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Kansas defeats Oklahoma, 82-70

  • 3 p.m., Feb. 26, 2011
  • Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Back in the hunt: KU’s win, UT’s loss forge tie at top of Big 12

Kansas forward Markieff Morris maneuvers for a shot around Oklahoma forward C.J. Washington during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

Kansas forward Markieff Morris maneuvers for a shot around Oklahoma forward C.J. Washington during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 82-70 victory over Oklahoma on Feb. 26, 2011.

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KU players Tyrel Reed and Marcus Morris talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 82-70 victory over Oklahoma on Feb. 26, 2011.

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— Cole Aldrich of the Oklahoma City Thunder joined 200 or so fellow Kansas University basketball fans in an impromptu celebration 10 minutes after the Jayhawks’ resounding 82-70 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday in Noble Center.

The score — Colorado 91, Texas 89 — flashed on the center scoreboard, informing the lingering spectators that KU had moved into a tie with UT for first place in the Big 12 standings with just two games left on the schedule.

“I rarely pull for anybody to win or lose, (but) I was happy to see a KU alum get a big win today,” KU coach Bill Self said, referring to coach Tad Boyle and his Buffaloes.

“At least it puts it back in our court where we can control our own destiny in our league. To me, winning league is a big deal,” added Self, whose Jayhawks (27-2, 12-2) have won six straight conference crowns. “To have a chance to win it is our goal every year. Our path is hard. This is probably a better scenario than I ever imagined for us (after falling two games back).”

The Jayhawks will play host to Texas A&M at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Senior Night for Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed and Mario Little, then travel to Missouri on Saturday.

Texas (24-5, 12-2), which beat KU in Allen Fieldhouse, plays host to Kansas State on Monday and travels to Baylor on Saturday.

“ Big, real big,” KU sophomore guard Elijah Johnson said of the magnitude of the Longhorns’ loss to CU. “We don’t know how big yet, but it could be as big as ... I don’t know. We’ll find out.”

Johnson could be forgiven on this particular day for struggling to complete that thought.

He was elbowed in the neck by OU’s Cade Davis, who was fouled by Johnson in hitting a three with 14:55 left. Johnson headed to the locker room, where he had X-rays taken.

The pictures showed no injury, and Johnson returned to the court with 4:39 left. He was accompanied by a team doctor as well as Angel Morris, mother of the Morris twins, who’d gone back to check on Johnson.

“When he released, on his follow-through, he came down on my neck,” said Johnson, who started his second straight game in place of the suspended Tyshawn Taylor. Johnson had five points and one assist in 16 minutes.

Asked if his injury felt like a football “stinger,” the colorful Johnson grinned and said, “I have another analogy for it. You know when you go to Chuck E. Cheese’s, they give you a hammer and you bop some people on the head? It kinda feels like that’s what happened to my neck. It’s nothing to worry about. I’ll get treatment on it and be back.”

KU coach Self said Johnson, “Got his bell run, hurt his neck. I don’t know how a guy hurts his neck when he fouls a guy on a three-point shot. He fell and did something to his neck. He was complaining enough they had to do an X-ray. He’s fine. He could have gone back in. He’s fine.”

Thomas Robinson also provided a bit of a scare when he banged his surgically repaired right knee on a Sooner and had to leave the game for a couple of minutes in the second half. He’s also “fine,” Self and Robinson indicated.

As far as Saturday’s game, the Jayhawks turned in a near-perfect first half in hitting 17 of their first 22 shots — 17-24 by halftime, including six of 11 threes in building a 45-33 lead.

The Morris twins combined for 20 points off 8-of-10 shooting the first half. Marcus Morris finished with 23 points off 7-of-10 shooting and Markieff 19 points off 7-of-11 shooting.

“Offensively, the first half we were terrific,” Self said. “We missed two shots inside the arc the first half. We shoot 71 percent and we look up and are up 12. We didn’t guard.”

