Originally published December 12, 2009 at 12:12p.m., updated December 12, 2009 at 03:10p.m.

FINAL: Xavier Henry scores career-high 31 points as KU takes down La Salle, 90-65

Kansas forward Xavier Henry stands up to applaud the play of his teammates along side Elijah Johnson, left, Cole Aldrich, Markieff Morris, assistant coach Kurtis Townsend and head coach Bill Self late in the second half, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas forward Xavier Henry stands up to applaud the play of his teammates along side Elijah Johnson, left, Cole Aldrich, Markieff Morris, assistant coach Kurtis Townsend and head coach Bill Self late in the second half, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.


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2009 KU-La Salle

Reader poll

Which Jayhawk's stat line were you most happy with against La Salle?

  • Xavier Henry's 31 points on 10-for-15 shooting 31% 713 votes
  • Tyshawn Taylor's 6 assists and 0 turnovers 28% 653 votes
  • Markieff Morris' 12 rebounds and four blocks 13% 305 votes
  • Cole Aldrich's 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting 26% 613 votes

2284 total votes.

GameDay Cram Session: La Salle online editor Jesse Newell and Journal-World sports writer Matt Tait take a look at what to expect from the Kansas basketball team's matchup against La Salle.

FINAL: KU defeats La Salle, 90-65

Xavier Henry picks up his career-high, as he’s fouled in the lane and makes both free throws. His 29 points today surpasses the 27 he had against Hofstra in the season opener.

Collins misses a tough pull-up from the top (making him 1-for-11 today), but Aldrich tips the follow in.

Collins is just forcing things now, and he bricks up another despite being double-teamed. He’s now 1-for-12.

Another drive to the left and two for Xavier, who becomes KU’s first 30-point scorer this year. He checks out with 31 points.

C.J. Henry swishes in a three, and Marcus Morris follows with a two off the glass with a foul. The final score isn’t going to indicate how close this one was.

KU wraps up a 90-65 victory.

KU 78/La Salle 58 — 3:50 left in game

Just when KU needs points, Xavier Henry comes through with a huge three from the right corner.

In transition, Taylor passes up an open three to get it to the hot hand, and Xavier swishes another long-range shot. His 52-percent three-point shooting will only be helped by his 4-for-5 performance from behind the arc today.

Xavier Henry drives to the glass for two more, and he’s up to 27 points on 9-for-14 shooting.

As Self would say, both teams are playing “loose” right now. Both teams are getting up and down the floor, and neither team is playing much defense as of late.

Taylor crosses over his defender and puts in a two off the glass with a foul. His free throw pushes KU’s lead to 20.

KU 65/La Salle 49 — 7:26 left in game

Aldrich draws an away-from-the-ball whistle, and KU will shoot the bonus the rest of the way. Aldrich makes both of his attempts.

Twice in a row, Aldrich loses his man, Jerrell Williams, on the perimeter. Twice in a row, Williams makes him pay, draining three-point shots. Self calls timeout, and the Jayhawks might need some switches defensively. Every KU player on defense seems to be guarding a player much bigger than him or much quicker than him.

A Markieff Morris block leads to two more in transition, as Taylor scoops to Xavier Henry for a layup.

Xavier Henry steals the ball in transition, and though he fails to tightrope the sideline (he stepped out of bounds at least twice; I was looking straight down the line) the officials don’t blow the whistle. Taylor feeds Markieff with an over-the-head pass for a slam. This is as loud as the Sprint Center has been today.

Markieff Morris turns it over on a bad pass, and a Collins foul will give La Salle free throws after the break.

KU 59/La Salle 41 — 11:27 left in game

The pace has slowed a bit with a flurry of fouls. Both teams are getting called for numerous fouls trying to front players who are posting up.

Johnson is getting beaten routinely off the dribble by La Salle’s Rodney Jones. Self motions for C.J. Henry to go in to try his luck.

Collins tries a lob to Robinson, but the freshman can’t get the thunder slam to fall, instead rattling it hard off the iron.

KU 55/La Salle 36 — 15:21 left in game

Aldrich gets it inside, and after ripping it away from a defender, he kicks out to Xavier Henry for another three.

Marcus Morris fouls Williams on a layup attempt, and the La Salle player finishes a three-point play. Just 37 seconds into the second half, Self checks Markieff back in for Marcus.

Aldrich gets it underneath again, and he goes under the basket before scooping in a reverse layup.

Back to the 2-3 zone for La Salle, and immediately, Collins throws an alley oop to Markieff for a dunk.

A rare turnover for KU, as Xavier Henry and Taylor bang into each other trying to track down a pass from Collins. Williams is fouled on the way to the rim, and he makes two freebies.

Just when it appeared Self was going to have to call a timeout to regroup his team, the Jayhawks score two buckets in transition. After a Markieff Morris rebound, KU pushes ahead, and Xavier Henry scoops in a layup with his off hand for two.

