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Originally published March 18, 2010 at 07:30p.m., updated March 18, 2010 at 12:42a.m.

FINAL: Marcus Morris scores career high in Jayhawks’ 90-74 victory over Lehigh

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed fights for a rebound with Lehigh defenders C.J. McCollum (3) and Zahir Carrington (10) during the second half Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed fights for a rebound with Lehigh defenders C.J. McCollum (3) and Zahir Carrington (10) during the second half Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

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KU tops Lehigh after slow start

Kansas forward Marcus Morris had a career-high 24 points in the Jayhawks' victory over Lehigh.

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GameDay Cram Session: Lehigh

KUSports.com online editor Jesse Newell, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan and 6News sports director Kevin Romary take a look at what to expect from the Kansas basketball team's first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against Lehigh.

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KU scoring — Marcus Morris 26 (12-for-15 shooting), Collins 18, Reed 12, Aldrich 11, X. Henry 11, Taylor 6, Morningstar 4, Markieff Morris 2.

KU was 38-for-69 from the floor (55.1 percent), 9-for-21 from three (42.9 percent) and 5-for-10 from the free-throw line (50 percent).

Lehigh was 25-for-62 from the floor (40.3 percent), 7-for-19 from three (36.8 percent) and 17-for-21 from the free-throw line (81 percent).

KU defeats Lehigh, 90-74

It’s only fitting that KU goes into one of its lulls to end the game.

McCollum hits two free throws. Buchberger puts in a three. Carrington puts in a layup with a foul. The 9-2 run cuts KU’s lead to 13 with just under two minutes left.

KU composes itself offensively, holding the ball until late in the shot clock before Reed puts in his fourth three.

C.J. Henry misses a three for KU’s reserves, and Elijah Johnson later dribbles out the clock.

KU comes away with a 90-74 victory.

KU 83/Lehigh 64 — 3:32 left in game

Self calls a play out to his team, then his players run it to perfection. From the left wing, Morningstar lobs the ball across the glass to Marcus Morris, who grabs it above the rim before slamming it home.

“Execute it! Execute it!” Self screams from the bench before an inbounds play. After some screens, Reed does get an open shot from the corner, but misses it. Marcus cleans up the rebound, though, putting it in for two with a foul.

Reed is left alone again, and he knocks down a three from the right wing. KU having no bench points at halftime seems like a distant memory. Reed is now 3-for-5 from three-point range this half for nine points.

Every time Self calls a set play, it seems to work. After Self gives the instructions, Taylor fires in the lane to Marcus Morris for an uncontested dunk.

KU’s defense has been shoddy in the late stages of this one, but it doesn’t matter because the Jayhawks’ offense has been so good. McCollum is up to 21 points, but it’s taken him 22 shots to get there.

KU 68/Lehigh 53 — 7:52 left in game

Morningstar shows some leadership offensively, passing up a wide-open three to get it to Reed, who has been a hotter shooter lately. The unselfishness pays off, as Reed swishes the long attempt.

Morningstar gets his own try a few seconds later, as Collins pitches out after driving into the lane. Morningstar buries the three from the corner.

Another pitch to the outside, and another open three-pointer for KU, as Reed cans the three.

Perhaps it’s fatigue, but Lehigh isn’t putting up much resistance on the defensive end any more. Morningstar misses a layup, but Marcus Morris is there for the rebound and stickback.

Collins swishes an 18-footer, and Brett Reed signals for timeout, griping to the nearest ref for a few seconds. KU has its largest lead at 68-53.

KU 52/Lehigh 44 — 11:59 left in game

The double-digit lead doesn’t last long.

Marquis Hall drills a three, and Knutson follows with a long jumper. The two teams trade five-point runs.

KU executes well with the lead down to six, as Reed sets a solid screen inside, freeing up Aldrich for an alley-oop slam. Give the assist to Collins.

KU 50/Lehigh 39 — 14:29 left in game

KU looks much more crisp to start the second half.

Aldrich gets a bounce pass deep in the lane, and he drops it in with his left hand. On the other end, Xavier Henry reaches out on the baseline for a steal.

Xavier Henry gets the ball in transition, and he takes two big NBA steps before putting in the contested layup.

Marcus Morris picks up a silly foul on a reach-in, and that hurts the Jayhawks a few seconds later. While helping on a screen, Marcus shuffles his feet well, but picks up a ticky-tack foul call. That’s his third whistle, and Self shakes his head in disbelief at the whistle. Marcus has to check out.

Carrington picks up his own cheap call on a bump in the post, and that’s three fouls on him. He gives a shocked look to the official.

McCollum with a deep three, and though the Jayhawks are playing better in the second half, their lead isn’t any bigger than it was at halftime.

Collins once again starts a mini run for KU, as he hits a three from the left wing. He’s picked a good day to not have a bad shooting game (5-for-11).

Xavier Henry follows with a steal, and Taylor gives it back to him for a one-handed sky jam. Lehigh calls timeout, and KU’s lead is up to double figures.

KU scoring — Marcus Morris 12, Collins 11, Taylor 6, Aldrich 3, X. Henry 3.

KU was 14-for-32 from the floor (43.8 percent), 3-for-11 from three (27.3 percent) and 4-for-8 from the free-throw line (50 percent).

Lehigh was 12-for-33 from the floor (36.4 percent), 1-for-9 from three (11.1 percent) and 4-for-7 from the free-throw line (57.1 percent).

KU had eight first-half turnovers, while Lehigh had seven. KU out-rebounded Lehigh, 23-20.