The Jayhawks led by as many as 21 (58-37 at 17:23) and as few as 11 (75-64 at 3:26) in a less-than-dramatic second half.

The big story here was the league race.

Did Josh Selby like the Jayhawks’ chances after a loss to Kansas State on Feb. 14 dropped KU two back of the Longhorns?

“No,” Selby said, “but I didn’t give up faith, either. Every team wants to be on top. This will motivate us.”

Noted Marcus Morris: “We still have two tough games to go. Just because we got that break today doesn’t mean it’s over.”

Johnson grinned when asked what’s the ultimate goal for KU: winning the Big 12, getting a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament or perhaps something else?

“I want us to be in the best situation possible. That’s the biggest goal now,” he said. “We want to be in the best situation. Whatever that means, that’s what we want to do.”

Comments

manunitedjayhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Elijah Johnson should be this teams' starting PG for the rest of the season. I had my doubts but I strongly believe that his lack or production early in the season was solely based on lack of confidence. I think that he has a "starters" mentality and that starting (although Coach Self downplays it) is huge for a kid like Elijah. He has looked very solid defensively and I think his on ball defense sets the tone on how we play on the defensive end of the floor. I don't know if you will find a more athletic PG in the nation than EJ. This team will never be as good on D as the 2008 team so lets please stop comparing. That team in 2008 might be the best defensive team in the past decade other than maybe the 2001 Duke team with Williams, Boozer, Battier, Duhon, Dunleavy, and Brand. I think this teams' defense will improve going into the Big 12 tournament, although it is only in a week I think the "pressure" of the post-season might actually fuel this teams' desire to perform defensively. The OU game was a bad showing on D but the officials destroyed the tempo of the game in the 2nd half. I never blame officials for losing but I will blame them for ruining the flow of a game.

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Vittorio1224 3 years, 1 month ago

@ Ralster ~ Which professors do you have this semester? Can't believe you didn't catch the limestone -- Calcium Carbonate reference :) Hence the Rock Chalk moniker lol

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Dirk Medema 3 years, 1 month ago

"Every team wants to be on top. This will motivate us.”

That sounds eerily reminiscent of the comments on 2/12 & 13. With Duke, UT, SDSU & Pitt all losing, KU & tOSU are the only remaining candidates for #1.

Hopefully, Coach Self can proactively remind the team during a couple practices what the goal is, and that we get there one game at a time. It should also help for it to be senior night, tho we'll need to spoil one this weekend as well. First things first though.

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KansasComet 3 years, 1 month ago

Teahan will be back next year.

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Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 1 month ago

Senior Night, this Wednesday, where has the season gone?

Brady, Tyrel and Mario will get AFH fired up unlike the last few Senior Nights.

Next year's Senior Night could be very special or very depressing depending on Angel's plans for her sons. If they stay, it'll mean we are blessed once again. If they go, it'll leave Tyshawn as our only senior,

Is Conner Teahan not a senior this year? Does his red-dhirt status postpone his senior night until next year?

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jhawkrulz 3 years, 1 month ago

I've been saying all along that Texas has really hit certain times good in its schedule. It clearly hit KU at a time KU was at a low point. Additionally, aTm is the only team that it has beat on the road that was of any quality (besides us of course). That being said, aTm is the rivalry in Texas and goes back to the SWAC days. Anyways, after that they played Missouri at home, and the south is lackluster this year for sure (TT, OU, OSU).

I have said and posted on a number of instances that @CU, @NU, @Baylor, and home against KSU they would lose two of those games. I was right, but I actually think they could lose 1, and I wouldn't be surprised if they lost both of them. Additionally, with the Big XII tourney being at the Sprint Center don't be surprised if they get beat in their first game, they just aren't a road team. They only play six deep, so that second day will be hard if they make it...on the third day (if they make it to face KU), I don't think they will have the legs to keep playing...see CU game in High Altitude.

