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Originally published January 28, 2009 at 05:37p.m., updated January 28, 2009 at 10:11p.m.

FINAL: Collins’ late steal helps KU escape with 68-62 victory

Kansas guard Sherron Collins pulls up for a jumper over Nebraska guard Steve Harley during the first half Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins pulls up for a jumper over Nebraska guard Steve Harley during the first half Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.

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Reader poll

Who was KU's MVP against Nebraska?

  • Sherron Collins 51% 161 votes
  • Mario Little 2% 9 votes
  • Tyrel Reed 31% 99 votes
  • Brady Morningstar 10% 32 votes
  • Cole Aldrich 2% 7 votes
  • Other 1% 6 votes

314 total votes.

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2009 KU-NU Jan. 28

Reader poll

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

  • Sherron Collins 36% 64 votes
  • Brady Morningstar 35% 62 votes
  • Travis Releford 24% 42 votes
  • Other 4% 7 votes

175 total votes.

Reader poll

How many points will Cole Aldrich score against Nebraska?

  • 0-4 4% 3 votes
  • 5-9 5% 4 votes
  • 10-14 25% 18 votes
  • 15-19 41% 29 votes
  • 20-24 17% 12 votes
  • 25-29 2% 2 votes
  • 30-34 1% 1 vote
  • 35 or more 1% 1 vote

70 total votes.

KU scoring

Collins 17, Morningstar 11, Aldrich 8, Reed 7, Taylor 6, Releford 5, Marcus Morris 5, Markieff Morris 5, Little 4.

KU was 22-for-39 from the floor (56.1 percent), 19-for-27 from the free-throw line (70.7 percent) and 5-for-10 from three-point range (50 percent).

NU was 24-for-60 from the floor (40 percent), 7-for-14 from the free-throw line (50 percent) and 7-for-24 from three-point range (29.8 percent).

KU out-rebounded NU, 38-22 (and 26-9 in the second half). KU had 21 turnovers to NU’s eight.

FINAL: KU wins 68-62

Running out of time on an inbounds pass, Henry throws a ball deep in the backcourt, and Collins elevates to intercept it. He’s fouled and makes both free throws to put KU back up by five.

Harley misses a short one with 10 seconds left, and Reed comes away with the rebound. After a free throw, NU doesn’t have enough time to come back. KU escapes with the six-point victory.

KU 65/NU 62 — 26.5 seconds left in game

KU’s mistakes put it in a close game. NU’s Sek Henry hits a three from the corner, and Reed turns it over on an attempted pass to Aldrich. Henry buries another three from the corner, and the lead is down to one.

Self doesn’t call timeout, and I’m shocked. KU looks rattled.

Collins takes the ball to the rim and gets his shot blocked, but a phantom foul is called on Ryan Anderson. What a break for KU. That’s Anderson’s fifth, so he fouls out. Collins makes both free throws to put KU up three. Timeout NU.

KU 62/NU 56 — 1:38 left in game

Two made free throws from Marcus Morris — a 49.1-percent free-throw shooter.

Aldrich gets a defensive rebound before losing it out of bounds. Dagunduro makes it hurt, getting a turn-around shot in the lane to fall.

Taylor overthrows a pass for a turnover. Self quickly calls Morningstar to check in.

KU breaks the press, and Marcus Morris’s layup rolls around the cylinder twice before dropping through.

KU 57/NU 51 — 3:59 left in game

Nice skip pass by Marcus Morris to Reed, who drains another three. Reed then takes a step toward Miller before screaming toward his face. The crowd didn’t like that. Nice to see some emotion from Reed.

What was that? Salomon fires up a three with under 5 minutes left? Keep in mind, he’s only played 20 minutes this whole season coming into today. The shot misses, and that’s a gift for KU.

Aldrich gets a rebound inside and makes two free throws. He’s reappeared during crunch time for KU.

KU 51/NU 50 — 5:59 left in game

Somewhat unexpectedly, the two teams start trading baskets. Layup for Aldrich. Two for Dagunduro. Jumper by Little. Layup by Harley.

Not afraid of the big shot, Reed puts in an uncontested three. Big shot for KU.

NU 46/KU 44 — 8:19 left in game

Aldrich gets fouled, but misses both free throws (That’s how you know he’s off — he was an 80-percent foul-shooter coming in). Little gets the board, though, and Collins hits a tough 18-footer to give KU its first lead at 42-41.

Aldrich gets a turnaround to go, but Cookie Miller drains a three to tie the game and get the crowd going.

The fans get even more fired up a few seconds later. On a jump ball, Miller and Little get tangled up, with both players coming out of the pile shoving. The two teams are separated, and Self is livid that a foul wasn’t called for Miller jumping on Little for the loose ball.

Ade Dagunduro gets an easy two on an inbounds play, and the energy has returned to the Devaney Center. Timeout KU, as Self is furious with Aldrich.

NU 40/KU 40 — 11:21 left in game

Markieff Morris shows some aggression in there. Markieff scraps for a pair of offensive rebounds before getting fouled. He hits one of two free throws, tying the score at 40.

