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Originally published January 3, 2009 at 11:44a.m., updated January 3, 2009 at 08:24p.m.

FINAL: Collins’ 26 points, 9 assists lead KU to 92-85 win over No. 14 Tennessee

Kansas guard Sherron Collins thumps his chest after a fast break bucket against Tennessee during the first half Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins thumps his chest after a fast break bucket against Tennessee during the first half Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Reader poll

Who should get the game ball after KU's 92-85 victory over Tennessee?

  • Sherron Collins 56% 236 votes
  • Cole Aldrich 13% 57 votes
  • The Allen Fieldhouse crowd 18% 76 votes
  • Bill Self 6% 28 votes
  • Jay Bilas 5% 24 votes

421 total votes.

Reader poll

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

  • Cole Aldrich 19% 90 votes
  • Sherron Collins 77% 360 votes
  • Brady Morningstar 3% 17 votes
  • Other 0% 0 votes

467 total votes.

GameDay Cram Session: Tennessee

KUSports.com online editor Jesse Newell & Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan take a look at what to expect from the Jayhawk men's basketball team's home game against Tennessee.

Reader poll

Which non-conference game are you more worried about?

  • KU vs. Tennessee 58% 10 votes
  • KU at Michigan State 41% 7 votes

17 total votes.

8:25 p.m.

Some final notes:

• Collins' 26 points were a career-high and also the highest for a KU player this year.

• Collins went 10-for-14 from the free-throw line. Those were career-highs in both free throws made and free throws attempted.

• Aldrich tied a career-high with six blocks. He also had six blocks against Washington earlier this year. The six blocks were the most for a Jayhawk since Nick Collison had seven blocks against Oklahoma State on March 1, 2003.

• Aldrich's ten field goals made were a career-high and also were a team-high this season for KU.

• The Jayhawks' 25 assists tied a season-high (Jackson State, Dec. 6).

• The last time an unranked KU team defeated a ranked team was Feb. 5, 2006, when KU beat No. 18 Oklahoma, 59-58.

• KU's 32-game home winning streak is the fourth-longest current streak in Division I.

Kansas scoring

Collins 26 (7-for-14 shooting), Aldrich 22 (10-for-14 shooting), Morningstar 12, Taylor 12, Reed 8, Marcus Morris 7, Markieff Morris 4, Releford 1.

KU made 34 of 66 shots (52 percent). UT was 26-for-66 (39 percent). KU out-rebounded UT, 44-38.

Also of note, KU had 50 points in the paint.

FINAL: KU defeats Tennessee, 92-85

Morningstar misses a shot, but he hustles to poke the ball away from a Vol. He then goes under the basket to put in a layup.

Aldrich follows with a block — his sixth. He and Collins have played like NBA guys today.

Hopson and Chism both put in desperation three-pointers, but it’s too late. KU comes away with the signature win it was looking for, winning 92-85.

KU 87/UT 77 — 1:34 left in game

Collins makes two free throws to give KU some breathing room.

Tatum misses a deep three, and KU comes away with a big rebound.

The Vols defense breaks down underneath its own basket, and Collins inbounds to Aldrich for an easy slam.

Taylor penetrates on the next possession, scooping to Aldrich for another slam. KU holding on to an 11-point advantage.

Collins hits two free throws, but Marcus Morris fouls out on a questionable-at-best call inside.

A baseball pass to Taylor gets him an easy two, but Smith hits a three to keep UT within 10.

KU 77/UT 70 — 3:52 left in game

J.P. Prince fouls out for Tennessee, which can only help KU. Collins makes two free throws.

The Vols are starting to heat up from deep, though, as Hopson and Wayne Chism put in consecutive threes.

Tyler Smith makes a huge block inside on Marcus Morris, and Cameron Tatum buries another three as UT pulls within seven at 77-70.

Morningstar turns it over, but Chism forces up a guarded, deep three that bounces off. Marcus Morris clears the rebound.

KU 72/UT 55 — 7:01 left in game

KU finds a way to break UT’s press, as Taylor makes a cut to the basket and puts in a one-handed stuff. He was late getting back on D, though, and Maze put in a two and also forced Taylor’s fourth foul. Releford checks in.

After a turnover, Collins raises his hands, urging the crowd to get loud. Unfortunately for him, he turned it over on the other end trying to throw in a tough entry pass to Aldrich.

Smith picks up a technical after reaching over the baseline on an inbounds pass from Morningstar. Collins, though, bricks both free throws.

KU is totally lost with Tennessee’s inbounds pressure. The Jayhawks aren’t moving or screening to get open. Another turnover as Morningstar’s pass sails out of bounds.

Markieff Morris fouls out on a blocking call with 8:41 left. Aldrich and Marcus Morris have three fouls apiece, so they’ll have to be careful the rest of the way.

The Jayhawks grab some momentum, as Aldrich barrels down the lane for a stuff with a foul. As bad as KU’s inbounds plays have been, the Jayhawks are still up 15.

Marcus Morris throws a lob to Aldrich, who slams it home. It seems like both of the Morris twins are learning how to utilize Aldrich better each game.

Marcus picks up his fourth foul with 7:01 left. KU needs him to avoid his fifth.

KU 59/UT 44 — 11:30 left in game

Collins once again hurts UT on the dribble drive, drawing two defenders before dishing to Marcus Morris for a two and foul.

UT’s Brian Williams picks up his fourth foul trying to double-team Collins on the perimeter.

