KU coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-58 victory over Oklahoma State on Feb. 27, 2012.
KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-58 victory over Oklahoma State on Feb. 27, 2012.
Stillwater, Okla. Big 12 officials indicated that as No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big 12 Tournament, KU will meet either Oklahoma or Texas A&M; at 2 p.m. a week from Thursday in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Withey rebound goes awry: A crazy thing happened with 1:23 left. Keiton Page missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Jeff Withey rebounded and tossed the ball to a ref, who was out of bounds. OSU received possession of the ball on the inbounds.
“If the game had ended different, he wouldn’t have ended well. His players would have jumped his butt,” KU coach Bill Self said with a laugh, referring to Withey. “That wouldn’t be ESPN Top Ten. It would have been No. 1 (play of the day). I’ve never seen that happen in a game, a player get a rebound and tosses it back to the official (live). That is unbelievable.”
Withey said: “I got the rebound. I looked up. Everybody was standing still. I thought it was two shots. I threw it to the ref. He backed up. I felt so dumb, but I can’t take it back. All I can do is laugh about it and be happy we won the Big 12.”
Withey said the left foot he sprained in Saturday’s Missouri game felt fine.
Robinson honored again: KU junor forward Thomas Robinson on Monday was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the fourth time this season.
Robinson scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Saturday’s 87-86 overtime victory over Missouri. He had 18 points in the second half and overtime. His block of Phil Pressey’s inside shot with two ticks left forced overtime.
Earlier in the week, he had 13 rebounds and 10 points in a 66-58 victory at Texas A&M.;
The four Big 12 Player of the Week honors tied for third-most in a season in conference history. The list of four-time honorees includes KU’s Drew Gooden in 2001-02, Texas’ Kevin Durant (2006-07) and P.J. Tucker (2005-06) and Iowa State’s Marcus Fizer (1999-00).
All of the previous four-time honorees were named Big 12 Player of the Year.
Day of rest: The Jayhawks practiced just 15 minutes Sunday — the day after the MU game — before the four-hour bus ride to Stillwater.
“That game Saturday (emotional overtime win) certainly took a lot out of everybody,” Self said on Monday’s coaches call. “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.”
Nash to stay?: LeBryan Nash, the former Dallas Lincoln High standout who was ranked No. 6 in the country in the recruiting Class of 2011 by Rivals.com, tells the Daily Oklahoman he’s “70 percent sure” he’ll be returning for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State.
“I feel I’m not having a big (enough) year to go to the NBA. I really feel like I could come back and really make an impact,” said the 6-foot-7, 230-pound Nash, who chose OSU over Kansas and Baylor in recruiting. “I’m just going by this season right now. I just keep playing right now. I’m not really looking at the NBA.”
Nash averaged 13.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game his frosh season. He’s made 39.4 percent of his floor shots, just 23.5 percent of his threes (16 of 68). He has 42 assists against 72 turnovers.
Draftexpress.com projects Nash as the final pick of the first round of the 2012 Draft.
He was unable to play Monday because of a fractured bone in his left hand.