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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Keegan

KU players know it pays to listen to Bill Self

Kansas players crowd around head coach as they are presented with the Midwest Regional trophy as they celebrate the Jayhawks' 80-67 win over North Carolina to advance to the Final Four on Sunday,  March 25, 2012 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Kansas players crowd around head coach as they are presented with the Midwest Regional trophy as they celebrate the Jayhawks' 80-67 win over North Carolina to advance to the Final Four on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

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— Not a single McDonald’s all-American on the roster, a first for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self since he left Tulsa. Just one returning starter on a team that lost two lottery picks and another NBA draft choice. The two top recruits declared academically ineligible for the season.

The only chance this team had of getting to the Final Four was to bum a ride to St. Louis and from there catch a boat down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

That’s what most of us thought back when football season overlapped with basketball. That’s not what the players who banded together Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome to defeat North Carolina, 80-67, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to New Orleans, ever believed.

“The beginning,” Travis Releford said when asked when he first thought this could be a Final Four team. “Coach probably didn’t agree with it, but we all came together outside of the gym and just were talking and told ourselves that we’re coming together this year. And listen to coach and listen to the things he wants us to do and play the way he wants us to play, then we can get there. And we buckled down and we just listened.”

Not all the time, but far more often than most college-age young men listen to authority figures.

“I don’t know if overachieved is ever a true expression because it means you had it in you the whole time,” Self said. “I’d say that this team’s probably played as close to a ceiling as any team that I’ve had.”

Self started the year with modest goals and they grew when his team did.

“I felt like we had to beat Ohio State back in December to put us in a position to have a quality win to get in the NCAA Tournament,” Self said. “That was my mindset. We have gotten so much better. We’re like 8-3, lose to Davidson, and you know, no chemistry whatsoever. I mean, just bad.”

No coach as demanding as Self could attain as much success as he is if he cared what players said about him behind his back. How was he supposed to know that what they were saying behind his back was to listen to him and to do what he says. That could be why he never saw this coming. He underestimated how unified they were determined to be, how trusting of their coach.

“The guys kind of woke up once conference play started,” Self said of a 16-2 regular-season championship. “But this team has played as close to a ceiling as it possibly could. I don’t think you can give 110 percent. I think all you can give is a hundred. And then I think this team has given as close to a hundred as any team that I’ve probably coached.”

Successful teams are a reflection of their coach. Self is a confident, intense, thick-skinned, combative, relentless competitor. His players were the same in outlasting an injury-torn-but-still potent North Carolina team.

The Tar Heels (32-6) were the leading rebounding team in the nation, and Kansas (31-6) beat them on the boards, 41-35. Carolina’s two top ball handlers, injured McDonald’s All-Americans Kendall Marshall and Dexter Strickland, didn’t play, but five other McDonald’s All-Americans did.

The Heels outscored KU’s bench, 23-4, but Kevin Young by himself outrebounded the UNC bench, 8-7.

All five Kansas starters scored in double figures and all made big plays in the decisive moments, when North Carolina made one of its final 14 shots and missed its last seven.

Withey knew he had to establish himself as a game-changing force and he did with two huge blocks at the end. Nobody played better in St. Louis than Withey. Releford knew he had to be a defensive pest, and he was with two steals and multiple deflections. Elijah Johnson knew he was the most equipped to hit the big shot, and he did, nailing a three that ended a scoring drought that lasted longer than five minutes. Tyshawn Taylor knew he had to figure out a way to turn being the fastest player on the court into buckets and he did, running out ahead of the defense in transition. Robinson carried the team to a 47-47 stalemate with 14 first-half points.

“These guys, nothing fazes them,” Self said. “No matter what the situation is, they just think that they’re going to figure it out. And certainly they figured it out tonight.”

What they seem to have figured out a long time ago is that combined will means more than individual skill.

