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NCAA Tournament win, Gary Woodland’s PGA Tour victory make it a sweet Sunday for KU athletics

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Kansas took down Illinois on Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Okla. to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 73-59 victory over Illinois on March 20, 2011.

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— Three great athletes from Kansas University finished like champions Sunday and showed the world how much they have grown.

Two of them always wowed people with their unusual skill for men their size, displaying such amazing finesse, but they arrived at KU needing to instill power in their games.

Another always had extraordinary power and had to refine the finesse end of his game.

Right about the time Marcus and Markieff Morris were riding the Kansas team bus to the BOK Center for a game against Illinois, the tallest team in the NCAA Tournament, Gary Woodland, 26 and one of the longest drivers of the golf ball on the PGA Tour, drained clutch putts 1,200 miles away, in Tampa, Fla., to win his first tour event, a $990,000 purse, and a spot in the Masters field.

The performance of the Morris twins in a 73-59 victory against Illinois had little to do with finesse and everything to do with power and toughness. Woodland’s greatness wasn’t about overpowering the golf ball, though he certainly did that, smoking a 2-iron 287 yards off the tee on No. 18. It was about him making all of his putts.

“I talked to him Saturday night, and the last thing I said to him was, ‘Let’s make tomorrow a great day for Jayhawks.’ He said he knew what I meant,” said Woodland’s college coach, Ross Randall. “He didn’t miss a single putt inside 20 feet. Nobody does that. That just doesn’t happen.”

And Marcus and Markieff Morris, who as freshmen said they bypassed dunks in order to conserve energy, didn’t miss a chance to rattle the rim in closing out an Illinois team that did a nice job of hanging around.

The referees let the players play in this one, and the twins played through chops on the arm, smacks in the face and shoves in the back without hearing a whistle, losing their cool or stopping to beg for a call. They kept plowing forward, kept attacking the rim.

“It was one of those games where we knew if we didn’t attack the basket, we easily could lose,” said Markieff, who didn’t let that happen by contributing 24 points in 12 rebounds.

Marcus added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

“There’s two of them, there’s two of them,” point guard Tyshawn Taylor said. “That’s what we keep saying. And they come up with the same numbers.”

Numbers earned with rugged play on this night.

“I think they’re more tough than they are skilled,” Taylor said. “I think they just use their skill a little bit more. When it gets time with games like this and they know that the refs are letting them play, I think they like it more, especially Markieff, as you can see. He was a beast today. And Marcus made some amazing shots, some tough shots.”

The twins impressed tough Tyrel Reed.

“There may be moments in games where coach (Bill) Self says, ‘You’re soft,’ or in practice, but really deep down at the core they’re some tough kids,” Reed said. “They realize they’ve got each other’s back, no matter what. So they’re going to fight and play as hard as they can, and no matter what happens, the other one’s got the other one’s back. I’m proud of those guys.”

Thomas Robinson, always a physical presence, battles the twins in practice and knows more than anybody what’s inside them.

“I won’t say their toughness is overlooked,” Robinson said. “In my eyes, physical and tough players are what they are. They played like grown men tonight, especially in the second half. They took over the game.”

All the KU players felt like a million bucks, even though they made $990,000 less than Woodland on Sunday.

“Winning a million dollars, jeez, I bet he’s feeling pretty good right now,” Reed said. “Maybe there’s a correlation. One Jayhawk does good, and the other ones follow.”

Self played a round with Woodland a few summers ago at Lawrence Country Club, and Woodland drove the green on the 359-yard first hole. Woodland, who played basketball at Washburn University as a freshman, made the 15-footer for an eagle, and Self spent the next 17 holes trailing him.

“This was a big day for KU,” Self said. “I heard he won it on the 18th hole. Moved to No. 3 in the Fed Ex standings, if I’m not mistaken (Self wasn’t), and probably the top five in money (third with $1.85 million). Gary obviously is a great golfer, but what a great guy. And he’s a ballplayer. That gives all of us guys who played ball hope that we can golf. I heard our softball team had a great day, and I heard our baseball team had a good day, so this was a good day for KU athletics.”

