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Originally published December 22, 2009 at 06:51p.m., updated December 22, 2009 at 10:57p.m.

FINAL: Collins’ 17 points lead KU in 84-69 victory over Cal

Kansas guard Sherron Collins roars after knocking down a bucket late in the second half to increase the Jayhawks' lead against California, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins roars after knocking down a bucket late in the second half to increase the Jayhawks' lead against California, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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2009 KU-California

KU defeats Cal, 84-69

Five Jayhawks scored in double figures in KU's victory over California Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Who was KU's MVP against Cal?

  • Xavier Henry 1% 27 votes
  • Sherron Collins 35% 799 votes
  • Tyshawn Taylor 27% 615 votes
  • Marcus Morris 9% 206 votes
  • Brady Morningstar 23% 532 votes
  • Cole Aldrich 1% 41 votes
  • Other 0% 10 votes

2230 total votes.

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What will KU's toughest home game be this season?

  • Tonight vs. California 9% 8 votes
  • March 3 vs. Kansas State 64% 53 votes
  • Jan. 25 vs. Missouri 8% 7 votes
  • Jan. 16 vs. Texas Tech 12% 10 votes
  • Other 4% 4 votes

82 total votes.

KU scoring — Collins 17, Marcus Morris 14, Taylor 13, X. Henry 12, Aldrich 10, Morningstar 7, Markieff Morris 6, Reed 3, Robinson 2.

KU was 33-for-60 from the floor (55 percent), 7-for-17 from three (41.2 percent) and 11-for-17 from three (64.7 percent).

Cal was 25-for-64 from the floor (39.1 percent), 6-for-18 from three (33.3 percent) and 13-for-18 from the free-throw line (72.2 percent).

KU had 39 rebounds to Cal’s 33. The Jayhawks had 18 turnovers to the Bears’ 17.

FINAL: KU defeats Cal, 84-69

Taylor puts in a one-handed slam, and Morningstar adds a three from the corner for the exclamation point. KU pull away late for the 15-point victory.

KU 79/Cal 67 — 1:51 left in 2nd half

Taylor with another nifty move in the lane, going around a defender before putting in a left-handed layup. By my count, that’s four good games in a row for Taylor, who has nine points, seven assists and no turnovers tonight.

KU 77/Cal 65 — 3:50 left in 2nd half

Collins curls off a screen, putting in a short, left-handed, floating shot in the lane.

Christopher must have the foot-on-the-line, fallaway jumper patented, because he hits another.

KU executes offensively, though, as Taylor hits Marcus Morris on a baseline pass that nets the big man a layup.

Another horrible fadeaway by Christopher falls off, and KU runs with it, as Marcus Morris brings in a tough bounce pass from Taylor and quickly throws it off the glass for two.

Taylor follows with a steal, and he feeds Collins for a three from the left wing that he drains. Collins runs down the court, arms stretched out like a bird, with three fingers extended on each hand. Cal calls timeout, and the Bears look like they’ve about run out of gas.

Christopher gets a shot to go down, but Morningstar answers with a tough floater on the baseline. KU’s junior guard also comes up with a defensive stop on the other end, stepping in front of Randle on a drive to pick up a charge.

KU 66/Cal 61 — 7:54 left in 2nd half

I’ll have to give this to Robinson: For a freshman, he shows no fear. After getting it in the post, he immediately takes it to the rim, putting in a left-handed hook off the glass that falls through. With the score and situation, I’m sure that’s not the shot that Self wanted, but hey, it went in, and that’s what matters most I guess.

KU answers every score with one of its own. Aldrich rips down a pass and has his shot goal-tended with a foul. The next possession, Collins pulls up in transition for a three that swishes through. Cal uses a timeout down nine.

I’ve got to be honest: With 13 days to prepare for the Jayhawks, I’m surprised that Cal coach Mike Montgomery didn’t work on implementing some kind of zone defense. KU has struggled against the zone this year, but we’ve only seen straight man-to-man from the Bears tonight.

Aldrich picks up his fourth foul, and he’ll have to go to the bench with 9:27 left. Robinson checks back in.

Robinson’s free-throw woes continue. He misses the front end of a one-and-one, and after a lane violation on Cal, he misses the front end of the one-and-one again.

Randle makes two more free throws, and Cal isn’t going away.

KU 57/Cal 52 — 11:41 left in 2nd half

Collins uses a nice behind-the-back dribble to clear space, but his 16-foot fadeaway from the baseline is strong by about three feet.

Xavier Henry hits a long two, but Randle answers quickly with a three on the other end. The Cal backcourt hasn’t disappointed tonight.

KU 55/Cal 48 — 13:43 left in 2nd half

Nice lob pass inside by Morningstar, who finds Markieff for a slam.

Morningstar whistles in another dandy pass on the next possession, once again finding Markieff. The big man makes a nice catch, corraling it with one hand before dropping it in for two.

And just like that, Morningstar has taken the KU offense on his back. He rolls around a screen and, without hesitation, hoists up a long two from the top that swishes through. Timeout Cal, and thanks to three good offensive possessions in a row by Morningstar, KU has its largest lead at seven.

KU 49/Cal 46 — 15:51 left in 2nd half

After a 1-for-4 first half, Xavier Henry starts the second half with a tough layup. Self had him post up inside, and we haven’t seen that much from the small forward so far this season.

Patrick Christopher can’t miss, though. He throws in a long jumper, then a stepback two, then a ridiculous fadeaway three. His 7-0 run puts Cal up four.

Taylor answers with a drive and short shot for two, and KU needed that to bust some of the Bears’ momentum.

Christopher tries a drive, and that’s not the best decision, as Aldrich swats his shot inside. The block leads to a three-on-one break, and Xavier Henry puts in a finger-roll to tie the score at 46.

Hey, Christopher can miss, as his fallaway three bounces away. Xavier Henry answers with his own three from the corner — one that swishes through — and KU has survived Cal’s hot shooting to start the second half.

KU 40/Cal 39 — Halftime

KU halftime scoring — Collins 9, Marcus Morris 9, Aldrich 8, Taylor 7, Reed 3, Markieff Morris 2, X. Henry 2.

KU was 14-for-34 from the floor (41.2 percent), 3-for-10 from three (30 percent) and 9-for-12 from the free-throw line (75 percent).

Cal was 15-for-35 from the floor (42.9 percent), 4-for-11 from three (36.4 percent) and 5-for-9 from the free-throw line (55.6 percent).