Collins’ penetration causes problems again, as he takes a few dribbles to the basket before finding an open Reed on the perimeter for three. A lot was made of Collins not trusting his teammates. It looks like this might be his breakthrough game in that regard.

Off a steal, Taylor flies to the basket for a layup. KU has done a good job of maintaining a comfortable lead so far this half.

KU 50/UT 37 — 15:42 left in game

Marcus Morris follows his own miss with a layup, and on the other end, he draws his second charge of the year.

After the media timeout, Pearl starts to rip into the officials. As of now, the fouls are KU 13, UT 11.

KU 46/UT 37 — 16:40 left in game

Morningstar opens the second half with a three from the corner. He just doesn’t miss open shots, does he?

Reed hits an open three from the top to push KU’s lead back up to 11.

Tennessee looks to have committed itself to getting the ball inside more in the second half, and a nice pass gets an easy look for Hopson.

Kansas scoring

Collins 14 (6-for-10 shooting), Aldrich 11, Morningstar 6, Taylor 4, Marcus Morris 3, Markieff Morris 2.

• Collins also had five rebounds, five assists and no turnovers.

• KU made 17 of 36 shots (47 percent) and went 4-for-8 (50 percent) from three-point range.

• UT made 11 of 37 shots (30 percent) and went 1-for-11 (9 percent) from three-point range.

• KU outrebounded UT in the first half, 27-21.

General thoughts

Tennessee will not shoot as poorly in the second half as it did in the first. Until the Volunteers show some ability to hit outside shots, though, KU might continue to play 2-3 zone and take its chances letting the Vols try to beat them from the outside.

The Jayhawks, meanwhile, need to limit their turnovers. The Vols have scored 17 of their 31 points off KU turnovers. KU has done a good job of defending in the half-court, but it needs to limit Tennessee’s transition opportunities if it wants to pull away.

Also, I think this was easily Collins’ best half of the year. He looks motivated and energized, and he has made good decisions without turning it over. Don’t want to jinx it, but he’s also halfway to a triple-double.

KU 40/UT 31 — Halftime

Maybe Self’s tirade will help get some calls the rest of the game. UT picks up two quick ones out of the media timeout, and Aldrich takes advantage with a basket and foul.

The officials look scared to call fouls now, as Collins charges in without a call. Aldrich gets an uncontested dunk on the play, and Pearl raises his hands in frustration wondering where the call was.

Little makes a mistake on defense, as he rotates late in KU’s 2-3 zone and fouls Scotty Hopson on a three-point attempt. Hopson puts in all three.

Hopson gets another shot in the lane to go in late, and KU takes a nine-point advantage into the break.

KU 35/UT 26 — 3:38 left in 1st half

Collins does a nice job of drawing defenders, then kicking out to an open Morningstar for a three. Is Morningstar’s outside shooting not one of the biggest surprises this year?

Collins continues his best half of the season, juking his man and getting all the way to the basket for two.

Self took a chance by putting Markieff Morris back in with two fouls. Sure enough, Markieff picked up his third foul on an offensive rebound. KU is forced to play with Aldrich and Quintrell Thomas in there.

Thomas is called for a bogus moving screen, and Self blows a gasket. He marches out on the court, and even the assistant coaches can’t keep him from getting a technical. It’s interesting how much more vocal he’s been with officials this year than he has been in years past. Honestly, I'm not sure why.

After the two technical free throws by Tyler Smith, Smith puts in a one-handed jam, and some of the momentum has shifted the Volunteers’ way.

KU 30/UT 16 — 7:15 left in 1st half

Marcus Morris picks up his second foul, then he gives a Tennessee player a shove on his way to the bench. He’s lucky to not come away with his third foul there.

Taylor tries to take a charge, but he doesn’t sell it very well and instead gets a blocking call. That’s two on him, and three KU freshmen have two fouls each.

Tennessee is feasting on KU turnovers. The latest one comes on an inbounds play (we knew a few of those were coming) and Bobby Maze finishes with an uncontested layup. The Volunteers are on a 7-0 run, as KU hasn’t scored in four minutes.

Collins helps KU get out of its funk, as he hits a three from the wing then goes 1-on-3 to finish a layup in transition.

KU 25/UT 9 — 11:19 left in 1st half

Releford and Little are the first ones off the bench for KU. Little gets a standing ovation from the crowd.

KU continues its hot shooting, as Collins bounces a three in from the corner.

Little gets in the action early, as he has two rebounds in his first minute.

Aldrich hits an 18-footer in transition, and Collins throws an alley-oop to Taylor. UT needs a timeout, but coach Bruce Pearl refuses to call one.

We start to see what I was talking about with the officials. Because the crowd is going nuts, an out-of-bounds call by Tennessee produces an emphatic point the other direction by a ref.

Morningstar hits an open three from the top, and KU is 11-for-16 (69 percent) from the floor. The Jayhawks enter the TV timeout still on an 11-0 run.

KU 14/UT 7 — 15:28 left in 1st half

The decibel meter hits the high 94s before tipoff.

Markieff Morris gets the crowd going early with a dunk for the first two points.

Aldrich gets a dunk on a stickback, and Collins spins in the lane to make it 6-0. Tennessee’s young players look rattled by the raucous crowd.

Markieff Morris picks up his second foul on a cheap hand-check. Aldrich and Marcus Morris will have to be especially careful now.

After an easy layup by Marcus Morris, Taylor cuts to the basket for a lay-in. Timeout Tennessee. KU has gotten a lot of easy points right through the middle of the Tennessee defense early. I believe all 14 of KU's points have come off layups or dunks.

