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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Big battle, part 2: Baylor, Kansas frontcourts prep for rematch, revenge

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson wrestles for position with Baylor forward Perry Jones III during the first half on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson wrestles for position with Baylor forward Perry Jones III during the first half on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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— A certain top-five pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Perry Jones III elected to return to Baylor University for his sophomore season.

His main reason? The desire to remain a carefree, 19-year-old kid at a place he loves.

“It’s a good Christian school. The people on campus ... everybody is always speaking to you, saying hi. It’s just a nice atmosphere,” the 6-foot-11, 235-pound Duncanville, Texas native told the Journal-World during the preseason.

“I’m striving to be one of the best big men in the country.”

Jones — he scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds in the sixth-ranked Bears’ 92-74 loss to No. 7 Kansas on Jan. 16 in Allen Fieldhouse — takes a 14.8 scoring, 7.9 rebound average into today’s 6 p.m. showdown against KU in Ferrell Center. He averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest his freshman campaign.

“I wasn’t ready to be on my own,” Jones told ESPN.com. “I’m not ready to move onto that next level yet and to have that lifestyle. I’m 19. I know I could be a top-five pick. I know I could make a lot of money.

“There were a lot of people that were pressuring me, saying that I was making a mistake because I was going to go in the top five,” Jones added. “A lot of it was on Twitter, a lot of people I didn’t know. If people didn’t go to Baylor, they weren’t happy for me.”

Jones, who is eighth in the Big 12 in scoring during conference play (15.9 ppg) has had a double-double in three of his past four contests (versus Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma). He has 74 points and 42 rebounds during that span and has shot 50 percent or better in eight of his last nine games.

He leads a star-studded Baylor team (21-2, 8-2) that is tied for second place in the Big 12 with KU (18-5, 8-2), right behind Missouri (22-2, 9-2).

Guard Pierre Jackson (12.7 ppg) and forwards Quincy Acy (12.4 ppg) and Quincy Miller (12.4 ppg) are double-digit scorers with guard Brady Heslip right behind at 9.6 ppg.

“I think everybody talks about their athletic ability and length and rightfully so,” said KU coach Bill Self. “They are unselfish and share the ball. Their team is so hard to guard because there’s balance.

“The key to me will be rebounding. We rebounded the ball so well against them the first time,” added Self. The Jayhawks, paced by Thomas Robinson’s 14 boards and Jeff Withey’s 10, won the board battle, 39-24. “They are playing better, fast on the perimeter and of course they’ve got so much length inside. It should be another great atmosphere, one we’ve got to let Saturday (loss at Missouri) go and focus in on Wednesday. We can’t let one (loss) become two. Now it’s time to become mad and try to take it out on a very good team Wednesday.”

The thing is ... Baylor also figures to enter today’s game “mad” at the Jayhawks.

KU handed BU its first loss of the season.

“The last time we played, they really took it to us. They definitely played well, and we’d have liked to play better,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. He is 1-9 versus KU; Self 9-1 at KU (9-2 overall) versus BU.

“That’s the great thing. The home court in the Big 12 does give you a big advantage,” Drew added “We’ve got to do a better job of trying to minimize their runs. We didn’t answer the bell in that one as we did in 17 games previous to that.”

Tyshawn Taylor had 28 points off 10-of-14 shooting (4-6 threes), while Thomas Robinson had 27 points off 11-18 shooting with 14 rebounds in the first meeting. Jones had 18, Miller 17, Acy 14 and Pierre Jackson 11.

“I think at the end of the day, everybody faces the same thing. No matter what you do, he’ll get his. He’s probably been player of the year thus far,” Drew said of Robinson. “The question is ... can you limit him to where he does not have a career night and other guys do not have career nights as well?”

Robinson says he’s motivated to avoid the agony of defeat for a second straight game. KU has gone 227 games without consecutive losses, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I. KU’s last two straight losses were Jan. 14 vs. Kansas State (59-57 in Allen Fieldhouse) and Jan. 16 at Missouri (89-86 overtime in Mizzou Arena) during the 2005-06 season.

