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Originally published February 15, 2010 at 07:08p.m., updated February 15, 2010 at 11:08p.m.

FINAL: Marcus Morris rescues KU late in 59-54 victory over No. 24 Texas A&M

Kansas forward Marcus Morris has words with the Texas A&M student section after the Jayhawks' 59-54 win over the Aggies, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris has words with the Texas A&M student section after the Jayhawks' 59-54 win over the Aggies, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.

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GameDay Cram Session: Texas A&M

KUSports.com online editor Jesse Newell and Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan take a look at what to expect from the Kansas basketball team's matchup against Texas A&M.

KU scoring — X. Henry 12, Marcus Morris 12, Aldrich 12, Markieff Morris 9, Collins 7, Taylor 4, Reed 3.

KU was 20-for-46 from the floor (43.5 percent), 1-for-10 from three (10 percent) and 18-for-26 from the free-throw line (69.2 percent).

Texas A&M; was 22-for-63 from the floor (34.9 percent), 5-for-21 from three (23.8 percent) and 5-for-11 from the free-throw line (45.5 percent).

Texas A&M; had 13 turnovers to KU's 11. Texas A&M; out-rebounded KU, 41-33. The Aggies had 20 offensive rebounds, while the Jayhawks had eight.

FINAL: KU defeats TAMU, 59-54

Marcus Morris tips away a pass by Harris, and Xavier Henry comes away with it. Another huge play by Marcus. He’s come off the bench to save the Jayhawks.

Xavier Henry gets the loose ball, and he’s fouled. He makes both free throws to put KU up five with 26.8 seconds left.

Holmes misses another three, and Morningstar runs down the loose ball. After getting fouled, Morningstar misses both free throws.

Sloan misses a desperation three, and Markieff gets the rebound to run out the clock. A&M; didn’t score in the final 4:07.

KU comes away with a 59-54 victory.

KU 57/TAMU 54 — 1:17 left in 2nd half

Aldrich tries a move inside, but good defense by A&M; stuffs him. Collins has a chance for a shot late, but he dribbles it off his foot. Shot-clock violation KU.

Turgeon calls timeout with 42.7 seconds left. A&M; looked confused on its offensive possession.

KU 57/TAMU 54 — 1:17 left in 2nd half

Holmes misses another look at a three, and the rebound rattles around before Aldrich snares it.

On the other end, Aldrich gets his man in the air, then executes an up-and-under move. It’s blocked, but too late, as A&M; is called for goal-tending.

Harris misses a three, but on the other end, Marcus misses an open 16-footer. Davis clears the rebound for A&M; down three.

Sloan misses a floater, and Aldrich comes down with the easiest rebound he’s gotten all game.

With 1:17 left and possession, Self calls timeout.

KU 55/TAMU 54 — 3:16 left in 2nd half

Marcus Morris once again hits both ends of the one-and-one, tying the game before Self checks in Markieff. Smart play by the coach trying to avoid Marcus’ fifth foul.

B.J. Holmes misses a wide-open three for A&M;, and Xavier Henry is fouled on the rebound. He gets two shots, but he only makes the second. KU up, 55-54, with 3:32 left.

TAMU 54/KU 52 — 3:55 left in 2nd half

Big offensive rebound for KU, as the ball is tipped out to Morningstar after a missed three-pointer by Henry. Aldrich misses a shot, but this time, Xavier grabs it before getting fouled on the shot. Xaiver makes both free throws.

Harris — the miracle man after returning from his injury — knocks down a huge three for A&M; from the top of the key.

Aldrich loses the ball, but he hustles back to contest a dunk attempt by Davis. Davis appears to throw the ball out of bounds, but the officials say the ball is off Aldrich. Self is furious. Still, KU gets it back after a travel call on Davis.

Aldrich is fouled, but he misses the front end of a one-and-one. He gets his own rebound, but Collins rattles out a three. KU now 1-for-10 from three.

Marcus Morris checks back in. He immediately makes an impact, playing nice defense on Sloan before drawing a foul on the other end. He also makes both ends of the one-and-one.

Marcus with a steal, and Collins races to the other end for a left-handed layup that ties it at 52.

Sloan answers immediately, though, hitting a long two-pointer.

Marcus Morris takes charge on the other end, driving to the basket to draw a blocking foul.

TAMU 48/KU 46 — 7:26 left in 2nd half

KU can’t grab a defensive rebound. Playing the 2-3 zone, the Jayhawks give up four consecutive offensive rebounds, but A&M; still comes away empty on the offensive end. Aldrich finally brings down the defensive board. A&M; has 16 offensive rebounds, while KU has five.

Collins with another turnover, throwing an ill-advised bounce pass into heavy traffic. The point guard is 0-for-6 from the floor with four turnovers and no assists.

Off the weave, Collins finally gets a shot to go down, swishing an open 10-footer in the lane.

Markieff Morris picks up a cheap foul on the baseline, and that’s his fourth foul. KU now has gotten into serious foul trouble, and Self spends the first 20 seconds of the media timeout discussing things with an official.

TAMU 45/KU 43 — 10:37 left in 2nd half

Morningstar with a lob to Markieff, who lays it in for two. Good execution for KU out of the break.

Davis answers with a short shot on the other end. The Aggies are getting easier shots than most teams get against KU’s interior defense.

TAMU 43/KU 41 — 11:46 left in 2nd half

Markieff Morris with a smart move, getting Ray Turner up into the air on a ballfake to draw contact. He also hits two free throws, making him 5-for-6 tonight. Let’s not overlook that strong shooting from a guy that’s struggled at the line recently.

Marcus Morris checks in, but just a few seconds later, he picks up his fourth foul. He was just an innocent bystander on that defensive play, but sometimes on the road, innocent bystanders get called for the foul. With more than 13 minutes left, KU will most likely have to play the next seven or eight minutes without one of its best players.

Collins drives to the lane, but his shot misses as he hits the floor hard. Self wants a foul. None is called.

Morningstar drives under the basket (his patented move) before dishing out to Reed for a three from the corner. Swish. That’s KU’s first three, as the Jayhawks are now 1-for-8 from deep (12.5 percent).

Turner puts in a layup on the other end, and Self calls timeout. The crowd grows louder, but the Jayhawks are still just down two.

Tonight’s attendance is 13,657 — a new record for Texas A&M.;

TAMU 36/KU 36 — 15:19 left in 2nd half

KU’s big men show some fire on their first offensive possession, as Aldrich tips a KU miss to Marcus Morris. Marcus finishes with a short shot over a defender. Self might have had a chat with them about only getting 13 rebounds in the first half.

Aldrich blocks a Davis shot, and that ties Greg Ostertag’s school record for blocks in a season with 94.

Taylor drops a bounce pass to Aldrich, who puts in a hook that hits a soft spot on the back of the rim before bouncing in.

Aldrich puts in a layup after getting a lob from Marcus. On the other end, though, Aldrich doesn’t block out his man, and Marcus follows with a foul. That’s his third, and he’ll return to the bench with Aldrich. Jeff Withey gets his first action for KU.

KU scoring — X. Henry 6, Marcus Morris 6, Aldrich 6, Markieff Morris 5, Taylor 4, Collins 3.

KU was 12-for-25 from the floor (48 percent), 6-for-9 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent) and 0-for-4 from the three-point line (0 percent).

Texas A&M; was 14-for-31 from the floor (45.2 percent), 3-for-8 from three (37.5 percent) and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line (50 percent).

Texas A&M; had eight first-half turnovers, while KU had seven. Texas A&M; out-rebounded KU, 19-13, in the first half.

Halftime thoughts

Thirteen first-half rebounds? I didn’t realize KU had such few rebounds. That definitely should be the biggest concern for Self on the stat sheet.

KU has done a great job of not fouling, as A&M; had just two first-half free throws. Remember, the Aggies average 29 free throws per game. The Jayhawks were hurt a bit when Marcus Morris picked up his second foul, though. His presence in there to start the second half should be a boost for KU.

It looks like KU’s three-point slump might have carried over to the next game. The Jayhawks didn’t take many threes, but you’d still expect for at least one of four to go in.

