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Originally published December 9, 2009 at 06:15p.m., updated December 9, 2009 at 09:57p.m.

FINAL: KU scores 63 points in second half of 99-64 victory over Radford

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed looks to pass out to the wing as he moves past Radford center Artsiom Parakhouski during the second half, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed looks to pass out to the wing as he moves past Radford center Artsiom Parakhouski during the second half, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Reader poll

Who was KU's first-half MVP against Radford?

  • Sherron Collins 15% 10 votes
  • Cole Aldrich 34% 22 votes
  • Elijah Johnson 29% 19 votes
  • Xavier Henry 20% 13 votes
  • Other 0% 0 votes

64 total votes.

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KU vs. Radford

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KU takes on Radford Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Reader poll

Who do you think is KU's best perimeter defender?

  • Sherron Collins 29% 811 votes
  • Tyshawn Taylor 14% 389 votes
  • Elijah Johnson 5% 160 votes
  • Tyrel Reed 7% 206 votes
  • Brady Morningstar 37% 1018 votes
  • Xavier Henry 4% 126 votes
  • Other 1% 33 votes

2743 total votes.

KU vs. Radford

Box Score

FINAL: KU defeats RU, 99-64

Taylor penetrates with the shot clock winding down, drawing two defenders before pitching out to C.J. Henry for a three. C.J. rattles it home, but give the credit to Taylor for opening up the shot.

C.J. uses a nifty drive to get to the rim for a layup, and he follows the next possession with a three over a defender. He gives a quick fist pump, as the oft-injured guard has KU’s last eight points.

Another nice post move by Robinson, who makes a move toward the basket before spinning to his back shoulder for an eight-foot fadeaway.

C.J. Henry continues his hot stretch, putting in another three from the right wing. He adds a block on defense for good measure, and Jordan Juenemann puts in a layup in transition.

KU uses a 63-point second half to pull away in a 35-point victory.

KU 84/RU 55 — 3:44 left in game

Marcus Morris rattles in a three from the right wing, and that’s only his second field goal.

Xavier Henry checks in and immediately shows his post-up game, sealing off Trifunovic before putting in a layup over him.

Xavier has a sloppy turnover, trying to dribble his way out of trouble instead of passing it to a teammate. He makes up for it two possessions later, driving down the middle of the lane before putting in a layup with a foul.

Johnson lands funny on his foot while defending, and he hobbles around a bit. It looks like he might have twisted his ankle, but it doesn’t appear serious, as he stays in the game for a possession before getting subbed out.

KU 71/RU 41 — 7:38 left in game

Aldrich steps in front of Parakhouski for a steal, and Taylor turns it into two in transition with a one-handed slam. He hasn’t been posing for the cameras after his dunks tonight, and I’m not sure if that’s a conscious decision or not.

C.J. Henry has checked in, and he misses his first three-point attempt, but Aldrich follows with a putback slam.

Reed swishes a three from the corner, and that breaks an 0-for-3 skid for him.

KU 62/RU 36 — 11:01 left in game

Before the media timeout, we establish one thing: neither Parakhouski nor Robinson can defend each other.

Parakhouski throws in a dunk, but Robinson follows with a quick move across the lane and left-handed layup. Parakhouski answers with a short turn-around in the lane, but Robinson follows with a 16-footer that swishes through.

KU 58/RU 32 — 12:16 left in game

Xavier Henry with a tough shot in the lane, forcing it up and in over a defender with his right hand (and, of course, Xavier is left-handed).

Tyshawn Taylor takes a few dribbles inside the arc before putting up a wild 18-footer that misses. It never looked like he got his feet set on that one. He just looks lost out there right now offensively.

Another quick move from Robinson, who fakes a shot at the top of the key before driving around a defender and putting in a left-handed layup with a foul.

Taylor with another wild shot early in the shot clock that misses, but this time, he corrals his miss and puts it back in off the glass for two. Timeout RU.

KU 49/RU 27 — 15:10 left in game

KU opens the second half with a set play, and Collins lob finds Johnson for an alley-oop slam.

Lynch-Flohr with another hook shot that goes in. He’s single-handedly making that shot relevant again in college basketball.

RU coach Brad Greenberg doesn’t like two early whistles against his team. “Come on, give us a chance!” he pleads to the nearest official.

