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Kansas defeats Ohio State, 74-66

  • 3 p.m., Dec. 22, 2012
  • Columbus, Ohio,

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wrapped up: Travis Releford’s D on Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas keys road win

Kansas guard Travis Releford extends to defend against a shot by Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Kansas guard Travis Releford extends to defend against a shot by Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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KU coach Bill Self talks after Ohio State win

Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 74-66 victory over Ohio State on Dec. 22, 2012.

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Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore

Kansas players Jeff Withey and Ben McLemore talk after the Jayhawks' 74-66 victory over Ohio State on Dec. 22, 2012.

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Box score

KU-Ohio State

— Kansas University senior Travis Releford stuck to preseason All-American Deshaun Thomas like wrapping paper on a Christmas present Saturday afternoon in Value City Arena.

He held the 6-foot-7, 215-pound junior sensation to 16 points off miserable 4-of-11 shooting in the No. 9-ranked Jayhawks’ 74-66 victory over the No. 7-rated Buckeyes.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Releford’s inspired defense seemed to break the spirit of the Buckeyes of the Big Ten, who hit just 25 percent of their shots the final half, going just two-of-18 from three.

“Of course,” Releford said, asked if he could tell Thomas was frustrated by his sticky defense, applied in a 38-minute stint. Thomas also played 38 minutes.

“Not just him, but the team, the coaches, everybody on the bench. You could see once they were not getting what they wanted on offense. Everything broke apart for them,” added Releford, who chipped in 11 points on a day Ben McLemore exploded for 22 points and Jeff Withey 14 points with 10 rebounds.

Releford’s points, off 4-of-5 shooting, came in handy on a day his defense proved downright inspirational to the Jayhawks, who improved to 10-1. Ohio State fell to 9-2.

“I think his defense was a big part of what we did tonight. He stepped up to the plate and did what he needed to do to get us going,” said KU point guard Elijah Johnson, who scored 13 points. “He didn’t give them any confidence. He was there on every pass. He was there on every shot. It turned us up offensively and defensively.”

Releford’s strategy was simple: to stick to Thomas like a beard on a fake department store Santa.

“Just be there on the catch. You’ve got to play physical. You can’t let him get what he wants,” Releford said. “It was a team effort. We had it where if he caught it in the post, we’d trap him. He couldn’t post up. He knew we had a trap coming. The rest of the game he was trying to shoot threes. We were going to live with that.”

Thomas hit three of seven threes and committed three turnovers. Fans groaned — a lot of them booed — following his air-ball on a three from the corner down the stretch.

“I wasn’t worried about him taking me inside,” Releford said, “because I’m kind of strong myself and I had Jeff behind me to help out and eliminate him posting me up. I was more focused on making him take tough shots and get him outside of his game.”

Thomas, who scored 19 in a loss to KU in Allen Fieldhouse and nine in another loss to KU in the Final Four a year ago, said: “Last year they probably didn’t really know anything about me and I came in and had a big first half against them at their place. The 7-foot guy (Withey) and they (were) double-teaming me catching in the post. It’s hard to see over ‘em.”

KU coach Bill Self, who said, “today is probably the best we’ve played against Ohio State in the three games (last year and Saturday),” explained the defensive game plan on Thomas.

“He’s a hard matchup and he was a hard matchup for us last year when we had Thomas Robinson on him. We play two traditional bigs and he’s not traditional, so it probably was a good matchup for us being able to put a guard on him and the doubling him on the post,” Self said.

Thomas did score five points in a 14-0 run that gave Ohio State a 31-23 lead with 6:30 left in the first half. KU answered with a 9-0 burst, however, to regain the advantage, 32-31, at 2:21.

The Jayhawks led, 37-35, at halftime. Up 56-52, KU went on an 8-0 roll (Johnson and McLemore had four points apiece) to stretch the lead to 64-52 at 4:36.

“In the first half, I don’t know if they ran off of misses. I think they ran off of turnovers,” Self said. KU had 11 turnovers the first half; eight the second. “We did a miserable job taking care of the basketball. That’s one of the things we have to get a lot better at, handling the ball under pressure.”

