Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bears praise KU; Baylor basketball coach Scott Drew: Jayhawks were ‘efficient’

Kansas guard Josh Selby (32) swipes a steal from Baylor guard A.J. Walton during the first half. At right are Kansas guard Tyrel Reed and Baylor forward Anthony Jones (41).

Kansas guard Josh Selby (32) swipes a steal from Baylor guard A.J. Walton during the first half. At right are Kansas guard Tyrel Reed and Baylor forward Anthony Jones (41).


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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 85-65 victory over Baylor on Jan. 17, 2011.

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Following Kansas University’s 79.3-percent shooting performance in the first half Monday night, Baylor coach Scott Drew could only blame his defense so much.

“At the end of the day, you’ve still got to make those shots,” Drew said following KU’s 85-65 victory. “A lot of times, if you go 5-on-0 on offense, I don’t know if you go 23-of-29. They were efficient.”

The Jayhawks made 18 of 20 two-pointers (90 percent) and five of nine three-pointers (55.6 percent) in the first 20 minutes.

Drew credited KU for “coming out and really punching us in the face, as they say.”

The Jayhawks snapped the Bears’ 15-game homecourt winning streak. Drew is 1-8 all-time against KU.

“I know we’re embarrassed about how they played,” Drew said, “but they deserve a lot of credit.”

Drew was asked if he felt KU played like a team that had something to prove.

“Whatever it was, it was good,” Drew said. “I think that’s why people think they’re second in the nation or first in the nation, because they’re capable of playing like that.”

He also hinted that KU has been judged too harshly by fans and analysts this season.

“I’ve heard a lot of criticism about them having close games, but there’s a certain toughness that you develop with close games, and good teams win close games,” Drew said. “So they’re a great team.”

Drew also had high praise for Marcus and Markieff Morris, who combined for 44 points and 14 rebounds.

“They’re tough to guard because they can do multiple things,” Drew said. “They finished with six assists and four turnovers. Our backcourt had eight assists, 13 turnovers. I mean, there’s not many holes in their games.”

Baylor’s Perry Jones III — who finished with a team-high 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting — also was impressed by the twins.

“They just play hard,” Jones said. “They’re a good combination. Those two, they know how to work together.”

Baylor dropped to 3-30 all-time against teams ranked in the AP top five.

The Bears also fell in front of 10,596 fans — the largest basketball crowd in Ferrell Center history.


Alohahawk 9 years, 4 months ago

The Bears also fell, or put another way, "KU pulverized Baylor" in front of 35 NBA scouts and 10 general managers. In still other words, I hope all those recruits who are considering KU keep that in mind when they make their college decision.

yates33333 9 years, 4 months ago

Excellent point. The announcers of earlier games on ESPN last night said this so I hope the recruits were listening. What has Daniels done?

rwhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

First, Perry Jones could have won a national title in his one season if he had chosen any number of other schools.

Second, I bet Drew hated having to have this press conference and admit his loss. It made my night that at least one of our rivals and the pre-season pick is now 1-3 and that Drew ate his pride at home. Too bad Missouri had to win, but hey they're not yet over .500 in the league.

JHWK 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm right there with you on Drew having to eat crow at home. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. His team flat-out got their a$$es kicked at home. What's not to love?!

Woody Cragg 9 years, 4 months ago

Man, the Jaybirds really opened up the can of Whoopa$$ last night! Hopefully they've got some left. Enjoy the heck out of this one cause there may not be another quite like it the whole season. Bears looked shocked after about 10 min mark of first half. Wonder why? If the Brady whiners & KY posters start their BS today, don't even dignify that cr*p with a comment-unless you're really, really funny. Have a good one. RCJH!!!

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 4 months ago

Wow! Never knew Drew could be so complimentary. Hope last night's showing (by us) puts a damper on that "pipeline" of top recruits to BU.

