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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bill Self hypes KU-MU

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

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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— Let the hype for Saturday’s Kansas-Missouri game begin.

“I think it will be as good as it’s ever been in the history of the building,” Self said of the atmosphere for the 3 p.m. tipoff in Allen Fieldhouse.

“That’s a pretty good statement. That building has been there a long time.”

The Jayhawks, who will enter 13-2 in Big 12 play, will be able to assure a tie for an eighth-straight conference title with a win over MU (12-3), a squad that beat KU, 74-71, on Feb. 4 in Columbia, Mo.

“No, probably not,” Self said, asked if it was the biggest home game in his tenure at KU. “We’ve had other games where we had to win that game to win the league. In fans’ minds and our players’ minds since they beat us the first time when we felt we had them down the stretch, I believe it’s probably in everybody else’s minds, maybe other than the coaches’, the biggest game we’ve had.”

Self has received plenty of phone calls about scoring tickets.

“It’s definitely a tough ticket,” he said. “From this point forward, nobody needs to call. They’re not gonna get any.”

Of the game, senior guard Tyshawn Taylor said: “I’ve been waiting for Saturday to come since they got us the last time. We’ve got to take care of business at home.”

KU, A&M in same tourney: Texas A&M, which is leaving for the SEC next season, might play KU in hoops in 2012-13 after all.

The Aggies will play in the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., next November, with KU, St. Louis and Washington State. No first-round match-ups have yet been announced.

Recruiting: Semi Ojeleye, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Ottawa High, will attend Saturday’s KU-Missouri game on an unofficial visit. Ojeleye, who is Rivals.com’s No. 46-rated player in the Class of 2013, has received scholarship offers from Kansas State, Marquette, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma State and UCLA.

JaKarr Sampson, a 6-8 senior from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, tells Rivals.com he will visit Florida and Providence at some point following this weekend’s official visit to KU.

More on T-Rob: Thomas Robinson was asked by ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil what he will do when he makes it in the NBA: “Wow, that’s a tough question, ... I don’t know. I guess, I’d take my little sister out to dinner and then probably renew the stone on my mother’s grave, get her a nicer one.”

Finally a loss: Future KU player Perry Ellis’ Wichita Heights team had its state-record 62-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night. Wichita East celebrated its Senior Night by defeating Heights, 57-51.

Ellis, a 6-8 senior forward, scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He went 12-for-12 from the line.

“It never feels good to lose. But it’s basketball, it happens,” Ellis told the Wichita Eagle. Heights has won three straight state titles.

Taylor on junior Thomas Robinson’s play against A&M: “(He was) just a little frustrated. It was a frustrating game for him. He was not getting the looks he wanted. He got frustrated.”

Taylor on KU’s seeing a 21-point lead dip to four late: “I could say we got a big lead and got lazy (but) we’ve jsut got to take care of the ball. Under 10 in the shot clock, we were a bad defensive team.”

Comments

NH_JHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Jakarr Sampson is an amazing player. I live in NH and I've had the opportunity to see several of Brewster Academy's games this season. This kid has the full package...nearly a complete player with lots of great skill sets.

He's a 6'8" G/F who has very good ball handling skills and a quick first step for a guy of his size. Excellent at finishing around the rim, rebounding, and shooting mid range jumpers. Not sure what his averages are, but he's usually leading Brewster in points and rebounds and has to average close to a double double every game. This is significant considering Brewster is 29-0 and is ranked #1 in High School this year. The prep league here in New England is very competitive...guys like Nerlins Noel, Mitch McGeary, etc playing in this area. Sampson kind of reminds me of another guy we have at KU who came through Brewster.

Needs work on his perimeter shot and free throw shooting. He's also on the skinny side at 210, but after being Manning and Hudyized, he would be an amazing player most certainly bound for the NBA.

Question is where does he fit? Personally, after watching him a few times, I think he would be an outstanding addition to our team. Just my $0.02.

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rockchalkxii 2 years, 1 month ago

I've seen Ojeleye twice this year. He has an excellent shot. Can score anywhere on the court with a hand right in his face. Problem is, he doesn't pass. Doesn't rebound. Average defender. I dont think he fits at KU.

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lee3022 2 years, 1 month ago

Self will have the team ready to play early on Saturday. This is where he wins Big XII coach of the year. This is a guarantee of their 8th consecutive Big XII championship. It is MU that loses. It does not get better than this for this game to be the final home game against them and the game which drops them out of the top ten nationally and to a two or three seed. Can KU lose? Yes, but not likely.

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jeffthejayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

I have read a couple articles talking about Shabazz Muhammed coming to the game. This has not been reported anywhere else, but I was wondering if anyone had heard this.

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Cmill1221 2 years, 1 month ago

Ellis went 12-12 from the line? I LOVE to hear that!

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ClydeTurnbuckle 2 years, 1 month ago

Who was that guy behind behind KU's bench? He was wearing a blue polo and I swear he is former player, maybe even from the Roy era. He kind of looked like Michael Lee, but wasn't. This is driving me crazy.

A little help?

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

My conditions for keeping the rivalry going with missouri:

1] All games of all sports will be played exclusively in Lawrence, Kansas.

2] All trip expense money for any missouri sports team [gas, food, lodging, etc.] must be spent in the state of Kansas.

3] All proceeds from ticket sales, concessions, programs, souvenirs, etc. goes to KU.

4] missouri uniforms will have the following changes - A] missouri will be spelled missoura, B] a broad, golden streak will run vertically down the back of all uniforms C] lettering on the front jerseys will read, " SEC...the north won, you lost....deal with it."

5] The missouri Golden Girls will be renamed The Bleached Blonde Bimbos of Boone County.

6] All Antlers will be required to wear ballerina tutus to any game they attend.

7] The missouri school flag will be changed to the Walmart Logo.

8] The Mascot, Truman the Tiger, will be replaced with Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.

9] The marching mizzou band will be renamed the Cowardly Quantrills.

These conditions seem fair and are not negotiable. :)

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Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 1 month ago

Sounds more like HCBS was "down-hyping" this game with comments like "..No, probably not,” Self said, asked if it was the biggest home game in his tenure at KU. We’ve had other games where we had to win that game to win the league."

“I think it will be as good as it’s ever been in the history of the building,” Self said of the atmosphere for the 3 p.m. tipoff in Allen Fieldhouse." This also sound like "anti-hype"

Hyping would sound like, "This will be the best matchup" or "Of all the games ever played in KU history, this is one to watch." or "Wait until we teach these guys a lesson"

Coaches rarely will make statements that truly hype particular games. That's more the journalists and fans nature. Even players are coached not to hype games in their public comments.

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ccarp 2 years, 1 month ago

Not being grammar police, but wanted to mention "just" is misspelled in Taylor's quote on the late lead dip.

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Alohahawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Since it appears Ojeleye hasn't been offered a scholarship by KU, who is picking up the tab for his (obviously) free ticket to the game? Is Mizzery giving him one of their freebies that each team receives to the game? Just curious.

Also, was that Wichita Heights first loss while Ellis has been playing for them? Sounds like Perry is a solid freethrow shooter. What's his season percentage from the line?

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gardenjay 2 years, 1 month ago

At this point it seems like Allen will be filled with celebrities this Saturday. Lucky people.

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