Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Kansas forward Marcus Morris leans in for a shot after being fouled by Emporia State guard Taylor Euler during the second half, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris leans in for a shot after being fouled by Emporia State guard Taylor Euler during the second half, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.



Balanced attack leads KU to 90-59 exhibition victory over Emporia State

Five Kansas players scored in double figures — led by Markieff Morris' 14 points — as the KU men's basketball team defeated Emporia State in its final exhibition game Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Highlights from the Jayhawks 90-59 victory against Emporia State

Video clips from the Jayhawks' 90-59 against Emporia State during Tuesday night's exhibition.

Bill Self post-game press conference: Emporia State

Kansas head coach Bill Self addressed the media after KU's 90-59 victory over Emporia State University Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Travis Releford discusses victory over ESU

Sophomore guard Travis Releford addressed the media after KU's 90-59 victory over Emporia State University Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 90-59 exhibition victory over Emporia State on Nov. 9, 2010.

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Tharpe to sign

Naadir Tharpe, a 6-foot senior point guard from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, Mass., said Tuesday he will sign a national letter-of-intent with Kansas University today.

It’s the first day of the week-long early signing period.

Tharpe orally committed to KU on Oct. 13. He chose the Jayhawks over Oklahoma, Minnesota, St. John’s, UCLA, North Carolina State and others.

Tharpe averaged 13 points and six assists a game last season for 35-5 national prep champion Brewster, then had a big spring and summer competing for the New England Playaz AAU team.

Originally from Worcester, Mass., Tharpe was a standout at St. Peter-Marian High before heading to Brewster two years ago.

KU discovered him while recruiting two of the top players in the Class of 2012 — New England Playaz’ Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot center, and Alex Murphy, a 6-8 forward, who are ranked Nos. 13 and 11 respectively. Tharpe is rated No. 91 in the Class of 2011.

KU in the early period is also hoping to land Ben McLemore, 6-5 senior from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. McLemore, who is’s No. 17-rated player, has a final two of KU and Missouri. As of Tuesday, McLemore had still not made a decision. Most recruiting analysts believe he’s leaning toward KU.

Teahan sits

KU senior guard Conner Teahan did not play in KU’s second and final exhibition game. It’s expected he will red-shirt the season and extend his career through 2011-12. The finance major plans to get an MBA.

“It may be 60-40 probably as far as red-shirting,” Teahan said. “There are probably more benefits for me to do that.”

Releford nets dozen

Travis Releford, who red-shirted last year, had 12 points off 5-of-6 shooting.

“Coach said take open shots, don’t try to force anything and create for others, so that’s what I was trying to do,” Releford said.

Withey plays

Jeff Withey, who had surgery in September to repair a broken bone in his foot, played three minutes.

Coach says …

KU coach Bill Self on the game: “We had some really good possessions defensively where we rebounded the ball decent. We also had some really poor possessions defensively. Offensively, I thought the ball stuck more than it did the other night. We don’t guard as a team like we should. I don’t know if there is near enough pride in that regard with our team. There were some bright spots. I thought Tyshawn Taylor played well. Mario (Little) played decent in the second half after struggling in the first half. Thomas (Robinson) did some good things. Overall, it was just kind of a mediocre performance. Everybody just played OK, I don’t think anybody was exceptional.”

He added: “The two guys we know can play and impact the game are Brady (Morningstar) and Tyrel (Reed) and they’re not impacting the game either with shooting or defense. We will get there. The pieces just don’t quite fit. I’m not sure all the pieces fit for any team this early in the season. We’re fine, but there are big steps that need to be taken and we need to take them pretty soon because we start for real on Friday.”

Stats, facts

Marcus Morris left the game with nine minutes left after taking a hard shot to the groin area. He was fine after some recovery time on the bench . ... KU has won 37 straight exhibition games dating to 1995 when KU lost three games to teams in France. ... Self’s KU teams are 23-0 in exhibitions. ... KU wore crimson uniforms for the first time since the Alcorn State game last season (Dec. 2). ... In KU’s two exhibition wins this season, the team shot 67-for-75 from the free-throw line (89.3 percent), including 35-for-40 against Emporia State. The 35 free throws made would be the most by a Jayhawk team since Feb. 9, 2008, when the team recorded 36 in a game against Baylor. ... Tyshawn Taylor, who had his fingers taped in response to a dislocated right ring finger, had six assists, which would have been his best total since he recorded six against Missouri in last season’s finale. ... Marcus Morris is 15-for-15 from the line this preseason.


JJHAWK 10 years, 3 months ago

I know its early but . . .

!) Sure would like to see better three point shooting - our current per centage won't take us far.

2) We are not breaking defenses down with dribble drive penetrations and defenses will only get tougher - not easier.

3) Teams are driving the bucket on us

4) Our rebounding doesn't seem forceful.

I suspect its going to take a bit for this team to establish its identity. Thank heavens we have a great head coach!

Chris Shaw 10 years, 3 months ago

2) To add to your point #2, I think it's because of the flaws of KU's current personnel. Taylor and Releford were looking to penetrate while Emporia State was already packing it into the paint. It's hard to drive in an already crowded paint.

That's why Releford and Taylor need to be able to take that pull up 15 foot jumper in order to keep the defense honest. Good stuff.

Jim Roth 10 years, 3 months ago

Free throw % has been outstanding, though. That's big.

Ben Simonett 10 years, 3 months ago

didn't we lose to oral roberts in an exhibition game like 3-4 years ago?

KU_FanSince75 10 years, 3 months ago

On Marcus's shot to the groin----they showed the replay----it was just one of those things----it had to hurt, though. I saw all the coaches smiling at one point, you figured Marcus was going to alright.

hawk316 10 years, 3 months ago

All of us (guys) where I was watching the game were moaning, groaning and grimacing when we saw that collision of knee to groin. Must have been an especially hard blow based on how long it took Marcus to even straighten up.

741hawk 10 years, 3 months ago

Thank you, Gary, for referring to the uniforms as "crimson." It's SO irritating to hear Dave Armsrtrong refer to them as RED. Gawd. (And he did it last season, too).

Are ya readin' this, Dave? KU wears "Crimson and Blue."

DCLawHawk 10 years, 3 months ago

I'll second that. Weren't Kansas's original colors Harvard Crimson and Yale Blue? Or have I been led astray?

JayCeph 10 years, 3 months ago

Down with the 'red' uniforms. I do not like to look at KU on the floor and mistakenly see Iowa State, Nebraska, or worse... Oklahoma. Stop the insanity!

Jayhawker413 10 years, 3 months ago

They are required to wear the reds one game a year by adidas... done

KU_FanSince75 10 years, 3 months ago

I hate the red (oops, excuse me, Crimson) uniforms, too! I guess it begins with me when they wore the Crimson uni's VS Duke, down in Dallas in 85-86 (correct me if I am wrong). Larry Brown was the coach and Archie Marshall went down with that terrible injury. I was on the top row in Reunion Arena when it happened. I had an upset stomach after that happened. Jay Bilas, now at ESPN, was a member of that Duke squad. It was a great game, except for the fact that KU lost with those (ugh----red uniforms). So, you know how I feel about Jayhawk Nation.

KU_FanSince75 10 years, 3 months ago

Opps, sorry---that last sentence should read, "So, you now know how I feel about the Crimson uni's, Jayhawk Nation. Emotions got the best of me!

honk_for_hawks 10 years, 3 months ago

I actually like the crimson unis to an extent. I mean nothing beats home white, but I like wearing the crimson maybe as our sprint center colors or something like that. I'm not positive, but aren't we undefeated in the crimson unis under self? just sayin....

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