on an impressive putback from Taylor's second missed three of the game. KU came right back with Wright scoring inside on a feed from Robinson, going up 10-4.

A KU turnover send the game into its first full timeout at the 14:45 mark.

Pregame

AMES, Iowa - The Jayhawks' 87-57 thrashing of No. 9 Oklahoma State in their conference opener Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse was KU's best possible scenario to start Big 12 play with.

Along the natural scale of progression, the ideal next step would be winning a conference game on the road, and today the Jayhawks get a chance to do so in snowy, freezing Ames, Iowa. Iowa State enters the game at 11-5 and off to a 2-0 conference start, but no matter their record year-in and year-out, Hilton Coliseum has never been consistently freindly to Kansas. The Jayhawks are 18-16 all-time in the facility, but true to form will enter today's 1 p.m. contest as favorites.

It's a completely re-vamped ISU roster compared to the last time the Jayhawks and 'Clones met - last year's 88-75 KU win in Lawrence. The Cyclones are led by a pair of newcomers - Mike Taylor and Wesley Johnson - under first-year head coach Greg McDermott. Taylor, originally from Milwaukee, Wisc., transferred in from Chipola Junior College in Florida, and leads ISU in scoring at 16.4 points per game. Johnson, a 6-foot-7 freshman, scores 12.1 points per contest and pulls down 8.9 rebounds a game.

Comments

kuhawksr1 15 years ago

Can we value the ball a little bit more please????

David Reed 15 years ago

If we win I'll be very happy.Hilton is a brutal place to play for us

trngchiefgary 15 years ago

Still a half to play. Can't believe ISU can play this well for 40 minutes. Also think KU will play better.

kuhawksr1 15 years ago

Offense looks terrible. How many lobs down low have to get picked off or fly through our hands on the way out of bounds before we decide to try something different? Outside shot looks even worse. If it isn't a runner down the lane for a shot and a prayer its a turnover. We look like a bunch of monkeys on offense!!

ku98 15 years ago

I agree SuperMario15. That place is loud! We need to step up on offense, take better care of the ball, and let's try to quiet the crowd.

Kit Duncan 15 years ago

KU leads in every stat except 2 so far: offensive rebounds and 3pt shooting. 1-6 from 3pt range compared to 4-13 for ISU. That's the difference right now. A little better outside defense and KU will take care of business.

Live by the three...die by the three. Kansas just needs to keep getting the ball inside and for Kaun and Rush to step up in the second half.

Go Hawks!

trngchiefgary 15 years ago

Maybe in March will be able to look back at this game where they developed the will to win. ISU played out their A-- and yet KU found a way to win.

With the this year's conference schedule, it's critical to take care of the home games and by winning a game like this on the road could be the start of something really good. I still don't think we'll be 16-0 but with a win on Monday, we'd be off to a good start.

jayhawkinATL 15 years ago

Way to go, Keegs!!!! You ALMOST cost us another one.

ku98 15 years ago

Kudos to Brandon. He was awesome in the last 10 minutes of the game. Clutch three-pointer to tie the game towards the end of regulation, excellent defense on Taylor (really shut him down), nice alley oop from Mario, and that steal in the last minute of the game was a heart breaker for ISU. The Cyclones gave us a hard time, but we showed guts and came out victorious, despite some shortcomings! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

rushlover22 15 years ago

One word.....CRAZY!!! It was a crazy game but you know what KU won. After all the turnovers, after getting down, after everything they pulled it out. It might not have been pretty but it was a road win against a good opponent. Hilton is always hard to play at it was no different today. Let's not be too hard on the team for how they played. Let us remember that no matter what they pulled it out. Chalk up another win....9 in a row to be exact. 2-0 start in the Big 12. Now let's focus on Missouri and get #3 in the Big 12. Looking forward to Monday. Good job boys!!! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWKS!!!!!!!

FlaHawk 15 years ago

Very ugly game. Neither team deserved to win the way they played. ISU is not a good team at all with very poor shot selection. Taylor takes too many bad shots (no one to rebound). KU was their "classic alter ego". No one took charge and when Kaun is your "go to" guy your offense stinks.

Rush and Chalmers came through at the end but more from defense than offensive end. Robinson is getting to be a liability especially on offense and Wright was invisible again. Arthur was no factor, but Collins and Chalmeers in back court and KU can run! Just wish Collings could play a little D!

Loved the full court pressure by KU at the begining of game to push the tempo. Good move by Self! KU then gave up and let ISU control the tempo. Ultimately, KU won it on defense as the offense was totally out of sync.

KU needs to find some offense or they will lose 2-3 games on the road in Big12 as road wins have to be earned and not given out for just showing up with press clipings.!

seattlehawk_78 15 years ago

Oh the advantage of home court. Iowa State will never play this well again. Despite a little sloppiness I like the poise KU showed down the stretch. They need games like this to prepare them for the tournament. And while I'm at it, fire Self for not winning in regulation and fire Mangino as well.

jsquared29 15 years ago

The three-pointer kills, I'm pretty sure Iowa State banked at least 3. Finally Self got some sense into him and put Rush on Taylor that slowed him down. How about Sasha Kaun, he's been lighting things up these past couple games. Although he needs to stop getting into foul trouble. Darnell needs to start finishing strong, he missed at least 2 layups today.
Good win for us, played terrible, but won.

