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Kansas defeats Texas A&M, 66-58

  • 8 p.m., Feb. 22, 2012
  • Reed Arena, College Station, TX

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Awfully close: Kansas barely holds on

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson drives by Texas A&M forward David Loubeau after stealing the ball during the first half of the Jayhawks' game against the Aggies on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in College Station, TX.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson drives by Texas A&M forward David Loubeau after stealing the ball during the first half of the Jayhawks' game against the Aggies on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in College Station, TX.

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Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 66-58 victory over Texas A&M on Feb. 22, 2012.

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— Kansas University’s basketball team put itself in position to claim at least a tie for its eighth-straight Big 12 championship Saturday at home against Missouri.

So why wasn’t ninth-year coach Bill Self smiling after Wednesday’s 66-58 victory over Texas A&M in Reed Arena?

Let him disclose the many reasons:

“We played awful down the stretch. Basically, to put them in position to win that game is beyond belief,” Self said after a game-high lead of 21 points (47-26 with 13:30 to play) dipped to four points with 2:08 left (57-53), with 1:30 left (60-56) and with :40.2 left (62-58).

“We were making basketball plays experienced guys should never make. When you make plays you know nobody wants you to make and it doesn’t bother you, that’s a bad sign for a basketball team. It didn’t seem it bothered us much tonight. Bad shots shouldn’t lead to bad attitudes,” Self grumbled.

Self was dismayed with the performance of national Player of the Year candidate Thomas Robinson, who scored 10 points off 3-of-10 shooting with 13 rebounds in 28 minutes.

Robinson picked up a technical foul for shoving A&M’s Ray Turner with 40.2 seconds left with KU up, 62-56. It happened to be Robinson’s fifth foul, meaning he was headed to the bench leaving his teammates trying to hold on without his presence.

“Inexcusable,” Self said of Robinson’s technical foul. “As bad a play as I’ve seen.”

Turner hit two free throws to cut the gap to 62-58.

“He was never engaged in the whole game,” Self said of Robinson. “It was not totally a surprise (he was whistled for the technical).”

Why was the big man so frustrated?

“They did a good job pushing him out. It was physical in the post. He was never engaged in the game,” Self said.

KU junior guard Elijah Johnson, who scored 18 points the first half in helping KU build a 31-21 lead and finished with 21, bricked two free throws at :39.1, keeping KU’s lead at a narrow four points.

Jeff Withey (11 points, seven boards in 28 minutes) rebounded a Zach Kinsley miss of a three and was fouled at :27.2. His two free throws gave KU a 64-58 lead, finally helping steady the ship. After an Elston Turner miss, Withey again was fouled and concluded the scoring with two more free throws at :12.

“Obviously, we didn’t make free throws except for Jeff. He made two big ones,” Self said.

Another big bucket came from senior guard Tyshawn Taylor, who hit a driving layup and foul shot at 1:57, boosting the 57-53 lead to seven points. It was KU’s first basket in a long seven-minute stretch. It came early in the shot clock on a set play.

“He can get in the paint and get his own shot. He needs to start getting shots for his teammates,” Self said of Taylor, who had 12 points and four assists against two turnovers.

“He is as good as anybody in the country getting his shoulders past people. We ran a fake ball screen, told him to turn the corner. He turned the corner. That was a big play. They’d gotten it to four, and we were able to get it to five, six. The pressure was on, but not like it would have been if they got another stop and basket.”

Self was miffed Taylor picked up his fourth foul with 7:56 left.

“How do you reach when you have three (fouls) and you know how valuable you are to our team? That was a bad play. He made a couple big plays when he got back in,” Self said of Taylor.

Self was puzzled by the meltdown at the end.

He said the squad sensed an opportunity Tuesday when Missouri lost to Kansas State, giving KU (23-5 overall, 13-2 Big 12) a half-game lead over Mizzou in the standings entering the A&M game. KU needed to beat A&M to give the Jayhawks a full-game lead and chance of clinching at least a tie with a win Saturday.

“The way I tried to sell it (A&M game) to our guys was, we caught a break,” Self said. “Not that often in sports or life you get one handed to you, but you have to make sure you take advantage of a break. When we play well, our energy is great, and we are unselfish. I thought our thoughts were not unselfish tonight.”

A&M, which was led by Khris Middleton’s 23 points, fell to 13-14 overall and 4-11 in the league.

“If you’d tell me before the game we’d win by eight, I’d be ecstatic,” Self said, “but we were up by 21 with 10 left. It’s a win. We leave happy we won, but I’m not leaving here feeling great. I don’t think anybody in our locker room is.”

Comments

HawkKlaw 2 years, 1 month ago

This game was UGLY (all caps) down the stretch. EJ finally broke out for an excellent first half, and I would argue that Withey was the reason we ended up winning the game. Let's be honest; TRob and TT are the two studs on this team, but without the emergence of Mr. W this team would be sunk. Also, see Releford's D.