KU’s guards are out of control at the moment. Taylor charges in for another turnover. Collins tries a pass out of bounds that hits the underside of the backboard. Luckily for KU, NU can’t get any shots to go down on the other end.

NU 39/KU 37 — 15:46 left in game

Good sign for KU. In the first minute of the second half, Aldrich gets his first rebound and field goal.

NU still can’t find any rhythm on offense. There’s not much movement, either. The Huskers aren’t going to be able to sit on a three-point lead.

Morningstar hits a jumper after getting an offensive rebound, and Collins pulls up for a 14-footer on the break. The mid-range shots have been open for the Jayhawks, and they’re starting to take (and make) them.

KU scoring

Collins 9, Morningstar 9, Releford 5, Little 2, Markieff Morris 2, Taylor 2.

KU made 11 of 19 shots (57.6 percent), four of five free throws (80 percent) and three of six from three-point range (50 percent).

NU was 15-for-30 (50 percent), 1-for-3 from the free-throw line (33.3 percent) and 3-for-9 from three-point range (33.3 percent).

KU had 13 turnovers to NU’s five. The Huskers out-rebounded the Jayhawks, 13-12.

Halftime thoughts

• Marcus Morris turned out to be significant for KU, just in the wrong way. He found Self’s doghouse in the first two minutes and never returned. It’s too bad, because he’s KU’s best chance at offensive rebounds.

• If KU wins, don’t forget about Collins’ three straight baskets in the first half when the Jayhawks needed the points. KU was still down 10, but it could have been a blowout then and there if Collins didn’t step up.

• Morningstar seems to have elevated his offensive game right when the team needed him as well. Nine points on 3-for-4 shooting. He needs to seek his shot more in the second half against NU’s gambling defense.

• Solid game from Releford so far. He seems to be the only person capable of finding the open spot in the back of the NU defense.

• Not a good sign for Cole Aldrich — he was blocked by Cole Salomon, who is a walk-on who played just 20 minutes coming into tonight. Aldrich was 0-for-1 in the first half with 0 points and 0 rebounds in 11 minutes.

NU 34/KU 29 — Halftime

Little tries to throw a deep pass that gets picked off by NU. It seems like KU is underestimating the Huskers’ speed on defense.

Morningstar travels after an offensive rebound. That’s 13 turnovers. KU averages 13.7 per game.

Morningstar hits a three, and Markieff Morris gets a pair of free throws to keep KU close.

On the last possession, Taylor makes a great adjustment in mid-air on a three-point attempt, finding Releford inside for a layup before the buzzer. Somehow, after that nightmare of a first half, KU is only down by five.

NU 31/KU 22 — 3:29 left in 1st half

KU seems to have figured some things out offensively. After running a weave, Morningstar gets a three-point play following a drive to the rim. Collins slings a nice bounce pass to Travis Releford on the next possession, who puts one in off the glass.

The Jayhawks just can’t avoid the turnovers, though. Tyshawn Taylor charges in for an offensive foul, just seconds after making a bad pass that was nearly stolen. Self stomps his foot in frustration.

NU’s offense has gone stale, but Velander hits a guarded three to get the crowd back into it.

Aldrich has gotten the ball twice in the paint but has lost it on the way up both times. He’s having a poor half, for sure.

NU 26/KU 16 — 7:48 left in 1st half

Three straight turnovers for KU. That makes seven in the first 10 minutes.

Sherron Collins has started to pick up the slack for KU offensively. It almost looks like he’s forcing himself to score. A tough shot off the glass. An 18-foot pull-up between two defenders. A pull-up three after an NU made basket. The guard scores seven straight points for KU, and still the Jayhawks are down 10.

NU 17/KU 9 — 11:56 left in 1st half

An early entry for Quintrell Thomas. Don’t think Self is happy with the twins.

Tyrel Reed dishes to Brady Morningstar in the corner for a three.

Harley’s on fire, though. He hits another high-arching, wild shot from the side.

Another offensive rebound and putback, and this time it's Cole Salomon. NU is out-rebounding KU, 10-3.

NU 11/KU 6 — 14:32 left in 1st half

KU starts out with two turnovers on its first two possessions. Guess the Jayhawks didn’t read the scouting report.

Chris Balham follows a miss with a slam, and KU coach Bill Self is furious. He calls timeout, screaming at Marcus Morris. Mario Little checks in. He promptly misses a shot, ending his 11-field-goals-in-a-row streak.

Nebraska is seventh-worst in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage (getting offensive rebounds on only 24 percent of their possessions), but the Huskers have four offensive boards in the first 2 1/2 minutes.

Steve Harley has started to heat up, hitting two shots in a row, including an impossible–to-guard fadeaway on the baseline.

6:20 p.m.

There must have been a thousand or so NU fans in the bathroom. It looks pretty full now.

Side note: Is anyone else like me during the National Anthem? I've found that instead of even looking for a flag, I simply watch the videoboard version of a waving flag. It's three-fourths of the way through the song before I even realize I'm doing it.