However, overall .... “I thought we were really good except for a three-minute stretch the first half when they went on the 10-0 run or something like that,” Self said.

KU had some trouble finishing off the Buckeyes, the lead dipping to 69-63 with :20 left. However, Withey cashed four free throws down the stretch, preventing the game from getting mighty interesting.

“Coach Self is all about defense and we showed that today. We shut down their best scorer,” Withey said. “When they went on their run, we have a good group of vets that have been in this situation before that could talk to the young guys and tell them to calm down and focus on defense. It all starts on defense.”

Defense played by a veteran named Releford.

“Beating them to go to the championship last year was one of the great games. We were down 12. But to come here and beat them at their place, this is going to go down, too, as one of the great games,” Releford said.

KU will next meet American University at 7 p.m., Dec. 29, in Allen Fieldhouse.

Comments

Shawn Mansfield 1 year, 10 months ago

This was a good game to watch live, even if the place lacked any energy.

John Randall 1 year, 10 months ago

I'd say there was plenty of energy for the four minutes OSU(e) turned us over on 2/3 of our possessions. Elijah made the best comment – 'nothing feels better than quieting down the crowd at their home court.'

Adam Evans 1 year, 10 months ago

There was a lot of energy for the first 15 minutes. After KU recovered from that 14-0 run they put on, we effectively took the crowd out of it. They didn't really get back into it at all until late when osu made that small run to get it closer. But by then it was too late. That's what great teams do. They respond to runs and adversity with poise and controlled aggression, and take the home crowd out of the game making it feel more like a neutral court. Hats off to self and his gameplan. Executed almost (aside from turnovers, which if we kept low would have resulted in a blowout) to perfection.

Woody Cragg 1 year, 10 months ago

HCBS seems to be getting what he wished for in senior leadership-and lockdown defense. BMac is everything as advertised & more. If you look at Mac & Jeff's numbers together, they gave the production or close to it, as TRob & Jeff last year.Will re-watch the game later for better scrutiny as we had a large private dinner with friends at a restaurant & didn't get to watch much more than the last 7-8 min. This will be a great win for seeding guys, the March is on!

Brianna Zaleski 1 year, 10 months ago

Great game to watch. I thought our team was pretty efficient throughout, offensively and defensively.

Craft is the biggest overhyped pu$$. Why do ppl think he is So good? He can't hit the broad side of a barn and he's a constant complainer. In the first five or so mins when I saw him bitchin to the refs and nog getting any love from them, I knew we might have a chance

texashawk10 1 year, 10 months ago

Craft is worthless on the offensive end, but he is a very good defender even if some of the calls he gets are reputation based but Withey gets quite a few no calls because of his reputation as well though.

KansasComet 1 year, 10 months ago

ZIG,

Thanks for an enjoyable read. I have yet to see the greatness in Craft. He will get someone hurt one day by pretending to fall and landing at the oppositions feet. He bounces up and gives the ref a puppy dog look of pure innocence. I am not a fan of his style of basketball.

Mike Barnhart 1 year, 10 months ago

Hmm, Craft damn near beat us by himself last year in The Fieldhouse. Just seems like he's always involved in their big runs! Streaky, maybe?

Robert Murphy 1 year, 10 months ago

Kevin Young's free throw shooting is a disgrace. If he doesn't pick it up he shouldn't be in at the end of games. BMac is the best college freshman, outside of Wilt, that I have ever seen at Kansas. Definitely huge advantage to have such an abundance of great athletes. Very few teams can stay with this depth. Ohio State was out of gas. Very encouraging.

741hawk 1 year, 10 months ago

You would call KY free throw shooting a disgrace? Look in the mirror.

Robert Murphy 1 year, 10 months ago

Their is a huge difference in calling someones actions a disgrace and calling someone a disgrace. Do you see the difference?

Jack Jones 1 year, 10 months ago

Actually, not really! Any difference is subtle at best - and probably only noticeable to the 'poster'.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 10 months ago

I thought freshmen weren't allowed to play in Wilt's day.

oldalum 1 year, 10 months ago

There was a freshman team, but I have no idea if they played games against other schools.

