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Friday, March 11, 2011

KU wanted ’Cats, but CU will do

Kansas players Tyshawn Taylor, left, Josh Selby and Thomas Robinson celebrate a bucket and a foul created by teammate Mario Little against Oklahoma State with time dwindling in the second half on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Kansas players Tyshawn Taylor, left, Josh Selby and Thomas Robinson celebrate a bucket and a foul created by teammate Mario Little against Oklahoma State with time dwindling in the second half on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

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Kansas defeated Oklahoma State 63-62 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

— Truth be known, Kansas University’s basketball players wanted to play Kansas State in the 2011 Big 12 tournament.

“Just because they beat us,” KU junior center Markieff Morris said of an 84-68 decision on Feb. 14 in Manhattan, which followed the Jayhawks’ 90-66 victory over the Wildcats on Jan. 29 in Allen Fieldhouse.

There will be no Sunflower Showdown Part Three during the 2010-11 postseason.

Upstart Colorado defeated KSU, 87-75, in a Big 12 quarterfinal Thursday, setting up today’s 6 p.m. KU-CU semifinal matchup in Sprint Center.

KU beat the Buffs, 82-78, on Jan. 25, in Boulder, Colo., and again, 89-63, on Feb. 19 in Allen Fieldhouse.

“In a perfect world for us, if somebody gets you, you want a chance to get ’em back. That’s how it works,” said KU coach Bill Self, who understands why the Jayhawks wanted to play the ’Cats. “Our guys will be focused no matter what.

“We played well against them (the 21-12 Buffs) at home. They almost got us on the road. (Alec) Burks and (Cory) Higgins are terrific. (Levi) Knutson is a good player. (Marcus) Relphorde is a tough match for anybody. He’s a three man playing a four, and they are fighting for their life.”

The Buffs, who may already have locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament, would solidify a spot with a victory over No. 2-ranked KU today.

“We’re not taking anybody lightly. Some might say we took them lightly today, but we didn’t have it offensively,” senior Mario Little said after KU’s narrow 63-62 victory over Oklahoma State. “We’re not taking anybody lightly.”

The Jayhawks have won 17 in a row and 44 of 45 versus CU.

Of course, this is a different Buffs team, led by KU grad Tad Boyle.

“They present a heck of a challenge,” Boyle said of KU. “I hope they shoot from the perimeter tomorrow like they did today (5-25 from three vs. OSU). Because what makes them so hard to guard is they’ve got inside post presence from multiple guys. And they’ve got some pretty good capable shooters surrounding them.

“They’re a good team. It’s going to be a heck of a challenge. But our guys are ready for it. It’s time for us, hey, let’s go ball. We know what we have to do. Let’s let it all hang out, we’ve got nothing to lose, and we’re going to be loose, but we’ll be ready.”

Burks, a sophomore guard from Grandview, Mo., scored 24 points versus K-State off 7-of-14 shooting.

“It’s love,” Burks said of his thoughts playing so close to home. “I’ll always come back to Kansas City and put on a great show. It’s love because I’m from here, so I love playing in Kansas City.”

The Jayhawks definitely respect Burks, who scored 25 versus KU in Boulder and 15 in Lawrence.

“Him and Marcus could have got half player of the year with each other,” Markieff Morris said. Instead Marcus was Big 12 player of the year, with both Burks and Morris first-team all-league picks. “He definitely led his team to a remarkable season. He is a tough challenge for us.”

“He definitely could have been player of the year,” Marcus said.

Comments

KansasComet 3 years, 1 month ago

Tonight we will find out if our guards are ready for the big stage. The regular season is fun. Tournament play separates the contenders from the pretenders. I look for Colorado to attack our guards, hopefully we can return fire when fired upon. It should be a good game. Go KU!

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phog 3 years, 1 month ago

ku recuiting = THE PITS, and with the tattooed ones leaving, next year = DISASTER

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Steve Brown 3 years, 1 month ago

call me silly, do I care if Tad or Turg win the Sprint Scramble/ As long as Texas, State and Mizzery don't win, and for all the years I have seen us spend our energy in the meaningless post season event, pick up ticky tack injuries, then expire prematurely in the big dance, well, sorry for the run on sentence, I'm not sold on how much tonight really means to us.

Don't we all share the 3 big goals: Conference champs regular season. Final Four One shining moment, National Champs.

Someone set me straight does it really matter tonight if it gets in the way, even slightly of our best performance next weekend?

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ParisHawk 3 years, 1 month ago

I follow Selby and I don't remember him saying he would be back. Just double checked and nothing like that.