Marcus Morris is starting tonight. As I said earlier, he might be the biggest key for KU, as the Jayhawks will need his offensive rebounding.

6:17 p.m.

A pretty sparse crowd so far here at the Devaney Center. I know we have some time left before the game, but I was expecting a near-sellout. It doesn't look like we'll have that.

There are also some decent splashes of blue around the arena, as at least a couple hundred KU fans have made the trip north.

5:37 p.m.

Welcome back to The Newell Post Live, coming to you from the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb., where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Let’s look at some keys for both teams in tonight’s game.

If Nebraska wins, it will be because …

the Huskers force the Jayhawks to turn it over. NU is second in the nation in turnover percentage defense, forcing its opponents to turn the ball over on 27.7 percent of their possessions. The Huskers are second in the Big 12 in turnover margin (+6.3), forcing 18.0 turnovers per game. KU’s guards need to watch their passes, especially when trying to feed the ball inside to Cole Aldrich.

the Huskers make their threes. Like Iowa State, NU hoists up a ton of shots from the outside (36.5 percent of their field-goal attempts, which is 82nd nationally). The Huskers have an identical three-point shooting percentage as the Jayhawks (37.9 percent), which is good for third in the Big 12. Paul Velander should be the biggest focus for KU, as he’s made 49 of his 104 three-point attempts this year (47.1 percent).

the Huskers limit the Jayhawks’ three-pointers. This is actually a strength of NU’s, as its opponents have made just 31.1 percent of their threes against the Huskers (that’s second in the Big 12). KU has been helped by the three during the first four games of the conference slate, making 25 of its 55 long-range shots (45.5 percent).

If KU wins, it will be because …

the Jayhawks guards find a way to get Aldrich the ball. This won’t be as easy as it seems. NU should have quick guards swarming around Aldrich all game to try to deny him the ball. Aldrich will be effective if he can get it. Oftentimes, especially in the first half, KU hasn’t looked his way enough.

the Jayhawks get production from Marcus Morris. A lot of people have jumped off the Marcus bandwagon after his 0-point, six-rebound performance against Iowa State, but I’m not going to be one of them. How quickly KU fans have forgotten that, before the ISU game, Marcus had two straight 10-point games. KU will need him on the offensive boards against a much smaller NU team. Though Marcus has played 190 fewer minutes than Aldrich, he only has 16 fewer offensive rebounds than him (57-41).

the Jayhawks force turnovers. NU will almost certainly force KU to turn it over 15-plus times, so the Jayhawks need to force some Huskers miscues as well. It won’t be easy: NU turns it over on only 18.2 percent of its possessions, which is 41st nationally. KU’s defense has held its last five opponents to under 40-percent shooting, but it wouldn’t hurt to pick up the pace and get some easy baskets in transition. NU leads the Big 12 in scoring defense, allowing just 57.8 points per game. The Huskers will want to play slow, while the Jayhawks will want a faster pace.

Prediction: KU 68, Nebraska 66

The higher the score, the better for KU. Expect the Huskers to make this one close by forcing turnovers and making threes, but I think KU’s inside presence will be a little too much. Would I be shocked to see the Huskers win this one? Absolutely not. Remember, NU held Missouri to 51 points at home in a 56-51 victory. If the score stays in the 50s, KU most likely will be in trouble.

Comments

Eric Sorrentino 11 years ago

Good stuff, Jesse. It's pretty interesting what Sadler's done with this defense. It's the only one in the Big 12 that's held teams under 60 per game. For a lineup that lacks height, that's hard to believe.Did you guys avoid the blizz in the Neb?

Jesse Newell 11 years ago

It's actually really nice here. Mid-30s with no wind. Tom said it was the best weather he'd seen in Nebraska. I wouldn't expect that in mid-January.

Jonathan Kealing 11 years ago

Jesse-Should I ask where that new picture comes from? Or, more precisely, why?

Eric Sorrentino 11 years ago

Mid-30's in the Neb. this time of year is incredible. And yes, do explain the new pic.

nnelson 11 years ago

"I need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school"-Team America

Jesse Newell 11 years ago

College buddy told me I look like Ben Affleck. How can I disagree with that?

Eric Sorrentino 11 years ago

haha, that's good. I don't look anything like Josh Hamilton, but I'll stick with it for now...

nnelson 11 years ago

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KGphoto 11 years ago

I got a Heath Ledger comment once. Which is weird cuz I always thought I looked more like Whoopi Goldberg.

jaybate 11 years ago

"Though Marcus has played 190 fewer minutes than Aldrich, he only has 16 fewer offensive rebounds than him (57-41)."--jnewellYou make an intriguing observation, jnewell.Could it be that Cole takes a lot more shots than Marcus, and so Marcus gets a lot more opportunities for offensive rebounds than Marcus?Here are the FGA stats for both players prior to the NU game.Field Goal Attempts: Cole--176 Field Goal Attempts: Cus--115When you look at the offensive rebounding comparison in light of the comparison of FGAs, it is actually kind of remarkable that Cole has so many more offensive boards.It is, afterall, significantly easier to get an offensive rebound when one is already in position waiting for another's shot to carom off, than it is to get a rebound of one's own shot.Food for thought.

