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Rams’ Green frustrated by setback

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor extends to block  Colorado State guard Dorian Green's shot during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor extends to block Colorado State guard Dorian Green's shot during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

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Kansas defeated Colorado State, 76-55, at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., December 11, 2010.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 76-55 victory over Colorado State on Dec. 11, 2010, at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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— For 40 minutes on the floor, a few more during the postgame handshakes and 7:09 in front of the media, Colorado State sophomore Dorian Green kept it together.

However, on the way back to the locker room after CSU’s 76-55 loss to Kansas University at Sprint Center, the former Lawrence High standout experienced a wave of emotions he didn’t quite expect.

“It’s just kind of frustrating,” said Green, with tears welling in his eyes. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you have to bring it. In the first half, we proved that we could play with anybody. We didn’t play too well in the second half, is what it really comes down to.”

In a nutshell, that’s what Saturday was about for Green. Not the homecoming, not playing the Jayhawks, not anything other than basketball.

“When we travel, we call it a business trip,” Green said. “It was a good experience to play against a team like that, and it was good to be back home, but I was really just trying to focus on getting a win.”

In the first half, Green’s efforts made an impact, and the Rams trailed by just seven (41-34) at the break. At halftime, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard led all scorers with 10 points on 2-of-4 shooting, with two three-pointers and a 4-for-4 effort at the free-throw line.

“I thought Dorian was the best player of the (first) half,” KU coach Bill Self said. “He took four shots, and he scored 10 points. That’s production.”

Green opened the game with a three-pointer from the wing and added another — a couple of feet farther out — with just under three minutes to play in the half. In the first minute of the game alone, Green hit a three-pointer, grabbed a defensive rebound and swiped a steal.

For the game, he finished with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.

“I think he was solid,” KU junior Tyshawn Taylor said. “I think he played real good. I actually went to see Dorian play in high school one time, and I like his game a lot.”

The second half did not go as well for the hometown product, who was welcomed to the Sprint Center floor with a warm cheer during introductions. Green misfired on the only two shots he attempted and also missed his only free throw. Credit the Kansas defense for the former. Taylor said Green’s two first-half three-pointers opened his eyes and forced him to dig in defensively.

“I actually wasn’t expecting him to shoot that (first one),” Taylor said. “And then he hit another one that was kind of deep, too, right in my face. I (tried) to pressure him and made him do some different things. But once he got a clear look, he was going up, and he made two real good ones.”

Although CSU coach Tim Miles said he enjoyed the opportunity to measure up against the No. 4 team in the nation, he, too, was able to enjoy Green’s return.

“I thought it was a special time when the crowd erupted and everybody was so gracious to him,” Miles said. “He’s a special kid and a really good basketball player, and we’re fortunate to have him. I thought it was a pretty cool moment. And to make his first three, boy, I thought he was a really good guy.”

Miles also was able to appreciate just how good the Jayhawks were, even on a day when Self called his team, “awful.”

“I thought Kansas did a real good job with their length and athleticism, getting out and pressuring,” Miles said. “And then when we did drive, I thought their help was pretty good.”

CSU, which lost in overtime at Colorado last Wednesday, fell to 4-3, while Kansas improved to 9-0.

Comments

KU_FanSince75 3 years, 4 months ago

Matt---

Nice article. Always nice to see and hear from the opponent's view of things. Tim Miles seems to be a nice coach and will have CSU competitive in their League. I thought Green competed. It was emotional for him. All you can ask of athletes is to compete and give it your best shot. Green did that. I was impressed with how he competed, especially in the first half. I hope he does great things for the Rams program because he is a Kansan and a Lawrence High School alum.

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Nice example of 2 equal sized guys, 1 is a pussyfooter who had hustle, but lacked true toughness and true hops...and 1 was/is a monster on the court. (1 is PsychoT, the other is BigBlake...you decide which was which--in college and the pros). Clue: what happened in the OU tourney loss to UNC the 1 time these two players went up for the same rebound? (1 had to be helped off the court). Your final clue: Roy purposely would not let PsychoT match-up 1on1 vs. BigBlake...

Many examples abound for Mr. Withey to choose from/emulate...