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Robert Murphy 2 years, 1 month ago

This is not the dream team. They have far exceeded expectations. They will get better the next two years. We have a lot to look forward to.

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Robert Murphy 2 years, 1 month ago

Don't get your hopes up fans. A big twelve win is all you are getting. This team will not go far in the tournament. There is a definite lack of leadership. Taylor goes comatose too often. He is a poor free throw shooter and don't bet on his threes falling. Robinson is definitely regressing and is not showing much basketball IQ. He looks immature and might be a little injured. He is definitely not the player of the year. We're not going to be able to count on any of our shooters. Sad but true. Beating MU might be the best thing in our future. That and winning the big twelve.

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REHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

plasticJHawk, I had wondered if anyone else would have felt somewhat confounded by that behind the back pass Thomas tried to whip to Jeff. That misplay reminded me more than somewhat of the manner in which our two top players played near the conclusion of the Missouri game.

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Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm not scared of Michigan Sate. Put us in their bracket.

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jaycard 2 years, 1 month ago

Going to change the subject here, my head is spinnng worse than it did after watching the Republican debate highlights last night. I took my son to the Wichita North game last week, simply to watch Conner Frankamp. Now I now how Coach K must have felt watching Bobby Hurley play after he signed with the Dukies. Simply put, the kid was unguardable, despite 2 and sometimes 3 guys attempting to stop him. At one point, it was if their defense was box and 1, with the box being on Conner. Ball handling skills reminded me of Pistol Pete, with the uncanny ability to stop on a dime, shoot, swish. Literally I was drooling when I left the arena. A little on the slight side, but his Dad has him on a stength program that he religiously completes after practice 4 times a week. He will only get bigger, stronger and better with the rigorous AAU campaign he will embark on after the season. Plus, as we all may or should know, Wichita high school basktball is as competitive as any place in the U.S. Man, I can't wait until he sports the crimson and blue. ROCK CHALK!!! Conn

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William Blake 2 years, 1 month ago

The reason for the dud ending last night was our stall tactics we went into after building the big lead. At that moment in the game we were passing the ball around beautifully and had TAM's defense spread out all over the court. We'd move the ball into the post to Mr. W or Thomas and they would throw the ball right out, even though they were low in the post and only had an isolated defender to deal with. That stall threw us totally off our game and we never recovered. It was way, way, way too early to pull a tactic like that.

It reminds me of the NFL and how teams build nice leads only to change their defensive strategy into prevent defenses that give up the automatic 10-yd gain. Why not stay with what worked that put you ahead in the first place? Don't fix what isn't broken.

Playing "not to lose" will lose you more games than playing to win...

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Steve Brown 2 years, 1 month ago

Rather be #2 seed in Midwest St. Louis under Sparty than a #1 in West.

Hope the seeding co. doesn't reward us by a West #1 if we win out, #2 in Midwest much preferred.

If teams are going to double/triple TRob and get under his skin he must take solace in the wide open Elijah, Travis and Taylor and Jeff inside.TRob performs with his individual stats and/or the stats of the team that he improves when facing all the defensive attention.

Bring on the Tigers, we have a "going away" party planned for them. Watch out- they do know how to draw the apparant charge call, don't go forward into them. They fall back well and have practiced it.

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Jeffery Barrett 2 years, 1 month ago

POY poll up on cbssports.com home page. Vote for T-Rob!!!

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Jackster 2 years, 1 month ago

What were we seeded in 2008 and which bracket/area did we start our play in? Sorry, my memory is shot....but I do remember the outcome!!

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William Blake 2 years, 1 month ago

"Awfully close: Kansas barely holds on..."

Yeah... shouldn't the title be, "Awful close: Kansas barely holds on"(?)

Or the most-truthful title should read, "Awful close for Mizzou: Kansas barely holds on..."

This was the very very best thing that could happen to us. Wake up, fans. We received the best of everything because of the way this game played out.

  1. We got the win. We are now a full game up on Mizzou.

  2. It felt like a loss. So CS gets to chew some big time rear from now until Saturday. He has plenty to hammer home with this team.

  3. We will be primed for Saturday now!

These type of games are true blessings. To be able to book the win while getting the fuel to hammer down some needed coaching while the troops recall that they have a chip on their shoulders... doesn't get more perfect than that!

We definitely will need at least one more game like this between now and the end of our total season... maybe more.

Winning big all the time only masks problems and makes it murder to coach improvements into the team. Look how much we improved off our losses this year... the last loss (to Mizzou) transformed Mr. W instantly into a better player. All our guys have grown through our losses. To be able to win but feel it as a loss is absolutely priceless!

I'm so glad we didn't win by 21... not right before we play Mizzou.