“It’s just a feeling of not wanting to lose again. You still have that bad taste from the last game, so going into the game after that you want to get that taste out of your mouth,” Robinson said. “You do not want to have a longer feeling of revenge.”

Noted Taylor: “I don’t think we like the feeling of losing. We always come in with a good attitude and we try to get better and learn from our mistakes that we made in the previous game.”

Withey a key: KU center Jeff Withey had 10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in the first meeting vs. Baylor. Playing against much smaller players, he didn’t score and had four boards versus Mizzou.

“When I was trying to post them up they were quicker to get in front of me, and they were always attacking my knees. It is definitely harder for a big man to guard a little guy,” Withey said, referring to the Missouri game. “You can usually use a swim move on a forward but when boxing out a guard they are at your knees, and you don’t expect it and it kind of takes your legs out from under you.”

He’ll try to be assertive against Jones and Baylor’s other big men.

“I think that I can help out offensively. Not scoring any points and being out on the floor for 20 minutes is not very good for me,” he said. “If I can be more of a threat, that helps out everybody on the floor. I definitely want to be able to score, that way it relieves pressure on the other guys. I like playing against guys my size a lot more than playing against a bunch of guards. But it is still going to be a tough game, and we are getting ready for that.”

Retro jerseys Saturday: The Jayhawks will be wearing 1952 retro jerseys during Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State (3 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse) in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1952 NCAA title season. The jerseys will soon be available for purchase at KUstore.com.

Comments

Tom Pritchard 2 years, 2 months ago

“I’m striving to be one of the best big men in the country.” Well ya picked the wrong school for that..Even Jeff withey had your number last night..5pts wow..

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JManTheChamp 2 years, 2 months ago

I feel like TT has gone from Freshman to Senior in just last 15 games.

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Jeff Soisson 2 years, 2 months ago

Best coaching job ever by Bill Self, really impressive, the way he does not panic, the way he makes adjustments at half, and the bench scoring could be better but it is coming.

Win out!!!!!!! An send MU to the SEC the way we all want to see it. Can't wait!!!

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Andy Tweedy 2 years, 2 months ago

Somebody get these two Misery chumps of of here. They both seem level-headed and even come across as pretty nice dudes! This is ruining my hatred for Misery! If I can't come on to my favorite KU board and hate on them, I have so little left...well, I guess I do have my wife and kids, a good job, etc...but hating Misery is really what I like to do best and they're ruining it. GO AWAY!!!

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Krohnutz 2 years, 2 months ago

This game tonight is huge. That Mizzou Cheater Game was a guaranteed conference title if Don Daily and the Slaverites didn't cheat.

But, the game tonight can nullify that:

  1. Win out at home. That includes some tough games against Mizzou (hope they all die in a car fire), Texas, Texas Tech, and Olahoma State. Absolutely have to win out at home.

  2. Road games we can only afford to lose one more (assuming we win at home). Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Texas A&M still loom. A win tonight dooms Baylor. We have to go 3-1 on that road stretch if Mizzou does not lose another game.

To be honest, I think the Don Daily Slavetrade gang stole our conference title last Saturday, but as a fan, I'll keep my hopes alive for tonight.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

HEM 1] Cheap speed bumps. 2] Named after Gene Autrey's Wonder Horse.. 3] It's called viagra. 4] Then it would look like nightfall. 5] Stay west of the Mississippi and we drop 40 spots. 6] They have school districts??!! 7] $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ 8] All Antlers are journalism majors...it's required. 9] It worked for David against Goliath. 10] Go to Hawaii..you won't care who is playing...including your own team!! 11] Sam's Arena would be more appropriate. 12] Sorry, you got the wrong Smith...try Willie. 13] I was, we all hated Memphis...it was awesome!! 14] Guilty as charged!! 15] Cheezits are a delightful alternative. 16] Politicians do it all the time....go ask them!! 17] Hey, who you calling freaking!! 18] Better hairdo. 19] Penance on earth to gain entrance into heaven. 20] Gluttons for punishment.