It certainly was, and three athletes who worked hard to turn their weaknesses into strengths had a big part in making it such a memorable one.

Comments

William Blake 3 years, 7 months ago

This was a great day to be a Hawk basketball fan:

  1. We are headed to the Sweet Sixteen!

  2. We had plenty of help by teams like Florida State. Amazingly... we can reach the Final Four without playing any teams better than an 8-seed. Talk about easy pickings!

  3. The stars and moons are in alignment, just as they were in '08.

  4. We came out inspired today. We just have to do that 4 more times!

  5. The twins are coming on big time... perfect timing!

  6. Tyshawn is driving the paint and making good things happen.

  7. Even Josh settled down and started to find the 'team groove'... maybe he'll kick in some needed help down the stretch. He didn't shoot or make a single turnover. He was in there to find the team groove.

  8. We finally played loose enough to execute. We were inspired and confident the entire game. No let down for 40 minutes!

Alohahawk 3 years, 7 months ago

+1

Although the twins didn't earn a big paycheck today, what they did on the court against Illinois will contribute to the megabucks they will end up earning down the road in the NBA.

kcglowboy 3 years, 7 months ago

Man, I just love it when, after a big win, we can still find something or someone to complain about ...

actorman 3 years, 7 months ago

With the stars being aligned the way they are now, it's even more reminiscent of '88 than '08 -- obviously not in terms of the expectations going in, but in terms of the top teams going down before KU has to play them. The road is set up perfectly for least getting to the Final Four. And even if there we're getting some help, with Pittsburgh already having been knocked out.

Things are looking better and better!

mojayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

The three remaining teams in our bracket have knocked off some solid teams. The worst thing we can do is to think we've got a soft weekend coming up. It LOOKS favorable, but that's what Purdue said, what Notre Dame said.

Great job guys. Looking forward to San Antone! We like that place.

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 7 months ago

I agree with that. But what I really think it looks like is '08 when 12 seed Villanova beat 13th seed Sienna, and then KU knocked them off to match up with vastly underrated 10 seed Davidson in the elite eight. Either way it's shaping up in familiar fashion. Let's hope that the hawks don't get arrogant and keep playing with tenacity.

eastcoasthawk 3 years, 7 months ago

+10

We can't afford to think we have it easy. We still have to play the games and play them well. Last night our guys came out realizing they were undersized and had an edge to their game. We need to come out with that edge or chip on the shoulder every game to finish the season.

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

Here's the straight skinny: Richmond is the only team in the tourney, maybe the only team in NCAA history with a starting 5 that averages 39-46 percent from trey!

Unless KU really disrupts them (gains a massive edge on the disruption stat) and guards them and gets them fouled up, or unless Richmond runs really cold, KU will probably go down like the others.

Chris Mooney has assembled every Princeton-phile's supreme dream--five starters that can pot the triceratop at 40 percent or better.

This Richmond team will be the Texas Western of this NCAA tournament, unless KU, or Ohio State stops them with numbers, disruption and muscle.

Let Princeton play their game and they will win 9 times out of 10.

Richmond is an almost unbeatable team on a night it has a hot hand.

But if any team can find a way to win in this against this sort of basketball anomaly that is Richmond, it is the FOE boys and their take-what-they-give-us coach.

Take'em down, Hawks, guard the 3 every shot and bang it in till they drop.

Rock Chalk!!!

kthawk 3 years, 7 months ago

Jaybate,where is the usually optimistic post?

However, you make a good point about the 3 point efficiency of the Spiders. But, the real strength of their team is not 3 point shooting. They actually shoot relatively few 3 pointers in most games. Defense is the strength of this Richmond team. They are athletic and pressure the perimeter well out of a variety of defensive sets. They also limit possessions and slow the pace.