CS gave us all a clue a while back when he complimented his team at halftime of a game (can't recall which one) and then they came out and sputtered the second half. CS said it was a mistake for him to let off and compliment the team. They need the chip on the shoulder to make it this year.

Well the chip will be made apparent between now and Saturday... you can count on that!

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Sandeep Kalburgie 2 years, 1 month ago

Our chances with Julius Randle look slim :( Read his blogs listed on ESPN Recruiting section, and he has never mentioned Bill Self in any of his blogs. He may be leaning towards either Duke, Kentucky or North Carolina :(

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FarSideHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

I agree with icthawkfan316. I'm hoping for a #2 seed. I think this team will play much better than if they were #1.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

One big splash of cold water in all our collective faces>>>>>> the #1 seeds:

East - Syracuse Southeast - Kentucky Midwest - Michigan State West - Duke

You heard it here first. It isn't about the teams..it's about the dollars that can be generated. The good news, Kansas will be a #2 sent to St.Louis...... And Missouri???...go West, pussycats, go West!!

I can see this NCAA train coming down the track 10 miles away!!!

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

REHawk..I agree: especially about Withey. He has made tremendous strides this season but, from a strength standpoint, he is nowhere near ready for the NBA grind.

I will be shocked if he doesn't return for his senior year [ unless they win the national championship this year, then all bets are off]

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REHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Three tremendous experienced starters returning next season. Two bench players with lots of experience and a wealth of solid recruits coming in, not forgetting BenMac and Traylor who have practiced Bill Self Ball this semester. Wow!

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Timmay97 2 years, 1 month ago

Anyone who insults Travis Releford (which I read a post above that did) is an absolute moron. Travis is the one person on this team that HASN'T disappeared in a game. Just because he doesn't score 20 points every game doesn't mean he's disappeared.

Travis knows his role and he's quite good at it. DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE!!! He's our best defender. But more importantly, he only takes HIGH PERCENTAGE shots. He rarely forces anything.

Robinson and Taylor are our best players and deserve a ton of credit.....but without Releford our perimeter defense would not be nearly as good!

Glad to have him back next year!!!

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WhoSaidThat 2 years, 1 month ago

EJ was real good last night! He can be better but it was good to see him play comfortably within his own game. Kinda a mute point but without EJ we don't win @A&M.

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Kye Clark 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm generally one who finds something to be concerned with during a game such as this. Pointing out trends that may come back to haunt us, noticing something that I feel needs to be corrected before a game against a more talented opponent, etc. Oddly enough though, this game doesn't bother me that much.

Sure it isn't preferable to almost choke away a 21 point lead, and I'm the last guy to fall back on the whole "we won, so everything is all right" attitude, but I do find myself explaining away some of the problems we had in this game, and also finding plenty of positives to take away from the game:

  1. EJ finally exploded. Fans have been waiting for it to happen. Coach Self has been waiting for it to happen. Having him playing with some confidence heading into the biggest game of the season on Saturday is exactly what we needed.

  2. TRob will come out in beast mode Saturday. He knows he had an off-game, and the technical at the end (which I didn't think was all that bad, thought it could have and probably should have not been called) is only going to fuel him for Saturday's game. At times I think he gets complacent, not necessarily reading his own press clippings, but when you're having the kind of season he's having I think it would be natural to believe you are as good as everyone thinks and just expect good things to come your way. This game should put that chip back on his shoulder that he sometimes needs to come out and dominate.

  3. I give aTm some credit for fighting back. It's not always what we let them do, sometimes it's the other team making plays. They are a good team. For the first time they were playing with a roster close to the one picked to finish in a tie for first in the league.

  4. They made a good chunk of their run with TT & TRob on the bench. KY and Connor were trying to guard guys they have no chance of staying with. It was a gamble by Self to leave them out there as long as he did, but the result should be some of our starters being fresher for the Misery game.

  5. The near-collapse gives Self what he needs to ride these guys in practice the next two days and keep them focused. I'm sure that the players (as well as most of the fans on here) felt like they got robbed of the game in Columbia, having outplayed them for 37 minutes. This serves as a reminder that the game is 40 minutes long, and they aren't good enough to coast at the end.

I've read some comments about how this loss illustrates or exposes us as to why we will lose to a mid-major in the tournament or why we won't make the Final Four. But I've always had my doubts as to this ability to make a Final Four run. This game wasn't an eye-opener in that regard. However, looking at this game as a lead-in to the MU game Saturday and as a step towards another conference title, I came away feeling pretty good. One goal at a time. I'll worry about this team getting hot for a stretch in March later.

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REHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

To answer that K State/Mizzou question, I suggest that posters take a gander at today's St. Louis Post sports page. Fine front page article quoting Bill Self's thoughts about the Jayhawks and other league teams, their current disposition toward future schedulings with Mizzou. Bye-bye, Tigers.