Aldrich tears away a defensive board from two La Salle players (and also his teammate) before throwing ahead to Collins, who hurls an underhanded scoop to Xavier for another layup. A perturbed Giannini signals for timeout.

Out of the break, Xavier Henry feeds Aldrich with a nice lob pass, and the big man line-drives it off the glass for two more.

KU scoring — Aldrich 11 (5-for-7 shooting), Henry 10 (2-for-7 shooting), Taylor 7, Markieff Morris 6, Marcus Morris 4, Collins 3, Elijah Johnson 1.

KU was 14-for-28 from the floor (50 percent), 4-for-6 from three (66.7 percent) and 10-for-16 from the free-throw line (62.5 percent).

La Salle was 11-for-29 from the floor (37.9 percent), 3-for-11 from three (27.3 percent) and 2-for-7 from the free-throw line (28.6 percent).

La Salle out-rebounded KU, 21-17, in the first half, but the Explorers had 10 turnovers to KU’s three.

Some thoughts

If you look back to our pregame notes, this game has pretty much gone as expected. La Salle has dominated the offensive glass (11 offensive rebounds) but is losing any positive momentum because of turnovers (10). The Jayhawks should be fine as long as they continue to force turnovers on the defensive end.

It’s no small feat that KU out-shot La Salle in free throws, 16-7, in the first half. Remember, the Explorers are averaging 25.6 free throws per game.

Good half by Taylor, who looked like he was more composed during his time in there.

We haven’t seen the big lineup I predicted yet that would push Marcus Morris to the three spot. I’m a bit surprised, but as many guards as KU has (Collins, Taylor, X. Henry, C.J. Henry, Johnson, Reed, etc.), it’s hard to keep two-thirds of those guys on the bench at the same time.

Of note: KU had seven first-half blocks. Aldrich had four, and Markieff Morris had three.

KU 42/La Salle 27 — Halftime

Taylor does a nice job on a drive in transition. Much like a quarterback, he looked off the defender, keeping his eyes on Sherron Collins on the perimeter and making it look like he was going to pass it. Instead of passing it, though, he took it hard to the rim to draw a foul.

Thomas Robinson continues to pick up the cheapest fouls on the team. He slapped away the ball from a La Salle player, but after the ball floated free, the official called a foul on him. That’s his second whistle.

Great job of body control by Markieff Morris, who banged straight into a defender but kept his wits, pumping the ball back up on to the glass for a bank shot with a foul. The big man swings his right fist in satisfaction.

KU goes with a small lineup for the final possession, as Self wants to avoid the third foul for both Xavier Henry and Collins.

Aldrich blocks Green on the final possession, and Tyrel Reed throws ahead to Taylor, who tries a spinning shot from the top of the key at the buzzer. The rainbow bounces hard of the back iron, though it would have been an amazing shot had it gone through.

KU takes a 15-point lead into the break.

KU 36/La Salle 25 — 3:15 left in 1st half

Rodney Green picks up his second foul on a loose ball, and La Salle coach John Giannini yells at him across the court. “If you would have gotten to the ball, you wouldn’t have gotten the foul!” Then, Giannini goes down his bench to preach the same message, bemoaning the fact that one of his players was out-hustled.

Aldrich has started to show his offensive game, putting in a turn-around on one possession before getting fouled on the next. He makes one of the two free throws, and KU is up by double figures.

Despite what Markieff might have said before the game, Rodney Green is, in fact, a really good shooter. He squares up from 14 feet on the baseline and swishes another shot, pushing his total to 12.

Aldrich once again answers, though, putting in a short turn-around that rattles off all sides of the rim and the backboard before falling through.

Xavier Henry is horse-collared on his way to the basket, and he slumps over for a second, grabbing the back of his neck. The freshman shakes off the injury and stays in to hit his two free throws.

KU shows a rarity, going to a 2-3 zone defensively. Both Collins and Xavier Henry have two fouls, so this might be a tactic by Self to try to avoid picking up their third whistles.

Xavier Henry uses a strong move to get to the bucket, clearing some space with his body before putting in a layup off the glass.

KU 27/La Salle 20 — 7:38 left in 1st half

La Salle has moved back to its 2-3 zone, and KU has had less success recenty. Collins throws a pass out of bounds intended for Taylor.

At the 10-minute mark, out of nowhere, the crowd perks up a bit. As has been the case during most K.C. games, the fans have been a bit dead so far.

Markieff Morris comes away with a steal, and Collins drains a three from the left wing. The next trip down, Taylor takes a good look at the rim before hitching up a three from straight on that goes through.

C.J. Henry checks in, and Self has kept with his promise of trying to play C.J. a bit more.

