Wednesday, January 28, 2009

NU’s Sadler not surprised by KU’s record


— University of Nebraska coach Doc Sadler says he’s not surprised Kansas University’s young basketball team takes a 15-4 record (4-0 in Big 12 play) into tonight’s game.

“Kansas lost some guys that are doing very well in the NBA. Two years from now we may be talking about the same type of guys that are there now,” Sadler said.

“(Sherron) Collins will probably be a pro. You’ve got (Cole) Aldrich. You’ve got (Tyshawn) Taylor. Can we go on?

“I think Bill (Self) said it early, maybe even after their first practice. This group, if they stay together a couple more years could be the same type of team (as last year’s national champions). I really believe that.”

Sadler’s Huskers (12-6, 2-3) will play host to KU at 6:30 p.m., today, in Devaney Center.

“Taylor to me is going to be a guy people in this league talk about a lot in the next few years. He is a tremendous player,” Sadler said. “Collins is playing as aggressive as he’s ever played, not just the offensive end. He’s aggressive on the defensive end. It all starts with those two guys. They can really put pressure on you up there. You have to be prepared to try to do your best you can to not turn it over against them.”


Seven-footer practicing well: Newcomer Jeff Withey has been helping out quite a bit in practice, KU coach Self said. Withey, a 7-foot freshman who left the University of Arizona for KU, can practice but not play in games until the conclusion of the first semester in the 2009-10 school year.

“He plays on the second bunch. Cole and the guys playing the majority of minutes have to go against him every day. He’s been good for Cole. He’s so long. It’s hard to score over him. He gives Cole a good obstacle to score over,” Self said.

The 225-pound Withey, “is not in very good shape yet,” Self added. “In time, when he gets in shape and stronger, he’ll be a very good player. He can shoot the ball, do a lot of good things.”


Will he play or not?: Sadler told the Lincoln Journal-Star it is up to Brian Diaz whether he wants to play this year, or redshirt.

“After the last two days of practice, Friday and (Monday), there’s no doubt in my mind that he could really, really help this basketball team this year,” Sadler told the Journal-Star. “We’ll see kind of what he thinks. At this point, it’s his decision.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he could help us, and I would encourage him to play, because I’d want to play him. It’s not he’s a five-minute-a-game player. But at the same time, I don’t want him feeling the pressure. I want it to be his decision.”

Diaz, a 6-11, 235-pound freshman center, has practiced six times since becoming eligible.


Facts: The Huskers rank sixth in the country in scoring defense at 57.8 ppg. ... KU leads the series, 164-71. The Jayhawks have won 11 straight overall against NU and four in a row at Devaney. KU has won 20 of the last 21 and 28 of the last 31. The longest win streak ever by KU over NU is 12 games on two occasions, most recently from 1950 to 1955.


Recruiting: Brandon Knight, a 6-3 junior point guard from Pine Crest High School in Coral Springs, Fla., is considering KU, UConn, Duke, Florida, Syracuse, Georgetown and others, his coach told


Johnson update: KU signee Elijah Johnson scored four points off 2-of-7 shooting in Las Vegas Cheyenne High’s 67-53 victory over Mojave High on Tuesday night, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Johnson played just a couple minutes the second half because of a left knee problem that forced him to miss a handful of games earlier in the season. The 6-foot-2 Johnson is planning on getting his knee checked out by doctors today, he told the Sun.


Chris Shaw 10 years, 12 months ago

That's not good! He'll be okay, but just another "pre-cautionary" reason to get Wall into a KU uniform.

Alex Berger 10 years, 12 months ago

So if Withey is sitting out a year because he transferred, will he start playing in Dec '09 as a Sophomore or a Red shirt Freshman?

Derek Conway 10 years, 12 months ago

drgnslayr..I hope you are crossing your fingers when you talk about Collins coming back next year. Although, I do have a feeling that he will like to make another run at a title for his senior year. Same with Cole. Well just have to see.Note to players-please take tonight's game seriously. Show Bill why you should be playing and not the other guy. Good Luck men!

jaybate 10 years, 12 months ago

"Doc the Eddie Baller Heretic?"Self noted that Sadler is running a lot of spread and ball screen.Self said KU would try to guard the perimeter and pound it inside on offense.What Self did not say was that Doc Sadler is flirting with Eddie Baller heresy.Doc was Eddie's student assistant at Arkansas. Doc became Billie Gillispies assistant. Doc probably also has some Don Haskins in him. But Doc is a 32rd degree Eddie Ball if there ever were one.Doc grew up in Arkansas. Doc went to school at Arkansas. Arkansas is sacred ground in Eddie Ball and Okie Ball. Arkansas is east of Eden, as in east of Oklahoma. Arkansas is where the holy trinity of Eddie Ball manifested immaculate. It was conceived at Central Idaho juco. It was worked on at Creighton. But it came onto the big stage at Arkansas. I am referring to Marvin Delph, Ron Brewer, and Sidney Moncrief. These three proved in 1978 that Eddie Ball could play three combo guards and beat the best. That team is the archetype for all Eddie Ball teams that followed. It is the daddy to last years three guard team. It is sacramental in the Eddie Ball Legacy.And Doc is now playing spread and ball screen?You could almost hear in Self's quote: that boy has left the program, he has left the church, he has lost his way. There is more at stake here than just a W or L. This is a matter of the legacy of Eddie Ball. It is one thing for Calipari to lose his way and go play Princeton on Steroids, but it is NOT okay for a 32rd degree Eddie Baller to do this. Heretic. Apostate. Satan!!!!We are about to watch a contest between an orthodox Eddie Baller in Bill Self and a man, Doc Sadler, who has had to feed on slim pickings for so long that he has decided to try to evolve Eddie Ball in an apalling way.He is dictating play with the spread and ball screen.Or is he?Can Eddie Ball be played in 70 point take what they give us via spread and ball screen; that is what we are about to witness tonight. Both men want to know.Self thinks not.Doc thinks so.Wait and see.

trich424 10 years, 12 months ago

jaybate, please stop. That was awful.And let's look at Collins leaving early. He is a sub 6-foot point guard. That is not a popular lottery pick, or even a first round pick. And he is still reckless at times, and his style of play will be a difficult transition to the longer NBA.

Kevin Holt 10 years, 12 months ago

No offense to anyone intended, but I think it's amazing how we as fans talk down our stars when it suits our purposes. A sub6 point might not be a trend in 1st round, but there are a few causing havoc nightly in the league. I'm not saying I know anything, b/c I'm not SC...if I was in the position, I would evaluate myself against the other potentials in the draft. Personally, I think he will have a fine NBA career...not the kind you see on SportsCenter every night, but he'll play for a while and make some money. I don't know if that starts next year or in '10, and KU will be okay either way.

jaybate 10 years, 12 months ago

trich424,Have you tried Page Down? It gets me past all of your posts that aren't addressed specifically to me. ;-)

FlaHawk 10 years, 12 months ago

While jaybate was right about NU not playing Eddie ball from a pattern ofplays, they demonstrated the hustle and aggressiveness Eddie ball exemplifies. NU is a tlanetless team, yet they outplayed KU with their defense and hustle. NU deserved to win as they played hard and were totally outmatched at every position.Part of Eddie ball was a stingy half court defense. KU was luck to shoot about 50% as KU took only 39 FG attmpts for the game and had 3 TOs. This is Eddie ball from a defensive standpoint.

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