“I don’t know if I ever enjoyed coaching a team more than this one,” Self said. “I love them. We fight. It’s combative sometimes. All those things. But I love coaching these guys. They have done so much as far as their work habits and representing our school in a way that has given us a chance.”

The combination of ladders and scissors on nylon always puts a coach in a good mood, but this time it had a little extra meaning to the coach who doesn’t need a ladder to stand eye-to-eye with college basketball coaching giants, past and present.

“It is just remarkable to me to see them cutting down the nets out here,” Self said. “Because this would not be the year that anybody would have thought we would do it. It’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Comments

TulsaJayhawk 2 years ago

The first half of this game reminded me of the '88 championship with OU. Both teams performing at high levels. Very proud of this group of young men, and very grateful for our coaching staff.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, go KU!

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lrahardja 2 years ago

These UNC players are really good. Luckily when it counted, we got the game we needed to move forward. HCBS mixed it up on defense in the second half, UNC was limited to jump shots, and they weren't dropping like in the first half. Late in the second half, a couple of defense stops turned to buckets on the other other end. But make no mistake, this doesn't mean we are that much better than any of these teams, it seems... all it took is a couple of lucky bounces and the outcome could go the other way, so we can't be too confident.

We need to get into the same mentality in the next two games. Play loose, buckle down on defense, execute our offense with precision, minimize our silly mistakes, and exploit their mistakes. Plenty of rest and focus to increase our shooting percentage.

May the ball bounces our way two more games. Go KU!

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bballluv2tlk 2 years ago

Just watched President Obama's bracket selection and to quote, "KU has broken my heart the last two years, I am going with UNC." Well Mr. President sorry they did it to you again, you selected the wrong Big 12 team to make the final four!

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bballluv2tlk 2 years ago

I believe there were 6 MD All Americans that played for the Heels- Hariston, McAdoo, Bares, Bullock, Henson, and Zeller.

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zsn 2 years ago

To me, the best quote which sums up this season (of course, other than jaybate's Excellent Analysis -TM) is this: "“These guys, nothing fazes them,” Self said. “No matter what the situation is, they just think that they’re going to figure it out. And certainly they figured it out tonight.”"

The key phrase is "No matter what the situation is, they just think that they’re going to figure it out.” - think about this for a second. It's not like these guys can call Cole off the bench and you have an instant beast (a la 2008). It's not like last year, when one of the Morrii got in foul trouble you had TRob come off the bench. The cupboard is quite bare. They HAVE to figure something out.I would argue that the "lack of talent" (an observation, not a pejorative) is this year team's strength! They all have finally realized that if each one of them doesn't pick-it-up they will lose. That, and they have also bought into HCBS because the cupboard is bare, and they have pulled out some close wins.

Finally, I have said this when Roy was our coach and I am proved correct time and again: I am VERY nervous with Roy on the sideline and a 7-point lead with two minutes left; I am VERY confident with Bill on the sideline down-7 with two minutes left. Bill has always been really good at late game management than Roy (and Boeheim and Bo Ryan, for that matter)

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HawkKlaw 2 years ago

Gee, I sure am glad that KU didn't get rid of Bill Self after the uncharacteristically sub-par recruiting this past off-season (like many on this board suggested). Clearly, there's no better coach in college basketball than HCBS.

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Steve Gantz 2 years ago

Pat Forde yesterday on Yahoo said Self was not in the elite class of coaches because he hasn't broken through other than in 08. Pat Forde wrote today that Self has broken through and can be compared with all the other elite coaches. Interesting articles to read.

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William Blake 2 years ago

Our Jayhawks just won another Civil War battle:

"The book Grandfather Tales of North Carolina History (1901) states that:

During the late unhappy war between the States it [North Carolina] was sometimes called the "Tar-heel State," because tar was made in the State, and because in battle the soldiers of North Carolina stuck to their bloody work as if they had tar on their heels, and when General Lee said, "God bless the Tar-heel boys," they took the name. (p. 6)" (Wiki)

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HAWKTOPIA 2 years ago

Jaybate, you are my hero! Right behind the Lawrence Airmen! Game on!