1:03 p.m.

KU starters: Brady Morningstar, Markieff Morris, Tyshawn Taylor, Cole Aldrich, Sherron Collins.

12:55 p.m.

There's a much better energy in the Fieldhouse today. The "Let's go Jayhawks" chants have started early. The video department put together another solid video, showing highlights with some loud music. At the end, the video urged KU fans to make some noise. They did.

Much like a lot of football games, the videoboard then showed the door to the locker room. After a few seconds, the door opened with the Jayhawks emerging, and the KU supporters went nuts. To be honest, it was probably the loudest sound I've heard in this building since the championship banner was raised at Late Night.

12:48 p.m.

Former KU basketball player Patrick Richey just passed by me in a red sweatshirt on the way to his seat. He's sporting the shaved-head look now.

Seems like a long time ago, doesn't it?

12:37 p.m.

An update: Mario Little is shooting with the team with a heavy brace/wrap/splint on his left hand. I'd say there's a good chance we see him in there today.

12:13 p.m.

Here are some quick-hitting notes about the Volunteers, who are ranked No. 14 in the AP poll with a 9-2 record.

Tyler Smith is the team’s leading scorer. He averages a team-high 16.9 points (interestingly, the same scoring average that Sherron Collins has right now). He had Tennessee’s first triple-double in school history this season, posting 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on Dec. 3 against UNC-Asheville. UT coach Bruce Pearl has called him “the most productive player I’ve ever coached.”

Wayne Chism, a 6-foot-9 forward, is second on the team with 11.8 points. He is fifth in the SEC with 8.5 rebounds per game. In his last contest against Lousiana, he left the court on a stretcher after falling hard on his back. He was diagnosed with elbow and spine contusions, but he is expected to play today.

UT’s third-leading scorer, J.P. Prince, is averaging 10.9 points per game. He’s also coming off an injury, as he missed three games with an ankle injury before playing last game against Louisiana.

One of Tennessee’s greatest strengths is its depth. Only two players play more than 22 minutes per game (that’s pretty amazing if you think about it). Still, nine players play at least 16 minutes per game.

UT’s bench has outscored its opponent in every game. The Volunteers’ bench averages 32.7 points per game — which is 14.9 more points than its opponents’ bench scorers.

In UT’s last game against Louisiana, ten players scored. Each of those players scored at least five points.

Tennessee leads the SEC in scoring, averaging 84.5 points per game. The Volunteers also average 42.7 rebounds per game to their opponents’ 32.8. KU is averaging 79.4 points per game and is out-rebounding opponents, 40.0-32.7.

The Volunteers have built a reputation with their pressure defense. In the last three years (82 games), they have forced 316 turnovers on inbounds plays alone.

KU is 28-29 all-time against teams from the SEC. The Jayhawks have never faced the Volunteers.

11:40 a.m.

Now is the time for KU fans to break their silence.

After starting 9-3, the Kansas men’s basketball team continues a tough non-conference schedule today at home against Tennessee.

Here’s the simple fact of the matter: KU, as it stands now, is on the bubble. A couple more losses in non-conference, and the Jayhawks will be looking at a very real possibility that they will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989.

That scenario won’t happen if KU holds serve at home. If the Jayhawks can manage to go 10-0 or 9-1 at the Fieldhouse the rest of the way, they would be all but assured of clinching a spot in the Dance.

It’ll be a lot easier if they start getting more help from those in the seats.

I can’t speak for the Albany game, but so far, the noise level at Allen Fieldhouse has been underwhelming. And to me, that’s puzzling.

To be honest, the loudest four KU games I remember this season have been the road game at Arizona and the three games at the Sprint Center. Kind of sad, really.

This should be the kind of team that Jayhawk fans are loudest for. This is the kind of team that needs the crowd noise the most.

Teams with Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce or Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich might not need fan help every single night.

This team, filled with inexperienced (but talented) players, needs it.

One only has to look to the Arizona game to see how much a crowd can affect the outcome.

KU led early, but in the second half, Arizona’s fans simply took over the game by turning up the volume. Arizona’s players fed off the energy, going on a 29-6 run, and by then, the game was all but over.

Perhaps the biggest benefit for the Wildcats was getting extra calls. Hey, officials are human, too. They get caught up in the emotion of the game just like anyone else (if not, Ed Hightower would only blow his whistle once on foul calls instead of seven or eight times). During one stretch, Arizona shot free throws on five of six possessions. At one point in the second half, KU had 10 fouls compared to Arizona’s four.

Is that bad officiating? Is it unfair? No and no. That’s the advantage a home team gets when it has a good crowd.

Today, the Jayhawks need that kind of help. They need to get caught up in the atmosphere. They need to get the extra foul calls. They need Tennessee to get rattled in a tough environment.

They need Allen Fieldhouse to be at its best.

And then they need Allen Fieldhouse’s best for the 10 games after that.

Comments

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Ok, I just read the piece and...Thank you for recognizing that KU is indeed on the bubble right now. I'm sure you will catch some flack for that, but you are dead on.

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Also, I asked Gary Bedore on his basketball notebook about basketball recruiting for next season. Maybe you know.With the transfer of Whithey, has Bill Self stopped pursuing John Wall, Lance Stephenson, et al?Thanks.

