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Kansas defeats Texas, 73-47

  • 8 p.m., Feb. 16, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Simply smothering: Defense carries Kansas to rout of Texas

Kansas players Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor (31) and other players go wild after a bucket by Tyler Self in the final minutes against Texas on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas players Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor (31) and other players go wild after a bucket by Tyler Self in the final minutes against Texas on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU coach Bill Self talks after win over Texas

Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 73-47 victory over Texas on Feb. 17, 2013.

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KU-Texas

If ESPN’s “GameDay” announcers like defense, they’ll definitely push for more and more telecasts at Kansas University, site of the Jayhawks’ 73-47 smothering of Texas on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Oh, there were some enjoyable offensive plays, such as Ben McLemore’s full 360-degree, forceful two-handed dunk and Tyler Self’s driving bucket in the lane during walk-on time, but defense told the story on a night the Jayhawks improved to 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the Big 12. Texas fell to 11-14, 3-9.

“Defensively, we were terrific,” KU coach Bill Self said. “We defended great in the first half.”

Texas hit just five of 26 shots the first half as KU raced to a 28-15 halftime advantage. By game’s end, the Longhorns finished 12-of-55 shooting for 21.8 percent (2-for-21 from three), which is a historically low figure.

It is the lowest shooting percentage by a KU opponent since at least the 1975-76 season. Before that, box scores did not include shot attempts, thus no figures are available.

Texas had just three assists, fewest in a regular-season game since Ohio’s three on Nov. 26, 2010.

“We had back-to-back shot-clock violations. I don’t know if we’ve ever had that when the other team isn’t stalling the ball,” Self said of Texas’ being unable to attempt a shot on two straight possessions late in the first half. “I thought Jeff (Withey, 15 points, 11 boards and two blocks in passing Chris Mihm as the Big 12 all-time shot block leader) was terrific, and Travis (Releford, 15 points, seven first half) got us off to a good start.”

Elijah Johnson shook a slump by scoring 12 points off 5-of-10 shooting with four assists against one turnover. McLemore had 13 points and six boards.

The Jayhawks put on quite a show for former KU guard Mario Chalmers, who had his jersey retired in a halftime ceremony, and other NBA Jayhawks in the stands: Marcus and Markieff Morris, Xavier Henry, Nick Collison, Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson.

“It helps when they (former KU players) throw us a reminder,” said Johnson, who receives texts from Chalmers and Tyshawn Taylor regularly.

“They simplify it and say, ‘Been there,’” Johnson added of players reminding the current Jayhawks they’ve also been through tough times. “A couple players have said, ‘Been there,’ to me.

“At one point (in three- game losing streak), we were playing for everybody but ourselves. Time was passing. It was passing so fast, and we were having fun, but not the kind of fun we wanted to have,” Johnson added. “We had a couple of meetings and checked ourselves in the mirror. We started to enjoy each other more. With those losses, we showed how much more we care for each other. We don’t like to see each other hurt like that. We tried to nip that in the bud.

“Everybody is just playing. Nobody is thinking. Everybody is going after what they think belongs to them,” Johnson added.

The Jayhawks had a blast this weekend, visiting with the former players in town, taking part in “GameDay” festivities and also filming a “Harlem Shake” video Friday in the locker room.

“I’m not big on social networking,” Johnson said with a smile. “That was all Justin Wesley. At first, I wasn’t big on doing it. I’ll step out of my comfort zone a little bit, and I think everyone else felt the same way. When Justin kind of forced us to do it, it turned into us having so much energy yesterday, and we went into practice, and it carried over. We just started to realize there is not too much time left to enjoy it. Right now, it is something we can look back on and say, ‘Hey when we were going through a bad time, this is when it started to get fun,’ and we have a video now to show it.”

Self approved of the video. In fact, he’s in it, writing “Harlem Shake” on the board before the players perform the Shake.

“It kind of shows team unity,” Self said. “I think our fans like to see our guys are real, too.”

The Jayhawks will meet Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla.

