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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Self shrugs off streak’s end, other KU notes

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Texas defeated Kansas, 74-63 at Allen Fieldhouse, ending the Jayhawks' home-game winning streak at 69 on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.

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Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 74-63 loss to Texas on Jan. 22, 2011.

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The longest homecourt winning streak in Kansas University basketball history has been snapped at 69 games.

“I couldn’t care less about the streak. I couldn’t all along,” KU coach Bill Self said after Saturday’s 74-63 loss to Texas, KU’s first home loss since a 69-66 setback to Texas A&M on Feb. 3, 2007, in Allen Fieldhouse.

“The only game I was really concerned about on the streak was I wanted our team to be the one that had the longest school winning streak several games ago. That’s not something that weighs in my mind. The media does a good job of talking about that, but that doesn’t mean much to me.”

The previous school-record winning streak was 62 games from 1994-98.

Noted Brady Morningstar, the only Jayhawk player to have experienced another loss in Allen: “It hurts. You don’t like to lose. Obviously we had the streak going. We’re not playing to keep the streak alive. We’re playing to get a win. It happens. You’ve got to bounce back.”

Releford still ailing

Self said sophomore Travis Releford (ankle) was available to play in the game, but was only about 80 percent. He is expected to play in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. contest at Colorado.

Technically speaking

Technical fouls were called on Jordan Hamilton and J’Covan Brown of Texas and Marcus Morris and Josh Selby of KU. They were apparently for excessive trash-talking.

“To be honest with you, I didn’t think there was one that was deserved,” Self said, “but if you call one, you are going to call something else. I don’t know, but from our standpoint, I don’t think the officials would call something if there wasn’t something said (by players).

“I am not putting it on them (officials) at all, but certainly an emotional game like that, for an official to watch that close on everything that’s being said or exchanged, obviously he (ref Doug Shows) wanted to get control of it (game) and do that.

“I don’t know why Jordan got one. I don’t know why Marcus got one. I don’t know why J’Covan and Josh got those at the end (technical on each for yapping at each other). Gosh dang, I mean, there’s more dialogue with negative with this guy talking to his best friend than some of those things. That’s what they saw so that’s what they called. That didn’t have any impact on the game.”

Stats, facts

KU leads the all-time series, 17-7 ... KU is 123-7 in Allen under Self. ... Self is 7-7 overall versus Texas, 7-5 as KU coach. ... Texas claimed its first victory in Allen against seven defeats. ... Texas’ 11-point victory was KU’s largest margin of defeat since losing to Arizona, 84-67, on Dec. 23, 2008 in Tucson. ... KU opened on a 10-0 run. Texas did not score its first field goal until 15:54. .. KU’s 63 points matched the fewest by the team this season. ... Tyrel Reed’s 17 points marked a career high in a Big 12 game. His five threes made also were a career high. ... Tyshawn Taylor’s six assists matched a career high in a Big 12 game. ... KU made just 26.7 percent of its shots in the second half, which was a season low for a half. ... Texas’ 25 made free throws were most made by a conference foe since Kansas State made 30 on Feb. 7, 2007.

Comments

KU_FanSince75 3 years, 11 months ago

The officials didn't affect the game's outcome but crying out loud, they have to use a little restraint on calling T's. Really, come on! It was a physical game, things are going to be said. If that is how they're are going to call games, then, there will be a lot of T's left in the Big 12 season to give. My goodness!

Hank Cross 3 years, 11 months ago

Sure that streak meant nothing. That's why Self went into the prevent defense mode for most of the second half, even though it was apparent that apart from the start, KU was having just as much trouble scoring as UT. Then, realizing that the ship is sinking throws in Selby, late and cold from sitting on the bench, hoping for a miracle.

Robert Rauktis 3 years, 11 months ago

Streak? Load the home schedule with nobodies like usual and the streak will be back alive in no time. Like professional wrestling. Weak schedules favor neither fans nor players. I guess it does support Kansas Athletic's salaries.

KU_FanSince75 3 years, 11 months ago

SFBayhawk---If Jayhawks are beating cupcakes like you say, then why doesn't anyone else have a 69-game home winning streak? I sure don't see any team that were close to us. Sure, there were some cupcakes, but there were also, some good opponents. AFH can be intimidating. Let's be smart here!

kuelguapo 3 years, 11 months ago

@SFB - Helps to remember that not everyone is chomping at the bit to play a game at AFH; that makes scheduling a little more difficult.

ab1984 3 years, 11 months ago

KSA- Regardless of whether you love or hate the basketball skills of Brady Morningstar there is no reason to refer to him this way. What kind of KU fan are you? Is this the "support" you give to players on the teams you like? Fine, critique his basketball skills, but please remember that he is a person first and a basketball player second. Name calling is immature and is something I attribute to teenage girls more than grown men or women upset about their basketball team losing. I think we need to all act like adults and realize that these are 18-24 year old guys on a national platform who are going to make mistakes. I know that I certainly made a lot of mistakes when I was in college. Are you so superior to the rest of us in both life skills and basketball skills to really be able to call others bad names? I highly doubt that.

rpboy06 3 years, 11 months ago

rofl, you burned him so hard someone needs to get him some ointment

Robert Brock 3 years, 11 months ago

By the way, Morningstar leads the Hawks in steals and is second in assists.