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Kye Clark 3 years, 1 month ago

Oakville's observation #9 points out something that I've thought for quite awhile, and that is that the Big 12 has lousy coaches. Consider the coaches in this league (and rank them yourself if you can):

2 - Rick Barnes. I think he has some flaws in his style, but he has to rank right behind Bill Self (although the chasm between Self and Barnes is huge). He consistently recruits good players and is the only team to ever challenge us for league supremacy. He also has the right personality to try and build a perennial contender at a school where basketball is a distant second to football. A couple of elite 8 appearances and a Final Four.

3 - Scott Drew. Slimy as they come, but despite how much we may despise his methods he has gotten some good players to come threw Waco, which can't be easy. Should have a win over Duke in the tournament and a Final Four on his resume had the refs not robbed him of it.

4 - Mark Turgeon. A good game coach, but hasn't been able to reload the talent necessary to compete at the highest levels of this league. He may be maxed out regarding his coaching potential, destined to field a upper-middle of the pack team.

5 - Mike Anderson. As likable a coach as there is likely ever to be in Misery. He's a decent recruiter, but honestly that style of play caps both his teams' ceiling as well as the quality of player he is likely to get.

6 - Jeff Capel. Has brought in good talent and has an elite 8 appearance on his resume. However he is trending downwards, failing to keep the talent he recruited long enough to build anything, NCAA allegations, and a likely second consecutive losing season.

7 - Travis Ford. For KU fans' sakes we should all wish success on Ford, lest we have T Boone Pickens and his deep pockets sleazing around Lawrence trying to lure Self to come coach his alma mater. Somewhat of an incomplete grade. Let's see what he can do with LeBryan Nash next year.

8 - Pat Knight. Likely has one foot out the door. Inherited the team from his dad and has been underwhelming both as a recruiter and a coach. A likable guy, but that doesn't buy you much.

9 - Fred Hoiberg. Incomplete. Took over a team short on talent. Might very well be in over his head, having no head coaching experience. Went for the quick fix taking on as many transfers as he could. We'll see how that strategy plays out.

I left off Sadler and Boyle, as they are leaving the conference next year. But if you were to stack the coaches of the Big 12 up against most of the other power conferences, I think the Big 12 fails to measure up.

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 1 month ago

Gameday Observations:

1] Lloyd Noble Center is one of the ugliest arena's I have ever seen...it's "Octagon Ugly" 2] Kansas better hire Angel Morris as the team LIfe Coach. 3] Serious lack of background cleavage ruined the broadcast. 4] Nice job by ESPN not to putting the running score in the corner of the picture until right before switchover, 8 minute into the game? 5] Has anyone at ESPN ever heard of split screen simulcast????? 6] Cade Davis 's degree is a Bachelor of Bar Bouncering. 7] There were so few people there that if OU had pulled the upset, the PA announcer would have had to ask the Kansas fans to help rush the court!!! [LOL- I liked that one] 8] First two rounds of the NCAA will be just up the road in Okie City...KU Nation, ARISE!!!!!!!! 9] Capel is about as good as coach as that Missouri hair guy. 10] Nothing beats surgical recovery better than watching Kansas kick someone's ass!!!!!

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KansasComet 3 years, 1 month ago

A good thing KU has going this year is that we have not lost a close game. Undefeated in games decided by 10 points or less. I guess if we get close enough to you, we will beat you!

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Vittorio1224 3 years, 1 month ago

@ RockCaCO3 -- As a former Chemistry major @ KU, I love your moniker. No excuses for Lunardi, though. He's good at what he does, and yes, TU has beaten some quality opponents, but they also have some BAD LOSSES: USC, CU, NU.... at least we lost to TEXAS after a night of no sleep and being emotionally spent before we even walked out on the AF court, and to a wounded animal in K-STATE @ AF West when they HAD to win and were desperate. Let's see what happens in the BIG 12 tourney. It should be ROCKIN' fo' sho' !!

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month ago

UCLA beat aridzona to take over first in the Colorado Ten.