They won their conference tourney by limiting their opponents to less than 60 points. The difference between KU and Richmond is interior size. This will be a grind it out game with Richmond sagging on the post and clogging driving lanes. The hawks will have to throw over the defense or shoot well from the wings.

Either way, it is not likely that this shapes up as a three point struggle. Unless, either team gets unusually hot. Look for the hawks to swing the ball side to side to feed the post. On defense, look for Self to mix defenses with periodic zone defense which of course will limit the effectiveness of a modified Princeton offense.

BTW the Spiders do not shoot free throws particularly well. And, their overall field goal percentage is not a significant factor in their wins. This Richmond team is similar to Michigan and we all remember how that game turned out.

This game will be won by the team that scores 70 points. For my part, I will take the Hawks in a close one...65 to 60.

Benjamin Jones 3 years, 7 months ago

"I won't say they're toughness is overlooked."

Um . . . hello . . . Anybody awake at the copyedit desk?

DSommersby 3 years, 7 months ago

To quote Joe Dooley, "Keep your eyes on the Road". The Hawks have to rest up and have a great week of preparation learning about a very good Richmond team. First things first. The brackets are blowing up, but we still have to put in the work and take care of our part to make it to the next round. Focus Jayhawks and keep your eyes on the road ahead!

Mike Bratisax 3 years, 7 months ago

Chalmers went down w/a knee injury and was carried off the court..let's all keep him in our thoughts and hope it wasn't serious.

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

Bonnie, don't take anything personal from reputed child molestation statute aliases.

Just get better: recruit more good players and get more out of what you have.

Ad astra per aspera.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 3 years, 7 months ago

Why is the Kansas statute against Indecent liberties against a child your handle? That is absolutely disgusting. The webmaster should ban you just for using it.

If anyone out there is wondering why KSA_21_3503 is such a jerk, google his name.

Studogg 3 years, 7 months ago

What the heck, KSA?!? That's some pretty ridiculous hating on your part. Did you wake up this morning looking for people to kick while they're down? Hope the rest of your day gets better :)

bad_dog 3 years, 7 months ago

KSA is A L W A Y S that way Studogg. His/her/its posts are either filled with stupidity or despise for somone/something. Look at his/her/its comment history sometime-he/she/it must really loathe him/her/itself.

I guess that should be expected from someone who uses the Kansas statutory reference for indecent liberties with a child as his/her/its loser name.

Sally Presson 3 years, 7 months ago

I like Dooley's quote "Keep your eyes on the road" Richmond is one scarey team, but we can do it. Great game Hawks!!! The story on Tyshawn saying some days the bad Tyshawn shows up and some days the good Tyshawn shows up. thankfully the good Tyshawn showed up last night!!! Not a good statement Tyshawn, we absolutely need you to show up every game and be ready to do your tricks!!! The fans greatly appeciate you when your head is on straight. Don't ever feel like anyone else on the team has that problem, they are always ready!!! Please be ready these final games and put the other teams away early!!! Rock Chalk all the way to Houston and that final game!!!

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

"I Keep Guessing Wrong on Josh, But I'm Going to Keep Guessing, Because Saints Are Saints and Do Extraordinary Things As Easily as Others Do Ordinary Things:"

I thought Josh Selby would be the man to rip into that no-class bunch with the weasel for a coach and hideous orange uniforms and small-balled AD.

By this I mean I expected him to score 15-17 points with a mixture of spot-ups treys and In and Out, Double-Double, Animal-Style, drive-through impacts.

(Author's Note: that's a California burger chain allusion.)

But, instead, Tyshawn "Emerged from Chrysalis" Taylor handled the drive-through, while Marcus sweated and grunted the team to the last ten minute mark on his Great Plains width shoulders, and Kieff along the way, said, "Hey, I gotta score for Marcus, because they are mugging him."

