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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Keegan

Anti-Jayhawks dig big hole in first half

Kansas head coach Bill Self puts his head in his hand after a foul by the Jayhawks during the second half on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self puts his head in his hand after a foul by the Jayhawks during the second half on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas defeated Texas A&M, 64-54, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Allen Fieldhouse.

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It was as if some of the players on the fifth-ranked Kansas University basketball squad had been instructed by an acting professor to pretend, for a half, to be a team as diametrically opposed to itself as possible, just to see how that might work.

Elijah Johnson played the leading role, a man on an island by himself trying to throw stones into the sea and missing. And trying again and again, expecting a different result and not getting one.

Shock of shocks, playing an individual game in a five-man sport didn’t work as well as the usual Kansas approach of smart, scrappy play.

Kansas ascended so high in the rankings by doing all the things necessary to create easy shots and spent the first half of Monday night’s game against Texas A&M taking difficult shots. Kansas took a nine-game winning streak into the game in part by exhibiting more toughness than the guys wearing the other uniforms.

The Jayhawks who had played such stingy defense of late, played for a half as if this were an NBA game with a 24-second shot clock, instead of a college game that requires maintaining defensive focus for 35 seconds at a time.

Kansas snapped out of it in the second half and survived its own hubris and wayward shooting to defeat the Aggies, 64-54, but it took a fight to finish the job.

Afterward, all three Kansas players — Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey — who appeared in the post-game news conference pointed to the outstanding scouting job done by Aggies assistant coach Kyle Keller, a former member of Bill Self’s staff.

“I’m sure that helped a little bit,” Taylor said. “Every time I called a play or coach Self called a play, they called it right out after us and pretty much knew what we were doing. I think that helped, but every team is going to have a pretty good scouting report on us. It’s just part of the game. We get scouting reports on other teams as well, so we know their stuff pretty well, too.”

For the final 14:29 of the first half, the score was Texas A&M 30, the anti-Kansas 17.

Billy Kennedy had his defensive-minded team ready to play, and Keller prepared an outstanding scouting report, Self said.

Of course, it didn’t hurt the Aggies’ cause that Johnson chose this as the night to audition his three-point shooting touch. For the first half, he was on a one-man mission, firing away from long range early in the clock. Clank. Clank. Clank. Clank. Clank. He missed all five first-half three-point shots and his lone three in the second half, pushing his season percentage from long range down to .288.

“Elijah went haywire, brain-dead with a couple of shots he was clipping off,” Self said.

The dud of a half came at the perfect time for reasons that extend well beyond Texas A&M not having enough offensive firepower to make Kansas pay for its off night (4-of-20 on three-point shots). KU’s next game, Saturday in Hilton Coliseum against improved Iowa State, ranks as one of the toughest tests on the schedule. The Jayhawks gave their coach so very many moments Monday that he can use when reviewing the game film.

“We have to do a better job passing and finishing plays and not get frustrated,” Self said. “I thought we acted like a bunch of babies in the first half.”

Kansas doesn’t practice today before the coach paints the Allen Fieldhouse air blue Wednesday. Cover your ears.

Comments

martyks 2 years, 2 months ago

I was actually happy we were behind at half. If we had played that badly and were up a few, chances were Bill Self would have had a harder time getting their attention. Bobby Knight once said that if he was playing a good team, the best score at half time was to be 2 points behind... Then, his players would listen and do what the coach thought they should do. Otherwise, they just might keep doing whatever they wanted.

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longtimehawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Andy Katz said that Missouri will win the big 12 by a landslide and that they are the best team in the big 12 a long with Kansas ST. This could be as it is starting to look that way. He also said that Iowa ST. will beat KU. Poor coaching by Self and with Tharpe who is a loser for next year to come is a plain joke, just like Morningstar was last year. Many people have said, what has happened to Ku, they use to always be good but, the last couple years they are not very good.

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jhawkr 2 years, 2 months ago

Those of you thinking our bench is DEEP must also think that Holly Rowe hasn't been through a buffet line in the past ten years ...........

Also, kudos to T-Rob sinking his FT's last night. Or was that a trick and Manning was shooting for him ?

Withey with -8- blocks ! He may be about a third grade equivalent of T-Robs brute strength, but drive in the lane and that boy can swat flies with the best of em.

