Monday, January 11, 2010

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From left, Kansas players Marcus Morris, Tyshawn Taylor, Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson, C.J. Henry and Elijah Johnson watch from the bench as time dwindles in the Jayhawks' 76-68 loss to Tennessee Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

From left, Kansas players Marcus Morris, Tyshawn Taylor, Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson, C.J. Henry and Elijah Johnson watch from the bench as time dwindles in the Jayhawks' 76-68 loss to Tennessee Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.


Kansas falls to Volunteers

Tennessee handed top-ranked Kansas its first loss of the season on Sunday.

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2010 KU-Tennessee

‘Lucky’ shot

Walk-on Skylar McBee swished a three-pointer with 36 seconds left, giving the Vols a 74-68 lead.

“I think it was lucky. He didn’t know where the clock was,” KU senior Sherron Collins said of the freshman, who barely beat the shot clock horn.

“It definitely deflated us,” Collins added. “We played good defense, ran the shot clock down, and he hit it. He’s a good shooter.”

Half-brother excels

Renaldo Woolridge, the half-brother of future KU player Royce Woolridge, had 14 points off 4-of-6 three-point shooting. He said he would not text Royce after the game.

“I don’t really know him, to be honest,” Renaldo said.

He said the Vols never doubted they could beat KU, despite the fact they lost Tyler Smith to a season-long suspension and three other rotation players, currently suspended.

“I expected to win. We all did,” he said. “The big thing is we never get rattled. When they tied it (at 64 with 4:21 left after UT blew nine-point lead), we kept our composure, poise. We stayed together.”

This ’n’ that

KU coach Bill Self, who said last week he likely would be trimming the rotation, with players earning their shots in practice, used eight players 13 or more minutes. Thomas Robinson and C.J. Henry were used three and two minutes. Elijah Johnson did not enter the game. ... KU is 5-2 against the SEC in the Self era and 29-30 all-time against the conference. ... KU shot its second-lowest field-goal percentage of the season, making just 37.7 percent of its shots. Tennessee shot 48.1 percent from the floor, the best shooting percentage by a KU opponent this season. ... KU had a season-low three steals. ... Cole Aldrich (18 boards) had 12 the first half, to mark the most rebounds in a half by a Jayhawk since Nick Collison pulled down 13 in the second half versus Syracuse on April 7, 2003. ... Aldrich had four blocked shots for his 14th game with three or more rejections. ... Collins scored in double figures for the third-straight game and 12th time this season, as he finished with a team-best 22 points. Collins also attempted a season-high 20 field goals. ... Freshman Xavier Henry recorded double-digit points for the third-straight game and 14th time this season. He scored all 10 of his points in the second half. ... Sophomore Tyshawn Taylor had three assists. He has three-plus assists in seven of his last eight games and 10 times this season. He also attempted a season-high 11 field goals. ... Tyrel Reed hit a three-pointer at the end of the first half to tie the score. He has at least one trey in each of the last six games.

Classy crowd

The Vols’ fans did not storm the court after the first game against a No. 1-ranked team in Thompson-Boling Arena. The public-address announcer reminded fans with over a minute left that not only could they be arrested for running on the floor, but tickets could be revoked for future games.


Drew Alan 10 years, 4 months ago

I gotta say I was honestly surprised that Tennessee fans did not storm the court. Considering the situation with their players, and the fact that it was against the #1 team in the nation, etc. I didn't hear the announcement about the arresting/ticket revoking, and I'm sure that helped, but still, surprisingly classy.

hawksince51 10 years, 4 months ago

Sherron is our only great player, but his comment was stupid. The crowd was counting the clock down so McBee was fully aware. Also, SI pointed McBee out as a walk-on freshman who is a great 3 pt. shooter. Sherron is right about everyone playing good D on that possession up to the point McBee got the ball--then Taylor let him make a move and get wide open for the shot.
So, sorry Sherron--the loss was not because of Tenn. luck. It was because your teammates played a lousy game at both ends of the floor. If you have the "Player Only" meeting feel free to call them out.