Halftime thoughts

Should we start with some positives for KU? Well, C.J. McCollum, the leading freshman scorer in the nation, mustered just six points on 2-for-10 shooting with four turnovers. Give credit to Tyshawn Taylor (four steals) and Cole Aldrich (three blocks) for slowing him down.

Another positive for KU: Lehigh hasn’t been able to get it going from the outside. The Mountain Hawks are just 1-for-9 from three after coming in as the ninth-best three-point shooting team in the nation (40.1 percent).

OK, here’s a negative: eight turnovers for the Jayhawks. It might be a bit more acceptable if the Jayhawks were trying to hammer the ball inside, but they’re not exactly doing that either.

KU’s bench had 24 minutes but contributed no points, 0-for-4 shooting and just three rebounds. For a team that has won many games because of its strong bench this year, I’m sure this isn’t the kind of effort that Self was looking for.

Lehigh’s Zahir Carrington said quite a few things yesterday, but he’s backed up his talk so far. He had 12 first-half points on 6-for-11 shooting with five rebounds, a block and a steal. He also played all 20 minutes, so he might wear down a bit (especially with Aldrich now rested after sitting with foul trouble).

KU 35/Lehigh 29 — Halftime

KU’s game Saturday will be at 4:40 p.m. That is, if the Jayhawks win today.

McCollum hits a stepback two, and Lehigh draws within one. The Mountain Hawks have stayed close without shooting well, too (32 percent).

Markieff and Aldrich both have two fouls, forcing Self to go to Robinson in the post. I’m a bit surprised the Jayhawks don’t just play a smaller lineup, though, to put in the more experienced Morningstar or Reed. It’s not like Lehigh is churning out 7-footers.

Collins hits a three from the wing, and KU needed that shot badly.

Robinson gets beaten in the post, as Carrington spins around him for a layup with a foul. KU’s lead is trimmed to two again.

Collins answers, going under the basket for a reverse layup.

Robinson with a big block, and it leads to transition for KU. Collins finds Taylor for a layup, and the Jayhawks put together a much-needed 4-0 spurt in the final 40 seconds.

Still, the Jayhawks lead by just six.

KU 25/Lehigh 23 — 3:24 left in 1st half

Marcus Morris is killing Lehigh single-handedly inside. He adds another layup, then rips down two more offensive rebounds on the next possession before getting fouled. This all happened after he was called soft by Self earlier this game.

Taylor picks McCollum’s pocket out top, and he takes it all the way for a two-handed throwdown. No pose afterwards, either.

KU gets two cheap fouls away from the ball offensively, one on Marcus Morris and the other on Aldrich. Self disagrees with both of them, screaming at the referees afterwards. Either way, it’s two straight turnovers for KU.

Carrington puts in a jumphook over Marcus Morris, and the two get tangled up before heading down the floor. I don’t think there’s any love lost there from the two Philly natives.

Another turn-around in the lane from Carrington. Lehigh has trimmed KU’s lead to two.

Like the Jayhawks today, the KU fans start to bring their best only when the game gets close.

KU 21/Lehigh 14 — 7:58 left in 1st half

McCollum tries another layup that’s swatted away by Aldrich. I guess Aldrich’s first block on McCollum didn’t scare him enough.

Marcus Morris, after a slow start, has had an impressive last minute. He puts in a layup around a defender, then on the next possession, grabs an offensive rebound before putting in a baseline jumper.

Lehigh coach Brett Reed calls timeout, as KU has upped its run to 12-0.

Xavier Henry adds a wide-open three from the left wing. That’s more of the shot that KU is looking for.

Carrington breaks Lehigh’s drought, as he grabs a defensive rebound and dunks it over the top of Thomas Robinson, hanging on the rim until Robinson clears out of the way. That’s two current Jayhawks that Carrington has dunked on in his career now.

Lehigh 12/KU 11 — 11:53 left in 1st half

KU once again settles for a three from the top, but this time, Marcus Morris' try hits off the back iron then gets a friendly bounce before dropping through.

Collins’ pressure defense helps to force a steal, as Tyshawn Taylor steps in the passing lane. After a spin move, Taylor finishes on the other end with a layup.

Aldrich is starting to have his way inside. He’s now blocked Carrington and C.J. McCollum — Lehigh’s two best players. Those two might think twice about putting up shots in the lane.

Aldrich puts in a shot in the lane with a foul. The Jayhawks have a 7-0 run following Self’s timeout.

Lehigh 12/KU 4 — 13:58 left in 1st half

Collins puts in a layup, but Markieff Morris gets beat down the floor, and he’s forced to foul Gabe Knutson on a layup attempt. Aldrich checks back in for KU.

The Jayhawks are settling for too many outside shots. Markieff hoisted up a quick three a few seconds ago, and Xavier Henry followed by chucking up a deep three without setting his feet. KU should at least try to look inside before hoisting up the deep ones.

Self screams to Marcus Morris, “How soft are you?” after he fails to set a solid screen.

Carrington puts in a jumper over Aldrich, and Self calls timeout with KU trailing, 12-4. I can’t imagine a worse start for the Jayhawks.

Lehigh 4/KU 2 — 15:59 left in 1st half

KU starts horribly offensively.

Tyshawn Taylor and Sherron Collins combine to miss three shots on the first possession, and it doesn’t get much better after that for the Jayhawks.

Marcus Morris, Cole Aldrich and Collins post four turnovers in the next two minutes, and KU coach Bill Self is quick to substitute Markieff Morris and Brady Morningstar into the game.

Marcus Morris finally gets a layup to go in for KU’s first points at the 16:31 mark.

8:40 p.m.

KU should tip off at about 9:05 p.m. after the Northern Iowa-UNLV game ran a bit late.

And, looking around, Lehigh is going to have other teams' fans cheer for it, as I can barely see any brown-shirted fans in the bleachers.