KU has 23 rebounds to Cal’s 21. KU had eight turnovers, while Cal had nine.

Cal 34/KU 34 — 3:23 left in 1st half

Collins rattles in a floater in the lane, and once again, KU has pulled even, this time at 26.

Collins swishes an 18-footer, but it’s negated by a moving screen by Markieff Morris. That’s his second foul, and he’ll most likely sit the rest of the half.

Randle has been jacking up a shot every time he can see the basket, and to Collins’ credit, he hasn’t followed suit yet. KU’s senior guard has played within himself even though sometimes in the past, we’ve seen him try to get in one-on-one duels when he has an opponent like Randle.

Marcus Morris swishes two free throws, and KU has its first lead.

Randle runs head down into Aldrich, and the guard gets rewarded with a blocking call on Aldrich. He was 43-for-46 from the free-throw line before these two attempts, and his two tries this time hit nothing but net.

Marcus Morris battles for an offensive rebound off a Collins miss, and he draws Sanders-Frison’s second foul. Marcus makes both tries.

Morningstar has checked back in, and I noticed today that he’s playing without his traditional baggy white T-shirt underneath his jersey.

Xavier Henry with a swipe for a steal, and he finds Marcus Morris for an uncontested, two-handed jam.

Robinson clears out a defensive rebound, and after sticking out his elbows to clear room, he’s whistled for an offensive foul even though he didn’t make contact with a defender. That’s a call you don’t see often, and the fans (understandably) are upset.

Marcus Morris with a double-pump layup under the glass, but Christopher follows with a wild, long two-pointer that goes in. The Bears aren’t missing many tough shots early.

Cal 26/KU 24 — 7:58 left in 1st half

After a steal, Taylor wiggles his body around a defender — much like a play he had last game against Michigan — to put in a transition layup.

The offense gets sloppy for both teams. Brady Morningstar tries to save a ball under his own basket, but Xavier Henry can’t corral it. Instead, Jamal Boykin grabs the loose ball and puts in a layup.

Morningstar gets a steal, but Thomas Robinson turns it over when attempting a pass underneath.

Theo Robertson follows with a three, and KU coach Bill Self calls timeout.

KU’s offense recovers a bit after that. Aldrich gets a layup, and Taylor confidently swishes an open three. The sophomore guard has seven points so far on 3-for-4 shooting.

Cal 17/KU 15 — 11:25 left in 1st half

After falling behind 14-8, Collins answers with a drive and layup, and on the next possession, Tyshawn Taylor finds Tyrel Reed on the perimeter for an open three that swishes through.

The pace has picked up in this one, and that favors KU. Cal might want to consider trying to play at less of a frantic pace.

Tonight, Aldrich looks like the big man offensively that we saw last season. He puts down another turnaround over a defender, and he leads KU with six points.

Randle answers with a three, though, and these Cal guards aren’t afraid to take difficult shots.

Cal 8/KU 6 — 15:17 left in 1st half

Markieff Morris misses a short shot on an up-and-under move, but he makes up for it with a big block on a Cal shot on the other end. Following a Cal foul, we have a media timeout.

Cal 8/KU 6 — 16:01 left in 1st half

KU finally gets a transition opportunity, and Xavier Henry takes it coast-to-coast for a layup over a defender.

Markhuri Sanders-Frison is fouled on a shot on the other end and makes one of two free throws.

Cal 7/KU 4 — 17:00 left in 1st half

Aldrich misses a reverse layup. KU still without a field goal.

Christopher is fouled on a shot by Tyshawn Taylor, but misses both free throws.

Markieff Morris gets KU's first field goal, driving on the right side of the rim before putting in a shot high off the glass and in with a whistle. He misses the free throw.

Cal 7/KU 2 — 18:10 left in 1st half

Both teams exchange misses before Theo Robertson puts in a short runner in the lane.

Cal 5/KU 2 — 19:05 left in 1st half

Aldrich makes both free throws, but Jerome Randle answers with a three.

Aldrich draws 7-foot-3 Max Zhang's second foul inside.

Cal 2/KU 0 — 19:23 left in 1st half

Cal wins the tip. Patrick Christopher starts with an 18-footer that swishes through from the baseline.

Cole Aldrich is fouled on a two-point try in the lane on KU's ensuing possession.

8:04 p.m.

Keep your eyes here early in the game, as we'll keep the updates fast and furious (more Twitter-like) for those of you still waiting for ESPN to switch the game from Michigan State-Texas to KU-Cal.

7:50 p.m.

Here are some notes about California, which comes in with a 6-3 record with a sparkly No. 10 Pomeroy ranking.

• Cal’s three losses have come to teams with a combined 32-2 record (Syracuse, Ohio State, New Mexico). Syracuse and New Mexico are still unbeaten.

Cal has scored at least 70 points in each game this season.

The Golden Bears have not played in 13 days. The last game for Cal was Dec. 9, a 79-54 victory over Pacific.

Five-foot-10 point guard Jerome Randle averages 19.6 points and 5.1 assists per game. He has made 39 percent of his threes and 93.5 percent of his free throws (43-for-46).

Six-foot-6 forward Theo Robertson, who is just back from a foot injury, averages 14.7 points per game. Cal has not lost in the games he has played this season.

Cal shoots 38.1 percent from three as a team. The Bears also are an impressive 75.1 percent from the free-throw line as a team this season.

Cal center Max Zhang is listed at 7-foot-3. That’s tall.

Cal out-rebounds its opponents by an average of 7.1 rebounds per game.

The Bears average only 12.4 turnovers per game. They aren’t very good at taking the ball away on defense, though, as their opponents average just 12.8 turnovers per game.

According to KenPom.com, this is KU’s toughest home game on the schedule this season.

6:52 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence where the No. 1-ranked Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Cal Bears.

I've started to notice a trend this year for KU with the addition of sharpshooter Xavier Henry: The Jayhawks are relying more on the three-point shot than they did last season.

There are two advanced stats that measure this well: percentage of shots attempted that are three-pointers (calculated by dividing three-point field goals attempted by the total number of field goals attempted) and percentage of scoring from a team that comes from three-pointers.

Last season, 30.7 percent of KU's shot attempts were three-point tries. This year, it's up to 32.7 percent.

Also last season, 25.0 percent of KU's scoring came from three-pointers. This year, it's up to 29.1 percent.

