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Thursday, March 8, 2007

KU to face Oklahoma Friday in Big 12 quarterfinals

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma held off a late Iowa State run to win its Big 12 Tournament opener Thursday morning, 68-63. The Sooners (16-14 overall, 6-10 Big 12) might have locked up a berth in the NIT with the win, and will look to solidify their case further when they take on top-seeded Kansas Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Ford Center.

OU played with an incredible amount of fire in the first half, opening up a 35-23 halftime lead, accentuated with a Bobby Maze three-pointer as time expired. The Cyclones stormed back late, grabbing their first lead of the game with just under five minutes to play. But OU hit 15 of its 19 free throws in the second half to pull away late. Senior Nate Carter led the Sooners with 22 points, including a 12-of-13 showing from the stripe, and freshman Tony Crocker poured in 15. David Godbold and Taylor Griffin each had 11 points for OU, while Maze had nine. The Sooners' bench didn't score a single point. Jeff Capel's club was also short a man, missing senior Mike Neal, who was out with a stomach virus. Neal said outside of Oklahoma's locker room afterwards that he expects to play Friday.

KU won its lone regular season meeting with Oklahoma, taking down the Sooners 67-65 on the road on Feb. 26. The Jayhawks squandered a 17-point lead in the second half, but still escaped victorious.

Darrell Arthur, who has also been struck with a virus recently, struggled all week to get back to full strength. The team arrived at its hotel late Thursday afternoon, where Bill Self addressed a small gathering of media. In that session, he said Arthur practiced at full speed Thursday morning for about five minutes at a time, and will play Friday, just not as many minutes as usual. Arthur, along with fellow freshman Sherron Collins, was scoreless in the first meeting with Oklahoma.

For more on this story, read tomorrow's Journal-World.

Comments

Craig Lang 12 years, 9 months ago

There will be a lot of eyes on the officials tomorrow, and considering that it is on a neutral court (albeit in Oklahoma), I expect that the refs will be more balanced in their calls.

If not, this team has weathered through thug-type teams before (see the 2 K-State games this year and the Florida game), and the Jayhawks have been able to pull clean wins out of dirty games.

Jay_lo 12 years, 9 months ago

Can OU play us close just because they did a couple games ago? Did Nebraska whip up on OSU just because they did it in on their home court the last time they met?

KU is the better team. If they consider the big 12 tourney worth winning, and step up and play like they are capable, it won't be OU who beats them.

They won't be intimidated. The problem may be being over confident, that's what caused them to let down vs OU in the last meeting. I would be very suprised, and disapointed to see it happen again.

LIHawk 12 years, 9 months ago

Excentuated? Oh for the days when journalists could spell...

CasperCorps 12 years, 9 months ago

Oh the days when journalist reported the news instead of spinning it. (JWorld isn't included in this statement of course.) Good luck Hawks!!!

JayCeph 12 years, 9 months ago

Didn't Capel complain about the number of free throws KU shot at the end of their game in Norman (even though his team kept fouling to stop the clock)? How come he isn't complaining today about the number of free throws his team shot against IaSt? Apples = Apples, right?

mr_lawrence 12 years, 9 months ago

LIHawk, check your dictionary. They've got it right. It is you with the bad spelling; "excentuated" is not a word. Oh for the days when posters could spell...

jaybate 12 years, 9 months ago

Which KU player's nose will be bloodied this time in the OU game?

Noticed where Knight trash disciple Coach K had a Dukie player that gave UNC's Hansbrough a broken nose. Hansbrough didn't want to talk about it afterwards, but as he was being lead to the locker room he had to be restrained from Duke players. Henderson smashed an elbow into Hansbrough's nose after his jump shot. Henderson got called for a flagrant foul; then ejected; then suspended for one game. Coach K, the fallen paragon of coaching virtue (frankly he has always coached Knight trash ball) and Henderson maintain there was no intent to maim, er, injure. The ACC considers the case swept under the carpet, er, closed. Let's see, if Henderson didn't intend to injure Hansbrough, why was he ejected from the game and then suspended? Well, at least the ACC still had the chops left to eject Henderson and suspend him for a game; that's more than I can say for the B12 which let Capel's OU player get away with something similar without even calling a flagrant foul! Capel of course is a Coach K protege and seems to coach in the Knight trash tradition of dispensing roughing up opponents when they get a big lead.

