Originally published February 27, 2012 at 10:23a.m., updated February 27, 2012 at 04:16p.m.

KU forward Thomas Robinson wins Big 12 player of the week

KU center Jeff Withey probable for OSU game

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson raises up the fieldhouse during overtime against Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson raises up the fieldhouse during overtime against Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson was selected as the Big 12's player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

Robinson, a 6-foot-10 Washington D.C. native, averaged 19 points and 12.5 rebounds during KU's victories over Texas A&M; and Missouri last week.

Robinson's best effort was Saturday's home contest against Missouri, where he posted 28 points and 12 rebounds in the Jayhawks' 87-86 overtime win. He completed a three-point play with 16 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 75, then also blocked a Phil Pressey layup attempt with 4 seconds left to send the game to OT.

This is the fourth time that Robinson has won the award this year, putting him in a tie for the third-most honors in a season in conference history.

The list of four-time honorees includes former KU forward Drew Gooden in 2001-02, Texas’ Kevin Durant (2006-07), UT's P.J. Tucker (2005-06) and Iowa State’s Marcus Fizer (1999-00). All of those four were later named the Big 12 Player of the Year.

KU has won Big 12 Player of the Week seven times in 2011-12, which is the most ever in a season for the Jayhawks. KU's previous high of six weekly honors came in 2001-02.

KU's Jeff Withey probable for Monday's game against Oklahoma State

Kansas University center Jeff Withey remains listed as probable for Monday night’s Big Monday game at Oklahoma State, coach Bill Self said on Monday’s Big 12 coaches call.

Withey sprained his left ankle early in Saturday’s victory over Missouri.

“I anticipate him starting tonight and playing well,” said Self, who will run his players through an afternoon shootaround before the 8 p.m. game.

The Jayhawks practiced just 15 minutes Sunday before the four-hour bus ride to Stillwater.

“I think it will probably be as hard a game as we play in large part because Oklahoma State has played well at home,” Self said. “I like their talent. Also because I think we’re going to have to dig pretty deep. That game Saturday (emotional overtime win) certainly took a lot out of everybody. We came off that emotional high on Sunday. We really weren’t able to practice yesterday. We were a tired team. We practiced 15 minutes, saw that wasn’t going anywhere, then got on the bus and drove four hours down here.

“With Saturday/Monday games, we never practice more than 45 minutes to an hour anyway,” Self added. “It was a draining deal. Fortunately we won. Not winning ... that game in the fashion in which it was played would have been very very hard to have this recovery time. That’s life. In the NCAA Tournament we practiced 18 minutes on Sunday when we played Memphis (Monday). This is nothing unusual.”

OSU's Le'Bryan Nash is listed as doubtful for the game. He suffered a fracture in his left hand last week against Oklahoma.

He'll be checked out by doctors Monday.

"He wants to play badly," coach Travis Ford said. "He keeps pressing the issue."

• A previous version of this story has been updated.


itsalwayssunnyinlarry 9 years, 11 months ago

I think Tyshawn deserved it this week. Although that block was amazing.

actorman 9 years, 11 months ago

I was thinking that too. But as long as it's all in the family.

John Randall 9 years, 10 months ago

Not all that much tougher than TRob had, actually. I'm sure they both had MU on their mind – and it's good that they did.

Clarence Haynes 9 years, 10 months ago

Kind of agree. Other than the five fouls, TRob's stats against A&M were a double double and 4 assists. Also, this helps the TRob POY cause.

Alohahawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Mahalo for the feed. It's good that they allow comments on the site. TRob has received some good support and comments, so far.

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 10 months ago

I like your stuff TrueBlue. It's hard to argue against TRob when you look at how both have performed against ranked teams this season, which is why I ultimately think TRob should win.

But inevitably a lot of it will come down to how both players (and teams) perform down the stretch in conference touraments and early NCAA games.

Theonlythingthatexceedsyourbad 9 years, 11 months ago

"Robinson, a 6-foot-10 Washington D.C. native"

I love the coverage but this is getting ridonkulous. How come no other player's height is mentioned in any of LJworlds artices (at least with the frequency of T-Robs height being mentioned)

T-Rob is not 6-10, the scouts know this and LJWorld needs to understand that they have 0 pull in where he gets drafted. The scouts are not stupid and won't forget their tape measure. They can see he plays bigger than 6-8 (his real height).

Scott Smetana 9 years, 11 months ago

6-10 with the fro. Duh...didn't you watch Fletch?

Alohahawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Wow!! Mahalo, KonkeyDong.

Where did you dig up those figures? From a life insurance chart for life expectancy? At 6' 7" I'm in the top 99.5% +. I never knew that. :>}

I think the average height for males in Hawaii is about 5' 8", or so. They don't eat a lot of meat and potatoes out here. Just a lot of spam and rice in Bento boxes.

Alohahawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Stilleto game shoes? Step back into the defender's arch, and "Ouch!"

Could be h*** trying to keep from twisting one's ankles, though. :>)

LAJayhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

It really makes absolutely no difference whether it's listed or not and how accurate it is. TRob will work out for individual teams before the draft and every single one will measure him.

No reason to get worked up about it.

Michael Thorp 9 years, 11 months ago

Lets bring it tonight Hawks! Gonna be a tough game. RCJHK

Karen Holmes 9 years, 11 months ago

Congrats Thomas.

Anyone else see this on CBS site:

17 minutes ago - by Steve Walentik - Haith: We are cooperating with NCAA fully Coach Frank Haith on if he was ever aware of impermissible travel benefits given to Reggie Johnson while he was at Miami: “We’re doing some great things here at the University of Missouri. We are cooperating with the NCAA fully. I’ll just be glad when this thing is over with.”

Alex Berger 9 years, 11 months ago

Great work TRob! Altho I think he missed some he should have made (10-21 fg on Sat.) he definitely worked his tail off to get us a win. I think he deserves the POY over Davis but at least we all know he will be a 1st team All American and secure his place in the rafters. Rock Chalk!

ccarp 9 years, 11 months ago

This will be a good primer for life in the NCAA tourney. Need a quick and precise shift in focus after an intense game. Let's win the conference outright tonight!

9 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the Shabazz link, okjhok. Good stuff.

april28 9 years, 10 months ago

My read on this is that it's an uphill battle for KU to get him. I've seen this type of quote many times before on guys who we don't end up landing. Not really interested in any more one-and-doners but I definitely will Trust in Bill. By all indications, he seems to have a future in college basketball.

Chris1955 9 years, 10 months ago

If his Dad has any influence on Shabazz, I like our chances.

REHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations, Thomas. Your season's Big 12 honors ranks among some mighty fine company, historically. Tyshawn, the Jayhawk Nation is excited about your league play, and knows that your contributions this past week must have run a close second to T-Rob's selection. Both of you appear to be a lock for first team Big 12, and should place you in good stead for selection to one or more of the All-American teams. Good luck finishing your final seasons in Jayhawk uniforms. Feather your future nests and make us all proud and happy. Close out in style, and always represent this university with dignity. You are each making the most of the opportunities which you have earned.

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