There are pros and cons to shooting a higher number of three-pointers. The biggest advantage, obviously, is that you have the potential to score more points per possession with a three-point shot than a two-point shot.

The disadvantage, at least from what I've observed in college basketball, is that teams that rely on three-pointers seem to be less consistent and more susceptible to losses because of a bad shooting night. KU hasn't had many bad shooting nights from three this season, but a 6-for-19 effort (31.6 percent) against Michigan on Saturday shows that poor shooting sometimes allows less-talented teams to stay in games.

When a team's goal is to win six straight games in March/April, I would guess that you would want your team to be more consistent and less susceptible to a possible poor shooting night. After all, one loss in the NCAA Tournament means your season is over.

I decided to test the numbers to see if my guess was accurate. Here are the three-point statistics for the last six national championship teams, followed by the averages of those title teams and then KU's statistics the last two years.

Percentage of shots attempted that are three-pointers (3PA/FGA)

  • 2008-09 North Carolina — 27.2 percent (300th)
  • 2007-08 Kansas — 29.3 percent (287th)
  • 2006-07 Florida — 34.8 percent (126th)
  • 2005-06 Florida — 35.8 percent (93rd)
  • 2004-05 North Carolina — 30.4 percent (230th)
  • 2003-04 UConn — 25.8 percent (301st)
  • Average — 30.55 percent (average 223rd in NCAA)
  • 2009-10 Kansas — 32.7 percent (160th in NCAA)
  • 2008-09 Kansas — 30.7 percent (230th)

Percentage of total points that are three-pointers

  • 2008-09 North Carolina — 23.1 percent (285th)
  • 2007-08 Kansas — 25.1 percent (259th)
  • 2006-07 Florida — 28.4 percent (149th)
  • 2005-06 Florida — 30.0 percent (116th)
  • 2004-05 North Carolina — 25.5 percent (219th)
  • 2003-04 UConn — 24.3 percent (245th)
  • Average — 26.07 percent (average 212th in NCAA)
  • 2009-10 Kansas — 29.1 percent (124th in NCAA)
  • 2008-09 Kansas — 25.0 percent (249th)

Again, I'm not suggesting three-pointers are bad. KU won't have to worry if Xavier Henry continues to shoot 49.1 percent from three while Sherron Collins makes 41.7 percent of his long-range tries.

But it is something to keep an eye on.

Partly, I assume, because of Cole Aldrich's early offensive struggles, KU is relying much more on the outside shot.

As you can see, it's not a route that many NCAA championship teams have taken in the past six years to win their respective titles.

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Comments

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

3 points.

  1. bilas suggested KU play UT twice every year and he is very right.

  2. so glad hightower is there and not at our game

  3. ask keegan if he still thinks UT is number 1

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

also, good points Newell. However I think we use the three as the dagger. with Cole, the twins, Robinson, and maybe Withey, I'm pretty sure we can get our points in the paint when we have to. Evidence, all the games we've won when we've struggled.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

ps. i wanted to see how your voting logic works and it fails. I just voted in your poll, hit back, voted again and it counted. I think it's time this site update their programming. Are you hiring? I can do that. What really bugs me is the format you display the AP polls in. Not the best format for reading.

Jesse Newell 9 years, 11 months ago

chuck — I just got this message after trying to vote twice.

"We didn't record your vote, because you or someone from your computer's address or network has already voted."

At least you know I'm not stuffing the ballot box ...

Godisajayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Jesse-

A friend just asked me how many turnovers Kansas is averaging..Any idea?

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

jnewell, good. I hope it didn't record my second vote as well.

Godisajayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Nevermind- found it. Look forward to reading the rest of the post

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i get the sinking feeling the texas game is going to run long and we are going to miss the beginning of our game. Jesse, can you give us some really frequent updates in the beginning if that happens?

Jesse Newell 9 years, 11 months ago

chuck — I'll do my best. Keep me updated on that game, if you would.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

sure, right now 16:00 left in second. since pulling out to an early lead texas has been behind but staying in it curretnly 45-44 MSU

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

chuckberry32--

You were happy that Hightower wasn't refereeing our game tonight. Jay Bilas, who is one of the two broadcasters of the Texas game, mentioned how he thought they should not be talking to the coach while the ball is in play. Hightower does this all the time--and the other referees that work with Hightower follow his lead. Hightower is the one that did the Championship game with Memphis.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Chuckberry32,

Hightower has that cockiness about him--kind of like Mizzou football nowdays!

PLKaws23 9 years, 11 months ago

Jesse- did you intentionally put the january 30th game against kansas state as a home game? lol, we all know KU owns the court, but my tickets say its gonna be played in manhatten

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

mikendal,

lol. I think he tries to make every game about him and how good a ref he is.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

I remember booing Hightower when I was in school and that was a LONG time ago.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

plkaws23,

nice catch... but as you so eloquently point out, they are both home games :)

Jesse Newell 9 years, 11 months ago

PLKaws — Oops. Great catch. It should be fixed above.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

jesse 11:09 left. pittman just got his fourth. James is on fire. 54-54

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

This is what I have---Jan. 30th--@ K-State ---March 3rd-- K-State @ KU

I like the fact that during commercials, ESPN has the countdown to see #1 in the Land! SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

with hightower there, i'm actually amazed at the relatively low number of whistles so far. (of course as i'm typing this a whitle blows)

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

mikeendal,

the only we get any pub is to be #1.

stupidmichael,

me too. but that is just pregame jitters. KU 92 Cal 69

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Chuck - that's aggressive. I hope you are right.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Did you see in the 1st half, there was a female MSU fan with a whistle and of course, the first on the scene was______. Okay, you give up? Yes, it was Hightower. He was all over it. He is so animated--it is truly amazing!

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

mel,

yes it is, I hope I'm right.

I really do expect to see the #1 jayhawks tonight though. Bilas hit on the head again when he said that Self has been on this team all week after the last game. I'm hoping for energy, defensive intesity, and a great crowd.

Jesse Newell 9 years, 11 months ago

chuck — Usually it seems like Hightower has a lot of foul calls because he has to blow the whistle at least three times on every call. I remember one time, I was listening to one of the games he was calling on the radio, and I knew every single time he called a foul because I heard "Tweet. Tweet. Tweet. Tweet." instead of just "Tweet."

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

OK Jay gives us the slight edge - I like him tonight.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

mikendal,

saw that. think they should have kicked her out over just confisicating the whistle.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I wouldn't mind if Hightower was reffing our game if/when we play in the NC. He was there in '88 too!