Yet in the midst of all these cannonized saints doing their usual FOE thing in the face of XTReme Muscle and Cheap Shotting and Tripping, a mystic named Josh of Lawrence gave glue relief that crucially spelled Friars Morningstar and Reed.

In the grand, mystical scheme of things, that is, in the shallow ESPN.go.com headlines, between the fat rolls around Sir Charles' middle-age-enlarged mid drift, amongst the supremely dull analytical knives sitting around the TNT table--knives that could not cut (except for Sir Charles) through cellophane with a dagger blow, Josh Selby's glue contribution will not show up even as much as back ground radiation to all of us out here on the Left Coast wringing hands about "the cloud" from Fukushima Dai Ichi and the horror the Japanese people are experiencing as covers for the Libyan invasion in the world of "psy-ops" take-what-they-give-us to divide and neutralize public attention, while Centcom does Libya, i.e., the Central Bank invades Moammar's 'hood to control the pipeline from Libya to France.

But small things some times matter a great deal in basketball, almost as much, say, as the invasion fine print that says, "oh, and we ain't never leaving here either, cuz USACORP is in da national security industry bidness cuz dats da quid pro quo for dem Chinas and dem Indias and dem subordinated EU states holdin' our udderwise woythless dollahs...soze don't think twice 'bout bringin' da boyz home, cuz dis is de empire gig and dats da name uh dat tune."

Hank Cross 3 years, 7 months ago

I like the In-N-Out allusion. Gordon Ramsey picked the Double-Double Animal Style as his last meal. I would probably agree. I didn't know you were on the west coast.

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

We can now trust Gordon Ramsey on food. :-)

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

Well, even as the cruise missiles were flying in the dawn's early twilight, shockin' n' awin' sand dunes and people from Point A to Point B on the shores of Tripoli, like the way they still do to move rock and people from Point A to Point B in Afghanistan to make room for pipelines and poppies, well, Josh just came in and playing as quiet as low level radiation born on the jet stream quietly helped us all keep going without getting enlarged thyroids, even without Potassium Iodide tablets.

You see: Tyrel and Brady, who this year have proven to be the Everready Rabbits of glue ballers, as in they never seem to wear down, or break (or if they do, they just keep playing through it), well, even flippin' battery bunnies need a short trickle charge on the bench once in awhile to keep adhering from here to eternity.

And since EJ is busy giving Tyshawn similar drip charges, and additionally being brought into reintroduce some system stability engineering to Angel's family and Bill's team, well, EJ now being locktite, his own self now, but being still limited by the locality assumption of classical physics, and so not "yet" being able to be two places simultaneously, is not available for Self to run back-up at 2 and 3 spots much of the time.

So: Head Coach and Chief Amping Engineer Bill Self resorts--by embracing paradox as a kind of Oklahoma Albert Camus might--the use of an OAD impact player as, well, as glue.

We are through the looking glass here, Alice...again, as it seems increasingly, we are after each next game...to use the Oklaguese vernacular of the captain of our three masted (Marcus, Kieff and TRob) prairie schooner team.

But Captain Bill Self really is so much more than O Captain, My Captain. He is, as suggested previously, a Dancing Wu Li Master with a whistle.

Next thing we know, Self is going to ask KIeff to fill at point and EJ to XTReme Muscle at Power Forward. What the hay, Bill, how about having Conner Teahan fill for Chancellor Fliippin' Bernie, when she needs a week in the southern Hemisphere to get over low level plutonium rash. Maybe Juenneman and Niko can start working with the bigs, too. And Royce can fill a little for Dooley and Townsend. I know, since we are well into the inversion thing, Manning can grow some hair and play Sampson to Hudy's Delilah in a remake of a sword and sandle flick, while he isn't taking the big man game up high enough, so its at eye level with Ed up in heaven. What the heck! Why hold back now? Suit Cin up and post her up!!!