Ben Padlin

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Tony Bandle 2 years ago

If I was putting together an "All-Unattractive" Team [using the word ugly is politically incorrect], Tyler Zeller would be my starting center!!

I knew that he hadn't run into a couple of fellow big men like TRob and Jeff before...no bullying around skinny 6'-8" guys!!!

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jaybate 2 years ago

But of the starters, Travis seemed the only one that never saw exhaustion, though I saw him stumble and struggle like I have never seen him. But Travis Releford does not exhaust truly, not like regular people, not even like his amazing teammates. It could happen in another game. But it did not bite him this game. He did not feel the fear this game. And I think Travis was actually the key to the entire win. He played efficiently. He kept playing within himself the entire way. As Self said what seems an eternity ago now, Mr. Vertical, Mr. Athletic off the meter, kept playing his old man's game, his horizontal dogged game, only occasionally exploding toward the heavens. Travis never wavered even when he had to sit. Not once. Travis staggered. Travis stumbled. Travis sat. But the fear never came to his eyes. And all a team needs sometimes is just one man to not succumb, to keep playing like its, "hey, guys, this ain't so tough, eight hours at the play ground in August is tougher than this. Follow me."

And they did.

But Carolina had no Travis Releford.

They had no team full of Lawrence Airmen.

They had seven Mickey Ds and hype.

And seven Mickey Ds and hype won't get you through the pain barrier.

Stilman White exposed and over his head? Yes.

Harrison Barnes exposed and soft? Yes and YES!

John Henson exposed and soft? Yes and YES!

The second American revolution continues.

Screw the Mickey Ds.

"We hold these truths to be self evident..."

The Lawrence Airmen are coming to the Final Four.

And the deeper they go the higher they fly.

And the higher they fly the bigger the chips on their shoulders grow about the hype they don't receive.

Fly the planes to the target.

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jaybate 2 years ago

For a minute there, I was scared as hell, and I wasn't even tired. I wasn't sure any of them could get a 15th wind, or however many winds this team has had to get, since the second Missouri game.

But to use a justifiable cliche in this instance, these Lawrence Airmen just don't have any quit in them.

Thomas looked scared, but then he fights through it and suddenly Superman comes out of the fear.

Tyshawn never looks scared exactly, because he's been at this shizz as a starter for four seasons, but he looks like an artist who doesn't know if he's got enough blue to finish the masterpiece, then suddenly he seems to decide that there are enough other colors on his palette left to finish the picture in a way he never imagined, then he's off again.

EJ is so very work man like this season in his approach. He is the craftsman to Tyshawn's artist. Its the first time the entire season that I have seen exhaustion in his eyes and the fear it brings. But its like the kid who grew up in Gary, or where ever, says, "Yeah, I feel like I can't lift a foot, but I know I can," and he straps it up and goes to work, like some steel worker doing his job, until the juices start flowing again.

And Withey? I saw him get a look that I have only seen in the eyes of surfers in trouble, eyes who suddenly lose sight of the face of the wave and start seeing only the mass of it and what it may do to them. But it was like Jeff finally just dived under, let the pain roll over him, came up and said, "keep swimming or the next will take me down for good." And he just kept swimming till he found some bottom he could stand on and started playing again.

Jesus, they're inspiring.

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jaybate 2 years ago

Harrison Barnes bought into the hype. He bought into the hype about business schools. KU's business school is tough. It accounting department turns soft minds into thinking machines, or you don't pass. KU business school isn't ranked as highly perhaps, but the professors and the students are hardened at KU's business school. I knew a leading professor at UNC's business school and he always believed in massaging the system. He was soft, soft, soft.

And Harrison Barnes bought into the hype about basketball programs. He bought into the soft program. He bought into the soft imitation of father of all basketball programs, not the real thing.