Craig Colgin 3 years, 11 months ago

None of the BM naysayers are capable of looking at any numbers for some reason. He should just be benched because he's the root of all evils on this team, and we have guys on the bench that will lead this team to a national title if we play them instead. Same guys that come in off the bench and dribble the ball off of their foot out of bounds. Makes lots of sense.

lance1jhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Brady Morningstar: Scored eight points, made 4 of 5 shots, had three assists, a steal, a blocked shot and one turnover. Did a strong job guarding Jordan Hamilton when he was on him and annoyed him to the point Hamilton was whistled for a technical for trash-talking him after scoring on him.

KSA is the real loser who should be kicked out of Jayhawk Nation.

Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks to a fellow poster, I just read the statute that is the basis for your username on this site. I suggest that you voluntarily cease and desist from posting furthur comments here under this name. You may feel it is in some way acceptable and appropriate. However, it is socially repugnent and in no way tolerable due to it's implications. I am surprised that you have not been contacted by LJW and disallowed from using the name.

bad_dog 3 years, 11 months ago

memhawk, I've asked the same question of the staff at both the ljw and kusports. No response-go figure. I've also asked KSA for an explanation at least 15-20 times. No response other than gibberish such as "you must be in favor of legalizing child molestation" for asking or criticizing the use of such a repugnant loser name.

He/she/it can post all the stupid unsubstantiated crap he/she/it wants. I couldn't care less about that. I just want the loser name to go.

addlime 3 years, 11 months ago

I think KSA stands for Kansas State A-hole. Brady actually played pretty well. Made big shots. I guess this guy didn't even watch the game. Pathetic... I'm usually very proud to be a KU fan, but when I see posts like this or Fred Phelps preaching hate in a KU sweatsuit, I sometimes think twice.

HawkBBall 3 years, 11 months ago

Your name is appropriate, the criminal statute for "Indecent Liberties with a Child."

SDSurferFan 3 years, 11 months ago

I guess this is where some of the naive posters are commenting.

Ed Brown 3 years, 11 months ago

Give him a call. Maybe he will let you have the next game so you can help him sharpen up his skills. I think he showed great restraint under extreme circumstances because he knew the team was up all night and still stunned yet when they played stupid, he used human compassion and showed us all that yes there are some things in life that are a bit higher prioriity than basketball. I hate that we lost and especially to Texas but my hurt hurts more for TRob and all those kids that don't know how to react to life circumstances like what TRob went through this week alone.

We'll be back but focus may be tough.

utahjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Excellent post, Up. These people with their drive-by rants aren't worth the time. They can't have real dialogue based on facts. They also have no compassion for what the team is going through right now. Hopefully, this person will receive more compassion when his/her loved one dies, then what they're giving out.

Heartfelt sympathies out to TRob and his little sister

kesmithstl1 3 years, 11 months ago

I was wondering where the haters were! Can someone give me some stats on Self's shooting percentage? Maybe let me know how well Self defended Brown off the dribble? While you're at it, let me know how to get in the heads of 18-23 year old young men, who have just suffered a tragic loss of a teammates mother.

I'm not saying it is against the rules to criticize KU BBall, far from it, but there were several intangibles out of KU's control yesterday that led to their demise. They will bounce back and you haters will be the first one's kissing their asses!

kesmithstl1 3 years, 11 months ago

btw, please join me in boycotting commenting to KSA until he changes his user name!

Ed Brown 3 years, 11 months ago

I totally agree. Anyone sick enough to use the login id he uses is a real sicko. In case anyone else doesn't know it is the Kansas Statutes Annotated 21-3503 Indecent Liberties with a Child.

Statute 21-3503: Indecent liberties with a child. (a) Indecent liberties with a child is engaging in any of the following acts with a child who is 14 or more years of age but less than 16 years of age: (1) Any lewd fondling or touching of the person of either the child or the offender, done or submitted to with the intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the offender, or both; or

  (2)   soliciting the child to engage in any lewd fondling or touching of the person of another with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the child, the offender or another.

  (b)   It shall be a defense to a prosecution of indecent liberties with a child as described in subsection (a)(1) that the child was married to the accused at the time of the offense.