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

NH,

hard to argue against that. I think this team will win any game where there are a tremendous amount of foul calls just because we are so deep. So I too welcome him there.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

perhaps it's possible Whithey could have a semifinal game akin to cole's because we are in foul trouble :)

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

chuckberry32,

I'm with you. She should have been tossed out. She could have easily pulled another one out of her huge purse!

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

Jesse, this game is definitely going over. 7:44 left 62-60 texas. the whistles are starting to flow now

Joe Joseph 9 years, 11 months ago

Oddsmakers are giving an 8-3 Colorado State team 10 points against UCLA @ Paully pavillion...

I'm taking the ten points. UCLA is awful. Didn't feel safe with the 14 that KU is giving up.

Good bet??????

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Chuck -

lol...Hightower would be a definite advantage for KU, especially if we play UNC or any Calipari coached team in the NC. Neither can shoot FTs and it's obvious again this year.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

If Hightower did the NC game I am officially sorry for booing him for the last 25 years.

Withey seems to have high expectations from a lot of folks on the board - particularly our boy, Jaybate. Is there anything other than optimism to validate these expectations? Yeah he's 7 foot and was good in high school, but . . .

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Hey, is it just me or is Balbay, Texas's guard, runs like a soccer player. Is he from a foreign country?

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

mel,

i got nothing but if BS believes, that's enough for me.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

MIke, she could have pulled out a small forward out of that giant purse!

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

looks like we're going to miss at least the first 6 to 7 minutes of the KU game. Top of the hour and still over 5 min to go in the UT-MSU game. Time to login to the lazer...

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Mel--

That was cute!

Texas shoots 62% from the FT line?!!!!! KU might have a chance when they play Texas on Feb. 8th.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

NH,

Don't give away my secrets :) nah, good point for all jayhawk fans. Lazer.com has live audio.

CrimsonPhoenix 9 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, I don't think Srem is streaming the game at this point. Any other live feeds out there?

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

I finally figured out that MSU dribbles too much, especially during crunch time.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Chuck -

I noticed that KLWN/KLZR upgraded their "listen live" feature on their website. You used to get a "server busy" if you logged in late, but that hasn't happened to me since the upgrade. You should be all set my friend!

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

I think Texas plays some pretty tough defense. I'm not sure what people are seeing when they bash on Texas' D.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

the rest of this could go fairly quick. UT pulling away.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i wonder if tonight BS will unveil a full court press...

nnelson 9 years, 11 months ago

Heck of a run there by Texas. Is it a bad thing for Kansas that UT is being challenged like this, this early in the season, while KU continues to play unranked teams?

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

I saw Texas Tech lose to Wichita State by two last Saturday. Tech plays good defense, too! The Big 12 Conference is tough!!!!!!!!! K-State's defense is pretty good, as well.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Jesse - thanks for the 8:04 post and the promised updates.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

KY is getting off so easy in the SEC this year. If you take KY out, Conf USA is way better. now that's just ironic.

kesmithstl1 9 years, 11 months ago

75-65 Texas 2:43 to go! Good win for the Big XII

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Damion James is a stud. I wonder who gets that assignment?

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Balbay is from Turkey. That answers my question that I asked earlier.

kesmithstl1 9 years, 11 months ago

BTW anyone else see Balbay's dunk? You know it's a good night when that happens if your a Texas fan! Let's go Hawks!

lance1jhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Texas up by 10 and under a minute left WOW

kesmithstl1 9 years, 11 months ago

He just dunked again. This time with 2 hands!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

I saw it. Texas is good. Hey, how bout another dunk by Balbay! Game over, baby!

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

lance1 -

welcome to the party! been a while. No doubt that UT is gonna be a tough game this year. I hope they're undefeated when we get them in Austin. Would love to spoil their perfect season.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm with you, NH_JHawk. Game over--let me see my #1 Hawks!

TRUEHEART 9 years, 11 months ago

HELP! I'm stuck out of town - no TV coverage - anyone know the justin link? Thanks

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

God, Bob Knight is doing the game. At least Brent Musburger is halfway decent!

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i like knight as a commentator. He might be the best.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Self is intense tonight!!!!! How you like that "Coast to Coast" by X?

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

henry seems very aggresive. me likey!

lance1jhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

NH_JHawk- Texas looks real real good this year. I hope you still have some of your favorite libations for that one.

kansasbasketball 9 years, 11 months ago

hope thes refs being from pac 10 aren't one sided!!

RedRed 9 years, 11 months ago

Jesse -- TX wins that game on ESPN and we have KU on ESPN now !!

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

chuck -

I also like Jay Bilas.

mikendal -

let's just hope the #1 team plays like it tonight. I'm ready to see a good old fashion beatdown.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

bobby's got brent wearing a sweater, that's hilarious.

Jesse Newell 9 years, 11 months ago

chuck — OK good. The fingers need a break.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

love that comment by knight.

"i've found that this is not a great place to try and run with kansas"

ha

Joe Joseph 9 years, 11 months ago

Is it just me, or is Kansas missing more bunnies than usual? And it seems like KU always misses a lot of bunnies year in and year out.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i think overall we missed way more bunnies last year. gonna miss some every now and then.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

lance1 -

I'm on it. Tomorrow is last day of work before vacation so it's game on tonight!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Collins will take care of Randall. KU has to stay aggressive--no letup!

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

"this crowd supports it's team better than any crowd in the country" -Knight

:)

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

taylor bashers go away...that was a MOVE..period.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Tyshawn is doing his best to quiet the critics.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

wow. what a horrible, disgusting minute of basketball.

Theutus 9 years, 11 months ago

We are playing as sloppy as we possibly can. It's actually impressive that we can play this awful with so much talent.

Theutus 9 years, 11 months ago

Apparently Taylor is the only one who came to play ball tonight... Bout damn time.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

this guy will cool off. i think we are doing ok. I think we should keep pushing the pace.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i hope brady sees the pine for awhile. he didn't play smart in his time out there and he missed a wide open look.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

In a game like this, KU has to keep up the defensive pressure and be aggressive on offense and punch it inside. KU's depth will overcome Cal.

