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Jayhawks recall UK ‘bullied us’

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

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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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Ohio State's Thad Matta, William Buford and Jared Sullinger

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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KU vs. Ohio State

Box score

— Kansas University will play Kentucky on Monday night for the national championship.

The Wildcats beat KU, 75-65, on Nov. 15 in New York.

“They bullied us,” KU forward Thomas Robinson said.

Of the rematch, Kansas coach Bill Self said: “It’s a dream for these kids to play on the biggest stage that college basketball has to offer this year, get to play the best team in the country hands-down from Day One to now. It’s a thrill.

“It’s more a thrill for us because nobody thought we could get here. We still haven’t played terrific in the tournament, but somehow these guys find ways to win games.

“I’ve watched Kentucky all year long. They have guys that make plays you can’t coach. They’ve got pros, all that stuff. But we have good players, too. We have to play like we are going to take it because Kentucky will play like they are going to take it.”

Four KU hoops coaches in house: Former KU head coaches Ted Owens, Larry Brown and Roy Williams joined Bill Self in the Superdome on Saturday. Williams, ninth-year head coach at North Carolina, sat with his wife, Wanda, at center court in a section that included college head coaches Lon Kruger (Oklahoma), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Tubby Smith (Minnesota) and former Arizona coach Lute Olson, among others. Williams, who wore a KU sticker during the national title game in 2008, had no sticker on his lapel this time. Brown has been with KU’s traveling party throughout the NCAA Tournament. Owens has also attended several KU games this season.

Faces in crowd: Some famous faces in attendance: former KU great Clyde Lovellette, who was introduced at halftime as an incoming inductee into the Hall of Fame; actor Rob Riggle, who spoke to KU fans at the pre-game pep rally; former KU players Jeremy Case, now an assistant at SE Missouri State; Jeff Boschee, assistant at Missouri Southern; Greg Dreiling, advance scout of the Dallas Mavericks, as well as former Jayhawks Nick Bradford, Lewis Harrison, Mike Maddox, Christian Moody, Marcus Morris, Dave Robisch, Wayne Simien, Bud Stallworth, Stephen Vinson, Walt Wesley and Julian Wright. Also, former KU director of basketball operations Ronnie Chalmers.

Schedule: KU will play at Ohio State next season and play Michigan State on Nov. 13 in the Champions Classic in Atlanta. KU still is looking for a pair of marquee home games to begin home-and-home series. The Jayhawks will play in the CBE Classic on Nov. 19-20 in Kansas City’s Sprint Center with Washington State, St. Louis and Texas A&M. Match-ups have not yet been set. KU will play two games in Allen Fieldhouse against small to mid-major teams as part of the Classic.

Also, KU plans to take a foreign exhibition tour to a yet-to-be-determined place before next season. Tours are allowed by the NCAA once every four years. In the past, KU has traveled to Canada. In search of better competition, teams are now headed to such places as Greece, Spain, France or Italy. KU could go on a tour in May, but if it did so, next year’s incoming freshmen would not be able to play. So it’s much more likely KU will head on the tour on a weekend such as Labor Day weekend. KU will announce details when the tour is finalized.

Cat backlash: Former Kansas State star guard Jacob Pullen found himself on the receiving end of venomous tweets from backers of his school when he tweeted his dislike of the Bruce Weber hire.

Among Pullen’s retorts: “And please don’t speak on his national championship run that he made with bill self players and the best backcourt in the big ten three pros.”