Parakhouski puts in his first basket, putting in a layup over Aldrich with a foul. That seems to have gotten him going, as he goes to the other side of the basket for another jumper with a foul, again putting it ove Aldrich.

Nice hustle play for Johnson, who sprints around a defender to track down an offensive board. The freshman kicks out to Collins, who swishes the open three.

KU scoring — Johnson 9, Collins 8, X. Henry 7, Aldrich 7, Markieff Morris 2, Taylor 2, Robinson 1.

KU was 12-for-32 from the floor (37.5 percent), 3-for-6 from three (50 percent) and 9-for-13 from the free-throw line (69.2 percent).

RU was 8-for-26 from the floor (30.8 percent), 1-for-4 from three (25 percent) and 1-for-3 from the free-throw line (33.3 percent).

Parakhouski had no points on 0-for-2 shooting with six rebounds.

RU had 10 turnovers to KU’s five. KU out-rebounded RU, 25-17.

KU 36/RU 18 — Halftime

On the fast break, Collins throws ahead to Johnson, who puts in an uncontested layup.

Trifunovic throws a hook shot off the side of the backboard. Told you RU wasn’t a good shooting team. The Highlanders are just 7-for-24 (29.2 percent) so far.

Xavier Henry gets his arm slapped on a three-point attempt, and he makes two of his three free throws. Nobody can seem to hit all their attempts, though.

Johnson drains another three from the corner. He’s two-for-two from deep. KU, though, has only shot six three-pointers so far. Remember, all of the Highlanders’ opponents have shot at least 20 threes against them.

Collins tries to hold for the last shot, but his pass to Reed on the outside is fumbled out of bounds.

KU gets away with one before the buzzer, as Trifunovic’s shot is blocked by Xavier Henry. The ball was clearly on its way down toward the rim, but the officials get together before deciding that no goaltending will be called.

KU takes an 18-point lead into the break.

KU 27/RU 15 — 3:14 left in 1st half

Parakhouski checks out. I’m still guessing it’s not the last we’ll see of him this half.

Aldrich makes one of two free throws. Seems to be the pattern lately for KU players.

Collins misses a short shot in the lane, and he claps his hands together in frustration.

Radford seems to be having the same problem that KU had against UCLA with a different basketball. The Highlanders’ guards are having all sorts of trouble simply keeping their dribble. RU also has nine turnovers already.

Collins finds Johnson in the corner for a three, but Lynch-Flohr answers with a three of his own from straight on.

Funny thing happened right in front of me. On RU’s seventh foul, Johnson went under the basket to take the inbounds pass. But there was no inbounds pass, as KU was shooting free throws.

On a fast break the next possession, Johnson drives to the basket and draws a blocking foul. So where does he go? Back under the basket to try to throw the ball inbounds. The official kindly tells him that he will be shooting free throws instead.

Collins misses a guarded shot, but Xavier throws back in the miss with two hands.

Lynch-Flohr puts in another jump hook, and KU coach Bill Self calls timeout. He’s hot at Johnson, standing up to yell at him on the court.

KU 18/RU 10 — 7:56 left in 1st half

Thomas Robinson uses a quick move to the rim, and he’s fouled on the way up. He makes one of two free throws, as the second one rattles out.

Nice defensive possession by Tyrel Reed, as he was up in the face of Blake Smith for nearly half the shot clock. Trifunovic still ends the possession with points, as he puts in a short jump hook.

Xavier Henry answers with a three from the corner, and Taylor follows with a steal. He doesn’t blow the dunk attempt, as he times his steps right and throws in a one-handed slam. RU calls timeout with KU taking its largest lead at 18-10.

Aldrich uses an up-fake to get Parakhouski in the air before drawing a foul. That’s Parakhouski’s second whistle, so we’ll see if Radford decides to leave him in there. Parakhouski has no points so far, but he does have six rebounds.

KU 12/RU 8 — 11:32 left in 1st half

Joey Lynch-Flohr throws in a tough hook shot from 12 feet on the baseline, and he has RU’s first six points. He averaged 13.2 points coming into the contest.

Markieff Morris drains a baseline jumper, and that looks to be a soft spot in the zone if KU can exploit it.

Collins bursts to the basket to put in a layup, and on the next possession, he fakes a three before swishing a long two.