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JayHok 2 years, 2 months ago

MU fans are trying to squelch the publicity of the shirts they had made after the KU game.

http://m.espn.go.com/ncb/conversation?uri=PAGE:ncb:STORY:7549807

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Jack Wilson 2 years, 2 months ago

One of our MU friends suggested that a KU victory tonight is wishful thinking. Got me thinking .. I wish upon a star ....

  1. I wish Missouri would fix their roads.
  2. I wish MU would change the name of Champions Drive to Mediocre Parkway.
  3. I wish there was a reality pill .. something you could take to accept reality .. other than simply viewing the athletic reality of over a century, that gets ignored.
  4. I wish Mizzou arena would have installed black seats so I wasn't fixated on how empty the building is vs. anyone but KU.
  5. I wish St. Louis wasn't the murder capital of the United States.
  6. I wish Kansas City had a competent school district.
  7. I wish I knew why aligning academically with the Big 10 was so important in 2010, but aligning academically with SEC seemed so right in 2011.
  8. I wish I knew why a journalism school was so important in conversation with MU basketball fans.
  9. I wish I knew why defining one's season by beating a rival -- once -- is satisfactory.
  10. I wish I could actually enjoy March if my team wasn't in the tournament.
  11. I wish I could figure out how MU can name its arena, Paige arena, then Mizzou arena, when Norm Stewart Arena is available.
  12. I wish I could accept my school's greatest player being Doug Smith.
  13. I wish I could have enjoyed the company of a few MU fans when Chalmers' shot went in.
  14. I wish Missouri drivers knew that the inside lane on the highway is the passing lane, not the lane to park your beat up 1992 Ford Festiva going 48 miles per hour, while talking on your prepaid cell phone.
  15. I wish I could enjoy crackers with my ATVs.
  16. I wish I could figure out how someone shoots themselves in the foot.
  17. I wish Columbia wasn't a freaking crime ridden dump.
  18. I wish I could understand how a school hires Quin Snyder over Bill Self.
  19. I wish I could understand why the Gods clearly conspire against MU - fifth down, Edney, kicked TD, etc.
  20. And I really wish I could understand what it's like to support a basketball team that has never really achieved anything .. ever .. 110 some years. Hasn't won a Big 12 title. No final fours. Ever. I might be a bit more empathetic. But I can't.
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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

MizzouBest..one more point and I will present this in a rational way.

What might have been?

If Bowers was healthy this year, Missouri might have been a match for Kentucky and a sure fire Final Four candidate. Haith could have gone "big" with both in there at the same time along with Moore or gone "rotation " thus keeping all three fresher and out of foul trouble.

Losing Denmon, English, Moore, Pressy and Ratcliffe after this season will be a real blow, so the time is now.....too bad you won't be at full strength.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

MizzouBest

As a fellow native Missourian, I hope you are as proud as I am of our state's elite status on a national scale of meth labs, puppy farms and our newly acquired dominance in unlicensed day care centers.

The difference is, I found salvation as a Jayhawk...and you have not.

I do however find the quality of your postings ranging from an acne-faced kid living in his mom's basement to a rational, fair-minded knowledgable fan an interesting phenomena.

You're point about UK is right on...it's the best team money can buy and the only way they will lose if they start reading and believing their press clippings.

My main hope is that, despite their amount of ungodly talent, Calipari will come through as he always does and find a way to screw it up!!!

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JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 2 months ago

How much more pathetic can MU fans be? MU's best team in a decade barely beats KU's worst team in a decade, at home and with a lot of help from the refs. They are so pumped that they drop the crack spoon long enough to create t-shirts celebrating the occasion and decide to show their ignorance on KU sports boards. I guess the expression -act like you have been there- does not apply, since they have never been there. Being the crack capital of the world is not really something that you can brag about. I actually feel sorry for MU fans; it must be tough to always live in the shadow of your superior neighbor.

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Timmay97 2 years, 2 months ago

How many seniors starters does Missouri have? I believe 4?

Let's see if Missouri can pull off what KU has done time and time again.....not rebuild.....but reload!

Missouri is going NOWHERE next year....so enjoy what you can this year.

And be careful.....got lucky in the first matchup......now you have to come to the Phog.