Notes

  • KU has won 32 games for the third-consecutive season and fifth time in the last six years. KU has won 30 games in 11 different seasons.
  • KU advances to its eighth national title game and first since 2008.
  • KU is 5-3 against No. 2-seeded teams and improved the Jayhawks to 18-4 as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
  • KU is 93-39 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, one of only five programs to reach the 90-win plateau.
  • KU is 7-3 all-time against Ohio State and has won five in a row vs. OSU.
  • Saturday’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinal attendance was 73,361 – the second-most ever for an NCAA Tournament session and the largest crowd ever to watch the Jayhawks.
  • Travis Releford’s lay-up as time expired in the first half helped Kansas avoid posting its lowest point total in a half of the 2011-12 season. The Jayhawks entered the break trailing Ohio State 34-25. Kansas’ season low for points in a half was 24 against South Florida (Dec. 3). Kansas improved to 7-4 when trailing at intermission.
  • Kansas has led at halftime during just one game in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, its opening win against Detroit. The Jayhawks had overcome deficits against Purdue (36-30), North Carolina State (33-32) and was even with North Carolina (47-47) after the first 20 minutes of each contest. Kansas overcame a nine-point halftime deficit (34-25) to top Ohio State Saturday, and trailed by as many as 13 in the game.
  • The Jayhawks outrebounded Ohio State 42-30 and then outscored the Buckeyes 32-16 in the paint.
  • Thomas Robinson’s free throw with 3:51 to play was his 100th career point in NCAA Tournament play (10 games played). Robinson moved into Kansas’ top-10 for single season scoring.
  • Junior guard Travis Releford scored an NCAA Tournament career-high 15 points. The Kansas City native gave the Jayhawks their first lead since the game’s first basket when he hit a pair of free throws to make it 56-55 with 2:48 to play. Releford hit two more free throws to make it 60-59 with 1:37 to play. It was the most points for Releford since pouring in a career-best 28 points against Oklahoma (Jan. 7).
  • Junior center Jeff Withey had seven blocks to increase his Jayhawk single-season record total to 136.
  • Senior guard Tyshawn Taylor dished out nine assists, after previously logging a career-best 13 assists against Ohio State in the teams’ first meeting this year.
  • Junior guard Elijah Johnson recorded the first double-double of his career with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson again turned up the heat after the break, pouring in 11 points after intermission. The 10 rebounds were a career-high.

Comments

Hank Cross 2 years, 7 months ago

That's right. Remember how UK laughed at KU in that game. Time for payback. When I heard that Cal compared Davis to Bill Russell I laughed my head off and thought - Pride goeth before the fall.

Ben Kane 2 years, 7 months ago

i posted the same pride quote on facebook for all my kensucky so called friends.

Alex Peekeaton 2 years, 7 months ago

To stick with the "Bully" facts in the earlier meeting back in November at MSG, it was TRob doing a T-Bag on Kentucky's Terrence Jones:

TRob has done this a number of times during the year (K-State, Tex A&M) as well.

Alex Peekeaton 2 years, 7 months ago

Great response...didn't think any KU fans would address the number of T-Bags during the year considering Bill Self or Danny Manning didn't either...

akl6593 2 years, 7 months ago

How many times did it happen? I've watched every game this year and I know it didn't happen but a few times and it stopped so I am guessing it was addressed. If your biggest concern is TRob walking over someone you need to get a life. Go back to your rock and stay there.

JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 7 months ago

I could be wrong but I believe that Rick Pitino is the one that brough Bill Russel up first.

jgkojak 2 years, 7 months ago

If we come out like we did at UNC and match them shot for shot, then make it a war in the 2nd half we can win.

jayhawker_97 2 years, 7 months ago

Godspeed, team!! keep the hope & faith alive!! WE ARE KANSAS. WE WILL PREVAIL (again & again & again)!!!! let's make this game the most classic of all!

let's go Jayhawks!!

Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 7 months ago

Defense will beat the cats, Gentlemen. If we give 100% on the court, we'll win. Their players are the unsavory sorts who are more concerned with their pro-careers, next year, than their university.

A moment of reflection though, on how much this "rebuilding" team has accomplished. It's like Self said before the 08" game; "We've got nothing to lose... but so much to gain!"

waywardJay 2 years, 7 months ago

Between that and their inexperience I think you've nailed just about on point.

If we can turn over Aaron Craft and make im look like a bumbling fool in the Clutch we can Break Kidd Gilchrist.

actorman 2 years, 7 months ago

"KU advances to its eighth national title game and first since 2008."

Nice info., Gary, but I believe you're wrong on this one. This will actually be KU's NINTH title game:

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gchawk 2 years, 7 months ago

Nice stats, and awesome predictions. I just hope that your, and my, final prediction comes true. Rock Chalk.

johnnyphoton 2 years, 7 months ago

Great video! I hope his ego isn't so big that he make-believes his smack jack rants actually motivated the Hawks.

ku_foaf 2 years, 7 months ago

If only he'd started the video by saying "ok, believe the opposite of everything I say here" he'd have nailed it!