That’s one of the worst halves for Collins that I can remember this year. He didn’t contribute much of anything with 0-for-3 shooting, no assists and three turnovers in 16 minutes. Perhaps worst of all, we didn’t see his normal fire in there, especially in a road atmosphere. When KU is in need of a second-half spark, it usually turns to Collins. Will he be more into it later this game?

TAMU 32/KU 30 — Halftime

Well, Markieff being in the doghouse didn’t last long. One offensive play for Thomas Robinson resulted in a turnover, and Self quickly checks Markieff back in. Before the timeout, Markieff had saved a ball under his own basket, leading to a three-point play for A&M.;

On a missed alley-oop attempt, Texas A&M;’s David Loubeau is called for a technical foul for hanging onto the rim. That’s a questionable call at best, as the original intent of banning hanging on the rim was to prevent showboating. Can’t really showboat when you miss a dunk. Collins makes one of the two free throws.

Aldrich misses the front end of a one-and-one, but Markieff cleans up the board and puts it back in for two.

Morningstar passes to Collins for a wide-open three at the buzzer, but like all the other field goals Collins took in the first half, this one bounces away.

The Aggies take a two-point lead into the break.

TAMU 27/KU 27 —2:24 left in 1st half

KU switches to a 2-3 zone, perhaps because Texas A&M; has been such a poor long-range shooting team lately. Khris Middleton hits a three from the corner, and A&M; is 3-for-6 from beyond the arc so far (after coming into the game at 24.9 percent during Big 12 play).

Markieff Morris bangs into Davis and picks up a blocking foul. That’s Davis’ second whistle, which could be significant from here on out.

Collins with a wide-open three, and he airballs it. He doesn’t look right tonight.

Marcus Morris is whistled for his second foul. He goes to the bench.

Nathan Walkup checks in for his first action for A&M;, and he pump-fakes before driving to the baseline and putting in a dunk. Self is furious, and he calls a timeout.

Just got word that Dash Harris has a bruised wrist and a hip pointer from his previous fall. His return is questionable.

Nice high-low lob from Markieff to Aldirch, and the KU center catches and puts in the layup. KU takes its first lead in a while at 27-25.

TAMU 20/KU 20 —7:48 left in 1st half

Aldrich gets a cheap foul on an illegal screen. That’s one for him. Keep an eye on that.

Tyshawn Taylor comes away with a steal, and no one steps up to defend him for A&M.; The KU sophomore takes it straight to the rim, putting in the short shot for two. Nice recognition of the defense by Taylor.

Collins turns it over, but he hustles back to slap the ball away from Dash Harris. Harris crashes to the floor, landing hard on his tailbone. No foul is called, but the A&M; fans are furious that Collins wasn’t whistled for something. Harris is carried off the court by three people.

Smart play by Markieff Morris, who anticipated contact from Bryan Davis and when he received it, he bounced backwards to the floor, drawing a charge.

Marcus Morris with a nice swim move on the baseline to free himself for a layup, and after a steal, Morningstar finds a cutting Taylor for a left-handed lay-in.

TAMU 16/KU 14 —11:52 left in 1st half

Markieff Morris draws a double-team, then zips a pass under the basket to his brother, Marcus, for a layup.

KU doesn’t have an answer for Sloan, though, who pulls up for 12-footer that swishes through. That’s 10 points already for him on 4-for-5 shooting.

Tyrel Reed jumps into the passing lane for a steal, and Xavier Henry pulls up from 14 feet to drain a jumper in transition. Xavier is 3-for-5 for six points.

TAMU 12/KU 10 —13:52 left in 1st half

Xavier Henry misses an 18-footer on the baseline. Aldrich has the rebound go off his hands and out of bounds.

Donald Sloan puts in a tough, one-handed shot over Brady Morningstar and Aldrich, and A&M; has scored four straight.

Xavier Henry misses a short shot in transition. I think he has shot it every time he’s touched it.

Sloan hits a three, and A&M; has its first lead at 9-8. Aldrich answers with a turn-around on the other end.

KU isn’t getting out to Sloan defensively, though. He knocks down another three and has eight points already.

Sherron Collins is called for a charge, and Mark Turgeon pumps his arm in satisfaction.

KU 8/TAMU 4 —16:38 left in 1st half

Marcus Morris puts in his first basket, and Xavier Henry hits a shot from straight on with his foot on the three-point line.

Following a Marcus Morris miss, Xavier scraps for the rebound before putting in a fallaway on the baseline.

KU 2/TAMU 0 —19:35 left in 1st half

Cole Aldrich starts the game with a turn-around on the baseline for KU. Texas A&M; didn’t double-team the KU big man.

7:22 p.m.

Our pregame chat is open. I'll be talking there until gametime.

Just a reminder to use the "Submit a question" link to post a score prediction, to submit a comment or to ask a question.

Today's random question: Has Mark Turgeon been the Big 12 coach of the year up to this point?

7:05 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, where the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the 24th-ranked Texas A&M; Aggies.

As I said in today's GameDay Cram Session, I think a big key in this game will be for KU to avoid fouls.

Texas A&M; averages 29 free throws per game, and guard Donald Sloan (6.4 fouls drawn per 40 minutes) and forward Bryan Davis (6.9 fouls drawn per 40 minutes) are the Aggies' two best at getting whistles.

TAMU gets 25.8 percent of its scoring from the free-throw line, which is the 14th-highest mark in the country.

If the Aggies aren't able to get those free throws, they could be in major trouble tonight.

Why is that? Well, 48.9 percent of the Aggies' scoring comes from two-point field goals, and that's where KU excels defensively. In fact, the Jayhawks are No. 1 nationally in two-point percentage defense, as opponents are making just 37.9 percent of their shots inside the arc. On Saturday, Iowa State only had four two-point field goals in the entire first half against KU.

So A&M; could struggle with two-pointers. And the Aggies the worst in the league at shooting three-pointers in Big 12 play (24.9 percent), so they haven't been able to get many points from long range, either.

It looks to me like a big trickle-down effect that all comes back down to KU's team fouls.

If the Aggies can get KU's big players in foul trouble (and especially Cole Aldrich), they should be able to score from the free-throw line and they also will have an easier time scoring inside with the Jayhawks putting some of their big men on the bench because of foul trouble.

If the Aggies can't get KU in foul trouble, though, the Aggies won't shoot many free throws, will have to go against a full-strength KU defense and might have to win a game by excelling at three-point shooting, which they haven't done much in the conference season.

I would say KU fans should pay very close attention to KU and Aldrich's foul situation early in this game. It might just be the difference between a down-to-the-wire contest and an easy win for KU.

I'll get the chat going here in a few minutes. In the meantime, be sure to vote in our poll on the left and use the hashtag #kubball to have your tweets appear on the left side of our page.

Comments

CaramelMacchMan 9 years, 10 months ago

Jesse.

Is T Rob. practicing on the floor? how is he looking?

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 10 months ago

KU 73 aTm 67

Did you hear about the Aggie who died drinking milk?

The cow fell on him.

Jesse Newell 9 years, 10 months ago

caramel — I think he was out there earlier, but I'll let you know for sure when KU comes back onto the court.

JJHAWK 9 years, 10 months ago

Are you seeing much blue in the audience?

Jesse Newell 9 years, 10 months ago

T-Rob is out there and looks fine.

There is some blue here, but mostly in the upper level. It looks like KU fans will fill up about 1/3 of the upper deck seats on the side across from me.

hailtoku 9 years, 10 months ago

Sunday night A&M's Athletic Web site said there were, "Only a few hundred seats left for tomorrows game against #1 Kansas".

How's the crowd thus far?

KULee 9 years, 10 months ago

Are we going to see X play some D tonite?

Jesse Newell 9 years, 10 months ago

hailtoku — Good crowd so far, probably 80-percent full. Most times arenas don't fill up completely until tipoff, though.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

This will be a very tough game for KU. A&M is a team that could easily be in the round of 32 or a sweet sixteen team. Last Saturday against Texas Tech they turned it over a bunch. Tech could not convert into points. KU should be able to turn these guys over as well.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Jesse--

Nice CramSession--you said KU by four--I said KU by five, 75-70. Fairly close!!!!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

I'll be damned.. Villanova is going down.

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

ku opens this up in the second half and lets them close the gap towards the end. KU by 12 79-67

nobody1793 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm soooo sick of Jay Wright and people talking about Jay Wright.

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 10 months ago

How about a run to start a game? Might make things easier.