Again, which KU player will get the bloody nose this time?

dbgjayhawk 12 years, 9 months ago

actually, i think coach k was the one who suspended henderson. the acc looked at it and decided henderson didn't need more punishment. also, hansbrough said later that he had nothing against henderson and that he didn't think it was intentional either.

scootja32 12 years, 9 months ago

I don't even read the articles. I just go straight to the comments.

scootja32 12 years, 9 months ago

Why is Jaybate writing a full length essay on Duke vs. NC on KUsports.com. Especially a measly foul. Probably the most unnecessarily overtalkedabout (that is a word) subject in college bball this year. Who cares. You wanna talk about an intentional foul? Let's talk about Haynesworth, just not here.

Looks like UCLA locked up the #1 seed for us given that we hadn't already.

Thx Bears.

Go Hawks.

Why is everyone projecting Julian in the draft when he has done everything to make everyone outside of the "experts" pretty damn sure hes gettin' a 3 yr degree?

ralsterKUMed95 12 years, 9 months ago

KEY point in the article: NO bench points for OU. Plays right into our hands. Does anyone think 5 guys alone can beat us with our defense? I'd like to see them keep up with our transition game--but that is why they kept fouling, to slow it down and turn our 80% alley-oop dunks into low-60s% free throw shooting. Kept it close is all you can say. 5 guys for OU! It really shouldnt even be close--I look forward to the rematch, and I bet our whole team and coach does too...

jaybate 12 years, 9 months ago

ralsterKUMed95,

Do you, or does anyone else, think OU CAN'T play us close again, if they intimidate us the way they did two games ago? OU only lost by two. Since we didn't retaliate, they will try to intimidate us again. If the referees let them get away with stuff like body checking RR into the cheap seats and bashing Kaun's nose till he has to leave the game with blood streaming down his face again, it will be a close game again. If we are not shooting well, we'll lose. Its as simple as that.

Recall the UW-Madison vs. Michigan State slug fest in the NCAA final a few years back, if you want to know the way basketball has to be played if the refs let OU get away with what it did against KU two games ago, or tomorrow. This KU team wouldn't have had a prayer against UW or MSU in that NCAA Final a few years back. The NCAA, the coaches and the refs cleaned the game up for a couple of years after the UW-MSU fiasco, but the game is sliding back down the slippery slope, as the refs are beginning increasingly to let butcher-ball resume.

Jeremy Bolinger 12 years, 9 months ago

hey jaybate, and everyone else who doesn't know the rules......it is mandatory for every player who is ejected from a game for a flagerant foul that is deemed as a fighting act. Whatever it was(im not passing judgement on it), the suspension came from the acc. It was NOT done by Coach K. Just like when Boggan was suspended for the nebraska game on monday, he was suspended by the big 12. Same for the Kansas State player against Cal.

Jeremy Bolinger 12 years, 9 months ago

but i do agree with you, i think its trash, and it has no place in basketball. Win and lose with dignity.

LIHawk 12 years, 9 months ago

mr_lawrence,

"Excentuated" is not a word? Duh!!! That's what I was pointing out. Somebody on staff obviously read my comment and corrected the story. The original story had it spelled "excentuated." Oh for the days when journalists could spell... and posters were bright enough to interpret comments correctly and realize that stories sometimes get changed after they have been first posted.

jaybate 12 years, 9 months ago

notabandwagonfan,

Thanks for the clarification. I began this thread with the interpretation that the ACC did suspend Henderson. I was corrected by someone who claimed to know that it was the fallen Coach K who did it.

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