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 4 months ago

Not playing Johnson is going to come back to bite Self. Taylor needs to never, ever start another game. He is a total headcase and if Self can't see it then this team is going to falter big time.

kuproud96 10 years, 4 months ago

I agree Tshawn doesn't really impress me. I think he can finish well at the basket but after that, i don't see him play defense well and he doesn't really make consistent jump shots. So what has happened to EJ? Was his ankle injury more serious than we have been told?

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 4 months ago

I too thought the Tennessee fans were classy. Absolutely no smack talking after the game. A few even wished us a great season.

shootitrush 10 years, 4 months ago

Is it me or does reed and morningstar miss more open three's then any two players in the country. wow how many did thet miss yesterday considerating that the only thing asked of reed is to make three I would have rather have CJ playing and Cole did great on the boards but damn he was as soft as Charmin letting 6'8 players front him.

kuproud96 10 years, 4 months ago

Shoot i agree, X is shooting 47% from three, seems like he always makes them and we was possessions with Morning and Reed taking early shots. I'm surprised we don't run more offense through X.

jdgriff12 10 years, 4 months ago

As the clock ran down I found myself chanting, "Storm the court, storm the court!" Surprising and disappointing.

I don't understand Self's trimming of the rotation. I mean, sure it gives motivation to the bench to play better in practice in order to crack the rotation. And I'm assuming the 9th and 10th players aren't as defensively efficient, but would the fresh legs not counteract that? Why don't we use our depth for a little pressure D?

WilburNether 10 years, 4 months ago

"Freshman Xavier Henry recorded double-digit points for the third-straight game and 14th time this season. He scored all 10 of his points in the second half. ..."

Wrong! Henry hit a 3 with 9:13 remaining in the first half. That's sloppy reporting.

justanotherfan 10 years, 4 months ago

I don't think Tyshawn's defense on McBee was bad. In that situation, where a guy is off balance trying to get off a three against the shot clock, the absolute LAST thing you want the defender to do is bail him out with a foul. Since McBee was leaning in, Tyshawn was right to back off a bit. Chances McBee hits two of three free throws are pretty high, because he's a good shooter. Chances he makes that shot? Pretty low considering he was off balance and trying to beat the clock, and having to duck under and to the left of Tyshawn.

But he hit it. Lucky or not, he hit it.

Also, UT fans didn't storm the court because the SEC has a rule against storming the court/field. Several schools in the SEC have been fined for fans rushing the field/court in the last couple of years, so I'm not surprised that fans have started showing restraint.

TNJhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

I was at the game and didn't hear any announcement to not storm the court. It sucked to watch KU lose, but all the Vol fans around me stayed pretty classy. I'm happy for them--one of the biggest wins for these guys ever (other than knocking #1 Memphis a couple years ago in Memphis). If they're smart, the team and fans will forget about/ditch the four suspended players and just move forward. They're going to lose a few games, but I'm looking forward to going to the Kentucky game...

McBee is a legit division 1 scholarship player--as much as Reid is. Pearl should give him a scholarship. Momentum had definitely shifted back to KU until McBee hit that lucky shot.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 4 months ago

McBee's three-pointer was right up there with the bank job from Renaldo Woolridge early in the first half.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 4 months ago

Is CJ just too old to play with energy? He looks even more "laid back" than the twins.

In each case, it is quite a shame, b/c all have far too much talent to let it just piddle off the floor like Billy Walker's towel job.

Carter Patterson 10 years, 4 months ago

I was there...there was an announcement. Tennessee was a class act. They worked a whole lot harder than we did on both sides of the court. They looked better than us on nearly every possession. Our offense looked horrible. We can't get the ball inside and we can make an outside shot. We also don't seem to defend the 3 very well.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 4 months ago

"Fans could be arrested, or your tickets could be revoked for future games!" WOW! Great rule--why can't that happen in Manhattan or Waco, TX. ? I would love to see a lot of Wildkitties get arrested if they stormed the court--might as well, arrested Michael Beesley that night when it happened. Vols were very classy, unlike K-State and Mizzou. I was impressed!

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