The Jayhawks are finally getting some stops defensively, and it’s because of what we talked about in the pregame: turnovers. La Salle’s getting a bit sloppier with the ball, and Xavier Henry takes advantage of the latest miscue, getting hacked on his way to the basket.

KU 21/La Salle 19 — 11:24 left in 1st half

Aldrich wiggles around a defender inside for a layup, but KU’s struggles defensively continue.

Williams gets a shot to go down with a foul, and the Jayhawks can’t get any separation despite nearly flawless offensive production.

La Salle has scrapped its zone, and that appears to be a good move.

La Salle corrals another offensive rebound, and Green knocks down a three to give the Explorers their first lead at 17-16. Self calls a 30-second timeout to reset his defense. The Explorers already have four offensive rebounds and are shooting well over 50 percent (7-for-11, 64 percent).

Taylor comes up with a big bucket for KU, driving down the lane before putting in a layup off the right side of the glass.

Thomas Robinson scoops up a steal, and Tyrel Reed wisely passes on a three in transition when he couldn’t immediately find the handle on the basketball.

After resetting, Taylor scoops back to Markieff Morris, who swishes a three from the left wing. La Salle uses its first timeout after KU’s 5-0 burst.

Self had reason to be worried about La Salle’s guards posting up. Green makes a move on Taylor with his back to the basket, and he puts in a fallaway off the glass. That move will be hard for anyone to stop. Green has 10 points already on 4-for-7 shooting.

KU 14/La Salle 12 — 15:27 left in 1st half

La Salle starts out in a 2-3 zone. KU immediately attacks it with a lob, as Sherron Collins throws over the top to Cole Aldrich for a slam.

Rodney Green wastes no time starting his scoring, as he uses a quick drive to get to the lane before putting in a short shot.

KU couldn’t have gotten three better shots in its first three possessions against the zone. The Jayhawks work it to Marcus Morris on the baseline, and after the defense collapses, two quick passes net Xavier Henry an open three that he drains. The next time up the court, Collins feeds Aldrich again inside, and the big man drops it into the hoop for two.

Xavier Henry is fouled on a three from the top, and he makes all three tries. Four possessions has equaled 10 points for KU. You can’t get much better than that. Might be time for La Salle to reconsider its zone.

Green drains an open three (as mentioned before, he’s shooting 46.5 percent from deep this year, so there’s no excuse to leave him open), but Marcus Morris fights for an offensive rebound on the other end and puts in a layup.

Marcus Morris uses a baseline move to put in a layup, and the Jayhawks have scored on each of their first six possessions.

Unfortunately for KU, it isn’t getting any defensive stops. Following an offensive rebound, Jerrell Williams sticks back a two, and the Explorers have made five of their eight shots so far.

1:03 p.m.

A great crowd has filled in here. Fans are going all the way up to the rafters. This has to be close to a sellout.

La Salle's Kimmani Barrett, who has a dislocated middle finger, is starting for the Explorers. The digit is heavily taped, so we'll see if it affects him on the court.

12:48 p.m.

Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins is courtside at today's game, just for those of you wondering about his whereabouts these days.

12:12 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the La Salle Explorers.

Let's get right to some notes about La Salle, which comes in with a 6-2 record.

• Six-foot-5 point guard Rodney Green leads La Salle, averaging 18 points, six rebounds and four assists per game. He also makes 46.5 percent of his shots from three. He also was a high-school teammate of the Morris twins in Philadelphia, Pa.

La Salle has good size at the 2 and 3 positions, as Kimmani Barrett is 6-6 and Vves Mekongo is 6-5. KU coach Bill Self is worried about those guys' ability to post up.

One note on Kimmani Barrett, though: I was just told he dislocated his middle finger on his non-shooting hand. He's going to try to play, but if he doesn't play much, that's why.

La Salle shoots 43.5 percent from three as a team, which is good for 12th nationally.

The Explorers pull down offensive rebounds on 45.1 percent of their offensive possessions, which is good for the third-highest percentage in the country.

La Salle has had a tendency to turn the ball over, averaging 16.7 turnovers per game — about one every four possessions. That's a high number considering the Explorers play a slower tempo than the average NCAA team. La Salle's opponents have averaged just 11.5 turnovers per game. This is an area KU might be able to dominate.

La Salle is averaging 25.6 free throws per game. Its opponents are averaging just 18.1 free throws per game.

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Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

The Blind Side. Tremendous. Best movie I've seen a while.

None of the oldies yet, though.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 10 months ago

What do you think Mangino would have done with Michael Ohr?

coasthawk 10 years, 10 months ago

for me, the justintv link is going to a page that says "justintv is for sale." anyone having better luck?

Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

coasthawk — I miswrote it above. It's actually

I went ahead and fixed it above as well.

Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

ralster — I agree with you about Marcus. In the Cram Session above, I picked Marcus Morris as my "'Hawk to Rock". With La Salle's size in the backcourt, KU should go to its "big" lineup often today, pushing Marcus to the three spot, which is probably his more natural position. He has the quickness and size to be able to succeed on both ends against La Salle.

VegasJhawk09 10 years, 10 months ago

It doesnt look that way immediately. Looks like X is at the 3 and Marcus is at 4.

Chuck Wagstaff 10 years, 10 months ago

Is is true the game's official name is the 'M & I Bank Sprint Scrimmage'?

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

Look for KU to struggle defensively. La Salle is experienced, quick and KU isn't that great defensively yet (as compared to Bill Self's standards)

Joe Templeton 10 years, 10 months ago

Jesse - The TV broadcast mentioned someone was taken to the hospital with a broken middle finger. They are have some issues with there broadcast this afternoon so I wasnt able to catch the entire convo. Kobe broke his finger last is that what they were commenting about or did the same thing happen to someone in this game???

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

I really hate the double team in the post on defense. Especially against a smaller La Salle team!

VegasJhawk09 10 years, 10 months ago

Yah, they dont need to double team in the post. Maybe on the perimeter, maybe. But if they just lock down and play hard they can do Man coverage.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

I have never been to the Sprint Center, but it seems like the atmosphere is always "Dead" there.

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

It wasn't a KU player who was taken to the hospital with a broken finger. It was a La Salle player who is playing today.

VegasJhawk09 10 years, 10 months ago

Personaly I like games at the sprint center. I saw the 08 tchampionship team play there this time in 07. Way to go Kieff for knocking down that trey!!

NH_JHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

that might have been the best looking 3pt by Marcus this year, imo. It will def take a few more shots like that (that are more natural in the flow of the offensive rhythm) to convice me they should be taking the 3 regularly.

Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

TeamKansas — Read in the blog above about Kimmani Barrett.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

I know X is smooth and looks effortless out there, but I would like to see X switch off and play Green. Green is a good player and even if X gets beat off the dribble, I think it would allow X to concentrate and give more attention on the defensive side of the ball. I think Self is allowing X to get off "Scott Free" on "D". I think X needs to make the defensive end more of a focus and take ownership of his responsibility.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

Time for Collins to go into "Pit Bull" mode. I love the fact he is trying to defer to his teammates this year, but it's time for him to go into more an agressive mode this season.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

Good analysis by the commentators about Tyshawn Taylor. Very True! Always good to be humble!

rpboy06 10 years, 10 months ago

i hate when collins drives now. He isn't as smooth with the drive as he was 2 years ago. It's as if he forces too much.

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

What is wrong with Taylor? He can't keep anybody in front of him.

miamijayhawknotmario 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm thinking Coach Self should ask the guys to start taking their free throws from behind the 3 point line...

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

Free Throw shooting has got to get better!

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

That is what I want to see from X! He will always have the stroke and I like he didn't "Settle" there. Great move on his part! Looking back at the play it should have been a 3 point play.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

Taylor playing well! Playing within himself! I like it!

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

I love the halftime commentary by Stephen Bardo..............Bill Self said, "Offense sells tickets, but defense wins Championships! Oh so true!

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

Great Half! Getting out-rebounded 19-16 overall and 10-5 on the offensive glass. This is all on the guards and them doing their job!

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

EWWWW! Taylor gets the start second half!

milehighhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Jesse - I thought we did see the big lineup in the first half - at one point it was Collins, X, The Twins & Aldrich

newyorkjayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I am very happy, as a fan, to see Xavier Henry shooting down the lane on a fast break to finish a fine pass from Collins with ease and strength... I'm happy to see Cole display a nimble wrap around a few plays following a collapse which led to a kick back to the perimeter for Xavier to nail a 3... Whether Taylor or EJohnson starts, I really don't care, but either of them are good and deserve quality minutes because they're helping the team win. But I am absolutely most happy to see, after Xavier finished a play that led to a La Salle time out, that Releford was the first off the bench, after being heavily pushed to redshirt for the season only because Henry decided to defect from Memphis and join Kansas... that Releford was the first off the bench to give encouragement to Henry for the play... I'm ecstatic to have him rejoin the active roster next year. He might be a solid perimeter player and a great defender and display the same Keith Langford type moves to penetrate inside that he showed glimpses of last season... but he's a GREAT teammate, and his presence on the floor, with that kind of attitude will only pay large dividends... what a good kid... GO HAWKS!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 10 months ago

Darrell Stuckey was just on ESPN. With a label for Dez Briscoe. Great work, camera guys.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

Holy Cow! GTown is destroying Washington by 20. 51-31 with 14 minutes left!

Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

milehigh — Did you see that lineup? It must have been brief, because I didn't notice when it was in. Either way, I expected to see it a bit more than we have.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

that was a bad call! Should have been La Salle ball!