Had to love Bobby Knights quote early in the 2nd half about Conner Teahan that went something like this ........... "The kid hasn't been in twenty seconds and he's already shooting a 3-pt. shot. He's a definite kink in the armor of a well oiled machine". I had to laugh. You may not always like Bobby's rolling rhetoric, but he tells it like it is .......... !

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Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Here's a theory: Self has given the "green" light to EJ and Conner. They have even said as much publicly. Maybe Self is taking a page from Ben Jacobson (UNI) to 'allow' a shooter freedom without looking over their shoulder--but unfortunately, that is not Self's style, as we do have a structured, smart offense. Tyshawn hit some early-in-possession transition 3s lately, but he would catch an earful if he missed a few.


I can understand Self trying to get guys confident in their strokes, especially in light of recent tourney shortcomings...but Self still isnt Ben Jacobson-working-his-meltingpot-team type of mentality...Self's boys gotta do it his way...nothing they didnt already know. (Where is Ben Jacobsen anyway???).

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PVJayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

KGphoto

Good catch on the "feret" comment! You were right. J was probably thinking of ferrets since according to my friend Ashley he raises them. The thing is, we don't know if he does so to keep them as pets or eat them.

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longtimehawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe Self will realize that recruiting will help the team, which he hasn't done a great job of lately. Tharpe came out and got the ball taken away from him and then he was on the bench, what a stupid show of KU basketball, just another one of Self's recruits. Self is in over his head and he doesn't know what he is doing.

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hawkster007 2 years, 2 months ago

Disagree with jaybate, he concludes KU's 3-pt. shooting is "very good" by using a 2 game sample size (of a good and bad game), and then concludes the resulting 40% avg. is pretty good.

In fact, the Hawks are a pretty bad 3-pt. shooting team. Only 2 players on the roster shoot over 40%, TT at 46% (70 attempts) and TRob at 42% (only 7 attempts), and as a team KU shoots 35%. I read recently that KU holds other teams to a low 3-pt. percentage, guess what, opponents are shooting 34%, only 1% less than what KU shoots!!

EJ is shooting 29% on 3-pointers for the year, he needs to figure out he is not a 3-pt. shooter on this team this year. EJ has put up a surprising no. of 3-pt attempts at "111", only hitting 32 shots. TT has put up "70" 3-pt. attempts, but has hit 32 shots, the same number as EJ has, although EJ has put up 41 more 3-pt. attempts. UGH!

What doesn't EJ understand? He is more of a head case than TT, at least TT is delivering now. Unfortunately, KU does not have any other choices, in any other year EJ would not be on the floor.

This is a recipe for how you lose a big game in the tourney down the road, its happened before but lets hope the 3-point shot attempts come down and KU figures it out. Against a quality opponent, KU might not get the offsetting advantage of shooting a lot of free throws or getting a lot more rebounds in that kind of game.

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justinryman 2 years, 2 months ago

Whithey blocks the ball correctly. He blocks it down and not out of bounds. Sure smacking it out of bounds is great for SportsCenter but you give the ball back to them.

How many of his blocks does he get or a teammate that is real close get? A lot of them. It is just as good as a steal, but causes more concern on all shooters in the paint as they now know they may get tattooed right in the face.

I read above that the credit goes to Hudy and Manning, but do not forget this past summer working with Cole.

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Chris Shaw 2 years, 2 months ago

Ladies and Gents, this game is pretty simple to break down and it has to do with one thing and one thing only Shot Selection and too many 3 pointers.

During the in game thread last night icthawk and I was having a discussion and he mentioned as well as a number of other posters about KU's "Open" looks fom 3 point land. My response, sure KU had a bunch of open looks, but were they really good shots? Shots early in the shot clock, no post touches by T-Rob or Withey, no swinging of the ball, and shots not within the confines of the offense are not "Good Shots" no matter how open you are.

Here is the deal, KU shot 3-13 in the first half and 1-7 in the second half for a grand whopping total of 4-20. I am going to keep burning this stat up like it's a brushfire because for this 2011-2012 team to be successful and make a deep run they are going to have to play "Okie Ball" (Jaybate term) and limit those damn 3 pointers. Unlike Jaybate thoughts on this team being a decent shooting team, this is not a good 3 point shooting team and even though I'm a gambling man when I go out to Vegas, I would not put money on this streaky 3 point shooting squad.

