Kansas defeats Oklahoma State, 81-66

  • 3 p.m., Feb. 11, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whole lotta love: Clyde Lovellette gushes over Jayhawks

Kansas players Thomas Robinson, bottom left, Jeff Withey and Kevin Young celebrate a stretch of hustle play from Withey against Oklahoma State during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas players Thomas Robinson, bottom left, Jeff Withey and Kevin Young celebrate a stretch of hustle play from Withey against Oklahoma State during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 81-66 victory over Oklahoma State on Feb. 11, 2012.

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KU vs. Oklahoma State

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Kansas defeated Oklahoma State, 81-66, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU vs. Oklahoma State

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Former Kansas University basketball great Clyde Lovellette waved to the fans while walking through the northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse after receiving a standing ovation at halftime of Saturday’s KU-Oklahoma State game.

The 82-year-old Hall of Famer from Petersburg, Ind., stopped not to talk about KU’s 1952 NCAA title team, which had just been recognized, but about the 2011-12 Jayhawk squad that exploded for 51 points in the first half of an 81-66 victory over the Cowboys.

“That group out there is called a ‘team,’’’ said Lovellette, impressed with KU’s unselfish play in building a 51-24 advantage.

“Now we’ve got individuals we can talk about, too. Robinson ... you could make the case he’s the top man in the country,” Lovellette noted of Thomas Robinson, who scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 33 minutes.

“You’ve got the big 7-footer in there. He has all the material,” Lovellette added of Jeff Withey, who grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds to go with 18 points and seven blocks in 32 minutes. “With those two, you’ve got the basket pretty well covered.”

The 6-foot-10 Lovellette — who lists All-American, Olympian and Helms Foundation Player of the Year among his many accolades — was speaking to a reporter about the same time KU coach Bill Self was lavishing praise on his Jayhawks (20-5 overall, 10-2 Big 12) in a locker-room speech he later regretted. Self’s Jayhawks were outscored, 42-30, the second half.

“At halftime, I said, ‘I’m really starting to enjoy watching you guys play,’” Self said after a 20-minute stretch in which his team hit 63.3 percent of its shots and committed just three turnovers while holding the Cowboys (12-13, 5-7) to 33.3 percent shooting. KU outboarded OSU, 22-6, for the half and 50-21 for the game.

“I knew it was a bad mistake as soon as I said it. They gave me an opportunity to correct myself after the game. Bad plays are contagious. Everybody caught the bug the second half,” Self said.

The second half was one in which the Jayhawks actually saw their game-high lead of 29 points (right before intermission) dip to 12 points with 6:45 left.

“We’re so immature at this point. We took the second half for granted and played miserably,” Self said. The Jayhawks were bothered by OSU’s full-court pressure and match-up zone defense.

“We’re not mature enough to handle prosperity. We can’t handle prosperity.”

He further lamented the bad second-half play.

“It was unbelievable to watch ... making grade-school plays,” Self said. “When we play right, we are pretty good. When we get off on our own, really don’t share it or lose our edge a little bit, we get so average. This was like the NCAA Tournament where you have a lead, come out flat for a five-minute stretch, momentum changes, and you can’t get it back. It was a good experience for us.”

Self stressed that he truly likes this year’s squad but is better off not telling the team he likes it.

Asked how this year’s team compared to last year’s 35-3 squad, Self said: “Last year’s team was a lot better, but I’m not sure this year’s team knows last year’s team was a lot better.

“If you are going to have five guys play really well on this year’s team and have five guys on last year’s team play pretty well, we can play with ’em (2010-11 team), no question,” Self said. “We had so much depth last year. If a guy wasn’t playing well, somebody could make up for that. If we guard and rebound, we can play with anybody. We can play with last year’s team. I don’t think the consensus would be this year’s team would be better than last year’s team. This team can play better, but there’s less margin for error.”

This year’s team is tied with Missouri for first place in the Big 12 heading into Monday’s 8 p.m. battle at Kansas State.

The Jayhawks seem intent on proving Saturday’s lousy second half was a fluke.

“We had the game won (at halftime). At least we felt like that,” said senior guard Tyshawn Taylor, who scored 12 points with six assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes. Combo guard Elijah Johnson hit three threes in six tries and scored 11 points, while forward Travis Releford had 10 points.

Markel Brown scored 21 and Keiton Page 19 for OSU.

“Coach wanted us to go out and get better the second half, and we didn’t,” Taylor said. “If we wouldn’t have gotten that big lead, this game could have gone either way. We definitely have to play better because we have to go on the road for another tough one.”


Jeeveshawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Likely ESPN rankings:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Syracuse
  3. Missouri
  4. Ohio State
  5. North Carolina
  6. Murray State
  7. Duke
  8. Florida
  9. Kansas
  10. Baylor
  11. Michigan State
  12. Georgetown
  13. Saint Mary's
  14. UNLV
  15. San Diego State
  16. Creighton
  17. Marquette
  18. Florida State
  19. Mississippi State
  20. Wisconsinn
  21. Virginia
  22. Harvard
  23. Indiana
  24. Louisville
  25. Michigan

Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

Missouri cowardly left the Big 12 the same way Quantrill and his Raiders cowardly ran from Lawrence. This rivalry stays only under the following conditions:

1] All games [football, basketball, soccer, tiddlely winks, etc. are played in Lawrence.

2] All Missouri teams must stay in Lawrence and every cent spent on the trip for expenses must be spent in the state of Kansas. [That will truly burn Norm's ass!!]

3] After every Jayhawk victory, the Missouri team must stand at mid-court, the 50 yard line, homeplate, etc. and wave the wheat in unison with KU Nation.

4] All Missouri uniforms will use the spelling "Missoura" [native Missourians hate this!!}

5] Anyone wanting to sign a petition must first introduce and circulate a petition getting permission to circulate a petition.

6] Missouri's official mascot against Kansas will be exclusively, Frosted Flake's, Tony the Tiger.

7] Missouri must declare "Quantrill was an A$$hole Day" as a state holiday every year

8] Missouri plays Kansas for free...all game and TV proceeds go to us

9] Whenever a Missouri team loses, they have to walk back to Columbia!!.

10] When Missouri starts play in the SEC next year, every uniform must wear this phrase..." The union with it"


Jeeveshawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Good game Kansas. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself but I can easily see the Jayhawks getting 10 consecutive conference championships.


Jeeveshawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Clyde is by far the best "Love" basketball player. Sorry Kevin.


JayHok 2 years, 2 months ago

Mizzou left the conference and left the rivalry.

As the decade unfolds Kansas will own the Kansas City recruiting market and TV market. Mizzou will own the St Louis recruiting market and TV market.

Why would Kansas allow Mizzou to have a footprint, much less a toe print in KC.

Mizzou promised the SEC a small piece of KC. This is nothing more than the SEC behind the scenes pressuring Mizzou.

Why would Kansas give the SEC or Mizzou a piece of the future of KC.



Robert Murphy 2 years, 2 months ago

There is a great video on Y-Tube on Clyde Lovellette and Phog Allen and the 1952 Champion Jayhawks. If you want to see a smooth hook shot check it out.


Beate Williams 2 years, 2 months ago

Totally agree FLJHK. The same thing KU administration is saying about the rivalry is being said in Texas by Texas to A&M and Baylor to A&M. A&M would love to continue the Texas series in football and basketball and they would like to continue what has become a serious rivalry in women's basketball. Mulkey, the women's coach has been quite adamant about not continuing, very forceful in her comments. They, A&M and Mo. decided to leave; be it for financial reasons or what have you, let them live with their decisions.


FLJHK 2 years, 2 months ago

Re continuing the KU – MU series, I vote an emphatic NO!

  1. No matter how it’s spun, it was MU’s decision to leave the conference and thereby end the rivalry. We should not reward such selfish (and ill-advised) behavior.
  2. A huge component of the rivalry was that it mattered in conference standings. That is now gone. While certain other rivalries of proximate schools, e.g. Ga-Ga Tech, Florida-FSU, S. Car-Clemson exist out of conferences, they have always been out of conference. They are not situations where one school chose to go elsewhere.
  3. Keeping the rivalry only serves MU’s interest in retaining a recruiting footprint in the general KC area. Why would we want to abet that?

MU made this bed. Let them sleep in it.


KansasComet 2 years, 2 months ago

Great day to be a Kansas Fan. Glad the team put on a good show for the 1952 team. We are getting better and starting to come together as a team. I am not going to say that we had a bad 2nd half. I will say that OSU was motivated and they have some pretty good athletes on their squad. That being said, when we are going good and being unselfish, it is a joy to watch.

As far as ever playing Missouri again. They cannot have it both ways. If they wanted to keep the "Rivalry" with Kansas, then all they had to do was stay in the Big XII. If we play them again, it will probably be in some sort of tournament.


CUBuffturnedHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Wichita State is the best team in Kansas.


Ron Franklin 2 years, 2 months ago

Looks like KU could get that 3rd #1 seed locked up for the St Louis Region if they win out and make it to the Big 12 championship game.