Jesse Newell 11 years ago

stupidmichael — This is the impression I get: KU might not look like it has a scholarship available, but if one of those guys wants to come, they'll make room. I've heard Self say on HawkTalk that his recruiting isn't finished for next year, and that he'd made mistakes in the past in recruiting by not preparing for transfers/injuries/early entries in the NBA.If Wall wants to be a Jayhawk, KU will find a way.

Dirk Medema 11 years ago

I doubt that Coach Self ever stops recruiting. There are too many changes throughout the year.

misfire 11 years ago

Where is the fb & bb recruiting news? I can't find it on the new website.

Jesse Newell 11 years ago

I would check out Gary Bedore's basketball notebooks. More often than not, you'll find recruiting info in those.

RedRed 11 years ago

I think KU came to PLAY !! Rock Chalk !!

truehawkfan 11 years ago

WOW!!! We look like a team on a mission right now. Lets hope we keep this intensity up!! When everyone else steps up like this, our stars shine even brighter in Collins and Cole. Keep it up. I likey.

truehawkfan 11 years ago

Mario wins!! He is playing!! Come on baby. Make us better.

truehawkfan 11 years ago

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WWWWWOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

cffighter86 11 years ago

Bill Self Really got the boys playing today!!!

RedRed 11 years ago

I agree ... their head is into the game. Releford, Little, Collins, Brady ... I like what I see so far. Keep it up ... step on their throat !!!

Brian Powell 11 years ago

yeah boiii!!!!! just calm down and play now....

cffighter86 11 years ago

looks to me that TENN is getting all the foul calls....

cffighter86 11 years ago

lets see how our boys respond when everything isnt going there way like it was to start the game

cffighter86 11 years ago

WOW!!!! Sherron is amazing today!!

truehawkfan 11 years ago

Thank God for Collins. People need to stop bashing him and realize how good he can make our team. 5-0 run for Collins. Keep it up Hawks!!!

RedRed 11 years ago

Collins is under-control ... using his head now and just letting his instincts take over !!

NH_JHawk 11 years ago

During the fast break, I never know if Collins is going to turn it over or go 1 on 2, split the defenders (or outrun them) and get the layup. He had some amazing moves on those last couple of breaks!

truehawkfan 11 years ago

Still getting beat on offensive boards.

nnelson 11 years ago

Had a feeling Collins would play his best game of the season today. He had to.

cffighter86 11 years ago

yep all the calls going TENN...out guys gets mugged on shot we get an O-REB and we get the foul called on us...

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Bill Self is pissed because Tennessee is getting away with the same garbage. Bull S--t.

truehawkfan 11 years ago

I really thought he was going to eat that ref for lunch. I don't think I have ever seen him that mad.

cffighter86 11 years ago

WOHOO!!!! A foul called on TENN!!!!! AMAZING!!!

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

3:38 to go...First foul they have called underneath in AGES!

truehawkfan 11 years ago

These refs don't want to see Tennessee get romped so they are going to try and keep the score close any way they can. Now that Self got the tech, they will call it fair for about 2 minutes.

RedRed 11 years ago

Self needs to stay in the game !!

gleece 11 years ago

Man, my heart is pounding! We CANNOT lose to these thugs today. I'm really getting tired of seeing their big, mouthy moms in the stands, too. Sorry, I know that's not right, but that Allen crowd has got me going all the way out here in Virginia.

truehawkfan 11 years ago

Wow. Now they are going to get ticky tack. They are going to get the fouls even on BS calls.

cffighter86 11 years ago

cmon gleece...leave the players moms out of it...I think its cool that she travels where the team is to support her son...

rockchalkin54 11 years ago

I think Mario Little is gonna be a HUGE difference maker in this team.

truehawkfan 11 years ago

She traveled here compliments of Bruce Pearl. Cheater!!

truehawkfan 11 years ago

Just kidding. I think it is great she supports her kid. Good mom.

justanotherfan 11 years ago

Little doesn't look right on his leg right now. He seems very uncomfortable on his leg. Just my personal observation watching him the first time in a KU uniform. We should be up at least a dozen right now.

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Disappointing end to a pretty good first half for Kansas.Notes:- Cole Aldrich has to be stronger with the ball when rebounding.- You can tell Mario Little is a good player, but he has looked lost.- Rebounding is still very suspect.

cffighter86 11 years ago

if we had as many foul shots in the first half as TENN we would be up by 15 or so... if I remember right...its 12 foul shots for TENN to KU's 4?

Ben Kane 11 years ago

little has been totally ineffective so far. I'm not bashing the guy, but it takes time to mesh and this game is NOT the time. This is a must win for us. A very disappointing second 10 minutes there and if it continues we will lose. I'm not sure why you don't understand the HCBS technical Newell... We were getting fouled all over the place and nothing was being called for us plus we were getting called for ticky tackies. I think it was a well timed move for HCBS but my favorite part was watching Collins try and hold him back. Great half for Collins and Aldrich! Lets keep the pressure on Hawks!

RedRed 11 years ago

I hope the same K.U. "TEAM" takes the floor in the 2nd half. Self ... get their heads focused on "taking care of business" out there !!

truehawkfan 11 years ago

I agree. However, we still show how inexperienced we are. I hope we come out with confidence in the second half. I can't take another heartbreak. I am not impressed with this officiating crew at all. I am glad Self got pissed at them. He needs to keep up his intensity so the players feed off of that.

rcaltrider 11 years ago

Officials and ghetto acting moms aside, that was a decent first half. Could have been better, could have been worse. Need to come out and start fast in the 2nd and put them away. I can't stand watching Tennessee play. They are a bunch of cocky punks. Of course you can see why they act like they do when you see their moms in the stands acting like...well, not acting like adult moms. Grow up! And could somebody please teach Chizm how to wear a headband?!!!