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wtf45 2 years, 1 month ago

I know this is off the subject but what is K-States official stance on playing Mizzou in the futrue. Thanks

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Philip Bowman 2 years, 1 month ago

I think Robinson has been working on his NBA cred instead of winning games. Judging by the way he acts now you have to wonder just how smart he is. He makes dumb plays, over-reacts to pushes and then pouts when he is called on it. There is only so much Danny can teach to someone without common sense. We all know he is leaving after the season but couldn't he finish this one first? If not, why did we hire him? Now don't go off on how he isn't paid, etc. His payday comes when he gets his signing bonus, assuming the NBA doesn't figure out how unteachable he is.

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REHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Energetic, dynamic Thomas Robinson has been a tightly wound band of sinews these past 14 months. The dichotomy for him, his team, coach and all of us is that Jayhawk Basketball has become both a safe harbor and a constant torment during his healing process. His life spins around the world of basketball and his concern for sister Jayla. Defensive geniuses are at work to nudge his spin out of kelter. The Ratzo Izzos and Jim Calhouns of the Div. I hoops world are bound to bump rattle and roll T-Rob out of flow and focus. He must muster the mindset to grit his teeth, offer up a merciless grin and deflect concentrated defensive intentions. The POY hoopla has to be ignored so that he can focus on what he does best. His season's stats and contributions are now securely in place to guarantee him end of season recognition by Big 12 and NBA selection processes. Anything else, Thomas must look upon as gravy., the ladeling of which all to often is served up by the national sports press corps. In a few short months he is on his way to becoming a multimillionaire, and he will have more capability to breathe easier and care for Jayla. The Jayhawk Nation will wave a sad but superfond goodbye to one of the most significant players in its storied history. In the meanwhile, self control and winning focus are supreme ingredients for the joyful denouement of this magnificent season of flight by T-Rob and his teammates. Rock Chalk!

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Hammertoe 2 years, 1 month ago

KSU vs KU in all sports last year 13-1. This year 5 -2. Does KU compete in any other sport other than Men's Basketball?

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brooksmd 2 years, 1 month ago

I didn't know what the win/loss record would be at the end of the season, but at the beginning I had resigned myself to just sit back and enjoy whatever wins we did have. I certainly didn't expect us to be where we are. But after last night's performance I firmly believe that Mizzery is in for an a$$-whooping Saturday. Withey's awakening will continue and he will make-up for his disappearance in Columbia. He is my JTR for the game.

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Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 1 month ago

How bout EJ last night? Like to see more of that.

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Sally Presson 2 years, 1 month ago

Well said everrisinghawk, so thankful we won that one. And T-Rob's tweet said it all, it won't happen again and I do believe it won't. You guys think we want the big 12 Championship, think about these players who have put their heart, soul, and bodies into this season. think back to last year when we lost practcially the entire team to the pros or graduation, this team is amazing, we will be Big 12 Champs outright!!! AND stay in the big dance til the end.

Go get Mizzou, Oakies & Texas!!!

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tauck 2 years, 1 month ago

Billy boy, Billy boy, Billy boy... Your lack of discipline with the Morris twins last year, is now coming back to haunt you. You let the "twins" get out of control last year with little or no repercussions and now we are starting to see it in a LAZY, UNDISCIPLINED and IMMATURE Thomas Robinson. You would have been wise last night, to sit his ass on the bench and let him get up when the game was over. Totally understand why you didn't and in my opinion it was a little gutless but it would have taught a great lesson that should have been taught last year. You sent Withey on the Allen Field house run, now how about sending TROB on it also....in fact send him on it twice.

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FLJHK 2 years, 1 month ago

Last night was a perfect example of why Withey needs to be in the line-up at the end of close games, particularly when the opponent is in a must foul situation. He's a big target - so you should be able to get him the ball, and he is both a good and a clutch FT shooter. I thought it was a big mistake not having hin in at the end of the MU game, and if he was not in last night we might not have won.

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rob4lb 2 years, 1 month ago

There are alot of apologists out for Robinson; fortunately based on his tweet, Robinson isn't his own apologist. Is he getting beat up? Yes. But that what happens to talented big men. If you think this is bad, wait until the NBA. You can't let other players get in your head and that is what happened. Maybe this will be a lesson learned.

I do expect them to come out play some at their highest level on Saturday. I don't think it will be a cakewalk. I'm sure MU is going to come out with a chip on its shoulder and they can be a match up problem for KU.

