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Originally published March 22, 2009 at 12:05p.m., updated March 22, 2009 at 05:33p.m.

FINAL: Aldrich gets first “official” triple-double in school history, helps KU to 60-43 victory

Kansas center Cole Aldrich screams in jubilation after getting a bucket and a foul Dayton during the first half Sunday March 22, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. At right is Kansas forward Mario Little, Dayton center Kurt Huelsman and Dayton forward Chris Wright.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich screams in jubilation after getting a bucket and a foul Dayton during the first half Sunday March 22, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. At right is Kansas forward Mario Little, Dayton center Kurt Huelsman and Dayton forward Chris Wright.

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2009 Bracket Challenge

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Reader poll

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

  • Cole Aldrich 68% 66 votes
  • Mario Little 5% 5 votes
  • Sherron Collins 26% 26 votes
  • Other 0% 0 votes

97 total votes.

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Will KU hold Dayton's Chris Wright under 20 points?

  • Yes 41% 13 votes
  • No 54% 17 votes
  • Not sure 3% 1 vote

31 total votes.

GameDay Cram Session: NCAA Tournament, Game Two - Dayton

KUSports.com online editor Jesse Newell & Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan take a look at what to expect during the Jayhawk men's basketball team's second NCAA Tournament matchup.

For more on the NCAA Tournament, check out NCAA.com.

3:50 p.m.

This just in: Aldrich's triple-double was the first in the NCAA Tournament since Marquette's Dwyane Wade on March 29, 2003. That was also in the Metrodome.

The last triple-double in the NCAA Tournament that included blocks was LSU's Shaquille O'Neal against BYU on March 19, 1992, when he had 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks.

There was only one other 10-block game in NCAA Tournament history: by Shawn Bradley in 1991.

KU scoring

Collins 25 (11-for-19 shooting, seven rebounds), Aldrich 13 (20 rebounds, 10 blocks), Reed 9, Little 7, Taylor 3, Markieff Morris 2, Appleton 1.

KU was 23-for-53 from the floor (43.4 percent), 3-for-16 from three (18.8 percent) and 11-for-22 from the free-throw line (50 percent).

UD was 16-for-72 from the floor (22.2 percent), 4-for-19 from three (21.1 percent) and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line (87.5 percent).

KU out-rebounded UD, 50-43. KU had 12 turnovers to UD’s 11.

FINAL: KU defeats Dayton, 60-43

KU empties the bench in the final minutes. Quintrell Thomas, Matt Kleinmann, Conner Teahan, Brennan Bechard and Chase Buford all get into the game.

The Jayhawks close out a 60-43 victory.

KU 55/UD 36 — 3:49 left in game

The Jayhawks are taking control now. Collins floats in an 18-footer. Reed drives in, then scoops back out to Markieff Morris for an and-one.

KU is 3 minutes, 49 seconds away from the Sweet 16.

KU 49/UD 36 — 5:38 left in game

KU is getting sloppy again in the half-court. Little throws one away. The Jayhawks are wasting valuable possession.

Self is especially riding his team about getting back in transition. The fast break is about the only way Dayton has scored.

Aldrich swats another away, and that’s the first triple-double in Kansas history. He has 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks.

KU 44/UD 32 — 7:55 left in game

Nice pass over the top by Taylor to Aldrich, who lays it in. Self pumps his fist in satisfaction.

More horrible shots and shot selection by Dayton. Turns out Friday’s good shooting effort against West Virginia was an aberration.

Dayton one more time takes it straight into Aldrich, who blocks it without trying to. He throws ahead to Taylor for a layup and foul. KU takes its largest lead at 44-30.

KU 40/UD 30 — 10:15 left in game

Collins shoots a fadeaway with the shot clock running down and it banks in. No harm done for Dayton, though, as Mickey Perry races to the other end for a layup.

Collins falls down away from the ball, and he’s wanting a foul call. On the dead ball, he discusses things with the officials, thinking he was bumped by London Warren.

Finally, KU gets production from a second guard, as Reed swishes a three from the corner with 13:21 left. The KU fans go especially crazy, knowing the significance of the shot.

Huge blocked shot by Collins, who looked like he screamed after coming away with the ball. On the other end, Collins spins in a finger-roll, and Dayton calls timeout with KU up, 40-30.

Self steals a minute and a half after the break with Collins on the bench. Neither team scores, and that’s a victory for KU.

Dayton is just 2-for-14 from the floor this half.

KU 33/UD 27 — 14:58 left in game

After getting his first rebound of the half, Aldrich get hit and he grimaces as he runs up the court. The big man stays in the game.

KU takes advantage of Dayton’s overaggressive defense, as Collins throws a long entry pass to Aldrich, who twirls under the basket and lays it in for two.

Aldrich throws his second entry pass away today. I don’t remember two all season from him. His four turnovers tie him for the team lead with Taylor.

Bad decision by Morningstar, who throws a bounce pass to Aldrich instead of a lob. The Jayhawks get bailed out by a questionable foul call.

Dayton isn’t learning its lesson. Players keep taking the ball straight to Aldrich. Aldrich keeps swatting every shot away. He’s up to five blocks already. The Flyers need to pull up for the jumper or they need to take it straight to the big man to try to draw a foul.

KU scoring

Collins 14 (6-for-11 shooting), Aldrich 9, Little 5, Taylor 1.

KU was 12-for-33 from the floor (36.4 percent), 2-for-11 from three (18.2 percent) and 3-for-10 from the free-throw line (30 percent).

UD was 9-for-40 from the floor (22.5 percent), 3-for-10 from three (30 percent) and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line (100 percent).

KU out-rebounded UD, 29-28. Both teams had seven turnovers.

Halftime thoughts

• Great half-court defense for KU so far. Take away eight points off offensive rebounds and six off KU turnovers, and Dayton had just nine half-court points in the first half. The only worry for the Jayhawks has to be rebounding. The Flyers picked up 11 offensive rebounds but didn’t convert on many of them.

• I think KU’s offensive play has been fine so far. The Jayhawks have just missed shots. Morningstar, Taylor and Reed all missed wide-open looks from three. They combined to go 0-for-10 in the first half. Also, the Jayhawks’ total would look much better if they hit their season average from the free-throw line.