jaybate 11 years ago

"NU should have quick guards swarming around Aldrich all game to try to deny him the ball."--jnewelljnewell, I do agree that all of our perimeter players, except Morningstar, find feeding the post in a timely fashion almost as challenging as doing Rubic's Cube blindfolded, but...If NU's guard are swarming Aldrich, it would logically follow, would it not, that our guards would be wide open for easy threes?Basketball is a tapestry. Pull on the thread here, it tugs something open there.

jaytube 11 years ago

Does anybody know definitively whether justin tv is airing this game? I can't seem to find it on the site. Anybody got a secret link?

nnelson 11 years ago

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nnelson 11 years ago

If your point is that Marcus is getting Cole's misses, I'm not sure. Cole's FG% is 63%, which is pretty darn good. And it seems to me that many of his misses are the shot he always takes at the top of the key, which is a long rebound that Marcus wouldn't get.

Steve Gantz 11 years ago

Boy this team looks stiff right now. Nebraska can't keep up this shooting either, can they?

jaybate 11 years ago

jnewell,It certainly would help for Marcus to have a good game and I suspect you are right that he will.But Little at the 4 seems like one guy who could run wild on Nebraska, if they are overplaying Cole as much as some expect.The other guy who could supernova is Sherronatron. Giving him a height advantage of three inches is going to be fun to watch. What I would really like to see is Sherron taking this runt he's up against to the rim repeatedly. And for double fun, have Sherron post him up a couple times.

Jesse Newell 11 years ago

Jaybate — Good points. Think about this, though: Cole can rebound his misses as well, though. Sometimes, the person that misses the shot inside has the best position.If Cole gets the ball inside, he should be able to score. KU can't go away from him unless NU stays way off the KU outside shooters. Keep in mind that, as I mentioned, NU is second in the Big 12 in three-point percentage defense.

KGphoto 11 years ago

Nebraska is on steroids. I heard it from a guy who knows a guy.And you can tell if you're watching the game too.It's either that or they slipped rufees in KU's G.

Brian Powell 11 years ago

omg disgusting. Can we just get a few possessions without a turn??

lance1jhawk 11 years ago

Collins is shakin' off the rufee it looks like.

Steve Gantz 11 years ago

Our defense is porous. Our offense is poor.

osagefire209 11 years ago

So is anybody else besides collins going to score tonight? Our defense looks like crap in nicer terms

jayhawkinATL 11 years ago

Man, Aldrich is NOTHING but a LIABILITY out there right now!!! F'ing HORRENDOUS!!!

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Well, if we can blow 15 point leads, maybe we can claw back just the same. Do we want it!? I know Collins always does - he has heart. Let's go Hawks!

Ben Kane 11 years ago

way to Releford! already his best game of the year.

Brian Powell 11 years ago

no way - he was not set before Taylor ... bad call.

lance1jhawk 11 years ago

I'm feeling it...Dont call it a comebackI been here for yearsRockin my peers and puttin suckas in fearMakin the tears rain down like a mon soonListen to the bass go boomExplosion overpowerinOver the competition Im towerinWreckin shop when I drop these lyrics thatll make you call the copsDont you dare stare, you betta moveDont ever compareMe to the rest thatll all get sliced and dicedCompetitions payin the priceHere we come

jayhawkinATL 11 years ago

Keep Aldrich's A$$ on the bench!!!

jayhawkinATL 11 years ago

Aldrich is sucking wind!!! If he would just quit that stupid step-out move on defense!!!

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Cmon Cole! wtf. Twice in the paint and that?? What about a head fake or pump fake? We need to close the gap a bit more before half. Maybe going small with Nebraska is a better matchup? We outscored them when Cole was on the bench.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

For the love of Jo Jo White what the @##%$^ is going on.Self has already popped a roid and these guys look like they just got out of study hall.Did we bring the statues of Naismith and Allen because that's what this offensive effort looks like. Why are we going away from passes rather than to them?

jayhawkinATL 11 years ago

Man, the sad part is that Gotlieb is so right on with his assessment of the 'hawks.

rtjayhawk 11 years ago

Markieff just hit 2 free throws....now I know something screwy is going on.

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Just our luck - every time we need some shots NOT to fall ... dudes that never make 3s start hitting them. LOL Good ole KU drama.

jayhawkinATL 11 years ago

My thoughts exactly, rtjayhawk!!!

jayhawkinATL 11 years ago

Man, that "hedge" move that KU keeps doing has got to be the dumbest thing EVER!!!

rtjayhawk 11 years ago

Collins and Cole need to come out strong in the 2nd half. The whole team, for that matter, I don't want to single those two guys out.Nice play by Taylor - great pass.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

What did our guys do, stick corncobbs up their @$$ once they hit the state line?

