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Kansas defeats Oklahoma State, 70-58

  • 8 p.m., Feb. 27, 2012
  • Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, OK

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CELEBR-EIGHT: Kansas clinches outright crown

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson goes up for a dunk against Oklahoma State on Monday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson goes up for a dunk against Oklahoma State on Monday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

KU coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-58 victory over Oklahoma State on Feb. 27, 2012.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson

KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-58 victory over Oklahoma State on Feb. 27, 2012.

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— After dancing with the Big 12 trophy late Monday night in a jubilant visitor’s locker room, Kansas University team leaders Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson modeled their ‘8 Str 8 Champs’ T-shirts and hats for media members in the Gallagher-Iba interview area.

The high-scoring Jayhawk duo, who combined for 44 points in a 70-58 victory over Oklahoma State, soaked in the euphoria after the victory that assured KU’s program an eighth-straight regular-season conference crown.

“I just want to thank everybody that said we weren’t going to win it this year,” Robinson said with a smile, before taking questions from reporters.

“We got (No.) 8 baby. This one feels good, too,” Robinson added after scoring 17 points off 6-of-15 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds in 36 minutes.

“We knew what we had before we hit the floor (this season), before the whole world saw it,” he noted after the Jayhawks improved to 15-2 in league games with one remaining. Second-place Missouri is 12-4 with two to play. “I knew our guys weren’t scared to work hard. Proving ourselves to people was motivation to us. I think it had everything to do with it, to prove to everybody we could come back and defend our title.”

Taylor sounded a bit hoarse after KU’s 25th victory in 30 games.

There was a good reason for that, he said after scoring 27 points off 10-of-15 shooting — 4-of-7 from three.

“Celebration, baby, celebration. That’s it,” Taylor said.

He scored 10 straight points in a 10-0 run that boosted a 60-52 lead (with 5:31 left) to 70-52, squashing any OSU hopes of pulling out a victory.

Taylor, who played 37 minutes, chased around OSU senior guard Keiton Page, who exploded for 29 points off 10-of-19 shooting (7-of-14 from three) on his own Senior Night.

“Everybody gave him a standing ovation. I clapped it up for him,” said Taylor, who hugged Page after Page left with under a minute to play. “He deserved it. He’s been a tough guard all four years. It was Senior Night, and he played well. I’m happy for him.”

KU coach Bill Self at one point was upset with Taylor for failing to stick with the elusive Page.

“Tyshawn and I kind of got into it because he guarded him miserably when he had 11 straight (for OSU in second half),” Self said. “I told Elijah (Johnson), ‘He (Taylor) can’t guard him. You take him. Ty, you’ve got the other kid.’ He (Taylor) got upset and stayed on him and did a better job. Fortunately for us, he was able to match him basket-for-basket down the stretch.”

The Jayhawks, who led, 30-22, at halftime, were sluggish early just two days after beating Missouri in an overtime thriller in Allen Fieldhouse. That’s the game in which KU erased a 19-point deficit.

“We are tired,” Self said. “This is as tired as I can remember being, personally. I know the players are. That game Saturday was the most emotional regular-season game ever. There was a lot of pressure on our guys to win that game. This was probably the hardest game we’ve had this year other than that game. Our guys were pretty efficient.”

Robinson agreed that the Jayhawks were dead tired.

“Coach said something in the locker room, that this was an emotional letdown. That’s a good way to describe it,” Robinson said. “We were so high the other night, so geeked up. Today we were still talking about it. Our bodies were tired. We had to come back and get it rolling today.”

The victory and title seemed to energize the Jayhawks, who posed for pictures with the trophy with family members and fans before heading to the team bus.

“Where’s the trophy?” Robinson said, unable to locate it.

Freshman Merv Lindsay had carted it safely to the team bus, signaling it was time for the players to board the vehicle for a four-hour ride home.

“This team,” Self said, “has been awfully fun to coach.”