Now, I am with the majority that percentages don't matter much, but after the ass chewing those kids probably got at halftime, I'm shocked at the number of attempts in the second half quite honestly. There was only one good 3 point attempt in the second half of the 7 within the offense. One! Now, I don't even want to talk about the first half because I am as perplexed as the next guy, especially with EJ. That stuff has been noted above so no reason to get into it again.

So, What is the solution BigManU? The solution is to limit the gosh Darn attempts and play Okie Ball, get into the paint, and be as stubborn and tough as any KU team we've seen under the Self era. Self said it himself that guys are not running "Our Stuff". Our stuff, from my interpretation means the "Hi-Lo".

Yes, KU did a great job getting this win, but what happens if the lackluster play happens all 40 minutes and the opponent hits some big shots unlike A&M and like Davidson or previous tournament losses?

This team has to keep the 3 point FG attempts under 15 IMO and get the ball to the posts and have Relly, TT, and EJ attack that freaking paint and draw fouls. It's not want, but a "Must"! 3 point shooting should be an afterthought for this below average shooting squad. Know who you are! And, there is nothing wrong with this team playing Ugly, being tough, and smacking some people around in the paint. Actually, it's quite freaking refreshing to see it as long as they stick to the gameplan, which is..............................."Okie Ball" to it's roots!.

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Alohahawk 2 years, 2 months ago

At this point in time there are 62 posts above this one. Of those 62 posts, 23 concerned EJ's 3 point shooting, and were in pretty much agreement. EJ needs to change his shooting strategy and start driving inside the arc.

However, Bill Self is KU's coach and most of us trust in his judgement. From the comments Self made during and after the game, let's hope EJ decides to trust him as well.

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PurePierce 2 years, 2 months ago

+1,,, and Withey hasn't hit his ceiling, NPI

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

All of you who thought Kansas would be 17-3 and ranked #5 on January 24, 2012 please raise your hands.....I didn't think so.

Simple exercise..take a piece of graph paper, draw a horizontal line across the middle and plot the score differential for the first 20 games up or down. You will notice a very definite "rollercoaster" plot line, as most of us predicted.

The surprise is that line has dipped only three times below the zero line. Why???

1] Trob has fulfilled his hoped for upside with more to come. 2] Tyshawn has developed in his final season to elite point guard status 3] But finally and almost shockingly, Jeff Withey is establishing himself as a true "nationally-recognized" force in the middle.- rebounds, blocked shots, soft touch, altered shots, defensive presence, a mean streak and maybe the best foul-shooting by a big man in all of Division 1.

Jeff Withey is a year ahead of schedule by being Hudy'd and Manning'd !!

All you big men out there..take notice. Kaleb, you dummy, read it and weep!!

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HawkKlaw 2 years, 2 months ago

"For the final 14:29 of the first half, the score was Texas A&M 30, the anti-Kansas 17."

This doesn't make a whole lot of sense, considering the halftime score was A&M 30, KU 28.

Then again this is a Keegan article, so I don't think it's really supposed to make "sense," per say. Just type up some words and abracadabra...we have an article.

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PurePierce 2 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps Coach should let K Young audition for the designated 3-shooter. He hit a couple early this year and looked comfortable doing it. He also has some all-around "O" instincts, including some pretty good assist passes. He would be a lesser candidate to drive it inside, but he could offset that with some weakside offense and more inlet passing, made easier with his additional height.

Connor isn't exactly a lock-down defender and with KY's height he could make it more difficult for his man to get off outside shots.Additionally, he could help us in the rebound department.

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jayhawkintx1973 2 years, 2 months ago

What I saw last night, T-Rob 100% from the FT line. He looked pure. He looked comfortable.

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Konkis Dongington III 2 years, 2 months ago

The only thing that kept A&M in this game was Elijah Johnson. I don't know what his deal is, but he did everything in his power to keep KU's offense from being run. I know he's lost his stroke and would desperately love to find it, but it's not gonna happen by jacking a 3 on the perimeter every time you get a touch.

Some people seem to think that if your shot isn't falling, the thing to do is to keep taking it until you work your way out of the slump. Those people are fools though, and the only thing you're doing by taking that tact is wasting possessions for your team. Going 0 - 6 on bad shots may as well be 6 TOs. EJ would be smarter and better served to, instead of looking to find his long range game, figure out how else he can contribute to the offense and do those things. He's fast enough to beat most guards off the dribble. His mid-range game is excellent and his pull up jumper IS dropping. Beyond that, he's one of the most athletic combo guards I've ever seen. What other team runs an alley oop screen for their PG to finish off a pass from the PF?