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

I bet Bill Self was yelling something along the lines of,"WE'RE THE #$&% NATIONAL @#$()#&% CHAMPS YOU PIECE OF @)#(#($ REF!!! WHERES OUR ()@##)($ CALLS? @#()#$)(%&)%#@)(#@(#()$!!!!!!!"

frompekka2sasha 11 years ago

I feel like Chris Farley today "son-of-a-..."I'm still in Phoenix and thought the game was just starting and it's now at half. Wow... I am surprised by the score at half and am sad that I missed it. Anything jump out as to why we are leading?

truehawkfan 11 years ago

Intensity!! Collins came to play, and our defense has been pretty good. We have had some dumb mistakes, and continue to get beat on the offensive boards. We have over 75% of our points in the paint. We are playing well, but ended the half a little tight. Collins needs to keep this up and we win.

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Cmon Hawks! just cut down on a few of those O mistakes and we're fine. I love it when Sherron takes over and stares down their bench :) he's a good mix of finish/pass today. We just need Little and Taylor to finish some of those too....Let's go!

Jesse Newell 11 years ago

chuckberry — I wasn't questioning Self's blow-up today. I was wondering why it's happened so much this year.

jayhawkr34 11 years ago

collins did goodrefs sucktenn is a bunch of hackersrefs sucktenn has big mouthy mommasrefs suckself is pissedref still suck, that pretty much sums it up, frompekka2sasha

RedRed 11 years ago

Settle down guys ... let the game come to you ... don't force it !!

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Kansas will lose this game if it does not start limiting Tennessee's second chance opportunities.

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Crowd needs to get going as well.

RedRed 11 years ago

I agree the CROWD needs to come to life.

frompekka2sasha 11 years ago

Strange. I never thought I would give up attending the marquee game of the year at AFH for KU football. I feel dirty.

cffighter86 11 years ago

Tenn players are a bunch of freaken cry babies...I know I'm a KU homer BUT that is the difference between our program and TENN...Our kids play with class and they may complain about calls a little bit but you NEVER see any of them pacing the bench yelling about a call that was obviously a fall on them...

Ben Kane 11 years ago

Jnewell... probably because teams reflect their coach and HCBS can't afford to be laid back this year when an aggressive attitude may be the difference maker for us this year. I'm so glad he's our coach...Let's give a lifetime contract. on a side note: as a former Mangino hater, I can't be more proud of what he's accomplished either.

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Get them all in foul trouble... keep attacking!!

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Officiating is much more even this half.

Brian Powell 11 years ago

I can't believe the crowd is so quiet... cmon fans, get in the game.

RedRed 11 years ago

Stay focused ... 12 more minutes !! Collins getting a breather !!

Jesse Newell 11 years ago

chuckberry — There's a difference between being an aggressive coach and being out of control. Today's T probably helped. The ones at Arizona and against UMass obviously hurt them quite a bit.He can be mad. He can be angry. But he can't lose his composure. He's done that a lot more this year than he did last year.

RedRed 11 years ago

That ball was off Aldridge !!

Ben Kane 11 years ago

Jnewell, well we will have to agree to disagree because I like what he's doing. Granted a T always hurts your team short term but can have great affects long term, not always though.

Ben Kane 11 years ago

Perhaps it would be a good interview question for you to find out why he's been so much more vocal this year.

frompekka2sasha 11 years ago

I agree with you cb32. I think Self is not so worried about the battle (non-conference, early season) but more about the war (conference play, post season).

frompekka2sasha 11 years ago

I hate the stupid headbands that Tennessee wears. Taylor rising up!

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Tyshawn spends too much time celebrating and gets owned on the other end. Freshman move.

frompekka2sasha 11 years ago

When did Allen Iverson get traded to the Volunteers?

Jesse Newell 11 years ago

Sounds good, chuckberry. It's nice to get some discussion going on during a game.

cffighter86 11 years ago

the first glance I thought it was AI as wel..

RedRed 11 years ago

Crowd is getting wound up now !!

frompekka2sasha 11 years ago

Aldrich showing shades of Eric Pauley's jumpshot.

Ben Kane 11 years ago

I look forward to hearing his answer JNewel.Looking good here....Let's hold on!RCJH

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Those missed Free throws could come back to hurt...

cffighter86 11 years ago

cmon sherron...gotta make those...speaking of which..why was he shooting the FT? He isnt the best FT shooter on the floor...

Theutus 11 years ago

Can we not run an inbounds play to save our lives or what?

RedRed 11 years ago

Now that was a good looking MOM !!

cffighter86 11 years ago

michael..shut up man, all you say is negative stuff..are you really a KU fan?

frompekka2sasha 11 years ago

Anyone else notice that Chism travels quite a bit? Nice put back by Morris.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

For the love of Jo Jo White, get an inbounds play and break this PRESS!!!!!

RedRed 11 years ago

Aldridge takes off from the free-throw line !!

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Cmon clock! Ugh! Still 8 minutes left!

Ben Kane 11 years ago

Cole should be taking our T free throws...He's money...that was a huge turn there!

RedRed 11 years ago

Up by 15 points w/ 7:39 left !! Let's not just "hang on" but instead let's "Close it Out!!"

