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Friday, March 9, 2012

Bill Self ‘not a fan’ of Baylor’s neon uniforms

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

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Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 83-66 victory over Texas A&M on March 8, 2012.

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— Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self heard Baylor’s Bears will wear black jerseys today, not the bright neon green outfits they sported in an 82-74 Big 12 tournament quarterfinal victory over Kansas State on Thursday in Sprint Center.

“I’ll be real honest with you, I’m not a fan. That’s the new fad, teams out of the box with uniforms,” Self said Thursday after his own squad’s 83-66 victory over Texas A&M. “Those are really bright. I think tomorrow they have to wear dark colors. It’s the benefit of being the higher seed ... it won’t hurt our eyes tomorrow,” Self added with a big smile.

KU and the Bears will tangle in a semifinal at 6:30 p.m. today in Sprint Center.

“It hurt my eyes watching them on TV,” KU junior Elijah Johnson joked. “I couldn’t watch the game too long because it was killing my eyes. I wonder why we didn’t get those (uniforms).”

KU, which like Baylor wears adidas jerseys, wasn’t approached about wearing new uniforms, Self indicated.

Bumps, bruises, ailments: KU senior guard Tyshawn Taylor (16 points, four assists, four turnovers vs. A&M) played 32 minutes despite suffering from a headcold. ... Travis Releford (seven points, two boards, two assists, 32 minutes) said he recently tweaked his left knee. “It’s a little sore, that’s all. I’m not injured,” he said.

Playing Baylor: The Jayhawks, who are 18-2 all-time versus Baylor, beat the Bears 92-74 on Jan. 16 in Allen Fieldhouse, and 68-54, on Feb. 8 in Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Taylor had 28 points and Thomas Robinson 27, while Perry Jones had 18 and Quincy Miller 17 in Lawrence. Jeff Withey had 25 points, Taylor 19 and Robinson 15, while Jones had just five points off 1-of-8 shooting in Waco. Pierre Jackson led the Bears with 16 tallies in Waco.

“He’s terrific. He’s a lottery pick. He’s a pro,” Self said of Jones, who scored 31 points off 11-of-14 shooting against K-State.. “We’ve got good players, too. We have a serious challenge ahead of us.

“We played two of our better games of the year against them, and they probably look back and say they did not play two of their better games against us.”

Asked what the Bears need to do better this time to beat KU, Jones said: “Defend and rebound. They’re a great offensive and defensive team. We’ve got to be able to rebound and get a lot of stops, as many as possible, because they can get on runs and it can get ugly.”

Faces in crowd: Former KU coach Larry Brown attended. He sat in the same row as ineligible KU freshmen Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor. The two will be eligible to play next season.

Stats, facts: KU (27-5) has won 27 games for the sixth-straight season. ... KU advances to the conference tournament semifinals for the 14th time in Big 12 history and 32nd time overall. ... KU is 32-7 at the Big 12 tourney and 14-3 in Sprint Center. ... KU is 20-1 all-time against Texas A&M and 12-1 under Self. ... With Johnson’s career-high 26-point performance, all five of Kansas’ starters have recorded a 25-point game this season. ... KU hit a season-best 61.4 percent from the field. Johnson’s previous career high was 23 points versus UCLA in November in Maui. ... Robinson made both of his attempts from beyond the arc, giving him six three-pointers in his career and his first game with multiple makes from three.

Comments

Mike Kendall 2 years, 1 month ago

Yeah Baylor's neon uni's were unbelievable. If the lights go out in KC, just find the players from Baylor. They'll glow in the dark.

Really, I was looking for a light switch to turn them off----man, they were bright!

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 1 month ago

Today Baylor is going to wear throwbacks to honor the 2003 team... Black and white stripes.

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jaybate 2 years, 1 month ago

If Baylor is allowed to wear these French Guyanese hi-viz yellow tropical road construction suits to play in, might it be okay for KU to order some of DARPA's new invisible suits to play in, too? :-)

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

Like I posted before....win the whole damn thing, Our first round game won't be till next Friday....that's six days of rest and recharging.

Heck, I was playing full speed, full court basketball twice a week into my mid 50's!!

Never duck a game with Misery!!!!

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jaybate 2 years, 1 month ago

jaybate News Service (jns)

Dateline: New Guanoac, New York, USA, Earth, Milkyway, Universe

Slug: Director of F.O.R.G.E.T. (Fans Organization Giving Empathy to Telecasters) reputedly announces suspicious Aricept Fund Raiser for Bob Knight

Some fake jns stringers pretending to be legitimate pixel-burned wretches from the Fourth Interactive Estate interviewed Alfred Zheimer, the self-proclaimed new executive director of F.O.R.G.E.T. and learned that, due to legendary coach and color commentator Robert Montgomery Knight's persistent references to Elijah Johnson as a sub in the TAM broadcast, F.O.R.G.E.T. is attempting to raise $400 million dollars to buy Aricept in sufficient quantity to help Coach Knight finish the season.