FLJHK 2 years, 7 months ago

So, has the jerk posted a retraction yet?

Sam Brockert 2 years, 7 months ago

Jack Harry? The biggest most publicly facing Missouri homer in the Kansas City Metro area? He would NEVER admit he was wrong, probably just blame the refs...

kufan32 2 years, 7 months ago

gives me chills every time i watch it

bradam 2 years, 7 months ago

That is so freekin' fantastic! Jack be bumble, Jack be thick, Jack ran his mouth out his a$$, the dick.

kuballhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

Love this video. Jack Harry knows Jack-$hi*. Thanks for the pre-game, pump-up video, Jack.

John Mueller 2 years, 7 months ago

So proud of this team.

At the beginning of the year, I remember posting that we may go .500 in the league, but that we would just need to be patient and enjoy the season, remember that they are young men, etc.

This team is full of men. Work ethic, character, belief in self (no pun intended) and just plays ugly early, but never quits.

Just a thoroughly enjoying ride for all KU fans!!

Rock Chalk!

PS Wayward, you are wayward. Aaron Craft is no bumbling fool and never will be. That kid is a total stud. I thought he got away with a block on Elijah in the first half, but he is a player with heart, guts and just an incredible winner.

I would take Aaron Craft on my team all day long and twice on Sundays.

Having said that, I love TT. He has struggled mightily with his shot in this tourney, but he plays thru it. His defense, his ability to get to the rim and his sense of when to push the offense has been terrific for the most part.

I made a remark about confounding three quarter quart bounce passes yesterday and somebody called me out. Well, it wasn't three quarter quart, but it was confounding. But, I will take the good with the bad, cuz with GOOD TT, there is a lot more good than bad.

Super proud of him for making those two free throws!! Plus Travis made some clutch free throws as well.

Just can't say enough about the character of these kids.

jayhawk4alifetime 2 years, 7 months ago

I think you drink a 'quart' of liquid but you play basketball on a 'court'

oldalum 2 years, 7 months ago

I've watched the replay of that bounce pass a bunch of times, and the ball took such a crazy bounce it looks like it caught the toe of Craft's shoe where it bounced and then took off at a different angle. My theory, and I'm sticking to it!

dylans 2 years, 7 months ago

Did you hear Anthony Davis say that God put him into foul trouble the last game? What an arrogant turd.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 7 months ago

H's learned from his pretentious coch who said there wasn't another D1 team in KY.

gchawk 2 years, 7 months ago

I guess this means that we should be hearing from KY"Jelly"Cat anytime soon. Go get 'em Jayhawks, very proud of you.

Patrickulating 2 years, 7 months ago

Pullen's best tweet of the night:

"Webber didn't think I was good enough to play at Illinois. I don't think he is good enough to coach at K State" @Jpullz0:

dylans 2 years, 7 months ago

I liked the one about how Weber only got to the championship game with Bill Selfs players.

Chris Shaw 2 years, 7 months ago

Jeff Withey has now just moved into second all-time in a Single NCAA Tournament in blocks. His 7 blocks now give him 27 total for this NCAA Tournament! Wow! With Anthony Davis still playing, he racked up 5 blocks on Saturday and now has 23 for this NCAA Tournament. Here are the all-time results! Pretty Impressive Mr. Withey!

Most Blocked Shots •29, Joakim Noah, Florida, 2006 (6 games) -27, Jeff Withey, Kansas 2012 (5 games) •24, Loren Woods, Arizona, 2001 (6 games) -23, Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 2012 (5 games) •23, David Robinson, Navy, 1986 (4) •21, Ken Johnson, Ohio State, 1999 (5) •21, Kevin Love, UCLA, 2008 (5) •20, Tim Perry, Temple, 1988 (4)

Torisen 2 years, 7 months ago

CBS said that Withey's 7 blocks were the most for a Final Four game, breaking a record of 6 set by Danny Manning.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 7 months ago

Which I believe was tied by Davis in the earlier game.

Steve Gantz 2 years, 7 months ago

Of course CBS probably won't be able to come up with that stat tomorrow night.

rockchalkxii 2 years, 7 months ago

I really believe if we can just keep the game close with a couple 2/3 minutes left that we can and will win the game. This Kentucky team has played maybe 3 or 4 games that went down to the wire. We're ready for that.