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

cfffffffighter,Retard is a term of endearment from me.

cffighter86 11 years ago

what radio station is this game on BTW? So i can tune into the post game stuff...

kusayzone 11 years ago

Reed is the best free throw shooter on the team----he should have shot the Technical free throw and given Sherron a blow--come on Bill----coach the game

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Was Reed on the floor? I don't think he was. Could be wrong.

RedRed 11 years ago

Jay Bilas has done a good job !! Far, far better than Packer or Dickie V.

frompekka2sasha 11 years ago

I'm out on my buddy's deck watching the game in 65 degree weather in Phoenix. Thought I would rub it in until I saw that Lawrence is sitting at 61.

cffighter86 11 years ago

Reed wasnt on the floor but Cole was....

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

We continue with poor rebounding. ELEVATE!!!!

Ben Kane 11 years ago

now that was some funny stuff, Bilas calling out the UT fan for taking of his orange shirt and donning the KU hat!HAHAHA

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

I don't put Cole on the line to shoot those free throws. If Reed wasn't on the floor, I agree with Collins going to the line.

cffighter86 11 years ago

ya its been some weird weather in the KC area...today 60's if im not mistaken tomorrow supposed to be in 20's

RedRed 11 years ago

Bilas understands whose HOUSE he is setting in !!

cffighter86 11 years ago

I know Cole is a big guy, but he is our 2nd best foul shooter so why not put him on the line?

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Collins is your leader and is not a much worse FT shooter than Cole. Put your leader on the line in that situation.

cffighter86 11 years ago

Ive just always been one to put the best foul shooter thats on the floor on the line...but I understand why you put your leader on the line

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Wow. The lid has been lifted from the Tennessee bucket from deep.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

Somebody get Morningstar on the Joe Weider bulk up program. He gets out muscled too much.

cffighter86 11 years ago

the lid needs to be put back on....

Brian Powell 11 years ago

cmon Morris! how do you blow wide open dunks?? this is terrible..... 17 point lead with 5-6 minutes left??!?!??! unreal, can' t believe TN made 4 threes in a row! just our luck....

truehawkfan 11 years ago

AAAAAAHHHHHH!! WTF!! WTF!!! Finish this frickin game!!

truehawkfan 11 years ago

We are tightening up. It is like we are afraid to lose, instead of just playing hard until the end of the game.

truehawkfan 11 years ago

I agree ku98. I hope Self can toughen them up a bit. Right now, when the game is on the line, they are soft.

RedRed 11 years ago

Defense, Defense, Stop-um, Team Defense ... come on ... get your head into the game !! Toughen-up !! Is this part of "Maturing!"

frompekka2sasha 11 years ago

Sherron must trust his teammates here. Can't do it alone.

cffighter86 11 years ago

AWESOME!!!!!! Back to back dunks for Cole!!!

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

I don't think Kansas is tightening up or playing soft... Tennessee just started making some shots and playing hard.

Tbird_KU 11 years ago

The Morris Twins needs to finish stronger with DUNKS!!

ku98 11 years ago

We are finally seeing Cole have an impact at the end of a game. It is great to see him slam hard on the TN punks. The Morris twins need to learn from him.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

We have had two men on the floor, Collins and Aldridge. The rest........

truehawkfan 11 years ago

I am not going to question Self here, but why wouldn't his assistants tell him to get out of that 2-3 zone after they hit the second three? I know what Self's thinking was, but get out of it sooner maybe? I don't know. We need to finish this game and get a win.

RedRed 11 years ago

Put it in the Bank !! Game over !! Bring in Kleinman !!

Brian Powell 11 years ago

I hate how Jay Bilas keeps talking about how TN is much better than this... GIVE US SOME CREDIT FOR SPANKING #18 :)How many dunks does Cole have now???Seal the deal, Hawks

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

The Twins clearly have the ability to foul. This is college ball guys, move you feet!

ku98 11 years ago

I agree BCRaven. Kudos to Reed and Morningstar for spotting up and hitting threes too.Mario Little is a little tentative offensively, but he did show he could rebound and hustle.

truehawkfan 11 years ago

Collins and Aldridge showed up huge today. They make us a very very good team when they bring it like this.

kusayzone 11 years ago

stupid micheal what game are you watching--Reed was on the floor!!

Joe Joseph 11 years ago

Great -team- victory for Kansas. Collins had a good supporting cast this game. Where are all the Collins haters now?

cffighter86 11 years ago

that is whay i like morningstar. He plays with 110% effort all the time

kusayzone 11 years ago

one game might make a hero---but doesnt make a championship---he cant do it alone--he has to trust his team and good grief--he has assists!!!!!! Thats what Kansas basketball is all about!!! Team ball---everyone contributes--a new era-- and welcome to the floor Mr Little!!!

ku98 11 years ago

Monster game by Cole and Sherron.Morris twins - 11pts, 8rbs, 10 FOULS combined... and some really weak plays by both.I am excited about Little coming back. I think he will help tremendously.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

As good as we have been, thank our lucky beaks TN was not this hot the entire game.

RedRed 11 years ago

GREAT VICTORY !! They were ready ... and they went out and DID it !!Aldridge & Collins was huge .. and the support players were great too !! Not much Releford today or Q.T. !! Let's carry this win on and into Michigan State the next big test !!

NH_JHawk 11 years ago

The chant sounded especially loud today. And for good reason, a quality resume win!Best game I've seen from both Sherron and Cole all year. Twins still need to learn how to be more aggressive and just go to the hole for the dunk. Reed and Morningstar both played well and knocked down most of their shots + had good defensive games. Bilas is right. We grew up today.

ku98 11 years ago

I will be in East Lansing next week. I hope to see the same kind of effort from most of the team, and a lot more from the twins. Nice win today. Rock Chalk!