Next up is an 8 p.m. regular-season finale against Texas on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. It’s Senior Night for Taylor, Jordan Juenemann and Conner Teahan.

Comments

Glenn Moore Jr 2 years, 1 month ago

has anybody heard anything from the recruits that was in the building at the MU game? their thoughts on the game is the atmosphere was enough to help them make a decision??

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Scott Smetana 2 years, 1 month ago

I actually don't want a #1 seed, but in case we do... How many is that in a row? Is there a record for such a thing? How many has Bill had at KU? It seems like every year!

Assuming we make it to the Elite 8, who don't we want to see? I'd say: 1. UK 2. Syracuse 3. UNC 4. Duke 5. Ohio St. 6. Mizzery Since UK and Syracuse are locks, I'm thinking Duke, UNC, or Ohio St. will be in our bracket. I wish Murray St. was still undefeated!

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hawksince51 2 years, 1 month ago

I realy hated losing the MU game in Columbia especially since it was due to a combo of our blowing it and bad calls. But I have hated losing to MU every game, every sport for some 60 year. The ones we should have won are always the hardest to get over. There is no changing that we lost that early Feb. game. But the fact that MU's losing Saturday was a far bigger blowing of a game they thought they had won, and yes, a controversial call, goes a long way towards making me forget about the loss in Columbia. Now let's get them one last time in the Conference Tourney!! Unless KSU beats them first.

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JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 1 month ago

Indiana 70 - Michigan State 55 No way MSU gets a number 1 seed now.

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JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 1 month ago

And yet another change in subject. Why did the conference let MU and A&M leave paying so little? http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7626832/big-12-imposes-missouri-tigers-texas-aggies-exit-buyout-1241-million I would have thought that $20 million would be more likely...

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Rick Arnoldy 2 years, 1 month ago

BigManU - "3) Withey's toss to the official out of bounds on the 1-1 FT was pretty hilarious. Oops!"

Did you notice that NO ONE moved from their positions on the lane? Everyone thought it was a two shot foul.

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Alohahawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Change of subject - Rivals.com under the topic "Moving In", lists 10 recruits they predict will soon be included in their top 150 for 2012. KU commit, Anrio Adams, whom they say has had a very good senior season, is one of the 10 they name. Previously, Adams was listed on Rivals, but was dropped because it was undecided which year he would graduate.

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KansasComet 2 years, 1 month ago

Anthony Davis is not the best player on Kentucky's team. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is. Thomas Robinson is the best player on the Kansas Jayhawks. The answer for player of the year is Thomas Robinson, but the "Talking Heads" do not want to give it to him. Reminds me of the year when Michael Beasley was much better than Hansbrough, but Tyler was the media darling. Robinson is the man. He makes our team go. Tyshawn Taylor is the Big XII player of the year. He really brought it during the conference season. Another great job coaching by Bill Self, but it will be hard for him to win Coach of the Year, because of the standards that he has set at Kansas.

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IBRONNIEB 2 years, 1 month ago

I know I'm just one of many. But I just wanted to say, what a fantastic season this has been, so far. Watching a team grow, and become stronger, and stronger, and a coach prove so many people wrong. And watching a player who has been slammed, and told he was not worthy of his position, eventually shut his critics up! And in my humble opinion, become an All American. Although totally frustrated by him, at times, I believe our coach knew this was coming. And to (T.Rob) The big man in the middle: I know you carry a pretty big load on your shoulders, every day, and you show so much heart. Dam you make me proud to be a Jayhawk fan! Thank you to this whole team, you are true champions! RCJH!

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Phoghorn 2 years, 1 month ago

Priceless! http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/mizzou-was-jobbed-at-ku/article_c2e20aee-e8e3-5512-98d3-915860a7cf86.html

Okay, so MU got some questionable calls in Columbia, KU got some questionable calls in Lawrence. Can we all just get along (and call it a wash)?

