Saturday, December 29, 2012

Notebook: Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde visit Allen Fieldhouse

Actor Jason Sudeikis and actress Olivia Wilde watch the video board during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Actor Jason Sudeikis and actress Olivia Wilde watch the video board during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self talks after win over American

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 89-57 victory over American on Dec. 29, 2012.

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Naadir Tharpe, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey

Kansas players Naadir Tharpe, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 89-57 victory over American.

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Comedic actor/Kansas University basketball fan Jason Sudeikis asked coach Bill Self for a copy of his book, “Bill Self: At Home in the Phog,” before Saturday’s KU-American basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I said, ‘Why would you want that book?’ Now I know. He’s something else,” Self said of Shawnee Mission West grad Sudeikis, who pretended he was reading the book when introduced to the fans on the center video board during the second half.

Sudeikis was accompanied to Saturday’s 89-57 rout by actress/girlfriend Olivia Wilde, who, along with Sudeikis, also saw KU hammer Howard, 89-34, on Dec. 29, 2011, in the fieldhouse.

“They came back in the locker room after the game. Our guys were pretty excited to see Jason,” Self joked. “It’s cool, because Jason, (Rob) Riggle and (Paul) Rudd have all been really good to us and been to games and support us. He brought Olivia to a game last year at our place. It’s pretty cool to see them hanging around.”

Other faces in the crowd included former KU players Aaron Miles, Calvin Thompson, Christian Moody and Stephen Vinson.

Coincidentally, KU’s Naadir Tharpe dished 12 assists against no turnovers on the same night Miles, KU’s all-time assists leader, was in the stands. Miles is on break from Russia where he plays pro ball.

“It’s funny, because he was at practice yesterday. He was working with us,” Tharpe said of Miles. “He probably hit me with a little bit of his assists or something. I don’t know what it is.”

Stat of interest: “Our top six minutes guys had 23 assists and two turnovers. I don’t know if I ever had a team get that many assists with that few turnovers before,” Self said his five starters plus Tharpe.

Popular video: Self was subject of a “Pop-Up Video” on the big screen during the second half. The fans gave Self and/or the video a standing ovation after it played.

Stats, facts: Freshman Perry Ellis had 11 points and 10 rebounds to become KU’s first freshman to record a double-double since Thomas Robinson (15 points, 10 rebounds) against Alcorn State in 2009. ... Travis Releford’s five threes were most by a Jayhawk this year. ... Tharpe’s eight assists in the first half were the most since Tyshawn Taylor had eight assists in the first half of a win over Ohio State on Dec. 10, 2011. ... Tharpe is 7-of-8 from three-point land in his last three contests. ... Tharpe has not had a turnover in his last four games and is boasting an assist-to-turnover ratio of 22-to-0 in that span. ... Jeff Withey collected four blocks to raise his total to 59 rejections on the year and 224 for his career for fifth all-time on the KU career blocks list. ... Withey has now recorded at least one block in 22 consecutive games. ... Ellis and fellow freshman Evan Manning each hit their first three-pointers as Jayhawks. ... KU is 11-1 or better for the third time in the last four seasons and the fifth time in the 10-year Bill Self era. ... KU has won 10 straight games. ... KU has won 62 consecutive games against non-conference competition in Allen Fieldhouse. ... KU is 2-0 all-time vs. American. ... KU has won 29 consecutive games overall in Allen, the second-longest streak in Div. I (Syracuse, 31). ... Bill Self is 280-54 at KU and 487-159 overall. ... KU has shot 50 percent or better for six straight games. ... With the score tied at 7 at the 15:45 mark in the first half, KU went on a 16-2 run over the next 3:53. ... KU is now outscoring its opponents 210-115 in the opening eight minutes of games. ... KU shot a season-low eight free throws and converted on a season-low six. ... The KU bench scored a season-high 32 points. ... The Jayhawks held the Eagles to 35-percent shooting, marking the fifth straight game they have held an opponent under 40 percent and the 10th contest this year.


jayhawkinnc 7 years, 5 months ago

Tyshawn Taylor's 8 assists in a half came in Dec. of 2011, not Dec. of 2012.

Scott MacWilliams 7 years, 5 months ago

“Our top six minutes guys had 23 assists and two turnovers. I don’t know if I ever had a team get that many assists with that few turnovers before,” Self said his five starters plus Tharpe.