John Randall 1 year, 10 months ago

I guess you don't remember Wilt didn't play varsity ball as a freshman . . . not to say he wasn't great, just that freshmen weren't allowed on the varsity team until a few years later. All his records were accumulated in two seasons, including the final four MVP award after the 3OT loss in finals. NBA draft was limited to players whose eligibility had expired, so he spent what would have been his senior year as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, because he felt KU fans would hate him for losing the championship to UNC.

Lonnie Ross Dillon 1 year, 10 months ago

That was his sophomore year I believe. His junior year we had less success and other teams frustrated him with very physical double-, triple-, and even quadruple-team defenses. He was fed up and left school.

jaybate 1 year, 10 months ago

Re: KY's FT shooting--56% does suck. I am his biggest fan, but his FT shooting IS disgraceful. If you've tried everything else, KY, try a touch of KY Jelly on the finger tips before each charity toss. :-)

Re: Wilt/Ben Hair splitting--I could be wrong here, but the essense of BFiss' reasonable remark is that both Wilt and Ben are huge talents that have started their first seasons of being eligible and been very productive. And in both cases it has been their second years on campus.

If people are going to nitpick, then first praise BFiss for drawing an apt comparison, and then mention the technicalities. Don't just dog him. Its Christmas and Hanukah fer Christ's and Moses sakes. :-)

mejayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

That penetration/dish was incredible. And I mentioned this at the end of the live-game thread, but did you see the behind-the-back pass to BMac? KY had dribbled himself into trouble and just casually delivered the only option available in that instant that wouldn't be a turnover. BMac got to the line. Love this kid's game.

Mike Bratisax 1 year, 10 months ago

He needs to improve his FT% but if that is all you noticed about his game, you missed far too much of his positive impact.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 10 months ago

Kevin needs to learn a lesson from the '07-'08 NC team. Many people were complaining about their FT% early in the season. DJax was even down a whole bunch from the previous season when he had to sit out the 1st 10 (?) and could only shoot FT's. The FT% of the '07-'08 NC team went up 10-20% from pre-conf to MM. That doesn't happen by chance, as DJax knew. My guess is those guys spent a LOT of time over break at the FT line. It's easy to go play a pick-up game, but the discipline to work on FT shooting could pay off with a Mass St parade. We were 14-15 from the line against Memphis, which was far more a factor in winning than a couple misses at the end.

Come on Kevin (and Jeff and ...), let's go shoot some FT's and win a few championships.

DCLawHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

I thought Tharpe's ball handling looked better than Johnson's and Releford's for stretches today, which surprised me.

oldalum 1 year, 10 months ago

He's faster than EJ, and I suspect Self really likes that.

Mike Bratisax 1 year, 10 months ago

There is no way Tharpe is faster than EJ even playing hurt. I did see a vast improvement in his ball handling skills. Maybe he is the answer to next year's PG.

Robert Murphy 1 year, 10 months ago

I was a freshman at KU in 1954 and had an accounting class with Chamberlain. Remember, like Wilt, BMac is not a true freshman either since he also practiced for a year with the varsity. Chamberlain was a super athelete and would easily high jumped seven feet if he had known about our modern techniques. The track team was full of great athletes and it was really something to See Wes Santee running across the campus. Great memories but the new ones just keep coming.

Suzi Marshall 1 year, 10 months ago

I was 6 growing up in KC. My dad took me to the Nat. Championship game v. NC. Greatest game ever, KU fans will never stop talking about Wilt's KU days, especially the women on campus at the time.

danno1313 1 year, 10 months ago

Love that story. That s old school KU.

s6u6r6f 1 year, 10 months ago

Gary Bedore: just one comparative away from the holiday trope trifecta. Were only the word "Christmas" used before "spirit" in paragraph three we could all have thrown our figural Santa hats into the comment section ring. Great game; great start to the holiday season. Rock chalk.