Don Johnson 15 years ago

Evidently, Ryan Greene fell asleep with 15 seconds to go. The headline reads KU wins 67-63. The real final score was 68-64, with each team getting a freethrow in the last 10 seconds. If you read the article you can find the accurate score. I live in New Zealand and depend on the press getting things right. Maybe KU wasn't the only one with a sloppy game in Ames.

Joe Ross 15 years ago

The Good: We know that teams always bring their "A" game against KU and we eeked out a conference win in a tough place to play with a hostile crowd.

The Bad: Once again it makes you wonder if KU plays to the level of competition. Clearly we were the better team as we demonstrated in the opening moments of the game. Did KU let up knowing we were heavily favored and winning in the early moments and, if so, did that let ISU into the game psychologically? Maybe this was a closer game than it had to be. Maybe...

The Ugly: The idea of letdown after a big win may have come into play here as well. Maintaining focus throughout the season is going to be critical. Also, can we focus on basketball BASICS??? Bad passes and poor free throw shooting almost cost us this game. Damn lucky!

Hey, a win is a win and we'll take it! Hilton Coliseum is a tough place to go in a come out with a win. The good news is it once again underscores to the players that no matter how well you perform on one night, you have to start over and bring it again every single game. It may take them a while to get that concept down. Still happy for the "W"...

Rock Chalk! (whew!)

jhawker137 15 years ago

I love the fact that since they put comments after articles, everyone and their brother is a top ranked NCAA coach. We have won three games in a row, two on the road, where I will remind the long-term mind disabled, that the ref's calls did not go our way all game, South Carolina and Iowa State were to extremely tough places to play, and our boys came out fought off hostile enviroments and won. Even fighting through their own personal struggles, you could see Brandon Rush on TV working through his shot, trying to figure out what he was doing wrong, our post players time after time did not get the over the back call. Coach and his staff cannot say anything about the refs, but I can, they were pathetic again tonight, when are they going to figure out that a NCAA Basketball game is not about them. I am getting off track, KU came out, won, and will go on to face Mizzou, Monday the Jayhawks should be at worst 2nd if not voted to the top with this win away from home and the ass whipping on OSU.
True Fans always believe, wagon hoppers do not concern me!!!!!!GO HAWKS!!!!!!!

ku98 15 years ago

I think there was more "good" than just the fact we eeked out a road win.
Collins is gaining confidence (how about that little spin move and score in the paint). Kaun, despite going 1 of 5 from the line, showed some heart and aggressiveness, and a couple of nice moves with his back to the basket. Finally, Brandon, who took over on defense, and made key shots.
There were "bad" and "ugly" moments, but let's not overlook the "good".

Saad Saifeddine 15 years ago

Tough game!! good preparation for postseason play.

fansincewilt 15 years ago

I would like to see Collins get a little more playing time. The kid is really good and I believe he's earned the right to go to the next level in college ball. He needs to be in there in pressure situations. It would make us a better team at the end of the season. It took character for the Hawks to pull this one out. Wright was sick but still had a clutch shot in OT. Brandon was big. It was an important win. Last year and earlier this year this game would probably have been a loss. They won when the shots weren't falling. Good Job!

johnsont1 15 years ago

We should learn a lot from this game. Kaun is one of the most clutch players on the team, sinking an important free throw and banking a 3-footer down the stretch. Once again, even during our mediocre shooting stretches, Self's defensive coaching kept us in the game and luckily we got a couple of breaks in the final two minutes. Lastly, Collins is one of the smartest players in KU's recent history, look for him to have more minutes and a larger role as the team maticulates through the season.

One last note, Sasha Kaun has a very important role in Self's offense and defense right now--be it scoring, setting picks, or helping our guards on D--what ever Kaun lacks in his experience has been made up for by Self's coaching staff, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Rock Chalk

jayhawk20 15 years ago

Where was Darrell Arthur in overtime? Juilian Wright made some good plays but made some bone-headed ones in the process. Good win though, go hawks!

Joe Ross 15 years ago

jhawker137...

I love the fact that since they put comments after articles, everyone and their brother is a top ranked NCAA referee.

You say true fans always believe. If we were down by 30 with :02 seconds would you believe then? My point is that to be fearful of a loss during certain game situations does not make one any less of a fan (I used extreme exaggeration in the scenario above to make this point very clear). Maybe you meant we always believe in the Hawks as a team, but I think most of us do or we wouldnt be here in the first place.

Im all for being positive, dont get me wrong. But I think you are just a hair too quick in labelling people as wagonhoppers. I see some valid concerns posted above but like everyone else Im pleased about the win under the circumstances today.

johnsont1 15 years ago

Was this KU playing down to Iowa State's level, Iowa State playing up to KU's level and/or their own potential, both teams playing bad or both teams playing good? I think ISU and their refs did an excellent job getting back into the game early and both teams played up to their potential given the circumstances.