7:30 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from the Ford Center in Oklahoma City where the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the 16th-seeded Lehigh Mountain Hawks.

There's an interesting subplot that will take place tonight between KU forward Markieff Morris and Lehigh forward Zahir Carrington.

During high school, the two faced each other during a game in Pennsylvania. The way Carrington tells it, after he missed a free throw, the rebound was tapped back out top. Once he retrieved it at the three-point line, he took one dribble before throwing down an emphatic dunk in the lane.

Right over Markieff.

"It was pretty far," Carrington said. "I’m sure I caught him by surprise."

Markieff and brother Marcus actually watched Lehigh's Patriot League game against Lafayette last week in their hotel room in Kansas City during the Big 12 tournament. The bad memory of Carrington immediately came to Markieff's mind.

"You should never get dunked on," Markieff said. "He caught me. My back was turned. He just ran down the lane and dunked it."

Markieff said having a player dunk over him — even in high school — was not something to laugh about.

"I definitely owe him one. I definitely owe him one," Markieff said. "Maybe if I get him, I get him. If I don’t, I don’t.

"I’m just going to go into the game playing up my game and not worried about dunking on him. But if I get him, I get him."

When I told Carrington that Markieff said he owed him one, the 6-foot-7 senior responded immediately.

"Good luck with that," Carrington said. "I’ve never been dunked on in a game. That’d be a first."

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Comments

tstanlick1909 9 years, 8 months ago

Don't care what the score is at this point in the season, as long as we win.

Jonathan Kealing 9 years, 8 months ago

Hi guys,

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Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 8 months ago

Jesse - You need to post something down here so folks can check out that impressive bracket ;-D

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Jesse: And Northern Iowa on the doorstep.

Jesse Newell 9 years, 8 months ago

BC — UNI held on. I can say I was 9-0 for about 1 minute.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

And Northern Iowa enters. As I said several days ago, don't under estimate the MVC.

kesmithstl1 9 years, 8 months ago

Georgetown is going to lose. Let's not start saying the Big East was over-rated though. Or can we...hahahahahahahaha

TarzanKUfan 9 years, 8 months ago

What is up with Woodling not even having KU in the final four. Is he just trying to get a KU fans mad at him. How can you work for the LJW and pick against Kansas especially this year it is just stupid.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

UK put up 100 on ETSU, That could spawn some troller's. But they let ETSU score 71.

TarzanKUfan 9 years, 8 months ago

soobawls,

What is wrong with you, are you in a mental hospital your posts are always so whacked out.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

These games today have had some out-of-this-world trifecta.

lance1jhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Kansas 90 That team we play 64

Lets just keep everyone healthy for a long tourney run. Seven game win streak coming up.

TarzanKUfan 9 years, 8 months ago

If Washington takes down Marquette I will laugh harder than I ever have.

jcsmith 9 years, 8 months ago

Anyone else in the TX area watching? I'm in wichita falls right now and they are showing WASH and MARQ. Sure hope I get it down here. I'm gonna be pissed if I dont.

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 8 months ago

I'm in Dallas, and we'll be getting UT vs. Wake mostly. Go to

http://mmod.ncaa.com/

to watch all games online.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

jcsmith:

I'm in Amarillo, we are stuck with Texas - Wake Forest (Gump). Bet you will be as well.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 8 months ago

JC---

It is not on here in the Wichita, KS area. What the ___?

Jackster 9 years, 8 months ago

The stars are aligning. I work with a bunch of SEC fanatics and to see Vandy and Florida go down combined with nice wins by KSU and Baylor is awesome. What a great start to the Madness!!! Go jayhawks.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 8 months ago

Game is now starting---30 minutes after it was scheduled!

KU_FAN 9 years, 8 months ago

So much for the Big East dominating the tournament! Marquette, Georgetown, and Notre Dame all went down today. Let's go Big 12!!!

Rock Chalk

jcsmith 9 years, 8 months ago

:(

You guys are right. I'm not getting it here. Texas and Wake... :( Damn it. I wont be home in KS until tuesday either. I think im gonna head up to Buffalo Wild Wings. Surely they'll have the game on.

FarSideHawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Another sleepwalking start. C'mon Jhawks! Wake Up!!!!

floridajayhawks 9 years, 8 months ago

i know its early but don't like the looks of this game.

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

I'll bet UNI is watching and gaining a lot of confidence.

TarzanKUfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Lehigh is about to make my bracket look real bad.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 8 months ago

We're ice cold. Not the start we were looking for.

floridajayhawks 9 years, 8 months ago

screw this i didn't want to watch the number 1 team play like crap in march. can't play like this i see no NC for this team.

Jace FitzGibbon 9 years, 8 months ago

wow, this is as flat as we've played all year

David Howell 9 years, 8 months ago

Can you say el-crappooo ??

I can't say we shouldn't be surprised, but I have faith we will be okay for at least this game.

Are we the 16th seed or Lehigh ?

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

No way this can last long. There's no way!

Bryan Swan 9 years, 8 months ago

Why, why, why, why, why can't this team play like they mean it STARTING at the tipoff???

TarzanKUfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Well I guess Self doesn't have losing a 1 seed in the first round on his resume.

lance1jhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

NH_JHawk- You know what else is ice cold....

My drink ;)

Brian Stoops 9 years, 8 months ago

There's lots of game left....I'm not worried!

Bryan Swan 9 years, 8 months ago

Defense starting to come to life...I feel a bit better now!

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

I know I know, It's early but Jee@#$@$%%%% !! We will NEVER live down the first #1 seed to lose to a 16! WAKE UP ALREADY!!!!!