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 10 months ago

This has been a terrible game for Collins. I don't know what it is about him this year, but he absolutely cannot score in the lane this year like he has in years past. Even though we've been dominant so far, I have a bad feeling that this team is just not focused enough or something to keep winning against tough teams. We look great at times, but completely checked out at others. Playing against a decent LaSalle team is a good measure of what it will take, I hope.

Matt Lacey 10 years, 10 months ago

1-3 breakaway and Tyshawn draws a charge. That's one of the best defensive plays I've ever seen! He really wants his starting job back.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

jayhawkboogeyman: LOL! Collins is "Damned if he does Damned if he doesn't"! Collins is still trying to figure out his role. He is deferring to his teammates like Self wants him to and is trying to "Pass" some of the load to his teammates. This is Collins third different "Role" in 4 years. Collins is fine! He is "Pressing" just a little during this game, but I have no worries about our "Pit Bull". He will rise when the time is needed.

WildcatsOne 10 years, 10 months ago

Well it looks like the jaybirds are doing pretty good in their CUPCAKE basketball tour of HIGH SCHOOL opponents. It is ridiculous how easy of a schedule you play,.....even more ridiculous is how that group of clowns jump and dance around like they actually beat a good team.


Scatterhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Yeah. The schedule is KU's fault. Its KU's fault that UK stole Memphis' coach and players. It's KU's fault that UCLA's team has been decimated by injuries and defections (see also CAL on the injury front), or that Michigan hasn't lived up to the hype. Luckily there's still the Tennessee game to have a truly good non-con opponent.

On the plus side, KU plays in the Big XII. You know, an actual good conference.

ParisHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

You guys are a bit hard on LaSalle: they looked pretty well coached and they fought all day for rebounds.

X, Cole and Kieff combined for 62 points on 31 shot attempts!

Theutus 10 years, 10 months ago

I pity people like WildcatsOne, It must really suck to have a life so pathetic and miserable that you draw satisfaction in trolling for arguments on a web forum....

Back on topic, I am hoping to see CJ get some more minutes moving forward... The kid can really shoot. If he can bump his defense a bit, I think he gives us a fantastic advantage against big-time guards. We can throw so many PG's at them and wear them down, without losing much on the offensive end.

This year is really going to be exciting to watch.

MrPilot 10 years, 10 months ago

Enjoy your little wins while you can, Kentucky. They will be vacated in a year or two when Calapari takes his criminal activities elsewhere.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

UKWildcats: He must be worried! I love it! Stick around for a while and talk some basketball. Good win today against a "Big Name", but not a very good Indiana basketball team.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 10 months ago

TT played a lot better today. Better enjoy X Henry while we can--he is NBA bound next year. Rock Chalk!

waywardJay 10 years, 10 months ago

I love the WIldcat's troll who comes onto our site after his team just beat Indiana by 17 in Indiana.... I have seen them play twice this year... and while they are improving.... that's a team Kentucky should beat by 30..... Talk on Wildcats, keep on whistling nervously when you play a quality opponent..... You'll get found out someday very soon

GilbertAZ 10 years, 10 months ago

Don't be suprised if Xavier starts getting the same amount of pub as John Wall. With his body, depending on who gets the top pick in next years NBA draft, he could push Wall for the #1 pick.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 10 months ago

Definitely agree with you GilbertAZ. Henry is only going to get better. Not saying Wall will too. It will be magical watching both of them as the season progresses.

rockchalkjayhawk4ku11 10 years, 10 months ago

Anyone notice Cole's extremely awkward position in the picture above?

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Sherron had a horrible shooting game today, I've never seen so many of his shots hang and fall out, minus the Marcus assist/goal tend. Last season Collins having such a day would have spelled a loss, a major difference between this year and last. Cole finally came out of his slumber to own the paint today, it's about darn time and very good to see.

So many weapons, so little time to share the court. Self appears to have broken through Taylor's brick wall in the short term; can Taylor now see the full light? Is C.J. suffering from Taylorism and will it slow his court time?

It's great to see Xavier pulling out more of his game.

Great game Hawks!!

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

rockchalkjayhawk4ku11 - must have been a real knee slapper...:)

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

The following lead on ESPN's recap of the KU-LaSalle game exemplifies ESPN's apparent double-standard about reporting KU. Note the phrase "another overmatched opponent" that minimizes KU's accomplishment. UK, UNC, and the rest of the ESPN Top Ten wins over lesser teams are not characterized in this way. Instead, the emphasis is simply on how the other Top Ten teams over power opponents.

"Freshman Xavier Henry scored a season-high 31 points, Markieff Morris had a double-double and No. 1 Kansas took care of another overmatched opponent by beating La Salle 90-65 on Saturday at the Sprint Center."--ESPN

ESPN appears to increasingly act unprofessionally in its reporting of KU basketball.