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fansincewilt 2 years, 1 month ago

Anyone getting tired of the talk about Robinson's block? These commentators like Knight just have no idea. I think that block was bigger than Chalmer's three. Can you imagine allowing MU to come in here and win the final game of the border war? Someone needs to write an epic story about that block. I know it doesn't begin to make up for the burning in Lawrence where real lives were lost but that block did something for me. Somehow I want a picture of that block with that look on Robinson's face. When I saw that block I could see a blow being dealt to Quantrill and his raiders. The Missouri Tigers had nothing to do with that day but kids who have been sitting in KS history classes for the past century have been hearing about bleeding Kansas. That block needs to be put in those KS history books. I don't know about anyone else but it certainly makes me feel a little better. When Self let out that roar last Saturday, little did he know he was roaring for an entire state. Here's one guy that went to bed that night feeling pretty good. A win for MU wouldn't mean nearly as much as it meant for bleeding Kansas. Robinson, that block is one of the biggest things that has ever happened in the great state of KS history. It saved us from the final defeat.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately, I get the feeling that the NCAA Committee is just waiting for Kansas to make any kind of slip that would allow them to justify putting Puke and Munchkinland State in as the other #1 seeds.

I am afraid we will have to beat Texas [not a big deal] and win the Tourney [a much bigger deal] to hold onto that #1 seed.

At least the tourney ends on a Saturday and, likely, we wouldn't have a first round game till the next Friday.

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danmoore 2 years, 1 month ago

As the story said, this team is tired and that concerns me. Can't bode well in a tournament that requires 3 consecutive games or 2 games in 3 days.

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justinryman 2 years, 1 month ago

MY Big12 end of year awards.

POY. Thomas Robinson

New comer of the year. Royce White of ISU

Coach of the year. Fred Hoiberg, second Self, third Martin. Haith 4th, come on not one of his recruits plays.

Defender of the year. Jeff Whithey

6th man. Marcus Denmon

Freshman of the year. Le'Bryan Nash

First team: Tyshawn Taylor, Thomas Robinson KU. Keiton Page OSU, J'Covan Brown TX, Ricardo Ratliffe MU,

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theend 2 years, 1 month ago

I just saw that Mario Little has been playing overseas in Ukraine. I was glad to see that....I hoped he would. Despite his trouble.....he seemed like a really good kid.

Apparently he is playing pretty well, too.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

I think the 2011-2012 Jayhwaks redefined the term " Building Year."

If by "Building" it means a team growing stronger week after week, building momentum, excitement, victories, rankings, nationwide recognition, shock and awe, then, yeah...I guess "building " applies.

If by "Year" it means a time of exceptional accomplishment i.e. #3 ranking, 8 consecutive titles, potential Player of the Year and All-American, potential Coach of the Year, Potential 3 NBA players, then, yeah.....I guess "year" applies.

At Kansas, we go by a different dictionary...we don't rebuild...we don't reload....we just never stop firing!!!!!!

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HawkKlaw 2 years, 1 month ago

Eight straight Big 12 regular-season titles...what an achievement for this squad! Congrats! Bill Self & Co. continue to go above and beyond.

For everyone that said Big 12 titles were meaningless before this season started (you know, during all the recruiting buzz): What tune are you singing now? KU is in the position to be a #1 seed in the NCAA tourney because of this title. Winning the conference is huge every year. I know, winning the NCAA tourney is far better. But it's like Self says, winning a NC starts with winning your conference. If you don't do that, you aren't in any shape to win it all. And Bill Self wins it every year. Just remember that next time you are about to bash Self for not landing all the recruits you want.

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lurkerhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

  1. Rebounds

T-Rob is a beast on the boards. We've been doing well so far with 37/game and out rebounding our opponents except we were out-rebounded last Saturday by a couple rebounds. If we're to make it far into the tourney, then Withey has got to stay out of foul trouble so he can help out TRob with boards; and, not to mention, him remaining a force on the defensive end. We will need to have Releford, EJ, Teahan, and Kevin to contribute with boards when either TRob or Withey has an off night.