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Ethan Berger 2 years, 1 month ago

Nothing makes people sound more uneducated and racist then putting the word thug around every negative thing. Turner isn't a thug, Robinson isn't a thug. Its funny Duke has had the same problems but no one calls them thugs, hmm and they have alot more white players. It is getting over used. Half of yall act like you never played a sport in your life and tempers flared. What happened in the Xavier and Cincy game was thuggish. But seriously its a sport, are they supposed to hug everyone and they everyone how good looking they are? Get off your high horse are realize that not all frustration plays are thug plays.

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yates33333 2 years, 1 month ago

Forget Bilious. He usually does a pretty good job, but his idea that a team KU beat twice, once at their home, is better than KU is nuts. Frank Martin is a good coach and if Self could learn from his approach great. Wait to see how it goes Saturday before concluding Self can't beat Mizzou. He has in the past, regularly. Withey is playing great. Let's hope Saturday is not a repeat of the game at Columbia. I don't think it will be. He knows to push back now. I don't understand the Teahan v. Morningstar. I think Morningstar contributed more his last year than Teahan has this, but the year isn't over. I hope Teahan gets hot outside and stays hot forever.

Last thought: A WIN, IS A WIN, IS A WIN. KU won last night.

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jrbill67 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank heavens for Johnson having the game of his life and Withey, Releford, and Teahan playing hard and smart the entire game. Neither Taylor nor Robinson were engaged the entire evening. I thought they had conquered the immaturity and might even become leaders, but they reverted to their previous poor behaviors. If Self had a bench, these two would be on it. They need a wake up call, but Self's hands are tied and they know it. As I've said before, if these two don't get their act together, this season is ending way too soon.

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longtimehawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Jay Bilas said the other night that the best basketball team in Kansas is Kansas ST. and a lot of other talking heads at ESPN are saying that. Wonder if Self learned anything from Frank Martin on how to beat Missouri. Self, you need to do some recruiting and coaching and don't choke at the end like you did at Missouri and last night. Withey played a great game, where would Self be without Withey? Teahan needs to take a hike like Morningstar, only thing is that Teahan is a lot better player than Morningstar ever could be.

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Mike Barnhart 2 years, 1 month ago

Lots of folks disgruntled with Conner Teahan. When he spots up on the arc most of us now assume the shot wont fall. That's not just because we're used to the misses, it's also because the shot has gotten U G L Y ! He leans in, he clutches and he shot puts. The guy is lost!

Time for Conner to use his good shot fake to draw fouls and get to the line, at least until he gets the 3 ball figured out.

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10point8 2 years, 1 month ago

As much as I hate to admit it, somewhere in America right now, perhaps just breaking morning practice, in the mid-major team that's going to beat Kansas in the tournament.

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okiedave 2 years, 1 month ago

It appears that KU has taken it's second half let down to an art form.

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RCJH4 2 years, 1 month ago

T Rob is too concerned about winning POY. Once Dick Vitale and other ESPN announcers selected Anthony Davis...T Rob has not been playing as well in many areas(travel calls, not being patient, carrying the ball down, technical call, visually frustrated for all to see, taking unnecessary shots that don't go in) This pattern seems to continue and get worse. This is going to hurt the team's success, and he will not be awarded POY. He is frustrated because of his statistics, and is forcing things to happen.

Just play like you did before you became concerned about winning POY; play well with Jeff; and our continued success will make everything else fall into place.

Jeff has to play with intensity each game for us to have success!

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Mike Johns 2 years, 1 month ago

I think we are blowing this out of proportion... The game got close, but never in jeopardy.

It is tough to win on the road in the big 12.
Rock Chalk

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Justin Kruse 2 years, 1 month ago

Sure see a lot of the Morris twins in Thomas lately; stepping over guys on the floor, flexing after dunks, throwing elbows, whining...

Just be the POY that we all know you can be and deserve to be. I hope he gets his emotions under control and lets his play speak for itself.

...and hit a 3 Teahan.

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AirCapJay 2 years, 1 month ago

TRob has been showing off for NBA scouts for several games now. Notice how much he wants to dribble the ball down like a guard and shoot from the perimeter? He has turned it over doing such way too much. He has traveled several times in the last 3-4 games.

TRob needs to quit being selfish and showing off for the NBA and start playing ball the way Self wants him to.

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BCRavenJHawkfan 2 years, 1 month ago

“He can get in the paint and get his own shot. He needs to start getting shots for his teammates,” Self said of Taylor.

Gee Bill, that's a great idea only if the teammates can make those shots, and lately that has not been happening.

I don't know what kind of coaching has been going on lately but for TRob to always be so far under the basket that defenders are able to use the rim as an extra defender is killing his scoring chances. Plus, early in the year; TRob, Withey, and Young would regularly put the ball off the glass on those short jumpers along the lane. And they were money, now they throw up garbage to the front of the rim. Travis was always picking up stray offensive rebounds for easy and quick baskets, now I see him snow birding with TT.

WTF is going on!