And Harrison Barnes apparently bought into the hype about himself. He thought that all he had to be was gifted and hard working to succeed. He bought into the Micky D myth that its the most talented and not the most ferocious and hardened that prevail.

Harrison Barnes could have been a Jayhawk, but he bought into the hype instead.

Some will say, but, 'bate, don't be so hard on Harrison. Harrison looked good the first half. That's right. Harrison "looked" good the first half, but only because Haase and McGrath had written the best book of the season on KU's defensive vulnerabilities and Roy and Joe and Steve created a fabulous offensive scheme that generated a seemingly endless number of easy shots for Harrison and UNC's other softie--John Henson, and their lone guy who looked like he might have had the toughness to play on the same side as the Lawrence Airmen--Tyler Zeller, no, on second thought, he was too soft, too, or he would have come to Kansas, too.

You see, when Self and KU figured out some adjustments that worked just well enough to keep our exhausted asses in the game, then it came down to who could play through the pain barrier and keep coming like a bunch of hungry barracuda for a dying Carolina Blue dolphin.

The Lawrence Airmen, basketball's equivalent of the fighting 332rd, every one of them, played through the pain, and the fear that showed in their eyes; that's the key--everyone gets scared sooner or later when exhaustion sets in barely five minutes into the second half. Thomas and Tyshawn and even tireless EJ and Jeff looked scared spitless briefly around 12 minutes to go, when they all realized they were going to have to operate on fumes the rest or the way. Self showed fear on his face even before the second half started, because he, more than any one, knew how tired his guys were. It was never could KU figure out adjustments. It was could they execute them? Could they keep from fouling out trying to make the changes and take the fight to the Bitumen Heels.

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jaybate 2 years ago

After watching Harrison Barnes wilt at the pain barrier long before anyone else did, I wondered if maybe it was a good thing he did not come to KU, after all. I would hate to have been relying on Barnes yesterday, as our third weapon, and have a great warrior like Travis Releford on the bench watching a pussy like Harrison Barnes.

Or maybe Harrison Barnes would have been tougher had he come to KU and had to play through what the Lawrence Airmen have had to play through; if he had daily seen the kind of courage this team had displayed, and if he had had to have Self and Dooley and Manning and Townsend and Hinson looking him in the eye and saying," here we play Self Defense, not Micky D offense. Here it is about men forming a team, men defending, men fighting through picks, men protecting, men feeding the post, men receiving the post feed, men taking a beating and dishing out more, men gluing, and men making great plays, all while going to class to a real business school, where they don't give the jocks a free pass."

I was in the KU business school for a couple years. My brother and nephews graduated from the KU business school. I went to the University of Wisconsin graduate school of commerce, which was in my department, once upon a time the best and toughest department in the world. I know something about business schools and I know something about academic toughness. And I know something about UNC's business school. Harrison Barnes made the soft choice on business school, as well as on basketball.

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jaybate 2 years ago

"Pain Barriers, the Hype and the Second American Revolution Continues"

ralster,

I agree that Stilman White struggled at times and was soft and was not as good as KU's great Tyshawn Taylor, but that is hardly surprising, is it?

But did you see what happened to UNC, when Roy brought in the subs for Stilman? They defended better one trip, because they were so fresh compared to the Lawrence Airmen flying on fumes, but then Stilman's subs got completely confused and not a one of them could pull a trigger, or even fake running their offense without TOs.

I just looked at White's line score. Only 1-5 from the field, but then that shouldn't sink a team of Mickey D's at the other positions. White made zero TOs, was 2-2 at the line and had 7 assists and frankly held Tyshawn to 10-19, which again would be considered a solid defensive performance by their starting guard.