The two teams are struggling to find their ways offensively. Tyrel Reed checks in but misses a three. Aldrich clanks a jump-hook off the glass. KU even misses an easy one, as Markieff Morris gets a breakaway steal before taking his two steps too early. He doesn’t have enough juice to get to the basket, and his dunk attempt rattles off the rim before Radford clears the rebound.

KU 6/RU 4 — 15:57 left in 1st half

Good sign for KU, as Cole Aldrich tears the ball away from Lazar Trifunovich on an offensive rebound and slams it home with one hand. The next possession, Aldrich gets it inside and puts in for a reverse layup, and he has KU’s first four points.

RU comes out in an uncommon 1-3-1 trapping zone. The set looks like its main purpose is to put pressure on the guards up top.

Aldrich gets a block inside, and Collins uses a nasty crossover to get to the lane before taking two steps and putting in a short floater.

Parakhouski returns the favor to Aldrich, as he stuffs the KU big man on a baby-hook attempt. KU fans gasp a bit, as they’re not used to seeing the junior getting blocked.

Elijah Johnson steers too close to an RU player on his way up the court, and Johnson is whistled for his second foul. Taylor checks in off the bench.

7 p.m.

Elijah Johnson starting over Tyshawn Taylor. And Marcus Morris starting over his brother, Markieff.

6:53 p.m.

Here are some notes about Radford, which enters with a 4-2 record.

Three players in the Highlanders' starting lineup (Lazar Trifunovic, Joey Lynch-Flohr, Art Parakhouski) are 6-foot-8 or taller. That's actually better size than KU in the starting lineup, as Xavier Henry, KU's small forward, is only 6-6.

Radford might be, statistically, the worst-shooting team KU faces all year. The Highlanders are just 25.8 percent from three-point range, 43-percent from two-point range and 62 percent from the free-throw line. Fifty-nine percent of their points come from two-pointers.

Radford has shot 158 free throws in six games this season. Its opponents have only shot 96 free throws. That means, on average, the Highlanders shoot 10 more free throws than their opponents each game.

Radford hasn't done a good job so far this season of avoiding turnovers, as one out of about every seven possessions for Radford ends in a steal for the opposition. The Highlanders have had at least 15 turnovers in every game.

Every opponent has shot at least 20 three-pointers against Radford this year.

Six-foot-11 center Art Parakhouski is the Big South's preseason player of the year. So far, he's averaged 22.3 points and a nation-leading 14.8 rebounds this season. He also had 24 points and 14 rebounds in an earlier game against Duke.

6:15 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Allen Fieldhouse where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Radford Highlanders.

I've heard a lot of talk about the recent offensive struggles of both Cole Aldrich and Tyshawn Taylor.

I think a lot of times, we tend to forget that even though shots aren't going in, basketball players can still be effective if they're productive on the defensive end.

Make no mistake: Both Aldrich and Taylor have been two of the biggest highlights for KU defensively so far this season.

So far this season, KU is the top team in the nation in two-point field-goal percentage defense. Opponents are shooting just 35.1 percent from inside the arc against the Jayhawks, and the No. 2 team nationally (Texas) isn't all that close (37.3 percent).

There's one main reason for teams' struggles inside against KU: That would be Cole Aldrich.

Not only does the 6-foot-11 big man block shots, he also gives opponents a presence to think about when they are entering the lane. Though the statistic can't be measured, I would guess Aldrich alters about as many shots as he blocks.

And though his offensive numbers aren't better this season, his defensive numbers are so far — especially in blocks. He has more blocks per game this year than last year (3.6 this year, 2.7 last year) despite playing four fewer minutes per game this year. He also has blocks on 12.9 percent of the opposing team's two-point shots as compared to 9.5 percent last year (both marks lead/led the Big 12).

As far as Taylor goes, his steal numbers are up from a year ago. He averaged 1.1 steals in 26.5 minutes per game last season, stealing the ball on 2.3 percent of his defensive possessions.

This year, Taylor is averaging 1.9 steals per game while averaging just 23.9 minutes. He also has stolen the ball on 4.3 percent of his defensive possessions, which is good for sixth in the Big 12.

So even if you believe that Aldrich and Taylor are struggling offensively, make sure to remember that offense is only half the reason those guys are on the court.

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Comments

suttonku 10 years, 1 month ago

You forgot to post the link, Jesse lol.

here is the link to watch the game:

http://www.justin.tv/sremlahc10

Password: phog

Jesse Newell 10 years, 1 month ago

Thanks sutton. I should remember by now ...

