Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Kansas basketball notebook

The Kansas men's basketball team defeated Washburn in the squad's first exhibition game of the season.


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2008 KU-Washburn basketball

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Spodcasters Postgame: Washburn

The guys (Tom Keegan, Jesse Newell) analyze KU's 98-79 exhibition victory over Washburn. The two discuss the newcomers' struggles, the strong efforts of Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar and where Sherron Collins ranks among the nation's top guards.

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Kansas University coach Bill Self was at the polls bright and early to cast his vote on Election Day.

"I was in the voting lines at 6:25 (a.m.) thinking it was going to be crowded," said Self, who voted at Free State High.

There was just a handful of others in line for the start of voting at 7.

"I thought the lines would be so long. People told me they walked up with no line at all. I could have slept two more hours," he said, smiling.

KU junior Sherron Collins also voted. He said his candidate for president won.

"Yes he did," Collins said of Barack Obama.

Has he ever met the fellow Illinois native?

"No, his block is closed off now," he said with a smile, referring to Obama's residence.

Buford out

KU sophomore walk-on Chase Buford did not dress for the game. He sprained a knee last week and is slated to miss another week of practice, Self indicated.

Henry update

Xavier Henry, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, might not pick between Kansas and Memphis this week after all.

Henry is slated to undergo surgery Thursday to repair a broken cheekbone he suffered in a recent automobile accident. His dad, Carl, told that because of the surgery, his son's decision likely would not be made and announced on ESPNU until next week.

Lotsa whistles

Marcus Morris fouled out while playing seven minutes.

"I joked with him. I said, 'You only played seven minutes. You played two more minutes than your number of fouls," his brother, Markieff, said.

Of the foul fest, Self said: "I've been telling our guys you'll foul out in five minutes the way we guard. That turned out to be prophetic. C.J. (Giles) may have fouled out in six minutes one time. Seven may have been the next closest."

Early exits

All but the northwest corner of the fieldhouse appeared full for the game. Fans streamed for the exits with 7:50 left.

Self's gripes

Self was not happy with KU's defense.

"This is the second-most points we've given up (in exhibition game) since I have been here. We have a lot of work to do on the glass and the defensive end," he said.

KU allowed 83 points in an 84-83 victory over Carleton in Canada over Labor Day weekend.

Bombs away

Tyrel Reed hit five threes, obviously not caring the line is a 20 feet, 9 inches this year, back a foot from last year.

"I don't think it'll affect too many people. Like Conner (Teahan) said, most people shoot two or three feet behind the line anyway," Reed said.

You better guard

Self sent a message to his newcomers about possible playing time.

"If you are not going to guard or can't guard, you will not get many opportunities to shoot it. You won't be in as long," Self said.

Red-shirting works

Self thinks red-shirting Brady Morningstar last year will prove beneficial.

"I hope so. Time will tell," Self said. "I think he'll be better as a 26-year-old senior than a 23-year-old sophomore."

Stats, facts

KU has won 30 straight home exhibition games and is 50-7 overall in exhibition play. KU is 41-4 in exhibition games in Allen and 18-0 under Self. ... KU scored 57 in the first half after scoring 58 in the first half against Washburn last season. ... Washburn led, 14-13, before KU rolled to a 17-5 run, jump-started by two threes from Reed.


mikehawk 12 years, 5 months ago

As coaches like to say, "the fastest way to a players mind is through his butt." Let the psychology lessons begin.

Chris Weaver 12 years, 5 months ago

no doubt ralster - HCBS has loaded up a roster with a bunch of athletes and i think it will be fun to watch these guys like the twins, releford, and tyshon get molded into legit ballers.this is going to be a bumpy season - dare i say an MU victory - but the future is bright.

ralsterKUMed95 12 years, 5 months ago

The quote above from Self strikes me at the core of what I believe about basketball (when I play and when I judge other players): "If you are not goint to guard or can't guard, you will not get many opportunities to shoot it. You won't be in as long." This is why I love Bill Self's philosophy, and the way his teams play. Freshman and any player looking for minutes: Pay Heed...

lee3022 12 years, 5 months ago

Wise choice by Xavier. There is no hurry - just get well and then you can choose. We wish you the very best and speedy recovery friend.

Lance Hobson 12 years, 5 months ago

What is going on with this trend of leaving early? KU fans need to know that this is unacceptable behavior. We are not LA, we stay until the game is finished or with at least a minute or two left.This goes for football and basketball.

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