It turned out White produced a more than adequate line for a sub PG forced into a desperate situation in a regional final--a line to my surprise that might have brought them a W, if Harrison Barnes and John Henson had played remotely near their hype, which they did not. Tyler Zeller came in just about where you would expect him with Barnes and Henson taking so many shots. Zeller was his usual efficient self. Roy's biggest mistake was not to force the action through Zeller, when Barnes and Henson clearly too soft to take the fight to KU.

But it wasn't just the softness of Barnes and Henson that suck those two.

Harrison Barnes just had no balls at all in this game and the whole world saw it.

It isn't just that Barnes shot poorly in a big game, after shooting poorly in the previous game, also.

Tyshawn has shot poorly in both games. EJ shot poorly except for his fabulous money three yesterday. Conner and Kevin and Thomas shot poorly yesterday.

A game like yesterday, one where both teams are playing on dead legs, turned out not to be about shooting at all.

Yesterday's game was about who wanted it more once the pain barrier was reached.

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Vittorio1224 2 years ago

Looks like KU isn't the only one stepping up its game en route to the Final 4. Keegs finally coming through with a beauty! Nice work TK! Good article -- we expect more of this type of work all this week!

See you in the Big Easy! Rock Chalk!

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rockchalker52 2 years ago

The 8th in a row conference title cost me a c-note in t-shirts for all the nephews. More to buy for the FF. If we can take it all next monday, they'll have a great start on their summer wardrobe. Trying to keep the lads decked out proper, so they'll look good for Coach Self's camp. They live in Winston-Salem & in Knoxville. Always good to spread some Kansas cheer to our southern friends.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!

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Steve Brown 2 years ago

Tehan, Young, Wesley. Bring on the strategic reserves.

Our bench may not get a ton of time on many teams yet we need them and appreciate them.

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yates33333 2 years ago

I agree on Young. He plays with speed, enthusiasm, energy, skill that overcomes bad decisions, Wesley rarely plays. But Conner T. has lost his three point shot and almost any other. He trails his man defensively and is easily picked. I hope he reverses this in New Orleans but as is I don't think I would play him much. I'd try to get Young to learn the 3 spot and use Wesley a little more. Of course, I wouldn't want me as the coach, either.

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HAWKTOPIA 2 years ago

Great Article, “ AVERAGE PEOPLE IN AN ABOVE AVERAGE SYSTEM WILL BEAT EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE IN A BAD SYSTEM EVERY TIME.” Fujio Cho, Toyota

Coach Self's talents are displayed not only by the performance of this team's starting 5, but how 2-3 players, from the bench, are used with no damage to court intensity and offensive performance.

TRob's talents are overwhelming, and Withey has become a man on the court. But when one of these two is on the bench, and KU can more than hold their own. Coach Self is on full display. When the 6th man, replaces your #1, and you can still perform as a team, playing with the same intensity, HCBS has worked his magic.

One of the real Gems of this game was the effort to let NC's fate rest on the accuracy of their shots. No fouls! Even when a man was picked, he was followed. When a player penetrated he was surrounded. BUT NOT FOULED! This team makes the other team have to make their shots, NO CHARITIES! Did T Zeller not take a FT?

There is little to compare to wildly rooting for these Hawks, and hearing the slow and steady ROOOOCK CHAAAAALK chant engulf the arena and undermine TV announcers talking about the other team, as KU pushes to victory.

Only one game we need to win, the next game! RCJH GO KU

High praise for Kevin Young and Conner T and Wesley

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yates33333 2 years ago

I have finally figured out what Jaybate does or is, a motivational speaker and writer in Chicago.

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Alohahawk 2 years ago

Making the Final Four (again) has to add luster to KU's recruiting. Recruits may have short memories when it comes to remembering some of the greats who have played at KU (or other schools), but when a program makes it to the final weekend, that has to impress the top ranked recruits. Any time a school makes the Final Four it adds so much to a school's basketball resume. It demonstrates the positive aspects of the current program as well as the coaching staff's abilities. Advertising like that can't be bought. It has to be earned.

