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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Conner Teahan just ‘lets it fly’

Connor Teahan (2) launches a three-point basket in the second-half of  KU's 64-62 win over Ohio State.

Connor Teahan (2) launches a three-point basket in the second-half of KU's 64-62 win over Ohio State.

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Bill Self, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey

Kansas coach Bill Self and players talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 64-62 victory over Ohio State in the Final Four on March 31, 2012.

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Ohio State's Thad Matta, William Buford and Jared Sullinger talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 64-62 win over the Buckeyes on March 31, 2012.

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— Before Saturday’s national semifinal game, Kansas University coach Bill Self singled out Conner Teahan in the locker room.

“He looked at me and goes, ‘Teahan, when you get in there, let it fly,’” Teahan said. “... That’s something he tells me a lot. I try to listen.”

The senior heeded his coach’s advice at perhaps the most important time Saturday, hitting one of the biggest shots in Kansas’ 64-62 victory over Ohio State.

With KU trailing 49-43 with 8:20 left, Teahan freed himself off a KU out-of-bounds play.

The call was for a screen-the-screener, meaning Teahan was to set a pick then receive a screen from a teammate while fading to the corner for a three.

When the senior saw his defender overplaying him and also sagging in on teammate Thomas Robinson, he called a quick audible and peeled back the other direction.

Though he’d missed his previous two threes — including his first one, which was blocked — Teahan buried this one to pull KU within three.

Teahan didn’t see Self, but he said he could hear the coach behind him while running back on defense.

Self was violently pumping his fists, screaming out encouragement for his players to try to will them to get a stop.

Seconds later, KU’s Travis Releford stole the ball from Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and finished with a layup on the other end as KU cut the lead to one.

Teahan finished with just three points on 1-for-4 three-point shooting, but his one shot might have helped save KU’s season.

“The setting that it is now, it’s hard to make threes and shots,” KU guard Jordan Juenemann said. “You’ve just got to be a big-time shooter.”

Juenemann, who is Teahan’s roommate, did his best to keep his buddy loose before the game.

While laying around in their hotel room at around 4:30 p.m., Juenemann and Teahan were flipping between the pregame shows on ESPN and CBS.

They were joking about what a few of the analysts had to say until ESPN’s Dick Vitale and Bobby Knight started discussing how tough it was to shoot in the Superdome and how that kind of environment could get in a shooter’s head.

“I solemnly changed the channel, just for Conner,” Juenemann said with a smile. “I was like, ‘OK, you don’t need to be hearing any of this.’”

An awkward silence followed, as Juenemann said he was pretty sure that Teahan knew the reason he’d changed the station.

Teahan also tried to help KU’s luck late. With a few minutes left, he surrendered his seat next to assistant coach Danny Manning, telling Kevin Young, “You got it.”

The two made the same switch in the final minutes of KU’s overtime victory over Missouri at Allen Fieldhouse earlier this year.

Luck aside, Teahan’s biggest contribution was the three-pointer that kept the Jayhawks close enough to make a push late — a shot he let fly, just as his coach told him to.

“I know that even throughout this whole entire year, the way I’ve been shooting the ball from three-point has been something that has been disappointing to myself,” Teahan said. “… But (Coach) still has had faith in me, so that means a ton.”

Comments

Kye Clark 2 years, 6 months ago

How ironic will it be if Connor Teahan of all players ends up with 2 championship rings? He'll be the first and only Jayhawk who can say that!

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Cmill1221 2 years, 6 months ago

Danny Manning would have 3 one as player 2 as an assistant. (just being a smart @$$) ;-)

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bbeckum 2 years, 6 months ago

So happy for Conner and all the players. So happy.

By the way, who's this Rick Griggs guy I keep hearing about?

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Kye Clark 2 years, 6 months ago

He's the guy you said wore his hat backwards on another thread 5 minutes before this post.

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bbeckum 2 years, 6 months ago

yeah. sorry. just an inside joke with an fellow jayhawk

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Jim Roth 2 years, 6 months ago

Coach must realize that Conner made 43% of his 3-point shots in games in Allen Fieldhouse this season (29/68 in 16 games) but is only shooting 27% away from Allen (22/83 in 22 games). He's trying to give him the same level of confidence he has in front of the home crowd.

Conner has won me over this season, not because of his shooting, but because in the rest of his game he has played beyond his abilities. We needed him, and he has come through.

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Cmill1221 2 years, 6 months ago

CT had the Play of the game last night! It was when he had no one to pass to and he just drove down the lane, it wasn't flashy by anyone's standard he didn't even score but it ended w/ Thomas (OSU) picking up foul #4. I said it when the tourney started, if our guards attack the basket we can beat anyone. That's what they did in the 2nd half last night.

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Orangedog87 2 years, 6 months ago

What was with CBS showing Thomas sitting on the bench constantly while there were no cameras on EJ sitting on the bench with 4 fouls....

Surprised the refs didnt call a foul on KU for fouling Thomas while he was sitting on the bench.

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oldalum 2 years, 6 months ago

Or one on Wesley for just being in the building.

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ancient_hawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Poor Justin can't sneeze without getting rung up.

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Greg McKean 2 years, 6 months ago

4 for 4 against MU .... enough said

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monkeehawkSL8 2 years, 6 months ago

CONNER THANK YOU FOR YOUR TEAHANACITY. LET IT FLY ON MONDAY NIGHT, FOCUS, SQUARE UP, FIRE, GOOSE NECK, HAND IN THE HOOP AND HOLD YOUR FOLLOW THROUGH. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE TEAM TALKS TO EACH OTHER ON THE FLOOR. KEEP TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER. THIS JAYHAWK TEAM IS A LIVING, BREATHING MIRACLE.
EXCEED YOUR DREAMS. NOW.

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