Matt1958 9 years, 4 months ago

Tyrel was solid as a rock last night. The twins and Selby get all the ink. Fair enough, but Reeds play doesn't go unnoticed. His departure will leave a tough void to fill.

JHWK 9 years, 4 months ago

There's still a lot of season left, so don't kick him out yet! You're right, he is fantastic, and the kind of mentor you hope EJ and Royce will take a lot of direction from.

Ed Brown 9 years, 4 months ago

What an awesome first half. The Twins are getting back into the groove and showing what they should be doing all the time. If we can just get Selby, Taylor and the Twins all kicking butt at the same time...look out everyone. I don't know how you coach to keep a team playing that hard in first half and keeping focused in the second. We came out in the second like we knew Baylor couldn't do anything and they almost fought their way back. It was making me think about Kenny Gregory trash talking Baylor and we went to Waco and got whacked. Now, HCBS...put two halfs together so we can battle the UNI's in March!

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm surprised you don't think we put two halves together. I'm sure they knew Baylor was going to make a run. It always happens. But our guys just put it to them again. We were up by 21 at half and won by 20. I think that qualifies as putting two halves together.

Chris Shaw 9 years, 4 months ago

It's called Baylor's "Niche"! Up until last night, I haven't seen Baylor run a man defense in almost 2 years. Outside of Syracuse nobody runs a full time zone defense. Udoh and A.Jones last year carved a niche for Drew and Baylor to get other top PF recruits that want to play out on the wings.

JHWK 9 years, 4 months ago

PLUS - did you see how their fans bailed on the team with more than 5 minutes left in the game?! Who does that? Oh, Baylor fans do. And OU fans didn't even show when they were a ranked team, same as Texas fans.

Where you gonna go in the Big 12 if you want a sell-out EVERY night, regardless of ranking? Duh. The Hill.

Rock Chalk!

aerohawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Just guessing but I bet there aren't that many weeks in the last 20 years KU hasn't been in the top 25.

anyone know for sure?

Eric Schneider 9 years, 4 months ago

When it's 15 degrees in Lawrence, it will be in the 60's in Waco. You play in a major conference. Don't forget. Baylor almost knocked out Duke in the Elite 8 last year. How far did we get again?

I'm not saying we're not the better option. But don't belittle the job Scott Drew is doing at Baylor. That program was at rock bottom when he took it over. Now the expectation every year is a deep run in March. He's one of the premiere young coaches out there.

Gene Jackson 9 years, 4 months ago

Hate to even mention this, but has anyone else noticed how much better the free throw shooting has been the last couple of games?

angusmcpherr 9 years, 4 months ago

Iowa State game : 61.3% Nebraska game: 52.6% Baylor game: 88.9%

KU_FanSince75 9 years, 4 months ago

Good point, Coach Drew, in regard to KU's building toughness in close games. I was thinking the same thing, too.

Clarence Haynes 9 years, 4 months ago

Those close games could prove to be a learning tool come Tourney Time!

REHawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Surprisingly positive postgame statements from Drew, esp. after his goofy halftime allusion to our inspired play stemming from national concensus that the Jayhawks might be the weakest of all undefeated teams. Considering his walkout on our pregame video show at AFH last season, coupled with the classless video show produced at Ferrell last night, the guy is a walking headcase. Imagine the nightmares Bill Self would undergo if he should have a loose screw like that playing point guard for the Jayhawks!

Woody Cragg 9 years, 4 months ago

Some people are just all about themselves. They're not even close to the team with Carter & Udoh and their coach was actually clueless in the Holly Rowe clip. He is also classless for the etiquette involving both videos. When these guys do interviews after this kinda whoopin & start copping dueces & making excuses, that's when stupidity evolves into public view. Almost like their trying to give the other team a humjowie after the fact.

Travis Shinkle 9 years, 4 months ago

Coach Drew, I thought, had one of the best halftime interviews that I've seen in a while.

