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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Oregon State center Joe Burton amazed by Jeff Withey’s development since high school

Kansas forward Kevin Young chest bumps center Jeff Withey after converted a bucket while being fouled by Oregon State during the second half on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. At left is OSU center Joe Burton, who played in high school against Withey.

Kansas forward Kevin Young chest bumps center Jeff Withey after converted a bucket while being fouled by Oregon State during the second half on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. At left is OSU center Joe Burton, who played in high school against Withey.

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Box score

KU vs. OSU

— Oregon State senior Joe Burton, who hails from Soboba, Calif., has seen quite a change in Kansas University men’s basketball center and San Diego native Jeff Withey since they played against each other in high school.

“It’s really amazing how he grew as a player,” Burton said following KU’s 84-78 victory over OSU on Friday at Sprint Center. “He was tall back then and not very skilled, but now he’s more versatile, more skilled.”

Burton was able to chat it up with Withey on the floor a couple of times, including once in the second half when the two chuckled together in the lane following a timeout.

“It’s always good to play against a good center,” Burton said, “and see what we’re made of.”

Though Withey finished with just three blocks, he still was able to impact OSU’s shooting inside.

The Beavers, who came into the game making 52 percent of their twos, connected on just 17 of 44 shots inside the arc against the Jayhawks (39 percent).

Still, OSU coach Craig Robinson felt good about his team’s game plan, part of which involved bringing his center to the perimeter to pull Withey away from the basket.

“We didn’t want to just take it in there,” Robinson said, “and let him tee off on us.”

Defensively, Robinson was frustrated with the number of easy baskets KU was able to get. The box score indicated that the Jayhawks had 17 combined layups and dunks.

“We didn’t want them to do what they did: beat us on blow-bys to the basket,” Robinson said. “We wanted to them to beat us on outside shots.”

KU attempted only nine threes, making three.

The fifth-year OSU coach said he would leave K.C. thinking KU was “pretty darn good.”

“You’ve got some good senior leadership to go with (guard Ben) McLemore,” Robinson said. “I think the sky’s the limit for this program.”

Robinson had a light-hearted moment at the beginning of his news conference. In a small, crowded room, he looked up at the bright camera lights and said, “So this is what it’s like at a Kansas press conference.”

The coach left happy with how his players performed.

“I’ve always felt they could play with a team like a Kansas,” Robinson said. “Now, they’re going to start thinking that, I hope.”

Comments

syceda 1 year, 10 months ago

OSU could be pretty good this year.

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jayhawkintexas 1 year, 10 months ago

We're going to have ltos of problems with OSU teams this year--Oregon State, Ohio State and Oklahoma State. All three are good teams and will really challenge us. Good to know we can win the close ones, though.

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doolindalton 1 year, 10 months ago

Coach Robinson looks like a middle linebacker; his sister and his nieces look like basketball players.

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Stephan123 1 year, 10 months ago

Need Adams and other bench guards to develop quickly and help out our beleaguered vets.

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jumpinjayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

KU has a young team and we will have another bump or two along the way, but at the end of the day when the freshman mature and learn Bill's system they will be ready for the big dance. I do think they will win another Big Twelve title,and get maybe a 2 seed or 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Another good year, it is all Bill Self knows how to give us. OSU was just another step towards that.

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AznSnSaTioN 1 year, 10 months ago

I'm glad to see White playing more, this will only help us down the road. His shots will start falling. Elijah is nowhere close to looking 100%, I wonder if it will help just to sit him for the next game or so? I rather have a healthy EJ down the road.

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mikehawk 1 year, 10 months ago

The mixture of youth and experience continue to be on display. Exciting and brilliant at times, and youthful and silly at others. Great defense at times and massive breakdowns at others. Coach is clearly trying to figure out what he has in the younger players and what he can put in the rotation. I don't think it has been settled yet, and the younger players, namely Rio and AW3 showed some things. Naadir is in danger of being pushed out, I'm afraid. Practice will be tough this week and I something tells me they will work some on their defense. Colorado should be a great game as that is a team on the rise with a great coach.

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Mick Allen 1 year, 10 months ago

Naadir needs to be pushed out. Adams has to get his minutes.

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