• Great half for Collins. Fourteen points, four rebounds and no turnovers in 19 minutes. He has just one assist, but that’s his teammates’ faults right now, not his. As up-tempo as this game has been, though, we might see some fatigue from him late. Keep an eye on that.

• What a strange first half for Cole. He looked dominant early, then timid late. He’s been single-teamed in the post, but he hasn’t tried to shoot it over the shorter defender yet. Maybe that three-point play will get him going.

KU 29/UD 23 — Halftime

KU looks to be getting a favorable whistle in this game. The fouls are 9-4 Dayton, but the Jayhawks haven’t been able to take advantage at the free-throw line, though, making just two of nine foul shots (22.2 percent). Cole Aldrich uncharacteristically misses two from the line, and he looks off on the offensive end.

Risky (or brilliant?) behind-the-back pass by Morningstar to Aldrich in traffic. After missing a couple, Aldrich finally put it in for two with a foul. As a bonus, he made the free throw, too.

Wright puts up a floater in the lane that clanks away. He hasn’t shown himself to be a good shooter so far.

Morningstar misses a three just before the buzzer. It’s the first time in a long time the Jayhawks fail to score in the final seconds of the first half.

KU 25/UD 21 — 3:42 left in 1st half

Collins puts up his first bad shot — a forced three — at the 6:41 mark. He’s managed the game well so far.

The next possession, Collins shoots past his defender and lays one in for two.

While saving a ball out of bounds, Chris Johnson crashed right into CBS’s Gus Johnson. I’m sure you heard that one on television.

Wright tips in a miss in transition, and Dayton has a 5-0 run to close within two. Self calls timeout, and the Morris twins argue with each other for a second, I’m guessing about who missed a defensive assignment.

Collins bounces in a jumper, and Dayton goes back into its shooting slump. It feels like the Jayhawks should be up more than four points.

KU 21/UD 14 — 7:50 left in 1st half

Mario Little swishes a 19-footer from the wing. KU gets its first points from someone other than Collins or Aldrich at the 10:30 mark of the first half.

With Collins coming out for a breather, Little comes through again, swishing a three from a similar spot on the wing.

Dayton has been careless with the basketball, and it has cost the Flyers early. Collins gets a steal, then makes a nifty move around a defender on the other end for two.

Paul Williams swishes a huge three from the corner for Dayton. KU had a 10-point lead and had some momentum before the shot from the side went through.

KU 13/UD 7 — 11:41 left in 1st half

The officials missed one there, as Tyshawn Taylor’s layup was blocked after it hit the backboard. Should have been goaltending, but no whistle.

Collins is doing everything he can to get open shots for his teammates, but they just aren’t hitting. Brady Morningstar has had a pair of open three-point attempts, but he hasn’t been able to get one to go down yet.

We are seeing KU’s dominant defense today, though. Dayton has started 1-for-13, which equates to 7.7 percent. Not only are the Flyers missing shots, they’re not getting good shots.

Collins jump-starts KU’s offense again, swishing a three and throwing in a runner. He’s played well within the offense so far.

KU just can’t buy a three. Tyrel Reed gets two wide-open looks, only to have them clank away. The Jayhawks are just 1-for-7 from three.

KU 6/UD 2 — 15:56 left in 1st half

Offensive rebounds have played a major role for both teams so far.

Chris Wright puts in Dayton’s first points after an offensive rebound from Chris Little. Cole Aldrich responds with two straight baskets after following up KU’s misses.

Sherron Collins does a nice job of penetrating, drawing two defenders, then finding Aldrich for an easy two. Collins has zero shots at this point, and KU is up 6-2.

Dayton has six early offensive rebounds, but is only 1-for-10 from the floor.

1:24 p.m.

There's a much larger KU contingency here today, perhaps double what was here on Friday. I'd guess in the 4,000-fan range. A bunch of fans must have made the weekend drive to see the 'Hawks.

1:14 p.m.

KU had a season-low five turnovers against North Dakota State on Friday.

Don't expect a repeat performance today.

Listening to Dayton coach Brian Gregory on Friday and Saturday, one of the things they take great pride in is pressuring the ball defensively.

That makes the ball-handling of Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor extremely important in this one. Turnovers on the perimeter not only keep KU from scoring, but they also allow a very average offensive team in Dayton to use its athletes to get easy baskets in transition.

1 p.m.

I guess they don't call them the Flyers for nothing.

Chris Wright has a 39 1/2-inch vertical leap. In normal circumstances, that would be pretty impressive.

Except for the fact that teammate Charles Little — at 6-foot-6, 247 pounds — has a 43-inch vertical leap.

After watching the West Virginia-Dayton game and seeing some of the dunks, it's safe to say those two guys have an appropriately named mascot.

12:05 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from the Metrodome in Minneapolis where the third-seeded Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

How do you feel about this statement: The Kansas Jayhawks will only go as far as Sherron Collins takes them.

Does that make you happy? Excited? Scared?

You’ve probably already read Gary Bedore’s article today regarding Collins’ 32-point, 26-shot effort against North Dakota State on Friday.

In it, Gary writes: “Collins’ teammates bristled when asked about criticism of Collins from fans on the Internet who say the Jayhawks won’t go far if he continues to take 25 or more shots per game.”

Hate to say it, but consider me as part of that Internet group.

Collins is a great offensive weapon to have. He can do things with the basketball very few others in the NCAA can do.

He’s a great scoring option late in the shot clock. He’s a great scoring option in transition. He’s a great scoring option when he is set up for an open three.

He’s not a great scoring option (at least yet), when he dribbles up the court without a pass and tries to take on multiple defenders before forcing up a guarded shot.

When asked about Collins’ performance against NDSU, Self was mostly complimentary. He should be. He said Collins carried KU in the first half when the offense was stagnant. That much is true.

Self also said Collins probably should have taken 22 shots instead of 26. I think Collins forced up a few more than four, but I think Self is acknowledging what the rest of us saw.

For a while, Collins’ strong early shooting was Fool’s Gold. It forced him into thinking it was “his night,” which gave him a free pass to throw up any shot he wanted.

And here was the biggest problem: Every time Cole Aldrich touched the ball, he was playing tag with the rim. Out of 12 shots, eight were dunks. NDSU couldn’t stop him from scoring.

