Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 83-66 victory over Texas A&M; on March 8, 2012.
KU guard Elijah Johnson and forward Thomas Robinson talk to reporters after the Jayhawks' 83-66 victory over Texas A&M; on March 8, 2012.
Texas A&M; coach Billy Kennedy and players Keith Davis and Khris Middleton talk to reporters following their team's 83-66 loss to Kansas on March 8, 2012.
Kansas City, Mo. 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.