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missouricat 2 years, 2 months ago

I will be watching if I get home in time from my meeting with my employees. Ku will not like this game at all, sorry to have to say that.

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longtimehawk 2 years, 2 months ago

It's going to be a tough game there tonight. Ku loses by 9 points and the fans will storm the floor. With the way Self has been recruiting the past few years will show that KU just doesn't have it in guard play--example Teahan. Taylor and Thomas can't carry this team very far, remember Davidson. Ku really hasn't beat anyone of quality this year at all, no one in the top 15. Kentucky is the team to beat with a great coach-Calipari which he had a great team last year in the finals. I hate to say it, but Self really has let KU down the past 4 years in recruiting and coaching, just plain poor overall.

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Kye Clark 2 years, 2 months ago

Best cure for a case of the trolls? Win. KU gets by Baylor tonight, my guess is by 8 points.

How about our own version of the cram session: who is everybody's Hawk to Rock tonight? And if you pick TRob, you gotta give an alternate. For me it's TRob, then Releford.

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Ryan Shelton 2 years, 2 months ago

Jayhawk fans, the two MU trolls on here are like the little brother who sticks his finger an inch from your face and says, "I'm not touching you! I'm not touching you!"

There's two ways to deal with this little brother. One, turn him over and spank him (which we can't do as fans--but wait until Feb. 25th) or two, ignore them. I say we ignore them. When this whole thing shakes out, they will either be vindicated, or they will avoid this site like the plague because they won't have a leg to stand on. My money is on the latter.

Let them yap if they want. Give them their fifteen minutes. This isn't a position they find themselves in very often and they must be awefully proud.

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MizzouBest 2 years, 2 months ago

Can we at least all agree that Kentucky is by far the best team in the country? They could beat some NBA teams. This March will not be exciting. Kentucky will have a cake-walk regardless of who they paly......cake-walk.

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Sam Constance 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm not sure we can even call "MizzouBest" a Missouri troll.

Seems more like an equal opportunity troll who was clever enough to recognize that creating a profile with anything about Missouri in the handle would be most likely to get a response out of Jayhawk fans.

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dynamitehawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Missouri Trolls: Is it uncomfortable when your mother turns tricks in your kid's bed? Does she tell stories of the glory days, when she financed production of farm animal porn for midgets? Is it a normal Saturday, when you shake and bake 8 grams of meth, fornicate with a prostitute without arms, eat some pig testicles, and spend the evening making arguments somehow Missouri is a southern state?

KU loses players to the lottery every year. Our roster has been decimated every year, and we reload. Let's just see how the 2nd best Frank in the Big 12 brings on talent, then we can discuss.

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Chris Shaw 2 years, 2 months ago

MizzouBest wants the truth so he/she shall receive "The Truth"! Kansas City, Kansas City here we come!

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MizzouBest 2 years, 2 months ago

Really....what's the point of discussing either KU,MU or anyone else? Kentucky is in a league of their own and could probably even play in the NBA.

UK has already won the NC this year.

Over . Done.

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MizzouBest 2 years, 2 months ago

What's that sound??????? Wait for it!!!! Wait for it!!!!!!!

K-BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Kansas Basketball program crashing!!!!!!!

kansas will never be good again. All the elite players are going to east coast teams.

It's over!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jack Wilson 2 years, 2 months ago

The one thing that has struck me about Baylor is how poor they are on defensive. I mean really bad. Flashes. But as a team, bad.

Hot shooting can overcome bad defense.

But against a good team, it is certainly a more difficult task.

History says we win.

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missouricat 2 years, 2 months ago

Looks like all the talking heads are saying that Baylor will win tonight easy as KU will fold and choke again like they did the other night. This could be the final touch to KU's run on the big 12 title and it looks like the final to the recruiting that Self has suffered the last 4 years. As the recruiting analyst have said prior to the start of this season that KU has fallen off the map on recruiting the top players and that the other teams such as Missouri and Baylor have taken over the spot. Baylor and Missouri are getting the top notch players and that no one is interested in KU as once was. What is wrong with Self. Dickey V. and Lunarni said the other day that KU is not the team it once was and is not very good. It is sad that KU has let this program slip this bad with Self as a coach.