A quick shot from Collins could, though.

Think back to 2003. KU had a similar situation with a dominant guard (Kirk Hinrich) and a dominant big man (Nick Collison) in the NCAA Tournament.

Know what made that team so dangerous? Depending on the matchup, either Hinrich or Collison would step up their games.

Against undersized Duke, Collison scored a career-high 33 points. The next game, Hinrich led the Jayhawks with a 28-point performance in a victory over top-seeded Arizona.

“I can have an OK night, not an off night,” Collins said Saturday when asked if he had to have a “great game” for the Jayhawks to advance to the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis. “My teammates are good enough to carry me when things aren’t going well. We have a lot of players that can step up. But I have to play well most of the time.”

This shouldn’t be the mindset.

If KU is banking on two or three or four straight good shooting games from Collins, then it's most likely in trouble.

The Jayhawks will only go as far as Sherron Collins takes them? I’ll go the other direction.

Sherron Collins will only go as far as he lets the Kansas Jayhawks take him.

KU fans should hope he realizes it before it’s too late.

Comments

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

Break the pressure = easy buckets

KU 83 BU 68

JRock 10 years, 10 months ago

If you take Sherron off this team they would have struggled to make the NCAA's IMO. I would agree with him saying that he has to play well for KU to win...what evidence do you have to prove this otherwise? Sure, he makes some bad decisions but everyone needs to quit nitpicking and acknowledge that he is the engine behind this team and is one of the elite point guards in the country.

Eric Hammond 10 years, 10 months ago

Jesse, I also have been one of those Sherron bashers over the course of the year and I will tell you why: Sherron is a dominant player, that nobody can deny, not even me. Unfortunately, he thinks he is the only great player on this team. He comments about, he has to have a good night or we lose it a terrible thought process to have. If Sherron doesn't get his teamates involved early, then he puts himself out on an island. Get your big man involved early, get some open shots for Brady, Tyrel, and feed the post to which ever twin is on the floor.
We all know Sherron will be there at the end to bail us out or put us over the top. KU is a much better team, when it is KU vs Dayton, not Sherron and the other guys vs Dayton.

GO HAWKS!!!

Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

JRock — Absolutely agree with your first statement. Without Collins, KU does not make the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks probably aren't close.

That still doesn't mean he has to take the responsibility of doing everything on offense himself. There will be games when KU needs him more than others. Dayton plays great defense, so there's a higher chance today that he will need to take (and make) tough shots.

But I don't think it's true that KU winning or losing is solely based on Collins' shooting percentage. That shouldn't be the case.

JRock 10 years, 10 months ago

JNewell I think we may have just have a difference of opinion on the other players of the team. I feel more comfortable with Sherron taking a few bad shots rather than Mario Little or the Morris twins trying to create on the block. I think some of the "blame" for Sherron forcing things has to fall to Cole on occasion also. When he sleepwalks through periods of the game KU has to have someone to score. IF everyone stays around next year then I would agree that Sherron's role and mindset definitely needs to change. But, he has to play good for this year's team to win IMO. Thoughts?

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

Sherron's job today - take care of the ball, get the others involved, and set an example by staying within hmself. The points will come.

Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

I think Sherron can play well without shooting a lot. He's proved it this year.

Having said that, I'll go back to my statement above. Sherron's a great scoring option late in the shot clock. He’s a great scoring option in transition. He’s a great scoring option when he is set up for an open three.

But he hurt the team midway through the second half when he played keepaway from his teammates.

Is a Collins forced shot better than a Mario Little shot or a Marcus Morris shot in the lane? I don't know.

I got the feeling, though, that if KU needed Little or Marcus to score late, they would have been out of the flow because they weren't made a part of the offense for quite a while.

Have you played basketball when one player doesn't pass much? When it happens to me, not only do I lose some focus, I also find myself standing around watching my teammate when a big shot is needed.

Collins can force up tough shots for KU. I think he just needs to pass it a few times before he does.

PS — I am ashamed that every comment I make must show my pathetic bracket score. Ugh.

George Powell 10 years, 10 months ago

Well at least most of you here will get to see the game. I am stuck with the Mizzery game at that time slot . I really hate going to bars.

Ben Kane 10 years, 10 months ago

i don't get the game here either but you can watch them all at ncaa.com/mmod

JRock 10 years, 10 months ago

JNewell Good points. We'll agree to disagree. I just don't know any guard I would trade Sherron for in the country to run this team (minus Johnny Flynn after watching him do a windmill dunk against ASU...wow). Thanks for the coverage. Rock Chalk.

Thomas Michaud 10 years, 10 months ago

Collins is a great weapon, but he should be a part of a larger arsenal - one option of (at least) three ... With that said, who are the other two? First, Cole certainly ... who's the third? Taylor? Either twin? Little? Morningstar or Reed? Some other player unnamed? One of the biggest issues I see with this team, on occasion, is the hustle when the first two players don't show they are on - or in - the game. It seems to have a large negative effect on the rest of the players. The X-Factor players, in my opinion: first, Taylor - he's a special player that could become spectacular during this tournament. If he can execute on both ends, it makes KU more dangerous. Second, Marcus Morris has shown spurts of energy (that could awaken a team), and has an opportunity to really emerge as a strong force for this team - during this tournament. Finally, IF Little could emerge as the player we all hoped, and showed for his first few games, then KU is a serious threat to repeat as National Champs ... I don't discount the defense of Morningstar and the shooting of he and Reed from the outside, but we need those other three previously mentioned to really step up their game consistently. But, maybe I'm just dreaming of next year - I just hope they prove me wrong.

avaholic 10 years, 10 months ago

After watching the ASU/SYR game, all I can say is Go CLEVELAND STATE!!!

Thomas Michaud 10 years, 10 months ago

Oh, and Jesse, at least your bracket is showing up ... I submitted mine and never took - so I wouldn't complain too much.

Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

Cold Coffee — I went into the system and it says you didn't complete your bracket. On first glance, it looks like maybe you didn't select a champion?

You have 34 points if you were wondering. I'm sure that's above me right now.

