Kansas defeated Richmond, 77-57, to advance the the Elite Eight on Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 77-57 victory over Richmond on March 25, 2011.
San Antonio Robinson grabs 14 boards
Kansas University sophomore Thomas Robinson grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to go with his 12 points.
“I just wanted to come off the bench and use my energy and go after every ball, and it happened to go in my favor tonight,” Robinson said.
KU’s Brady Morningstar on KU rolling to a 31-9 lead: “I give credit to our scout team. They prepared us real well, and our coaching staff,” Morningstar said of Conner Teahan, Jeff Withey, Royce Woolridge, Niko Roberts, Travis Releford, Jordan Juenemann, Justin Wesley and Christian Garrett.
Richmond runs the Princeton offense and matchup zone defense.
“I think coming out and defending first of all gives us a lot of energy, and then on the offensive end we were hitting shots,” Morningstar said.
KU held Richmond to 33.8 percent shooting for the game. The Spiders hit four of 26 threes.
“I thought our guys for the most part followed the scout report great. Our ball screen defense was good,” KU coach Bill Self said. “And they usually can score behind their ball screens or behind their dribble handoffs, and that wasn’t the case tonight. Our goal was to take away layups and threes, and they got the one back or maybe two. And that was late.
“Our scout team is pretty good. And I think that was a big reason why our guys felt comfortable with their actions. Preparation was good in large part due to our scout team.”
A reporter asked Markieff Morris about Louisville coach Rick Pitino allegedly saying he didn’t think KU would win a national championship because the Morris twins lack killer instinct.
“That's coach Pitino’s opinion. And, not to be disrespectful or anything, but we're still playing,” Markieff said. “And we have killer instinct. We definitely want to try to beat everybody like we did today. When we got them down early, we kept them down.”
Building the lead
KU went more than 10 minutes the first half without a Morris twin scoring, yet built a 20-point lead.
“I thought Thomas (Robinson) was great,” Self said. “Markieff struggled basically the whole night and got two quick ones (fouls) early and took him out of it and wasn’t a major factor offensively. But Marcus is still going to be the guy most teams key on to stop. He can pass, and Markieff can pass, and Thomas was effective and Josh (Selby) made the two threes (back to back in first half). Tyrel (Reed) and Brady combined for four the first half. That was a great start for us when we see the ball go in the hole. I thought Tyshawn (Taylor) was great. I thought his dribble penetration set up a lot of things for us.”
Close call in the hall
Self was asked if it was “somewhat odd” that, in a big football stadium, both teams entered the court through the same hallway. The Jayhawks and Spiders barked at each other before the game when Richmond’s players were blocking the Jayhawks’ way to the court.
“Maybe. I don’t know,” Self said. “Those are things I don’t really think about a lot of that stuff. Maybe a little odd, but certainly not a big deal. There was nothing. And my guys said, ‘Coach, that was nothing.’ I thought both teams played with great respect for each other tonight.”
Reed nears mark
KU senior Reed now has 132 victories in a KU uniform and on Sunday can tie Duke’s Shane Battier as winningest four-year college player of all-time. Battier won 133 games from 1998-2001. Reed, who has lost just 16 games in four years, has tied four Kentucky players (Scott Padgett and Wayne Turner, 1995-98; Jeff Sheppard and Allen Edwards, 1996-99) for second on the all-time win list.
KU spent the second-most money of any public university on basketball recruiting last year, Bloomberg.com reports. Kentucky spent $434,095 in fiscal 2010. KU was second with $419,228, and Florida third with $326,306, according to expense reports from 53 schools obtained through open-records requests. Private schools such as Duke aren’t required to divulge the information. Wisconsin spent the least ($57,397) on recruiting of public universities in the six biggest conferences cited: the Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and Pac-10.
KU, 35-2, has tied for second-most season victories in school history. ... Kansas advanced to the Elite Eight for the 20th time in school history. ... KU is 19-8 in the Sweet 16 and 27-8 as a No. 1 seed. ... Kansas has won 11 straight games. ... Morningstar scored a team-high 18 points, which was one off his season-high of 19 at Nebraska on Feb. 5. It was his ninth game of the season in double-figures and the 16th time he had done so in his career. It was the second time of his career to lead KU in scoring. ... Morningstar’s seven made field goals tied his career high, also done vs. Coppin State on Nov. 28, 2008. ... Taylor dished seven assists to up his season total to 161 and tie Sherron Collins (2010) and Russell Robinson (2007) for 21st place on the KU single season list. ... Taylor had a career-high tying two blocked shots. He has done it two other times including against Colorado State this season. ... Kansas, which averages a nation-best 17.9 assists, dished 20 assists against Richmond. It was the 13th time this season the Jayhawks had 20 or more dimes.