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Wow. Tyshawn continues to impress... just a natural. You can't coach that; he's got something to START with.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

By the way, does anyone know what has happened to jross? I never see his posts any more.

kc_wildfire 11 years ago

Try to look at the positives guys...Nebraska took 12 more field goal attempts than we did and we are only down by five points. If we can keep the turnovers down this is our game to be had in the second half.

rtjayhawk 11 years ago

KC_Wildfire - I can honestly say that I did not know that they took that many more field goal attempts than us (knew it was more from our turnovers, but not that much more). Thanks for helping me calm the nerves a bit.On a side note, is anyone watching the Duke/WF game? Good to see the Flukies getting beat.

Ben Kane 11 years ago

my second half starting linuep collins, morningstar, reed, little, releford

rtjayhawk 11 years ago

That's toughness - what Mario Little did is tough.

jaybate 11 years ago

Be afraid, be very afraid. The better team could lose tonight.KU would be down quite a lot had it not shot 50% from trey and NU shot only 33%.This means that when KU comes out and executes better the second half the shots probably will not fall for us from outside.Self better turn this into an inside game for the second half, or we'll lose it. Time to go back to the tandem of Cole and Marcus. Little plays well, but the rest of the pieces of the machine do not run as smoothly with Little in...at least for now.The above being said, this is just as fascinating of a game as I expected between the orthodox Eddie Baller, Bill Self, and the heretic Eddie Baller, Doc Sadler.Frankly, I think Sadler has borrowed a page from Bill Self's defensive book. NU looks as "in the passing lanes" as KU did last year against UNC. Bad news for NU is that they gambled hard and are only up a little.On offense, I have to say I really like what Sadler has done with Princeton on Eddie Ball. This is an excellent way to play Eddie Ball. It really opens the court up on a Bill Self style defense. It forces defenders to think a whole lot more. It creates more flanks on the Self defense. It takes help longer to get there. Self is going to be ripping and burning from Sadler after this game. But I doubt he implements any of it this year. But next season, bet you are going to see Sadler's scheme being played in AFH by Jayhawks.And, of course, Self threw in a weave to counter the over play on the perimeter just to make Henry Iba smile in heaven. KU is still the only team that really runs the weave correctly and in a contemporary way. Its good for two situational buckets every game when he wants to run it.

rtjayhawk 11 years ago

Who slapped the twins around?!?!?!

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

They had the corn cobbs removed from their you know whats at half time.

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Wow I love the effort, but those shots are horrible. Did he even graze rim?Rebounds are great though - we can get back in this game....

Brian Powell 11 years ago

I thought he learned the don't-dribble-into-the-corner lesson last time??

kc_wildfire 11 years ago

Basketball IQ isn't one of Collins' strengths.

jaybate 11 years ago

This half, the team plays well when the twins are both in and Little and Aldrich are out. It plays poorly when Aldrich and Little are in.

kc_wildfire 11 years ago

If that doesn't kick start the Jayhawks...nothing will.

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Cookie is a punky little brat. Ever since he made that crap 3 on Collins, he was punked out.

jco8394 11 years ago

I want to tie that Harley kid to a chair and beat the living sh*t out of him...and Cookie Miller too

Brian Powell 11 years ago

How many wide open under the basket shots?? NICE SHOT REED!

DalTXJayhawk 11 years ago

I've never understood how if a player has the ball on the floor, why it's not a foul for other players to jump on top of him. That kind of contact standing up is always a foul.

rtjayhawk 11 years ago

I'm not gonna lie, I didn't believe in Tyrell when the season started. He has been a pleasant surprise from 3-point land this year. I'm really pleasantly surprised with how he's played so far this year.

jaybate 11 years ago

Sadler's offense is fascinating. It looks a lot like the Triangle offense being spread.KU has to go to Little, if they are going to play him. He can score on these guys, but he's trying to hard to fit in the scheme right now.

lance1jhawk 11 years ago

jaybate- I couldn't agree more about Doc's offense.It's time to put the Fuskers in our rear view mirror and drive away.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

Going to come down to free throws.Are we up to the task?

Ben Kane 11 years ago

i'm smoking way too many cigs during this game...time to put this away!

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Even. We didnt' get any of the fouls on the rebounds on the other end...And Cookie - he was moving INTO him, lol pps- Karma.Finish this!!

RockChalkMistaJ 11 years ago

I have missed the game and am overwhelmed that Aldrich has laid an egg...what has happened?has Nebraska just manhandled him?

Cody Stumma 11 years ago

1 point game now... in less than 20 seconds ago it was a 7 point game...

Brian Powell 11 years ago

ARE YOU KIDDING???? WE CAN'T RUN 30 SECONDS off the CLOCK??? OR GET THE BALL UP THE COURT?? How we blow this, I'll never understand.

Cody Stumma 11 years ago

3 point game... it all looks too familiar...

rtjayhawk 11 years ago

nice job by Collins in hitting the free throws

Ben Kane 11 years ago

that's huge from Sherron....that's what leaders do.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

You got it lance, like I said early FREE THROWS.