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justinryman 2 years, 1 month ago

Bill Self more Big12 Conference titles than home loses at KU.

8 vs 7

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joshar 2 years, 1 month ago

This team has changed so much over the year. In the last three games, they averaged 8 turnovers. Taylor alone has changed on that part of his game by rarely getting to four turnovers a game. To think, he got 11 turnovers against Duke and the team had 22 against Long Beach State. Shows how much they have improved this season.

I'm proud of this team, as I am every year. It's just great to watch a team change and improve through the course of the year. And it's really great to be a Jayhawk and proud to say that we won our 8th consecutive Conference Title. I hope it doesn't stop there.

To end on this note, it is great to watch Jack Harry eat his own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x6obA...

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lurkerhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

I want to congratulate this team. Wow! What a season it's been so far! It's no surprise when many of us just mention how we had our doubts at the start of the season. We all thought it was a down year, but wow! Who knew? Only those men wearing those uniforms. They knew! Eighth Big 12 conference title! Now, I know. We're all a bit spoiled and care only more about our NCAA tourney finish. Here are some things to continue to work on. We can work around our flaws (lack of depth and spotty three point shooting) and strengthen some other areas.

  1. Free throws

According to ESPN stats, we're looking at a .694 average free throw percentage. To put that into perspective, we're better than last year's team as they finished with a .679 percentage. I know we still have a lot of games to go, but it'd be nice to see this stat improve. We don't want to be left with that feeling of disgust when we only made 15 of 28 at the line against VCU. Also, to compare with previous teams, the 07-08 Jayhawks had a .702 overall percentage. So, one could say we're right where we should be, but if you look at other championship caliber teams, Butler had .738 and .736 for those 2 years they made it to the finals. Conn had .763 overall when they won and Duke had .755 the year they won. You get the jist. I know it takes more than free throws to win a championship, but they're called free for a reason and every point counts. If we had missed a couple of FTs last Saturday, you'd be seeing a lot more negative posters on here right now.

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missouricat 2 years, 1 month ago

Guess you can thank Kansas ST. for your big 12 title as it seems that you couldn't have done it on your own. We will see what the tournment brings as I know I will be putting money on that one if either makes it to the final round. Then off to the SEC we go, can't wait as there are bigger fish to fry and the money will workout quite well. It's going to be interesting too see what happens to the big 12 in the next years, if it is still around. Texas and Oklahoma are still not happy with the way the big 12 is setup at the present time and could leave a big hole if they decide to leave. The collapse could cause a few basketball only teams, to have to go to the MVC, which it looks as it could be KU, but that could change as time goes on. Kansas ST. would be a great addition to the SEC as they have great programs in mens basketball, womens basketball and volleyball and of course the football team would be a high point to the SEC. Baylor, Texas Tech and W Virginia has the same as previous mensioned. The big 12 really has problems as NU, MU, CU, TA&M left, which should say something is bad in the big 12. Well, hope you guys can hold it together.

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JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 1 month ago

One quick question: What result would you have liked better:

  1. Beating MU by 1 point in overtime, coming back from 19 points down, in a game that will be a classic for all.

  2. Beating MU's best team in a generation by 30 points and sending them to the SEC thoroughly humiliated, in a game that will be a classic, mostly for Jayhawk fans.

I am personally undecided...

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dtdjayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

A mighty congratulations to all the players and coaches on an 8th straight conference title!! ROCK CHALK!!!

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flyingfinn 2 years, 1 month ago

We always taught our boys to share.....but not when it comes to conference championships and especailly not when it is with Mizzery. Way to go Hawks now have great Senior Night, get a big lead early so all can play and enjoy it then kick Tiger a$$ in the tourney.

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Chris Shaw 2 years, 1 month ago

Big 12 Champs! Good post game speech! Self dances............................

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Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 1 month ago

No idea if it has any impact on who actually wins the award, but scroll down and vote for TRob as POY.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball

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William Blake 2 years, 1 month ago

“This team,” Self said, “has been awfully fun to coach.”