HawkBBall 9 years, 4 months ago

Tyshawn, you have put together two games back to back with good defense. Now work on your ball handling skills. Like Coach Knight said, you are too loose with your dribble. Tighten it up!

kennethst 9 years, 4 months ago

Anybody else think it's absolutely hilarious that so many in the national media dubbed Kansas State the "sexy" team and picked them to win the Big 12 and possibly the the national title? OOPS!!!!!!

And many of these same people picked KU to finish 4th in the Big 12???? Just shows that they know nothing about any teams west of the Mississippi......we'rev just fly-over country. They slobber all over UNC and Duke.

bocktar 9 years, 4 months ago

Yeah... Anyone who picks KSU for anything just isn't paying attention.

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 4 months ago

Dickie V had KU as 5th preseason.

Um...he changed his mind fairly quickly.

jaybate 9 years, 4 months ago

Self apparently does not pay enough homage to the Godfather, Dickie V, or to certain shoe whores, and perhaps to the television-gaming-shoe whore industrial complex, so DVi apparently slights KU often when he can get away with it without looking even stupider than usual. This means he apparently gets his digs in early, then underreports later, than hedges with a few good words in January, or February, and then glorifies everyone but KU in the tourney. And if we win the ring, he talks about why the other team lost, not about KU.

Many of the rest of the sports writers are apparently caught up in the dynamic that apparently drives DVi.

What is it?

One can only guess.

My guess is: If you offend the shoe whores, as Norm Roberts did at St. Johns, you get black balled. And everyone that is loyal to you gets smeared. This is apparently old fashioned corruption style behavior. The media is apparently scared of losing access by offending anyone that might offend the shoe whores and the big time college coaches that they are tight with.

Kansas State with Frank Martin, because he is antic on the sidelines, is apparently a great team to elevate arbitrarily high (a good show watching him raving on the sidelines), as a way to underreport and underestimate KU.

There was never much reason to be so high on KSU. Martin said it himself: Clemente was the leader of the team and the best player. When he left, the guts and leadership of the team left. And they lost Dominique Sutton. My guess is that this was all apparently a media snow job for KSU, as pay back for Self's man, Norm Roberts, standing up and saying I'm not caving into the shoe whores and the corruption back east. Self backed him up, and when the heat got too hot for the Fathers at St. John, and sacked Roberts, Self had the gall to take Niko into the KU program. It appears they were never going to let Self off scott free for standing up to the media-gaming-shoe whore industrial complex. No way.

It seems like you have genuflect to the complex frequently or you get the cold shoulder, or worse.

Basketball has had proven corruption over the years and it appears to have an ocean of it now.

Self apparently keeps trying to stay above it and dodge the cheap shots, but it appears they are not going to stop, so long as KU is in a small media market in a conference with only an eastern time zone foot print. There seems to be just too little to lose, and lots to gain. Apparently, cheap shotting a coach of Self's stature puts the fear of the devil himself in some of the lesser coaches in college ball

This is all opining.

You can never prove this sort of thing.

But it looks like a duck to me.

Lindsey Buscher 9 years, 4 months ago

"...the largest basketball crowd in Ferrell Center history."

What does that mean?

I wonder what event has the record.

Woody Cragg 9 years, 4 months ago

Piper & Davis said on radio that the largest crowd was for a ladies BB game. Who knows if that's right?

GoodGrief 9 years, 4 months ago

That is correct. The largest crowd in Ferrell Center history (before last night's game) was a women's basketball game in 2005, where there were 10,550 fans in attendance. That was the same year that the Lady Bears won the National Championship.

The women's team has been very successful, and is currently ranked #1 in the nation (coincidentally, they are coming to Allen Fieldhouse tomorrow night to take on Bonnie and the Jayhawks - tip off is at 7).

jaybate 9 years, 4 months ago

Feral Center is a better name for it, IMHO.

Drew Bender 9 years, 4 months ago

I loved seeing the Elite 8 banner hanging in the rafters... Who does that??