Either way, I'm so proud of this team. National Championship appearance in a "rebuilding year." I'll take it. And heck, we haven't played a good, complete game yet. Monday would be a great time to start. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!!!

Scott Smetana 2 years, 7 months ago

We will want this more than the Kentucky players in the second half. They just want their checks from World Wide Wes.

David Robinett 2 years, 7 months ago

What do you know, Tyshawn becomes a point guard: 10 points 9 assists.

That is not a bad game, that is a great game.

Randy Bombardier 2 years, 7 months ago

Releford was the guy that we really needed and he was big. We have all five guys playing at a high level now. We have nothing to lose. Just have fun and instinct will do the rest.

Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 7 months ago

Anyone else read about the UK fans setting couches on fire, overturning cars, and getting pepper sprayed by riot police? Not classy, especially when you consider the cops in Lawrence were posing for pictures last night with fans.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2012/04/kentucky-fans-riot-violence-fires-louisville-win/1#.T3iT7xB5mSM

Hank Cross 2 years, 7 months ago

That's the formula exactly. LVille exposed UK as weak on the glass and if the Cards had been able to throw a beach ball into the ocean, they would've won.

Steve Quatrocky 2 years, 7 months ago

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS! Bring on Kentucky as this is set up as good as it gets for us.

KY overconfident and cocky, The Press isnt giving us a chance, Self is a better in game coach than Cal, TROB with a chip on his shoulder going against the guy who got his NPOY award even though TRob had better numbers on a team that absolutely has to have his production and every defense centers upon, Ty's last game as a Jayhawk and we are sooooo much better than when we met last time when nobody knew what to expect from anybody, not even TRob back then.

Taylor was the only "known" and we all know how much flack he was getting from our own fans back then. I predict that Making those last two free throws makes the lid come off from three for Ty, as making BOTH of those was a lot harder than making an open 3.

Withey was a non factor in the first game before he bloomed. TRob didnt have any experience with double teams back then or a score to settle. EJ was playing nothing but Defense back then and Trav's on ball D has improved so much it will definitely be a different game.

Add to that all the bullying and mugging KY did in the second half, after they pulled away, and its time for some payback. ROCK Freakin CHALK!

Randy Bombardier 2 years, 7 months ago

Good points all. I would add that Releford has shown that he can really be relied upon when we need him. Whole team is contributing and stepping into roles as needed. That is really hard to beat. We have a real good crack at this. I have a sneaking suspicion that the zone is going to really create problems for them.

actorman 2 years, 7 months ago

Well said, KUGrad. We also have our own KY, Mr. Instant Energy, coming off the bench to dominate on the offensive glass.

Mark Wooden 2 years, 7 months ago

Lay it all on the line, have some fun, and go get it.

jaybate 2 years, 7 months ago

The best conditioned, most mature team that plays the toughest defense and can handle pressure and make the big plays on offense usually wins.

KU is that team hands down.

UK played in a pathetically soft conference this season.

UK is even thinner than KU.

UK has not yet played and beaten a good, tough team in the NCAA tournament.

Louisville were girlie men.

UK are girlie men that have never really been tested, fatigued, punished.

UK's players appear unable to shoot the trey in a dome.

KU's trey shooters are starting to get used to playing in a dome after 3 games.

KU's trey shooters will take and make treys.

UK will start out strong, as the Lawrence Airmen probe for UK's weaknesses and get UK's bigs in foul trouble.

The Lawrence Airmen will play the game any way UK wants.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will make many big plays, but then we will adjust and stop him.

And then the Lawrence Airmen will out guard them.

Then the Lawrence Airmen will out-rebound them.

Then the Lawrence Airmen will take them through the pain barrier.

UK will learn what it is to feel fear, to have their shots blocked, to be punished.

UK will learn what it feels like when another team just keeps coming even though UK blocks KU's shots.

UK will learn what it is to be put on the floor, when they try to get arrogant.

Tyshawn will cut the head off their guard.

Then the UK body will die.

Then there will be a new banner in Allen Field House.

Then this team will be recognized as one of KU's all time greats.

UK has only one chance; that

fansincewilt 2 years, 7 months ago

I have a feeling that Coach Williams along with others will be rooting for Kansas in this one.

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