EJ, you've got all of these great assets. Why not use them instead of trying to be the next Jimmer? You're not a Jimmer. We don't need a Jimmer. We don't want a Jimmer. It's just not the team we are. If any one should be trying to be Jimmer, that would be Teahan, more because that's really all he has to contribute rather than him being that good a shooter. Even Teahan started making shot fakes and dribble moves when it was obvious his stroke wasn't there. EJ, here's a challenge: Once you've missed more 3s than you've made on a night, call it quits. Do the other things you do so well. If you'd taken 2s in each of those situations you took 3s, we'd probably have won by 20 last night.

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William Blake 2 years, 2 months ago

Dominoes Falling -

Just in case some of you didn't listen to Bob Knight last night concerning our shot selection (treys) often being "ridiculous" here are reasons why Knight blasted away.

I know what you are thinking already... I'll illustrate our poor shooting stats from 3sville. Yes, I will... but not before showing a more alarming shooting stat.

TRob and Withey shot 6 of 15... hardly a percentage to write home about. Why so poor against a team like Texas Grain & Feed on our home court? Did you notice how TRob was frustrated and forcing his moves? And notice how he was double and triple teamed?

You can thank our guard play for that. Deciding to pump up 20 treys (16 of them duds) instead of penetrate a marginal defense and feed the post when our post players are in position to score. When our guards did penetrate and feed, our big guys produced. Without those few plays TRob and Withey wouldn't have even made 6 baskets. In most games, you look at the success of your post players and you thank your guards for making it happen. In this game, most of the time when TRob touched the ball he had his back to the basket and 2 or 3 players swarming him. Those passes still need to happen, they are part of the Bill Self "high/low" system, but more needs to happen than that. The interior feeds are supposed to activate the guards into getting open or into better position to execute a mini play.

What saved our offense was TT and TRele. These guys are playing with confidence. TT did well from both sides of the 3line. What I liked was TRele's stat line: 0 for 3 from trey, 4 for 8 from two. 2 of his 3 treys were warranted shots... on the line, wide open and in the flow; he just didn't hit them. Instead of pushing it (like EJ does) he is now confident to drive the ball, and in doing so he made some spectacular 2-pt mid-range shots. TT made several mid-range beauties, too.

What saved the game was Withey. 8 blocks?! I think TAM only got one of those back, so Jeff gave us maybe 7 extra possessions just with his blocks. And how many shots did he change? How many decisions did he change of TAM to not take the ball in the paint?

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William Blake 2 years, 2 months ago

EJ's Trey - Mechanics and Math

I love to watch EJ shoot the trey. His form is gorgeous, and it looks like it's automatic the second he takes it. So why isn't it?

  1. Too much elevation. I don't have anything to back this up, but I wonder if EJ doesn't expend too much energy in his jump and doesn't flow out his shot well enough. It would also seem like being that high would create more of a spatial variable because each jump shot must variate in elevation more than a lesser jump. I have nothing to base this on except personal experience... and I wasn't in the same athletic galaxy as EJ... the guy is a freak!

  2. Too far back. EJ needs to have his toes on that 3-pt line. If the shot isn't there at that distance (especially for a guy who can elevate like EJ) then the shot isn't there, period (not back an extra 5 ft). I received guard coaching in the US and Europe, and when it comes to outside shooting, this is one edge I give European coaches (by far). Something I learned abroad is a simple math rule: take your trey shooting percentage, now take a foot back from the trey line and your average drops 10% against your existing average. So a 40% shooter will drop to 36% by moving back a foot. EJ typically gives up about 5 feet here. We don't get more than 3 points for stepping back further. He is chopping a huge success rate off his shot without getting anything in return. Let's say he is a 40% shooter from the 3-line. Back one foot he becomes 36%, two feet 32.4%, three 29.16%, four 26.24% and five 23.61%... Kind of makes you wonder what this guy could shoot from 3 if he tightened up a few things! Then, when you learn the discipline of taking about 90% of your 3s with your toes near the line you gain "the bump" (a bump up in percentage by advancing muscle/mechanical/distance memory). Talk about "feelin' it!"

