Monday, November 5, 2012

Washburn coach Chipman proud of team’s fight against KU

Kansas guard Ben McLemore swipes and misses a pass from Washburn forward Alex North during the second half on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. Also pictured are KU guard Travis Releford and Washburn guard Jared Henry (4).

Kansas guard Ben McLemore swipes and misses a pass from Washburn forward Alex North during the second half on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. Also pictured are KU guard Travis Releford and Washburn guard Jared Henry (4).


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Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 62-50 victory over Washburn.

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Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore and Perry Ellis talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 62-50 victory over Washburn on Nov. 5, 2012.

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There were turnovers. There were lots of missed shots. And his team lost the game. But Washburn coach Bob Chipman tossed all of those critical facts to the back burner during his postgame talk with the media following the Ichabods' 62-50 exhibition loss to Kansas University on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

"We'll take it," said a smiling Chipman moments after publicly thanking two of his top players for playing so hard.

Despite shooting just 26 percent for the game, the Ichabods, ranked second in the preseason Div. II college basketball polls, forced 24 Kansas turnovers — 18 off of WU steals — battled to within one rebound of tying the Jayhawks on the glass and used a scrappy defense and unrelenting offensive attack to force a long night for the home team and a happy bus ride home for the visitors.

"It's kind of what you want 'em to do as a coach," Chipman said of the way Monday's game unfolded. " ... They missed some free throws. That kind of helped us. Still, our guys just fought 'em. They just weren't gonna give up any easy ones."

Midway through the first half, Washburn enjoyed its last lead when Alex North knocked down a three-pointer to put the Ichabods up, 13-12. Kansas responded to the early deficit with a 22-6 run and took a 36-24 lead into halftime, but the two teams played pretty much even from that point on. KU enjoyed its largest lead of 17 points with 11:40 to play in the second half but was outscored 20-15 the rest of the way. Although Washburn's late success did little to put the outcome in doubt, it did plenty for the confidence of a team that entered feeling pretty good about itself in the first place.

"Our guys know they're good," Chipman said. "We've got a good group; we've got an experienced group. I think (Monday's performance) just cemented the fact, for them, that, hey, we really do have a good team, and if we play really hard, we're capable of some great things."

Not lost on Chipman was the fact that Monday's meeting with the Jayhawks likely would be the last in which the Ichabods were underdogs this season. But he said he thought his guys could learn something from watching the way the Jayhawks responded to the role of the hunted.

"Our guys were taking so much pride in trying to play these guys and, now, the roles reverse," Chipman said. "Now everyone we face, they're gonna take pride in whipping us. We've gotta play this way every night out."

Although the Ichabods won their share of statistical showdowns Monday night, Kansas' size and depth proved to be the difference.

"It's a lot more physical than MIAA," said senior guard Will McNeill, who led the Ichabods with 13 points. "I was determined tonight to go in there and get a foul but never did. But that's the physicality of the Big 12, and it just tells me I need to hit the weight room a little bit harder and jump a little bit higher."

Although he spent most of the first half in sleep-walk mode, KU senior Jeff Withey played a big role down the stretch, picking up most of his nine points, eight rebounds and seven blocks when it mattered most. Chipman simply shrugged when talking about the impact Withey had on this one.

"I started to tell our guys, 'Hey, take some pull-up jumpers,'" Chipman said. "And then Jeff started to block some pull-up jumpers."

While Chipman assumed that the Jayhawks would be less than thrilled by their effort Monday, he said he saw enough from this team to know what lies ahead.

"They're gonna be great," Chipman said. "Yeah, it was 62-50 tonight, but those kids, Elijah (Johnson) and Travis (Releford) and Jeff (Withey), are gonna have a chance to win more games than anybody else in the history of college basketball this year, and I wouldn't count them out for anything. I mean, those kids are incredible."


Michael Luby 6 years, 6 months ago

Happy for Coach Chipman and his Div II team. Even though KU won this game, they got spanked. Coach Self is gonna beat those guys down later.

Brad Avery 6 years, 6 months ago

Chipman's kids embarrassed KU. HCBS said something about KU playing junior high basketball and he was dead-on in his assessment. In the first half, Withey looked like the big 6th grade kid who gets stuck out on the post having never played the game. Hesitant making his move to the basket, no explosion, only fear. Yuk!

Robert Brock 6 years, 6 months ago

No need to single out Withey. KU has a lot of problems. It looks like the Hawks will average 25 turnovers per game this season. Our guards cannot put the ball on the floor - Johnson included.

Steve Reigle 6 years, 6 months ago

I still think Kansas State made a big mistake, multiple times, by not taking Bob Chipman for their head coach. I remember years ago when it was publicized that he really wanted the job. He's a KSU alum. He's not only a great coach, he's also a classy person. It's K-State's loss.

Ron Prichard 6 years, 6 months ago

I completely agree with you. I guess the x-factor would be his ability to recruit, but as a coach, he's tremendous.

nuleafjhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

Snyder wouldn't allow it.

He said "There's only room for ONE classy SOB in this crappy little town and I'm it. See if they name a highway after HIM in Topeka"

(all in fun)

REHawk 6 years, 6 months ago

As I conjectured on another post, if Chipman had been in charge of the talent which has flowed in and out of Waco during our Bill Self years, the Jayhawk streak of 8 league titles might have been in jeopardy. He showed up last night with a group of experienced well-coached Div. 2 upperclassman...and played us to a standstill for 30 minutes of the game. His halftime adjustments were admirable. Without Ben's first half scoring surge and Jeff's second half blocks, the outcome would have been a true nailbiter.

NebraskaJayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

Just out of curiousity, have you ever been around Chipman in your life?

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 6 months ago

Post scoring is woefully lacking. I've never seen a KU team so bad in this respect. Getting Kevin back will help alot.

championhawks 6 years, 6 months ago

Not sure getting Young back will help with low post scoring. Young is not an offensive player and has limited moves in the post. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Young is an energy player and rebounder.

702Hawk 6 years, 6 months ago

I disagree. He is great in the offense. He is about offensive rebounding and putting it back in. They are call garbage points but are still worth two at the end of the night.

championhawks 6 years, 6 months ago

The original comment I responded to said that post scoring is woefully lacking. While I agree Young is great at the garbage points, his lack of offensive skills will not make the offense better, especially in the low post.

If we want to play from the inside out, I don't see how Young helps us do that or helps Withey in the low post offense.

Jim Baker 6 years, 6 months ago

Saved our asses-offensively-against OSU...

championhawks 6 years, 6 months ago

1 game makes him a good offensive player? He also scored in double figures only 2 other time the whole year, against powerhouses Towson and Texas Tech. Yes I know he played limited minutes behind TRob, but there were games when he played 16-22 min and only scored in double figures in the games I mentioned already. At the end of it all, he avg 3.4 pts.

Look, I like Young for what he is, am energy player that will rebound, be active, and like 702 said, get those garbage points. But he isn't a good offensive player that will help the low post scoring in the flow of the offense. Did he really show last year that he was capable of being a post scorer?

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