Joe Joseph 9 years, 11 months ago

Cal is throwing up garbage that happens to be going in right now... It won't last. And if it does... #$*&

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

chuck - agreed. I wouldn't expect to see Cal continue to play this well - at least I hope not.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

knight just called it... :)

what i love about him is that he calls it like it is and hardly tells stories.

lance1jhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Cal is just giving us there best shot... We need a game like this

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Both the Morris kids have really improved their footwork and post moves. When they get the ball inside, they can do some real dipsy doo moves. I'd like to see them finish some of these shots a little better, but I like the quick moves.

masonhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Who are these people yelling when KU is shooting free throws? Where is Roi to have people thrown out when you really need him?

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

chuck - you're right we can't buy a bunny.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm not seeing a lack of effort - must be a different game.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

dag nabbit brady. you are useless right now.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

That biased officiating finally called an offensive foul on Cal.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm glad Brady is back. Great on defense, great at feeding the post, great handling the ball.

Joe Joseph 9 years, 11 months ago

Well, it looks like Brady Morningstar's minutes are coming at the expense of Elijah Johnson's.

Sad... I like Brady's defense, but I think I like Elijah's spark on offense more. Hopefully Elijah doesn't get frustrated.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Chuck - dag nabbit - that cracked me up.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i'm not seeing the defense tonight. i'm not saying he's not capable, but it's just been so long since he's seen game speed. and that last post pass attempt he made was pathetic.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

huge shot by collins...that's how and when to assert yourself baby!

masonhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Cal is just playing with more intensity to start the game. Hopefully the deep KU bench will wear down the Bears in the second half.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

brady hit the pine...coach must be thinking like me right now

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

we're playing well...just missing some shots.

jcsmith 9 years, 11 months ago

Is Xavier pulling a Rush disappearing act?

Joe Joseph 9 years, 11 months ago

More terrible jump shots from California that keep going in. What kind of Mike D'Antoni bull sh*t is this?

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

sure seems like JC.

not bashing but so far it seems like he has disappeared in every big game. just seems that way though.

masonhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

That has to be one of the ugliest sweaters that Musberger is wearing tonight!

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i think he's just afraid to make a shot when one isn't there. that will come soon though i hope.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

it seems like X always thinks about doing something then decides not to and thus the ball sticks in his hands too long and when he passes he isn't moving it quickly.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

well my 69 points for cal prediction doesn't seem likely.

lance1jhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I think we are getting our butts kicked in every major category at the half... except the score of course.

jcsmith 9 years, 11 months ago

Pretty sloppy half IMO.

Where the hell is the intensity that Bill Self teams have?????

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Hawks didn't play well and they lead by one. They'll play better in the second half. Depth will overcome the Bears.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i agree. not the best half. how many times have we said this year that KU hasn't played well. Imagine what we can do when we do play well.

jcsmith 9 years, 11 months ago

the excuse of "didnt play well and still won/lead" isnt going to save our a$$ come March. We better get alot better or we're not going to make it past the sweet 16.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Halftime report on ESPN. They were comparing KU and Texas. Texas was only 8 of 19 from the line. If it is a close game in Austin, on Feb. 8th, that should be an advantage for the Hawks.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 11 months ago

Cole is obviously still sick This appears to be a game that is very "losable". One hope is their lack of depth on the front line however that is counter-balanced by Cole's weakness, Robinson's inexperience and Withey's unavailablity.

Sorry...I'm afraid this one goes to Cal unless everyone wakes up in the second half!!

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

3 of the 8 turnovers were T. Robinson. If we can limit the turnovers and make some 3s (where are you X??) we will win. I agree mikendal - our depth will overcome them.

jcsmith 9 years, 11 months ago

Oakville,I think your last sentence is spot on.

Scatterhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Good thing it isn't March.

You know, there're two teams on the floor. Cal can play too, and they're showing it. Other than a couple times KU failed to get out on the jumpshooter, I haven't seen any glaring errors. Sometimes a shooter just makes his shots.

Also, its half-time. There's a reason they don't call the games at half. Don't start moaning about how KU's doomed come March/April because of one-half of less than excellent basketball.

Joe Joseph 9 years, 11 months ago

I think this is a situation where being the preseason #1 team is definitely not helping the Jayhawks... The '08 championship team was never ranked #1 the entire season and -I believe- played with at least some what of a chip on its shoulder the entire season.

This team hasn't earned anything yet, let a lone a #1 ranking.

(I'm not a hater... I'm just sayin!)

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 11 months ago

We've been dumping inside and expecting the foul call. Self will let them know they can't expect to get bailed out by the refs. And don't discount Cal. They have some speed. We really need to make those chances around the rim.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

not playing well but finding a way to win is exactly what saves your butt in march. same for being able to survive a team that shoots lights out.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 11 months ago

chuckberry32, Thank you. Finally a voice of reason.

jcsmith 9 years, 11 months ago

One-half or less???

So we played well against Memphis, Michigan and UCLA?

Three times already this year we've used the excuse "We played bad and still won." and we havent even reached conference play yet.

Wake Up Call Hawks!!!!

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Cal has made some crazy shots and they are still only hitting 43% from the field. Our defense is OK.

Make some shots and we will be fine. We are getting decent looks and have only had a couple of offensive breakdowns. Shoot 40% like the first half and we will probably not win. Pretty simple stuff.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 11 months ago

Cal shot 43% overall and 36% from 3 point line. That's good, but I don't consider it "lights out." KU is shooting similar.

We desperately need to work on our passing, we've giving away too many opportunities this game b/c of bad passes. Offense isn't too terrible, but X is nowhere to be found and Cole is not being as dominate as he can be.

If those two figure it out in the second half, the game is ours. Otherwise, we're going to have some trouble.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 11 months ago

Please, you don't honestly think that just because a team isn't in the top 25 ranking they are a powder puff. After the top 10 the rankings get very murky.

TwistedFish31 9 years, 11 months ago

Sooballs - quit saying "our guards"...you are no more a Kansas fan than I am a mizzou fan. Go post your garbage back on the missouri boards.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm not liking our body language for the first time all year.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

maybe we would've been better off with hightower after all

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Chuck, They say Hightower is the "superman" of officials but he can't travel from Austin to Lawrence that quick unless Scottie can do it from the Starship Enterprise!

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

What exactly is soobawl's avatar anyway?