Chuck Wagstaff 10 years, 1 month ago

11:30 1st

(Time the Hawks put this one out of reach.)

thare 10 years, 1 month ago

The JustinTV link is terrible. Any other options?

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

This isn't Alcorn. These guys are big and athletic inside.

Chuck Wagstaff 10 years, 1 month ago

OU 18 Cent 3 14:09 1st

ORU 15 Moo 8 11:13 1st

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

Is Sam Perkins the big man coach for Radford? They are good at the little jump hooks.

If these guys had some guards, they'd be a nice little team.

jhawks2012 10 years, 1 month ago

Coles not impressing me.. wish he had a better post move.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

2012 - I love Cole but offensively he is somewhat limited against comparable big men. I keep wanting to see him make something more "Kevin McHale" like underneath.

There's no denying, Condor can board and play D though.

jhawks2012 10 years, 1 month ago

Ty Taylor better start workin his butt off to get back in the starting lineup cuz EJ is playing great!

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

He started a little shaky, but has really settled down. This will be a wake-up call to TT is that continues.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

Big time block X.

Welcome to the Big 12, Art.

waywardJay 10 years, 1 month ago

anyone watching on the web... need a link

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

Halftime score--Mizzou only up by two at Oral Roberts!

Joey Meyer 10 years, 1 month ago

Jesse - How's the student turnout tonight?

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

Stop fouling him - that's the only shot he can make!

kupark 10 years, 1 month ago

Cole looks quite frustrated. I hope he doesn't have a Chenowith-like season.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

Is Cole in a mini-slump or is it just better competition tonight?

Jesse Newell 10 years, 1 month ago

Student turnout OK. The corners didn't fill up until late.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

TRob is known to have a motor, but his first step is amazingly quick for a guy his size. Think Tyrus Thomas or the kid from AZ last year (name?). Wow.

He is going to be a STUD when he learns to play with some control.

jhawks2012 10 years, 1 month ago

melrank- i think your talking about Jordan Hill from arizona which is exactly how T Rob is.. Cant wait to see him develop.

RockChalk1225 10 years, 1 month ago

Not to take away from the basketball game, but they just showed Lew Perkins at the Uconn-Kentucky game. Anyone know what the deal is with that? Awfully random???? Hell, we have a game going on!

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

2012 - that's him - good call.

1225 - Hmmmm - can you say Edsall (SP?) for KU FB Coach?

RockChalk1225 10 years, 1 month ago

Now edsall seems to be a hot Notre Dame name. If the UConn coach comes to KU, Lew better come out and just say (even though we all know, right) that he wanted his own guy, so he ran Mangino out to get his man. That would be tooooo obvious! Ha

RockChalk1225 10 years, 1 month ago

Kentucky 12-0 start. Wow. They will be tough come March.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

I live in SB - I don't think Edsall is coming to ND - Kelly is probably a lock. Strangely, the biggest con on Kelly is his wife supposedly has some sort of pro-choice public stance that isn't sitting well with the catholics. I don't know the specifics, but it keeps coming up. It's almost as tabloid at the tiger-fiasco.

I'm not sure I like Edsall for the 'Hawks, but that's a different board . . .

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

MIZZOU LOSES 60-59 AT ORAL ROBERTS--MUST HAVE LOST ON A LAST SECOND SHOT--NOT IMPRESS BY THE TIGERS!!!

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

TRob

Double Dribble Travel Travel Unbelieveable turn-around.

He's ready for the NBA :)

jhawks2012 10 years, 1 month ago

WOW CJ IS ON FIRE. its time for him to see some playing time!!! Great game Rock chalk jhawk!!!

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

CJ Henry--man can shoot the trifecta!!!

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

Holy cow - 35 point win - workmanlike - against a very respectable team.

RCJH

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

Wisconsin @ Wisc-Green Bay--in overtime--kind of a surprise!

lance1jhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Solid win and with a Mizzery loss makes this a great day. Oh by the way... people were speculating that Cole was in a slump, I would say no. The other 4 guys on the floor just need to keep getting the ball to the post. RCJH

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

Kentucky and John Wall are really selfish--Wall called for a charging call. They don't share the ball like the Jayhawks do!