They will both be in the Madness.

Every year we hear KU's schedule is weak.

Every year by late in the season the schedule was strong.

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Steve Brown 3 years, 1 month ago

Not sure NCAA rules, can we hire Angel as team house mom, even after twins depart, the world has changed with bad influences, girls, agents decisions for trouble abounds, the kids need a strong accountability on and off the court. Tough love, heck send her out to recruit.

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jayhawktalk 3 years, 1 month ago

Has there been an article on Angel Morris? Talk about an unsung hero. Not only did she bring two of the best college players in the nation into the world, but this lady is freaking fantastic!

Not sure if she's married... If not, can you imagine the job interview, sitting across the table from Mook and 'Kief? Any potential suitor would have to be fearless! ...I wonder if he would have to get matching tat's with the Morri as a token of sincerity.

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Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 1 month ago

I love the line in the article about Angel Morris tending to EJ. She is the Mother Of All Jayhawks! (obviously meant as a compliment!)

Big Momma's House is in Lawrence, Kansas!

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Vittorio1224 3 years, 1 month ago

What is Lunardi smoking? Having Texas as a #1 seed with FIVE losses and two bad road defeats to perennial losers Nebraska and Colorado?! Ridiculous... No way Jo(e)se!

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KansasComet 3 years, 1 month ago

We still have some work to do to get to the 30 win mark. Would love for us to have 30 wins before the "Big Dance". I have always felt that Kansas is the number 1 team in the nation. I have not watched a more complete, talented or deep team than Kansas this year. We get in our own way sometimes, but so does everyone else. College Basketball is fun to watch! Teams I hope are not in our bracket, especially in the 2nd Round:

  1. St. Johns
  2. UCLA
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Justin Carlson 3 years, 1 month ago

This is a list of top 50 Men's Division I college basketball teams ranked by the number of wins through the games of February 25, 2011.

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Rank College Wins Losses Winning percent 1 Kentucky 2042 646 .760 2 Kansas 2029 798 .718 3 North Carolina 2025 726 .736 4 Duke 1938 824 .702

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JHAWKNPHX 3 years, 1 month ago

Don't forget to vote every day for Tyrel in the Lowe's Senior Class Award: http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/....

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Kevin Long 3 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know how many games KU is behind UK for #1 on the all time wins? I know they have gained some ground but I don't know how close?

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TXChalker 3 years, 1 month ago

Is this the beginning of UT's downfall like last year? Down here they are all blaming it on the altitude but didn't think our loss was due to the emotional strain due to the loss of Lisa Robinson. Thanks CU and NU for ending your Big 12 run on such high notes and showing what UT isn't. Hopefully it shuts up all the "national media" that wouldn't stop talkin about tu. What is the deal with Alexi W just getting a 2 game suspension for his DUI?
Rock chalk Jayhawk!

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kuproud96 3 years, 1 month ago

So who else is tired of hearing "we didn't guard"? Another second half when the team let an inferior opponent out perform them. It would be better if coach Self never talked about it, because it does nothing to demonstrate that he is capable of motivating them to play defense. It's clear this team thinks that they can outscore anyone and that's just what they want to do.

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month ago

I told u so.

UT was overrated. Two losses in a row to mid pack teams, CU with no board men, does not lie.

KSU is a better team than Tayhoss. KSU just got derailed early.I

Gr8 job of believing and scrapping through adversity KU.

OU sucked. Did not see game. Did OU cheap shot?

A&M should be a loss, because of our injuries and shooting back to our avg., but this is a chance for KU to learn to win a close one on smarts alone.

Turg will play war of attrition.

100 says pass, pass, pass, because it is the answer to superior numbers and playing injured. If you have to limp, do not run. Pass!

Rock chalk!

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KansasComet 3 years, 1 month ago

Every game from here on out is a big game. Let's see who shows up and who disappears? This should be an exciting Big XII tounament. It's winning time now! Go Jayhawks!

