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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Keegan

Reed big against Missouri

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed gets up from his seat to cheer on his teammates against Temple during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed gets up from his seat to cheer on his teammates against Temple during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Fathers who coach their sons would do well to follow the blueprint drawn by Stacy Reed, father of Kansas University junior guard Tyrel Reed: Coach him until you can find a better coach for him, and then enjoy watching him play.

“He lets coach (Bill) Self do that,” Tyrel said when asked if his dad critiqued his game regularly. “We really don’t even discuss basketball anymore. It’s just more of a father-son relationship. We just look forward to the summer when we can golf together and hang out.”

Tyrel said his father has been to every game he has played since coming to college from Burlington High, from which Stacy retired as head basketball coach in order to watch his son live his dream. Stacy and Debbie Reed also get to visit with their daughter Lacie at games. She is a team manager.

For Tyrel, the love affair with Kansas basketball began when his father took him to a game in Allen Fieldhouse.

“First Kansas player that I remember?” Tyrel said, repeating a question. “Probably my favorite when I was little and the first one I really remember was Paul Pierce. I don’t remember who it was against, but he had a reverse dunk in the first game I remember being at.”

Former KU players who make their living in the NBA tend to return to Allen Fieldhouse during the All-Star break, a busy time for Pierce.

“I haven’t met him,” Reed said. “He really hasn’t come back to KU any time recently. I’d rather be an All-Star than come back as well, so I can’t blame him there.”

Reed doesn’t project as an NBA All-Star, but he has had a way of hitting big shots in big games for Kansas, especially against Missouri. He matched a career high with 14 points against Mizzou in January’s 84-65 victory in Allen Fieldhouse. In the 10 games since, Reed has averaged 3.3 points. In his past three games against the Tigers, Reed is averaging 10.3 points.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if Reed finds pockets against Mike Anderson’s trapping defense and steps into a pass to bury a three-pointer today. Or two. Or three.

“I like the corner threes,” Reed said. “I used to like the top of the key, but since college, the corner’s kind of been my favorite. I just enjoy hitting one at a crucial time in the game.”

The Antlers, Mizzou’s raw student section, will bring the venom today, no doubt much of it sent the way of assistant coach Kurtis Townsend. Kansas is used to jacking opposing crowds.

“That’s why you play college basketball, to play in harsh environments, and it always feels better to win on somebody else’s court,” Reed said, speaking generally, not about any one road venue.

Win or lose, good game or bad one, Reed will tune in one voice, that of his coach, and tune out the rest. That used to be his father’s voice. Now Stacy has settled into a comfortable seat behind the bench and roots just as hard for his favorite college basketball team during the 25 minutes a game his son is on the bench as the 15 minutes he’s in the game.

Something tells me Stacy Reed never was one of those parents who hassled the local sports editor, demanding more coverage of his children.

Comments

Scott MacWilliams 4 years, 5 months ago

Hey Tyrel, Give it to those antlers, a nice three between the eyes!! All you Jayhawks best be ready for a rockin' house, and jump on them early and fast. ROCK CHALK!!

On a lighter note, this just in from ESPN... +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Excerpts-

Paying homage to historic venues - By Pat Forde ESPN.com

The Cathedrals The very best places to experience basketball, in reverse order:

Gallagher-Iba Arena (6). Who plays there: Oklahoma State. Opened: 1938, as the 4H Club and Student Activity Building. Capacity: 13,611. It was called "The Madison Square Garden of the Plains" back in the day -- but, clearly, you cannot have a great arena named after the 4H Club. The school was wise to make the switch to Gallagher Hall and then more recently add the Iba moniker in honor of OSU's greatest coach. The one thing that has stayed the same is the original white maple floor, after all these decades.

Hinkle Fieldhouse (7). Who plays there: Butler. Opened: 1928. Capacity: 10,000. More famous as the former home base for Hoosier Hysteria, the Indiana high school basketball tournament -- but still a wonderful place to watch a game. The size is impressive (capacity has been significantly reduced), and the history is palpable. Close your eyes and you can see Bobby Plump hitting the winning shot for Milan High.