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Scut Farkus 2 years, 1 month ago

I though last nights game was exactly what KU needed. Play poorly down the stretch and still win. This should be a great motivational tool for Self and the team should be focused for Mizzou.

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bradynsdad 2 years, 1 month ago

Where are the posters that had us at 19-10 and 9-9 in the league?

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skwahjayog 2 years, 1 month ago

I haven't read all the posts, so forgive me if this duplicates another. I kind of had a different take on last night's game than what I've read so far. I think this was absolutely perfect timing to blow a lead the way the Hawks did, and yet still win the game on the road.

We couldn't afford a loss and still have a shot at a one seed. And yes, even with our past history, I would rather we get a one seed and be pretty much guaranteed a trip to the sweet 16. At that point, it pretty much becomes a matter of match-ups anyway, as well as which teams get hot and get the good breaks.

This was the perfect time for the Hawks to come away feeling disappointed with their play and learn yet again that they can't just show up or put it on cruise control. Hopefully that will serve as a reminder for the rest of the season, and at this point, they know they can play anywhere from 5 to 12 games. I also love that Coach Self was so upset with the team for this type of play. He definitely will know which buttons to push after last night!

Finally, I think it was great that T-Rob got the technical foul and that he vowed it would not happen again this year. If my memory serves me right, he had made that same promise earlier in the season. With so few games left to play, it again was perfect timing for him to see what such a stupid mistake could have done to his team. Better now than in a tourney game.

Anyway, I thought last night's game could not have played out any better for setting us up for these next few weeks. The Hawks should be even hungrier and angrier for Saturday's must win, and there is no excuse now for the OSU game to be a "trap" game.

Hey, and most importantly, we won! I don't know about you, but if you had told me at the beginning of the season we would be 23-5 and leading the Big 12 at this time of year, I would have taken it in a heartbeat! RCJH!!!

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JurisJayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Send A&M out of the conference with an L - check Next up - Missery.

Get focused, Hawks.

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REHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, here is another view of the Aggies situation. The league has responded well to the call to send them off to their next conference of choice with 11 huge cockleburs beneath their saddle, to date. A team which was projected to be a Big 12 title contender has won only 4 league contests. Bye-bye...and sad but good riddance!

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jackoman 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes it was Nasty Technical. TRob needs to calm down. Does'nt look good. Too much anger. Get control dude and play classy. He's try to prove too much. OUT of CONTROL

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midwest_muser 2 years, 1 month ago

Just saw Quintrell's dunk on ESPN Top Plays...how would his presence help add depth? How good would he look next year? Too bad...

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LngTimeFan 2 years, 1 month ago

Ever since JW started playing so much better than in the early part of the season he has gotten much deserved recognition. TRob has not gotten much positive recognition, at least not like before. I think TRob is simply jealous of the press coverage JW is getting. It has shown in his play, his demeanor on/off the court. For KU to achieve all that is possible TRob will need to get over it and let his play help the Hawks win. Just my opinion of course.

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eastcoasthawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Was a tough win but well deserved. Kudo's to the guys for closing this one out away from home after they let it get too close.

The thing that bothered me about this game and several others this year is that our guards on the perimeter get the ball and have either TRob or Withey with position in the post and are afraid to make the pass into the post. Against A&M the bigs really had to battle for that position and when they won it, the pass was not made. This could have gotten EJ or TT some more open 3's the way that they brought help to the post. We really got away from this in the 2nd half.

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TRUEBLUEKU 2 years, 1 month ago

Can't wait to re-visit this in a few weeks. "10 Predictions for KU Basketball" before the season began. AWESOME! http://isportsweb.com/2011/10/21/10-predictions-for-20112012-kansas-jayhawks/

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Gil Ek 2 years, 1 month ago

They gave us a game at our house. We go to their house, shoot 38% from the field and 22% from the arc and we WIN BaaBee!!!! Nobody got hurt!!! Destroy Mizzu!!!!

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IrishCharlie 2 years, 1 month ago

The THUG mentality that doomed last year's team is still around.

Robinson picked up a technical foul for shoving A&M’s Ray Turner with 40.2 seconds left with KU up, 62-56. It happened to be Robinson’s fifth foul, meaning he was headed to the bench leaving his teammates trying to hold on without his presence.

“Inexcusable,” Self said of Robinson’s technical foul. “As bad a play as I’ve seen.”

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Dee Shaw 2 years, 1 month ago

I love the headlines of stories, KU Barley Holds On. Who cares how they won, they won. I am amazed of how people reflect on the negative more than they just won. I don't care if they were up by 50 and won by 1. They won. KU did not look past TX A&M. Unlike MU who I think looked past KSU had no excuse loosing at home. KU won on the road was up 21 pts and won. Be thankful. Finally we can start talking about the BIG game on Saturday and we don't have to worry about looking ahead. KU took care of business unlike some other team.