Tony Bandle 11 years ago

I told you guys KU would skewer the Vols..although that 5th foul on Prince was lame.I've got to say that the refs were certainly at least fair if not favoring the hometeam just a little.Speaking of Little, I think he looked a little surprised to be in the game. I'm sure we will see more of him against Siens [who is not a bad team and shouldn't be ignored!!}

curlyqkm15 11 years ago

Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich both had phenomenal games. I am glad to have Mario Little back and hope to see him start making an impact over the next few games. Great game! The Jayhawks played tough until the end and it paid off for them! Rock Chalk!

emein5 11 years ago

I will admit that I was hating on Collins a few games back, but these past two games it seems like he's been playing with a different mind set and isn't trying to force everything. The team looks refreshed and this was a big win!Rock Chalk!

Lance Hobson 11 years ago

Absoulutely huge win for us! I'm feeling better about us making the tourney now...

jaybate 11 years ago

OakvilleJHawk,You get braggin' rights on this board for the rest of the day!Aldrich grew into a man today. They weren't huge, but they were incredibly quick and great jumpers and there were a lot of the them. He was clearly the dominant male in the paint. He ate them alive! Maybe Chism wasn't at his best, but the other UTenn guys were and he just outmanned them every way you can.Sherron rejoined the 5 greatest KU PGs of all time and played the best game I have ever seen a KU point guard play. Period. Sherron just kept making big free throws. It was amazing. He is a tremendous player.Tyrel became a D1 player today. His defense was excellent against as fast of players as he is ever going to see. Brady just basically played the best game of glue I can remember outside of a couple by Russell Robinson.The Morris Twins did not have big line scores and Kieff fouled out early, but they played tremendous help defense. They were two big reasons Cole was able to beast today.Tyshawn returned part way to earlier form by scoring and playing D, but he is still a soft finisher who fades when strongly contested around the rim. He is very near finding the lion in himself, but is not there yet. When he does, it is just going to be unbelievable.Coach Self put on the single greatest display of referee call altering temper ever in the first half. I counted four calls that went our way immediately after he took the t.

Martin Rosenblum 11 years ago

Observation....Probably very few, if any, Memphis fans had any interest in this game today. The only two losses last year for Memphis were to Tennessee and Kansas. And now, we own the state of Tennessee!That's all for my totally random observation.

Marcia Parsons 11 years ago

Regarding Little's play, Self said in the post-game interview that because of fouls he had to put him in a position he had never played at practice. No wonder he looked lost a few times.

Dirk Medema 11 years ago

And there were several phantom fouls called on Tenn as well.

Tony Bandle 11 years ago

Correct me if I'm wrong [ I sometimes get confused by the twins] but did I see SIX Hawks actually dunk the ball with several besides Cole with multiple stuffs??!!I know we are just fans and most of us who played ball didn't get behind high school but EVERYONE on this site has been emphasizing strong finishing. If they keep growing and maturing at this rate with the addition of a strong Mario Little, they will be a very, very, very scary team in March.You gotta love Jay Bilas. He did everything he could to keep the game in perspective and give Tennessee options to come back, but down deep you know he really likes HCBS and the Hawks. Remember in the NC game last year JAY was the only one to pick KU will the other three chuckleheads drooled all over Memphis. He can do Hawk games any time as far as I'm concerned.My next bold prediction...KU slays the the Spartans. Believe!!!!

Robert Brock 11 years ago

Thank god that Pearl is a bonehead. If UT had applied full-court pressure and a more aggressive defense earlier, the Hawks would have likely caughed up the ball a lot more and would probably not have jumped out to such a commanding lead. I am proud of the Kiddie Corp for keeping their composure and picking up a great W.

David Hall 11 years ago

ku playa good to day and it shown that they can playa as a team

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Top 25 again? or do we have to knock off a few more? I know we needed them, but if it weren't for a couple close losses so far this season.... wow. Pretty good for losing almost the whole team! I think maybe a few voters aren't bothering to count how close some of our losses were?That game made my day :D

kerbyd 11 years ago

It was nice to see them Keep the intensity and not fold like they have in a couple of their losses.

eastTXjayhawk 11 years ago

why do people keep calling Cole "Aldridge"?? Do we have a Cole Aldridge on this team? NO....how can you continually call a person by the wrong name and call yourself a fan? Just start using numbers if you don't know their name. I'm sure Coach Surf and Sherron Collings are tired of reading about this mysterious Cole Aldridge, although quite often he sounds like a heck of a player!

Matt Bowers 11 years ago

I would like to start by congratulating our Hawks who came to play. Second Collins is the main reason for this win and I will get back to that. Third, Self has got to learn to control himself.I have been off and on this year when it came to Collins. He has had to shoulder a team nearly by himself and when he was down, so were we. There were times when he made bone-headed plays and we all bashed him. Now I see that it was premature to do that and for that I am sorry Sherron. He grew into a floor general today who had the attention of the team and was the only person able to calm Coach Self down. He stepped up in a major way and deserves the right to play without all of us being Monday morning quarterbacks. Keep up the good work and by the way, Cole, you grew up today as well. Coach Self in my opinion is the reason we lost to UMASS and Arizona. Every time he loses his cool the team immediately goes down. Both times were on the road and Collins was unable to get the guys organized. Thank God that was not the case today. Is he taking Coach Knight pills? What is next, throwing chairs and choking players? He really needs to get it together. I am truly pleased and I think this is the first time that we looked like a Kansas team. Everyone was playing and did not let Coach or few bad calls get us down. Love this team and this time of year. Rock Chalk

mlubyRN 11 years ago

I was nervous for this game. I had a feeling they would pull it off though. I mean, its allen field house! Also, Tennessee is a good team but they are vulnerable defensively. KU is better in that reguard and they proved it today! Way to go Hawks!!!