Allen Fieldhouse (8). Who plays there: Kansas. Opened: 1955. Capacity: 16,300. Looks cool outside. Looks better inside. Another place redolent with history and great tradition. Even a Missouri alum can enjoy visiting the Phog.

Cameron Indoor Stadium (9). Who plays there: Duke. Opened: 1940. Capacity: 9,314. Not just special because of the students who make it jump. The Gothic exterior and old-school interior are classic. First time The Minutes walked into the gym, there was a pigeon sitting on a banister. It's a very uncomfortable place to cover a game, but nobody cares -- which says a lot, considering the media's ability to whine about working conditions.

The Palestra (10). Who plays there: Penn (and the rest of the Philadelphia Big 5). Opened: 1927. Capacity: 8,722. Shamefully, The Minutes has never been there. So let's turn over the description to ESPN.com's Philadelphia bureau and Dana O'Neil:

Blandest buildings Pauley Pavilion (32). Who plays there: UCLA. Opened: 1965. Capacity: 12,819. Beyond the banners and hopefully a glimpse of John Wooden at courtside, there's nothing special about the place. Boxy, with way too much space behind the baskets.

Bramlage Coliseum (34). Who plays there: Kansas State. Opened: 1988. Capacity: 13,344. Aside from the octagonal shape and (at least currently) loud student section, this is a clunky building bereft of charm. Especially when compared with a couple of nice arenas built around the same time (see: Cincinnati and Michigan State).

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jbrownjib 4 years, 5 months ago

Tyrel has been one of my favorite players along with Morningstar. Both come up with big plays in big games or just give the team a spark when it is needed. It is a luxury when you can have the confidence in your bench that Kansas has in its bench.

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K_Easthouse 4 years, 5 months ago

No offense, Keegan, but you know for a fact that Stacy Reed never really hassled the local paper for more coverage of Reed, since Jesse Newell wrote for the Emporia Gazette (the largest paper in the area) during Reed's senior year.

Or was that a line you slipped in intended as an inside joke?

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cklarock 4 years, 5 months ago

"Something tells me Stacy Reed never was one of those parents who hassled the local sports editor, demanding more coverage of his children."

What is that supposed to mean? Way to end an otherwise decent piece with a nasty little bit of innuendo. Bitter much?

Other than the writer, this is a great story. I appreciate Tyrel's dad retiring to watch him play, and that they golf and hang out together in the summers. Sounds like they have a great relationship, and I'm sure no dad could be prouder of his kid than Stacy is.

I've said for a couple years now that Tyrel always comes up big against our rivals. I'll look for him to be the dagger against Misery today.

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bbeckum 4 years, 5 months ago

Q:What do you call a high school student who gets accepted to Missouri? A: Mizzerable

I know, I know, but its 7am here in the rockies.

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Chicago_JHawk 4 years, 5 months ago

K_East and cklarock - What's wrong with the end of the article? He's saying that Reed's dad NEVER hassled the local media.

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Clydecito 4 years, 5 months ago

Phogged: I would prefer an honest working whore to a cheating, non-alumnus who paid for grades while the Slavers rushed to name a building for her. You are so pathetic you can't even dream up an original slaver moniker.

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milehighhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

What a strange sentence to end the article.

I can only take from that that Keegan & Co. have received phone calls from other players parents?

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Michael Leiker 4 years, 5 months ago

Does it make anyone else feel really old that the first player he remembers is Paul Pierce?

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phogthedog 4 years, 5 months ago

Leikness......my sentiments exactly. I feel very old after hearing Ty's comments. But we create a new generation of KU fans every time a mom or dad takes a child to his/her first KU game in AFH. Beat Missouri. RCJHGKU!

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Steve Brown 4 years, 5 months ago

Freedom Hall last game today: do we want S'cuse to win so we can 'draft' behind them all the way to Indy. I for one like wearing road lucky blue uniforms for final game.

"It's a fitting close to a great place," Pitino said. "I think the two greatest places in college basketball are Allen Fieldhouse, where Kansas plays, and Freedom Hall. It's Wrigley field. It's Fenway Park. It's the most charming, cozy place in basketball

R. Pitino the best coach in that state by my book. 2nd best is whoever is coaching Western Ky in Bowling Green.

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Tony Bandle 4 years, 5 months ago

No offense to Tyrel but where's the picture of Lacie???