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

Sherron needs to get all involved and when our half court offense needs help, he is the go to guy. First and foremost, Cole needs touches. Collins is very good at getting the ball to him. It needs to come in the flow. Everyone else benefits and can feel apart of something bigger when it is a team effort. I dont think any of the players have an issue with Collins putting up 20 or more, but you have to think the 1 on 3 or more that sometimes happens is not cool. We win as a team and lose as a team. Lets go out and win this one and move on to the sweetness. Rock Chalk!!

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

Speaking of players emerging as they are supposed to, what has happened to Markief, Little and Releford? Their contributions have been little or none and in many cases, a negative. Poor decisions, bad shots out of sync and lazy passes, poor board work, missed free throws and sluggish defense. Our depth just took a hit in quality in the last 2-3 weeks. We will need them if we go deep in the tournament.

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

Holy cow. I'm in Wichita and my local HD has blacked out a couple of times. This is a nightmare!!

Justin LoBurgio 10 years, 10 months ago

Not impressed by Dayton so far. The transition "D" is good but we should beat these guys by double figures.

Ben Kane 10 years, 10 months ago

loving the way this one is rolling...keep feeding the Aldrich!

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

It`s obvious, we have to block out on the boards. They are big and aggressive and if and when they start hitting, the offensive boards will be key. One and done is our goal for them.

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

5 wide open 3s and nothing from Brady, Tyrel or Tyshawn.

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 10 months ago

Reed HAS TO knock down those wide-open 3s!!!

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

KU is cold from the outside. Collins shoudl have at least two more assists by now. Both Brady and Tyrel have had very good open looks.

Larry Smith 10 years, 10 months ago

And people wonder why Collins takes so many shots. How mant shots have the other wide open players made so far? I know that they will come around and start falling, but this is why Collins feels the need to take so many of the shots.

rockchalk16 10 years, 10 months ago

I think KU has been playing smart so far. They are moving the ball well and getting inside to Aldrich. I'm impressed with Collins, as he seems to be trying not to shoot so much. It helps that they are playing good defense, too.

Justin LoBurgio 10 years, 10 months ago

Dayton reminds me of Southern Illinois from a couple years ago.

NH_JHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Great move by Collins! now we just gotta start hitting those perimeter jumpers.

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 10 months ago

We are screwing up way too many opportunities to put these guys away!!!

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

What`s with our passing? Lazy, lazy, lazy....Come on guys. Protect the ball!!

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

Take care of the ball & block out. We should handle these guys.

Joe Joseph 10 years, 10 months ago

Cheese and Rice! Kansas should be up by 15 at the very minimum! Kansas is lucky to be up 7 right now the way it's been playing.

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 10 months ago

Sloppy, sloppy ball-handling by the 'hawks!!! Geez!!!

Joe Joseph 10 years, 10 months ago

Kansas is playing horribly on the offensive end.

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

Taylor is awful so far. Brady not much better. Marcus and free throws??? Good thing Mario hit those shots. There were no rebounds to be had by us if he misses.

Joe Joseph 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm not sure Kansas has shot this terrible during the first half all season. (Free throws & Field goals)

Kansas is lucky Dayton is playing equally poor on their end of the floor. Kansas should be up more than a dozen, but could also be down by as many.

UGH!!!

kc_wildfire 10 years, 10 months ago

Up by six at half when shots aren't falling from Morningstar, Reed, Taylor and free throws from no one.

I'll take it but it should be a double digit lead easily.

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 10 months ago

We're up by 6 and our guards (with the exception of Collins) can't score to save their lives!!! Good sign I think since the averages will come into play.

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

Bad passes, carefree dribbling and missed FTs. We are terrible and ahead by 6 and should be by 16. A break, Dayton is playing worse.

Mike Ardis 10 years, 10 months ago

29 points? Dayton has to be thrilled. KU's offense is killing them. 58 may not cut it and KU second half performance usually matches their first half....

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

Missed FTs, bad passes, missed jumpers = lots of points left out there....

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

The scary thing is that Dayton's Little is 0/5. And, our two best players are doing their jobs. If Little (Dayton's) heats up and we keep mishandling the ball and missing the FTs, look out!

Taylor looks tired.

rockchalk16 10 years, 10 months ago

Hope we can start making some shots from behind the arc second half. And some freethrows would be nice. Self has got to be a little disappointed with their performance so far. At least Dayton's playing bad.

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

Anyone who is bashing on Sherron should consider the alternative. We could have a balanced scoring attack and end our tourney run today. This guy is making us so much better than we actually are that it's ridiculous. This is a rare thing to see at KU.

Imagine if Roy would have let Paul Pierce take over? We would have another title.

Jim Dickerson 10 years, 10 months ago

cole and collins ---- 55% from the field rest of the team---- 15%

and some people wonder why collins shoots so much.

Ben Kane 10 years, 10 months ago

aldrich first 6 points...doesn't score again until right before halftime...very frustrating!

cklarock 10 years, 10 months ago

frompekka2sasha said, "Anyone who is bashing on Sherron should consider the alternative. We could have a balanced scoring attack and end our tourney run today."

You couldn't be more right. Thank goodness we have Coach Self, who recognized this situation before the season even started.

Let's go, Jayhawks!

Jim Dickerson 10 years, 10 months ago

and no wonder collin's assist stat's are low. You don't get an assist if you set a player up for a wide open shot and he blows it.

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

Collin`s shots have all been in the flow or on the run and that is where he is most effective. No one on three stuff. Cole looks lethargic. So does Tyshawn.

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

Yes. Another good point jessejhawk. I honestly don't think he's a selfish player either. He just knows what has to be done.

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

I want to win this game so badly. I know Mich St. is a lot tougher than we are and Izzo is one hell of a coach. However, I would love to see Self have several days to prepare us for that game. We could never beat them after a day's rest.

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

Doesn't look like Kansas has made adjustments. Lazy passing and missing shots. At least the defense is there? Or is it Dayton playing bad?

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 10 months ago

I don't think we're respecting Dayton's quickness...a number of our passes are being tipped and picked off!!!

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

Can we stop with the cartoon Schwab commercials?? That lady is probably a lot scarier in real person so we can be thankful for that.

Cole looking very tired. I would like to see Releford in this type of game although Dayton gets back on D very well unlike Mizzou. Reed scares the hell out of me.