This team has been awfully fun to watch!

Super congrats to a team that has worked so hard for achieving another Big 12 title!

Step 1 has now been accomplished... on to step 2!

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WilburNether 2 years, 1 month ago

Watching Taylor chasing Page was reminiscent of watching Haase chasing Randy Rutherford through one screen after another, on the day Rutherford got 42. Almost every screen was a moving screen, but the only one the idiot, incompetent refs called was when Big Country stepped into Haase on the south baseline and knocked him into about the third row.

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guithawk 2 years, 1 month ago

I know this is off topic, but I wanted to throw this out there. When I was thinking about how Naadir has seemed a bit overwhelmed in his freshman campaign this phrase came to mind. He is like Naadir in the headlights.

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SDSurferFan 2 years, 1 month ago

Highly entertaining for me.

  • dunks. I can't help but think Juricks lasting memory of his Senior Night will be looking up to see 'hawk after 'hawk throw down on him.
  • TT. Leadership. Great to see how much each game means to him and how much of a leader he has become. Great example what 4 years of college at KU can do for a player.
  • ESPN had a shot of TT and TO after the game hugging/smiling/elated...TT holding up 8 fingers. Still shot needs to find its way in AFH. Special team and players.
  • 8 in a row. Is the record 12 by UCLA? Gonazaga just ended at 11. Remarkable.
  • What are they going to name after Self at KU?
  • Rest. I hope the team gets some. Mizzou game, last night, Sr night, conf trmnt,...lots of energy spent winning.....need energy for mid-March.
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Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 1 month ago

Coach of the Year, Player of the Year. (knock on wood)

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Joe Baker 2 years, 1 month ago

TT just quietly played his game, worked hard and earned some respect. He's been the TT we've all waited for the last two years.

Congrats Jhawks. You earned this one plain and simple.

In TT's defense, there were a lot of moving screens, knees and hips bumping him. They called the one on Juric and I saw a lot of them moving on that high screen to free Paige. Oh well, it's no big deal.

The moving screen is one call you rarely hear. I've heard them get KU on a few occasions and rightly so in most cases. I see many teams lean out when KU fights around it to stay with their man. The refs turned a blind eye most times. There were a lot of fouls on KU on the D-end last night as result of KU fighting around screens. It's hard to get around a moving screen unless you grab or push through the screen.

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FLJHK 2 years, 1 month ago

Most impressive thing last night was just the methodical nature of the win. Certainly they were flat after the emotional, epic game on Saturday, but I loved how any time OSU threatened to make a game of it, the 'Hawks just calmly and skillfully slammed the door. They never allowed a hint that they weren't going to win the game.

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kufankam 2 years, 1 month ago

PLEASE DON'T MISUNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING POST:

I am just curious if anyone else got the same feeling I did last night. Let me start off by saying that I LOVE TRob! I love his game and his toughness. I am wondering if all of this A. Davis talk from the nat'l media effected the way TRob tried to play. I don't know (I may be reaching), but I just got this feeling last night like TRob was hunting for highlights... Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love it that he takes it to the hole strong. I love it that he has a motor that never stops. I just don't want him to press too much. Hopefully he was just fatigued, thus resulting in some of the missed dunks and being dunked on when he didn't even need to contest it. I hope that is it and not that he so badly wants to prove his worth over the likes of A. Davis.

With that said, what a telling comparison ESPN showed last night between the two. Against ranked teams TRob is going for 20/13 (i think) and Davis is going for 13/6/4 or something like that... to me, TRob can play free of any pressure (as Self has called "with house money"). That stat says it all and leaves NO doubt who the POY should be.

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april28 2 years, 1 month ago

One of those rare times in sports when the "no one thought we could do it" mantra is actually true. I listened at the start of the season to a local sports radio show (BTL on 810) and had to listen to Jack Harry, sports anchor on Fox 41 (and Mizzou grad) go on and on about how KU was going to finish 5th in the conference.