Under-reporting of KU, or reporting of it with a negative spin, might well help gaming industries make profits on point spreads by misinforming fans into thinking KU is not as good as its ranking, but it seems darned poor journalism.

Perhaps it is time for the NCAA to begin an inquiry into ESPN's motives for exhibiting persistent bias in reporting about certain of its member institutions.

How exactly does ESPN benefit from doing this sort of reporting?

Follow the clicks, follow the gaming industry, and follow the money.

tkramer 10 years, 10 months ago

Normally I like reading your posts Jaybate, but that one was a little silly. LaSalle WAS overmatched. Our schedule isn't that great, and it's certainly not as tough as Kentucky's. Besides, it's not a criticism to say over matched. It can mean several things, including being less aggressive and flat outplayed.

waywardJay 10 years, 10 months ago

Ralster, most of the reason you won't find people taunting Kentucky on kentucky's site.... the second you show anything but a positive light on their recruiting,team or coach they shut you out...... I give the Kusports alot of grief about Content and Skill, but give them props... They try extensively not to encroach 1st amendment..

I got booted from a Kentucky site for suggesting ( and may i say truthfully ) that Wall may not be eligible come November because he hasn't been cleared by the clearing house....... and that over the summer Cousin's looked out of shape.... and Orton wwas still unproven on that knee...... I came in peace and talked in peace, but really..... they couldn't even take that...... (... and im pretty sure Wall's games will be stricken from Kentucky records before all is said and done ALSO.... ) It appears that Kentucky fans are a wide range of nervous twitter about this team, that has a fantastic record, some good wins, but has played mostly sloppy basketball and is not beating teams as bad as they should be...... Wall's an Outstanding (Invalid ) Player and he will continue to get points for them no doubt, but frankly.... In watching them Playing UNC and Uconn, I came away equally impressed with Wall's ability to Finish and not stay in the picture when trying to hold an opponent defensively..... If Uconn had 1 40 percent three point shooter on that team, they win it going away.... But Kentucky outlasted them.... Kudos.... You got alot of improving to do befor eyou start talking about how great you are because you barely beat a Down UNC team and a UCONN team that out played you in ever air but 1....

Scatterhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

jaybate- "Freshman Xavier Henry scored a season-high 31 points, Markieff Morris had a double-double and No. 1 Kansas took care of another overmatched opponent by beating La Salle 90-65 on Saturday at the Sprint Center."--espn

Actually, that's from an AP story. You can also find it on,,, etc.

GilbertAZ 10 years, 10 months ago

jaybait. While I agree with most of your post, you must understand certain things. Nationally, most kids who play the game understand how great KU basketball is. But since KU is located in the middle of the country, the mainstream media could care less. I live here in Arizona, and our best basketball player in the state, Royce Woolridge, will be attending KU next year. Do you think anyone here cares? They don't. I don't know what the ratings are for ESPN when KU plays, but I sure would like to know. I might be wrong ( and I probably am ) but their contract with the big 12 probable means they are required to show a certain number of KU games since we are the face of the big 12. By insinuating that we are not as good as our ranking, they might be trying to get more viewers to watch.

Scatterhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Its not an ESPN story. Its an AP story. Its a national story that goes to every news outlet. There's no conspiracy at ESPN to downplay KU.

Steve Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. John Wooden

Thank you HCBS for being our coach, and setting high expectations for your boys. Defense, toughness, share the rock and rebound.

Thank you.

brooksmd 10 years, 10 months ago

Actually, had Slick-apari not gone to UK and brought his recruits with him, those ranked teams would've been talked about for putting a down UK team on their schedule. Remember, the schedule was probably finalized or at least tentative before Slick-apari took the job.

kuproud96 10 years, 10 months ago

Now that is the Tyshawn we need!!!!! Was at the game, he look as if he was going out of his way to be unselfish. He has alway been a great finisher of the basketball, hopefully this game is a turning point.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go Ku!!!

waywardJay 10 years, 10 months ago

Ralster, that Do everything guy just blew up on Indiana today... Next year's John Wall is this year's Eric Bledsoe.... I like this kid BETTER than Wall, as he decided Kentucky before WALL, Seems to be a better teammate, and is ( as far as i know ) a legitimate college player something we cannot say for John Wall..... He's not the polished player that Wall is but bledsoe is an incredibly PG..... they will need help on the wing but they will find that, Calipari will conjure it if he has too.... They willget by just fine..... At this point COusin's to the NBA is not a lock, nor is Orton so they should have the interior sewn up for two years going forward....

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

Saturday at The Virtual Wheel Asking Whither Self Defense, Johnny?:

} KU shot superbly against LaSalle and so won big. But it did not apply the kind of defensive pressure that Self had forecast with Elijah and C.J. contributing significant minutes. No one really got after anyone, especially out on the perimeter. The defense was more fundamentally sound today, for longer stretches, than what it has not been so far this season, but the utterly virulent strain of defense Self likes to see played just was not giving LaSalle a severe enough case of Self Flu.

