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Monday, March 19, 2012

Upstart Wolfpack next up for KU

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor soars in for a breakaway jam to cap off the game for the Jayhawks with seconds remaining against Purdue on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor soars in for a breakaway jam to cap off the game for the Jayhawks with seconds remaining against Purdue on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

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KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 63-60 victory over Purdue on March 18, 2012.

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KU guards Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor

KU guards Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 63-60 victory over Purdue on March 18, 2012.

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Purdue's Matt Painter, Robbie Hummel and Lewis Jackson

Purdue coach Matt Painter and players Robbie Hummel and Lewis Jackson talk to reporters following the Boilermakers' 63-60 loss to Kansas on March 18, 2012.

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Box score

— No. 2-seeded Kansas University will meet No. 11 seed North Carolina State on Friday in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis.

Game time is 9:17 p.m. at Edward Jones Dome.

The Wolfpack of the ACC defeated No. 3 seed Georgetown, 66-63, on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

N.C. State, 24-12, is in the middle of a storybook season under first-year coach Mark Gottfried, the nephew of former KU football coach Mike Gottfried.

Taking over a program that went 15-16 a year ago, Gottfried is the first Wolfpack coach since Jim Valvano to win 24 games in a season. The Wolfpack is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005 and second time since 1989.

N.C. State, which is 6-1 in its last seven games, led in the second half of games against Indiana, Stanford and Duke this season, but lost all of those games. N.C. State is 2-8 against RPI Top 50 teams, with quality victories over Texas, Virginia, St. Bonaventure and UNC Asheville.

On Sunday, guard Scott Wood (6-foot-6 junior, Marion, Ind.), guard C.J. Williams (6-5, senior, Fayetteville, N.C.) and forward C.J. Leslie (6-8 sophomore, Holly Springs, N.C.) scored 14 points apiece. Wood hit four threes. Richard Howell (6-8 junior, Marietta, Ga.) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Lorenzo Brown (6-5 sophomore, Roswell, Ga.) contributed 12 points.

“It’s a great win for our program,” Gottfried told the Raleigh News and Observer. “But, you know, really you just look at this group of guys … to me what stands out is how they’ve gotten better, and they’re continuing to get better.”

N.C. State has won national titles in 1974 and 1983. In its previous trip to the NCAAs, the Wolfpack lost in the Round of 32 in 2006.

KU is 10-1 all-time vs. N.C. State. KU beat the Wolfpack, 75-67, on March 23, 1986, in the NCAA regional final in Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

“We’ll be excited to play them,” KU junior Jeff Withey said. “They’ve had a great season and have a great team.”

Great game: KU coach Bill Self on Robbie Hummel, who scored 22 points the first half and finished with 26 overall on 9-of-13 shooting.

“I’ve been a fan from afar for a while,” Self said. “With everything he’s gone through (two ACL tears), I thought he deserved to play great in the NCAA Tournament. He was fabulous. I’m happy we won the game, but if we were going to win, I was happy to see him have a good game. He deserves it. I kept telling everyone we would win the game, but I didn’t know if I was believing it.”

Self was asked if going to the Sweet 16 grows old: “No, no, it’s not getting old,” he said. “I think there have been three years we haven’t gotten to the Sweet 16 since I’ve been at Kansas. To play in the NCAA Tournament is great, but to feel the full benefit from an exposure standpoint you need to get to the second weekend because there are only 16 teams getting publicity rather than 68.”

Dehydration: Self asked if Tyshawn Taylor was leg-weary playing two days after being dehydrated.

“I don’t think so. He was trying to force too much. I don’t think it had anything to do with him being leg-weary.”

All-staters: Future KU players Perry Ellis and Conner Frankamp were named first-team all-state Sunday by the Wichita Eagle.

Ellis, a 6-8 senior forward, averaged 25.8 points and 9.4 rebounds for state champion Wichita Heights (23-2).

Frankamp, a 6-1 junior, averaged a City League-record 32.3 points a game for Wichita North (15-8).

He hit 66 percent of his shots (51 percent from three) and 93 percent of his free throws. He has 1,641 career points, fifth best in City League history.

Other all-staters: Semi Ojeleye, 6-7, junior Ottawa High (32.2 ppg); Clay Custer, 6-0, sophomore, Blue Valley Northwest (19.0 ppg) and Micah Swank, 6-1, senior, Pratt (22.3 ppg). Joe Auer of Wichita Heights was coach of the year.

Otis Livingston, I presume?: Former KU guard Otis Livingston worked as a color announcer for CBS at Midwest Regional games in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend.

Shabazz’ dad sayz: The father of Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-6 senior from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, tells Zagsblog.com his son will visit UCLA in early April then announce his college choice April 9 or 10. He has taken official visits to Kansas, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Duke and is considering UCLA, Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and UNLV. Muhammad will also play in the McDonald’s All-American Game March 28 in Chicago and the Jordan Brand Classic April 14 in Charlotte, N.C.

Comments

Jackmoon 2 years, 1 month ago

The wolfpack are gonna be too much for KU guys! im suggesting u bet them xavier ohio with the spread and kentucky and make some coin this friday! I have all the reasoning on my blog come check it out! http://ncaaplay.com/2012/03/sweet-16-day-2-upsets/

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Priest Fontaine 2 years, 1 month ago

jayhawkers! check out this hilarious short film my friends in KC made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey, someone make sure that Father Fangman is in St.Louis on Friday to sing the Rock Chalk Gregorian Chant....that beats spitting in the Mississippi any day!!!