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

i'm so sick of big east games running late

5DecadeHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Is Nick Krug in the house? Has he taken any pregame photos of Red Headed Longhorn guy/girl people hanging around near KU's bench?

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

One of the refs doing that Nova game is the same Medicare beneficiary that did the Syracuse game Sunday. NCAA has to develope some more contemporary officials.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Hey Chuck, and everyone else----I am sick of UK Wildcat fans thinking they can just whip us anytime, anyplace---that's what I'm sick of!!!!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

LOL. This announcer in the UConn/Nova game is brutal. Ref blew a call and the announcer says "I'm serious, these guys get paid to do this, and that was just terrible". The following play "Oh so they call a nick-nack foul but they don't call someone getting hammered on the elbow". It's hilarious to hear an announcer calling officials out.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

This is pathetic, at this rate we are going to miss the entire first half of the KU game.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Mikeowens---hey, I said KU by five, too---different score, though!

I got my popcorn, my favorite beverage--now, I am waiting for my favorite team to blow away the Aggies!!!!! Bring on the Hawks!!!! Anybody know who are the ESPN broadcasters for tonight?

Kent Wells 9 years, 10 months ago

KU by 6. Rock Chalk from the Dixie Chicken!

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 10 months ago

ESPN made a deal with the NCAA giving each Big East team 27 time-outs per half.

Everybody wins, right?

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Kind of like pony express-----ESPN is late again-----blah, blah, blah!!!!! At least Nova is losing!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Theutus, it's just starting on espn360, so you aint missed nothing. Musberger causes nausea.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Whitey - you out there? That link was priceless to the Texas girl.

Post it over here for everyone to see.

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

So are the odds about a 100-to-1 we'll ever see the opening minute of a KU game?

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

mikendal: I think Musberger[sic] and Knight.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Yahoo---Bob Knight!!!!!!!
Alright!!!! The game has started----KU scores to lead 2-0!!!! ESPN give me a stinkin' break!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm going to pick on Musberger all night. "This is one of the loudest crowds I've heard all year"

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Can't be as loud as the Hawktagon of Dominance!!!!!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Oh good grief. Does Jay Wright think someone is going to show up and turn water into wine.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Well ESPN360 just cut out on me, switched me over to some nonsense game.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

What the? ESPN 360 just dropped the game, and the wife is watching olympics. This is trouble.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

What frustrates me is that ESPN won't cut in to our game even though this one is clearly over. I wish ESPN would cut the Big East game short for once. Of course that'll never happen though.

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

well at least we have the 16:00 timeout coming up....good grief villanova, the game is over

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Just got it back, how many dumb things did Dick say?

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

wissoxfan83----I'm glad not in the middle of your situation!!!!!

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 10 months ago

And now, before we go to KU / A & M, let's catch up on the latest Duke and UNC news......

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

0.9 seconds left and a 9 point lead. It's over ESPN.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

12-10, A&M-----Sloan has 8 points. Collins just got a charging call on him!

Time out now--Good grief--get the game on now!!!!!!!!!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Collins playing out of control so far... Hopefully he gets his head in the game.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Professor_Fate---Be careful what you hope for!!!!!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Jesus, Sloan can't miss to save his life. That won't last....

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

X's stroke looking better & better---I think if he sets his feet and takes his time his shot is really pure!!!!!!!!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Theutus: I think Sloan was hot against Texas Tech last Saturday as well.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone remember them calling the 88 team "Danny and the Miracles"? I don't until more recent years.

kusayzone 9 years, 10 months ago

How old is Davis and his receding hairline?

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

How old is Davis? More hair on his face than on the top of his head!

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 10 months ago

Sherron got a brain transplant. Unfortunately, he got Tyshawn's brain.

kansasbasketball 9 years, 10 months ago

we need to learn how to play with intesity!!! and the want to!!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Davis is a Senior but it seems like he has been at A&M forever. We are turning it over a lot. Looks like a CJ Henry tailbone injury.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

That was a frustration foul by Collins, and it's borderline flagrant even though he got ball. He was swinging through pretty hard.

I don't think Collins intentionally hurt him or anything, but that wasn't necessary.

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

i agree theutus...he should have hit the pine for that.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Weather the storm on the road, boys!!!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Give it up brent, the refs didn't call a foul.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

I will say right now that I have been one of Taylors harshest critics this year.... But i will give credit where credit is due. He is playing fantastic tonight..... (knock on wood)

kusayzone 9 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone else not trust this officiating crew besides me.....

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

well that's the thing about taylor that i always liked, he has amazing talent at getting to the bucket and he's like lightning when he does. this site is well documented with the things he doesn't do well.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Aggies are really over playing some of those passes. Our guys have got to recognize that and make the back cut.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Our passing sucks right now---but credit A&M--they're playing the lanes. We need to go back door and should solve that problem!!!

Lance Hobson 9 years, 10 months ago

I hate to say it, but I really like this Musburger/Knight combo.

The twins have it going.

kshaw04 9 years, 10 months ago

Twin towers are making up for collins and cole now. Would be nice if all four could play some inspired bball. TTs earlier transition basked really showcased that speed and aggression HCBS was talking about Saturday. Is it too much to hope that he and collins could be on the same wave length.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Theutus, Chuck - agree that Sherron has made some bad plays, but that was a good play on the break-away. Bottom line he didn't even get called for a foul when often times in that situation, the defender patty-cakes a foul and they get a bucket and one.

I'll live with what he did.

kusayzone 9 years, 10 months ago

Ready for a traditional KU run! 16 in a row in the building---big deal--- when TAM hits 50. we will listen!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Marcus is solid underneath---we gotta keep feeding him underneath!

Matt Lacey 9 years, 10 months ago

The A&M big is taking about 8 steps every time he gets the ball at the foul line.

The ref crew does seem a bit off, both ways.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Cole's playing himself right out of a 1st round pick

kshaw04 9 years, 10 months ago

Nice point by knight about cole. seems marcus is much more active and tenacious about getting his own rebounds and putting the ball in the hole.

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

Chuck, I was thinking the same thing. Taylor at his best reminds me of Keith Langford. I remember Langford as not the best shooter but incredible at slashing to the bucket.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

We need to stop messing around and start playing. We're out of rhythm right now.

floridajayhawks 9 years, 10 months ago

number 10 pushed cole in the back for that rebound

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

How many Aggies does it take to operate a clock?

kusayzone 9 years, 10 months ago

TAM is living by the three....you can die by the three .....This clock error is something else! Hope the crowd gets bored!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

I don't even understand all these clock failures there's been this year.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Collins with another airball. He needs some extended bench time if you ask me.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

SC has shot an airball in about 4 games in a row.

kshaw04 9 years, 10 months ago

Is there a reason why cole just watched that basket and didn't block out!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Time for Bill to chew some butt because are help-side defense sucks right now--we're having an off night, so far!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Expressway to the basket wide open for a dunk.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

kansas - I agree. Wondered why the switch to zone. Only Marcus with 2 fouls. Don't get it. Jesse, there's your first question in the press conference.

kansasbasketball 9 years, 10 months ago

i think bill self needs to bring out the treadmill next week because we have not played anywhere close to the way we can play!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Don't mind that goal tend. makes them think twice the next time.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Easier said then done, but Marcus should have thrown that ball in the air--way up, so the defense can get set if A&M gets the ball.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Wish these announcers recognized there was a foul with the goal tend. Seemed obvious to me.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Bob's having no problem calling out Sherron tonight.

Sherron and Bob would have been oil and water. Sherron would have went pro after his sophomore season under Knight (see I Thomas).

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Our free-throws will cost us a game sooner or later.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

soobawls I think you're wrong. Our defense has been great for the most part. Offensively it's ugly though.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

A&M just can't miss. Every contested shot they throw up drops... It's ridiculous.

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

well that may be the worst half from sherron all year and we are only down two. no worries.

floridajayhawks 9 years, 10 months ago

KU lucky they are not down by more, A&M out playing them. Cole playing soft and Collins way off.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure glad the people that keep voting us #1 don't watch our games because they might vote for someone else.

kshaw04 9 years, 10 months ago

This is a real question, is there a reason why cole doesn't jump? I know he has to be careful about going straight up and not getting a fou and of goal tendingl, but it seems like he doesn't make much of an effort to get some additional height to block the ball.

fansincewilt 9 years, 10 months ago

A&M obviously wants this game very badly. We can't be at our best every night. I just would like to see it more often. We can't buy a three.