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Andrew Washington 2 years, 2 months ago

Anyone know a good place in Wichita to watch the game?

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

MizzouBest:

1] It's Thomas not Thmoas 2] Jeff Withey is only a junior and, obviously, will be back. 3] Just a small hint on posting with sarcasm..always leave a little room for the truth to validate the possibility that your statement is true. 4] Always finish your sentences..." ..lost the first game of the Big 12 "Tournanment".

Of course, since you are moving to the SEC, your postings listed above will qualify you for a Doctorate Thesis in Literature. Congratulations!!

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Midmorning betting line is Baylor by 1.5 to 2 pts. Do we yet know who will ref this game? I didn't yet read a clear explanation as to the assignment of refs for Big 12 games. Do opponents have a say, or is the assignment cut and dried by the league office?

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MizzouBest 2 years, 2 months ago

Kansas will get blown out tonight.......huge letdown after losing to MU. Baylor is jacked for this game and will expose KU.....The season is over.

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Naw, Oakville, the power is in the beak! The elusive speed and beak.

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jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

"On the Baylor Game Tonight"

Part 2

Bottom line, Elijah almost has to break out in this game, or Jeff has to feel a lot better in a hurry, or this is going to be a very tough game to win, because of lack of scoring, lack of preparation time, and so probably lack of any surprise wrinkles against a very long team on the road.

Can't bring myself to predict a loss, because I still think KU is the better team, but the player that I believe holds the key to a road win, Elijah, is still sputtering badly on offense.

We must say our prayers for the basketball gods to end Elijah's slump tonight.

Self said it was going to get hard, and it is surely going to get harder tonight, win, or lose.

But getting a win tonight, would put KU in a fabulous position to win the conference.

It has more tough road games after this one, but against teams it could afford to lose a game or two, to if it were to beat Baylor tonight. KU could then can take MU in AFH and make it 8 titles, or a tie for 8.

But this is still The Canal. It is still getting harder, not easier. The reserves are thinning. The battle hardened vets are nicked up. Our footer is not strong right now.

A loss to Baylor would put this team with its back to a sand bar and a river on a remote part of The Canal, where hand to hand combat against an opponent or two that has slogged a long way through a jungle of previous competition is the only way to save the campaign.

Now is when it really gets gripping.

Rock Chalk!

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jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

"On the Baylor Game Tonight"

Part 1

While good teams tend to bounce back and play well, this will be a very tough outing for the Hawks.

KU got a career performance out of Tyshawn and a big time performance out of TRob, and a very well rounded game out of Jeff.

Jeff seems to be battling some health problems.

TRob, while he seems better that Baylor's big, cannot win this game by himself.

Tyshawn is playing so well that he could very well have a 20 point night, but it is unlikely that he is going to go 10-14 overall and 4-6 from trey again so soon.

So who can help pick up the slack, if TT has a merely good game, TRob has a merely good game, and Jeff is battling some pathogen that limits him again?

The choices are Elijah and Travis.

Since Travis still has a wheel at least out of alignment, and has to be Top Gun, Elijah seems likely to get the call.

I look for a very ugly, grind it out game tonight, but my crystal ball has been less clear about what would happen than about (at least IMHO) what should happen of late.

Self signaled that he was very pleased with how Justin Wesley played vs. MU, so I suspect that Justin, given Jeff's apparent weakened health, is apt to see about as many minutes as his fouling permits.

This in turn means Self is going to play through TRob inside a lot.

It is also about time for KY to have another decent game. He seems to struggle two and play well one.

Naadir seeing minutes against a point guard that Self calls one of the best in the league seems unlikely.

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MizzouBest 2 years, 2 months ago

The Kansas Basketball season is now over. KU will suffer a minimum of six more losses prior to March Madness. Kansas will NOT receive an at large bid to the tournement and will play in the NIT.

With the end of the season.....Kansas will lose Tyshawn Taylor,Thmoas Robinson and Jeff Withey. The program will be average at best for years to come.