Steve Gantz 10 years, 10 months ago

OK State 49 Pitt 49 at the half. We'll be lucky to get this game to 50 the way this is going.

Jim Dickerson 10 years, 10 months ago

Okie State tied with Pitt at half. Go Cowboys, Go Big 12, Go Hawks

Steve Gantz 10 years, 10 months ago

Taylor give up the ball! Ugh this is ugly.

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

You're right. We're not respecting their speed. Same pass by Cole and it's picked off by the same player. Shoot

Steve Gantz 10 years, 10 months ago

Dominic James expected to play for Marquette today, Missouri's game just got a lot tougher.

ku98 10 years, 10 months ago

Morningstar is playing like sh*t today.

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

This is the type of game that Roy would lose. I'm not rehashing anything. I'm just saying that Self's system is giving us a better chance to win.

Jacobpaul81 10 years, 10 months ago

There's alot I could say right now.

I had hoped coach would make a big deal that Sheron needs to stop taking the ball back out to half court. It's allowing Dayton's defense to collapse on Cole.

I also had hoped he'd make a big deal about getting the ball to Little. They don't have anyone who can guard him... he's our one player who can play the whole court. Coach really needs to keep him out there as much as possible.

Neither seems to be going on as of 15:00 left. =(

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

Once again... Collins. This guy is on an unbelievable ride.

Jim Dickerson 10 years, 10 months ago

SOB!!!!!!! I get three CBS feeds and every one cut away to the Okie ST game. AND THEY AREN'T EVEN PLAYING YET.

Jacobpaul81 10 years, 10 months ago

I say it, then Tyshawn takes it back to half court, and over and back. QUIT DOING THAT! That just sets up the trap and helps the defense guard Cole. GRRR!

imnotpaulpierce 10 years, 10 months ago

This may be the worst basketball game I have ever seen in my life.

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

Man, we look even more terrible w/o Collins in half court today.

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

If we win this game it has been great preparation for Mich St. This is about the ugliest game I've seen since we lost to UCLA and our guards kept getting pushed out. Their D is very difficult to credit but they obviously know how to disrupt our game.

ku98 10 years, 10 months ago

If Sherron goes cold, we lose the game.... Guaranteed!

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure playing Mizzou twice this year must be helping us in this game. As pekka said, if we win, this will be a great preparation for MSU (if MSU wins, which I hope it doesn't)

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

imnotpaul- Obviously we haven't watched much B10 this year :-)

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

Morris twins = Brady = Taylor = horrible players today.

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

Nice timing kupark. Taylor gets the and 1 if he makes it...

mom_of_three 10 years, 10 months ago

does anyone know what is up with releford? He hasn't played at all, and this seems like his type of game.

rockchalk16 10 years, 10 months ago

Nice run by KU. Now if we can just keep it up......

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

ha ha....he missed it. Never thought I would be celebrating a missed KU FT.

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

mom- Releford is a good matchup when pressing teams don't get back on D. These guys are pretty successful at getting back.

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

The announcers are as bad as we are. Defense?? How about all of the wide open 3s and FTs missed. The good news- we are up by 12. Good thing Dayton is worse.

kennethst 10 years, 10 months ago

Has anyone heard from Theutus yet today?

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

1big- I think you and I must be watching a different game.

kc_wildfire 10 years, 10 months ago

If we hit free throws from here on out we are good to go, if not...

Jim Dickerson 10 years, 10 months ago

Cole is incredible today!!! How many blocks has he had so far. 8?????

NH_JHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

1 foul away from the double bonus. now, if we can just make those free throws down the stretch we will win...

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

Sloppy again. They are getting comfortable again.

frompekka2sasha 10 years, 10 months ago

Did you hear Self yelling at Little? "Get your a** over here!"

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 10 months ago

We're kinda stinking it up from the FT line.

jayhawkdropout 10 years, 10 months ago

first triple-double in KU history for Cole!

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 10 months ago

Like they said, "A triple double the HARD way."

Way to go, Cole!!!

Steve Gantz 10 years, 10 months ago

Yes, Defense is winning this game for us 1big. I'm not sure what you're watching out there. Our offense sure isn't winning it.

Mike Johns 10 years, 10 months ago

congrats to cole onthe Triple Double... very nice

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 10 months ago

Sometimes you gotta win ugly...THIS is how to win ugly!!!

kupark 10 years, 10 months ago

We better get over this virus of missing FTs by the next game.

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

So...........how many assists and steals does Cole have?

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

Well, well, the ugliest game I can remember in a long time and WE WIN!!

Winning a game where we play like this might be a good omen. We surely cant play this bad again, or can we? Ill take it. It`s great to get into the next round.

Go Hawk!!

LondonPhog 10 years, 10 months ago

wowsers, what an incredibly physical game--guys are getting knocked around, reaching in, hacking, and we're hanging tough. cole looks exhausted and he's still dominating--amazing. and collins looks like the heart and soul of this team to me...

Blake Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

Guess I should retract my comment about Cole looking lethargic. What a performance. At times, he looks like he is hurting and he very well may be.

What a great foundation for next years` team.

rockchalk16 10 years, 10 months ago

Good job Hawks! On to the Sweet Sixteen!

mom_of_three 10 years, 10 months ago

OK St doing great against PItt. much better than expected. Like texas vs whoever yesterday..

LondonPhog 10 years, 10 months ago

so did wilt never have a triple double because they didn't keep track of blocked shots back then?

aldrich = monster collins = ninja

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

OSU down 1 with 3:48 to go

Go Big 8 !

Ben Kane 10 years, 10 months ago

and KU sweeps UT in baseball...what a day!

Alex Berger 10 years, 10 months ago

Dang, Kansas is in a Catch-22 because as Collins and Aldrich carry the Jayhawks on their backs, they are seriously uping their draft stock. Stay for next year guys!!!

BCRavenJHawkfan 10 years, 10 months ago

If we can get any kind of game out of the other 3 on the court we could be contenders. Downside to this game, turnovers back to our season averages.

A glaring weakness is Morningstar, Reed, Releford look like junior high virgins unhooking a bra strap when they have the ball. We had fast break opportunities galore, to no avail.

