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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jayhawks most disappointed in ‘D’

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 81-72 loss to Baylor on March 9, 2012.

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KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 81-72 loss to Baylor on March 9, 2012.

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BU's Scott Drew, Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson

Baylor coach Scott Drew and players Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson talk to reporters following the Bears' 81-72 victory over Kansas on March 9, 2012.

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KU vs. Baylor

Box score

— Kansas University guard Conner Teahan was honest when asked what contributed most to his team’s poor defensive effort Friday against Baylor.

“I guess airheadedness,” the senior said following KU’s 81-72 loss in the Big 12 semifinals. “I know that there were times where people were not knowing what defense we were in or what we were doing — like, ‘Are we trapping the post or not trapping the post?’”

The issues were most evident early, as the Jayhawks allowed 43 first-half points to fall behind by eight at the break. That tied for the second-most points given up by KU in a first half this season.

“We played no defense in the first half — no defense you could probably say the first 25 minutes and maybe even longer,” Teahan said. “ ... Forty-three points in a half is not something that we do at all. That’s something that was addressed at halftime.”

Baylor’s first-half offense thrived in many areas.

The Bears made five of 12 three-pointers (42 percent) and 13 of 29 field goals (45 percent) while also hitting 12 of 14 free throws (86 percent).

“We don’t really allow people to shoot like that, and they definitely played great today,” KU center Jeff Withey said. “They got us out of our comfort zone.”

Baylor also was able to snag six first-half offensive rebounds while turning it over just six times in a fast-paced, high-possession half.

“They were getting some pretty easy jumpshots,” Teahan said. “I think we just made a lot of mental errors.”

A few Jayhawks — Withey included — said KU didn’t come out with enough energy to start the game.

“It was definitely lackadaisical,” Withey said. “We’ve got to get better at that.

“In the (NCAA) Tournament, it’s not going to be like the fieldhouse, where there’s 16,300 cheering for you. It’s going to be a lot quieter. There’s not going to be the energy there. For the tournament, we’ve got to get ready every game.”

BU’s 81 points were the most scored by a KU opponent this year in regulation.

Missouri scored 86 against KU on Feb. 25, but the Tigers had only 75 points before going to overtime.

“We’ve dug ourselves in some holes, not even in terms of the point deficit, but just the way we were playing defense,” Teahan said. “We just were not doing it the way that we should.”

Comments

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

“We played no defense in the first half — no defense you could probably say the first 25 minutes and maybe even longer,” Teahan said. “ ... Forty-three points in a half is not something that we do at all. That’s something that was addressed at halftime.”

That must have been one HELL of a halftime speech. They REALLY stepped up the "D" in the second half.

Only allowed 38.

Steve Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

Glad Baylor waited until post season to reveal the new uniforms. That team has talent. Anyone can whup us if we don't have our game on.

Wonder if Omaha has enough security for next weekend, should be a rumble.

DaNeille Dani Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

I love this team but i am tired of hearing after every loss that they didn't come out with energy, blah, blah, blah. Then dammit, you know you're going to lose if you don't come out energized so get your act together and play like coach wants you to! And as far as TRob goes, Davis has been killing him lately with a lot better play. Lately, he hasn't been playing with desire or energy. He isn't even aggressive! Come on TRob! Pull your head out of wherever it is and carry this team on your back like your mentor did! TT cant do it alone! I just don't understand why guys teams always play so inconsistently and don't win games they are suppose to. Women's teams win the ones they are suppose to and you don't see that many upsets. Just f'n go out there and win these frickin games! You piss me off with you're inconstancy!! Now just win the NCAA. NO excuses!

WichitaRaider 7 years, 1 month ago

TRob has definitely had a drop off as of late. Unfortunately, that, in conjunction with injury, fatigue and the limited bench, really reared it's ugly head on a night where there was no obvious leadership on the floor and lapses in team dynamic. Quick, low percentage shots taken, when obviously our shots weren't falling; terrible play from the post where bunnies weren't falling even with 2 or 3 attempts; and a lost look on the faces of the guards that I hadn't seen since early in the season. I do hope that we take the time to gather and use the humiliating end result of our uninspired play (the allowance of a reprehensible Mizzery pillaging of the Big XII Championship) to help lock us in to be a focused, hard ass defending March terror that I know we can be when we set our minds to it.

actorman 7 years, 1 month ago

Has there ever been a more nauseating sound than the tigger fans chanting "SEC" as they were winning the Big XII tournament? In fact, nauseating doesn't begin to cover how sick it made me feel. The sooner they disappear, the better.

DaNeille Dani Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

Sorry, that word was suppose to be inconsistency but spell check changed!

actorman 7 years, 1 month ago

With the way they apparently played (I say apparently since I didn't get to see the game), perhaps inconstancy is a better choice of words anyway.

actorman 7 years, 1 month ago

"'It was definitely lackadaisical,' Withey said."

I assume he means laxadaisical? At least that's the word according to the ever-brilliant Mr. Knight.

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