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 11 months ago

X has got to figure out how to hold on to the ball on those rebounds and steals.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i will admit that was a sweet! pass by brady

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Bring the house down now--HAWKS, go for the jugular!!!!!!!!!!!!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 11 months ago

Hmmmmm. Poise. We got it, maybe they don't.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I'd say a pretty good sequence by Brady. Feed to the post = 2. Good shot = 2. KU by 7.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

chuck - unless you're clairavoy, cleiravoy, I mean psychic, I must be delayed a little. You're posting before I see it - impressive.

lance1jhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

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Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

haha mel,

i'm sorry i won't do that again.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Bob is funny - "oh my, I think I'd take a time out on that one" "when you got them in a vice, you've got to squeeze them tight."

Wow

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i'm watching the HD channel feed. that is always a few seconds ahead of the regular channel.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Chuck - what's the score at the 8:00 mark? :)

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 11 months ago

Notice that now we are not expecting to get bailed out by the refs inside the calls are starting to come.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Randle is very good. Texas Tech has John Robinson. He is just like Randle. He has a good stroke.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

robinson has so much potential it's sick

RedRed 9 years, 11 months ago

Step on their Throats !!! Don't let UP either !!!

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Speaking of not a good shot, noooooooo . . . nice shot, Sherron :)

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Collins, why are you shoooooooooooting that shot, oh, good shot because it went in!!!!!

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Time to make some free throws. Bonus the rest of the way. Advantedge ---> KU.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 11 months ago

Okay. We make free throws we should take it.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Did you hear that from Bob Knight? He gives the edge to Henry over John Wall. Barely.

lance1jhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Cal looks tired. We just need a couple of plays to totally take away there will to fight.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm not sure a 15' fade away by Marcus is what I would have drawn up there.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

would've been nice if TRob had just hit a couple of freebies.

kesmithstl1 9 years, 11 months ago

quote of the night so far, "dumb loses more games than smart wins." That is holding true tonight! Time after time careless turnovers!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 11 months ago

lance1jhawk, I agree. But we can't get any momentum due to the time outs and foul calls on both ends.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

BC - Although, you are right, I hope we don't go into a shell and rely on FTs to win.

We are hitting from the field, let's stay aggressive and take it to them.

kesmithstl1 9 years, 11 months ago

great point Soobawls! They are bad both ways!

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

congrats brent, you finally got knight telling stories.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Chuck, Pete Newell was one of his closest friends. Knight talks about him often.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

good pull away...5 minutes later than it should of been, but ok

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Better call a TO, baby! And, they are playing "thunderstruck" by AC/DC! Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lance1jhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Watch out Cal... Sherron Collins is coming, and he is bringing Hell Fire with him!!

Craig Colgin 9 years, 11 months ago

Some people are very unrealistic, this team is not as good as last years team at this point!!!! Yeah, they have a very high ceiling with all of this talent, but watching them play, They are a long, long, long long, long ways from it. We should not even be in the top 5 or maybe even ten right now, just because we bleed crimson and blue does not mean we have to be ridiculously naive about what we have. Much improvement needed to compete come march. And, I hate to tell everyone this, but we want NO Part of Texas right now, maybe not even K-state. Thank God we have time to get better.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

TT -- What a drive!! Spread the Lead!!!!

FairgroveJayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

the announcers are trying to kill me, i know they are.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

you're kidding me if you don't think this team is better than last year.

Craig Colgin 9 years, 11 months ago

Not right now they aren't, I think they will be, but not yet, sorry, Reality Hurts!!!

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

cragar -

we're about to win a quality non-con game over a team many picked to win the Pac 10. I understand your point, but c'mon dude cant we have at least a moment to celebrate a quality win without being debbie downer? Cal will probably be ranked by the time March rolls around. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 11 months ago

Careful there Brady, you're a basketball player not a gymnast.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Last year at this time we were losing to UMass and Syracuse.

I think we are better.

Ben Kane 9 years, 11 months ago

i think a good game overall. if shots had fallen my score prediction from before the game would have been exact. I nailed Cal's score.

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

I told you that your prediction was too aggressive :)

Just kidding - Nice work.

Craig Colgin 9 years, 11 months ago

I agree, Cal is better than most think, again reality, and Im happy with the 2nd half, I felt the entire game that we would eventually prove to just have too much for them, but Im thinking big picture guys. Im just happy to finally be playing some teams that have something to offer us by way of improvement, The next few weeks will define the heart of this team, and then they will be okay, i believe they will, Im just not gonna give much credit for most of our wins at this point. Nobody's fault that some of our better games turned out to be duds because of down years for those team. Im just saying at this point right now, we need to get alot better to get what we all want, and that's to hoist the big banner come april!!! Rock Chalk forever!!!!!

melrank 9 years, 11 months ago

Interesting watching the post game interview with HCBS, Brent and Knight.

It seemed that Bill really looked into Knight's eyes when he was talking showing a great deal of respect for a coaching legend.

I can't see coach wearing a blue sweater, though.

Joe Baker 9 years, 11 months ago

Ok, now hear what the pundits are saying on the espn game board.

Before we even played them, they were "cream puffs." I didn't see too much cream but some puff!! fatigue

Now we win by 12? We will be overrated!

I love it. We still play average ball against an average team and win.

I think it's called playing ball when you need to and winning. It's the mark of a #1 team.

We never really answered Brent's question: Who's #1? KU or UT? We shall see...

WildcatsOne 9 years, 11 months ago

I see the Kansas Cupcake Invitational is still going on......for the gazillionth game in a row. Really, does Kansas ever play a team that can even spell "Top 25"?

Of course however you are contributing to the energy crisis of the world.....you NEVER leave home.

OVERRATED!......no, no.......WAY Overrated!!

gcjhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

We should have added Kentucky to the schedule so we could have another easy victory.

FairgroveJayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

The usual suspects came to life to play a solid game. Collins, Aldrich, Morningstar, X.

Way to go Hawks!!

lance1jhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

WildcatsOne- You should hope you never have to meet us in the final four... You would just have to forefit it a year later and with all of your teams past bad behavior, your sport shall cease to be for a few years. Enjoy your run to a long long probation... IDIOT!

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

WildcatsOne -

Pathetic. Apparently you have no other meaningful life other than to constantly troll our board and tell us how bad are schedule is. I find it hilarious you show how dumb you are calling our schedule a cupcake considering the SEC is laughable when compared to the Big 12.

Jaminrawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I heard Bill Self wanted to add UK, but he hates the smell of horse dung and it is rampant in Lexington. He's also bored with owning John Calipari.

lance1jhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

NH_JHawk-

You have a Great Holiday and Vacation. Hope you get to come back to Lawrence for a game soon. Many Blessings to you and yours. RCJH

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

WildcatsOne--

In 2008, Memphis said that KU was "Way Overrated," and of course, you know "the rest of the story!" Thanks, Mario, Rock Chalk forever!

WildcatsOne 9 years, 11 months ago

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NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

lance1 -

Thanks my friend. Also wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday and New Year as well. I probably won't make it to Lawrence till Summer, but I am planning on Indy if the Good Lord's willing!

TRUEHEART 9 years, 11 months ago

Thankfully, our basketball team has what our football team DIDN'T. The attitude and fortitude to step it up down the final stretch.

RokChlk 9 years, 11 months ago

Wildcatsone your right your wildcats were able to beat UNC and UCONN by a combined 6 points.....and squeak out a win over a 5 and 7 Stanford team in overtime...and dont forget your great win over Indiana.....NOT!!! Cal has lost 4 games all to ranked opponents and they didnt have Theo Robertson for their first 6 games!!!!! Their record looks a lot like UNC's record.... thats weird!!! Wildcatsone go back to writing on UK boards...there you won't sound so stupid!!!!!

Jaminrawk 9 years, 11 months ago

You see, WildcatsOne is an example of someone who gets on these boards and tries to engage people in a war of words rather than facts. UK may historically have a great program, but lately, they have been pretty mediocre. Now that they win a few games to start the year, the mentally damaged members of thier fanbase come out and talk smack on the boards of teams that they secretly fear, like KU. Last time I checked, UK was in the NIT last year and KU won a national title as recently as 2008. I really have no qualms with Kentucky or the majority of their fans. I'm merely amused by the ones talking smack after TWELVE games. Only one of which was in someone else's house (ooooh, Indiana!). Thanks for paying attention to KU basketball, guy. I personally couldn't care less what Uk is doing because they are ranked lower than KU and won't likely even make the Final Four with the type of pathetic defense they play.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

jaminrawk,

Well said, well said. I have a question for all that follow the Jayhawks. Could WildcatsOne join the Antlers at Mizzou? He or she or whoever could fit right into that infamous group!

David Leathers 9 years, 11 months ago

Great Game TT!!! Way to go, another 7-1 Assist/Turnover Ratio game... the last 4 games you're sittin at 24-2!!! That's awesome. I hope all the nay-sayers finally will shut up! Consistency is the key to anything successful and you are the spokesman for consistency the last few games!

David Leathers 9 years, 11 months ago

LJW Staff - Can you re-write WildcatsOne's last comment without the violation??????

Joel Thomas 9 years, 11 months ago

I liked this game. The Jayhawks made some mistakes, but it wasn't for lack of effort. And some of the mistakes will go our way the next time, things like X not handling the pass that slipped his fingers and ended up a turnover; more bunnies will fall. Cal is a good team that played pretty well and Kansas withstood their attack to win rather handily. I think what I liked most about this game was the play of Taylor. Aside from a dumb pass, he played great.

David Leathers 9 years, 11 months ago

cragarhawk (anonymous) says... "Some people are very unrealistic, this team is not as good as last years team at this point!!!! Yeah, they have a very high ceiling with all of this talent, but watching them play, They are a long, long, long long, long ways from it. We should not even be in the top 5 or maybe even ten right now..."

Obsurd my friend and fellow fan, very obsurd comment!!!

I think the only unrealistic thing to say would be:

"This team is not playing their best ball, and still winning games by an average of 28 pts."

As far as not being in the top 5 or 10, put the peace pipe down! Too many brain cells have exploded.

David Leathers 9 years, 11 months ago

"I think the only unrealistic thing to say would be:"

I meant realistic.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

CaliHawk--

Very funny! Classic! Peace pipe--that's a good one!

Tony Bandle 9 years, 11 months ago

It looks like Self's Selfless Nine has been established: Collins, Aldrich, Taylor, Morris, Morris, Reed, Henry, Morningstar, Robinson.. 3 guards, 3 bigs, 3 swing men..nice symmetry!!

...EJ, CJ, Jeff W.,we hardly knew ye - unless someone gets hurt....Little, Releford.....see you next year with Woolridge and Knight or Selby.

Based on the first 11 games, and I can't believe I am saying this, but where would Kansas be without the Twins!!!

Bobby Knight was a total nona$$hole during the game, constantly praising Kansas and correctly predicting that Cal would run out of gas and go out in a double digit loss.

Brett Mushberger....what a tool!!!!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Bob Knight and Brent Musburger did a nice job announcing the game. Kudos to Bob Knight who said that "Henry has the bigger body than John Wall and can play better defense--plus, he can play anywhere on the floor on offense." This coming from a Hall of Fame coach who probably knows a little bit about basketball.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

After Giving Cal the Full Monty:

} Behold the new 9 man team: Marcus, Cole, Sherron, Tyshawn, and Xavier starting with Kieff, Brady, Tyrel, and TRob subbing.

} The big news tonight is not the win, or Brady pulling 1200+ seconds again. The big news is TRob getting the backup minutes even after Withey's back. It just may mean that Withey may be too far behind for this season and TRob of the foul once every 22.5 seconds defense is going to get the 4th big man minutes the rest of the season. Thomas looked great a couple times and for the first time showed improvement rather than decline.

} Next best news? Tyshawn, though he perhaps should be nicknamed Dr. Goosedown for his softness that resists all attempts at hardening, is turning in to Dr. Assist (he had 7 against 1 TO.

} Next best news? Xavier plays better defense, when he has a backup, but aggressiveness just is not his middle name yet.

} Next best news? The garbage 4 committee of Marcus and Kieff were exactly where they needed to be: 20 points and 14 rebounds,. 2 blocks and only 3 TOs.

} Worst news? 8 to 18 Steal to TO ratio means again KU did not turn on the pressure defense, even playing 9 guys.

} KU actually put most of its game together for the first time tonight. It looked like a team, but it seemed clear to me that Self still chose not to amp this team up for Cal. Self was showing more fire on the sidelines against Cal, and he clearly only modestly likes Montgomery, but still Monty couldn't sucker Self into burning up an A game on Cal. This tells me Self believes this is a team with all the aces that can even beat a pretty decent Cal team with its B game. Put it this way, KU beat Cal 84-69 with Cole just playing 22 minutes and really just playing half speed. To put this in perspective, KU has until tonight been bringing only its C game. Expect Self to roll out the A game intensity for UTenn.