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

soobawls, stay positive - it looks like they're finally waking up!

nobody1793 9 years, 8 months ago

Holy crap. Some of y'all would probably complain about a 100-to-zip KU shutout!

Jace FitzGibbon 9 years, 8 months ago

finally, coach self probably just chewed everyone out

lance1jhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Looks like the alarm clock has finally awakened the sleeping giant. Domination will begin NOW.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

It's going to have to all defense for the entire game. We will be lucky to shoot 40% for the game. We never shoot well in the Turd Center.

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 8 months ago

Geez, I hope you guys have some Ben-Gay to treat those jerkin' knees.....

We're fine.

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

jhawkdan - It's too early to use the stupidmichael negativity wildcard! I think we need to save that for the next round.

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

Ok were awake , lets play like were capable of playing from here on out,

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

Ok were awake , lets play like were capable of playing from here on out,

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

Our Cole-less defense needs some work.

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

15-0 run, seems that's how we play. We sleepwalk for awhile go on a tear then sleepwalk again. Let's hope we play from here on out.

Scott Lippoldt 9 years, 8 months ago

Soobawls, please, please, please... don't procreate!!!!

lovemyhawks 9 years, 8 months ago

wow.... what an ugly start but 15-0 and we are rolling now!! now let's finish strong and quit scaring us all to death in the meantime!!!! georgetown went DOWN!! love it!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

It's all about the worry of losing. These 16, 15, 14 seeds play like they don't care if they lose. the top seeds come out playing like "oh my God, what if we lose, let's play not to lose".

babyjay1 9 years, 8 months ago

Yes, SooBawls.. Self is such a horrible coach... that's why we only lost 2 games this season, why we won the Big 12 Conf and the Big 12 Tourney and why we're the #1 overall seed.... Hmmm.... thinking that the "bawls" part of your name is certainly appropriate! KU will win, just like they should.... what negativity!!!! Rock Chalk!!!

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 8 months ago

Jesus...TRob at the line = automatic miss!!!

babyjay1 9 years, 8 months ago

Soobawls - don't you have a cave you'd like to crawl back into???

Jace FitzGibbon 9 years, 8 months ago

now they cant miss... this looks like an 8-9 matchup, not 1-16

TarzanKUfan 9 years, 8 months ago

We will win this game but lose the next.

sportdan30 9 years, 8 months ago

Keep the faith guys. It's early and we have more depth.

floridajayhawks 9 years, 8 months ago

sorry folks KU will not get into the sweet 16, can't play like this and expect to win. the leaders of this team aren't doing a good job, Cole being outplayed. i know i will get bashed for this but f@#! it.

babyjay1 9 years, 8 months ago

I must be on the wrong board... it appears there is no one here who actually believes in our team... Apparently, they've done nothing right all season??

Jace FitzGibbon 9 years, 8 months ago

i have all the faith in the world, i just dont get why we play so flat at times.

and can we hit a free throw??

Mike Kendall 9 years, 8 months ago

Looks like Lehigh is going to be a pain in the arse!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Tarzan: You are right if something doesn't turn on for us. Northern Iowa lights it up from the three.

babyjay1 9 years, 8 months ago

Yes, Lehigh is a pain and WHEN we win, Northern Iowa will be incredibly pesky. I will continue to believe that we can do what needs to be done to win! Rock Chalk!!

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

On the plus side, Texas is leading Wake 36-33.

Jace FitzGibbon 9 years, 8 months ago

jeez, we get up by double digits then we just coast, lehigh just wont let us win, why cant our guys play like that??

Lance Hobson 9 years, 8 months ago

This is utterly unsurprising. This team just doesn't have any kind of killer instinct or sense of urgency. I can't put a finger on it, but I've been watching us play all year and I can't believe we're everybody's favorite. UK was up 30 at halftime in their game, and we get this.

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

Wow! Good thing we scored 4 quick points there or that half-time score would be embarassing. (snickers)

Bryan Swan 9 years, 8 months ago

Collins, time to saddle up and carry this team! Every game could be your last game and you certainly do not want to go out like this! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

babyjay1 9 years, 8 months ago

I'm off to actually watch my Hawks... figuring Soobawls and a few others are really only here to be annoying....

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

Nice finish to the half boys now lets come out with a sense of urgency to start the second half.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 8 months ago

lance1 - Nice cold beer on tap for tonight...still have to report for work in the morning despite the late night.

The 1st half was way too close vs. a team like Lehigh. I do like that we had a mini-run there just before the half. At least the momentum stays with us going into the half. I look for us to blow this team out in the 2nd half. We can't afford to start this slow again if wer're going to be successful in the coming rounds. Rock Chalk!

ydoow53 9 years, 8 months ago

Why did HCBS call off the dogs???? We had Lehigh in trouble by putting extreme pressure on the ball, which resulted in our run. We take off the pressure and they run right back at us. We need to keep the defensive pressure on--smother the ball, steal the pass, get easy baskets off the turnover, win going away

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

With play like this I doubt we would beat Bishop Miege.

lovemyhawks 9 years, 8 months ago

not pretty, not what i anticipated but i know we'll be okay. hope we get this ugliness out of our system tonite. wow!! we definitely need cole on the floor and we will need him more against uni!! thank goodness for sherron! let's go hawks.

MrPilot 9 years, 8 months ago

<p>KUsports.com Web Staff: It would be cool to have the ability to filter out or hide the posts of "ignored" users. In a profile setting perhaps.