Ed Fox 10 years, 10 months ago

Cole deserves a TON of credit for this game, but no one should overlook Sherron's efforts today. In the first half he kept us in the game and carried the offense. As Jesse noted, he should've had a lot of assists in the first half, but didn't get them because his teammates couldn't hit shots. And playing without turnovers on his part is huge. He had a lot to overcome and kept this team in the game. I'm sure Keegan will make Cole #1, but Sherron should really be #1a in this game - and the naysayers should reconsider their positions. Today he had to be Mr. Everything, and he was able to do it because almost no one else was helping.

Chris Corley 10 years, 10 months ago

LondonPhog. I think if they kept that stat back then, Wilt would have averaged a triple-double.

Well done 'Hawks! Sherron and Cole. This is your team. Keep it up!

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

With 3 spots TBD -

Big East - 4 Big 8 - 2 ACC - 2 A 10 - 1 Pac 10 - 1 WCC - 1 CUSA - 1 Big 10 - 1 SEC - 0 SWC - 0

Ben Kane 10 years, 10 months ago

banner, you're right sherron had a GREAT game but Cole deserves #1 for the game

LondonPhog 10 years, 10 months ago

okay, so the AP story recapping the game says: "The official list of NCAA tournament triple-doubles dates to 1986, when steals and blocks were formally added as statistics. Assists were added in 1984."

i wonder how many triple-doubles wilt would have had if they had kept track of blocks (and steals and assists) in his era... 10point8, you might be right, maybe wilt would have AVERAGED a triple-double, which would be pretty amazing. anyway, i didn't realize they didn't keep track of assists, blocks, and steals until the 1980s.

i would guess that coach manning probably came close to a triple-double a few times, too.

Pam McCormick 10 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations Cole on a wonderful game. Triple doubles are few and far between.

optichawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Like the overplayed cut from "Tommy Boy"... "That was AWESOME!" I am honored to have witnessed this historic event!

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

Key stats -

Dayton FG 22% (season low) Dayton 43 points (season low) Collins - Zero turnovers

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 10 months ago

BCRavenJHawkfan-

If Tyrel and Brady looked like "junior high virgins", Sherron is the "Ladies Man"!!

fihsch-

If Mizz. manages a W, they'll play Memphis. Now that would be a WWE-style, foul-ridden, trash-talking game. I really don't want to pull for Mizzou just to keep a Big 12 team in the tournament. They need to go back to Columbia with their tails between their legs just like when they left Lawrence. GO MARQUETTE !

Seth Peattie 10 years, 10 months ago

GREAT performance by the two-headed monster!!! Question: can anyone on the team score consistently outside of Cole/Collins? Step-up, HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim Dickerson 10 years, 10 months ago

Was sorry to see Ok St. come up short, and as much as I don't like MU, three big 12 teams in the Final Four would be awesome. I was hoping for all four brackets to be represented by theBig Twelve

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

LaJayhawk: GREAT performance by the two-headed monster!!! Question: can anyone on the team score consistently outside of Cole/Collins? Step-up, HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great Point! That is the debate that has been going on the last few days. People have been criticial with Collins, but who's going to step up? Today was another example of people not stepping up. Great win! Our Freshman are fine, but it's just going to take longer than we thought. That is okay! Everything is a process. Great win and welcome to the Sweet 16. Go Jayhawks!

BCRavenJHawkfan 10 years, 10 months ago

Two games down and it has been a two man show.

Now's the time for a breakout game(s) as a team.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

"In the jungle the mighty jungle the lion roared today..."

We saw the wounded lion in Cole today. This was the lion with the long thorn driven all the way through its great paw realizing that it was kill or be killed today by jackels. It was the great young lion realizing that he was not invincible, that he would be eaten, if he did not eat. He knew he was injured and that he could not do everything anymore. He knew he had to parcel out what he had left in him. He knew that when he came out tough there was not enough left in the paw to go hard the whole game. He knew that when he struck his blow against his opponent it had to be one great long savaging of the boards and blocking shots, for he could not pivot and score with his j on the agonizing paw. He knew that if he did not strike and savage the boards, and slash at anything in the air, that he and his whole pride would be killed off and eaten by the jumping, barking, snarling jackels.

Cole the Lion is going to sleep well tonight, though his foot must hurt like all hell.

"In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight."

Who knows if the lion has another run of savage fury in him? Probably even the lion does not know right now. He is playing now in the realm of pain, where almost no one else can stand to go. Even he cannot go there much of the time now. But he picked and chose when he dared to make pain his friend, to accept it in all its terrible agonizing glory and to rise above it through the rage to survive, to beat the enemy that would beat him.

I thought Brandon Rush's come back from knee surgery, and Sherron Collins' last year and Sasha Kaun's two years before playing on busted wheels were among the guttiest, most courageous efforts at rising above physical injury and pain I had ever seen. But this display of Cole's is starting to ascend to the mythic. 20 rebounds and 10 blocks on a bad wheel? It is almost super human!

The great picture of Cole above taken by Nick Krug captures where the performance is coming from. It is coming from the very center of him, the very core, probably a place that he did not even know existed in him before this episode of the injured foot began unfolding some weeks ago now. It is the place where the rage to survive and pain of survival become indistinguishable, where as T.S. Eliot said: "The fire and the rose become one." It is very nearly transmogrifying.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

So: bring me the head of Ratso Izzo!

It was he who started all of this horror. It was he who introduced Cole to the brutalism of basketball today. It was he who laughed at KU when our green young team, and our green young post man were manhandled and beaten to a pulp in East Lansing so badly that Izzo called off his thugs and laughed at the Father of All Programs early in the season. It was Ratso Izzo, who got our team labelled a bunch who could be intimidated. It was he who set Cole up for the butchery that he has had to endure all this season. It is only right now that KU take its revenge on the man who started it all.

Bring me the head of Ratso Izzo on a pike. Hold it high and then drop it in the fire on The Hill at midnight!

The tourney confronts you with all your weaknesses, all your past mistakes, all your injuries, all you should have worked harder on. It is a team's relentless and harrowing evolutionary procession towards transcending itself; not only the becoming of more than the sum of its parts, but more than the sum of its experiences.