} The UTenn game will be a litmus test in many ways. If we don't see some pressure defense vs. the Vols, it will mean this team can't play it. If we don't see a fully amped up A game performance, whether they win or not, and whether they blaze from three or not, then we've got to worry about the team's chemistry, about Cole's bronchitis/maybe mono.

} I expect Self to play Withey a bit against UTenn just to suprise them and give them someone to guard they have had no film on.

} Texas is a good team, and really out muscled Chigan State and Ratso Izzo, but I still think their Achilles Heel is the trey.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

Erratum:

Make that a foul every 2.67 minutes for TRob.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Jaybate--

And the inability of not shooting a good % at the line by the Longhorns.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

OakvilleJHawk,

You are right about the Twins. They have quietly become a composite All American at the 4.

Hey, maybe college basketball is ready for a Composite All-American Team. Marcus and Kieff are certains.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

mikendal,

I hadn't checked that, but that could give us a real edge, if we can ever get Withey playing and have 25 fouls in the paint to give. I would like to put that slimmed down tub of lard Dexter on the line 20 times a game.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

jaybate,

Against Carolina, what did Brent Musburger say the Horns were from the line? Something like 9 of 21, I think. He did say that they are 62% on the year. As far as D-I standards, that's terrible and, it will come back and haunt them.

KUBlue0809 9 years, 11 months ago

How about everyone post one 'WildCatsOne' wall....obviously he's an intruder. A terrible one at that....I mean, isn't the "wildcat" the most generic of them all? Tell this guy to get a life, and also tell him his school (KFC), has just hired the ONLY coach in the history of the NCAA to hire a guy who has forfeited 70+ wins and 2 final fours....class, class, class....

David Leathers 9 years, 11 months ago

"I would like to put that slimmed down tub of lard Dexter on the line 20 times a game."

You still have failed to unimpress me!

David Leathers 9 years, 11 months ago

jaybate,

Serious question:

What is your occupation? Honestly! Just curious as to why you aren't writing for ESPN the Mag or some other sporting publication. I would read your material over Kenny Maine's any day.

Blake Post 9 years, 11 months ago

lot of junk on here.
relax KU improves by leaps and bounds. By March it will be madness. We have the coaches, remember? Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

wildcatsone and done ha ha

We were there... yeah... planted 150 on you. Now there i something that will be in your face for all time. wildcats are just cheaters anyway.

ParisHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

A reassuring game with lots of positives: Cole better, twins good, Sherron under control, Taylor 4th straight good game, X hitting the boards and...

Brady's back, doing his thing on offense and defense as if he were never gone. The guy just fits in. We can win with him on the floor.

I'm not sure we've seen the last of EJ, but sadly CJ may have lost his chance due to nagging injuries.

KUbsee69 9 years, 11 months ago

WildcatsOne just comes on here to stir the pot by showing his unawareness of Truth, Justice, and the American Way ... aka KU Basketball. His perfidious intent is to raise our ire and to elicit our responses. (I guess I'm falling into his trap).

I would suggest that we don't respond in the future, because It's just not fair to get into a battle of wits with an unarmed man ... aka WildcatsOne.

WildcatsOne 9 years, 11 months ago

The thing that irritates people the most is that Kansas has played no one......yet they are ranked number one. Just look at the KU schedule......is there any team that is at least flirting with being in the top 25?

If you want people to respect you.....then go out and earn it. Quit playing this endless line of cream puffs at home. Show me what you can do against a ranked team.....or AT LEAST a decent road game and I will rethink it. Right now though....I'm not impressed.

jgh 9 years, 11 months ago

Someone tell this UKKK fan that no one could care less about his impression.

But, color us unimpressed that you beat a defenseless UNC (any solid offensive team hangs 100 pts on them) at home by 2, and an extremely overrated Uconn team by 3 while Wall was given the Jordan treatment (Uconn has struggled with the likes of Harvard and Hofstra and was pummeled by Duke).

Throw in near-losses to the mighty Miami OH and Stanford (which handed you a win via last-second free throw choke). Not impressive.

Steve Brown 9 years, 11 months ago

wildcat, welcome, we're tired of Omaha Big Red posting on our FB site.

congrats on your 2,000 wins, move over, we are getting in the boat.

hey, you have some nice tradition in lexy, refresh my memory how again do you take down final four banners, if you don't already have a protocol, call UMass and/or Memphis, as they have it down pat.

Coach Cal did nice job as our towel boy in mid 80's and when he left here he got BB job from his resume as the Kansas JV coach. Funny thing, we didn't have a JV team at that time. A story Larry Brown documents. It is nice to have a ton of wins, how much nicer to have wins & class, read the Bill Self book and be jealous.

granted, JW will be #1 draft, yet doesn't mean he'll have a ring, nor his own SAT score.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Kentucky won today!!!!!! WildcatsOne has to be excited about his team's 2001 win in their history. Let's see, Long Beach State, where beach volleyball rules over basketball but came into Lexi town and had at least 10 ties with Kentucky in the second half--yea, I say they're the #1 team in the Land--NOT!!!! If it wasn't for John Wall's 12 of his 19 points in the 2nd Half, Kentucky would have sweated this one out. It is a long, long season--the jury is still out for Kentucky and Texas, for that matter.

RokChlk 9 years, 11 months ago

WildcatsOne your right we havent played a ranked team this year but thats not our fault.....the Memphis game was going to be 1 vs 2 before you got the gift of cal because you wouldnt be anywhere without wall and your other freshmen he brought you, but at least we dont struggle with below average, below .500 teams!!!!! and I believe that there are 5 teams from the Big12 in the top 25 right now so when we win another big12 championship will you shut up and go back to your own site!!!! Also enjoy your 2000+ wins for now because in a few years they will be vacated and you will be back to 1990 wins and behind Kansas and UNC!!!!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

RokChlk--

Another undefeated team, New Mexico, loses at Oral Roberts. On a Big 12 note, Missouri is looking good VS Illinois. Kentucky would have a hard time competing in the Big 12--the Big 12 is loaded this year!!!!!!!

Chicago_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

The only thing we can do about our schedule is play the teams that are on it. Who knew UCLA and Memphis would be down when the schedule was finalized? Cal and Michigan were expected to be better as the season began (both Top 15). The Temple and Tennessee games will be nice challenges before Big 12 play begins.

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