DalTXJayhawk 11 years ago

That dumba$$ announcer just called us Kansas State

lance1jhawk 11 years ago

Miller commiting the foul that ices the game for us... Karma

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years ago

This was one of those games Self describes in his book.Where nothing is right but tough teams find a way, any way, to win.

KGphoto 11 years ago

Calm, people... Calm.It's only Nebraska. They played tough. So did their refs.Don't forget that their most rabid fans wear yellow dildos on their heads.Good to be a Hawk.

YaBoyJrod 11 years ago

A ugly win but a win indeed. I knew from the get go this was ours to lose. They were not big or fast enough and this KU team weathered the early onslaught of crazy threes and throw over head lay ups. Morris Twins thanks for showing up tonight.

Brian Powell 11 years ago

Great game. 'Bout gave me a heart attack a couple time there... but great way to claw back in it..

mcorti 11 years ago

KU "escapes" with win is right. If the basketball team needs some more guys to run up the court and not play basketball well...I still have 4 years. Morningstar was hands down important in this game. Sherron and Aldrich, you always carry a load and I want to say thanks for what you bring to the team!

Alex Lent 11 years ago

Wow! I can now take a breath! The twins played with some toughness the second half and Releford really played pretty well for his minutes. Way to play with some scrappiness second half!I'm happy with the win!

jaybate 11 years ago

Great supremely ugly win.This game will help KU enormously.They didn't play well.They didn't have a good game plan.Self didn't coach well.They got mugged in a street fight with a bunch of jerks.Their big man got his nose busted.They made bad mistakes.They got back picked more in this game than they will the entire rest of the season combined.But they gutted out.Sherron was the Sarge when the chips were down.Did you see that pass interception? Great athletes make great plays at important moments.I loved Cole going back out their with the busted beak.He's going to have a racoon mask for sure.I wish to god he hadn't gotten hit like that, but for him to take his game to the next level, for him to understand the violence of the game, it had to happen. He's that good. They're going to try to hurt him for the rest of his career. Jabbar had to wear goggles and develop a sucker punch. Cole is at a cross roads. He's going to have start dishing out the pain sooner or later.Who would have thought we were more apt to get mugged in Lincoln than East Lancing.I'll tell you one thing. Sadler told his team to take no prisoners and not come back alive. This kind of experience is priceless for a young team like KU.Little earned his spurs out there tonight, too.His teammates saw that he was not backing down.Reed turned into a snarling, rabid rat out there after they began to hurt his buddies.After this game, when Self says you've got to play harder, rougher, meaner, they are going to listen to him. There is nothing like getting the crap beaten out of you physically by a cheap-shotting street gang to make you decide to start learning to use force.This was a game for toughening up the guys from the nice neighborhoods.No more mister nice guys after this one.Sadler did us a favor. And I hope we put them down hard when they come to Lawrence. Some teeth on the floor, ya know.

guscornhawk 11 years ago

Pretty close prediction on the score Jesse. (68-66) Is it me or do Nebraska fans boo almost as much as they cheer? Good win hawks, makes the Jayhawk half of this cornhawk family king in his house tonight!

FlaHawk 11 years ago

I noticed that KU only attempted 30 shots from the field the entire game (10 3FG attempts). KU turned the ball over way too many times and had almost no 2nd attempts off the O-boards.Statistically this was an odd game. On the court, it was one ugly game. NU has no inside game and NU stink on offense and they don't have an offensives threat.. They crap and fight for evey loose ball. If they had any offense or hit 50% of aFG attempts KU would have been toast. Glad to get a win. Aldrich is not even NU ready much less an NBA lottery pick!

jhawk4life1976 11 years ago

After Reed hit the 2nd three did he say to Miller, "That's the way the cookie crumbles"?Thank you and be sure to tip your waitresses! :o)

RedJay 11 years ago

Anyone know what the students were chanting to Aldrich every time they stuffed him?

guscornhawk 11 years ago

I think they were just chanting his last name...must have taken them a while to think of that! At least a few years ago they were chanting "Chenoworthless" That one was at least funny and creative.

Tony Bandle 11 years ago

The Husker bball team played tougher than the NU football team did. To get attacked, beat up and suffer singulary attemped assasinations is an indication that our opponents are beginning to take this team very seriously. It is a compliment of the highest form in a brutal sort of way. "We can't beat you athletically, so we will try to break your spirit" attitude that the Huskers brought to the floor tonight, we'll give the "KU KIDS" a measure of preparation to be ready for the rest of the schedule.Three straight road wins, each progressively tougher will prepare the guys for Baylor. We are still undefeated in the Big Twelve, I still refuse to give up on any game against any opponent on any floor in league play. The 16-0 dream continues. I may be the only one who thinks it can happen, but all it takes is one having faith.GO KU!!!!!!!!!GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

jhawk4life1976 11 years ago

I also remember the Nebraska students referring to Jacque Vaughn as "Jacque-strap".

antiUNC 11 years ago

Great win! Being able to come back from being 13 down on the road shows some maturity.