Tony Bandle 1 year, 10 months ago

Gameday observations on Christmas Eve Eve.

1] Bill Self continues to "Tom Izzo" Thad Matta...amazing!!

2] I think we found an unexpected Xmas present under the tree...we've got a legit back-up poimt guard in Nadiir. I wish I could say I told you so. :)

3] You knew OSU wasn't going to shoot 60% from three point range in the second half...who knew, however, that they wouldn't shoot anything!!!!

4] I agree with all you previous posters...Craft is over-rated and a summa cum laude graduate of the Duke Summer Camp of Flopping.

5] This nationally televised game just did a whole bunch of good things for KU's program regarding OADs thanks to BenMac.

6] Damn, boys and girls...I think we may just have one of a hell of a team this season!!

7] I just about fainted during the broadcast..OSU Grad, Kelloge, had some nice things to say about Kansas!!!

actorman 1 year, 10 months ago

I'm not sure I get your comment about Kellogg. He often has nice things to say about KU. In fact, he was a little TOO nice with his strange comment about Tharpe having coming through for KU all year.

Jim Roth 1 year, 10 months ago

I also thought Kellogg was overcompensating for any perceived OSU bias. He was trying too hard to praise Kansas. Of course, anything else coming out of his mouth would have pissed me off to no end. CBS needs to rethink that strategy of sending him to cover OSU games. I don't think they can win.

Jayhawk444 1 year, 10 months ago

Did anybody else hear Bardo (I think) call Elijah "Ellis Johnson" and Kevin "Patric Young" during the game?

Sam Constance 1 year, 10 months ago

Self, Izzo, Matta could be the new paper, rock, scissors...

...if Thad Matta had the same dominance over Izzo that Self has over him and Izzo seems to have over Self.

Mike Bratisax 1 year, 10 months ago

What surprised me the most was that all for a short stretch in the first half, Kansas was clearly the better team. We just seem to match up well against their players. Beating Ohio State three games in a row is no small achievement.

Scott MacWilliams 1 year, 10 months ago

What a GREAT game by the Jayhawks!!! Kudos all around!

Mr. Tharpe has arrived, and just in time! His hard work and our patience has paid off very well.

OSU gave it their best shot, trying to pull El Jefe out to the perimeter, everything they could think of to mess up the Jayhawks, but to nada!!

Have a great holiday break, guys, we are all so incredibly proud of you!!

Rock Chalk!!!!

kufaninmo 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow what a fun game to watch! I'm really starting to enjoy watching ku vs Ohio State for some reason lately...

John Epperson 1 year, 10 months ago

I was in the arena and thought a key during the big 2nd half run was OSU put Craft on BMac for most of that stretch. Gave breathing room to our points, and made it easier to work inside out.

Very solid performance.

leonard 1 year, 10 months ago

Thinking about BMac's wonderful first year...a little trip down memory lane for Wilt's two years at Kansas. From the Crimson and Blue:

1956-57...Wilt the Stilt (who preferred the nickname Big Dipper) caused a big stir at KU before he ever suited up for the varsity. Jayhawk fans couldn’t wait to see their 7-foot center in action. He did not disappoint. In Chamberlain’s first varsity game, and 87-69 drubbing of Northwestern in Lawrence, he scored 52 points and grabbed 31 rebounds – both new school records – in front of 15,000 fans.

After closing out the conference season with four more victories to finish 11-1 and clinch the Big Seven title, KU headed to the NCAA regional in Dallas. The Jayhawks’ first-round opponent was Southern Methodist, the host school. SMU had won 35 straight games at home and played tough against the Jayhawks, but KU won 73-65 in overtime. The Jayhawks met Oklahoma City in the regional final and rolled to an 81-61 victory. At the Final Four in Kansas City, KU made quick work of San Francisco, winning 80-56 to set up the championship game against No. 1-ranked North Carolina.