Jack Wilson 9 years, 10 months ago

Brady is out of his league with Sloan .. need a taller player on him.

MrPilot 9 years, 10 months ago

A&M getting a lot of help from the corrupt officials.

kshaw04 9 years, 10 months ago

Wasn't it ostertag who used to never elevate? I found myself thinking of him watching cole.

floridajayhawks 9 years, 10 months ago

Theutus totally agree, right now this doesn't look like a team that can make a deep run in the NCAA.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Two of the keys to the game--free throws and turnovers and we kind of sucked in both areas. Plus, A&M is getting the rebounds, too! We have to come out more fired up and meet their challenge in the second half. I hope it doesn't come down to an official's call and free throws!!!!!!!!! If you have a weak heart, so sad, too bad--it could come down to the wire!!!!

Jack Wilson 9 years, 10 months ago

Very "unintelligent" crowd .. moaning on everything. Sounds like Paige arena. Looks like one of those games where we win in the last 3 minutes. 69-64.

floridajayhawks 9 years, 10 months ago

And why in the hell doesn't he dunk more when he is close to the basket?

NH_JHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Ice cold from outside. Not a good half at all from Sherron. The whole effort seems uninspired so far. I still think we have the advantage though because they shot lights out for a while and it's still close. If Sherron performs only half as good as normal we should still take this one.

kshaw04 9 years, 10 months ago

HighEliteMajor...I agree...wonder if EJ could handle him . I suspect with Sloan's experience it might be a difficult match up for EJ. His length and athleticism would be great if he could keep up and not get himself in trouble.

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

i still think we pull away in second half

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

soobawls, AM shooting 43%, we're holding them under their average points. It is our defense that is keeping us in this game.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

I think A&M is shooting 45% FG. Don't know what the norm is for them.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

fansincewilt---totally agree---Turgeon and A&M want it more than the Jayhawks!!!! At least, at this point in the game. Hope we can get that turned around---get the big "MO" back.

Darrel Stice 9 years, 10 months ago

I have to say I feel lucky to only be down 2 with A&M having a very good game so far, while we are having a subpar outing (for us) so far. Many teams in our position would be getting blown out right now.

A&M isn't likely to be able to keep shooting all game the way they did the first half and HCBS will chew some butt and make some corrections, so hopefully things will look better next half. We need to take the crowd out of the game - and fast!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

I think our defense is fine. Most of the shots Sloan has made, he has had a hand in his face. He's just having one of those nights....

We'll see if they can string two of those halves together. Something tells me as long as Collins pulls it together for the second half (cause the first was atrocious) we'll be alright.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

After we win the game (we will win tonight, right?), would love to see Kentucky lose on the road Tuesday night, at Mississippi State---ESPN is saying that it will be a tough test for UK.

Matt Lacey 9 years, 10 months ago

You can never take an A&M crowd out of it. I grew up in Houston. They're just on the sane side of brainwashed.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Just reading Jesse's updates and he made a good observation on our switch to a zone calling out A&M's questionable 3 ball shooting. Unfortunately, not tonight so far.

Self likes to control tempo with defensive adjustments which could also factor into the zone strategy.

Bottom line is simple - we need to control the paint and rebounds better and hit some outside 3s and this game will turn in our favor. I don't expect A&M to continue playing this well for the full 40 minutes.

Everyone expects us to blow opponents out every game, but a win on the road against #23 by ANY amount is huge. Let's squeak one out, boys.

Darrel Stice 9 years, 10 months ago

I would hate, HATE to see us lose! That said, we just aren't playing like we are hungry. I realize it's hard to get up for every game - especially the ones against inferior unranked oppenents - but A&M is a very good team. And they are HUNGRY! Maybe we need a loss again to get us refocused. We look so non-chalant, almost robotic. A loss right now might help us to get serious and hungry, and maybe - just maybe - we can peak at just the right time!

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

I like that intensity to start the half.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Collins 0-3, 0 assists, 3 TO's. Didn't catch Aldrich's line, but it is amazing we're in this game.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Taylor is now defending Sloan, and he's doing a great job.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Coach told Tyshawn to speed up the tempo.

Ut oh - 3 on Cole.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

If Chuck puts on any more weight, he's going to look like Dexter Pittman.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

I don't feel good about the foul situation. Withey can certainly do some justice by giving us some good minutes.

Matt Lacey 9 years, 10 months ago

Does this KU team have a personality? It seems like that's what we're lacking. Maybe it's the assumption that SC will get his stuff together at the end of the game and bail out everyone. The twins are there sometimes. SC is there all the time, but it's not always contagious. I think TT is there most of the time, but sometimes selfishly. Maybe Brady and Tyrel need to step up and act like leaders.

There's no glue guy.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Free Throws, Free Throws, Free Throws!!!!!!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

kuae99, our two glue guys are red-shirting. Little & Releford. Two guys with as much heart as the rest of the team combined.

kansasbasketball 9 years, 10 months ago

i don't know about anyone else but i would to see more jeff!!

Darrel Stice 9 years, 10 months ago

Need Bob Knight to ref!! DEFINITELY an offensive foul!!!

Matt Lacey 9 years, 10 months ago

How is that not a foul on the SC drive ?!?!?!?!?

fansincewilt 9 years, 10 months ago

Referee makes huge change in game with that.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Mikendal we're actually winning the free throw game. Too bad we're not anything else.

Darrel Stice 9 years, 10 months ago

Great timing, Tyrell!!!!! Couldn't have nailed that at a better time!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

I gotta say, we are doing everything we possibly can to lose this game. Missing bunnies, playing lazy.

Without Reed, i'm saying this game runs away from us. We're going to have to rely on him to hit some shots to keep it close.

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

Soobawls, I think that's part of game-time coaching - working the refs so they remember to call things even.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

soobawls----wake up--some of the calls have gone A&M's way. On the flip side, we're playing crappy. Where was the traveling call when A&M got the rebound?

fansincewilt 9 years, 10 months ago

Self has no choice but to work the refs. We're getting no respect.

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

i think it's time for X to earn his wings.

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 10 months ago

I see it coming.

Sherron wants to be the final minute star again.

He has the hero syndrome that HCBS called a "...flair for the dramatic".

What happened to his 30 plus performances?

Is it all about him now at the end of games?

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Not on that contested shot.... Let's atleast let him earn some wings on a decent possession.

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

well i didn't mean for him to take a stupid shot. lol

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

A&M is consuming alot of energy just playing us even to this point, as poorly as we've played.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

BC i agree, but on the flip side, we can't score to save our lives. So does it really matter? Time will tell.

Matt Lacey 9 years, 10 months ago

What's the fouls this half? ESPN only shows the whole game total in the box score.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Collins yet another turnover. He's honestly been a complete negative for us tonight.

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

2nd, 3rd, and 4th chance points are killing us.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Hopefully as they get tired we can pull out a run. That's assuming we can hit some shots.

floridajayhawks 9 years, 10 months ago

Hate to say it but I think the second loss of the season is coming the way the team is playing and the way the refs are calling fouls.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

I really wonder what would happen if coach sat Collins for the rest of the game? We are not getting to any loose balls right now either.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Where is the foul? Honestly that call was just downright ridiculous.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

I am the keeper of Sherron! Who cares so far - carry us to the win, warrior man!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Need to double Leboeu----he's killing us!!!!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Well, Self is going to have to find a way to have at least Marcus available at the end of this game. Give Turgeon credit for taking advantage of what the officials will and will not call.

fansincewilt 9 years, 10 months ago

Our go-to guy is sitting on the bench. We are lost without him in there.

Darrel Stice 9 years, 10 months ago

This is definitely one of our 5 bad games of the season. What makes us a great team is the ability to find ways to win these games. Gonna take all we have to do it, though! Let's go guys!!!! Never say die!!!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Crunch time now!!!! Who wants to win!!!!!!!!