Just another of the many reasons to love this year's team and what they've accomplished. Plus, they've now added their own identity to the AFH rafters: "Final Four in 2012" And who knows, the season isn't done yet, so they could exceed even that lofty award with a championship banner.

Rock Chalk Jayhawks. We are Kansas.

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jaybate 2 years ago

The greatest quote in the history of Kansas basketball...

“Coach probably didn’t agree with it, but we all came together outside of the gym and just were talking and told ourselves that we’re coming together this year. And listen to coach and listen to the things he wants us to do and play the way he wants us to play, then we can get there. And we buckled down and we just listened.” --Travis Releford

This quote needs to be cast in bronze.

The bronze needs to be set in stone.

And the stone needs to be set above the front door of Allen Field House forever.

I might even reduce it to just the last sentence.

"And we buckled and we just listened."

All greatness starts with listening.

Every great person I have ever met was a great listener as well as being a great doer.

"And we buckled down and we just listened."

And anything great that was ever accomplished was accomplished because ordinary human beings came together and decided to do extraordinary things.

The living myth is still alive.

The Lawrence Airmen fly on.

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blooblzr 2 years ago

"What they seem to have figured out a long time ago is that combined will means more than individual skill."

This is exactly what will take them to the National Championship. By playing as a team. GO KU!

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Robert Moore 2 years ago

The World has righted itself. The Hawks are in the final four. Dick Vitale is already saying we can't beat OSU. and Tiger Woods won again.

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Danny Hernandez 2 years ago

And Self instills toughness, the ability to punch back which was missing from KU"s Roys teams.
Opponents may not say it but they know it, Kansas won't take a punch and back down...

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KansasComet 2 years ago

Kevin Young has established himself as the 6th Man. He brings energy and hustle. It has been a pleasure watching this team come together. Makes me forget about last year. We all need to appreciate these moments and not take them for granted. Go Jayhawks and thanks for brightening my week and putting a smile on my face!

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gorillahawker 2 years ago

Very well written article Keegan. This is the epitome of KU bball and HCBS in a nut shell. We thrive on hard play and finding a way to win. It really is amazing how far this team has come, especially if you compare them to some of the great KU teams in the past with loaded rosters. I think it's really a testament to how this team has come together over time. They play with their backs against the wall, everyone doubting them... They knew they were thin all year but they kept grinding. They are battled tested, blood thirsty and have the confidence to beat anyone right now. That's why I truly believe we are the most dangerous team in the Final 4. The one team I think is capable of beating Kentucky.

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bbeckum 2 years ago

Great column, Tom.

Here' s my favorite line: The Heels outscored KU’s bench, 23-4, but Kevin Young by himself outrebounded the UNC bench, 8-7

KY's energy was huge. He could be a big contributer to a much younger team next yeat. Love his interior passing.

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jgkojak 2 years ago

Which Jerseys (blue or white) do we wear? Maybe we want the blue?

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Ralster Jayhawk 2 years ago

Headline: "Junk defense trashes Tarheels"...or: "Roy zoned out"...

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RJ King 2 years ago

AHOF.

Never enjoyed a fireworks show as much as that of my bracket blowing up! Euphoria!

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mispayku 2 years ago

This article was great!! Kudos, Tom!

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JS82 2 years ago

Great coaching won this game. The Triangle and 2 from the 8 minute mark on caused North Carolina huge problems and they never recovered. Congrats to the team and coach Self! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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Scott Smetana 2 years ago

A little fun I saved from halftime posts of the Mizzou game at home:

presidentobama sarcastically, "what a great game for our recruits" tweek - "we just lost all of our recruits. This is all on Bill Self" HawkfromHays - "This is what called being exposed"
HawkfromHays - "no defense, no heart on this team"

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10point8 2 years ago

Thomas & The Survivors

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jhawkrulz 2 years ago

Is it just me or has this re-energized Coach Self.