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Tell Rick Barnes regarding his league championship insinuation that "proof is in the pudding": WildBill has how many BigXII championships compared to Mr.Barnes?? Wouldnt it be ironic to still take the league crown over Texas after they even won 1 in AFH! Its about consistency and many wins, not some highlight 1-game win. Same concept applies in March. R-C-J-H !

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Theodore Thadogweadore 3 years, 1 month ago

Anyone else remember Rick Barnes insinuating that KU wouldn't have as many Big 12 titles if we played a south divison schedule? (at media day in KC) After losing to both Colorado and Nebraska, Barnes can choke on his words. I hope KSU pounds Texas tomorrow night and makes it three losses to the north.

Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!!!

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haydenhawkco 3 years, 1 month ago

If both KU and UT finish the season with the same conference record, wouldn't UT have the tie breaker and win the Big 12?

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 1 month ago

As I was sitting in my Lloyd Noble Center seat behind the South goal, I looked up at the scoreboard and I saw that the Buffaloes were winning against the Longhorns, I was thinking, it would be a really good day if Duke lost. KU really controlled the game with the Sooners throughout. Duke did lose. I just watched the #1 team elect! Rock Chalk.

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UmbertoConforti 3 years, 1 month ago

Both Baylor and K-State are playing good basketball at this point. The kind of ball that most expected they would play all year. Missouri will be a very difficult game and Texas A&M is no push over. They have a great coach. In fact all of these teams have great coaches. The Big 12 is loaded with great coaches.

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Vittorio1224 3 years, 1 month ago

@Calcium Carbonate ROCK ~ That's TU & Dook my friend :)

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Vittorio1224 3 years, 1 month ago

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves "y'all"... as my Texas brethren down here would say :) We still have two HUGE games to pick up and place in the "W" column. aTm, especially now that former KU alum & fellow Topekan, Mark Turgeon, is at the helm! Let's make this personal.... like Mook says, "Family over everything!" ... time to bring home the 7th Big 12 title in succession! RCJGKU! Stay the course... stay humble... stay hungry.

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oldalum 3 years, 1 month ago

What I saw this morning has us #1 seed in the southwest. Other three are Pitt, tOSU, and BYU.

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RockCaCO3 3 years, 1 month ago

With both UT and Dook losing KU has to be back in contention for a 1 seed in the big dance (referring to Palms and Lunardi picking us as a 2 seed).

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rockchalk80 3 years, 1 month ago

Barnes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

that's all I have to say.

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jhwkfan162515 3 years, 1 month ago

Glad that we are back in a first-place tie, but sad that we needed the help of the Benedict Arnold teams (NU and CU) to do it.

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brooksmd 3 years, 1 month ago

I think after we win the regular season championship and cut down the nets at Missery, one of the nets should be mailed to Dickie V. Thank him for the bulletin board material.

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Brianna Zaleski 3 years, 1 month ago

Was it just me or did that arena look half empty yesterday? And I don't just mean towards the end of the game. I saw groups of empty red seats peppered throughout that place all game. You would think that a place like OU would be able to fill up an arena for a game, especially when the #2 ranked team comes to town. Fair weather fans I guess

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fansincewilt 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree Johnson is doing a good job. I do think we need Taylor back. I hope he's paid his dues and is back Wednesday. We certainly will need him Saturday. Those Missouri guards will be tough to contain Saturday. We need to be full force.

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doolindalton 3 years, 1 month ago

Elijah Johnson is the best point guard KU has. He has the length, quickness and desire to play defense and does a decent job of distributing and shooting on offense. KU needs him to make a quick recovery.

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Scott MacWilliams 3 years, 1 month ago

On the spot, 100. Just keep the focus, 'Hawks, go to the aTm and clean out the cash!! Misery isn't going anywhere, and you know they'll be wanting to jump on your backs for their senior night. BTW, isn't senior night at Misery when they get their GED's?

ROCK CHALK!!

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