} jaybate's critical statistic of "Steals-to-TO ratio" was a pitiful 5-12, confirming Self Defense did not materialize.

} More persons are apt to be tried as starters until the Steals-to-TO ratio goes positive and until opponents look not just frustrated, but savaged.

} The first half, KU simply did not play hard enough to build much of a lead against an opponent. Even later in the game, when the lead widened dramatically, Coach Self still wore the look of a coach who knew his players were not playing hard enough to beat an opponent of equal talent. This gives coaches night sweats. Mrs. Self, please make sure the maid has a change of sheets ready.

} C.J. Henry's insertion late in the first half made all the difference in the LaSalle game. He put the defensive clamps on LaSalle's tall guard in a way that Sherron had been unable to do. Sherron actually looked bad defensively for serious stretches. C.J. will look very good when the coaches review the tapes, even though his line score was unimpressive.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

} Xavier scored 31 points, but not within the regular offensive scheme. Much of his damage was done on clear outs. Self finally let him play 2 to Sherron's 1, while The Twins held down the 3 and 4 spots, and Cole played 5. Talk about going big! This scheme seemed to awaken the scoring savant in Xavier. Xavier may come the closest to being a genetically engineered scoring machine that I have seen coming into college. Xavier can almost not keep from scoring sometimes. It is remarkable. Today X made clear, that if Self wanted to clear out the side for him the rest of the season, X would throw down 25-35 ppg without straining. But, again, beasting in the scheme and beasting outside the scheme are two different things. Julian used to beast within the scheme. Xaiver today beasted outside it, even though Self cleared out the side to let him. Still, it seems only a matter of time until he beasts within the scheme; that will be the day to truly celebrate.

} Cole went on a spree at one point in the first half when he had C.J. feeding him. It created the lead KU took into half time. Cole is a serious offensive force running at idle most of the time, while Self tinkers and develops other players. C.J. can feed the post, and doing so, he gave us all a glimpse of what the Cole Train can put on an opponent when needed. We are going to see some very big games out of the big man from the North Country Fair.

}TRob showed that he has rapidly entered the big man nether regions that so many KU bigs enter their freshman years, as Manning whips them into authentic big men, and not just tall guys that can run and jump. TRob has lost all sponteneity and, painful as it is to watch, I have come to relish this stage coming sooner rather than later, because it means that TRob could do some good down the stretch, if he doesn't completely fold under the reconstructive surgery, as Quintrel did last season.

} Kieff! Doin' it to the home boys! His progress is exciting. But why he's on one game an not another still puzzles me.

VegasJhawk09 10 years, 10 months ago

Im wondering if the fact that Keiff goes one game on and one game off still has to do with the coach tweeking his line up. It seems like Marcus and Keiff trade nights off.

WildcatsOne 10 years, 10 months ago

ralsturd. Just tell me one thing.....who have the jaybirds played this year that my son's elementary team could not beat? Have they even played one ranked team?
I just cannot for the life of me figure how a team that gets it's kicks by only playing mid-majors at home (or in KC), can be ranked anywhere near the top 10. Again PATHETIC!

Kye Clark 10 years, 10 months ago

Wildcatsone - you schedule these games in advance. We played AT UCLA, who could have predicted their dramatic downfall? Michigan as well. Calisleazy didn't schedule these games, Gillispi did. I'm sure in the years to come you'll end up playing the same nothing schedule your feloneous coach was used to at Memphis. And just something to remember, our coach has a national championship against your coach. Scoreboard loser!

Steve Gantz 10 years, 10 months ago

Hey Wildcats It's a wonderful life is on right now. You remind me of Potter.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 10 months ago

I think WildcatsOne just got burned not once but twice--better call the fire department!

Jeff Schartz 10 years, 10 months ago

who have the jaybirds played this year that my son's elementary team could not beat? Have they even played one ranked team? I just cannot for the life of me figure how a team that gets it's kicks by only playing mid-majors at home (or in KC), can be ranked anywhere near the top 10. Again pathetic!

Hey, wildclap...We're ranked #1. We should beat everyone we play. Jealous? Are you licking up Calipari and Wall's backsides? Just follow LaSalle's season this year, I'll bet that they are far better than average. What would the final score of Kensucky vs. LaSalle have been? 80-72? Quite possible, don't you think? Check the boxscore of UK's latest venture vs. Indiana. Bledsoe had almost half of the teams turnovers. 6? The jayhawks could've easily turned those into 12 to 18 points. Your boys would be chasing our guys all over the court. Wait 'til March. Then we'll see who's pathetic. Or look in the mirror, and you can see right now.