Holy crap does revenge taste sweet!

Self said it best - an amazing team. Amazing accomplishment.

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KansasComet 2 years, 1 month ago

Just another year in the Big XII for the Kansas Jayhawks! The more things change, the more they stay the same!

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Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 1 month ago

West Virginia is watching and getting a little nervous. Huggy knows what he's coming into, since he was in the middle of it for a short while. But, this was called a "down year" for KU! If he checks out the incoming pups, he should be even more nervous. The W.Va fanbase may be similar to Mssouri's, in some ways. We'll welcome them with open arms, however, and point them in the direction of that sign in AFH, Beware of the Phog.

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LSHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

WOW, I remember at the beginning of the year how everyone said this will be a rebuilding year and we might finish 3rd or 4th.....really!!! Great job by the entire team and coaching staff to prove everyone wrong, as they say " we dont rebuild we reload"!!

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Kevin Crook 2 years, 1 month ago

Sustained excellence. Nobody else in the country is doing anything like this. HCBS is the best in the business. Congratulations to these kids for going to Stillwater and getting it done under such difficult circumstances. 8 straight!

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ccarp 2 years, 1 month ago

Well done, Jayhawks! Very proud of 8 str 8! :-) Now let's make a run at the remaining hardware!

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EverRisingHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Rock Chalk Jayhawk - the run by this team has been nothing short of epic. They bought into a version of themselves that they believed in from day one - took the best of what they knew they could be, and they worked to make it real. Throw your lighters up.

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nuleafjhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

It just makes me wonder what the heck there is to do in Stillwater, Ok on a Monday night in February that won't allow them to completely fill the stands on Senior Night with the number 3 (or 4) team in the nation in town?

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KULA 2 years, 1 month ago

Fun to watch Tyshawn's mom celebrating. She must have been reading some of the haters on this board the last couple years, lol. My boy can BALL!!!

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Craig Carr 2 years, 1 month ago

8 in a row is ridiculous, we are all spoiled. Tyshawn is the best all around pg we have ever had, at least since 1978 to now. He should be Big 12 poy, and coach Self has seperated himself from all but the greatest of the great. Rock Chalk as this run is the best in a long line of success!

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Shawn Otrimble 2 years, 1 month ago

"KU, Saves Big 12 from Embarrassment." I'm so thankful for our Jayhawks this year. Even if they don't win another game. We are the only team that has kept Mizzouri from leaving the Big 12 with our league hardware and bragging rights. Misery= SEC-ond. This is the stuff of folk lore. Now a big thank you has to go to K-State for beating them twice. Here we are a year after Nebraska has left and I was reading an article about them wanting a new coach for basketball and a lot of the reply's by Big 10 fans were that they don't want Nebraska in their conference. They write how Nebraska has watered down the Big 10 and don't deserve to be there. Just wait til the SEC realizes what they have with Misery and A@m. Where I believe our new additions will compete right away atleast in football. What a great time to be a Jayhawk.

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s6u6r6f 2 years, 1 month ago

Hell of a rebuilding year. Rock chalk.

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AsadZ 2 years, 1 month ago

This team has achieved what nobody thought it could do it. It has been such a pleasure to see these players develop over course of the season. And what a job HCBS has done. This has to be his best coaching job. With such inexperienced players and extremely thin/limited talent wise bench, to win another Big 12 championship outright is simply amazing. Words can't describe it. Rock Chalk.

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Alohahawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Incentive. Motivation. Chip on the shoulder. As TRob said, it took the doubts of just about everyone to push this team to the level they are today. Perhaps over the last few years it seemed too easy for KU. When you start at the top, there is no where else to go but down.

This team has had to earn everything it's achieved. They're still not at the top, ranked #1 like the previous years, but don't tell them they can't make it.

Or, maybe we should tell them. Got to keep them motivated. I'll add my two cents. I don't think you can win it all, Hawks.