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

(&^&%(^*% I love Cole's defense but his offense stinks at times. C'mon big fella.

fansincewilt 9 years, 10 months ago

Come on, Collins. It's time to take this game over.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Every possession is precious!!!!! Make em count Hawks!!!!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

denver i'm still waiting to see us play a good one. We've played some average, and quite a few bad ones... I've yet to see us put everything together for a game.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Missed a push on X on the other end!!!!!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Man, those A&M players are good at giving a subtle push underneath to get those offensive rebounds.

Darrel Stice 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm not one to complain about officiating usually, but it sure seems like they are pushing us from behind for every rebound and getting away with it!

Matt Lacey 9 years, 10 months ago

SC is not smart enough to play in the NBA.

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

In and out, and that's how the game has been for the Jayhawks. Still a lot of time left.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

GEEZEEEEEEE---that shot by Collins was half-way in!!!!!!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

I've noticed that pushing our guys out of the way too.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Collins will end up costing us this game. He needs to stop taking shots and instead create for some other people.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Brady has not played the critical minutes the 2nd half - interesting.

floridajayhawks 9 years, 10 months ago

Free throws and we are getting out rebounded!

tophawk1983 9 years, 10 months ago

quit crying about fouls everyone. We get one of the biggest HC advantages in the nation. They're playing harder. period. We knock down our ft's we have a chance here.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Sherron - carry us little man!

Or give it to Marcus . . .

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Good grief - 17 offensive rebounds given up.

Let's control the boards!!!!!

Philip Garver 9 years, 10 months ago

This is Marcus' team. Take over young man!!!!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Seriously, get Xavier out of the game. He can't shoot free throws.

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 10 months ago

Reed needs to put on a clinic. His 3's can push us ahead quickly. Set him up!!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Not sure the numbers, but aren't we doing pretty good on free throws?

Matt Lacey 9 years, 10 months ago

Their talent is isolated in 2-3 players. Doesn't bode well for us against a team with more talent in more people.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

wissoxfan83 - sportsline.com says 72% from the line. aTm shooting 45% from the line.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Not sure about that one, but I'll take it.

TRUEHEART 9 years, 10 months ago

Coach Turgeon had our offense figured out - and has his players playing harder than us. And it doesn't help that Collins is way off his game - and pushing too hard. None of his shots have been good ones.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

Thanks NH... It's a big story in this game.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Cole asserting himself down the stretch.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

I want to see Reed in for Xavier. We get more speed, more shooting ability, and a better free-throw shooter.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad, musbergers says we've seized control of this game.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

I am going to put a blindfold on --- guys, let me know who wins when the buzzer goes off!

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 10 months ago

Cole - 12 / 10 / 5 Not bad for an off night ;-D

kshaw04 9 years, 10 months ago

Aggies sure are playing better than Texas and possibly Baylor. Still think Texas is overrated.

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

As bad a game as Collins is playing, Cole blew that last possession.

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

i love signs with bad grammar. someone should tell them that it is "an upset" not "a upset"

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Knight pulled a John Madden.

"They don't need a 3 but they need to get to the line or get a 2".

Duh.

Andy Tweedy 9 years, 10 months ago

Gosh darnit! Chuck Berry beat me to it!!!

Andy Tweedy 9 years, 10 months ago

Gosh darnit! Chuck Berry beat me to it!!!

kshaw04 9 years, 10 months ago

That may have sealed it for us and kudos to morningstar on that rebound

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 10 months ago

I'll say one thing about our team - they don't panic.

TNHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Glad he can shoot free throws, because he's useless on the wing. (X)

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

X is showing poise and maturing----that's a good thing!!!!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

I will say, we came through on the free-throw line tonight.... But holy hell, how about we come out and play like we want to win some night..

I'm sick of seeing us play lazy until the final 3 minutes.

DCHawk63 9 years, 10 months ago

glad we can find a way to win and still play like junk

Matt Lacey 9 years, 10 months ago

We won it on the defensive end in the last few minutes

AND

we were not getting the bounces on the rebounds in the 2nd half. They started going our way in the last few minutes.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

Rooooooooocccccccccch

Chaaaaaaaallllllllkkkkkkkk

Jaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy

Haaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwkkkkkkkkkkkk

KKKKKKKKaaaaaaaaaaaaa

YYYYYoooooooooouuuuuuuuuu

NH_JHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

OVA! It was ugly but taking one on the road vs. top 25 is pretty sweet either way. I wasn't worried a bit. lol!!!!

Ben Kane 9 years, 10 months ago

what a game! I said it a few weeks ago but this team has a nose for winning.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Good Lord, Brady still triple clutching on the free throws.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Booyaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We'll take the win, boys!!!!!!!!

kshaw04 9 years, 10 months ago

We are very lucky to have pulled that one out. We sure didn't do much to show that we are the team we are supposed to be. Knights comment about our showing up in the last 3 mins.

Darrel Stice 9 years, 10 months ago

WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

lol melrank, i gotta admit, Xavier hit his free-throws and I didn't think he would. I still think Reed would have been a better player to have in the game at that spot though. :)

Steve Gantz 9 years, 10 months ago

The announcers are very disappointed sounding right now.

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 10 months ago

Damn, Sherron even knocked down a little kid! Just not his night!

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

Hey, in the highlights they showed Collins only fieldgoal of the night.... lol.

Talk about undue credit.

TNHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Good win. Should've been easier, but that's the B12 on the road for you...

NH_JHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

memhawk - just saw that too. Perfect timing by the camera crew...LOL!

tophawk1983 9 years, 10 months ago

Good tough win without our A game. Self should be able to coach them up as if it was a loss. Once again terrible job by Bob Knight...but even worse was Musberger. Those two are embarrassing as the Big Monday team. From mispronouncing Turgeon's name to declaring A&M a perennial power, these two outdid themselves in terms of incompetence. This call was worse than the KSU-Texas game. I don't know if the Big 12 has any pull with ESPN to replace them, but if they do they should.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

Some may not like this win because of the overall poor play. But think about this. A&M is a potential sweet sixteen team. And yet KU found a way, on defense, to get it done.

David Leathers 9 years, 10 months ago

Yea, not Sherron's night, but glad we pulled it out. To a lot of you who are about to post silly comments, keep in mind that this was a Big 12 road game against a ranked team who had won 16 straight at home. I expected this to be a tough, tough test. It just shows that without Sherron, and even against great competition we do have a great team. To pull out a win like that in an environment as hostile as that is just one more thing people all over the country will be talking about.

Great win! ROCK CHALK

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 10 months ago

Still on schedule for No. 2000 to come versus Misery.

RokChlk 9 years, 10 months ago

Another road win over a top 30 RPI team, just to put that in perspective Kansas has 4 road wins over top 30 RPI teams this year. Last year North Carolina had only 2 road wins over top 30 RPI teams....

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

This game reminded me of the Davidson game. Then again, nearly every close, low-scoring game reminds me of that game. Like 2008's team, these guys just keep finding ways to survive/win.

kupark 9 years, 10 months ago

This KU team has real weaknesses that can cause an upset in the NCAA: Playing down to the level of competition (no talking about this game, of course), playing lazy, weak defense against speedy guards and bad three-point shooting, and giving up offensive rebounds.

Still, I thought today's was a good win. Toughness is sometimes needed more than skills in NCAA and this team has it.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

I am sure all of you know this, but this is the least amount of points in a victory this season with the exception of the Memphis game---scored 57 that night, in a two-point win.

Now, tomorrow, Kentucky goes down, baby. Make it happen, Miss. St.!!!!!

MrPilot 9 years, 10 months ago

Great Job Hawks!!! Rock Chalk! Way to bring it on when you needed it!

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

I know lots of people will want to post that "we play down to the competition" or "we can't put it together for 40 minutes" or whatever you're about to read on the posts below.

But, we are 11-0 in conference, 25-1 overalll.

Get over it. We are good.

Jim Dickerson 9 years, 10 months ago

Tophawk1983---- Would you rather have "The Dick" Vitale?

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

I will say it's a big win in RPI etc. Also a Win is a Win. However, I don't like the fact that we are coming out and playing flat, consistently.

Take away the opponent. Take away the rankings. We aren't playing the way we should. Sloppy passing, poor shot selection, and overall a lack of effort on the defensive boards tonight.

Now consider the fact that we knew going in this would be a tough game, so there are no excuses for not being prepared. That is what worries me about this team.... We seem to have this knack for playing at the absolute minimum to win games. We should be giving everything in every game.