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 4 months ago

And was it the only banner?

It seemed pretty lonely there.

kennethst 9 years, 4 months ago

I pathetic and embarrassing. I think Iowa State does the same but actually has a banner for Sweet 16!!! Absolutely pathetic. Don't they realize this hurts their teams instaed of helping???? As if to say the elite 8 is the ultimate goal?? What a joke.

n8dawg 9 years, 4 months ago

MU hangs banners for NCAA tourney appearances lol

Tony Bandle 9 years, 4 months ago

Actually don't we as well.....only it's one banner with umpteen years, not a banner a year to symbolize perfect failure!!

GoodGrief 9 years, 4 months ago

To be fair, Baylor has made it to two Final Fours in their history. For a smaller school that doesn't have the basketball tradition of KU, an Elite Eight appearance is quite an accomplishment (in fact, I'm pretty sure our team from last year would have loved a chance to make it that far in the tourney).

zsn 9 years, 4 months ago

Yes, this is why any past-or-future 'Hawks fan who even thinks about "storming the court" at Allen needs be slapped upside the head with a 2x4 (Texas, 2003??).

We are Kansas! This is Allen Fieldhouse!! We expect to win every game, regardless of who the opponent is, where they are ranked or where we are ranked. The only banners we hang are for National Championships. Everything else is "been-there-done-that" - several times more than anyone else.

kerbyd 9 years, 4 months ago

Did not see the first half cause I worked a 12, but was interested in what Knight had to say. He pointed out that everybody (even Jucos) have talent. I think sometimes we take for granted what Self does with the talent he has year after year. Also pointed out that Selby and Jones are not ready for the next level. I know Knight screws up peoples names, etc., sometimes but I like his comments for the most part.

lincase 9 years, 4 months ago

I agree. He doesn't care about what individuals are out there on the court. He analyzes the game, and there are not many out there who do it as well. Granted, he always wants players to stay all four years and get degrees, but I thought his analysis of Selby was spot on.

dustfan 9 years, 4 months ago

I like Knight as an announcer for the most part also, however, he does have a couple WTF?! moments per game. Like saying that Robinson has a better outside shot than either of the Morrii. Or "that may have been the most important shot of the game for Kansas ... as long as they back it up on the defensive end now" after Reed hit a 3 to put KU up by 20 with like 4 minutes left. Huh?

dustfan 9 years, 4 months ago

LOL. Possibly, however, I don't think he had a better outside shot than the Morris twins either.

REHawk 9 years, 4 months ago

I enjoyed Knight's instructional commentary last night. He seems to have concentrated on getting names correct. He has a way of zinging in on the heart of most thoughts which cross his mind. No coach or player could well afford to garner his wrath!

Michael Thorp 9 years, 4 months ago

To me this was one of the most satisfying Jayhawk wins in quite a while. I dislike baylor about as much as mu and ksu. Keep it up Hawks!

Tony Bandle 9 years, 4 months ago

Baylor beaten...Tech and OU on the road but both suck....Texas, A&M, OSU at home. I think we're going to sweep the South!!

Nobody in the North is going to beat us at home.

Already made the Magic of Hilton, "poof disappear"..we never lose in the Octagon of Dumb, Columbia is a pain in the ass but winnable. If you had told me this summer what I'm about to say, I would have called you insane, but the two looming trap games are in Nebraska and Colorado!!!!!


jaybate 9 years, 4 months ago

"Some Lessons of the Baylor Game and a Few Non Sequiturs"

~Never judge a Self team based on unamped performances, like the one against NU. Judge a Self team based on the amped performances. Self has a volume switch. He turned it to low vs. NU. He turned it to high vs. Baylor.

~Never, never, never bring a bunch of tall, skinny, 1980's grad bigs to a 2010 XTReme Muscle contest. Baylor looked like a bunch sticks getting pushed around by bullies on a beach. Even Tyrel was punking guys on Baylor.