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

86 - I'm just tuning into this game, but from what I've seen in other games is Kentucky plays some decent defense, creates turnovers, and holds their opponents to a low % (about 37% for the year) from the field. The best transition defense is having the opposing team take it out from under the basket after a made FG and they are doing a good job of creating turnovers and missed shots, thus making transition defense difficult. Wall has a good Assist to TO ratio. These guys are young and prone to being freshman, but dang, they're talented.

They might lose this game now, but come March, they will be a tough out.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

Can't argue - it's always hard to gauge Cal's teams. They are usually young, always talented, but sometimes you question his X's and O's and their discipline. I do at least (you can tell from the broadcast that Dickie V doesn't).

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

dihrdhwk86--

Kentucky is definitely beatable--I definitely agree--the Wildcats do have that raw talent, though. Wall has been on the bench for a long time.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

Without Wall, they are very average - sort of weird that a Frosh makes that much difference. They were NIT last year and not much better this year without Wall. He is a game changer.

I'm not sure what to make of UCONN (other than I won't like them if they are good - ha, ha).

Billy Derringer 10 years, 1 month ago

update kentucky down by 8--after the fast start by them al la unc game--uconn has settled down and have takin it right to the uk pups im lol--u can sense a bet of fear in these kids now--go uconn lmfao

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

86 - Really? I was in Louisville 2 weeks ago. Stayed downtown when Kensucky was playing BFE in some neutral site game and ran into them in the hotel lobby. I wanted to pull out the Jayhawk t-shirt but didn't have one on - bummer.

Ben Kane 10 years, 1 month ago

Dihrdhwk86,

i live in Lexington...tell me about it.

A lose won't shut them up either.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

dihrdhwk86--

Too bad you're in Louisville and you got to stomach all that attitude. I have to work with K-State colleagues and they do they same thing to me during football season--it sucks!

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

Are the folks in Louisville excited about Strong maybe being FB coach?

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

Everyone is talking UCONN and Kentucky. But what about Purdue? They may be a darkhorse in March. They play outstanding defense. They could be a tough out, too!

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

Purdue will be interesting. They are good. It will be interesting to see if Painter can take them very far into the tournament. They play a style that is conducive to success in March.

Jack Wilson 10 years, 1 month ago

EJ over Tyshawn .. I think coach Self is looking to March, quite possibly. GREAT move. And CJ looks like he could press both of them. EJ and CJ are the better ball handlers and less likely to make the multiple mistakes in succession. Great opportunity for Tyshawn to now work hard and step up.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

86 - Very cool - I was a big Louisville fan when I was a kid - Darrell Griffith, etc. Denny seemed to be a real gentlemen - but, hey, that was in the days before the internet. Pervis came to KU when I was in school as a freshman and I remember Greg Dreiling schooling him. I guess they got the last laugh that year. We got screwed.

Did I say "I hate Duke?"

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

Kentucky shoots free throws as good as the Memphis team in 2008--awful, awful, awful--humm, I wonder if there is a connection here! Hope Coach Cal isn't listening.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

A lot of people are talking about Wall - including me - but Cousins is pretty solid for a Freshman, too.

There's a good chance he'll be gone this year, too.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

melrank--

I agree what you said about Cousins--he is a beast--but we have the twins. X. Henry will want to leave for the NBA after this year but hopefully, Self will convince him to stay one more year.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

BS is going to have to do some work to convince X to stay. I'd say there's a better chance of seeing Cole next year. X is for real. I'm glad he's a 'Hawk.

I'm not convinced Condor is a solid NBA contributor. He will get drafted high because you can't teach size and he's got desirable intangibles. But, TRob is our best future NBA contributor on the front line IMO.

Scott Smetana 10 years, 1 month ago

I sure wish we played more quality teams right now... I think this schedule has hurt us.. Only Memphis has helped. UCLA and Michigan aren't much better than Radford. I wished we played Texas 3 times this year.

Great call coach.... Elijah looks smooth and confident.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

Wall just had a steal and a NBA dunk! He definitely has game!

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

I crack up at the KU homers who suggested we would be better off without Wall when we lost that recruiting battle. Now there might turn up something weird regarding his SAT, grade changing, sexual preferences, or whatever, but absent of that, I wish he was on our team.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

dihrdhwk86 beat me to the punch. I was going to say that once the Conference schedule begins, that will make up for the weak non-conference schedule. Most of the Big 12 teams are improved from last year. Winning on the road will not be a cakewalk, even for Texas and KU. I will be checking out Texas Tech when they come to play Wichita State on December 19th. Pat Knight has those guys competing!