We won't get away with this game of roulette much longer, we've been lucky to squeak out of a few games this season.

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 10 months ago

Is this Cole's second straight non-double-double game?

Better go back and watch some re-plays of earlier games when we were impressive, not just winning! Don't get me wrong. I'm thankful for wins. But, we won't go far against some of that East Coast talent trading leads!

johnnyphoton 9 years, 10 months ago

To take the other team's best shot, on another Monday night, when the crowd is frothing at the bit, when the good guys' best guard isn't playing well, is nothing short of amazing. Once Marcus can figure out a way to stay in the game, this team will be a solid final four and national champion pick. Go Hawks!

David Leathers 9 years, 10 months ago

drgnslayr- I disagree. I think TAMU played a hell of a game on both ends of the floor, which threw us off of our game. We played with effort all night, and as you see with Sherron, our shot just wasn't falling.

Paul Meyer 9 years, 10 months ago

Musburger wears his own autograph on his sweater sleeve.

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 10 months ago

I agree...UK is going down tomorrow....also at Tennessee, at Vandy, and UGA!!!

NH_JHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Someone above put this in the right perspective:

So far KU has beaten 5 Top 30 RPI teams: K-State (road), TxAM(road), Baylor, California, Texas (road).

This team is freaking good and can win even when they dont play their best game.

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

I cannot believe that free throws won us the game. Who would have thought when we needed it most the Morris twins would combine for 9-for-10 on FT's?

NH_JHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Make that 6 Top 30 RPI wins. Forgot to add Temple (road). So 4 of the 6 wins are road wins. Impressive!

David Leathers 9 years, 10 months ago

Calm down all you frazzled citizens... The only thing these close wins are doing is bringing our guys closer together. Think about it, we're in the championship game, down buy 4 with two minutes left. Do you want a team who hasn't been in that situation all year long or would you rather have the experience that we've gained against the likes of Memphis, KSU, and TAMU??? The answer seems obvious to me.

Lacy Mohler 9 years, 10 months ago

I enjoyed Bobby ragging on Collins all night. So many fans have blinders on when it comes to Collins.

When Collins took out the little kid, was that a charge or a block? It was was nice the way he picked the kid up and talked to him. How many little kids get to take a charge from Sherron and then exchange a little trash talk?

Any road win is great no matter how ugly.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Just listened to the Bill Self post-game interview--he said this, "Who would have thought that we shoot 8-31 for three's against a Top 25 team, on the road, and come away with a win? That's the positive I take from this game."

Well said, coach!!!!

Jerry Rockhold 9 years, 10 months ago

Random thoughts about Knight & Musberger...is any broadcasting team in recent memory even close to being as consistently BAD as they are? gotta love the "random panda" behind Knight at the end of the game, lol...if Knight would have seen it, he probably would have hurled it across the court like a chair...tyvm "Bobby" for explaining why a home crowd is an "advantage" OR that another "crack" at it means getting another chance OR that a basketball court is so hard when you fall down on it, but that when Musberger said ice is hard too, Bobby said in his best strange & awkward way, yes, but ice can crack too...simply AMAZING & totally CLUELESS...isn't it ironic how much Knight hated the media as a coach, but now that he's part of it, he's so totally INEPT as a broadcaster...oh yeah, 1 more thing...when did Mark Turgeon suddenly, occasionally & unexpectedly become French & "Tur-john" when Musberger randomly decided to pronounce it that way after occasionally getting it correct at other times?...these guys are GOOOOOOOOD....

johnnyphoton 9 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone remember the tag Self had, that he wasn't an Xs and Os coach, that he couldn't win the big one? It's great to see Self on the sideline smiling and acting calm in the final minutes of a pressure cooker. Sure, he's got talent to lean on, but Self is letting his team's natural talent take over at the end--exactly when the other team feels tight. Nice job, Coach Self.

fansincewilt 9 years, 10 months ago

Not quite as big as the K-State game but very close. We played better in that game. I think these coaches spend a lot of time studying Kansas ball and are ready for them. It's the Big 12 against Kansas. That would be a good tape for the opposing teams to use in scouting. However, if Kansas hits 30% from three, it's not that close. I may be wrong but I think we are undoubtedly the most studied team in the Big 12 and one of the most in the country. Everyone is shooting to win one of these Big Monday or Tuesday games. In the Big 12 no other game would be as big to the different teams. A win against Kansas in a big game would be priceless for their program. These guys have done an outstanding job to only have one loss at this stage of the season.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Also, Cole sets the record for blocks in a season---I remember the numbers---somebody can help me out. I am sure Gary will have this in the article tomorrow. Talk to ya on Saturday---Sherron will have a better game!!!!!

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 10 months ago

This game will inspire Sherron to be "the man" next game. He wasn't the savior and was far from being named player of the game. When he and Cole are in sync, we rule. When they don't click, we defer to whoever gets lucky. It can't continue this way for long. Depth and balance are good on paper. But, we need to dominate. Our strength is the high/low game. Nobody does it better than the SherrCole tandem, when they're in a groove.

David Leathers 9 years, 10 months ago

drgnslayr - Thats true. We do lose if they shoot, say, 5% better than they did. But I think, IMO of course (which rarely means nothing), that we played pretty solid D for most of the game. There were times that we fell apart on that end of the floor. But, like the earlier post, I'm glad that we gained the experience of pulling out the 'W' in the final minuts. It could possibly come in handy in late March and early April.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

In my last post, I meant: I can't remember the exact numbers on Cole's blocks--sorry, it's getting late!

David Leathers 9 years, 10 months ago

oops i meant that my opinion rarely means anything. Most of the time means nothing.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

jk - blinders? You must be new to the sight this year. Sherron has gotten more crap over the years - particularly last year - than any player not named Tyshawn. Go into the archives and look at any recap last year and Sherron routinely got crucified.

Yes, he didn't play well and has made his fair share of me-too plays over the years. But, that guy is a warrior and single handedly responsible for more wins than any single Jayhawk in a long time. Don't forget about his clutch plays that allowed Mario to have the opportunity.

You're crazy for calling out Sherron.

KU08 9 years, 10 months ago

johnnyphoton, I've been thinking about that a lot this season. In Self's first five years, he was known as an excellent recruiter and a so-so game coach. Now, the guy has out-coached almost every opposing coach this season. When the game's close, KU almost always win, and Self deserves so much credit for that.

MrPilot 9 years, 10 months ago

What was up with the panda? Was that a dig at Sherron ala "Sexual Harassment Panda" of South Park fame? Are TXAM fans that clever?

The panda sitting behind Knight and Mussberger waving during the post-game chat was quite hilarious however.

David Leathers 9 years, 10 months ago

ralster - I'll take credit for that one :-)

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 10 months ago

Wells -

Thanks for not going to this game too!

thmdmph 9 years, 10 months ago

Marcus to NBA and Cole, X, AND Collins return for another year.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Free throws down the stretch, Disruption Statistic and Block Statistic tell all in this one.

Free Throws: Team: FT%: KU: 69 TAM: 45

Distruption Stat: Team: Stls/TOs KU: 8/10 TAM: 8/13

Blocks: KU: 7 TAM:1

Both teams defenses were so tough they took away the heart of each other's games and steered the other teams into the weakest parts of their offenses.

Aggies eliminated KU's trifecta game completely, marginalized KU's transition baskets, and denied Sherron penetration most most of the game..

KU reduced Aggies inside scoring to 34.9% of FGAs and forced them into 21 treys--waaaaay more than they should have taken.

Rebounding nearly even (+2 Aggies), but KU could not keep Aggies off the offensive boards.

Fortunately for KU, the Aggies could not keep KU off the Free Throw line.

But the biggest difference maker in the game was KU protected the ball sharply better than in so many games. KU actually made 3 fewer TOs than TAM, which has averaged many fewer TOs per game than KU over the season.

Combine even steals with fewer TOs than TAM, and KU took away the biggest advantage a weak shooting TAM team has used to win games--sharply lower TOs than opponents.

Each team played a great game.

Sherron and Cole turned the game around late.

FTs and good ball protection did the rest.

A great victory given that we shot 30 some percentage points under our trey average.

Only Bill Self could find a way to win a game against a great defensive team in TAM with his trey shot dependent Jayhawks shooting 10%.