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

For what it's worth, KU only beat 15-seed Utah State by 3 points back in 2003 and still made it to the championship game. These games just happen. I'm sure Self will have them ready for UNI. FYI, the next game in 2003, KU scored 108 on Arizona State.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Note to others:

2008 Championship clothing not proving very lucky. Total wardrobe change for second half.

hellarockchalk 9 years, 8 months ago

Sorry guys.......no way we win a nc. I will say we are consistent though.......consistently crappy starters! There is no swagger about this team at all and no team is scared of us. I hate to say it, but, Kentucky's swagger scares the piss out of their opponents......period!

Jack Wilson 9 years, 8 months ago

I used to get upset when we did this, but now it's par for the course. We win by 15.

dchon 9 years, 8 months ago

I rather enjoy a dose of Soobawls. :) It sure balances out the excessive optimism.

barryaug 9 years, 8 months ago

I have been reading the posts on this website all year and this Soobawls has got to be the most negative chump of them all. With fans like that, its a wonder the Jayhawks are 32-2. Put out some positive vibes friends!

lovemyhawks 9 years, 8 months ago

sounds good ku08....... guess we've done this all year..... none of us should be surprised but hate to see kentucky and kstate SO dominant and us play like this........

we need cole and markieff....... we must stay out of foul trouble and learn to make more free throws..... we did well with that the last game but not tonite so far.....

ok, 2nd half, new game..... let's win by 30.......

Scott Lippoldt 9 years, 8 months ago

Here's looking forward to a great 2nd half--go 'Hawks!!!!!

Jack Wilson 9 years, 8 months ago

babyjay1: Relax. It's just frustration with playing down to our opponent. Fortunately, we tend to push the gas vs. the top teams we've played. But if we take UNI lightly ...

Andy Tweedy 9 years, 8 months ago

So far, this sucks! Hopefully, the second half will go better. The boys just seem flat or something, can't get into any flow. I know Lehigh's top scorer hasn't really gotten going, but neither has most of our roster. Things will be turning around momentarily!!!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 8 months ago

99% of the time, I ignor Soobawls's posts!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

They better come out and play like there is no tomorrow.

Because if they don't there won't be a tomorrow or a Saturday, or a next week.............

Jackster 9 years, 8 months ago

This is bad but we will prevail. It has been an unbelievable start to the tourney. I can't wait for KY who must be gloating after hitting 100......it will be fun!!!!

dchon 9 years, 8 months ago

HighEliteMajor..

why do you have KU not in your final four?

Georgetown? :)

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

What's hilarious about soobawls is he still picks KU to win the NC.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

I'm watching this cut in of 2nd half warm up. We're putting up bricks.

David Howell 9 years, 8 months ago

We get up by 11 points and then our heads swell up ........... Lehigh shouldn't even be in the game.

Marcus and Cole act like they haven't played in weeks. For the 1st half the game ball goes to no one ..... Ok give it to Lehigh !

But lets take it back in the 2nd half.

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

UNI won't miss those wide open threes that KU's defense is allowing.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Marcus has freakin regressed an entire season in the matter of a week!

jaybate 9 years, 8 months ago

Strategically, they played it exactly the way I forecasted. guarded a foot in front of the trey stripe. ran the break. had sherron drive. didn't take many treys.

Guarded well. Got Cole some rest.

Lehigh is better defensively than the team (and I) was expecting.

But in half court sets, KU just was not aggressively attacking. Lehigh was forcing KU to start offense to far from the rim.

Self has a choice.

Maintain the first half strategy and try to use running to separate, or shift to half court game and play through the bigs to grind out a sure win.

Not sure what he will do.

Chuck Wagstaff 9 years, 8 months ago

Foul trouble

Them Knutson - 3 Carrington - 3

Us Marcus - 3

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

We get up by 11 then let them right back in it. Same fricken bs we've been doing all year, this team has NO killer instinct! Having said that I still think we win by 17!

Andy Tweedy 9 years, 8 months ago

Geez, I feel like I'm watching Greg Ostertag in the paint! Cole just isn't the factor I thought he'd be tonight...still time though! It could always be worse, we could be Georgetown fans!!!

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

Back to an 11 pt lead, lets pour on the gas(Sheron)

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

This is critical right here. Lehigh will be trying very hard not to let us get up by 13. If we can we should be able to stretch it to 20.

Andy Tweedy 9 years, 8 months ago

We're playing with fire here! AGHHHHHHH!!!! C'mon 'Hawks, stretch it out! I just keep thinking the run is coming and it doesn't. But win by 1 or 100, it's all the same this time of year!

Bryan Swan 9 years, 8 months ago

We just can't put these guys away...That being said, lower seeds have been performing very well all day...C'mon Jayhawks!

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

We have no ability to consistently shoot the three in the Turd Center. Stop shooting them and just pound out the win inside.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 8 months ago

And here comes the Reed show! BOOM goes the dynamite!

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

Screw it. Just run the dribble-drive offense the rest of the tournament.

Kent Wells 9 years, 8 months ago

Someone tell me why I shouldn't punch a hole in my freaking TV right now.

mom_of_three 9 years, 8 months ago

finally starting to get it together. Go hawks!

lance1jhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Now it looks like we have some swagger.

We need to finish this team. We are standing on there throats and are just waiting to here that neck crack.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

DAMNIT! secure the ball! Got to know these underdogs are going to try and poke it away.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 8 months ago

kuwells - as frustrating as this has been, you will need your TV for Saturday! lol...