  3. Too predictable. I mentioned it above in my previous post. TT can not elevate as high as EJ, but TT can knock out the trey with a man in his face because he knows (has the confidence) that his man won't block the shot because his man has committed to TT taking the drive first and the shot second. With EJ, it works the other way around. And even though EJ is a mile in the air upon his release, he has less confidence that it won't get swatted.

The distance math works the opposite way when you get closer to the basket, you just start reducing off the 10% to create a curve. The math is only one consideration... obviously the defense challenges more as you get closer to the basket, creating another factor. Here is where well-executed offense comes in! Make the plays with good, unselfish passes and you get your shot close to the basket with less challenge from the defense. Now math is working in your favor!

EJ will go out next game and knock down 5-of-6 from 35-ft and I'll be smacked down in here. That doesn't change the facts...

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William Blake 2 years, 2 months ago

And another:

(January 23, 2012 at 2:04 p.m.)

I'm a huge EJ fan and I want to see him play where he can best use his talents. Wow, what an athlete! He needs to utilize that extreme vertical much closer to the basket.

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William Blake 2 years, 2 months ago

And how about another:

(January 23, 2012 at 1:41 p.m)

I like what you and Chuckberry said. We can't rely on the 3 to produce wins. It's a sucker's bet for teams that are unable to execute a real offense.

That doesn't mean we don't shoot 3s... we just let them flow when the shot is there and defenses are packing in tight.

The biggest advantage of hitting 3s is not the extra point they provide. The real advantage is how it can help extend defenses so you get better looks near the basket.

That's why I look at the strategy of using such a great athlete like EJ merely as a 3-bomber to be a bad move. We have Conner for that. EJ still needs to take some 3s to keep the defense honest (and extended), but otherwise the guy needs to find his mid-range game (which has loads of opportunities). Same with TRele.

TT has such high stats from 3sville because he knows when and how often to take the trey. EJ kills his percentage from trey because he is focused only on the trey. So he hits one or two and then "feels it" and starts forcing shots that don't flow... Sometimes he does the opposite by starting cold and keeps forcing shots in hopes he will get hot eventually.

If EJ would adjust his mindset to the same as TT's I'm pretty sure he would find the same success. He needs to find a flow, and shooting 3s is only a part of the flow, not the entire strategy.

This is why TT shoots the trey at 45.3% and EJ is at 30.5%. EJ has the better looking shot but there is more to it than mechanics. Speaking of mechanics, our true mechanic at 3sville, Conner, only shoots at a 37.3% clip... respectable but not exactly scorching the nets. Not sure if Conner could become a driving force, but he would help himself dramatically by using more head fakes and drawing 3 FTs sometimes. Anything to keep defenses honest.

A key aspect is the scouting reports. Our opponents know how to play our guys and they have become predictable. TT is the only "wild card" because he mixes it up so much. I'd bet this factor right here is worth 10% or so on the averages.

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William Blake 2 years, 2 months ago

I can't ever recall a game playing out so perfect to my most recent posts than this one.

If you don't like to read long posts... skip down to the last sentence. That is all you need to read. Here is one post in its entirety:

(January 22, 2012 at 1:32 p.m)

"Under the radar, a year before the spotlight shines on him, junior guard Elijah Johnson..."

Sorry... but I don't like this mindset. And I believe EJ has this mindset, too. EJ should be shining now! This team has developed into something that fits his game well and he needs to take advantage of it now!

EJ is the final piece to a puzzle that could spell National Championship.

These imbalanced thoughts need to stop. EJ has the potential to go out on any night and shine in his own light... and on offense, too!

His pull-up 15-footer at the end which helped us come back is a shot he can be in position for almost every time we have the ball. And while he is floating up there on the mid-range jumper he can usually find an easy assist to TRob or Jeff in the paint or Conner in the corner.

We really need either TRele or EJ to step up for a big game every game. One of those guys needs to use the drive (or slash cut) to get in mid-range... otherwise, we are setting ourselves up for losing when we can't hit the 3 and TT doesn't have a great game.

I hope through all of this that CS picks up some new offensive strategy; to use the 2 and 3 spot players more in the mid-range. We have so much great ball motion with our offense, going around the perimeter and feeding the post in and out with the high/low. We have created a sweet mid-range pocket to attack, and EJ and TRele are perfect players to attack it!

