Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas guard Sherron Collins breaks up a pass to California forward Jamal Boykin during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins breaks up a pass to California forward Jamal Boykin during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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2009 KU-California

Reader poll

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.


KU vs. California

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KU takes on California

Reader poll

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.

Lawrence natives have made life plenty miserable for California’s Golden Bears.

Lawrence High graduate Stephen Vinson was the unofficial star of the game in KU’s 69-56 victory over the Bears on Dec. 10, 2005, in Kansas City, Mo.

“That was in Kemper Arena, right?” said Free State graduate Brady Morningstar, who burned the Bears for seven points off 3-of-4 shooting and dished seven assists against two turnovers with two steals in Tuesday’s 84-69 victory.

Morningstar also played great defense on Cal’s Patrick Christopher, who had 21 points, but six in the last 15 minutes.

“Coach (Bill) Self has talked about that game. He’s referenced it before,” Morningstar added of the KU victory in Kemper. “I don’t think we have it out for Cal. We have it out for ourselves ... to win.”

Morningstar said Christopher, who hit nine of 18 shots, was difficult to corral.

“I tried to get a hand up, but he was still hitting them,” Morningstar said.

Of his own assists, Morningstar said: “I tried to get the big guys the ball. If I’m open, I’ll shoot. If not, I pass.”

He first lobbed a pass over the defense, then fired a bullet pass to Markieff Morris, resulting in two key buckets the final half.

“He was open on the high side the first time. The second time he was in the middle. I threw it overhand, and he caught it with one hand. I thought I threw it too hard. It was a great catch,” Morningstar said.

Those two buckets helped KU snatch a 53-48 lead.

Morningstar, by the way, said he’d be heading to New York today to spend Christmas with his sister.

Marcus on Withey

Marcus Morris had an interesting comment on center Jeff Withey, who did not enter the game, coach’s decision:

“Jeff Withey’s a great player,” Morris said. “I think he’s going to be one of the best big men to ever play at KU. He’s a good player. Once Jeff gets rolling, he’s going to add to (our front line), and we’re going to become better.”

Stats, facts

KU has won 49 straight home games. ... KU is 15-3 all-time against Cal. ... Self won his 180th game at KU against 40 losses. ... The 11 made free throws are the fewest for the Jayhawks this season, and the 17 free-throw attempts tie for the fewest attempts. ... KU has held 85 straight opponents to under 50 percent shooting. ... KU’s 17 second-half assists are the most in a half since 18 against UNC Asheville in 2003.


thmdmph 10 years, 7 months ago

Very good hard fought game. There are still many turnovers, but they weren't as many silly turnovers. And considering the pace of the game, those turnovers were acceptable. One area of emphasis is free throws, especially for TRob. He's going to be a beast next year. I could very much see him developing as much if not more than the twins. He definitely has the drive and the work ethics.

For those of you who think Morningstar shouldn't get many minutes should rethink. Him and X are the 2 players who consistently plays totally within themselves. They rarely, if ever, try to do things that are beyond their comfort zones and put the team in compromising positions.

Hopefully TT has turned the corner. He is pushing the limits over the past several games, but he's still controlled and he's playing smarter.

Bob Knight - I'm liking this guy more and more. They should get more good COACHes to do commentaries. You actually learn about the game when you listen to him.

Texas still looks very impressive, especially their defense (oh, and offense). Defense wins college BB and their defense looks good. They seem to have their games tuned this early in the season - before conference even begins. They definitely deserves to be ranked second to KU. Really.

KUFan90 10 years, 7 months ago

thmdmph - agree. I love every game Knight does. His insight is amazing and like you said, I always learn something. I could do without the Jeter comment, but I laughed out loud at his comment on the traveling violation that wasn't called against Cal. "Bill Self and I are right about that missed call" or whatever he said...too funny.

Also, later on Sport Center they had Self come sit with Knight and Musburger and you could really tell Knight likes Self. It was a comical interview.

Patton93 10 years, 7 months ago

Bob Knight is spectacular as a commentator. Tremendous insight about what's going on in the game possession-by-possession. He doesn't drift off and start talking about North Carolina or Duke or any other team for that matter - like another high profile commentator we all know. Bob Kinight actually watches and analyzes the game he's covering.

And, his post-game interview w/ Coach Self on ESPN afterwards was absolutely hilarious.

His parting shot to Coach Self: "You've done a good job with this team, Boy."

He actually called Coach Self "boy." Hilarious.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 7 months ago

I didn't see the post-game interview of Bob Knight and Bill Self. Is there any link to access it and watch it again? By the way, he called his son, Pat, "son." According to the post-game interview, he called Bill, "boy." He was complementing his son for Texas Tech's win over Stanford, 100-87. Bob felt like 87 points was too much and should be better on defense. In the end, he said he was going to call him after the KU game and tell him he was doing a good job with the Red Raiders. It was just interesting listening to Knight and Musburger. Like Ralster said, "it was a true gift" having Knight do the KU game. I hope it happens again, soon!

thmdmph 10 years, 7 months ago

ralster, it IS quite amazing how closely matched TX and KS are, esp. on stat sheet. Hope TX and KS stays elite for many years to come because it's working out to be quite a rivalry.

Although the rankings don't mean much at this point, I still like it for KU to be #1 for the exact reason of having the target on our back and getting everybody's bests. Other than having killer schedule, this will only help.

However, I do agree. We shouldn't care about rankings. None of our recent Nat'l Championships came with us being THE team to beat. It's so much more valuable to focus on the game, being tough, learning YOUR game and settling into it than just being #1.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 7 months ago

Somebody mentioned that the Big 12 Conference schedule is going to be brutal. Man, that is an understatement. Night in and night out, it will be a grind, and, it will be very interesting to see which team will have the best conference road record when it is said and done. Can't wait for the Conference schedule to begin!

thmdmph 10 years, 7 months ago

KUFan90, I had the same reaction when Bob Knight made that comment about the offensive foul call on TRob when he swung his elbow. It was pretty funny. He says it like he sees it and he doesn't have many distractors that influence his views, unlike Dickie V. Anybody who have the balls to call Calisleazy out and hold him accountable for UMass and Memphis fiasco deserves respect.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 7 months ago


Interesting you should mention that maybe KU might or might not need a loss or two going into March Madness. The last team that went undefeated throughout the long season was Bob Knight's Indiana team. Knight talked about that during the KU game last night. Knight said during that particular season, his good friend, Al McGuire, mentioned "a loss could help your team during the Championship run." Knight quipped, "Now how do you go to your players and say that we need to lose a game or two so it can help us win a Championship?" It was classic Bob Knight, at his best! I think KU can relate to this a lot. It would be nice to win all the games, but, on the other hand, how do you tell Sherron, TT, Cole, the Twins, RMorningstar, and the rest of the Jayhawks that maybe a loss would do us good? Keep on rocking, Jayhawks!

thmdmph 10 years, 7 months ago

I apologize for not being specific, but I don't have very good memory of games past, but a couple of years ago, were there not a few games (at least one), where it felt like Coach Self made a play near the end of the game that made us lose that looked just like he intentionally wanted to lose.?

Trey Hohman 10 years, 7 months ago

I don't think X. Henry is a god, but I do believe that he was sent by one.

jchief40 10 years, 7 months ago

Yeah a spaceship god. I know! You see it too

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