1957-58...Chamberlain did return for his junior season at KU. But his veteran supporting cast of Elstun, King, Johnson and Parker had graduated. Even with Wilt’s average of 30.1 points a game (still a KU record for single-season average), KU finished 18-5 overall and 8-4 for a second place tie in the conference and failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

And in the final game of the season, KU met K-State, the conference champion and No. 1-ranked team in the nation. Chamberlain, in his final game as a Jayhawk, scored 24 points as the Jayhawks controlled the game throughout, beating the Wildcats 61-44 in Manhattan.

Wilt's two year line at KU was 30ppg and 18rpg.

Jim Roth 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks for digging up the record. Great history.

Suzi Marshall 1 year, 10 months ago

I recall that final K-State game like it was yesterday. Remember the cry when Wilt went to the Globetrotters. Don'f forget Wilt played POINT GUARD for the 'trotters.

Mike Barnhart 1 year, 10 months ago

At this point in the season, this might be the best team we've had since 1997! The 2008 team was full of NBA players but this team might have two legit future NBA starters! In addition, our role players are perfect compliments to the stars.

BTW, I said SINCE 1997 ... that team was L O A D E D!!!!

wrwlumpy 1 year, 10 months ago

This glowing review of Self and the Jayhawks sums up this victory for me and probably for most of us and our Sunday morning musings. http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/21441714/ku-coach-self-has-go-to-guy-role-players-finds-toughness-in-columbus. Not only have we found our team, we have found solid seniors who have welcomed the natural to to their company. All of those who were on the floor yesterday for KU, including Rio, who put on a tremendous 5 sec show, knew they were as tough as the the biggest Big Ten team. Withey might never gain any more weight, but as yet, no one this year has been stronger on the block. He is a big man who is playing big.Conference play is coming soon and the newbies will be thrown into the fire.

REHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

A Jayhawk gift which keeps on giving!

mejayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

like one of those beer subscriptions, except this beer is made from his own tears and shame

Beate Williams 1 year, 10 months ago

I think some of you need to go back and watch and listen. Kellogg was all over Ohio State being this and that and not saying much about KU until Greg started really talking about KU and to try and look as if he was balanced, he, Kellogg started talking about KU's positives. Kellogg has never been a big KU fan, he is a B1G fan and sometimes his objectivity is really lacking.

Craft is not an offensive threat, he can be streaky and cause a team problems but his forte is defense and anyone who believes he is not a defensive positive has not played or watched much basketball, he had a couple of steals that were classic but we learned to avoid his strengths for the most part. He is a flopper but he does take charges, much like KY does.

I hope people really are not trying to compare BMac to Wilt, there has not been a college or pro player that one can truly compare to Wilt. But, one interesting thing about Withey, he too is thin like Wilt was but anyone who ever faced Wilt will tell you he was one of the strongest players they ever faced, I'm just saying...Hudy does know what she is doing and there are people who just do not appear to be strong but are stronger than can be imagined.

REHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

The wife and I always enjoy seeing Andrea Hudy on the bench. A reminder of her essential input toward the physical and mental toughness of players who have stayed the course for more than a season or two in Lawrence.

jessejayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Wilt was thin when he arrived at KU. I know cause I did his height and weight at this new student physical at Watkins Hospital. However his sophmore year he was something else.again. He had bulked up and was a student of the weight training. Watching him snatch and jerk 270 pounds was almost scary. His departure from KU was more a result of the racial bias that existed in Lawrence at the time. The University was OK but off campus was entirely different. I'm still PO'd that chancellor Murphy would not raise hell with the city fathers about the problem

mejayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks for this reminder. I beleive this was the reason Wilt never returned to Lawrence, until his number ceremony, and why that moment was so dramatic.

Jack Jones 1 year, 10 months ago

Maybe - but for now, how about we just accept Wilt's own words for why he waited to return? Far better than trying to read his mind and/or his soul. The only thing that really matters, is that he DID come back, and in doing so, gave all of us, Kansas University fans; as well as himself, one of the truly great emotional moments in Phog Allen Field House history.

Sam Constance 1 year, 10 months ago

THANK YOU!