EJ's athleticism is remarkable! He has yet to utilize his vertical abilities on this team except for one alley-oop play. Imagine what happens when he sets up and head fakes the trey, gets the defender in the air, then penetrates to around the FT line where he goes vertical and either takes the shot or feeds TRob or Withey for the highlight slam!

TRele brings a different skill set. He needs to be labeled as a scorer and start shooting more because he has a great touch on the ball, especially in the mid-range. Plus, he is a great finisher at the rim!

Don't get me wrong... I love the defense both TRele and EJ bring to the game... but why aren't both of these guys given credit for what they can bring to the offensive side of the ball?

I'd rather live more by the mid-range game than by the trey... any day of the week! That trey will come and go. If you are counting on the trey to bring home the gold you might as well believe in lottery tickets for your retirement.

Funny, but when you don't count on the trey it will usually be there when you need it most.

The assignment for TRele and EJ: head or ball fake from trey, penetrate with the ball to mid-range and score or assist.

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oldalum 2 years, 2 months ago

Kevin is getting a little better on defense. His big problem is that he's still too light and gets pushed around under the basket. Maybe he will beef up a little this summer.

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Scott Smetana 2 years, 2 months ago

I thought our team looked incredibly tired last night. Thankfully we could rest and win at the free throw line.

I'd like to see Jesse analyze how many minutes these starters are averaging vs. all the other years of Bill's teams. I bet there's a huge difference. I thought maybe Kevin Young was going to develop into a real option this year. Guess not.

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Ron Franklin 2 years, 2 months ago

Where would this team be without Withey?

I'm really pulling for him to break the single-season block record at KU.

I started to pull for him to break the National record, but then I looked up David Robinsons block total and realized nobody will ever break that.

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Ron Franklin 2 years, 2 months ago

I guess Holly Rowe slipped up last night when she told us why Tyshawn was suspended the first two games of the season? I don't remember anybody every coming public with it...

she said (paraphrasing) that Tyshawn was suspended for not trying hard enough in practice. And I thought only Crazy Frank Martin did that.

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VaJay 2 years, 2 months ago

What really got me was when EJ had missed a couple treys, the next time down he takes a shot from beyond NBA range! When you're missing from the outside (as several wise posters have pointed out above), you take it inside. His lone shot inside the 3 point area in the second half was a swish and he showed nice form when sinking both free throws. I would like to see him try more shots from inside the arc than the three ball. He's got to build his confidence from the inside out.

HCBS wanted to bench him so bad, but when he put in Naadir - the kid got picked clean & gave up a layup in 5 seconds, so he had to put EJ right back in. If only we had a stronger bench so that these lessons from coach would last a little longer.

EJ - I love your defense, but on offense listen to your coach please!!

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jrbill67 2 years, 2 months ago

Thought the team came together with the destruction of a very good Baylor team, but then, they almost lose to a below average Texas team. The situation really hasn't changed; no leadership, no maturity. Only Tyshawn or TRob can provide that and they don't. They're studs and they do what they want. Johnson mimics Tyshawn and that's not a good thing. He's got Withey and TRob on the inside and he's cranking uip 26 footers at the beginning of the shot clock. Luckily Withey and Releford played hard every minute they played last night or they'd have lost to the second worst team in the Big 12 who played without their best player and their PG played on one leg the 2nd half. Better KU teams have lost in the early rounds of the NCAAs. This team has a chance to lose in the 1st round if they don't grow up fast and have someone step forward on the floor and kick some ass when necessary.

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MDHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

At some point, EJ will realize that his athleticism can get him to the hoop when his 3 ball isn't falling. What does a shooter do when he misses 3's? Step closer, hit a few shots up close, and work your way back out to the 3 line. One of the only times EJ stepped inside the arc to take a shot, he canned it. There's no reason he can't slice to the hole like Tyshawn...he may not be quite as fast, but he's certainly athletic enough to cut inside, either for his own sake or to dish it off. I know a shooter is supposed to keep shooting, but a guard who can receive an alley-oop can certainly crash the basket.

Teahen, on the other hand, needs to hit those shots.

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RockChalk26 2 years, 2 months ago

I was so frustrated with EJ settling for the three ball last night. So frustrated that I was about to fly back to Lawrence, run out on the court, pick EJ up and drive him to the hoop myself.

When will he learn that he is more athletic then most the players on the court? Is Self instructing him to stay out of the lane? What am I missing here?