The lion is loosed from Cole at last. The lion is wounded and only the lion knows if the lion has any more savagery left in him. But even if he is too wounded to transcend the siege of violence he is surely to endure against Ratso Izzo and his band of thugs, witnessing the lion, witnessing the manliness of Cole, must surely trigger the realization in the rest of the pride that this will be the fight of their lives and that they too must let loose the lions in themselves. Two go in. One comes out. This will be Thunder Dome. Two go in. One comes out. No prisoners. Two go in. One comes out. The tournament winner may well be determined in this game.

If KU wins, it will become something greater than itself. It will be like the great NY Knick team with the injured Willis Reed. It will remain more dangerous than all the other teams who have not passed through the pain barrier. True pain strips away all pretense to anything but survival. The team that wants to survive the most in this tournament wins, as we witnessed last year. All are good, but some are ferocious. And if MSU can withstand what KU brings at them in rage, MSU will transcend itself and in my opinion become the team to beat.

Two go in. One comes out.

fansincewilt 10 years, 10 months ago

Keep your heads on straight guys. The nation is noticing us. We came in with low expectations. Hope is turning to believing. Several great players remain including ours.

optichawk 10 years, 10 months ago

My dream match up...Beat MSU and meet 'Zona (hoping they knock off L'Ville) for a trip the FF, avenging both loses this year. Well, it happened in '88 when we beat KSU, Duke and Oklahoma to win it all.

mahkmood 10 years, 10 months ago

I've been tough on Collins this year - I think rightly so, but I have to give him huge props for this game. He played great. He didn't get into the one-on-one, chuck a deep guarded three stuff, or drive into 3 trees, and he looked to his open teammates (who shot and passed terribly unfortunately). Outstanding game for Collins. One of his best.

If I read the stats correctly Dayton had almost 20 more shot attempts than KU? Dayton shot 22%? KU makes 50% FT? I realize the defense was incredibly good today, but this won't cut it against any of the remaining teams in the tournament. Rock Chalk.

Carl O'Hair 10 years, 10 months ago

jaybate, did you notice how many times that wounded lion bellowed out when he got a rebound or blocked a shot? I kept wondering who it was and finally saw his mouth open very wide when one of the bellows showed up.

He changed many shots today because of his blocks and those changes had a lot do with that win.

I am one of the people who doesn't think that Collins is selfish enough. They first few minutes he made sure that others got the ball without shooting at all and finally had to do something to score some so he started shooting. Only two threes were made the first half and Collins got his first attempt and then Little made his.

InfiniteJ 10 years, 10 months ago

Collins is plenty selfish, no sense in changing what's working at this point.

CaramelMacchMan 10 years, 10 months ago

I just hit me that we only have to win 4 more games!!

One game at a time... You can do it!! Something special is brewing here! 4 more game.!!

Nancy Borst 10 years, 10 months ago

this was a bad game ... let's hope we now have all of our jitters out of the way. TT and the twins have GOT to contribute or we won't last much longer. KUDOs to Cole on having a great game at home.

But honestly, if Dayton had been ANY better, we would have been in trouble because of poor offensive output from everyone besides Sherron and Cole. Who shoots 20 percent FG in the NCAA? crazy

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Great win KU! Now that the first year players have a weekend of ncaa tournament action under their belts they can become more focused this week in practice and better prepare themselves for the next game. Thank goodness we have Collins and Aldrich to guide this team. Their fight is undeniable and a great example to follow for the rest of the team.

Freaking triple double! That puts Aldrich in some good company in ncaa history and in a class of his own at KU. It's fun to see history being made. I am quite fortunate to have an alma mater with measurable dedication to a great tradition that keeps it going year after year.

Rock Chalk

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Speaking of Cole's picture on the top of this article, I like to listen to what comes out of Cole's mouth when he's slamming down a dunk or blocking a shot. In the first game against NDSU Cole dunked many times and let out some primal yells. But once I could have sworn I heard a higher pitched scream come out of his mouth that resembled a "yee haw" type yell with out the words 'yee haw'. I replayed it a few times. Pretty entertaining.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 10 months ago

Expectations for 2008-09 / Results for 2008-09 1] Win 20 games / Won 27 games and counting. 2] Contend in Big Twelve / Reg season Champion 3] Make NCAA / Garnished #3 seed 4] Maybe win a tourney game / In the Sweet Sixteen 5] Some post-season recogniton./ 2nd team All-American, Coach of the Year 6] 7 new guys, 4 non-starters / 9 of the 11 contribute 7] Recruit for 2009-10 / With LS and JW, 3 five stars/1 four star

At Kansas, we call this a transition year. At many other schools in Division 1 this would be called the season of a lifetime.

Victory Haiku:

Flyers fly and flee

Flocks of Jayhawks blot the sun

Back to your nests...rest.

100 10 years, 10 months ago

Let's take care of MSU.

Gotta learn from what USC did (MSU had a really difficult time against the triangle &2)

Sherron & Collins will show...

The questipon is, will Taylor (and the new guys) be....

TANKED UP!!!!!!

If so, we can beat these guys....

Dan Harris 10 years, 10 months ago

Horrible free throw and 3 point shooting and we still dominate! Great win Hawks!

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

Game time Friday 3/27/09 - 8:37 p.m. CDT

kvskubball 10 years, 10 months ago

Props to Collins, he got his teammates involved before looking for his shot. He made good decisions with the ball (0 turnovers!), and took good shots. I think this was his best game of the year. If he does this again next game, we'll have a great shot at making the Elite 8, green wood and all!

Cole did the monster mash today! Coach is doing a great job of telling Cole to save himself and then man-up when he's working! Wow, a triple-double!

Some players can't control their emotion and try to do too much when they play in front of a first-time hometown crowd, but Cole was awesome in Minny! Could we book this place for the next game???

This game we had to rely on Cole and Sherron because everyone else seemed to be dreaming of sugarplums, or something other than basketball. Tyshawn looked like he was wired, his game today was deep-fried burnt, and other than our big two, shots wouldn't fall, and we still won!

This game gives Coach plenty of ammo to go after the players to get them ready for revenge over the Spartan brutes.

Dream a little dream...on neutral courts!.... Can we revenge our way to a second consecutive Final Four?....Win over MSU, and look for Arizona to knock off L'ville so we can avenge the loss to Arizona! Then we could have some tiggers (Hey either Misspoo or Mempoo would do!) for highball cocktails in the national semis and then another tilt with OU in a Final Redux of a 21 year vintage! Yes, I know that is quite a BIG dream, but I'm going to dream until we're done!