Mike Kendall 9 years, 8 months ago

KU looking a lot better now---I know my blood pressure is a lot better. For goodness sakes, I wish we would start the game better!

mom_of_three 9 years, 8 months ago

So I am not the only one to ponder the striped shirts' calls..... I can hear piper now.... if you are going to call it, do it for the entire game, make it consistent or don't call it at all.

lance1jhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

kuwells- Lets just settle down now.... we all know that KU is notorious for playing down to there opponent...... unless you want to destroy a tv and replace it with a new giant flat screen to watch the Hawks win a National Championship. If thats the case go ahead and make some mayhem my friend.

cheers...

lance1jhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

NH_JHawk- Sweet "boom goes the dynamite" reference.... lmao

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

Has a point been scored since CBS switched to the SDSU-Tenn game? I swear, the score's been 46-45 for the last 10 minutes.

Scott Lippoldt 9 years, 8 months ago

SooBawls--ready for your own "nappy"? It's so embarrassing to have such an awful coach and an underperforming team. Woah (sp?) is me!

Scott Lippoldt 9 years, 8 months ago

Oops--woe! Sorry, not used to being negative. Please teach me, SooBawls!

Scott Lippoldt 9 years, 8 months ago

Oops--woe! Sorry, not used to being negative. Please teach me, SooBawls!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 8 months ago

Not only did they put us in a bracket with the toughest 2, 4,5,6,7,9 seeds, we also got the toughest 16 seed!

Kent Wells 9 years, 8 months ago

Lance & BCRaven: Good points. I can destroy my TV on Saturday.

Can we coach a killer instinct in the next 36 hours?

NH_JHawk 9 years, 8 months ago

lance1 - someone had to break that one out sooner or later. That never gets old...LMAO!

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

Texas going down-way to represent shorthorns!! lol

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

We're dick'in around letting them think they can come back (I know that will not happen) but come on, put up some defense.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 8 months ago

Great minds think alike!!!! Thanks, kuwells. On the bad side, I am not doing so well in my pickings, thanks to Vandy and Georgetown.

Kent Wells 9 years, 8 months ago

NH: Excellent point. Can I take 40 minutes of playing to the level of your competition?

Steve Gantz 9 years, 8 months ago

Didn't do the LJW bracket, but my final four reveals I was drinking the Big 12 coolaid with KU, KSU, Baylor, and U(c)K.

jaybate 9 years, 8 months ago

Not too sure why everyone is so down on KU's play tonight.

The team is up 19 pts. with 3 Plus to go.

Getting a 19 pt win on a night without being revved up, plus a night of rest, is about as perfect a set up for playing Northern Iowa as we could hope for.

The question is: will Self light the candle against Northern Iowa and let KU will slaughter them, or will he keep it close again to keep them from getting big headed going into the 16 game, when they will really need to strap their helmets on?

NH_JHawk 9 years, 8 months ago

kuwells - I'll buy playing to our level of competition if it means each subsequent game we get better and better and hopfeully dominant by the end.

Either way, looks like we're finishing them off now. Wish I could watch it tho.

KU08 9 years, 8 months ago

Looks like we were all wrong about KU being put in the hardest bracket. They were put in the easiest bracket. Look how bad the #1 and #3 seeds are. (Sorry to be negative. This game has literally been nauseating for me.)

Steve Gantz 9 years, 8 months ago

Jaybate we think we ought to win by 50 every night.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Well hallelujah. But I am afraid, they play like this Saturday, it's a sad bus trip home. Northern Iowa shoots the three, and from way, way out.

Kent Wells 9 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, I got slammed by Georgetown today. Vandy didn't hurt me too bad, I had them losing to Butler Saturday. Freaking Big Least...

NH_JHawk 9 years, 8 months ago

I agree completely with the comments about the Big East....laid an egg today. ...and Villanova woulda made it, what, 0-4 but they squeaked by. No more talk about which conference was the best this year. B12 taking care of biz and BE not. Simple as that.

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

I spoke too soon about Texas, down 1 and at the line with 10sec

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Self better kiss Reed's jock strap after this one. Without his second half burst Lehigh was daring us to jack it up from three point land.

MrPilot 9 years, 8 months ago

Rock Chalk! I'm not sure if we just toy with these teams on purpose or what... Let's come out with a little more energy against UNI though, eh? Go Hawks!

lance1jhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

BC- Teams will have to pick there poison with this Kansas team this year. Do you double down on the big man, or do you let the guards run wild out on the perimiter.

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

Texas starts the overtime with 2 treys to go up 6

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

MrPilot:

They better. I am telling you the MVC are not chumps. There is a reason the MVC cannot get power conference teams on their schedules.

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

Good win tonjght Hawks,survive and move on just like in 08.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

As much as I would like to see another Big XII team win today I am afraid Texas just would not give Kentucky any kind of game. They can't defend or shoot free throws.

BCRavenJHawkfan 9 years, 8 months ago

And there it is. From number one in the country at one time to one-and-done, the pride of Texas.

Redlandsjhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

way to go texas brown blew that game all by himself

Dan Harris 9 years, 8 months ago

Unbelievably Texas blows a n 8 point lead in the last 2 min and loses! I guess II didn't speak too early.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 8 months ago

Texas is done for the year! Thanks for allowing the ACC to brag a little---that sucks!

James122 9 years, 8 months ago

Good-We won, 90-74, Marcus Morris--Great overall game!! Bad-Shooting only 10 ft's for the game ugly-15 to's--we played like we were the 16th ranked team

+/- of the players

  • for every point, ft, rb, asst., stl., blk
  • for every missed fg, ft missed, to
  • Marcus Morris----------35 points
  • Sherron Collins---------21 points
  • Cole Aldrich-------------18 points
  • X-----------------------------16 points
  • Tyshawn Taylor--------13 points
  • Tyrel Reed---------------13 points
  • Markieff Morris-----------8 points
  • Thomas Robinson------5 points

Overall: Shooting 21--3 point attempts should not be our game plan.

We were very flat. Cole has to be more of a threat on offense.