I know our lion-hearted players had to gut it out and grind it out, and many guys came up big at the FT line down the stretch, but Coach Self gave them the edge in this game. He barely stole a victory from Turg tonight, but he did steal it. And Turg coached a superb game himself. We're watching genius here folks...pure genius. This was one of the games in a season that almost no team can win. It had upset city written all over it. TAM has an absolutely terrific defense. KU went 1-10 from trey. Our perimeter defense the second half was stifling.

Greatest ugly win yet!

Run the rest of the table boys.

39-1

packywacky88 9 years, 10 months ago

A&M is a quality team that will go far in the tournament. They gave us everything they had tonight ......even brought out the Panda......really A&M???... a Panda??? And we still found a way to win. It came down to depth,......A&M didn't have anything left in the tank at the end. Good win.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Post Script:

People who think we played poorly just don't get how terrific TAM played defensively and on the offensive glass. TAM played one of the best defensive games I have seen all season by anyone. Turg's defense had KU completely figured out. Larry, you sonnuvagun, you helped Turg. I can feel you in the background.

This is the game tape all teams will study from here on out about how to stop KU.

johnnyphoton 9 years, 10 months ago

Jaybate, couldn't agree anymore with your assessment. Sloan gets what, one field goal in the second half? Defense wins championships (and missed free throws by Memphis).

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 10 months ago

memhawk: according to Bob and Chris, Aldrich had 12pts,10reb.5bl. I'm pretty sure he also had double-doubles the two games before, but I didn't look it up.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Post Post Script:

How could I have forgotten to mention the shackles put on Sloan. He was 6-18 and all the damage was done in the first half. The second half, Brady, Tyshawn and even Tyrel dogged him all over the floor until down the stretch he just gave up and passed. Great, great job on a very fine TAM player.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 10 months ago

Theutus,drgnslayr,kshaw04....give some credit to a well-coached, top 25 team playing before the largest basketball crowd in A&M history.

Sure they blew a lot of plays but they made KU play below par for 36 minutes [luckily, the game is 40 minute total]. A road victory over a Top Twenty Five team is huge because, as kupark indicated, the toughness of this Kansas team is unreal.

Execution, hustle, teamwork and toughness are the four engines of the B-52 of Victory.

Like the old planes of WW2, they could sometimes fly on only two engines....tonight it was hustle and toughness!

PS did anybody notice that little kid Sherron accidently knocked over on his way back to the locker room in front of the KU bench!!?? He seemed real concerned about him.

Dale Kroening 9 years, 10 months ago

Hey memhawk, no dd ? Cole had 12 pts ( 6-10 fg) and 10 rebounds with 5 blks, and 2 steals. He did go 0-2 from ft and had 3 tos though. Good ugly win. 25-1 and 11-0 in the Big 12 is pretty good. :-)

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 10 months ago

melrank (anonymous) says... (&^&%(^*% I love Cole's defense but his offense stinks at times. C'mon big fella.

****Usually I feel this way, but Cole was something like 6-8 or 6-9 from the floor tonight!!!! Not exactly what I'd call "stinkky offense".

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 10 months ago

I think people are crying about the refs because that Loubeau who was killing us probably should've fouled out with like 9 mins. left!!!! Those two offensive fols the Morris's took that they wouldn't call were just downright terrible. The 2nd one that gave Marcus his 4th even drew Bobby Knight's ire!!! :)

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 10 months ago

Theutus (anonymous) says... I want to see Reed in for Xavier. We get more speed, more shooting ability, and a better free-throw shooter.

***Check the end stats. Besides Xavier was basically playing PF for a bunch of the 2nd Half with the Morris's in foul trouble. I don't think you'd want Reed or Morningstar playing PF!!!!!! At least Xavier was doing a fairly decent job on the boards or at least tipping them over to a teammate for the board, down the stretch.

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 10 months ago

Professor_Fate (anonymous) says... Cole - 12 / 10 / 5 Not bad for an off night ;-D

***I don't get it....other than having some of his own Foul Trouble, how was he "off"?!?!

navyman 9 years, 10 months ago

Big win - Turg has done a great job - no surprise KU grad - but I agree with Self when you shoot the way we did and win - lets move on still have O-State and MU on the road and a hungery bunch of Wildcats coming into the Phog

IBRONNIEB 9 years, 10 months ago

Spoiled, you guys are so spoiled. We just beat a team who was undefeated on their court, Ranked, with an exceptional crowd behind them, and they got the majority of the breaks. Yet they couldnt pull away from us, on a night when our leader was, for lack of a better term, absent. A&M plays that kind of game, they play tough defense, ask MU. Any road win in this conference is gold. Quit moaning and enjoy the ride. You have the top ranked team in the country.

Theutus 9 years, 10 months ago

I agree that A&M played good defense, but that's not what made our offense suck. We simply couldn't hit a shot to save our lives. Actually, a majority of our poor offense was wrapped up in Collins alone.

Lets face it, we missed a ton of open shots. We missed a ton of bunnies. It happens, some nights your just not going to hit your shots. It's understandable.

I will say this though, i would have liked to see our effort on the boards earlier. Instead we did what we've done so many times this year, we really only put forth the extra effort in the last 3 minutes.

melrank 9 years, 10 months ago

6-10 but, he'd bricked up 2 in a row in the heat of battle so the last glass of wine had kicked in and I was frustrated when we needed him down the stretch on offense.

Thank goodness for the goal tend call.

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 10 months ago

BCRavenJHawkfan (anonymous) says... Some may not like this win because of the overall poor play. But think about this. A&M is a potential sweet sixteen team. And yet KU found a way, on defense, to get it done.

****To be fair to HCBS....these are the kind of games that when Roy was coach we would ALWAYS lose!!!

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 10 months ago

drgnslayr (anonymous) says... KU played 4 minutes of basketball tonight... the last 4 minutes. I wonder if these guys think they can just cruise through games and play a few minutes to win it? Seems it's becoming a habit. If they think this way then it will be a short post season for us this year.

Team performance tonight: C

We were lucky T A&M played horrible tonight... They missed so many easy jumpers and had several calls go against them.

***Geez!!!! I think about the only bad call "against" them was the Technical for hanging on the rim after the missed dunk.

On the other hand the refs let Loubeau get away with about 8 or 9 fouls in that game on his way to leading them in scoring with 17!!!! Two of the easiest charges to call on the year ....ref must've SWALLOWED his whistle!!!

I seriously thought that it was hilarious that Turgeon complained about the refs headed to the locker room at half time when the Fouls were called 9 on Kansas and 7 on A&M....Including one they called a jump ball in the final seconds when AGAIN Loubeau CLEARLY fouled Markieff!!!

tophawk1983 9 years, 10 months ago

Jessejayhawk- I would take Vitale over Bob Davis if it meant Shulman would replace Musberger. I won't even debate whether Knight is a good color man. He is the worst color guy I've ever heard. He's terrible. He sucks the life out of every game he's done this season. He hardly ever says anything insightful and spends the rest of the time trying to say whether a shot is good or not while it's in the air. Tonight he was yelling at Collins to run the offense quicker with a 3 point lead with a minute left. That's good advice from the coach? It was obvious Sherron was running some clock before a TO. Plus Musberger is Knight's hand picked partner. Musberger called Turgeon "Tur-john" until someone in his ear told him he was making a fool of himself. Neither of these two do their homework. I'll take anyone over these guys. How about Rich Zvosec? He would at the very least be prepared.

MrPilot 9 years, 10 months ago

Refs did everything they could to win that game for TXAM. We beat two teams tonight. A&M and the Refs!

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 10 months ago

memhawk (anonymous) says... Is this Cole's second straight non-double-double game?

Better go back and watch some re-plays of earlier games when we were impressive, not just winning! Don't get me wrong. I'm thankful for wins. But, we won't go far against some of that East Coast talent trading leads!

***Um, he had 12 & 10 w/ 5 blocks!!!! I think he was also something like 6-8 or 6-9 from the floor!!!! And he'd have more volume to his numbers but had to sit a little bit with foul concerns early in the 2nd half.

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 10 months ago

I humbly stand corrected on my error in statistical recall. Thanks guys.

So in hindsight, Cole was having an average night.