Keen jns stringers, all former employees at the scandal-ridden and now defunct London-Wall Street Financial Times Clarion Picayune Intelligencer, immediately grasped the $400 million would purchase vastly more Aricept than Knight was likely to need to make it the rest of the way this season.

When asked by ins stringers why such a large sum of money was being raised, a spokesperson for Mr. Zheimer reputedly intervened and said Mr. Zheimer could not recall the reason and that under advice of counsel he would not answer further questions.

Developing...

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

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jgkojak 2 years, 1 month ago

Dilemma-

Does KU want to win this ugly? KU's seed won't be impacted by a loss to Baylor or Mizzou - a loss is a loss, in other words.

If KU has to battle Baylor for 45 minutes and barely rests anyone, do we want to play Mizzou depleated (Mizzou will likely have a relative cakewalk)?

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Phoghorn 2 years, 1 month ago

Dear ESPN. Get Coach Knight, Mr. Musberger and Ms. Rowe together during the game for a panel discussion of the live action. I do not want to look at those bright uniforms again! Audio alone is fine if Baylor wears that garb.

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nocaljayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Regarding BU's uniforms, I wonder if their players thought "Man, we gotta go out in PUBLIC dressed like this?" And did Nike execs snicker, "Pay up, man, they actually WORE them."

That debacle also is a great illustration of a university that has and appreciates tradition, compared to the new kid on the block who's all about flash and bending over for the corporate c**k.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

Items that match Baylor's unifoms:

1] A Sanford Neon Yellow Highlighter 2] A unripened bunch of bananas 3] Banana-flavored Laffy Taffy 4] Highway workers safety vests. 5] Truck Fog Lights 6] Big Bird 7] Solar Flares 8] Reflective Night Gear 9] Lady Ga Ga's Wigs 10] Lemon Lime Sour Gumball

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 1 month ago

I had an epic post on this yesterday, but am too lazy to post again.

And

KU79 = Jesse Spano

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cobweb 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey, cut Baylor some slack. If you can't party on campus, they have to get some excitement with the gaudy uniforms.

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REHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

BenMac and Jamari sat with good company. Those two should be very hungry players by the time dinner is served late November.

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KU79 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow, in commenting on another story I apologized in advance if the post came out in duplicate or triplicate, and of course it didn't. So here it does. Don't know what's going on with this, but I swear...it's not me.

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KU79 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow, in commenting on another story I apologized in advance if the post came out in duplicate or triplicate, and of course it didn't. So here it does. Don't know what's going on with this, but I swear...it's not me.

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KU79 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow, in commenting on another story I apologized in advance if the post came out in duplicate or triplicate, and of course it didn't. So here it does. Don't know what's going on with this, but I swear...it's not me.

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KU79 2 years, 1 month ago

Adidas knew not to even bring up the idea of KU wearing some sort of crappy, faddish uniform variation, with Dooley on the staff. Some things you just don't do...

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KU79 2 years, 1 month ago

Adidas knew not to even bring up the idea of KU wearing some sort of crappy, faddish uniform variation, with Dooley on the staff. Some things you just don't do...

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KU79 2 years, 1 month ago

Adidas knew not to even bring up the idea of KU wearing some sort of crappy, faddish uniform variation, with Dooley on the staff. Some things you just don't do...

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Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 1 month ago

"KU, which like Baylor wears adidas jerseys, wasn’t approached about wearing new uniforms, Self indicated"

Because Kansas uniforms represent the USA. They're Red, White and Blue! You don't mess with America's team!

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nuleafjhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

" KU (27-5) has won 27 games for the sixth-straight season. .."

Didn't I read the other day that when missucki recorded THEIR 27th win, it was the most regular season wins in school history?

27 isn't really even a good year for us. Of course, this is a "down" year.

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NH_JHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

From now on I think we can refer to Baylor as Highlighter U.

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YuCoJayHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Here's a scheduling thing i've noticed.... KU has played 7 top 6 teams this year, and if they meet Mizzou in the big 12 title game, it could be 8. Has KU ever played 8 top 10 teams (let alone top 6) before the NCAA tment began? Also I noticed KU's RPI is 6 right now with a strength of schedule of 10. It seems to me the past two seasons that KU ended the season in the top 5 in RPI, yet I thought their schedules were not nearly as difficult as this season? My memory could be completely off there, not sure. Also, as of right now, KU has a 12-4 record vs. the RPI top 50. Nobody else in the country has more than 9 wins vs the RPI top 50. Its time for Rock chalk championship deja vu!

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jayhawkinATL 2 years, 1 month ago

They hurt my eyes too!!! Will be a tall order to beat $hitty Drew and his Bears for a third time. RCJGKU!!!

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