Saturday, November 28, 2009
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A crazy road trip didn’t keep Tennessee Tech’s Frank Davis from enjoying Thanksgiving dinner just outside Lawrence.
“We were in a plane for most of the day, but we got a nice meal at Cracker Barrel. I had Thanksgiving Cracker Barrel,” the guard said after his team’s 112-75 loss to Kansas University on Friday. “But that was better than the year before. The year before I had it in the airport, so I can’t complain.”
Davis went for the Thanksgiving special at the restaurant, which included turkey, a sweet potato and green beans.
The 6-foot-2 senior might be requesting the specialty meal the rest of the year after Friday’s effort. He was 9-for-13 from the floor and 4-for-5 from three against KU to finish with 23 points.
“Trust me, I’m going to run it back and try to think of everything I did,” Davis said, “so I can try to keep shooting like that.”
The journey to Allen Fieldhouse ended a difficult road stretch for TTU, which had played six of its last seven games on the road. That included trips to Minnesota, Arkansas and Utah.
The Golden Eagles faced Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah, on Wednesday.
“We’ve got a lot of sky miles coming our way,” Davis said. “It’s going to be good to get back home.”
Davis also had the opportunity to play in a tradition-rich atmosphere his sophomore year when TTU faced Kentucky on Dec. 22, 2007, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats won that game, 69-47.
“These two (gyms) are just unbelievable,” Davis said. “I can’t even explain it (here) — how crowded it was, just the atmosphere. It was a lot of fun.”
Was one arena better?
“I don’t want to get anybody mad at me saying one team or the other,” Davis said with a laugh. “But both of them are top-notch. It’s a lot of fun.”
TTU coach Mike Sutton also left impressed by the top-ranked Jayhawks, especially offensively.
“They hit 14 threes. You kind of pick your poison with those guys,” Sutton said. “One of the big guys (Markieff Morris) stepped out and knocked down two. Sometimes, you’ve got to give them something.”
Though Davis left the Midwest pleased with his dinner and his hot shooting, he still left a bit unsatisfied.
“I really wanted a different outcome. We wanted to come out and play hard,” Davis said. “We felt like we played with them at times. We just couldn’t put it together for a full 40 minutes.”