When I saw the earlier comments about Kellogg praising Kansas, I had to wonder if we had watched the same ballgame. The entire first half, whenever Kellogg had any analysis to provide, it was about Ohio State. Positive, negative, neutral, the only times he contributed to explain something that was happening or needed to happen on the floor, it was about the Buckeyes. He didn't even talk about KU.

Everything was "Ohio State does X really well" or "Ohio State needs to do more of X or less of Y". There were no equivalent pieces of input about the Jayhawks. I'm not sure if they talked to him about it over halftime, but it did seem to get better in the second half.

What I don't understand is why you would put the alumnus of a given team in a broadcast booth for that team's game, unless you were going to do something similar to how ESPN has Hubert Davis (UNC) and Jay Bilas (Duke) both in the booth for the Duke/UNC showdowns.

CBS has plenty of sportscasters. If you can't find someone instead of Kellogg, just go with a two-man booth and have Greg Anthony as your analyst.

Steve Corder 1 year, 10 months ago

Self is an elite coach. Very few in that category which are feared on the bench (see Doug Gottleb's remarks about Boeheim). Self has the intangible of a "winner". His teams are aggressive and confident, a "dangerous combination".

bubbahawk 1 year, 10 months ago

I saw that same CBS discussion....but was taken aback when Seth Davis spoke about HCBS and referred to him as a coach that "the jury was still out on" whether he was an elite coach.

Sam Constance 1 year, 10 months ago

Gottlieb was the one saying Self hadn't earned "elite" status yet, if I remember correctly. I thought Seth Davis was kind of pushing him, saying "um, look at his resume--you really don't think he can be considered a 'great' coach?"

But Gottlieb has always been a bit of a contrarian and a hater, so who cares what he has to say.

akgjenkintown 1 year, 10 months ago

KU fans should be in debt to Dreu Jennings for hiring the best college basketball coach in the country. Self and his staff have the uncanny ability to build teams with mixtures of players possessing varying degrees of talent and unique personalities. His philosophy that team defense comes first is hard for young players, who were stars at their respective high schools to adopted, but once they understand, his teams can play with anyone in the country. Last year's team was the best example of Self's approach to basketball, play defense for 40 minutes and win ugly. This year's team has experience and heart. It has been amazing to watch their progress from the first 7 games to their last 4. Finally, the players and staff should be commended for their conditioning. OSU was exhausted and that contributed to their poor shooting the second half. I guess the boot camp at the beginning of the year pays off in games like this where the KU players were physically and mentally tougher than their opponents. Rock Chalk and Happy Holidays.

cragarhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Did not see White III even in the box score. Does anyone have any info? Did I miss something? I was getting excited to see his minutes expanding and now nothing? Just curious

HAWKTOPIA 1 year, 10 months ago

Great team Defense, and Kevin Young fills a lot of gap. His energy and activity are great compliments a tenacious perimeter style. He was tied for defensive rebounds, and i think steals and assists too??? Kevin can cover stronger players, and i weak player will have trouble with him. I hasten to say Rodmanesque, but he is a complimentary frenetic competitor. Cheers to Kevin Young !!!!

mejayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Like the Rodman comparison, truely. Though I'm having trouble picturing KY with a blonde fro.

Glen Darge 1 year, 10 months ago

I fully agree withGBJAYHAWK. Great playing, during a great game to watch. Jayhawks--enjoy a well earned holiday break and keep up the hi-class playing.

mejayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

That earned a BMac thunderdunk from the free throw line!

mejayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Being a Jayhawk basketball fan just keeps getting better and better every year. Seing Releford out on the break is so fun and satisfying, since he's earned every second he's on the court. KY plays with as much joy as anyone I've ever seen. BMac will contest for freshie of the year, if he doesn't suffer too many concussions hitting the rim with his head. Withey knows what his stengths and weaknesses are and plays to his strengths. EJ, not a natural point, may get to transition back to the two guard, due to the emergence of Tharp. Traylor's begining to learn what he can do to help the team. Perry showed flashes of growing confidence yesterday. Rio's body language on the bench is more positive and I'll bet he'll play meaningful minutes this season. I'm sure I'm forgetting someone...oh yeah, WhiteIII, maybe the best pure shooter at KU for years--he'll play meaningful minutes. I think we can beat American University.<(this is a joke) And remember: all this, just a year after one of the craziest runs to the NatChamp game ever. RCJH!!!