Last year it seemed like Bill Self was going through the motions of being a coach. I sometimes wondered if he regretted not going to OSU or if he would head to the NBA.

This year, it just seemed like Coach Self just loved the game, loved being at KU, and absolutely loves coaching at KU. This year, seems like it has given me the belief that HCBS will be here for another 20+ years.

I guess to me this year just energized everyone, the team, the fans, HCBS, the assistant coaches, and even Alpher...

Thanks Coach Self and Team for all of your efforts. My wife and I are buying tickets to go see you in New Orleans!!

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Hawkamania 2 years ago

"The Tar Heels (32-6) were the leading rebounding team in the nation, and Kansas (31-6) beat them on the boards, 41-35. Carolina’s two top ball handlers, injured McDonald’s All-Americans Kendall Marshall and Dexter Strickland, didn’t play, but five other McDonald’s All-Americans did."

5 others?

Tells me all I need to know about our man Mr. Self.

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Ralster Jayhawk 2 years ago

"Believe in Self". Nice cliche for the jayhawk faithful, but I honestly had no idea what to expect after the Pummel and NCState games...

Smothering D+rebounds+swats+showing UNC several things about transition-basketball (love to teach them about "toughness", "defense", "halfcourt execution", and "transition offense"). They think they got a lock on transition ball...

I liked Roy for his 15yrs at KU, but Self > Roy. Not knocking Roy, per se, but more about the Selfball system of total basketball at both ends of the floor. Think about what we just saw...Self taking nonMickeyD players and beating a team of 5 MickeyDs. This was a good game until the 68-67 mark, then KU just took it. I felt sorry for that White frosh PG. Knew he would get exposed and abused by a superior system of ball +athleticism...and he did. Man, our guys were sharp. More fight+toughness in our guys tonight, compared to UNC...and I'm talking lategame...at 68-67 it was anybody's game...We just went and took it...

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SaltLakeHawk 2 years ago

“I don’t know if overachieved is ever a true expression because it means you had it in you the whole time,” Self said.

One of Bill's finest lines.

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Tom Pritchard 2 years ago

Keegan.. Excellent article and great perspective..

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cragarhawk 2 years ago

Badly wish they could somehow live stream the scene from the Fieldhouse when the team bus arrives!!!

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cragarhawk 2 years ago

What this Jayhawk team and Coach Self have accomplished this season is nothing short of spectacular. Im so proud of them. It's like the Little Jayhawk Engine that Could out there. Absolutely amazing group no matter what happens from here on!!!

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Kyle Sybesma 2 years ago

Self doesn't say it but I think he likes coaching a Big 10 style of a game. This years team is perfect example of that. Play great defense and it we'll grind out a win in the end.

On a side note. I can't believe that ESPN is asking what KU has to do to beat OSU? Not what does OSU have to do to beat KU? We won the first meeting. We won our conference. We are the higher seeded 2 seed. ESPN makes it sound like OSU can show up and KU needs to scheme to figure out a way to win. What disrespect.

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eddiesuttonschoolofdriving 2 years ago

Nice article Tom. Seriously. You nailed the storyline of the season, and put it together beautifully. You seem to be peaking just like the Jayhawks. I dont know if they are going to keep winning but Im convinced they will not be out toughed by anyone, and playing tight seems to be out of their system too. Gotta love this team!

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Hank Cross 2 years ago

To me, this is Self's signature win at KU. He made decisive in-game adjustments that I wondered if he was capable of making during the tourney. To his credit, Jaybate has often said that Self didn't know how close to being great coach he was. This was the game that made me believe that Jaybate was on to something.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years ago

Just as you posters should listen to me!

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KU_Phogified 2 years ago

Wonderful article, thanks!

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quigley 2 years ago

+100000 for the article

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dylans 2 years ago

Next opponent please.

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MarloStanfield 2 years ago

Bravo! can't wait for the encore!!!

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Lash 2 years ago

If only the basketball writers would too.

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