David Leathers 10 years, 10 months ago

WildcatsOne -

Did Wall really pass his SAT's? Or did your "Coach of Bribe's" send another fake to take the test for him? Just a thought.

PS- Stay off our website you scum sucker! Go have fun brown nosing and we shall see you in April.... IF (notice I used caps on the "if") your felony led team makes it!

David Leathers 10 years, 10 months ago

Posted by icthawkfan316 :

"Wildcatsone - you schedule these games in advance. We played AT UCLA, who could have predicted their dramatic downfall? Michigan as well. Calisleazy didn't schedule these games, Gillispi did. I'm sure in the years to come you'll end up playing the same nothing schedule your feloneous coach was used to at Memphis. And just something to remember, our coach has a national championship against your coach. Scoreboard loser!"

-- a national championship that would be ours even if Chalmer's shot hadn't fell. Do you know why? You're coach is a CHEATER! With that being said, good luck in the future! :-)

David Leathers 10 years, 10 months ago

One more thought (Why can't I think of all this crap while I'm writing my first post?):

Could it be that the only reason(s) you're on OUR website talking trash about our team is the fact that you're drunk and jealous/threatened?

With Love,


ryanzig 10 years, 10 months ago

ROCK CHALK CALI HAWK- you are awesome!

WildcatsOne 10 years, 10 months ago

So the CUPCAKE tour continues. Just wondering........which elementary school is up next for KUseless?

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

WildcatsOne ,

Yours is such an old and stupid argument that I suspect you are being disingenuous, but since there are an enormous number of inbred still-billies down your way, folks who just cannot think their ways outside of their fifths, let me school you.

First, the poll starts before the first game is played.

Second, KU clearly had the best team in the country coming in on paper. There was not even a close second.

Third, KU has a history of playing anyone, anywhere, any time and finding major programs making excuses, so the don't take a loss early, and so they don't create recruiting opps for the Father of All College Basketball programs.

Fourth, KU wins all their games and so cannot legitimately be voted down a notch.

Fifth, KU's only close game--Mempuss--the illegitimate father of your currently corrupted program--occurred when KU had a bunch of guys sick with the flu. A healthy KU plays Mempuss and Mempuss is kicked into the next galaxy.

Sixth, KU is number one, because it is the most talented, most experienced, and has the most depth. KU has the best post man, the best PG, and the best one-two punch at the 4 in the Morris Twins. It also has the most dominant freshman in the game in Xavier Henry, who will probably be the best player in college basketball by March. Let's see, what else? Oh, KU is about to add a scoring seven footer on the blocks, at semester, plus our lock down perimeter defender and 42% trey shooting 3 position man from last year, also.

KU will kick your still-sucking arses across the horse dung saturated stalls, across the inbred Appalachians, across the Piedmont, and into the Atlantic Ocean, if UK is not given the death penalty by the NCAA before we meet.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

And, as we will learn over the course of this Special Season for KU, UK's schedule was incredibly weak. Your cupcakes--Campbellsville, Clarion, Morehead State, Sam Houston State, Rider, Cleveland State, UNC-Ashville, Austin Peay, Drexel, Long Beach State, and Harford--will turn out to be greater in number and weaker in talent than our cupcakes. And your noncupcakes will turn out to be weaker, also. Miami? Well, we know what a power they always are. You eeked out a two point victory over them. UConn will not have been nearly as good as it was hyped. You caught Baja KU (UNC) rebuilding. Indiana just plain sucks. Stanford is very mediocre and you had to go to OT to beat them. Really, UK's schedule is attrocious. And you've had some close games. By comparison, KU had one close game, on a night when our guys had the flu against Calipari's former criminal element on Beale Street. And KU's legit opponents--Hofstra (which almost beat the weak UConn before UK eeked out a win--what does that tell you?), Memphis (rebuilding with some guys Cal wanted to highjack), UCLA (even with injuries,losses to the NBA, and a star quitting), LaSalle, Michigan, Cal, Temple, and Tennessee, might all legitimately beat your rebuilding UK team stocked with Calipari's usual array of guys who don't take their own SATs.

Now go some where and fondle your thoughts.

Many UK persons actually know the game, as they learned it from a KU man.

Send one of them to replace you, will ya?

Rock Chalk!

David Leathers 10 years, 10 months ago

Posted by jaybate:

"Fifth, KU's only close game--Mempuss--the illegitimate father of your currently corrupted program"

more importantly, "the illegitimate father of your currently corrupted program"

What a statement! I think I laughed for ten straight minutes... Classic!

Jaybate, A while ago you and I had a little run in and I think you told me to "take a laxative and call me in the morning". But now I think you are now my new hero!

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago


We are all Jayhawks here, except for lurking weasels like WildcatsOne. :-)

Glad I could give you a belly laugh.

All differences among Jayhawks are intrinsically temporary.

Rock Chalk!

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