  (c)   Indecent liberties with a child is a severity level 5, person felony.

jayhawktalk 3 years, 11 months ago

It's just a troll. A very obvious one, for that matter. Why waste time commenting? Just ignore him/her.

Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 11 months ago

New article headiline suggestions:

69 Was Hard To Come By

We Can't Get Better Than 69

After We Had 69, It Just Couldn't Get Better

Kyle Sybesma 3 years, 11 months ago

I hate to be negative and I know we can't win them all but I have not been comfortable with this team all year. It could be along Big 12 season. The only good game we've played all year was vs Baylor. Remove the stats from all the cupcakes and I'll bet we don't look very good on paper. USC, Arizona, Cal, Michigan, Iowa State, Neb, UCLA, were all close games and only Arizona and UCLA are close locks for the tournament. Our free throws an turnovers have been terrible all year. If the rest of the season goes the way the last 19 games go I ask you to watch how we do with a 4 point lead and an 11 point lead. This is the first team I've felt more comfortable with a 4 point lead rather than an 11 point lead.

With that being said I think we are capable of being a final four team but we've got a lot of little things to work on. Feels good to get that off my chest. Let's take it out on the Buffs. Rock Chalk!!

Dan Harris 3 years, 11 months ago

Kenpom #1 RPI #3 Yeah we only play cupcakes !

Ed Brown 3 years, 11 months ago

If you look at what we lost last year, what HCBS has to work with this year and what we have accomplished none if it makes sense. I thought the season started with a team of hotshot overachievers but have grown to become a very fine orchestrated team of underachievers. All in all, though, it is amazing what Self has done. I just wish we weren't so spoiled and expected so much. Only 2 undefeated teams left in the country and we are mad it isn't us. Go figure.

Steve Brown 3 years, 11 months ago

Final Four in Dallas when Danny was freshmen we had an awesome team, not sure, maybe 35-3 or the like. We were beating Duke in semi game and Archie goes down with knee injury, already had one surgery and Larry broke down in pain over Archie rolling on the floor while Mike K. used the injury time out to rally his troops and install new strategy. I had pleasure to be at that game, and would have wished a diff. outcome, yet would not trade the Duke loss for any less emotional Coach Brown. Likewise not sure what impact TRob situation had saturday yet would take the loss to UT if it means that we have a 100% heart felt coach in HCBS. not sure if this thread makes sense but had to say it..... I'll say a prayer this evening for mothers and grandmothers every where.

BewareOfThePhogOnTheWater 3 years, 11 months ago

There were extenuating circumstances surrounding the game yesterday. Our team was awake more than half the night because of the tragedy one of the team members suffered by the loss of their mother after having lost their grandmother and grandfather all within one month. How well could you function on an hour's sleep? It isn't surprising that the team "ran out of gas." Some things in life are far more important than a home winning streak or winning a basketball game. But, that is life, and we have to deal with it. Our thoughts and prayers should be with Thomas Robinson and not posting your negative and bashing comments about this team, any of its players or Coach Self. You know who you are, and all I can say, is shame on you!

God Bless you, T-Rob, your little sister, Coach Self and the entire KU basketball team. The TRUE Jayhawk Nation is here to support you.

Laura Hobbs 3 years, 11 months ago

Well said. All the negative people should read your post. I think some folks forget these are just KIDS here! Hard lessons to learn at such a young age.

Phoggin_Loud 3 years, 11 months ago

Texas played the better second half and deserved to win.

As disappointing as it is to lose, those guys deserve credit. They came into one of the most hostile environments in college basketball, withstood an early 10 point run, re-grouped, and won by double-digits. It was an outstanding display of mental toughness and determination. I hate losing, but I applaud the Texas basketball team.

Now, KU needs to make sure that 1 loss doesn't turn into multiple losses. Go beat Colorado on Tuesday and get back into the winning mindset.

actorman 3 years, 11 months ago

Excellent post, lighthhawk -- heartfelt and well said. One minor quibble: Danny was a sophomore in '86, not a freshman. I know because I was at the second-round heartbreaker against Auburn in '85 when his freshman season ended.

How anyone can rag on the players or coaches for this game is beyond me, given the circumstances. It's one thing to have a well-reasoned criticism like Sybesma, it's another to be nasty and harsh, like those idiots who I refuse to dignify by naming. I guess some of us were never blessed with the compassion gene.

Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 11 months ago

By saying "..all we are saying.." must mean that you've got an annoying little troll in your pocket! Nobody shares your poorly worded and spelled, displaced love/hate infatuation with Brady Morningstar. Why don't you pick on somebody who is truly deserving of such attention, say like Justin Bieber maybe? Lots of guys have a confusion about their manhood and take it out on boy-like personalities. Leave Brady alone. He'll never give you the time of day!

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