I don't think people really and truly appreciate what is going on here.

Self has Josh Selby playing glue and doing a darned good job of it, and doing it at a moment when it was the exact damned thing the team needed to beat an opponent it might have lost to had Brady and Tyrel not gotten some rest.

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

Josh Selby in my book is now sharing that fabulous basketball players body and mind with James Naismith himself. No other OAD in the history of OAD's could do what Josh Selby is doing. He could go out and get 20 right now, if he wanted to, but he has walked hand in hand through the looking glass with Bill Self, and transmogrified into something almost impossible to conceive: an impact glue man. And this transformation of Josh, I would bet my last cesium isotope and the Pentagon's last cruise missile, will not only enable KU to become a champion, but contribute decisively to Josh become one of KU's greatest guards next season, and to a long professional career afterwards.

Josh Selby, if he will only keep his heart and mind open to the experience he is having as the world's first impact glue man, now knows more about how to be a great point guard than all the other great point guards that have ever played the flippin' game.

jaybate, jaybate, jaybate, stop urself; that can't be. Why Frank Martin would sooner become Dr. Phil. Texas would sooner live up to hype than fold. Josh Selby is a wash out, a flub, a fake OAD. He can't even make the starting line up on a team starting players only a few weeks ago people were saying were hopeless; i.e., Tyshawn, Brady, and Brady.

Josh Selby is a great, let me repeat that, great, great, great, great player.

He is making the ultimate sacrifice. He is giving this team exactly what it needs right now. He is giving it just a small dollop of back-up glue, because at this very moment; that's all this team needs.

And this glue experience, if he will only let it, which like the champion he is he seems to be doing, it will reveal the deepest mystery of all to great impact players: how glue men do what they do.

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

And when Josh Selby finally returns to the role of impact player, either in the NBA next year, or at KU next year (oh, please let Josh stay one more year), he is just flat out going to understand the game of basketball in a way that few other impact players get at all, AND he is going to be the great impact player that he has always been.

Josh, you are this team's Julian of Norwich, as surely as Angel is this team's house mother. I know you are a monster talent and one of the toughest sunnuvaguns ever to bounce a ball on shellac, but your life trials and basketball trials this season fall only a little short of the great English mystic Julian of Norwich. A terrible illness befell her; one that generated 16 visions of Jesus. She was never officially recognized as a saint, but anyone who really knows the god game, knows she was the real deal, the true saint, the visionary who really saw, what all the other saints mostly just intellectualized about. And she said:

"…All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well"

To which the American poet T.S. Eliot, added:

"And the fire and the rose shall be one."

Hang in, Josh.

I've been guessing wrong about you breaking out, because I did not realize what Coach Self realized; that at this particularly moment, what the team needs most is for your enormous and mercurial talent to give glue this moment.

But between you and me, Josh, I know the moment and what is demanded changes from moment to moment.

So: I have to keep betting that in the next five games, a situation is going to arrive, where Coach Self calls your number and says, "Go!"

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

And when Josh Selby finally returns to the role of impact player, either in the NBA next year, or at KU next year (oh, please let Josh stay one more year), he is just flat out going to understand the game of basketball in a way that few other impact players get at all, AND he is going to be the great impact player that he has always been.

Josh, you are this team's Julian of Norwich, as surely as Angel is this team's house mother. I know you are a monster talent and one of the toughest sunnuvaguns ever to bounce a ball on shellac, but your life trials and basketball trials this season fall only a little short of the great English mystic Julian of Norwich. A terrible illness befell her; one that generated 16 visions of Jesus. She was never officially recognized as a saint, but anyone who really knows the god game, knows she was the real deal, the true saint, the visionary who really saw, what all the other saints mostly just intellectualized about. And she said:

"…All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well"

To which the American poet T.S. Eliot, added:

"And the fire and the rose shall be one."

Hang in, Josh.

