Sunday, March 6, 2011

KU notebook: Elijah Johnson miffed by miscues vs. Mizzou


Podcast episode

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-66 victory over Missouri on March 5, 2011.

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Elijah says …

Elijah Johnson on KU’s 24 turnovers against Missouri: “We need to take care of the ball because every team is not Missouri,” Johnson said of the Tigers, who generally force a lot of miscues.

Selby struggles

KU coach Bill Self on freshman guard Josh Selby, who had three turnovers against one assist in seven minutes the first half. He didn’t play the second half.

“I didn’t give him a chance in the second half, which in hindsight, I don’t know ... but I thought Tyshawn (Taylor) and Elijah played really well. He (Selby) didn’t play well the first half, turned it over a few times. He’s better than that. Like we said after the game, ‘You’ve got to let that go. It’s next game.’ He’s been practicing better and all that stuff. He hasn’t quite found it yet. Hopefully that’s going to happen real soon.”

The fund

Thomas Robinson acknowledged that his sister Jayla’s scholarship fund is doing well.

How well?

“I don’t know. I don’t think I’m supposed to know,” he said of the exact figures being compiled by a Washington, D.C., law firm.

TV talk

KCTV5 in Kansas City, as well as some other stations around the country, cut away from the final few minutes of the KU-MU game in favor of the Michigan-Michigan State game. In a statement on its Twitter feed, KCTV5 apologized to viewers and said that CBS told the station the problem related to sun spots causing problems with the satellite feed from the national network. Station general manger Bobby Totsch said that such a problem “won't happen again.”

CBS Sports official Jerry Caraccioli spoke to the Big 12 official website about the matter: “It was a combination of sun spots and satellite transponder issues,” he said. “The Kansas-Missouri telecast was interrupted, and we had to switch viewers in some of those markets to the other telecast. Some markets had their satellite feeds restored before the end of the game. It was an unfortunate and rare occurrence."

KCTV5 was to re-air the second half of the game after its 10 p.m. Saturday newscast.


Marcus Morris was called for a questionable intentional foul with 2:40 left, KU up, 63-54. Marcus Denmon had stolen the ball from Morris near halfcourt, and officials felt Morris deliberately tried to prevent a breakaway layup.

“It goes from 15 (-point lead) to four. I thought there were a couple plays I didn’t see it the same way as maybe the officials saw it,” Self said. “That’s neither here nor there. You’ve got to play through that. I didn’t think we did a very good job playing through it.”

Official visit

Braeden Anderson, a 6-8 senior forward from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass., will begin an official recruiting visit to KU today. He has also visited Kentucky unofficially and plans on making an official visit to Lexington. He may also visit Arizona and Oklahoma before making a decision.

Big 12 field set

The stage is set for the Big 12 tournament at Kansas City’s Sprint Center.

The pairings:


No. 8 Nebraska vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State, 11:30 a.m.

No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Iowa State, 2 p.m.

No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 Oklahoma, 6 p.m.

No. 6 Missouri vs. No. 11 Texas Tech, 8:30 p.m.


No. 1 Kansas vs. NU/OSU winner, 11:30 a.m.

No. 4 Kansas State vs. CU/ISU winner, 2 p.m.

No. 2 Texas vs. BU/OU winner, 6 p.m.

No. 3 Texas A&M; vs. MU/TTU winner, 8:30 p.m.


Tim Orel 9 years, 12 months ago

Sunspots, yah, right. How are some cities affected and others get the whole thing? Why isn't not putting up a copy of the game tape so that fans who missed it can see the whole thing? I've checked the YouTube videos linked from this site but even the longest only goes until about 1:16 left in the game with the lead at 4 points.

While I don't think CBS would likely choose to look like incompetent boobs, it's probably better PR for them to blame sunspots than some producers cat who knocked over a Coke onto a control board, wiping out select feeds.

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 12 months ago

My coverage never wavered, so I don't see how they can say other stations "had their satellite feed restored" before the end of the game. Mine never lost it.

Scott Smetana 9 years, 11 months ago

Exactly.... you took the words right out of my mouth. My dad in Hays said he never lost coverage. Someone higher up made the decision that the game was over at 3:30. It's possible he was a Mizzery fan or anti Big 12 fan. The announcers hinted they thought the game would never end based on the fouls and turnovers. That's Mizzery ball, but doesn't mean us fans should be punished. As we all know, we always watch the painful last few minutes of Big East blowouts.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 12 months ago

Just a question with no agenda...Is Selby a bust or can he turn it around in the NCAA?