Cantkeepagooddudedown 2 years, 2 months ago

The thing that irritates me about how they played in the 2nd half was the selfishness in not getting those walk-on's some extended playing time.

THAT needs to be a source of pride for our front 7 or 8 guys.... it's not very often in conference games the walk-ons get an opportunity to go out there and reap the rewards of their hard work in practice... and past KU teams have had that pride that they' would keep working hard to put the game well out of reach and let those guys have some fun. I don't understand the "cruise control" posture and attitude that these guys get. Put it on cruise control later on from the bench when you're cheering on your teammates!


jayhawker_97 2 years, 2 months ago

"This team can play better, but there’s less margin for error.”

the way our team outgunned OSU the 1st half, that's the least error anybody can find on the team. let's keep playing that way. we are already a final four contender. heck, a final champ potential!!!

r o c k c h a l k !!!


danno1313 2 years, 2 months ago

Keep the old school look. If it was good enough for Clyde, it s good enough for this team.


championhawks 2 years, 2 months ago

I also have to imagine that KU would have attacked more if OSU played like that in the first half.

For example, on one possession (I think it was Taylor but not sure) we had broke the press easily. We got the ball on the sideline and I think 3 OSU players were behind the ball. I would imagine that earlier in the game/not such a blow out, they would have realized they had numbers and attacked the rim. Instead, we got it over half court am stopped, allowing them to get their players down court and set up the defense.

If K-State tried to duplicate the second half on Monday, I have a feeling we will be ready for it and the kitties won't continue to try that for long.


Davoud Maha 2 years, 2 months ago

Important game coming up tomorrow. if KU wins, we have a 90+% chance of winning the big 12 and not share it with MU.


Steve Brown 2 years, 2 months ago

Love the throw back uni's.

Question: did we have a tradition of wearing home blues with red/white piping at home. Maybe a faint memory, we didn't wear whites in AFH, until Larry arrived, true or false?


hawkster007 2 years, 2 months ago

To answer that burning question from earlier in the week - - No, CT is not out of his 3-point slump.

So which team is KU, the team of the 1st or 2nd half? I'm not sure any college team would have beat KU the first half, and I'm pretty sure at least 4 other Big 12 teams, and a whole lot of other teams would have beat KU the second half.

Wow, just when I think KU has turned the corner, Withey playing really well 2 games in a row, then they stink it up. No, the sky is not falling, but I know a lot of people will only see the first half as the glass is half full and fail to recognize that KU is just as likely to look like that 2nd half team. And clearly HCBS knows that and he indicates he should not have praised them at half time, given what happened in the 2nd half.

This team still thinks it is as good as prior KU teams that could turn it on when they wanted, this team does not have that talent and depth. And they can easily be knocked out of the Big 12 and NCAA tourney very quickly if they continue to have that mindset.

It will be interesting to see if K-State attempts to duplicate Okie States success against KU in the 2nd half, full court pressure, some traps, match up zone, and pushing our guards clear out to the half court line when KU is on offense.

But one big improvement is Withey's consistent play, if he keeps it up, teams will not be able to double/triple team TRob without Jeff making them pay.

Offsetting the positive is that KU is this deep in the season and still making a lot of bonehead plays, errant and lazy passes, and lackluster effort a lot of times.

Supposedly as good as KU is on 3-point defense (which I don't necessarily buy, because offsetting that is KU's far below average 3-point shooting on offense which is only slightly better than what they hold teams to), its somewhat surprising that this group of guards are not good at stealing the ball or getting turnovers. Okie State had 0 turnovers the second half and only 6 for the game. Far from those days with Rus Rob and Mario.

KU will need a great effort, again, against K-State. Go Hawks...


Nick Cole 2 years, 2 months ago

Keep these unis! Keep these unis! Keep these unis!

Even Tyshawn said they are "dope" and he wants to wear them again...

Can someone make an online petition I can sign for this... ;D


WilburNether 2 years, 2 months ago

Did anyone else notice that Jamari Traylor played 37 minutes yesterday? According to the Journal-World, he did, and scored 12 points. You might have thought you saw Tyshawn Taylor on the court, but according to the "reporters" at the Journal-World, he did not play. Click on the "Box Score" link, and this is what the Journal-World reported:

Kansas MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS Thomas Robinson 33 8 14 1 1 7 7 5 9 14 2 4 0 3 1 24 Jeff Withey 32 6 13 0 0 6 8 6 14 20 1 2 1 1 7 18 Jamari Traylor 37 5 14 0 5 2 4 0 2 2 6 1 1 3 0 12 Elijah Johnson 32 4 9 3 6 0 0 0 4 4 5 2 2 4 0 11 Travis Releford 33 5 6 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 2 2 0 1 0 10 Naadir Tharpe 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Conner Teahan 14 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 0 0 Justin Wesley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Kevin Young 13 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 0 4 TEAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 TEAM TOTALS 200 30 62 4 15 15 19 17 33 50 18 16 5 14 8 81 PERCENTAGES FG: 48.4% 3PT: 26.7% FT: 78.9% TOTAL TO: 14


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 2 months ago

Anyone else notice when higher ranked MU plays KU college game day shows up. When higher ranked Baylor plays KU big Monday shows up. Yet when they play each other the game is pigeon holed on espn3.


Dan Pawlowski 2 years, 2 months ago

If Misery wants to play us so bad tell them to show up for a final four.


LSHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

I wouldnt sign the petition not to play MU but I do think we should NOT play them anymore. Loved the uni's myself, liked the piping around the coller.


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 2 months ago

Our basketball team's blow out win against OSU only scored 11 more points than their football team scored against ours last fall.

I still hate you turner gill!


HawkNut 2 years, 2 months ago

Any word on Shaw? I know this is a a basketball article but wondering if Charlie has pulled another great recruit in. He is visiting this weekend. RCJH!!


Jack Wilson 2 years, 2 months ago

Best suggestion of the day .. wear the throwbacks vs. MU.

Worst suggestion of the day .. sign a petition not to play MU.

Question of the day .. why didn't Wesley play? He had only played 8 and 9 minutes the last two games, prior to yesterday. But zero minutes?


jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

Self has found the perfect needle for this year's team...last year's team.

These guys really, really want to prove they are better. The only way they can ist to get a title and go deeper in March. They can't lose fewer games.

They will prove they are better.

They are only now discovering how tough they can be.


jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

Kevin Young is quietly trending up. He had 13 very productive minutes. Extrapolated to 40 minutes he was around 14 pts and 10 reebs.


jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

The box score lists Jamari Traylor playing.

Is KU under investigation yet?



jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

Wear these uniforms again.

They look great!

Maybe for the MU game.

Definitely for the NC game against UK in which we upset them the way UNC upset KU and Wilt in 1957.

2012 KU Jayhawks.

The Team of Destiny!!

Rock Chalk!!


Robert Murphy 2 years, 2 months ago

Now we see one of the reasons that the"52" Jayhawks were so great. Look at the above picture. Have you ever seen better looking uniforms? I don't remember the shorts but the tops are fabulous. Very distinctive.


baldwinjhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

I have an idea that should be fair. If Mizzou wants to play us so badly, we play them. But it's once a year and only in Lawrence. Throw that at them and see what they say. That's what Texas does with the lessers in Texas, like SMU and Texas State.. It's an offer and a show of good faith. If not the ball is back in their court and they can't say we didn't offer.


KULA 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, Jeff's a lock for Big 12 Player of the Week. Which means all of our starters have won that honor, right? What other team in what other conference can say that? Jeff did seem to noticeably tire in the second half and was much less active offensively, but that comes with increased minutes. But really, 20 rebounds and 7 blocks? Are you kidding me, BAY-BEE???!!!

I guess EJ broke out of his slump too, if you can say that about Conner. Still like to see him go to the hole more often rather than hanging around the 3pt line all the time. He'd probably be surprised how many 3pt looks would open up if he took it inside more.

Tyshawn's play continues to make the Cousy Award voters wish they had a do-over.

Travis's controlled weave up the court on his one man fast break was simply elegant. His breakdown of the defensive man was downright methodical.

TRob put another nail in the coffin of the hopes of any other Player of the Year candidate. I gotta think he's a lock at this point. They're not gonna give it to a freshman if an upperclassman has comparable stats. (and TRob's are actually better than UK's Davis) And TRob's back story is so compelling, the NCAA's gotta be drooling to make him their poster child. The Movie of the Week is probably already in preproduction.

And Naadir FINALLY got some minutes in the first half so our starting guards got a little rest and didn't have to play 40 minutes. Bill must be reading my posts, lol.


Chris Shaw 2 years, 2 months ago

Clyde, can we hire you as a consultant or part-time correspondent to travel with the team the rest of the season? Your presence alone seemed to kick Withey into another gear and pretty much sealed the deal in him winning POW (Player of the Week) in the Big 12.


treed14ku 2 years, 2 months ago

All KU fans need to sign this petition to not play Mizzou again. Pass this link on to all your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Our voices matter.


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