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Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 1 month ago

Great photo at the top of this page! Nick Krug, you have done outstanding work again and again. Thanks!

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yates33333 2 years, 1 month ago

Charles Barkley said that NC State is a much better team than Purdue. I say if they have a better player than Robbie Hummel they ought to use him, they haven't so far this year. I was thinking after the game if Hummel isn't an All-American the powers-that-be have established high qualifications.

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AznSnSaTioN 2 years, 1 month ago

Conner Frankamp is Jay Burson 2.0. I can't wait to see this kid play for KU, we're in for a treat. RCJH!!!

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gardenjay 2 years, 1 month ago

If Shabazz is a one-and-done prospect then I say forget him. I like him, I just get tired of treating college ball like the NBA. These kids make no money and get a college education, that was always the idea.

Not that I agree with universities making tons of dough off of them while they risk ruining their bodies. I think they should be paid in stock from a fund of the game receipts during their tenure, but only after they graduate from college with a 4-year degree. This would apply to all the revenue sports, and the lower grossing ones simply share a smaller pot of money; non-revs just get the scholarship.

Having a kid come in for one season to hang out only to increase their NBA stock and not be part of the broader and less entertainment oriented college experience? Bleah.

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cajayfan 2 years, 1 month ago

Why oh why the late start for the next game....? I think this is part of the team's lack of focus in first half, sitting on their butts all day getting tense and distracted. Any input on this that would make me feel better?

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ku_foaf 2 years, 1 month ago

I believe that lone loss to NC State was in the 1974 Final 4, when they were national champs tucked in among the UCLA championships?

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ku_foaf 2 years, 1 month ago

I remember when Mark Gottfried played on some really good Alabama teams when Mike Gottfried was KU's football coach.

OK, Otis Livingston, was famously tossed from the team very shortly before the 1988 NCAA tournament, along with Mike Masucci. Wasn't there a 3rd player tossed? I cannot remember a name, although I could look it up in my book at home...

We had already lost Marvin Branch to eligibility, and three other players, if I recall correctly we lost SEVEN players from the squad.

The three I mention only played one season at KU, and none finished it. It was a completely different team in Dec 87 than March 88

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midwest_muser 2 years, 1 month ago

As much as I hope the fellas keep it rolling this spring I'm really wired about what HCBS has coming in. I love the flexibility we look to have and the depth. After watching last night's game, I relish this being EJ's team next year. The new kids will be following an example in EJ, Trav and Withey that will make them a Bill Self team for years. Rock Chalk!!

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Phoghorn 2 years, 1 month ago

Forget North Carolina. Just forget 'em! One game at a time. If we drop this one, there will be no KU-NC...or KU NC Banner. No looking ahead, Jayhawks!

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SDSurferFan 2 years, 1 month ago

Nc st plays a more traditional offense that should suit ku. A few perimeter shooters but not like Hummel.

SDSU was down 3 with 5min to play then their weak front court finally was their Achilles.

I'm not an expert on them after watching one game but it appears they are a good team vs smaller teams. However they got beat vs teams with strong front courts--- fl st, duke, UNC, cuse....

SDSU plays four guards and their 'big man' is a generous 6' 7" with bad knees. They killed them up front.

Ku wins by 12!

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AsadZ 2 years, 1 month ago

OAD has not worked well for KU/Self. I also felt that it had an effect on team chemistry when we landed X and Selby. Personally I have nothing aginst them and I really appreciated them for coming to KU.

While we all want most talented players on the roster, considering the circumstances I am not so sure if Shabazz will be good fit for KU and HCBS system.

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billhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Any word on if KU is recruiting this guy - Semi Ojeleye, 6-7, junior Ottawa High (32.2 ppg)?

It would be pretty amazing to have three quality native Kansas starters!

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Mike Barnhart 2 years, 1 month ago

Johnson, Releford, Withey, Ellis & McLemore; which one of those guys gets moved to the bench so Shabazz can start for one year?

No thanks Shabazz, go be a mercenary somewhere else, we're in pretty good shape without the sideshow.

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Michael Pannacciulli 2 years, 1 month ago

If KU wins it all Shabazz comes to Lawrence. Otherwise he goes to Kensucky.

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Ross Cargo 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, maybe I should correct that. The article refers to Height as state champion with two losses. They had those losses this year, so I'm thinking they were state champions again this year.

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Ross Cargo 2 years, 1 month ago

The article says that Heights won again.

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Alohahawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Am highly anticipating Ellis and Frankamp playing as Jayhawks. However, must keep reminding myself that Ellis is a year ahead of Frankamp.

If I remember correctly, Wichita Heights had won the state championship three years in a row. How did they fare this season? And, any word whether Ellis won his 4th straight Kansas Gatorade POY?

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Scott MacWilliams 2 years, 1 month ago

Going to the Sweet 16 getting old? Hmmm, let me see,,,,

N O !!!

kusportsdotcom, I'm with you about being jazzed about homegrown talent for the Hawks. I know that these other guys are great, and after four years they really feel like true Jayhawks, but when you're a native son, it just makes it that much more special, for all of us. Really looking forward to having these two in KU colors!!

Rock Chalk, Jayhawks, (present and future!!!)

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kusportsdotcom 2 years, 1 month ago

Frankamp is my future favorite Jayhawk. Just a fun fact... his 93% free-throw mark would be good for 20th all time in single season NBA free throw percentage. It's also 3 percentage points higher than the career NBA free throw percentage leader. Frankamp's a scorer. I couldn't be more excited. How awesome is it to get some Kansas talent like him and Ellis coming to KU???

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