Thomas Michaud 11 years ago

Unfortunately, didn't get a chance to see the game - only followed it online through ESPN's Game Cast. However, I kept looking at the numbers and you'd say KU did wonderfully - shooting %, FT %, and Rebounding all much better than NU. The one stat that says the most: KU had 21 turnovers to NU’s eight. What do you take from this game? Keep your focus, focus, focus. Not always easy to ask college students at any age - let alone many older folks I know.For a young team, on the road against a scrappy NU team, it's a good learning experience. The big thing I see here: they come back from a very poor opening 12 minutes and do what needs to be done to snatch victory from what could have been a very long night.

Alex Lent 11 years ago

Cole the "Albatross" Aldrich lives ...after they broke his beak! ...goes with his long wingspan too!

Rockychase34 11 years ago

so which do you guys think is most likely to go to the NBA?

Ed Fox 11 years ago

guscornhawk - You are totally, 100% right. Nebraska fans do boo as much as they cheer. Every year I go to this game (I live in Lincoln) and every year I leave disappointed in the horrible basketball fans up here. They have absolutely no clue about this game, it's ridiculous. Seriously, I'm actually a Nebraska fan against everyone but KU, but they really do suck at basketball games. I might also add that A LOT of fans started leaving when it was a 6 point lead with 3 or 4 minutes left. Then more left right before NU hit the big 3's that got them back in it. I mean, it wasn't like most years when KU is up 15-20 points at the end of the game - this was still close. I feel bad for Doc Sadler. The man is a very good coach. But he only gets one big sell-out game a year and the fans leave early when his team is still in it. Someone should go after this guy between seasons, he's got to be ripe for picking off.

Lonnie Ross Dillon 11 years ago

From where you stood that may have looked like a "phantom foul" on SC, but on the TV replays it was clearly a foul. Not the guy who cleanly got the block (and everyone assumed the foul was called on) but on anderson who whacked SC on the head before the block.

Jesse Newell 11 years ago

Ross — I think you're right. We were pretty far away and saw one replay on the videoboard. I assumed the foul was being called on the one who blocked Collins. You are right, though. The foul was called on Anderson, who must have gotten Collins before that.Talking to Collins after the game (see audio above), he said he was hit on the head before getting blocked.

kvskubball 11 years ago

Boy, after the first 12 minutes, I am glad we got the win. I don't know if anyone remembers, but it seems like it to Chalmers and Co. two years to figure out how to win games like this. I love people who say basketball isn't a contact sport. Maybe they're right (Except in the state of Nebraska)...No, they're just wrong.Yeah team! Whew! Rock Chalk!Our team may play soft at times, but they don't roll over and play dead!

KGphoto 11 years ago

We can't call Cole the "Albatross". It's taken.After today, I'm not sure we need any nicknames at all. Just mouthpieces, maybe facemasks, and a good cut man.Overall, the corndogs took their HGH and gave us a good training session. We avoided getting corn-holed. And that can NOT be overstated.Rock it! And chalk-it-up!

doug_lemoine 11 years ago

@jaybate: I disagree with you more often than I agree, but in this case, I think you're exactly right. Nebraska did us a huge favor tonight -- they made it into a streetfight, and they gave a young team a chance to find a new gear. Without this kind of win, it's a lot tougher to even get started in Norman or Columbia. The Huskers played like punks, ran a screwy offense, and had absolutely every call go their way for a good chunk of the game. The Hawks were flat, out of sync, had the cards stacked against them. Still, they found a way to win. It was a great test, filled with great teaching moments -- some that Self should learn from, and just as many for the players. Seeing Reed step up and hit two HUGE threes was great. (He also made WAY fewer defensive mistakes tonight, and Self's decision to go with him over Morningstar late is a turning point in the season, I think). Sherron's steal and free throws at the end, also huge. And what can you say about Cole: He gets his nose cracked, gets heckled all game, has a tough time getting started -- and still he comes back for more at the end. Good stuff. Go Hawks.Also, gotta say: Gottleib is good. I, for one, enjoy his video game references, his ability to identify literally any offense, and the fact that he can admit that he's wrong. Way better than Frischilla, in my opinion.

Scott Smetana 11 years ago

Jaybate, I disagree with the 'Self didn't coach well'. Without Bill, we lose that one. I'm pulling my hair out over the 4 position, I'm surprised Bill has any left. Very interesting to play Appleton there, he looked better tonight. Man, I have a hard time forming a separate opinion about the twins... are they switching jerseys just to confuse us more? Although I'm very optimistic and hope to make it to the Tourney and the Sweet 16, but we've played the weakest Big 12 schedule so far of all time. We'll be great if our guards stop turning it over and we find a consistent 4 man. PS - NICE 3's Reed!!! Those were the game winners in my book.

jasonsgill 11 years ago

Sherron Collins is the difference between a team that is rebuilding and a team that is going to contend in every game they playNo way we should have won that game.

jayhawker97 11 years ago

what a pathetic win. but i'll take it. coach Self perhaps needs to consider hiring Rooney to roughen up the boys. they'll learn and get tougher in no time.6 assists?? was that because of the turnovers?c'mon let's show them how tough we are the next meeting.my hopes are:Releford will score more.The twins will knock some teeth.Newell - you're worthy to be praised!! please predict KU win by 20!!rock chalk!!