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

The schedule this year is typical Self. We play a lot of small D1 teams that will be the best in their conference and will often be tourney teams. I'm not sure I get it totally, but it seems to work for Self as we usually progress nicely during the pre-season.

Personally, I'd like to see a couple of Home and Home's with some big time schools in December to juice the fans. We would take an occassional loss, but that would be worth the exhilarating wins. Let's get it on with the other big boys from time to time. Wouldn't it be cool to whip Coach K next week?

Scott Smetana 10 years, 1 month ago

I'm sorry, but I don't buy it... the Big 12 North is weak. We are the only team up here that will make the tourney and we play them all twice.
I'm an optimist, but see that this team has a long ways to go before we're ready for our final 4 run. A much longer distance than the '08 team had in the beginning of their season. We obviously have a great coach, but think about 5 more touch opponents would help us to grow faster.

Yet to come...La Salle, Bellmont, Cornell, and Temple??? I'm sorry, but how many of these are top 50 teams?

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

God Wall is cocky son of a gun! But he is the real deal.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

Wall scores 25 and scored 12 of the last 15 points for UK! Definitely NBA material.

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

PPS - Go back to our NC team - the only legitimate teams we played before January were AZ and USC. Georgia Tech wasn't the same team and Depaul and Ohio stunk. It wasn't much different than this year with silly teams on the schedule like Northern Arizona. We play the same type of schedule every year with Self.

Self finds a way to create "teaching" lessons during these cupcakes and I'm not going to argue. We always get better during the pre-season.

My gripe is from a fan's standpoint, it would be fun to have some big time games. Strategically, I'm good with however HCBS wants to schedule and the home games pour a lot of money into the coffers, but . . .

melrank 10 years, 1 month ago

Kids are asleep - it's snowing like hell outside - two bottles of wine are drained.

This has been a great night to be a Jayhawk.

Good night, all.

RCJH

100 10 years, 1 month ago

Would like to see this lineup a lot earlier in an upcoming game:

  1. Coal Train

  2. The X Man
  3. CJ
  4. The Human Bowling Ball (BB)

What I love about the 1 & the 2 is the crisp passing in this lineup. CJ seems to really have a good vision of the court & passes it like a fastball. Mostly, however, as important as passing is.... I love that all three guards are a rarity -- bulky, strong, quick jump shooting money men from downtown. All three have great strokes.

When Withey gets healthy, I'd love to see the threat of X,CJ & BB hanging outside the arc while, Withey & the Coal Train switch blocks & back pick for dunkfests down low, whether it's off a missed 3 rebound (like tonight for Cole), or the auto-alleyoop off the switch.

"Passing Wins Championships"

40-0.

ginger2015 10 years, 1 month ago

PikesPeak: LaSalle and Temple are both A10 teams which makes them a little above the cannon fodder that we have been used to seeing. LaSalle is on a neutral court which hasn't been kind to us and if you recall, our last neutral court game wasn't a work of art. If you think that Temple can't be tough in Philadelphia, then you don't know college basketball. Cornell did receive some votes in the last AP poll, not many but some. Belmont? Probably a walk. My point is, that from this point on, we can't overlook anyone.

I also differ with you on the B12 North. I think that K-State and Missouri are both very legitimate tourney contenders

LloydDobbler 10 years, 1 month ago

Instead of paying glorified high school teams to come in, why don't Perkins and Self just go ahead and put Lawrence High and Free State on the schedule and get it over with. They would save money, local high schoolers would get exposure, and the university could advance its greenhouse gas goals by reducing its carbon footprint through reduced jet fuel usage. That's a win-win-win!

Scott Smetana 10 years, 1 month ago

Good Point MelRank... I didn't realize our schedule was so easy in 07/08. In Self's hardest preseason game, we won but didn't do that well in the tourney. It was a top 5 Jayhawk game for me: Florida vs. KU in Las Vegas.... I wish I was there.

Nice Lloyd!!

Ginger... KSU was tied at home with Fort Hays state mid second half. Mizzou just lost to Oral Roberts and has no talent. Sorry.... no kudoes to them

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