My favorite quote! 23-2 A/T ratio!

Okay, against a creampuff, but still...

Jesse Johnson 7 years, 5 months ago

“It’s funny, because he was at practice yesterday. He was working with us,” Tharpe said of Miles. “He probably hit me with a little bit of his assists or something. I don’t know what it is.”

It's also funny because in the article on Elijah yesterday that mentioned Miles was in town I said something about how I hoped he was giving pointers to our PGs in practice. Any college PG could learn a lot from Aaron Miles.

actorman 7 years, 5 months ago

Not sure I'd agree with that one, but they're definitely in the same class.

Michael Auchard 7 years, 5 months ago

That game we just obliterated UK at the Fieldhouse behind B Rush's amazing performance in 2006, Judd had saddle bags under her eyes. It was fairly early in the day, as I recall, and she looked like a gremlin.

Here's a video of Rush's performance; you get to see Ashley's hangover eyes at 2:15:

jaybate 7 years, 5 months ago


Thank you so much for posting this feed of Brandon. Brandon is the greatest player of the Self era, still. Its not even close yet. He was the smoothest, most beautiful basketball player of the Self era. This feed makes crystal clear how much he lost after the knee injury. He was just a FABULOUS college basketball player the year of this feed. His jersey needs to go up ASAP. He didn't try to stay tight with Self, which was a mistake on his part. Self and he always knew that he would not have stayed that last season had he not had the knee injury. And my recollection is that Brandon didn't communicate clearly with Self after the junior season and then again after the ring about his future. I think that queered it between Self and Brandon to some extent. But Brandon Rush was the greatest KU player since Danny Manning. Mario without injuries outdid Brandon in the pros. Paul Pierce outdid them all in the pros, but couldn't quite get it done while at KU. TRob came darned close for one season, but Brandon did it four seasons and he brought home the ring that no one else could.

Rock Chalk, Brandon Rush.

jaybate 7 years, 5 months ago

Note: not saying Ben can't eclipse him. Just sayin' its going to take a big pair of you know what's to do it.

sas1979 7 years, 5 months ago

I don't think Rush was here for four seasons.

yovoy 7 years, 5 months ago

Paul Pierce would've/could've gotten it done (at least had a better chance to) while at KU if he and other good players hadn't had to watch a certain point guard bounce the ball around when they were in the half-court. With a different (OurSelf style) PG things might've looked quite a bit different.

I get the sentiment of what you're saying though, and I agree that his jersey should be rafter-bound ASAP, even if I don't think he was more deadly than "The Truth". Close, I'd say, but not better.

jaybate 7 years, 5 months ago

• KU is now outscoring its opponents 210-115 in the opening eight minutes...

The key to playing KU then is for the opening 8 minutes to hold the ball the full 35 each trip on offense, and on defense press and then zone KU to slow it down, and then start playing even up...right? :-)

• These actors all want to play Self in a bio pic about Self. This could be the first biopic where the star is not as hansome as the guy he portrays.

• Right now the only things keeping Perry Ellis off the floor are how hard Kevin gets after it and how intermittently Perry goes all out on defense. But then that's how its been all season. Still, Perry shows streaks now of getting after it on defense. This is one of those neural net grow together issues. Perry is just a cortical bun in the oven baking. Once a few more nets grow in, then the burn in and ramp up will happen lickety split and Perry will be ok. Next year he will be the leading scorer on the team. Self has been right to back off hounding him. He just wasn't ready brain development wise this season. Next season, though, look out below! Perry is a natural scorer.

• The guy for Perry to watch film of on defense is Travis Releford. Trav is now giving defensive clinics every game. His control of opponents is AMAZING!!!

Darin Bradley 7 years, 5 months ago

"He just wasn't ready brain development wise this season." Really?? The kid never scored below an A letter grade his entire high school career. Wow! Maybe increased minutes without the fear of the quick hook played a role in his looking better.... just a thought.

jaybate 7 years, 5 months ago

Neural net grow in is uneven. Some parts grow in. Others don't. If you ever have a teen ager you will get this instantly.

Your kid getting straight A's loses six straight coats.