Scott Smetana 9 years, 11 months ago

In other breaking news, the sky is blue. Thanks for putting down our future star genius.

Vittorio1224 9 years, 12 months ago

Selby definitely needs another year (or two). The college game has sped up for him and I'm not sure the Jayhawks play as well with him ON the floor. That being said, we need strong bench play and another cat that can drain the 3-ball. Hang in there Josh!

Robert Brock 9 years, 12 months ago

Selby still reacts to pressure like a high school kid. Maybe that works in The League.

jhox 9 years, 12 months ago

The story KCTV 5 is giving us is BS. They didn't even stick to the same story. Topeka and St. Louis stations managed to get the game back, but not KCTV 5 (not surprising, they are the worst...)

We should boycott their programming until the NCAA tournament, when we have no choice but watch.

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 12 months ago

Yeah, how about telling CBS go to f*ck itself and not letting them broadcast another regular-season Big XII game?!?! This isn't the first time they've pulled this stunt!!!

jayhawkintexas 9 years, 12 months ago

Great win, guys. Hopefully the 24 turnovers were a bad day at the office and not a sign of things to come. Its tournament time!!!!

lance1jhawk 9 years, 12 months ago

Bill Self should file a missing persons report for Josh Selbys "game". The last time we saw it was in late December against USC.

jhawkohio 9 years, 12 months ago

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rockemchalkemrobots 9 years, 12 months ago

KCTV5 synopsis: "We will not allow these circumstances, which were beyond our control, to occur again, notwithstanding the fact that they were beyond our control."

DCLawHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

It does make you wonder how much 'out of their control' the decision really was, doesn't it?

KansasComet 9 years, 12 months ago

Fellow Jayhawk Fans: Please give the young man a break. Josh Selby will be just fine. He is just a young man trying to fit into a system. He is used to having the ball in his hands all the time, and dictating the offense. Now he is playing in a system. It is just not an easy transition. If you remember, the USC game, he was told to "just go play ball" and he responded very well. I believed he drained a game winning jump shot in his first collegiate game. Not many can say that. Now, he must perform is assigned duties, which includes a lot of weaves, where he is not allowed to attack the basket and make plays or create shots for himself. He has also had to deal with an injury and the loss of one of his closest friends. The NBA , as Cole Aldrich recently said is so much different than College Basketball. Josh Selby will be a fine NBA player whether he returns to Kansas for another year or departs after this season. It is entirely his call. Hopefully Jayhawk fans will continue to support Josh and hopefully he will respond with better play during the upcoming tournaments.

Matt Lacey 9 years, 12 months ago

Here's all the proof you need that sunspots is non-credible.

There were no noticeable spikes in X-ray or proton flux during the KU game.

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 12 months ago

Appreciate the effort, kuae99! I, too, am a proud KUAE.

Neom 9 years, 12 months ago

It seems Tejas gets the easiest draw in Big 12 Tournament.

Ron Franklin 9 years, 12 months ago

My feed in se kansas never was lost. Having a rewatch party tonight on 58 inch tv all upset fans are invited!

Linda Daxon 9 years, 12 months ago

I watched the game at a KU watch party in Oklhaoma City at a sports bar and while we got to see the entire game, there were several interuptions late where we lost the feed for a few seconds at a time on all 7 tvs in our room, so some technical difficulty was going on.

selfhimbill 9 years, 12 months ago

We should all give thanks to Bobby Totsch for not allowing any more problems with sun spots in the future.

Matt Gonzo 9 years, 12 months ago

Hey CBS, here is a good idea. Why don't you follow the lead of ESPN and play the game in it's entirety and then break into the next game after it has already started.

Hmmm, sure I get pissed when Big East games go over their time limit but i would rather watch the end of an intense game rather than the beginning....DUH!!

Matt Gonzo 9 years, 12 months ago

KCTV5 re-aired the 2nd half after their 10 o'clock newscast because at that time of the night the sun has been turned off.