How in the world do we have 15 to's to a # 16 team---focus boys!!!

Ryan Mullen 9 years, 8 months ago

I am not sure if Lehigh was that good, or if we were that bad. I really think we are in trouble though next game. After tonight there is no way this team makes it to the final 4.

jaybate 9 years, 8 months ago

wissoxfan83,

I know your are kidding around, but there is some truth to what you are saying.

Yes, we could have won by 50 tonight, if Self had geeked them up and he had used all the wrinkles in the offense and defense, but then we wouldn't have had as much 92 octane in our tanks for the more important team--Northern Iowa. The object is to win two games each weekend, and to expend the right amount of effort for the right opponent, not have blow outs every game.

I know, sometimes I can be too much of a half full guy about Self and this team, but they are both so good and consider this: isn't it great that we got our lousy FT shooting game out of the way against Lehigh? :-)

My half empty and hand wringing side, however, says, "Dang, I would like to have saved that 40% trinitizing for Northern Iowa, and shot about 35% from trey against Lehigh. But we can't have everything, can we? :-)

Everyone should be very excited and proud of this 33-2 team.

We should not be fearing any team.

We have as much talent as anyone.

We have more experience than anyone.

We are the only terrific three point shooting team with a strong inside game.

We are five games away from being the quintessential team of the new muscle ball era.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord....

MrPilot 9 years, 8 months ago

You may write the longest posts on the Internet, jaybate, but I, for one, appreciate your consistent optimism. ;-)

Ryan Mullen 9 years, 8 months ago

Jaybate, I was with you until that last part. You need to change you name to blasbate.

packywacky88 9 years, 8 months ago

We have to win this one game at a time. We will see a more energy Saturday.....if not, then UNI might bounce us.

Jackster 9 years, 8 months ago

Other than the TN win and the TX loss today, I enjoyed all of the results to date. The next game guarding the "3".....will be a gap for us. Lehigh seemed to light it up from outside on us and then, for whatever reason, took it inside which didn't work so well for them. It is all good!!

BannersinthePhog 9 years, 8 months ago

I would love to see this team play to its potential for 40 minutes just one time. That would be one hell of a show. Hopefully its in the NC game! RCJHGKU!!

Lone_salina_kufan 9 years, 8 months ago

This made me feel better after watching my bracket blow up and about 25 minutes of that game. Enjoy the link.

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/kentucky_violated_ncaa_rules?utm_source=videoembed

lovemyhawks 9 years, 8 months ago

OMG!! texas was horrible!! CHOKE is right!!!!! they couldn't have blown anything more..... they had that in the palm of their hands and threw it away BIG TIME!! they worked hard to GET to OT....... dominated MOST of OT and then still let it slip away..... UNREAL!!!!!! lots of upsets today. liked seeing gtown go down!! one game at a time.... a win is a win is a win, right?? we did what we needed to and that's been the game plan ALL year........ hopefully we will be MORE ready for UNI and i think we will be! one down, 5 to go...... RCJH!!!!

wblmnjayhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

I am happy the Hawks won, but about to go nuts seeing all the bunnies they miss. Dunk it or get fouled.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 8 months ago

Proof there is a CBS/NCAA conspiracy:

1] How does a team with the leading scoring freshman and two legit big men be a #16 and if so, as the strongest 16th, how come the overall #1 has to face them. 2] They shoot about two dozen free throws and we shoot 10??

3] The negativity of the Texas meltdown in overtime will more than compensate for the three victories by KU, KSU and Baylor thus balancing ther Big 12's 3-1 record with the Big Least's 1-3, almost 0-4 record as interpreted by the eastern media.

4] Many of us missed the last 10 minutes of the second half in order to go to "other coverage". Had it been Duke playing, even with a 50 point lead, CBS would have stayed right in the hudddle with Coach K and skipped all commercials!!

5] The play-in game winner should go to the overall #1, even if the first round game is Thursday..Hell, come on , these are the 64th and 65th best teams in the field, They should be happy they are there at all...let 'em take the "redeye".

6] They had a crappy Georgetown team ready to play Ohio State in the third round to insure OSU would the best chance to beat KU, but the Hoyas fooled them...they are much crappier than we thought and OSU might have to play a decent team!!

jaybate 9 years, 8 months ago

"Understanding First Game/Second Game Strategy:"

I think board rats forget that the goal in the first game is to win it expending the least physical and emotional energy possible.

The goal of the second game is to win it at any cost.

The reason there are upsets the first game is two fold.

First, in the first game many high seeds play many low seeds so there are many chances for an upset.

Second, the chances for an upset are enhanced, because each high seed is trying to expend the least physical and emotional energy possible and still win, so as to enter the second game with the biggest energy budget possible.

Third, the chances for an upset are enhanced, because the low seeds are prepared to expand the entirety of their energy budget on the first game in order to have a chance to win.

Fourth, the chances for an upset are enhanced, because the high seed team does not make use of all the wrinkles of its offense and defense--it holds many tactics in reserve, whereas the lows seed opens its playbook wide and throws every wrinkle it has at the high seed.

When the high seed plays largely for tomorrow and the low seed plays entirely for today, even teams far apart in talent can have their levels of play converge.

Look at the results already.UTenn, definitely not gunning the engine, eeks by Ohio. Same with Vilanova. Same with Baylor. KU and UK won handily, but KU played half speed half the game. UK turned it up a half turn, because its young and The Squid wanted to buy his young team a dose of swagger with an early big win.

The point?

