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Monday, March 21, 2011

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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

SaulGood 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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tical523 3 years, 1 month 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.

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BABBOY 3 years, 1 month ago

Gary Woodland looked very good in that event. Good to see Keegan throw him some attention even the posters only noticed the basketball part of the story. Woodland is Ku GRAd and from my home town of Topeka. Topeka is showing lots of love......That kid can flat out hit the ball. I think he is longer then JB Holmes or Bubba Watson. Woodlawn does not always swing for the fences so his stats are not as long those two. But, if you gave all 3 guys ten golf balls and said swing away Woodlawn would hold his own.

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FreddyinLA 3 years, 1 month 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.

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FLJHK 3 years, 1 month 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.

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month 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!

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month 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!"

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month 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.

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month 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!"

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month 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!"

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month 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.

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jaybate 3 years, 1 month 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."

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Sally Presson 3 years, 1 month 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!!!

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Studogg 3 years, 1 month 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 :)

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KSA_21_3503 3 years, 1 month ago

Saw the headline and came here hoping to read that Bonnie had been fired. Don't tease me like this Keegs!

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Mike Bratisax 3 years, 1 month 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.

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DSommersby 3 years, 1 month 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!

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Benjamin Jones 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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

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mojayhawk 3 years, 1 month 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.

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actorman 3 years, 1 month 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!

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William Blake 3 years, 1 month 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!

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Randy Maxwell 3 years, 1 month ago

No doubting the greatness of the twins, but there was a time in this game where Brady and Tyrel were both out and KU was horrible. Those two guys are the glue that holds this thing together

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