Tony Bandle 1 year, 10 months ago

Interesting timing on the reinstatement of Texas point guard Mitch Kabongo...let's see..how about just a couple days before the ESPN Big Saturday game of Texas at Kansas .

If any of you don't think ESPN put in a call to the NCAA and said, " We are are paying the freight, so we would like to suggest that Mitch be available for the KU game", then I have some prime swampland in the Florida Everglades available for sale with the Brooklyn Bridge crossing over it as part of the deal!!!

Hey, Mr.Randle..see, Kansas knows how to treat one and dones, so come on down, you'll get all the PT you could want!!!

Alohahawk 1 year, 10 months ago

I also noticed that, about Kabongo getting to play just before Texas and KU meet. His first game back will be against Iowa State, which will help him get acclimated on-court. Then, Texas comes to KU a few days later. You may be right that ESPN put out a plea to the NCAA to allow him to play. The NCAA surely recognizes all the publicity they can get with that sort of set up. My question regarding the suspension requirements for Kabongo: How soon is he allowed to practice with their team? Is he already allowed, or must he wait till the suspension ends?

As for Randle, he's supposed to take his official visit to KU and attend that KU vs Texas game. Texas has been playing a lot better lately, and played MSU a tough game this weekend. A win over Texas wouldn't hurt in KU's recruitment of Randle. With KU playing Duke next season in the early season 'Classic' matchup, he might see that as an incentive - to get the opportunity to play against Parker.

With the Temple win against Syracuse, the January 6th game now becomes a headline game when Temple comes to AFH. KU's RPI rating is starting to look even better with their recent blowout wins over decent teams, and especially this OSU win. Colorado just won by over 30 points on Saturday, so they're proving they aren't pushovers. And American (KU's next opponent) lost by only 15 to a very good Georgetown team this weekend.

Mele Kalikimaka, (ie, Merry Christmas), everyone.

KULA 1 year, 10 months ago

On a side note, have to comment on how pleasurable it was to see Jim Boe-Whine denied his 901st victory, if only for one day. Obviously a short list, but I think we can safely say, "Never before has any other coach accomplished so little in 900 victories."

HawkKlaw 1 year, 10 months ago

Such a great game! This team is starting to gel and play some really great basketball. I don't think anybody wants to play Kansas right now.

I was highly impressed with all of the starters in this game. Withey was outstanding, Releford's defense was probably the key to the game, BMac was on fire and Elijah really stepped up when the team needed him. The worst stat is the 19 turnovers (usually makes for a loss on the road), but it's good to see the team fight through it and get the win.

This team still needs to figure out how to close out games better, but this was a great win against a Top 10 team on their home court. I see good things in this KU team's future!

JayHok 1 year, 10 months ago

From a book about Wilt. He said the college game wasn't fun after the rules were changed. He had 4 guys hanging on him kneeing him in his shins. He had to wear knee pads on his shins. His words. He went to the globetrotters as a way to play pro ball a year early because he couldn't go to the NBA as a senior. In reflection he wrote he never would have left KU for the globetrotters if he would have known he couldn't be an Olympian. He wanted to be on the track team especially. Just relaying what he wrote.

Derek Bowman 1 year, 10 months ago

I thought Tharpe gave the team a real lift by putting in some very good minutes. A real difference-maker in the game.....conversely, I thought Perry Ellis played small and weak. He looked like a turnover or a bad shot every time he touched the ball. He's gonna be a good one, but I get the feeling he'll be developing slower than most of us probably thought. He just still has that "deer in the headlights" look, huh?

FearlessJayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

I have to disagree with you that Travis R stuck with Thomas. There were numerous time that Thomas as well as Craft got off wide-open shots but just failed to make them. KU was lucky that they went stone cold. Had they hit even three more shots, the outcome could have been different.

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