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Nice thoughts above. Withey still a soft California boy. He may have to fundamentally change his nature and in-game personality to really compete well. There is hope: remember his monster swat complete with "mean" yell a few games ago? He actually out jumped TRob to get that swat. Smoothness in the post will take time. You first have to learn to feel like you can survive and hold your own in the paint, before you can start working on doing things offensively...then after that comes developing into a net-positive presence in the paint on both ends of the floor. TRob himself is just turning that corner now. Withey now = TRob last year.

Withey having to watch these tough east coast & Chicago kids ball (Twins, TT, Little, TRob, ...Selby), has seen our Midwestern coach (himself a tough guard @ OSU) try to toughen everyone up, including fellow midwesterners like Releford, Rush, Reed, Morningstar...and expecting no less from the further-west kids like EJ and Withey. Withey may have fit in well at AZ under Lute if Lute had stayed, but he's got work to do on Self's squad.

I dont buy the size=physicality argument as the lone factor--basketball on every level is full of examples of 2 equal sized/weight guys, where 1 is soft and 1 plays tough. Withey @ 240lbs is at the size to bang, if he is mentally capable of that. Div1 post-play is not for softies. Remember that UNC bigman last year gasping at Dexter Pittman last year during a FT attempt: "hey take it easy on us down low...". BigDex famous reply: "Hey, man...this is the BigXII".

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jaybate 3 years, 4 months ago

Slate,

This team needs speed on the floor till they run into a load in the post, like th kid at ucla, then they need a load in the post, too. Come XTReme March the bigger the better.

And Jeff is in the box for a month or more.

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William Blake 3 years, 4 months ago

Jeff just hasn't let the Manning/Self philosophy soak in yet. I don't think he is fighting it, he just needs more time to adapt to a new system. His situation has been made more difficult by all his injuries... keeping him from "going to school" on the court.

I'm not sure this year's team is really suited for Jeff. I don't think this year's team is suited for Cole, either. We need speed on the court at all times, from 1 to 5.

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 4 months ago

Jaybate...good point about Jeff and Cole. This year's team is all guards, #3's and power forwards.[Sorry, even for his size, Markieff is a power forward]. Jeff has no one to relate to in the flow of the game as a true center]

Maybe HCBS should just tell him he is the biggest power forward in America and things will improve.

Spoken with no malice but not all in jest.

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Ed Brown 3 years, 4 months ago

Bottom line with Withey is he doesn't listen to Manning because he has one fundamental flaw that takes away all his height advantage, he puts the ball on the floor for one dribble almost always and loses the ball or forgets to jump. He has to catch and shoot high or he isn't really 7'.

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jaybate 3 years, 4 months ago

He is going to put a guy they had to beat out for pt into the toughening box and say now that you have beaten him out you have to save him!

He is going to put a guy in the toughening box who resents having been beaten out and say the only way out of your he'll is to be saved by the guys who beat you out.

Talk about tough love.

If Self succeeds, this will be the greatest gift he ever gives the twins.

If Self succeeds, this toughening of Withey, combined with the lesson in learning to bond not just with those you understand, but with those that you do not, will be the greatest gift he gives to Withey.

If Self succeeds, this will be the greatest gift he gives this team.

It will give them a chance to become the special team that last year's team failed to become.

Withey is still a mobile 7 footer with a fine touch. He weighs 20 more pounds, too. He still blocks shots like no one else on the team. He still gets fouled more times per minute played than any other big on the team. His team still needs him.

But they need to love him like a brother, like a twin, not like a missing piece, or like a Cal guy, and he has to view them similarly.

Apparently, to do that, he has to go to the toughening box.

It will no doubt also build a bond between Jeff and Tyshawn.

Tyshawn understands, like no one else on this team understands.

Sometimes the price team is high for certain players.

Sometimes it costs not less than everything.

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jaybate 3 years, 4 months ago

Each year Self picks on certain guys with tons of talent that are a little soft. He destroys them and rebuilds them psychologically to do two things

A) toughen a player who really hasn't got enough temper at the core yet; and

B) drive the team together to protect that player from the awful treatment.

Warning--nonlinear leap: Self has a problem with The Twins. They are still too close for the team to come completely together. And there is going to come time, when one is injured, or fouled up, and Self will need them to play as well with Withey as with each other.