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wrwlumpy 3 years, 1 month ago

I don't usually listen to 610 in the morning but today they mentioned that Selby tweeted he will be back at KU next year. So, we will be loaded with good guards and hope that TRob will be surrounded with outstanding big man recruits.l

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kcglowboy 3 years, 1 month ago

Wow. The difference that nine months makes. We all thought that Colorado's departure would make our league better. Now, the Buffs could very well be the third or fourth best team in their new conference. And we're left with Tech and Baylor. Ugh.

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cajayfan 3 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully the Big 12 Coach of the Year will coach them on how to play against the 2-3 zone defense. At this point in the year, that was ridiculous!

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month ago

"Ends and Odds"

~Strike another blow for Okie Ball: Altman's Ducks put a fork in UCLA last night. And that is saying something, because UCLA came on like gang busters down the conference stretch in the PacTen. Altman's win over UCLA could be just what Phil Knight needed to see to keep Altman around and finish the transformation of the Ducks from the Ernie Kent era (a man who should have been kept) to a new Okie Baller power. Tad Boyle is not going to have the PacTen to himself, when CU shifts to the PacTen. Altman pulled a total Hartman/Eddie/Self thing and won it 70 point take what they give us. Ben Fouland once again showed that he is getting by heavily on talent and that he can't cope with Okie Ball.

~KU could lose tonight, if Kieff's knee is a significant injury. KU is just a good team without the Big Three available to go. And Self won't amp the team no matter what. And Tad Boyle has proven that he is a terrific coach on the rise.

~I want to take a second and say Page on OSU, who is the kind of runt I love to hate, is a terrific basketball player and proved once again that there is a place in the game for the small PG, who has all the skills, plus jitter bug quickness. Page has given our fine, fine guard headaches every game. Page proves exactly why Self tossed a scholie on Nadiir, who is at least a bit bigger. The fact is there are very few players of any height that possess all the skills of a position. When a player has all those skills, it matters much less what height he is. Surely, it is vastly better to have a tall player with all the skills, but decade after decade, in style after style of play, the little man with all the skills has proven that he belongs on the basketball courts of America and the world. Congratualtions, Mr. Page. You proved that even in the era of XTReme Cheap Shotting and XTReme Muscle and now XTReme Tripping that the little man can still compete. While many board rats dis our guards, I have found few this season that I would want to add to our awesome group of perimeter players. But Page is one kind of a guard that we lack and that would in complement with our other players, make us a better team. Adding some of the other All League perimeter guys would just make us slightly better in the ways we are already terrific at. Adding Page would give us a new dimension that would make us infinitely tougher. And he has the kind of toughness and swagger that Self requires. Again, congratulations.Mr. Page. You won me over.

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tauck 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey Reed You only practice the day before a game, how about spending the rest of the time shooting 2,000 threes a day and 1,500 free throws a day. You have a responsibility to be automatic from the free throw line and a knock down 3pt shooter. With that effort you should never have a day like you had yesterday. Hey Brady remember how you got out of your slump, first one to practice, last one to leave, till you got your stroke back. I got a feeling in the past 2 weeks to a month that work ethic has gone by the wayside. It showed yesterday and almost cost us. Its time to get back to the work ethic that brought you out of the slump. 1st one in, last one out and that means everyday.

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William Blake 3 years, 1 month ago

We better come prepared for this game... if we come like we came against OSU, we may be in for a bad surprise!

Yesterday told me that this team may be making an early exit again at the big dance. This tournament is the warm up for the big dance and we are still having trouble coming ready for a game.

At this point in the season, we shouldn't even consider the team we are playing and just consider it life-or-death, because that is what it is.

Come ready to play every game, Hawks!

Get it done! No friggin' excuses!

RCJH!

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63Jayhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Nice that the coaches of three of the four teams in the Big 12 Tournament finals either coach at or played at KU. Rock Chalk Jayhawks!

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Brian Powell 3 years, 1 month ago

Can't wait to beat Texas tomorrow! ;)

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KGphoto 3 years, 1 month ago

There is absolutely NO information regarding Burks coming out of Grandview two years ago, other than somehow Rivals listed him 31st at his position. Mizzou, KU and K-Sate ALL missed on this kid. How does that happen right in our own backyard?

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TXjaybird 3 years, 1 month ago

Is this game not going to be televised? The #2 team in the country. I'm in Texas, no local feed. Any help on this? This Crap doesn't happen to Duke.

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Alohahawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Was hoping to watch the game, even if it is only streamed on the internet. But, we have a tsunami warning in Hawaii, because of the 8.9 earthquake in Japan. So, everyone out here is just hoping there won't be a wave. Will know between 2:40 to 5:00 AM Hawaii time.We may lose electricity, or worse.

Rooting for the Hawks, even if I'm not able to watch.

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53jayhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

A bit premature an stating no Sunflower Showdown Part 3 during the 2010-2011 postseason - the post-season includes the NCAA Tournament and we COULD still meet them in it.

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