The season is over.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

I love the iconic Jayhawk mascot. He's cute, funny and clever but, come on. If team mascots came alive, he would be eaten by a tiger, clawed by a wildcat, shot by a cowboy, planted by an aggie, gored by a longhorn, burned by a raider, blown away by a cyclone, mangled by a bear, run over by a sooner and, next year, covered with warts by a horned frog and climbed by a mountaineer.

Therefore, I propose the addition of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named JayRex. Since the dinosaur is truly the ancestor of present day birds, it would be a natural fit. We could put two set of ferociously sharp teeth on the football helmet, similar to the Flying Tigers of World War II. Allen would become Classic Jurassic. We could stomp the yard...literally!!

I can just picture the Jayhawk defiantly standing in front of an opponent with a full size TRex standing behind him roaring at about 130 decibals. All Jayhawk sports teams would take on the personna of this mascot

We could send the Blue Devils back to hell, squeeze the Orangemen, tame every Widcat in the land, destripe the Tigers and, generally, dominate every sport for the next century!!!!!!

The collegiate sports world would be ours!!! AAHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

Part 4

Holmes: (smiling arrogantly) Be that as it may, Watson, the point is the evidence points to Master Withey perhaps battling a significant medical pathology once again.

Watson: Oh, my, goodness. I suppose it does make sense, Holmes. Coach Self does reputedly have a history of concealing certain physical maladies of his players, so as to keep his opponents in the dark about exactly what players they will need to prepare for and focus on defending and offending upon.

Sherbate: Precisely, Watson. Precisely. This Coach Self is a most wily and cunning human being, despite his fractured syntax and his orthodox middle class, middle western appearance. The man wins an astonishing 84% of his games and is highly ranked in this year, and in hunt for a conference title, during a season in which many thought he would be lucky to come in third in the conference.

Watson: All well and good, Holmes, but what is your point?

Sherbate: My point is, Watson, that after all is said, and done, the man is somewhat the virtuous obverse of our most infamous and devious opponent.

Watson: You don't mean Moriarity, Holmes?

Sherbate: None other, Watson. The world is most fortunate that Coach Self chose a virtuous profession and to help young men matriculate school and a game, rather than use his double edged skills to do evil. Or we might be facing...well, perish the thought for it is a counter factual imagining.

Watson: Chilling, Holmes, just chilling to even think about Coach Self in a dark pursuit. The world would so miss his sterling qualities.

Sherbate: Watson, we can speculate until the Hound of the Baskervilles barks, which by definition it never will, of course, for to do so would utterly spoil our author's greatest novel about our exploits, but until we see Master Withey take the floor against this Johnny Come Lately basketball team called the Baylor Bears tonight, well, we just cannot close the file on this case.

Watson: I concur, Holmes, it is even possible that Master Withey truly does have a mental block about playing players that even you or I could...

Sherbate: Dunk on, my dear Watson?

Watson: Oh, good show, Holmes, good show. I knew that you would catch on with this American basketball slang. Though the colonists are struggling a bit with their ill-advised venture into empire management since 1898, they still have the sap running up their trunks in many things.

Watson: Truer words ne'er spoke, my dear and kind friend. Truer words ne'er spoke.

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jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

Part 3

Watson: Elementary, as you would say, Holmes. The man they call Coach Self an assistant coach call the team physician on vacation in Barbados by cell phone, explains the dire circumstances, the team physician googles the nearest hypothecary in this backwoods burg of Columbia, MO and phones it in. It is therefore ready to be picked up by the graduate assistant ASAP, who then races it back to the locker room. Most likely a taxi cab was used for transportation. By half time they get young Jeff some real medicine. It takes awhile to work, but he never really comes back strong--too dehydrated, you know. Coach Self tries young Jeff and young Jeff simply hasn't got it. So Coach Self goes small with Conner. They break out into transition and melt the lead, as some American basketball fans say it. Coach Self finally figures out what is called in American basketball, an isolation play for the player they call TRob down low and he does enough scoring, that MU has to adjust defensively; this in turn shakes the player they call Tyshawn loose for a few quick baskets and boom! KU is up by 8. I believe that fairly well explains it all, Holmes, don't you?