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hawkmaster 2 years, 1 month ago

I know some on this site don't believe in criticizing the Hawks for anything, they think every bad game or bad play is an anomaly that can be quickly fixed, or they will easily dismiss critical comments as "the sky is not falling". If u are one of those, skip this blog, consider it critical analysis but the sky is not falling.

Guys, its now the end of the season, and KU still cannot close out a game on the road, its not something that's easily fixable now, this is who KU is this year! I really don't like KU's chances against a decent mid-major in the NCAA tourney this year, more parity this year, KU has less margin for error, and this KU team clearly takes lower profile teams for granted and thinks they can just turn it on when they need and coast to a victory.

Some of that attitude comes from prior seasons when KU had better teams, and they could get away with that, not this team!

I thought it was good strategy for HCBS to finally call out TRob, although some of these issues have persisted for some time. HCBS is a class act, and very seldom rides his players in the press, and I believe that is the best approach. But sometimes its necessary to be publicly called out to get a player's attention.

TRob is great and I would not trade him for anyone, as long as he does not play like he did last night on a consistent basis. He is clearly frustrated by the double/triple teams and hacking, and I think he is wearing down with all the minutes. But its late in the year, and its still causing him to lose composure, hog the ball when he finally gets it, take terrible shots, or try and force something that leads to a turnover. This is more apparent in road games or neutral courts. This tendency is probably not changing at this point of the season.

TRob is a great defensive rebounder, but is not a very good offensive rebounder this season. IMO, he may be conserving some energy with all his minutes, and not focusing on the OR. But last night, he didn't even attempt to crash the offensive boards in most possessions, and its not like A&M has athletic big men that can outrun him to the other end of the court, so that was not the issue.

If anyone was watching TRob for the first time, or had not seem him much, his stock would have dropped significantly in the POY voting, bad game and bad attitude.

If EJ does not have a great game (which we haven't seen for a while), then KU loses, KU can't rely on that. EJ did drive to the bucket and finish, once, but we need to see much more of that - - with his hops and athleticism he should be able to finish at the rim like TT.

But this game is history. At AFH, I think TRob and Company will be stoked for Muzzou, and I think KU will win by 12 to 15 points fairly handily. See, I finished on a positive note!

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hawkmaster 2 years, 1 month ago

I know some on this site don't believe in criticizing the Hawks for anything, they think every bad game or bad play is an anomaly that can be quickly fixed, or they will easily dismiss critical comments as "the sky is not falling". If u are one of those, skip this blog, consider it critical analysis but the sky is not falling.

Guys, its now the end of the season, and KU still cannot close out a game on the road, its not something that's easily fixable now, this is who KU is this year! I really don't like KU's chances against a decent mid-major in the NCAA tourney this year, more parity this year, KU has less margin for error, and this KU team clearly takes lower profile teams for granted and thinks they can just turn it on when they need and coast to a victory.

Some of that attitude comes from prior seasons when KU had better teams, and they could get away with that, not this team!

I thought it was good strategy for HCBS to finally call out TRob, although some of these issues have persisted for some time. HCBS is a class act, and very seldom rides his players in the press, and I believe that is the best approach. But sometimes its necessary to be publicly called out to get a player's attention.

TRob is great and I would not trade him for anyone, as long as he does not play like he did last night on a consistent basis. He is clearly frustrated by the double/triple teams and hacking, and I think he is wearing down with all the minutes. But its late in the year, and its still causing him to lose composure, hog the ball when he finally gets it, take terrible shots, or try and force something that leads to a turnover. This is more apparent in road games or neutral courts. This tendency is probably not changing at this point of the season.

TRob is a great defensive rebounder, but is not a very good offensive rebounder this season. IMO, he may be conserving some energy with all his minutes, and not focusing on the OR. But last night, he didn't even attempt to crash the offensive boards in most possessions, and its not like A&M has athletic big men that can outrun him to the other end of the court, so that was not the issue.

If anyone was watching TRob for the first time, or had not seem him much, his stock would have dropped significantly in the POY voting, bad game and bad attitude.

If EJ does not have a great game (which we haven't seen for a while), then KU loses, KU can't rely on that. EJ did drive to the bucket and finish, once, but we need to see much more of that - - with his hops and athleticism he should be able to finish at the rim like TT.

But this game is history. At AFH, I think TRob and Company will be stoked for Muzzou, and I think KU will win by 12 to 15 points fairly handily. See, I finished on a positive note!

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Timmay97 2 years, 1 month ago

I have only one issue with Conner Teahan....

Does anyone else feel that he's too nonchalant when he has the ball in his hand? I feel like every time he has the ball, he's not "strong." Specifically when he puts the ball on the floor on the offensive end.

Living in the NY/NJ area, he totally reminds me of Robinson Cano with the nonchalantness.