Now go out and prove me wrong.

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Chris Shaw 2 years, 1 month ago

11) From the picture above...............the drive and dish by EJ to T-Rob for that nasty dunk and beautiful pic was awesome! What a play! I actually thought EJ missed him initially when T-Rob was slipping into the paint from the top of the key, but it all worked out in the end.

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Chris Shaw 2 years, 1 month ago

8) Kudos to the 5'9" Keaton Paige! Kid is a stud! A shame he doesn't have more help down there in Stillwater, but glad to see him end his career at GIA in dramatic fashion.

9) I'm glad KU played Mizzou on Saturday (Very dramatic and emotional) and then had to turn around go on the road at the most hostile environment in the Big 12 (It's debatable-I'm sure some will bring up KSU and ISU) on a day's rest.

I'm glad this happened late in the season because this is exactly what will have to be done in the NCAA Tournament when everything is one and done and for all the marbles. Get some rest this week!!!!!!!!!!!

10) All I have to say.........................8 Str8!!!!!!!!

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Chris Shaw 2 years, 1 month ago

Some Observations:

1) Tyshawn Taylor was definitely the Hawk to Rock tonight! Outside of a few defensive lapses as Self described, he played fantastic. I think the emotional toll of Saturday and the quick turnaround probably had something to do with that.

Is there any guard in the entire country playing better than TT right now? The National Media needs to give this kid his due! It's taken 3.5 years, but TT finally gets it and it's great to see.

2) Withey's dunk was nasty! I know some may be concerned about Withey's play the last two games, but I'm not concerned about his play as much as I'm concerned about the opponents game plan to limit Withey from the equation.

Outside of Anthony Davis, Withey may have the most impact on the defensive side of the ball as anybody in the entire country. With that said, Missouri has obviously done it twice this season, and Okie State did it tonight by playing "Small Ball". Opponents are figuring out that if you can get Withey away from the paint that it is easier to score points and it's also easier to get him in foul trouble when he's picking up fouls 20 feet away from the basket trying to hedge on screens.

I'm not really worried if Kansas has to play against another team that also has "Big's", but the "Small Ball" and a team like Duke (Ryan Kelly) who can pull Withey out to the perimeter is a concern. I'm really not sure how you combat that obstacle, but it certainly is an interesting dynamic that will present itself again as we head into postseason play.

3) Withey's toss to the official out of bounds on the 1-1 FT was pretty hilarious. Oops!

4) KY's reverse dunk was also pretty creative on the fast break. I'm not sure Self liked it, but I'm just glad he didn't miss it or otherwise the KY would be put in the drawer for a little while.

5) Did anybody catch Bob Knight's rant about the cheerleaders and dance team being athletes. I was waiting for him to slip up somehow, but he made me laugh as he was talking about it.

6) KU shot 5-12 from 3 point range which is a perfect number for this squad. 12 attempts is great and exactly what I want to see. Wish EJ could have knocked down at least 1, but I don't mind his 2 attempts either.

7) Wesely and Tharpe provided some decent minutes off the bench. Tharpe didn't commit any turnovers and Wesley had a nice putback and a couple of blocks.

cont'd

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Kye Clark 2 years, 1 month ago

I was surprised EJ wasn't assigned to guard Page. Not because Tyshawn isn't a capable defender (Page's 29 points tonight notwithstanding), but because Ty is often called upon to carry the offense and expends so much more energy on that end. Not a criticism, just an observation, so save all your "negative nancy" responses!

To pull this win off, given everything that had been talked about - emotional let-downs, Page's senior night, past troubles in Stillwater, etc - it's just awesome. Congratulations fellas. You earned it!

Rock Chalk.

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Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Congrats to all the players, coaches, and everyone associated with the program for this 8th straight BigXII championship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RCJH

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Cmill1221 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow. Amazing. 55 confrence championships. UNLV the school I go to has only been a university for 55 years. It's impossible to talk to these people out here about tradition but that really puts it into perspective.

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