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wrwlumpy 2 years, 2 months ago

The good thing about going to ISU is that we know how difficult it will be to win there. In fact, ISU might be favored in this game.

Its' games like this one that make me appreciate Bill Self. Andy Katz talked about Self and how incredibly tough he is during practice, The "blue" that Keegan refers to is language that almost all people who have ever played the game have heard directed at them during practice. Even last night, Holly was telling stories about things she's seen in practice in regard to Self''s way of working with Tyshawn.

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jhox 2 years, 2 months ago

The lack of a reliable 3 point shooter hurts this team more than any other weakness we have. I assume McLemore was the guy who was originally supposed to fill that role.

I think one of Teahan's problems is that they keep getting him shots in the deep corners. That is a very difficult place on the floor to shoot from. He (and pretty much every shooter I've ever seen) is better from the wings, yet we seem to continually run plays that attempt to get him open in the corners. Still, excuses aside, we need to start knocking down some of those shots.

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manginorh00lz 2 years, 2 months ago

"Kansas doesn’t practice today before the coach paints the Allen Fieldhouse air blue Wednesday. Cover your ears."

What in the world does "paints the air blue" mean? This folksy idiomatic stuff has got to stop.

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Clarence Haynes 2 years, 2 months ago

Both EJ and Conner settled for threes when they had the opportunity to shoot higher percentage shots or dish the ball inside to TRob or Withey. In effect, there was less than desirable execution on their part, but KU for the most part, continued to play great defense. The bonus tonight was the effectiveness on the free throw line. Let's now go on to Hilton, kick butt at ISU, and forget about that dreadful first half.

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jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

•Teams of destiny shoot 20% from trey against weak opponents and find a way to win.

•KU used FT shooting to save this off night.

•Conner and EJ got introduced to the loneliness of the long distance gunner...on off nights. Keegs story read best with focus on just EJ, but Conner was clanking them just as badly.

•This was the awful shooting night that sinks you in a tourney. Got it out of the way early. Good.

•The team shot 20% treys. Two games ago it shot 60%. Average equals 40%. Our trey shooting is still very good, but man is it streaky.

• Tyshawn is on a hot streak. Time for him to cool soon.

•Biggest concern of this game was rebounding, not shooting. KU could not dominate the glass with it size. The aTm technique was just old fashioned frorearm shoving in the back that stopped KU bigs from leaning into the action.

•Second bad was aTm's success with shackling TRob with a triangle of sagging defenders. aTm kept the 3 defenders' spacing at 3 feret apart, instead of collapsing on Thomas, then they tripped him whenever he tried to slit the defenders, rather than collapsing. By refusing to fully collapse on him, and tripping him instead, they cut off his dish off passes "and" his slice moves to the rim. He will see this again soon. It kept him from using his strength to over power defenders. Clever defense.

• Tommy Lasorda? Steer clear, Bill.

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

"...he never even thinks about anything else." Key word: thinks. Would have taken a giant flyswatter to get his attention in the first half.

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Alohahawk 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't claim to have any coaching abilities, but EJ should be glad that I'm not his coach. I'm going to quit suggesting that EJ stop shooting 3's. Maybe then, he'll start driving the d*** ball instead of taking the lazy 3's. I love his defense and desire, but get sooooo frustrated with his passive offense. I'd bet the NBA scouts have just about given him up as a lost cause.

What with their ability to shoot 2's and inconsistency shooting 3's, this team has no business shooting more than fifteen 3's in a game!!! If they do at Iowa State (and elsewhere), they're going to lose, no matter how good they play defense.

As for today's game, the Jayhawks may have been reading to many press releases. That and the 11 - zip start, and suddenly they thought they could win on cruise control. Luckily, TAM brought them back to reality.

Hope HCBS lays into them and reminds them that the season is only going to get harder. Because they have a big #5 plastered on their backs now. And, a lot of tough road games (5 of the next 7 games).

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jayhawker_97 2 years, 2 months ago

nice pic. that says it all, Keg. EJ needs to go back to the gymn, practice more shooting, then he can try at the game. but it's good to see TT keep his FG stats steady. Withey is still rock solid blocker. love it!

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jayhawkdon 2 years, 2 months ago

One again, the sky is falling. Run for cover and expect the worst from here on out for the rest of the season. Per Keegan, up one day, down the next. There can't be any other explanation than whatever Keegan says.

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