Dan Cook 9 years, 12 months ago

In Houston Tx, CBS made a decision to switch from the KU game with 3:27 remaining to go to a slew of commercials, followed by the tip of the Mighty Oregon Ducks vs Arizona game. This was not predicated on sunspots or technical difficulties. This was done becasue CBS determined the KU game was over and Houston's affiliate was told to carry the REGIONAL feed, not the Big 12 region's feed. Houston is clearly a Big 12 city with UT/A&M grads everywhere, yet the local affiliate was designated otherwise. Not sure whether I'm furious with CBS national or the local affiliate. I guess I'll go with both. In any scenario, there's no logic taking an audience away from the game they've been watching with 3 minutes to go to switch to a game with no local interest at all.

kranny 9 years, 12 months ago

Agree with Kansas comet. Unfortunately selbys game has been the victim of the NCAA and injuries. Basketball is about tempo and rhythm. The game doesn't stand still while you're injured. This is the peak point of the season and selby hasn't been able to adjust to the tempo. Hopefully he can get into being role player, play good defense and take care of the ball. Scoring opportunities will be there when they present themselves and can't be forced like Josh is doing now. Give him time to heal and play full speed and he'll be dynamite.

KansasComet 9 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, I agree with your comments as well.

Andy Tweedy 9 years, 12 months ago

I would love to see Selby back for a second year, but I'm not counting on it. He's really been unfortunate this year. Most freshmen get to work out the kinks against the easiest part of the schedule, but he didn't. I remember how awful Chalmers looked very early in his career. Then, just as he started getting his groove, he got hurt, and came back at a time when coach couldn't really have a lot of patience with growing pains. I'm really hoping we all get to see him play with a full comfort level with the guys around him and the college game in general. It would be a shame if we only get the Josh Selby that never really got a chance to show us what he can do!

KansasComet 9 years, 11 months ago

I still remember Julian Wright claiming he would be back for his Junior Year. Agents got into his ear and possibly family members, friends, etc... and he was gone. Probably gone too soon, but it is hard to turn down large sums of money. Selby will face the same situation. Unfortunately, once the season is over, these young kids are fair game.

brich 9 years, 11 months ago

Just to add to the "sunspot" conspiracy, I am a displaced Jayhawk stuck on tobacco road, major ACC territory and I too lost the CBS feed and it was replaced by Maryland v Virginia........two schools that would have a hard time winning the local high school tournament. At the time, I just thought one of the local (Charlotte) CBS affiliate directors of programing was a gradutate of one of those two. Too bad that I cannot watch the replay of the final 3:48 on MY biased CBS station, like you can out there, but despite that, the outcome is what I wanted. I am sure this 'cover-up', now that it is 'uncovered', won't happen again! Rock Chalk!! Here in NC, they don't take anyone but themselves seriously, especially the Big 12. I hope they will 'recognize' us in the end as we hopefully will have the opportunity to whip up on 'Roy's boys' and the Dookies somewhere in the big dance!!

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 11 months ago

Let's hope that there is unrest with the CBA in the NBA and we get Morris twins and Selby back.

Scott Smetana 9 years, 11 months ago

I heard a bad rumor that the CBA will not affect this year's draft and pay scale for rookies. I heard differently last year as the reason why so many left early.

On that note, I'm dying to know 2 numbers: How many players declared early for the draft last year? How many of them are currently on active NBA rosters? Please post if you know. Thanks!!

kdeutch 9 years, 11 months ago

On the CBS/KCTV5 controversy here's my guess on what happened: KCTV has 4 transponders to receive the network feed. 1 is for ch.62 (MyTV), one is for ch.5 (CBS), and 2 for back-up. CBS sent them three frequencies to receive the game. 1 worked & 2 of the frequencies failed to work (sunspots?). KCTV brushed their hands together and went into the game without a contingency frequency dialed up on either back-up transponder. Whoever works at WIBW (CBS) in Topeka figured that they would go to a different set of frequencies that were active rather than use the ones CBS recommended BEFORE the game even got started. When the problem arose they simply switched the active broadcasted frequecy to one of the ones that they had already prepared for earlier. Whereas the person at KCTV5 didn't know what to do.

What makes me think this? The Kentucky game on Sunday on KCTV5 did the same thing and switched to the ISU vs. MSU game, AND KCTV MADE THE SWITCH BACK TO THE KENTUCKY GAME. This tells me NO NEW EQUPMENT WAS NECESSARY (this is what KCTV's station manager is claiming) and Saturday's problem was operator error. Someone @the Journal World needs to call WIBW and ask the engineer on call last Saturday afternoon what he/she did to have the KU vs. MU game broadcasted uninterrupted!

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