Self got exactly the kind of performance he wanted and needed out of his team. It is an experienced team. It knows how good it is. It needed a solid win, but not a big win. It needed to save the big effort for Saturday.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 8 months ago

Lone Salina Fan-- pretty funny stuff! This breaks up the pressure of March Madness!

jaybate 9 years, 8 months ago

"Understanding First Game/Second Game Strategy:"

I think board rats forget that the goal in the first game is to win it expending the least physical and emotional energy possible.

The goal of the second game is to win it at any cost.

The reason there are upsets the first game is two fold.

First, in the first game many high seeds play many low seeds so there are many chances for an upset.

Second, the chances for an upset are enhanced, because each high seed is trying to expend the least physical and emotional energy possible and still win, so as to enter the second game with the biggest energy budget possible.

Third, the chances for an upset are enhanced, because the low seeds are prepared to expand the entirety of their energy budget on the first game in order to have a chance to win.

Fourth, the chances for an upset are enhanced, because the high seed team does not make use of all the wrinkles of its offense and defense--it holds many tactics in reserve, whereas the lows seed opens its playbook wide and throws every wrinkle it has at the high seed.

When the high seed plays largely for tomorrow and the low seed plays entirely for today, even teams far apart in talent can have their levels of play converge.

Look at the results already.UTenn, definitely not gunning the engine, eeks by SDSU. Same with Vilanova. Same with Baylor. Georgetown clearly tries to eek by, but its exploding cigar (trying to save itself for the second game) goes off in its face against Ohio. KU and UK won handily, but KU played half speed the first half of the game. UK turned it up a half turn, because its young and The Squid wanted to buy his young team a dose of swagger with an early big win.

The point?

Self got exactly the kind of performance he wanted and needed out of his team. It is an experienced team. It knows how good it is. It needed a solid win, but not a big win. It needed to save the big effort for Saturday.

BannersinthePhog 9 years, 8 months ago

Texas wasnt going to beat UK anyway. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. I would love the opportunity! Rock Chalk

BannersinthePhog 9 years, 8 months ago

Jaybate: You are full of crap. did you really use the term "energy budget"? Do you honestly think Bruce Pearl was holding back? Do you honestly think Jay Wright was holding back?

JayDocMD 9 years, 8 months ago

Was at all of the games in OKC today - granted not a lot to cheer about for 3/4th of the game, but honestly Kstate and N. Iowa fans were much more of a presence today at the Ford Center. Don't get me wrong - there were a lot of KU fans here (not as many as KSU) but their fans were louder and "helped" their teams more IMO. There were plenty of empty seats - come down for Saturday's game because I have a feeling its gonna be a tight one and they could use that edge a big crowd could give.

Milhawkee 9 years, 8 months ago

Whoa just saw this on the AP story on Yahoo.

"The eerie part was this game was on the on the exact day [as Bucknell], at the same time, in the same arena, against the same opponent (the Patriot League champion) in a season Kansas opened No. 1."

Yikes!

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recap?gid=201003180287

jaybate 9 years, 8 months ago

"Statistical Cockle Warmers vs. Lehigh:"

~KU's front line of Xav, Cole and Marcus played 22, 25, and 26 minutes respectively; this was like a night off for these guys.

~An awesome disruption stat (steals/TOs): 10/14. Just killer.

~TRob, though hardly fluid, continued his up trend with 7minutes yielding 3 glassvacs, 2 blks, 0 TOs, and only 1 foul; this is frankly awesome considering he was matching up with some short, but mobile bigs he had to chase a bit. If TRob keeps this up, stiff looking or not, he's going to be playing some minutes every first day of the tourney. If Self gives him minutes tomorrow, it implies Self has gained quite a lot of confidence. This is one of those small pieces of coaching that Self is so good at. While all the other coaches are just trying to run with what they "brung," at this point, Self keeps "getting better" even in the flipping NCAA tournament. The man is a "getting better" savant. Its just amazing and TRob should be very proud of himself for gutting it out through the long season and finally finding a way he can help this team in a small, but crucial, crucial way. I thought sure Withey would be the guy doing this about now, but TRob had something deep, deep, down that allowed him to persevere. And he had the preferred physique for banging with the muscle teams, too. Go TRob!

~Favorite unsung stat of all? Xavier's 6 reebs. I keep telling folks that Xavier, the natural scorer, discovered down the stretch that he could get better and rebounding and is in the very early stages of the process of making himself into an exceptional rebounder. He rebounds like he means it. Go Xavier!!!

~Worst unsung stat of all? Three TOs a piece for KU's front line of Xavier, Cole and Marcus. Please, don't ever do this again in the tourney, or we'll be out on our ears.

~Weirdest unsung stat of all? Who would have thought KU could outrebound anyone 40-29 on a night Cole had only 8 boards.

~Gotta love Kieff flying under everyone's radar, but still putting in a solid, blue collar 20 minutes. But, Kieff, 4 fouls were too many.

~Yeah, Marcus and Sherron were typically terrific, but they are not unsung statistics.

JayDocMD 9 years, 8 months ago

My only other thought on the game as I viewed it courtside was that this game would not have been near as close if the refs hadn't decided to give Lehigh two free throws every trip down the second half. Honestly I felt the first half was our fault, but the only way they stayed close the second half was the free throw gifts from the zebras.They shot over twice as many free throws total, and about half of their top scorer's 26 pts were from the stripe.

wupass 9 years, 8 months ago

soobawls needs his ass wupped. Rock chalk!

jaybate 9 years, 8 months ago

BannersinthePhog,

Here's the really annoying part: I'm right and you have to get better. :-)

Lacy Mohler 9 years, 8 months ago

Jaybate--your crap is bad enough the first time. Do have to post it twice. :-)

:-) :-) --- It reminds of junior high when I used to dot my i's with a little circle or a heart. :-) :-)

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