Your kid that is so flipping proper and self conscious out in public is walking around your house with his privates in your face asking you for the keys to the car.

Your kid that can learn every drill in basketball cannot learn a dance step.




yovoy 7 years, 5 months ago

Haha on the losing coats! DING!!! Been there as a kid, and as a parent, and as a teacher.

I was lobbying here and in the "real" world for OurSelf to let PE breathe a little bit. You can't treat a super-smart, super-gifted athlete the same way you can an average smarts (or below), gifted athlete. You just can't. I was thinking that if HCBS wasn't careful we'd be seeing PE tearing it up somewhere like Gonzaga. I had the same feeling about a couple of other players, but it looks like the light has come on. Plasticity - brains change as we learn.

Phoggie_Thinking 7 years, 5 months ago

Self is just cool. His comments on son's three attempt, his comment about the players glad that Jason came into the locker, the quick 2-21 comment about three's from another game. The guy is just cool.

Another one is the go-to guy question. We don't have one yet, but then Ben is developing. He makes his point while still giving props to McLemore. Self's ability to think on his feet during a press conference is just amazing.

swunruh 7 years, 5 months ago

Glad the AFH crowd gave the pop up video of coach Self a standing O. KU is very fortunate to HCBS! .

Jeremy Paul 7 years, 5 months ago

How do we see the Bill Self pop-up video?

jayhawkintexas 7 years, 5 months ago

Olivia Wilde has such a great smile; she seems like a really classy lady. Besides her smile, the best part of the picture is the word "Kansas" on her hat. If I remember right, the cap she wore last year also had "Kansas" on it. Thanks, Olivia and Jason, for being KU fans.

Mel Clare 7 years, 5 months ago

Yep.....good looking as everything! She has quite the bod also and you can see a little of it in Cowboys and Aliens!!!

texashawk10 7 years, 5 months ago

If you want to really get a great appreciation of Olivia Wilde's body, go watch Alpha Dogs.

KansasComet 7 years, 5 months ago

Ellis can play. He always could. It just takes time to get the feet wet and get used to the pace of the college game. Hard to show improvement sitting on the bench. Every player recruited by Bill Self can play, it's just a matter of when he decides to let them.

flyingfinn 7 years, 5 months ago

Posting with guarded optimism but if Tharpe can play with this consistancy the rest of the year and Ellis with this kind of effort off of the bench, there is no telling how good this team can be.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 5 months ago

Somebody needs to give Jason Sudeikis a KU hat.

greg robinson 7 years, 5 months ago

Self already gave him a book. Dude can buy his own hat.

jaybate 7 years, 5 months ago

Anyone for a bronze statue of Olivia? Grecco-nude of course to be true to KU's grandest classical traditions. :-)

texashawk10 7 years, 5 months ago

No, I want a bronze statue of Olivia posing with Sam Ryan. That would be perfection.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 5 months ago

Maybe we could throw Danni Boatwright into the mix as well?

danmoore 7 years, 5 months ago

Jason, why don't you enroll in a class at KU so you can call yourself an alum. Whenever they mention famous alums from Kansas they'll include you.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 5 months ago

Jason was quoted once that Olivia's last name was a most appropriate description of her behavior in the bedroom.

If this theory held true, my ex-wife's last name should have been Touchmeandillkillyou!!

jaybate 7 years, 5 months ago

"Bill Self: The Movie"

Part 1

I'm ready to pitch a movie about Bill Self.

Jason, how ever you spell his flipping last name, playing it straight for a change, plays Bill.

Will Ferrell, mustering all his doofiness, plays Silo Tech Interim Head Coach Bruce Weber.

KSU will not be referred to by name--only as Silo Tech. KSU school colors will be switched from purple to pink.

The Octogon of Silage will be colorized pink also.

KU fans will be shown shouting, "Surrender the Pink." Carrie Fisher will have to be given above the line points to use the line, and Carrie will play CBernie in the stretch of Carrie's career.

Will Ferrell, as Weber, will cry a lot during the big game with KU and speak unctiously in the huddles about how he's almost as good of a coach as Self, if his players would take into account that he is not as smart as Self.

Wilde plays Cin.

And in the stretch of Sudeikis's thespianic career, Jason also plays Tyler Self-lip lint and all.

Tavis Smiley dons a fro and plays Kevin talking a mile a minute.