Jack Wilson 11 years ago

Boy, though, how hard is it to get the ball inbounds. Reed is too short to be bringing it in with that 6-8 guy on the baseline. Wish the first guy near the ball would just grab it and get it in .. that negates the immediate pressure after a made basket (when you can run the baseline). We weren't prepared for that today.Little looks like a player .. hopefully he'll be in the flow by Mich. St.On Kustrong's comments on Self, you are way, way off base. Referencing throwing chairs or choking players is just plain stupid. Good coaches do just what he did. Self is a cool customer. He can turn it on, turn it off .. do you seriously believe he just loses it like Knight? He plans to blow-up. His team needs to know how much he cares, and that's a way of showing it. Players respect that. I respect that. It also has a way of showing the team he will defend them and they can keep their mouth shut on bad calls (a thing the Morrises need to learn).

Brian Powell 11 years ago

I think the inbounder was usually Morningstar?Ps- Morningstar shines again. This time, more about O than D (although that steal on the rebound was awesome). Underrrrrrrrated!Do you think he teased the defender on the baseline on purpose?? Smart play if he did.

Blake Brown 11 years ago

A great win and an important confidence builder especially in finishing a game. We all have talked about the games we lost as being part of the growing process and learning lessons. If so, when will we stop setting moving screens or fail to wait on the screener to get set and avoid these really bads offensive fouls resulting in turnovers which it seems usually leads to the opponets scoring? The same plyers are doing this. How many more times do we dribble into the defense and pick up the dribble only to get double teamed and commit another turnover? Again, the same players are doing this. And how about blocking out on the defensive boards? We were outrebound on the offensive boards again and against Michigan State,as well as a lot of the Big Xll teams, that is an invite to a L. We have been here before where we have not started a season looking great only to end up doing some stellar things in conference and beyond. We must also remember we are not only young, but with the exception of Sherron, all of the others have very limited college level minutes and are therefore going through the whole learning process. No question, they can only get better. GO HAWKS! NOW!

Scott Smetana 11 years ago

Wow, I don't remember a KU game DRAGGING ON for so long:) Was everyone waiting for a Tenn run like me?? I don't know about you, but I thought Tenn had incredible talent... likely the best team we've played this year. Thank goodness we played AWESOME!!!!!Morningstar... he played great, he's quickly exiting my doghouse. Mario Little... how many games does he have before we decide to redshirt? I'm leaning redshirt Sherron... Amazing the way he fought through the second half exhausted, game of his career. Great job resting more on the bench the second half. Cole... he's da man... reminds me of Sasha and CollisonTwins.. they improve by the minute... they both remind me of a young D. Arthur... so much talent to be developed. I wish our bench was a little deeper... maybe Appleton will mature??? -Great weekend to be a Jayhawk!!!!Reed... solid... aka Russell Robinson.

FlaHawk 11 years ago

I loved Brady getting the UT player to hit the ball durint the in bounds process. Very high BB IQ play. Brady is probably as good a player as his Dad Roger. Does not have the physique of his dDad but is a better glue guy.The game has changed in the last 30 years and Roger Cook would not be nearly as potent now as they were in 70s.

Greg Lux 11 years ago

Collins has set the bar high for himself now .. If he plays like he did today against other good teams and we can hit a good % of our 3's we are going to be very tough to beat... Collins was amazing and he can only get better.. His penetration is the key he doesn't need to score everytime just penetrate and dish out to Brady, Reed or another outside shooter and we can be very tough to beat. Now to just get the twins upto speed and we are in the game for sure. Great effort Hawks .. Great game.. Great win .. Rock Chalk Jayhawks

jayloco 11 years ago

First off, I am not a told you so kind of person. However, there are a lot of Collins haters that come on here and bash Sherron's play. I stated during and after the U of A game that I thought people were being a little harsh on Collins. Has his play been frustrating at times? YES. People calling for him to be benched or be reprimanded for his reckless abandon by seeing limited minutes was absurd though. I think we all saw that when this dude plays his game, he is a force and will be the key to how far we can go this year. What a game for him and for Aldrich. Could this be a turning point of the season? We'll see. I was glad to see they defended home court today and that our 2 main guys had monster games.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 11 years ago

eastTXjayhawk---LOL. i know, i know! Aldridge?

Matt Bowers 11 years ago

HighEliteMajor, I do think that Self might be a little out of line. Do I really think that he is as off base as Knight...no. I just think that Coach Self has been out of control and he is going to get the ref's after him. As a coach of soccer who has had multiple yellow cards I can speak of experience. I have alienated the refs in my conference and have just recently started to get them back. I think this works on all levels. Good work Jayhawks. Rock Chalk

Rodney Stice 11 years ago

Sorry I missed the game due to work. I did defend our honor from a Tenn fan, and coworker, I told her that KU would beat Tenn in football also.

rockchalks7 11 years ago

well thats a no brainer phoenixhawk

Lance Hobson 11 years ago

Just like football, we'll be an RCH out of the top 25.

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