~Zones always look invincible the first half of the season, when teams are still learning to play against them, and "vincible" the second half of the season, when teams have already had several exposures to them.

~Baylor is not as good as last season, but they are not as bad as they looked last night. Baylor will be dangerous when they come to Lawrence. We only beat them by 20 shooting 79% and playing our starters down the stretch. Most teams we would have beaten by 35-50 shooting 79%.

~Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, play KU when it is shooting 79%.

~Kicking butt on the Disruption Stat (assists to TOs) is the path to righteousness for any Self team. KU was nearly at 1:1, by amping up its strips and only slightly reducing its TOs.

~When more than 20 NBA scouts come to a game, expect to see KU's starters in the game down the stretch, even if KU is winning by a 129 points.

~When a zone is confronted, expect to see Mario Little pronto from now on.

~Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never listen to board rats at this site whining about KU teams being overrated, when the team is undefeated by mid January.

~Get used to KU being No. 2. It feels good.

~Get ready for a bad shooting night next game.

~Self has been sending other teams a message with the NU and Baylor games. The message reads, whenever we want to, we can break your backs inside, whether you zone us inside, or sag m2m on inside. This message is very likely to keep B12 coaches from sleeping well the rest of this season.

~Kieff's vastly improved effort after NU ought to go along way to helping him learn how to stop slumps.

~Get ready for Selby to put on an incredible show next game. Mr. Plasma State is ready for another unconscious outing about now.

Rob Kanavy 9 years, 4 months ago

I have the utmost respect for Coach Knight, but I think there should be a law passed that Mushberger never be allowed to do a KU Game. That guy is terrible!!!!!! Have to watch the game with the MUTE button on.

Jaminrawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Anyone else notice Scott Drew give Self the fastest post-game handshake of all time last night? That guy is such a p***k. It must taste like bile for him to say anything nice about KU but he really had no choice after that beat down. I think Rick Barnes was right about the other coaches in the Big XII disliking that guy.

johnnyphoton 9 years, 4 months ago

I agree Baylor will give Kansas all it can handle in Lawrence. Shooting lights out like KU did last night, there was plenty of hang wringing when Baylor was going in for a layup to cut the lead to (I believe) eight points. Then Baylor started to miss free throws. Hard to believe that game was somewhat in doubt around the 10 minute mark. BUT, way to hang in there and win Jayhawks. You are figuring out how to close out the ball game.

Bill Kackley 9 years, 4 months ago

Duh, guys we don't play Baylor at home until next year.

jaybate 9 years, 4 months ago

Really? Good to know. I thought every team in the league was round this season, but that can't be now that you make me think of it. NU and CU are still in the schedule. Good. We're done with the Turd Baylors.

jaybate 9 years, 4 months ago

"Some Calls Scott Drew Made After KU Whipped Turd Baylor's Ass"

~Called up his dad, Homer Drew, at Valparaiso and cried.

~Called up Valpo AD, asked him to fire his Dad, and hire him.

~Called up the NCAA and asked them how soon he should leave to avoid Baylor getting the death penalty.

~Called Bob Knight to ask him if you ever get over being hated by your fellow coaches?

~Called Sean Miller and asked him if he could be his graduate assistant at 'Zona.

~Called Dick Vitale and said he would give a big donation to the Valvano Foundation if Dick could put a good word in for him about his application to ESPN for an announcer's job.

~Called the Branch Davidians and asked them if they needed a recruiter.

~Called Century 21 and put his house on the market.

~Called the Waco Daily Believer sports desk and told them that God told him to let KU beat him badly.

~Called Norman Bate's mother's house and started screaming, "MOTHER!!!!!!!"

~Called the producers of Glee and said he had reconsidered and would love to do a cameo as a hapless tramp basketball coach with a crush on the teacher of the glee club.

~Called President of Baylor and said, "What the hell! I admit it. Last year was a fluke."

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

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