Advertisement

Advertisement

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas teammates Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor (10) celebrate a Morris bucket in the second half, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas teammates Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor (10) celebrate a Morris bucket in the second half, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Advertisement

Audio clips

KU-Nebraska

Reader poll

Who played best in the second half of KU's 75-64 victory over Nebraska?

  • Cole Aldrich 19% 338 votes
  • Sherron Collins 13% 243 votes
  • Marcus Morris 58% 1038 votes
  • Markieff Morris 6% 122 votes
  • Other 1% 31 votes

1772 total votes.

Reader poll

Which KU big man off the bench played better in the first half?

  • Thomas Robinson 28% 6 votes
  • Jeff Withey 66% 14 votes
  • Undecided 4% 1 vote

21 total votes.

Self’s X factor

Kansas University’s basketball team had a so-so week, claiming an overtime victory at Colorado on Wednesday and 75-64 decision over Nebraska on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

It’s nothing to be concerned about, junior center Cole Aldrich said after his eight-point, six-rebound effort against NU.

“Every year that I've been here, coach (Bill) Self writes numbers on the board and says, ‘We’re going to play great X amount of games. We’re going to play OK X amount of games. And then we're going to play terrible X amount of games.’ Those games you play all right to bad, you’ve got to find a way to win,” Aldrich said. “That’s kind of what we’re doing right now. We’ve just got to defend and make sure they don’t get easy buckets any more.”

He said Self does that “usually toward the beginning (of season). You’ve got to find ways to win,” Aldrich stressed. “I think we haven’t played spectacular defense by any means, so that’s one thing we've got to get back to doing is moving our feet and playing good defense because that’s going to win us a lot of games.”

Technically speaking

Self picked up a technical foul the first half. It was a game both Self and NU’s Doc Sadler appeared enraged over the officiating. Sadler stopped to speak with KU athletic director Lew Perkins after the game, apparently discussing the work of the officials.

Frederick award

NCAA officials recognized former KU athletic director Bob Frederick as the inaugural winner of the NCAA’s administrator’s sportsmanship award at halftime. The NCAA’s John Blanchard and Robert Vowels made the presentation to Frederick’s widow, Margey. The award goes to an NCAA administrator who “shows the highest respect for intercollegiate athletics, demonstrates respect for competition, student-athletes, coaches and officials, and encourages student-athletes to demonstrate positive sportsmanship and integrity.”

The NCAA officials announced Saturday that the award would be named after Frederick.

Motivation

KU coach Self ripped into the Jayhawks during a timeout early in the second half with NU up, 43-39. The Jayhawks immediately responded on a 28-5 roll.

“He knows how to get you going,” guard Sherron Collins said. “He challenged us, and we responded. It wasn’t no milk and cookies. Him jumping on us was something we needed. He’s a good motivator and that’s what he did. He motivated us.”

Looking ahead

Much of the postgame was spent talking about Monday’s 8 p.m. game at Texas. KU enters 22-1 overall and 8-0 in the league. Texas is 19-4, 5-3 after Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma.

“I don’t think it’s a statement game, but it’s a big game. In the Big 12, every game is a statement game,” Collins said. “We want to win to keep moving forward.”

Stats, facts

KU extended the country’s No. 1 homecourt win streak to 55 games, which ties as the second longest in KU history. ... KU has won 15 straight versus NU. ... KU leads the all-time series 168-71, including a 50-7 mark in Allen. ... After KU led 37-33 at halftime, Nebraska took a 43-39 lead, marking the first time KU has blown a halftime lead this season. ... Brady Morningstar dished four assists, marking the 10th game he has had three assists or more. .... With his four three-pointers, Collins moved into fourth place on KU’s all-time three-point field goal list. He has 208. ... Collins had six assists and moved into ninth place with 489 on Kansas’ career assists list past Ryan Robertson (1996-99).

Comments

Clarence Haynes 4 years, 10 months ago

“no milk and cookies"....that's pretty good Sherron! Beat Texas!

FairgroveJayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

You just have to love Self's mentality. Defense every game no matter what as in some games the shots will not fall. Roy didn't rely on 'd' as much. Run and gun. Although coming back from a first half deficit is fun, not coming back from a first half deficit sucked. Nor was it fun trading shots down the stretch while trying to close the gap. Self's teams are not immune to a lack of focus on the defensive end but for the most part they contain the opposing team well. It makes for better consistency, longer home winning streaks, more conference titles, deeper tournament runs, etc.

Self for President

Drew Alan 4 years, 10 months ago

I dont' want self to be president, because then he couldn't be our basketball coach anymore!!!!!

Martin Rosenblum 4 years, 10 months ago

Jeff Withey impressed me as much as anybody against NU.

The plan may be to bring him on slowly near the end of the season and use him as a surprise in the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. He could be an impact player more so than TRob. However, yesterday, TRob did more positive thinks than negative for once in his minutes. Just think about next year, Withey, Morris and Morris, Robinson! Great front line!

Tony Bandle 4 years, 10 months ago

memhawk..lets all keep posting for Cole's benefit how fantastic graduation is

and that he is so close and an all Big 12 Academic Award winner he would be an inspiration for every kid in America and the NBA will always be there and his parents would be so proud and all his teammates would come back.{ Sherron could come back as his long lost twin brother Derron} and he could win three NC's

and I'm dreaming aren't I!!!!!

Tony Bandle 4 years, 10 months ago

memhawk..lets all keep posting for Cole's benefit how fantastic graduation is

and that he is so close and an all Big 12 Academic Award winner he would be an inspiration for every kid in America and the NBA will always be there and his parents would be so proud and all his teammates would come back.{ Sherron could come back as his long lost twin brother Derron} and he could win three NC's

and I'm dreaming aren't I!!!!!

Tony Bandle 4 years, 10 months ago

OOPS...I guess my long lost twin was dreaming too!!

Alec White 4 years, 10 months ago

The "milk and cookies" was a good comment but his one about Texas takes the cake...

"I don't think it's a statement game, just a big game. In the Big XII, every game is a statement game (except for the one against Texas I guess : )

Martin Rosenblum 4 years, 10 months ago

OakvilleJ -

Maybe, before she died, Cole made his grandmother a promise that he would graduate. We can only hope!

Very few NBA bound players that have left college before graduating have had the academic sucess that Cole has had. Seems like a waste to have acheived such a good standing as Cole has and leave it on the table. Usually, it seems like the ones who left college early for the league would have struggled to have gotten a degree. They probably were better off for leaving early. Cole can only improve his stock by staying, not decrease it. The league will be there. The money will be there. The dental benefits will be there.

Cole - have some more fun compliments of the State of Kansas. You'll still be tall, you'll still be a blocking machine, you'll still have one (and maybe two or three) NCAA championship rings. Plus, you'll have a degree from KU!

Commenting has been disabled for this item.