Now, if we can only get the little redheaded girl from Texas to transfer to KU and join the team manager team, we would be the Kansas "Hot Squad"!!!!!!

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KULA 4 years, 5 months ago

The Antlers--what an idiotic concept. Who forms a fan group for a team that never wins anything?

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kshaw04 4 years, 5 months ago

liekness - I agree with feeling older. The best part of this week is it is my birthday and they always have the Big 8 and Big XII tournament the week of my birthday. Love being born in March! While my first games weren't basketball. I do remember riding on the shoulders of the Scholarship Hall guys to football games when I was 4 and 5. My grandmother was the housemother at one of the Halls. Talk about great memories! My dad whent to MU and I always hated having to go there for football games as a kid. I've been a fan for KU since I can't remember. In my time they were still talking about Gayle Sayers. I remember Darnell Valentine growing up and as a student wondering what would happen with Larry Brown taking over as coach and Danny Manning being recruited from Lawrence High School. Of course there was also Lynette Woodard.

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JHWK 4 years, 5 months ago

This must have been a rushed article, because it is very poorly written. Allusions to Coach T's misstep with the tickets for a porn star, not at all explained. Then the sentence about Mr. Reed cheering when his son is on or off the bench...?? Try again, Keegan.

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jayhawker_97 4 years, 5 months ago

i dont' mind reading this one from Keegan! good write-up! keep it up, and dont' give up!

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Blake Post 4 years, 5 months ago

can you believe it? WILDCATS LOSE... VILLANOVA, KSU, KENTUCKY the other day

KU is so Number 1 it's not even funny.

how could ksu lose to ISU at home? We must have torched their psyche.

Orrrrrrrrrrrrr, purple martin's lambasting them for 15 minutes after losing to Kansas could have backfired on the psycho coach. Just throw those seeds away, purple martin! Dr.Douche.

I'm looking at Kentucky. I aim to shoot you down. I know the east will favor you when we play. We will see.

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Mike Kendall 4 years, 5 months ago

I was disappointed, too, not having a picture of Lacie in this article---I'm with you OakvilleJHawk.

Tyrel carries a bag with him all the time---it's a bag of daggers!!!!! When he hits those crucial threes, it's like "daggers." I'm glad he is a weapon that Self can use off the bench. Great game, Tyrel. Good luck in KC, MO.

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actorman 4 years, 5 months ago

"Then the sentence about Mr. Reed cheering when his son is on or off the bench...??"

"Now Stacy has settled into a comfortable seat behind the bench and roots just as hard for his favorite college basketball team during the 25 minutes a game his son is on the bench as the 15 minutes he’s in the game."

Unless the sentence has been changed since you made your comment, what the hell are you talking about...?? He roots just as hard for KU when Tyrel's not in the game as when he is in the game??? Boy, that's complicated stuff. It's a wonder that ANYONE can figure out what he means.

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actorman 4 years, 5 months ago

And BTW, I have no clue what you mean with your other comment: "Allusions to Coach T's misstep with the tickets for a porn star, not at all explained."

I think you're the one who needs to explain. I don't even know what you mean about the tickets for a porn star, not to mention how it was referred to in the article.

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navyman 4 years, 5 months ago

The only comment I have for Stacy Reed - in regards to Tyrel - is well done

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JHWK 4 years, 5 months ago

@ actorman - try to keep up.

If you actually read the article you read:

"The Antlers, Mizzou’s raw student section, will bring the venom today, no doubt much of it sent the way of assistant coach Kurtis Townsend. Kansas is used to jacking opposing crowds."

So, why would the Antlers send much of their venom toward Coach T? Oh, you don't know? It's not in the article? Exactly, genius. It is alluding (look it up) to the fact that Coach T got a KU grad tix to the K-State game, and she's a big porn star. Whether he knew it or not is the question. It was in other articles on this very website, as well as other sites. So, I get that you have no clue.

And, Mr. Professor, it isn't the fact that the sentence about Mr. Reed cheering for his son whether he's in the game or not, it is the fact that even with your vocabulary, you rewrote it better than Keegan, who's paid to write.

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