Well done team. It was an ugly win, but the slate is wiped clean and you're still playing!

Rock Chalk Jayhawks!

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

Big East - 5 Big 8 - 3 SWC - 0 ACC - 2 Big 10 - 2 A 10 - 1 Pac 10 - 1 WCC - 1 CUSA - 1 SEC - 0

Lance Hobson 10 years, 10 months ago

Great win, and a great season no matter what happens next week. I do think we'll beat MSU the second time around, but the rest of the team is going to have to show up for the this part of the tourney. MSU is too good to let us win with only Cole and Sherron.

BTW, I don't think anyone's two cents on this blog is worth asking the players about.

jaytrey 10 years, 10 months ago

First, thank you god ive been waiting and waiting for a chance to bounce Michigan State from the tournament!! Id like to say that im a KU fan through and through and have the luxury(more like pain beyond reason) to be stuck here in Michigan listening to all these Izzo lovers go on and on about his three final four trips and his national championship. Okay, okay, okay but how long ago was that? All izzo has done in the last six or seven years is underachieve not only in the big ten but also in the tournament his teams always have the best talent in the big ten and they continue to show little dominance over a conference who most years is average at best not to mention a couple of tournament flame outs (which i can excuse for the Bucknell thing). Now we're moving to this year we've already seen these guys in their gym and to be honest it wasn't pretty they banged us around and played their brand of basketball. But, Michigan State fans that's over 2 months ago and this young talented team is still young, but with a few more battle scars than before, and with the fire of Sherron and knowing how much he hates to lose i know payback is less than a week away. Sparty it's been a long time coming for you and Friday i'll get my retribution.

cwag 10 years, 10 months ago

Thursday

(5) Purdue vs. (1) UConn at 6:07 p.m.. (4) Xavier vs. (1) Pittsburgh at 6:27 p.m. (3) Missouri vs. (2) Memphis at 8:37 p.m. (3) Villanova vs. (2) Duke at 8:57 p.m.

Friday

(12) Arizona vs. (1) Louisville at 6:07 p.m. (3) Syracuse vs. (2) Oklahoma at 6:27 p.m. (3) Kansas vs. (2) Michigan State at 8:37 p.m. (4) Gonzaga vs. (1) North Carolina at 8:57 p.m.

All times CDT

Lone_salina_kufan 10 years, 10 months ago

My only complaint with todays game is Tyshawn has turned into a turnover waiting to happen it seems like. I hope hes good friday, we'll need him

panalytic 10 years, 10 months ago

We need aggressive offensive minded players who are willing to shoot in most situations, including during crucial moments of tournament games. Collins has had a great year and a great tournament. He has been extremely valuable to KU since he got here. There is no controversy about his shot selection. Most confident and aggressive players will have some questionable shots here and there. He has carried the team offensively through a good portion of out two tournament wins. I have been enjoying the great show he has been putting on.

packywacky88 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad we have to go through the Spartans.....the Hawks want redemption.
Just like in 88........Paybacks are HELL!!!

KGphoto 10 years, 10 months ago

Cole Train's Blue Train. Beautiful music.

Scott Smetana 10 years, 10 months ago

jhawkfan165423 - Do you really think we're dumb enough to think it's still the Big 8?
Just because Brady and Tyrel miss their 3's, it doesn't mean they lack 'spirit'. Heard of Defense? 'we're going to get owned on Friday" - nice attitude.
I think the your'e more fit for DownerDebbie1623843's website.

Lin Rahardja 10 years, 10 months ago

Collins and Aldridge are carrying this team on their backs again. Against Dayton, the rest of the team were shooting a measly 27% (6 of 22), not much better than Dayton's. We NEED other players to step up on offense, and play the same intensity of defense.

KU will have a better chance to win if MSU's Lucas has a miserable shooting night. MSU tends to loose game when Lucas is not shooting good percentage.

Go Hawks!!!

janeyb 10 years, 10 months ago

Great game today Jayhawks. I will never be a Collins fan but appreciated the way he tried in the early minutes to include all the players in the game. He couldn't help they weren't hitting and had every right to step up. I like Mario Little very much and hope he continues to contribute.

That said, maybe Cole's "inner lion" would have come out a long time ago if someone would have passed him the freakin ball! Keep it up Jayhawks!

mlubyRN 10 years, 10 months ago

I think most of the posts here are semi pesimistic about the Jayhawks current roster. I think we all miss the great team they had last year. Those guys were all scary good, each and every one of them. But, they are doing excellent, way above and beyond what I thought they would do this season. Yah I agree Collins is a great player, but I also think he can try too hard at times to make things happen...like cutting to the rim with 3 or 4 much taller defenders on him. It just doesnt work more than 30% of the time. But I say again, they are a great team this year. Not nearly as scary good as last year though.
For example this year, they have 3 guys who average in double figures and 5 who average more than 20 min per game, and out of those 5 only 2 of those average more than 50% from the field all together. Cole and Tyshawn.

Last years team, every single player, 9 of them, including Rodrick Stewart and Cole had a 50% or greater eFG% according to Kenpom, they also had 6 who averaged more than 20 min per game and Sasha Kaun coming very close to doing that, and all of those guys also had an Offensive rating above 105. Thats insane, thats crazy good. No team this year is that good. We probly wont see a team that good for a lil bit. SO, my point being, lets enjoy the current teams awesome season and current run in the NCAA tourney. Lets look forward to next years team being even better than this year.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

oldnongrad,

No, I had to "watch" through ESPN scoreboard, because CBS would not show it to me, and my computer with the video processor necessary for espn360 crashed. A close friend talked me through much of the game by telephone.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

The greatness of his play came through on the ESPN play by play and on the posts here on the board, and from my friend who was watching it, as it was happening.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 10 months ago

jaybate

I couldn't watch the game on CBS TV either. But, I was able to link through the CBS Sportsline site and watch the entire game via the internet which I wouldn't have been able to do had I been at home watching just the TV since CBS switches back and forth so randomly. It made being at work on a Sunday much more palatable. .

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