I'm sure it's just me......he has done a good enough job as our 6 man off the bench. Besides hitting a few more shots, you can't really ask for more.

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Jeremy Paul 2 years, 1 month ago

It was good to see Elijah finally play a good game. After his bucket on the first possession, I was constructing a comment in my head to post on here saying "Did you see Elijah on that first possession? Now that's the way we all know he can play." And then he just went ahead and continued playing well. In a game filled with a lot of disappointment and frustration, I think he was the bright spot. I would Love to see him have a huge game on Saturday and then pick up his conference player of the week award.

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nuleafjhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

I wish I were a big lead and my wife was a KU basketball team.

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KansasComet 2 years, 1 month ago

Conner Teahan for the most part is a classic "Front Runner". He plays best at home and when we are in the lead. It's all about confidence. I like him. Despite his limitations he still gets in there and gives good effort. However, when trying to win a championship, when games get tight and that "ole pucker factor" kicks in, he is not someone I am depending on to win it for us. Once the tournament starts, weak links will be attacked, just like Kevin Young on defense. There is a role for Conner Teahan on this team, usually when we are comfortably ahead or when we need to steal a few minutes for the starter. Placing expectations on him to win it for us in crunch time, is just too much!

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tdscpa 2 years, 1 month ago

Damn, we could have a good team if all our players did not obsess about projecting their "gangsta" qualities.

If they did what coach Self wanted and forgot the posing, showing, and strutting, we could have a great team.

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Alohahawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Conner's rebounds were a big contribution today. However, to disagree only slightly about your consistency remark, Teahan has been very consistent most of the season on his 3's. Unfortunately, the consistency is on the negative side. It's hard to believe he can be praised as one of the best 3 point shooters on this team (during practice), when he (consistently) can't hit the broad side of a barn during games.

At least EJ hit some of his 3's today. I can't remember. Did any other Jayhawk hit at least one 3 today?

It's unfortunate that TRob got the technical foul. It's bound to hurt his rep with the national writers. You could see his frustration after he got his 4th foul on the ticky tack reach-in when it appeared he got as much ball as anything on the loose-ball scuffle just before at the other end of the court. It's also unfortunate that all the writers/POY voters can't be present to witness the pressure defense TRob has to withstand each and every game. It's easy (for me anyway) to understand how TRob must feel about the mauling he receives when double and triple teamed during every trip down court.

There were a couple of plays where TRob was trying so hard that he was lucky he didn't hurt himself. Luckily he has a lot of muscle mass to cushion some of those falls he took today. An injury to TRob (or any starter for that matter) would pretty much eliminate KU's chances in the big dance.

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Calijhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

If this team is to get deep into the tournament, Connor Teahan has to make shots, and he's just not doing it consistently, And Young looked like he was sped up...his picks were not good, and he looked lost on defense a couple of times.

The only good thing about the tournament is that the TV breaks are longer, and depth doesn't play as big a factor as it does in the regular season. Even so, Missouri will be really, really tough if we play defense like we did down the stretch. My instinct is that the Fieldhouse won't allow that to happen.

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EverRisingHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

In the long run a program will have years marked by underachievement (like A&M's current season), but I would be heartbroken to see a Kansas game as grossly under-attended as was the game last night. To boast a near-empty arena while hosting the number five team in the country on your last big hoorah in the Big XII...... it would break my heart to see something similar go down in the Phog - I hope it never does.

Glad to go home with a win, but our lapses in play result from keying down our defensive intensity. Droughts on the offensive end will happen ANY time you're up 21 on a team, but we cannot let up defensively, ever. I hope that's a lesson we carry into the match-ups in March. When we pressure perimeter passes and guard with fire, no temporary lapse on offense is enough to jeopardize a win.

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Doug Cramer 2 years, 1 month ago

We've seen this a few times this year after getting big leads. It seems like they lose all focus...the opposition picks up on it and takes advantage.

Message to T-Rob - don't worry about the Player of the Year. Focus on being a team player, a leader, and make your teammates around you better. Focus on winning a national championship !

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stm62 2 years, 1 month ago

A&M really picked up the intensity in the second half and made it difficult to get open looks. KU wasn't scorching the nets anyway. Another BIG win.

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Chris Bruning 2 years, 1 month ago

I missed the technical on TRob, was it a nasty technical?

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HawksWin 2 years, 1 month ago

T-Rob Tweet #2209345 - Wed Feb 22 2012 11:40 PM thomas robinson @Trobinson0 Let my emotions get the best Of me tonight apologize to all my jayhawk fans and anybody who supports me or our program won't happen again!

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gardenjay 2 years, 1 month ago

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BainDread 2 years, 1 month ago

Gary, the two points by Withey at about 0:12 were off a dunk, not free throws.

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