Missouri should be easy, is anyone watching their game versus Kansas State. Wow.

BigTamale 15 years ago

There are lots of negatives that have already been mentioned: turnovers, freethrows, and several easy misses close to the basket.

This game had the making of an upset, from the opposing team nailing miraculous threes, the hostile crowd, and the combination of Iowa State's inspired play and the Hawks playing down to the competion.

BUT, the hawks kept their composer late and pulled out a tough victory at a tough place.

Sad part is that the Hawks will probably BLOW this team out in Lawrence.

I am looking forward to the Mizzou game on Monday...hopefully we are the inspired ones.

Kit Duncan 15 years ago

Nail biter!!! I think the key to ISU's 1st half resurrection and subsequent confidence boost was Kaun's early foul trouble and temporary benching. Hubalek was given a lot of freedom by the refs under the basket to push Kaun on the hip as he tried to pivot and a couple of over-the back rebounds went uncalled.

I don't think KU can blame the refs on their poor outside shooting, turnovers or free-throw woes. Kansas had the chance to put the game away early, but didn't play with the level of confidence they did against OSU, hence, ISU's comeback/near upset.

Collins is a real treat on offense, but still not the defender that Robinson & Chalmers are. Once he shows he can defend with the others I think he'll get more playing time.

Rock Chalk! Go Hawks, beat Mizzou!!!

Chris Kurtz 15 years ago

Any win at the Hilton is great. Danning Manning never won there. Collison and Hinrich went 2-2 there which is better than usual. In one of my previous post I mentioned that ISU was an improving team. They have a new coach and 6 new players. Don't think they will be so easy at KU. A road conference game is always hard. Look at what almost happened to Wisconsin today.

ISU grab a 5 point lead and the crowd was pumped. First sell out of the year with bad weather, but KU didn't flinch even when they were playing bad. This is what Self has talked about. You won't always play your best. KU had lots of turnovers and ISU only had 3 in the first half, but KU stayed with it and found a way to win. Awsome! I saw ISU play Bradley a month or more ago. They are improved and played up for KU. Jack shot 3's will not fall like that every day, but KU still got it done.

How bout Rush? Shots were going in and out but he kept at it defensively and hit the game tying shot and the go ahead slam. Everybody thought on that slam that he would get stripped, but he had the ball in his LEFT hand. Way to go. Kareem stayed 3 years and was a star at MU with a much quicker release which the NBA wants. Brandon is the smartest and most mature Rush. He will stay 4 years and be a Great college player who gets drafted late 1st or 2nd round depending on how many Euros enter the draft.

Kit Duncan 15 years ago

Just looked at the stats and the most glaring besides ISU's 10 of 29 3pt shooting was Julian Wright's 7 turnovers! I think that's good coaching on McDermott's part when you see all those hands up in the inside passing lanes when JW had the ball (several tips and a couple straight blocks).

Teams are starting to wise up to Julian's propensity to pass when he has the ball. Now it's time for him to be selfish as the announcers said and start taking the ball to the hoop. He's got the hand-size/strength to fake the pass, cause the defender to commit to the steal then blow by him to the rim!

Chris Kurtz 15 years ago

P.S The last play in regulation was suppose to be for Chalmers to drive inside. If you watch the play again the big men clear out so no one is inside the paint.

CHALMERS, not Self decided to dribblie and put up a 22footer.

trngchiefgary 15 years ago

Johnsont1 don't chalk up an automatic win against Mizzou. They'll bring more pressure than KU has seen all year. Our guards will have to protect the ball.

We should win because we are a better team, but KU has to come to play.

argentinehawk 15 years ago

You know, this game reminded me a lot of the game we played at Nebrasks in 01-02 when they just would not miss from 3! I think they hit like 13 or 14 3's on us and it looked like the whole game that we just could not get over the hump. Then Langford hit a big 3 at the end of regulation to give us the win by 1 point. (today isu hit 10 3's on us, compared to our 2.) KU just hung tough that whole game. And if I'm not mistaken, KU went 16-0 that season and went to the final 4!! Now I'm not saying that we're going to go 16-0, but sometimes you need games like this to build character!! GO KU!!!

ryanjasondesch 15 years ago

I was reminded today that I hate Iowa State almost as much as I hate Missouri (almost, but not quite). At one point Fran was pointing out how 'knowledgable' the ISU fans are, and I'm sitting there thinking he can't be serious. I haven't heard a more whiny crowd in any single game I've watched all year. Just because they boo and cuss every freakin time a whistle blows does not make them knowledgable, it does however, make them a bunch of cry-babies. God forgive me I hate them so, I hate them so very, very much. Can't wait for Monday!

Seth Peattie 15 years ago

Robinson/Wright both need to STEP UP. Suck it, ISU. Suck it, MU. Suck it, JimJones!!!!!!

William Gates 15 years ago

The guys are getting it done- let's be positive as much as posible.

markd2990 15 years ago

You can thank Bill Self for this win. He had the presence of mind to spend a time out to stop the game and contest the made shot by Iowa State after the shot clock ran out. Without that change, we would have never seen overtime. Thanks Bill!

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