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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook: Thomas Robinson doubles up again

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson pulls a rebound away from Florida Atlantic's Pablo Bertone (25) and Jordan McCoy (21) during the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson pulls a rebound away from Florida Atlantic's Pablo Bertone (25) and Jordan McCoy (21) during the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas defeated Florida Atlantic, 77-54 on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 17 rebounds. It marked his sixth-straight double-double. It’s the longest streak of consecutive double-doubles to open a KU season.

Robinson’s 17 rebounds set a career high. His previous high was 15 against Duke last week in Hawaii. His 17 boards were the most by a Jayhawk since Cole Aldrich’s 18 against Texas Tech on March 11, 2010. His 13 defensive rebounds were also the most since Aldrich had 15 against Texas Tech in 2010. Over his last two games, Robinson has grabbed 32 rebounds.

Also, Robinson hit 11 of 13 free throws, which set career highs in both categories. His four blocks were a career high. As a team, KU had 53 rebounds, highest total of the season and most since grabbing 56 against Missouri on Jan. 25, 2010.

Stats, facts

KU’s 13 blocked shots were the most in a game since the Jayhawks had a school-record 15 rejections against Toledo on Dec. 9, 2006. ... During a five-minute stretch in the first half, KU outscored FAU by a 17-2 margin to stretch a three-point lead to 18. ... Florida Atlantic’s 32.3 percent shooting mark was the lowest of the season by a KU opponent, while the Owls’ 23.5 percent three-point shooting was also a season low for a Jayhawk opponent. ... The Jayhawks collected a season-high 25 points from the foul line. ... Tyshawn Taylor had 18 points, giving him double figures in all six games this season. It matches Taylor’s longest streak of consecutive games with double-digit points, which he did his freshman year. ... Conner Teahan connected on three three-point field goals, which matched a career high. ... Travis Releford’s six rebounds were a career high, while his four assists were a season best. ... Justin Wesley’s seven rebounds were his highest total as a Jayhawk. He had eight in a game with Lamar in 2010.

Walk-on news

Self indicated that Anthony West, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward who suited up for the Towson game, will not walk on the team. West, who played high school ball at Shawnee Mission East, cited a time commitment.

Comments

Alohahawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Lots of nice personal bests recorded by the Jayhawks, as listed above. And a typical win against a team with lesser abilities.

However, it still appears that KU played to the level of its opponent. I wasn't able to watch the game, so I can only evaluate their performance by the written comments about the game. And from HCBS's post game comments. So, I may be completely wrong. If I am, I apologize. But it sounds as if the Jayhawks should have won by at least 35 or more. And that the game should have never been close.

Lackadisical (ie. lazy) turnovers will not cut it against a good to great team. KU's guards simply have to take care of the ball better. If this would have been Ohio State, KU would have lost by as many, or more, as they won by against Florida Atlanta. I hope that KU"s next two opponents play a better quality game, and that the Jayhawks learn to play above those two opponent's levels. Then, maybe, they'll play to their opponent's level when Ohio State comes to town. Ohio State demonstrated their skills pretty well against Duke on Tuesday. If they perform to that level in Lawrence, the Jayhawks may receive an embarassing loss at home.

KU's starting guards better improve, or it could be a long, frustrating conference season.

actorman 2 years, 11 months ago

Nice analysis, Aloha, and you're spot on as to how they played, especiallly for having not seen the game.

I'm not too worried about the general overall play, because there was a natural letdown after the Hawaii experience. But I am worried about the turnovers, because it does seem to be an ongoing problem.

I'm pretty confident that they'll play much better against OSU, as the joint will definitely be rocking!

NJHAWK 2 years, 11 months ago

+1, and TRob needs to finish above the rim.

AsadZ 2 years, 11 months ago

I have never seen more sloppy play from KU than last night's game. It was BAD. I hope it was a matter of Muai hangover. If Ku play any where close to last night's game they will not win very many games.

Timmay97 2 years, 11 months ago

Anyone seen Elijah? Man is that an ugly stat line.

Kent Wells 2 years, 11 months ago

So, West, who went to East, went South... What's up with that? Seriously, I think I would have given my left knee to wave a towel on the KU bench. Come up with some free time, man! What's up with that?

jaybate 2 years, 11 months ago

Anthony West must be in the running for the shortest Jayhawk basketball career.

"Some High Points of Anthony West's Time as a Jayhawk"

~Walk on try out where he tied his shoes among the fastest of all those that tried out.

~Avoided tripping on any of the painted lines.

~Recovered from having his shot altered by Niko Roberts, grabbed his own missed shot off the glass and had his shot blocked by TRob and land on top of the scoreboard.

~Went native on Maui, and signed on to an outrigger crew planning to try to make Tahiti by Christmas.

(Note: All fiction. No malice. Do what ya gotta do, Anthony, everyone else is in D1 basketball.)

Tony Bandle 2 years, 11 months ago

Come on, Anthony..Big Red, Matt Klienmann, from our 2008 team was an architecture major like myself, and he had whole days and nights in the design lab.......yet he got to celebrate a national championship!!

AsadZ 2 years, 11 months ago

And Sasha Kaun was a Computer Science major (A student) also has a ring

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