Sherbate: Ah, my dear Watson, a very, very, very perspicacious effort on your part...but for one crucial bit of evidence that you seem to have overlooked.

Watson: (indignantly) Such as, Holmes. I can't think of a thing I have overlooked.

Sherbate: Master Withey weight loss noticeable from tip off. I can assure you, Watson, I have studied the game replays available on the American's sports equivalent of the BBC.

Watson: That would be ESPN, correct?

Sherbate: None other, Watson. Biased thought they reputedly are by fans of the University of Kansas Jayhawks, and notice that I have called the university by its legally correct name, out of respect for that fine institution attempting to civilize at least a thimble of the barbarism from the colonists. But back to the point. Master Withey could not possibly have lost a substantial amount of weight and muscle mass from his upper body between the time the smoke was released by the gutter trash that runs MU and the time of tip off, as the colonists call the start of a basketball game, based on child's game called "toad on a rock."

Watson: (shaking his head) It seems, Holmes, that you have once again dunked in my grille as American basketball fans some times say.

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jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

Part 2

Watson: Well, you see, Holmes, an allergic reaction to the smoke could trigger the other phenomena in Master Withey's lackluster performance. He gets the same signs of allergic reaction he had a season ago reportedly to paint that night against MU, when the smoke was released during introductions. Oh, the colonists make such a big to-do out of introductions. (clears throat) Any, Master Withey soon reacts to the smoke breathed in by him. He tells his coach, Mr. William Self, and his tall man coach, Mr. Daniel Manning, what is going on. Mr. Self makes an on the spot decision to play mostly through the Kansas player the fans call TRob, and around the perimeter for the first half of competition, and to get what little can be gotten out of Master Withey by having him decoy and screen a ton for this TRob fellow. Master Withey, his friends call him Jeff, is told to defend till he runs out of petrol, so to speak, and then William Self starts using the players the fans call KY and Justin the rest of the half. The team trainer gets him some medicine somehow to relieve the inflammation, maybe just some anti-inflams the team keelson hand for tendon and ligament problems, before the first half ends. In the mean time, Holmes, what they call a graduate assistant is sent pall mall to the nearest hypothecary to get the actual allergy medicine young Jeff took for his paint allergy.

Sherbate: Interesting, Watson, but how did the hypothecary get a prescription for young Jeff? It is my understanding, my dear Watson, that American physicians tend to close their clinics and primary care offices at around 5pm on weekdays and do not work weekends, except on call, during which time a patient with any kind of serious pathology is directed to go immediately to the nearest emergency room in a hospital. I was just reading about this recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, just some casual reading, Watson.

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jacqueshock 2 years, 2 months ago

KU should try to make a video to show during pre-game that use clips from this movie. Import images from KU past.

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Mike Kendall 2 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunately, I will be at the All American Rejects concert in Wichita. I am crossing my fingers when KU hopefully wins tonight. Speaking of Rejects, I hope Withey and Robinson has a bunch of Rejects. As far as the highlights are concerned, it will be "a dirty little secret" until I get home and see them. And as the other song goes, I hope the Jayhawks "gives 'em hell" tonight! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

"What Happened to Jeff vs. MU, or Sherbate Holmes and the Mystery of the Missing Footer"

Jeff Withey says it was tough to play MU's short guys. Statements like his always make me go to ground and recall when I used to play. What did playing against kids a foot, or 6 inches shorter than me feel like?

Whether on a playground or in organized ball, I loved it. I loved being way taller than my defender. I took everyone of them to the rim and scored. I shot over them effortlessly. I backed into them. I broke to the rim for passes over them. I felt ten feet tall. I got most rebounds against such players. On defense, I blocked, or altered half their shots. It was much less work and a lot more fun.