Tony Bandle 11 years ago

My dream schedule:Colorado WIN@Baylor WINOklahoma State WIN@Missouri WIN@ Kansas State WINIowa State WINNebraska WIN@ Oklahoma WIN Missouri WIN@Texas Tech WINTexas WINBIG TWELVE Quarters Missouri WIN " " Semis Baylor WIN " " Championship Oklahoma WIN!st Round Wagner WIN2nd Round Illinois WINSweet Sixteen Gonzaga WINElite Eight Butler WINFinal Four Wake Forest WINChampionship North Carolina WINSherron, Cole, Mario and Tyshawn all declare for the NBA and Bill takes over the Thunder for a gazillion $ a year and Danny Manning becomes head coach!!!!!I think my cough medicine must have kicked in about five minutes ago!

mbmerriman 11 years ago

Love: Doug Gottleib, Fran, Ron Franklin (of course), and Jimmy DykesHate: Reid Gettys, Stephen Bardo, Jim Nantz

kumax77 11 years ago

oakvillejhawk...Mmm, not sure about the cold medicine. Maybe it was crack ;-)But hey... don't wanna mess with your dream or anyone else's.go 'hawks!

jaybate 11 years ago

OakvilleJHawk,It is a great dream. It is great cough medicine. I want some.Sometimes the truth manifests first in dreams.Stranger things have happened than your dream.Try Danny and the Miracles.

kumax77 11 years ago

yes, it was a pathetic win... and we were extremely lucky to get a W on the boardIf I were Self (we're all damn lucky I'm not) I would take this game tape and show it every time the guys begin to think they've got this game licked.As for the corndogs, give them credit for E (effort), even if you don't like the extra attitude that came with it. Doc Sadler can coach- just not sure I'd wanna watch them play often. I agree that our young 'hawks can learn alot from this game, but man- was it ever painful to watch some of the embarrassing playgo 'hawks

Kevin Pavey 11 years ago

ESPN - please keep Gottlieb away from live color analysis. His comments are predictable and shallow. Bring back Frischilla. He has actual coaching experience and it shows. Gottlieb is a wannabe who's not quite there yet. Maybe he can call the games on ESPNu...Glad the Hawks fought back through the muggings and poor officiating. I think we saw tonite that Cole Chenowith...er, I mean Aldrich is not quite ready for the next level. That's good. He'll get better and hopefully quicker. He looked confused time and time again during the double teams. He needs to anticipate the 2x teams and move the ball to the open guy quicker instead of thinking he can drop step or turn and shoot over two defenders.Turnovers - man, the TOs hurt. I think the good thing is many of them were the result of poor decision making and this will improve with time.

Ed Fox 11 years ago

Wow, couldn't disagree more Gilded. Fran sucks. Fran's always sucked. As far as I'm concerned, Fran sucks worse when he's with Franklin. I'd be happy to have neither of those guys ever call another KU game. I find Gottlieb at least interesting. I also like that he'll admit when he's wrong, like he did tonight about the foul on Sherron (as did Jesse, I should add). And I don't think you can say that Gottlieb can't talk about plays. He dissects plays clearly and instantaneously. He also was willing to call "Cookie" a punk when it was highly deserved - something that not all announcers have the guts to do. I'm fine with Gottlieb calling our games.

jaybate 11 years ago

doug_lemoine,Disagreeing with me more than agreeing with me is a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. :-)Could you believe the way Cole looked when he came back onto the floor the last time. He looked like a guy being sent back to the front in France in August,1944. Self was sending him in because he could walk and carry a rifle, but there was almost no fight left in him. Frankly, I've never seen a game quite as brutal as that one.Self and Sadler were having a cojones test out there. Neither one would back down and call off the battle. Anyone who says the Big 12 refs call to many whistles and don't let them play need to watch tape of that game. Brutal.

Kevin Pavey 11 years ago

Banner - ESPN is experimenting w/ getting Gottlieb out of the highly structured studio environment. Frischilla has proven himself on the big stage. I just didn't care for Gottlieb's comments; he wasn't biased or unfair and yes, he did correct himself when the replay showed his original comments were inaccurate. Perhaps I've become comfortable w/ Fran but I just prefer his analysis. Fran comes across w/ more depth and experience in his examples and stories. He gives various options or scenarios that a coach might take after a timeout or during a tie game w/ little time left. Gott might improve over time but I'd prefer they let him improve on a smaller stage. I've listened to Gott's comments on ESPN radio and on SportsCtr and College Basketball Tonight many, many times. He just doesn't sell it like Fran does. Maybe its that I can't get the sight of him w/ his shorts on backwards for the first 8 mins of the game or his credit card fraud scandal out of my mind!

KansaKid 11 years ago

I think we need Dick Vitale as head coach....lol

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