Part of the problem sources to Cole taking Withey under his wing for two years and Withey having bonded with Cole instead of with the Twins.

Now Cole is gone and the Twins are in the driver's seats and they are bonded with TRob and Withey is odd man out. Bad situation for team chemistry that remains hidden right now, because of winning. But when the losses come, it will arise, if Self does not act preemptively.

Self first tried solving things by appealing to his team leader--Tyshawn. Ty tried, but it did not work.

Now Self is resorting to the toughening box. Okay, he is saying, if you won't let him into your inner circle, then watch him suffer because you won't let him in.

This is also Withey's fault. He probably lacked some bonding skills in the first place. East coasters can be frustrating to west coasters when first encountered on a level of having to work closely together. Unlike midwesterners, who may also struggle with east coast cultural cues, west coasters lack any sense of geographic inferiority. They don't try to bridge the regional gap any harder than the east coasters do, where as the Midwesterners think, well, we're from nowhere so we better try to get along and be deferential until we are sure we are better, :-)

I don't mean to suggest there is overt bad chemistry here. I am sure Withey and the Twins get on fine superficially.

But the deep trust and love of equals is probably not there.

And all the bigs are after all fighting for the same minutes.

How does Self bridge the Twin's chemistry? The fight for the same minutes?c

How does he bridge Withey bonding with Cole and not The Twins and TRob?

How does he bridge the different regional and racial cues all Americans struggle at times with?

I suspect Self is going to so abuse Withey that the Twins have to invite him into their birth orbit; that's how!

Self is going to force the Twins to discover at their tender ages a sense of compassion and humanity for another human being on a par with that they feel for each other.

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jaybate 3 years, 4 months ago

Withey looks very confused right now, almost lost. He came with a fine touch and Seif and Manning have him shooting 45% at the stripe.

I have not seen a player look this confused since Tyshawn last season. :-)

We know what caused Tyshawn's funk. Self put Ty in the toughening box. Ty got the paradoxing. Ty got no love. Ty got all the unfair treatment. Ty got a steady dose of expectations without fulfillment. Ty was forced to watch lessees do better. Ty got to see his his basketball life pass before his eyes.

My guess in creole right now be dis: Big Jeff, de guy wid as much po in de paint as Ty had on de perimeter last year... that Big Jeff, he be inde toughening box. And he going to stay dere until dis team band together to protect him from de coaches and until Big Jeff he discover how much pain he can really feel.

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

put us in blue, red, white, pink (cancer awareness), or whatever color uniforms--and the Twins will still turn and pop, hit 3s; Taylor will still glide, Brady will still D, Reed will still shoot, TRob will still beast, etc...etc...

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jhwkfan162515 3 years, 4 months ago

I like the red uniforms. They look awesome on KU. Our official colors are crimson and blue, not blue and white like Kentucky. We ought to be proud to wear red every once in a while!

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 4 months ago

Random thoughts:

Thanks to the uniforms, the game had a real Christmas feel to it!!

Nice touch having Dorian's last name match his uniform color.

Now, if we could only find a five star with the last name of Kansas.

The refereeing was incredibly bad...for both sides. Maybe, until our foul shooting improves will just take the option of getting the ball back.......oh wait, that's not in the rules:)

Withey couldn't beat a guy 7" shorter than himself...I guess that's not a very good sign for his progress at the moment....maybe Sasha should join a practice or two!! :)

I hope the Mr. and Mrs. Booth are given a permanent seat on the Kansas bench for all games for the rest of their lives.....thank you again.!!

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edjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

We got outplayed, out hustled, and played really stupid the first half. We would have lost this game if it was a NCAA playoff game. And watching the body language of our players during warm ups I sensed overconfidence.

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jaybate 3 years, 4 months ago

Repost:

It is pretty clear what Self was doing in this CSU game.

It's called: since CSU is a weak team, don't give KU any schemes, or special plays, that give them advantages. Don't amp them up. Then let'em labor. Then chew on them the entire game. and then after the game, and then tell them that they've got to take the next week to get a lot better, or else they are going to get blown out in conference play.

Then work them hard and be ready to roll out the new and improved Jayhawks with new focus and a some schemes to give them an edge in their next game.

Self has this part of coaching down to a science.

He probably knew just about exactly how much KU would win by in this game.

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