Of course the guys I was playing against could not drain treys from 28 feet 38% of the time. :-)

Still: Jeff's statement does not ring true with my experience. He describes them attacking his knees. What I recall about defending a guy a foot shorter than me was that I could knee him. Conversely, guys a foot taller than me often had their way with me, unless we got in transition and I could run away with them and soar up against them on the dead run. When I defended tall guys, they were backing into me, taking me to the rim, and feathering short jumpers again and again. And trying to score on someone a foot taller often felt demoralizing, even hopeless, unless I ran waaaaay outside and shot quick.

What gives here?

From the point of view of my increasingly sepia-toned experience, what was really going on with Jeff Withey against MU?

I saw him have serious cotton mouth early in the game.

I saw him look pale through out.

I saw him look slightly skinnier than he had 3 days previously in Ames.

I saw him get not one glassvac against dwarves.

I saw him get not one lob, or alley oop jam, even lay-up against dwarves.

No blocks.

I saw him not get one stick back against dwarves.

I saw him shoot not one sky hook against dwarves.

And I saw a ton of smoke in the building early on.

Let me play Dr. Watson and Sherbate Holmes here.

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bhol 2 years, 2 months ago

"striving to be one of the best big men in the country"? Shoulda come to Kansas. Manning would've made that happen.

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2 years, 2 months ago

Here’s a link to another write-up for tonight’s game. Some good pics from the Jan. 16 game against Baylor at our place, particularly pic #4 showing one of TRob’s vicious dunks.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/college-sports/baylor-bears/20120208-baylor-pf-quincy-miller-knows-bears-have-hands-full-with-kansas-thomas-robinson-he-s-super-good.ece?ssimg=431956#ssStory464578

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ssteve1 2 years, 2 months ago

We'll be fine if we, and here it comes, Defend the Three - Make Freethrows.

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justinryman 2 years, 2 months ago

I laugh at all this talk about how god Baylor's bigs are. They are good, they are not great. They are soft, they want to make highlights on Sportscenter, but they don't want to work hard for it.

Baylor is an older poor mans version of Kentucky this year. They both run an AAU style offense. Their coaches have questionable morals and recruiting strategies.

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nb4ku 2 years, 2 months ago

“When I was trying to post them up they were quicker to get in front of me, and they were always attacking my knees."

Did this make anyone else laugh?

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Timmay97 2 years, 2 months ago

This article might be old for some of you, but I really like Seth Davis' comments here. Between him and Jay Bilas, they make the most sense in their critique of college basketball.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/seth_davis/02/06/kansas.missouri/index.html?sct=cb_wr_a1

Personally, I hate payback games (which is exactly what we will have against MIssouri). Baylor is going to come out like gangbusters tonight. If we can hang with them for the first 10 minutes, I think we will prevail. After last game, we DEFINITELY need to learn how to close out games.

Good luck tonight fellas!

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Ron Franklin 2 years, 2 months ago

ESPN Insider has Baylor by a point.

I'm going....

80-76 Kansas

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bball 2 years, 2 months ago

Not to look back as we look forward to tonight's game at Baylor, but based on Withey's comments it doesn't seem that the coaches had a small guarding and boxing out Withey in practice leading up to the Mizzou game. If so, that one oversight was a significant one.

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Ron Franklin 2 years, 2 months ago

Most important game of the season.

Let's do this.

They're '19 year old boys.'

You are men.

Dominate them.

Punch 'em in da mouf.

Pity no fool.

Rockem Chalkem Sockem

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hotrodm 2 years, 2 months ago

KU is in great shape to win the conference outright starting tonight. Knock off Baylor tonight, and MIZZOO on the 25th. Win the rest of your games and Kansas is Big 12 champs outright. The championship stretch starts tonight. Go Jayhawks.

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KU_Alumn_2000 2 years, 2 months ago

KU Basketball team: Remember that feeling of losing in Columbia the other night. Don't let go of that until we destroy the rest of our Big 12 schedule.

Stay pissed, focused, determined, and have the mind set of no mercy. No high fives, no body jumps with your teammates, no celebrating after a dunk...just focus on performing the task at hand with passion !

We have a mission to complete and thats to win the Big 12 out right. If Mizcrap wins the conference or shares it...it's going to suck.

They need kicked out of this conference with no Big 12 championships in any major sports.

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