Thursday, November 24, 2011
KU coach Bill Self, Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey talk in the postgame press conference following the Jayhawks' 68-61 loss to Duke on Nov. 23, 2011.
The all-tournament team: Thomas Robinson, Kansas; Jason Clark, Georgetown; Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan; Austin Rivers, Duke. MVP: Ryan Kelly, Duke.
KU’s Tyshawn Taylor had a career-high 11 turnovers, most in a game in KU school history. The previous record was nine twice, the last by Jerod Haase versus Baylor on Jan. 11, 1997. The other player and game could not be located in the record books. Since the 1997-98 season, no Jayhawk has had more than eight in a game.
“He’ll be fine,” KU coach Bill Self said. “He played great. He got careless there in the second half, but we put the ball in his hands a lot. We told him the game plan was drive it, drive it. When that is your game plan ... he got out of control on key possessions the second half. But I thought for the most part he played really well. Looking back now, I wish I subbed him a bit. He played well. He competed hard. I thought our whole team really tried.”
KU’s Robinson had 16 points and 15 rebounds.
“Like we said yesterday, this is what we came to Kansas for ... for games like this,” he said. “I haven’t been around that long. I’m still a young player. But I do believe that game will go down as one of the top games of the tournament. It's too bad we got the short end of the stick, but I feel that my team got better. We did accomplish something when we came to the islands, and we'll go back to Kansas a better team. So I'm happy, but at the same time, I wanted to have the trophy.”
Jeff Withey had 14 points and 10 boards.
“Like Thomas said, we come to Kansas to play big games like this. It was a rough game. We were going at it the entire game. It's unfortunate that we lost, but like Thomas said, we got a lot better over this tournament. We've got to take good thoughts and bring it back home and try building off of it. You know, it sucks that we lost, but we're going to go uphill from here and we're going to learn a lot from this game.”
Self on Withey: “I thought Jeff was outstanding. I thought he was a presence. I also thought yesterday (in win over UCLA) he got some big-boy rebounds in the first half when he's really challenged. In the Georgetown game I don't believe he was as big a factor because of fouls, but I thought he played terrific. That is one thing about our team. I think there is a lot of room for improvement because Travis (Releford) making key plays for us over here, and Jeff and Elijah (Johnson). These are guys, in Conner (Teahan) and Jeff, these are guys that have never really been in the game except as a complimentary role when it's not on the line. So I thought we got better, and I certainly thought Jeff played really big.”