Denzel dazzles everyone by playing 25 years younger as Travis Releford, and does his own slides.

Kareem dons a rug and plays Jeff.

George Clooney makes a cameo as Kurtis Townsend.

Queen Latiffa weighs in as Andrea Hudy.

Michael Jordan does a cameo as Ben.

Chris Rock plays EJ and dispenses a lot of wit and wisdom and in a major scene tells Ben, "talkin' bout wealth, not talkin' bout money."

Justin plays the ghost of Wilt Chamberlain but all his non-love scenes have to be cut to keep the picture under a hundred and ten minutes.

Chris Piper plays Jay Bilas.

Jay Bilas plays Chris Piper.

And with a final FX flourish, Bing Crosby polygons from ILM are inserted for Joe Dooley, with Crosby/Dooley crooning "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," as he crunches offensive and defensive numbers on a bank of 35 Windows PCs lashed together with some software Crosby/Dooley hacked from Cal Berkely professors, so as to amass the same computing power as an old Cray.

jaybate 7 years, 5 months ago

Part 2

The picture will be produced by "Show Me the Money Productions" and "Beasting Films." It will be shot on location in Lawrence (two days), Manhattan (one day), and Tahiti (18 months though only 7 days of actual shooting will be required).

The script will be rewritten 28 times by 16 screen writers--none of whom have ever seen a basketball game--and none of whom will be given screen writing credit. Elaine May will be one of them and Mike Nichols will mention it in a plug on Charlie Rose. UNC grad Rose will be wearing Dean Smith's old Sears Double Knit powder blue blazer and owe Nichol's and May's appearance to Rose's socialite wife.

The director of this Self BioPic, the no talent son of a respected, but terminally dead film maker, will instead be given produced by, directed by, written by and key gripped by credits, though a team of local Lawrence film makers will actually do all the writing production, and direction, though quite naturally, they will not get to go to Tahiti, or get anything but credit as second unit schleps.

The film will break out and do over three quarters of a billion dollars but accountants from suede shoe firms of lawyers and accountants from Century City will show it to be a big loser.

Below the line costs totalling a billion and a half dollars to a dummy PR firm in Netherland Antilles will be sited as the cause of the film's red ink.

One law suit will be filed, but it will be withdrawn when the litigant is found having shot himself in the head three times including twice in the same eye socket and then to have jumped to his death from a high rise hotel room in Las Vegas.

Three years later there will be a director's cut with all revenue's going to the no talent son that has now married the daughter of a majority owner of the Federal Reserve.

Five years later, Quentin Tarantino, still trying to pander for box office with violence aimed at what ever he thinks appeals to the divide and conquer politics the heads of movie studios feel they need to cater to keep from being destabilized by CIA and Mossad, makes an slash-ploitation flick called "XTReme Inglorious Hoop Beasts Unchained." Quentin says its an adventure story with a romance that everyone can root for and that everyone of the actors never questioned any of the violence except one guy who was obviously insecure and not able to fully appreciate Tarantino's tongue in cheek humor and sadism-based realism.

Ten years later both films will be forgotten to death.

But KU hoops will go on.


jaybate 7 years, 5 months ago

(Note: All fiction. No malice. Just having some fun with what William Goldman once paid proper homage to in his book "Adventures in the Screen Trade." Coach Self, to put this in Taylor Swiftian diction, don't you ever, ever, ever, ever, ever let them make a movie about you. Rock Chalk!)

Jack Jones 7 years, 5 months ago

Note to all those posting the crude Olivia Wilde comments: Grow up!!

Michael Pannacciulli 7 years, 5 months ago

Rudd, Riggle, and Sudeikis all KU guys...very cool. I wonder if I ever partied with Sudeikis back in the day...hahaha...same age...quite possible.

Team looked very sharp last night. Very fluid. I think they needed an easy one pre Temple and B12 action. Baylor looks solid. OSU will be very tough. I expect a battle with KSU and ISU, and Texas is will not roll over either. At this point in the season I feel very confident however. Their depth is ever imporoving, shooting is there, senior play is there, coaching of course is there, unselfishness is there. I think we could have trouble with the bigger bodied athletic teams like UNLV, Cincy, Michigan...but with the improving frosh play I am encouraged.

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