I've been guessing wrong about you breaking out, because I did not realize what Coach Self realized; that at this particularly moment, what the team needs most is for your enormous and mercurial talent to give glue this moment.

But between you and me, Josh, I know the moment and what is demanded changes from moment to moment.

So: I have to keep betting that in the next five games, a situation is going to arrive, where Coach Self calls your number and says, "Go!"

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

And when Josh Selby finally returns to the role of impact player, either in the NBA next year, or at KU next year (oh, please let Josh stay one more year), he is just flat out going to understand the game of basketball in a way that few other impact players get at all, AND he is going to be the great impact player that he has always been.

Josh, you are this team's Julian of Norwich, as surely as Angel is this team's house mother. I know you are a monster talent and one of the toughest sunnuvaguns ever to bounce a ball on shellac, but your life trials and basketball trials this season fall only a little short of the great English mystic Julian of Norwich. A terrible illness befell her; one that generated 16 visions of Jesus. She was never officially recognized as a saint, but anyone who really knows the god game, knows she was the real deal, the true saint, the visionary who really saw, what all the other saints mostly just intellectualized about. And she said:

"…All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well"

To which the American poet T.S. Eliot, added:

"And the fire and the rose shall be one."

Hang in, Josh.

I've been guessing wrong about you breaking out, because I did not realize what Coach Self realized; that at this particularly moment, what the team needs most is for your enormous and mercurial talent to give glue this moment.

But between you and me, Josh, I know the moment and what is demanded changes from moment to moment.

So: I have to keep betting that in the next five games, a situation is going to arrive, where Coach Self calls your number and says, "Go!"

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

Dear online editors,

Those last three duplicates? I swear I didn't do them.

It has to be StuxNet, or something.

Please remove them if you can, so that I don't get a ration of jross1972 dumpin' his Eeeeeeyore thing on lil' ol' jaybate. He so hates to scroll, ya know. Three unnecessary pg dn's might send him over the edge.

Thanks in advance.

Rock Chalk!

FLJHK 3 years, 7 months ago

While no one this side of Kurt Vonnegut could have possibly expressed it in a manner anyway similar to Jaybate, I too was very impressed with Josh's play yesterday in a glue role. His willingness to set ego aside and assume such a role speaks volumes about his character. I sure hope we get to see him fully blossom next year.

Jaybate, your rantings are a frickin delight.

jaybate 3 years, 7 months ago

Thx. Its all up to Josh and the NBA GMs, though I wouldn't be surprised to see Mother Selby weigh in in the deep background and green light him staying another year. She was shrewd enough to get him out of Knoxville. She can probably see that a full uninjured year at KU could help steer him to the right kind of NBA organization, rather jumping to the wrong kind. It all depends on how she sees this season. Tough breaks turned into what positives could practically happen for the good of a championship run. Or wrong place, wrong time, so jump.

Michael Luby 3 years, 7 months ago

I always look forward to Jaybate's KU basketball prose... its a thing of beauty and pure entertainment. RCJH!

FreddyinLA 3 years, 7 months ago

Congrats to Woody for getting a win on the Big Boys tour. Not missing a putt inside 20 ft on Sunday and winning by 1, shows how tough it is to earn an oversized check. Hitting 2Is 290 yards has to be fun. He has been playing incredible golf this year. Good luck at the Masters, a tradition like no other.

KU won last night because they were tougher and in better shape. Illinois was gassed at the end.

Just because our bracket has parted like the Red Sea doesn’t make it any easier to win the San Antonio weekend tourney. Great job this past week and good luck in SA.

tical523 3 years, 7 months ago

Hell yeah, Gary is a stud! Great news for him, I think he is really going to make a name for himself on the PGA Tour. He was a damn good basketball player as well. I hope he starts to rock a huge Jayhawk driver cover. . . . that would be just too sweet.

SaulGood 3 years, 7 months ago

Congrats Gary Woodland! Hey Gary, can I borrow 20 bucks?

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