Had Sherron only contributed with points on the scoreboard, we would have been closer to our season average scoring level, which is close to 30 points better than tonight's productivity. (correct me if I'm wrong again - stats-challenged I guess)

David Leathers 9 years, 10 months ago

thmdmph (anonymous) says... "Marcus to NBA and Cole, X, AND Collins return for another year."

Seriously? Nobody else caught this?

thmdmph - How long have you been a Jayhawk fan? Do you think that Collins is going to be a Graduate Assistant instead of going pro? I'm pretty sure he's a senior, and I'm also pretty sure you are wrong about Marcus. Maybe not, but he did say he would surely be back next year to play with his bro.

As far as Cole and X, they may stay and they may go. I really hope X stays for his sake and for KU's but Cole is ready either way.

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 10 months ago

I muted the TV and listed to Chris and Bob. Chris usually controls his opinion of the refs, but they really got to him tonight. At one point he said, "That ref wouldn't recognize post defense if it hit him in the head." As nervous as I was at the time, it gave me a good laugh.

Brandon Hull 9 years, 10 months ago

Love games like this, because it resembles regional finals and beyond in the NCAA tournament far more than a fast-paced 84-61 win ever will. And I love when we don't HAVE to have Sherron go for 15...or 21...or more.

As long as we can keep winning these types of games, in this type of atmosphere, this team will be completely prepared for the tournament. We should be very happy with this one.

NashHawk32 9 years, 10 months ago

On the announcers: agree. I know it's not possible, but would love to have Gus Johnson and (even though he's a Dukie, he's the most insightful color commentator) Jay Bilas.

Possibly the least amount of production we could get from our guards in terms of offense--doubt it will be that bad again this season.

Especially as the season goes on and you face more quality opponents, the game becomes so much about runs. We didn't really have any runs in the game until the very end which won us the game. Almost every time we scored they had a response.

I know that victory hasn't depended on it yet, but I really do wish that we could develop a more trustworthy fourth big man that can give us good minutes. It's not uncommon for Cole and the twins to get into foul trouble--often that is the opponents goal; however, somewhere down the line someone will foul out. I understand why Coach has yanked Withey or Robinson when they make mistakes or not played them significantly because he doesn't trust them in tight games. I'm simply speaking from a wishful standpoint.

Credit to A&M for effort and taking us out of our routine game plan. Good win vs a top 25 team on the road. Rock Chalk!

David Howell 9 years, 10 months ago

THMDMPH ...........

Are you smoking crack on Cole, X and Collins coming back next year ?!? Cole I would take in a heartbeat, but Collins is a SENIOR and I'd like for X to go pro ..............

Back to the game. TxAM played a scrappy game on defense. On offense I really only was impressed with Sloan. Lebeau was throwing up some junk that kept going in (and everyone knows he should have fouled out around the middle of 2nd half) and like always we seem to give up too many wide open 3-point shots. Plus our high post double teams lead to far too many easy buckets inside on wide open big guys or cutters to the bucket.

Everyone knows Collins played a crappy game. Lately it seems like he hasn't been there in big games for us. For a supposed national player of the year candidate I can't see it right now.

The Morris twins aren't close to perfect (see definition of foul stupid), but they have been bailing us out in games lately. Nice FT shooting boys ..........

Not really sure why Tyshawn didn't play more in the 2nd half ?? Yes, he is up and down, but has great quickness and will drive to the bucket. He really played better defense on Sloan in my opinion then Brady did !

X, X, X, they brag about your muscular build. But when will you actually play with authority. You get pushed around in the paint and you show no real ability to drive to the bucket with any strength. Since your shooting continues to be a sore point from outside, you've got to start doing the little things better. At this point I am not sure why Self is giving him so many minutes in the 2nd half ? Rebounding ? It sure isn't for his FT shooting.

Chad Sandwell 9 years, 10 months ago

To all those who made comments before the game was over....Screw all of you. Can't you "fans" sit and watch an entire game consuming the high and low points of said contest before spitting out all the hate and doubt. The game was a bit nerve-wracking, sure, but that is what makes college basketball fun. We are a good team, and we won't beat every team by 14, 16 or 20 points every night. Take it for what it is: A good road win. Second thought....Sherron Collins is in a serious funk...a lot of posters made it sound like this is a one game thing....but it seems like it has gone on for the better part of 3 weeks. I hope #4 finds his game and steps it up a notch as February turns to March. Love my Jayhawks.....and bring on the next victim!

tophawk1983 9 years, 10 months ago

Nashhawk- Gus Johnson would be awesome for Big Monday. He's one of my favorites. His call of the Davidson game was awesome. I think he calls Pac 10 games...i think anyway. If he does I'm sure he'd love to get the hell away from that s***hole of a conference. My basic point...just about anybody, including Dickie V, would be better.

tophawk1983 9 years, 10 months ago

Anyone hear anything about how Josh Selby's visit went this weekend?

KULA 9 years, 10 months ago

jhawkr--Agree w/ you mostly, but I'd call the Morris twins play pretty d*** good. Combined 9/10 from the line & 6/10 from the field? I'll take that. Complaining about fouls just doesn't understand Bill Self hard nosed aggressive defense ( see KU/Illinois NCAA games, circa 2002). If you're not fouling, you're not playing hard enough. This team sinks or swims on Marcus' play. He's really developed into a total player, offensively. Banging down low for rebounds & put-backs, the ability take it on the dribble from 10-15 & get a shot, AND 3pt range. And you're right about TT. For all you TT haters out there, it was Tyshawn who shut down Sloan in the 2nd half. Brady couldn't hang with him so Self made the switch. As for X--I'll just say I look forward to the return of Mario Little's mid range game next year.

Redlandsjhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Jaybate you summed it up perfectly. I have never been happier with our guys or more impressed with the other guys. What a great game to watch let alone win! I would give the mvp award to coach Self if that were possible. His use of the zone at just the right times and his management of a difficult situation with the foul trouble was brilliant. His proclamation with four minutes to go (according to Holly Rowe anyway) that the game would be won at TAM's end of the court was arguably some of the finest coaching I have seen in a long while. On another note; I still enjoy the Bobby Knight/ Brent Musberger broadcasts despite the senior moments.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

jaybate basketball dictionary 1st. ed.

Tyshawnosis: This is a condition named for Tyshawn Taylor. It refers to a person manifest chronic, acute under-appreciation of a player's performance, after a player has spent time in a coach's toughening box.


Despite continued criticism of Tyshawn among some board rats, once again I thought Tyshawn played a very good glue game tonight against TAM, offensively and defensively. Self game him 22 minutes,which is about the max he could hope for on a night when:

a) KU perimeter players could not get to the rim against TAM's long and good bigs in the paint;

b) KU could not hit outside and so Self had to keep as many trinitarians on the floor as possible (Xavier played 35 minutes) in hopes one would make a three eventually (Tyrel finally made 1); and

c) after a horrid first half on defense, Brady was having better luck with Sloan than Tyshawn.down the stretch.

Frankly, the combo two man had a very good glue night tonight, Add their line scores together and you get: four points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one TO and one block. Its a very good night for a glue man.

And given 22 minutes under these circumstances, plus a commendable line score for 22 minutes of glue, plus Brady's missing those two free throws at the end, plus Brady going scoreless, makes me think Tyshawn might get the next start.

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Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

drgnslayr---No duh (could have said something else) on the Kentucky posts. Glad we won the game!!!!! The posts on Bill Mayer's article became quite rediculous--I read some but not all. The Crow poster for UK has too much time on his/her hands.

4caster-- Little harsh on your Jayhawk Nation buddies, don't you think? Just for the record, there was no doubt in me at all. I think I said, "I have a weird, bad feeling tonight if we don't get this thing turned around. I also, said this game is going down to the wire---that was at halftime btw. And, I was right. Didn't think the game was going to be in the 50's, though. Great win on the road--have to agree with you there!

Chad Sandwell 9 years, 10 months ago

mikendal---if it wasn't a continuing trend everytime we struggle to blow a team out I would agree with you...that being said I respect you opinion and "feeling"....I just said hold the opinions until after the body of work (i.e. the game) is completed!

Sally Presson 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm a big twins fan, they have turned their game around and are so strong under the basket, you can just tell their minds are on the win and doing what it takes to get the job done!!! Keep up the great work M & M

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