Comments

W.C. Beck 1 year, 8 months ago

Great victory, guys! Love seeing the team play loose and confident...keep it up and carry it into the next game in Stillwater. Rock Chalk!

Sam Constance 1 year, 8 months ago

So wait... is everyone on Texas' team related? Or were they honoring this "Longhorns" guy by putting his name on all their jerseys?

actorman 1 year, 8 months ago

That's funny! I gotta say, though, I did like the front of their jerseys. I thought they looked pretty good -- at least until they started playing the game.

John Randall 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm sure putting Longhorns on the back and Texas on the front was the biggest embarrassment Bevo has had in a while.

Ethan Berger 1 year, 8 months ago

We seemed to struggle on offense some, but we still looked good. This was as good as a win as we can get. What happened when our number 1 scorer was cold? The other 4 guys stepped up. EJ look real sharp, great movement and it was good to see him hit contested layups. Now once his three starts falling.... yikes. KY was so active, proving why he should be the starter. He was the heartbeat in the first half. Withey was dominate on defense, but passive on offense. And T Rel still needs to shoot more. He really doesn't miss. All around, if Randle can look at this trip and say it isn't where he wants to be, then maybe he didn't connect to our players. But the atmosphere was incredible and I like our chances of landing him.

Phoggy_Notion 1 year, 8 months ago

Spot on, Hawk90. I agree with everything, particularly the comment about KY. Casual fans don't quite grasp the value of a guy like KY, moreover the importance for him to be in the starting lineup. Active players, whether they are making or missing shots, will find ways to provide production. Furthermore, I am a huge believer in carry-over roles, through individual influence and inspiring play, from one year's lineup to another's. 'Glue guys', 'Trash men', 'Scrappers', etc. are roles--if present--that should always be featured in the starting lineup because of their play's contagious nature.

The best coaches find ways to fill their primary lineup with a variety of roles that younger/bench/un-established players can identify with, and subsequently adopt in order to satisfy individual utility, while also providing the type of depth that leads to consistent success. Coach Self is just on a whole 'nother level with this type of coaching; mixing high quality talent with high character players. Don't ever take our success for granted!

John Randall 1 year, 8 months ago

Travis doesn't miss much because he doesn't shoot when he doesn't have a high % look. His maturity is as amazing as his stroke, almost as his D. I liked him in the 'point' position, moving the ball to where it needed to be.

Jack Wilson 1 year, 8 months ago

But I'd suggest, without a doubt in my mind, that if Releford shot more and had lower percentage, we'd be much better offensively. When did he drive the ball last night? Lots and lots of untapped resources there.

monkeehawkSL8 1 year, 8 months ago

HEM, do you know if HCBS has ever told Travis to shoot more? Take 15 shots a game or you'll count the # of gum spots on stairs of the Field House kind of thing? Or does Travis use offense to rest from his defensive duties?

Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

Tho some primates may take things to extremes, your comment seems a bit off-base after this game. Your comment is absolutely spot on for the 3 game slide. Which one was the 1 FGA game? That was a leadership void, but glad to see them growing out of it.

bwag 1 year, 8 months ago

EJ is shooting too much and has never been a lights out shooter. (He has hit some big shots in past years, but has never shot for high consistency). He had 10 shots, more than everyone on the team except Withey. More than the lottery pick McLemore and more than Releford who is probably leading the nation or near the top in True Shooting %. Until EJ learns how to run the offense and get those 2 along with Withey the shots, we will go down early in the tournament and have some bad losses. Tharpe and EJ shoot too much. Run the offense. Don't try to be the offense.

hawk_of_ages 1 year, 8 months ago

It's a little simplistic to look only at the number of attempts. It's not like EJ's been going one-on-one at the expense of the offense or taking early shots without running anything. The shots he takes are in the flow of the offense, and they're usually wide open and in rhythm -- he just needs to make more of them. If he can do that, it will open things back up for Ben and Travis.

And it's not like EJ hasn't been looking for his teammates. He's racked up a lot of assists even during his slump; unfortunately those were canceled out by turnovers.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

Or maybe some of the others need to step up and take shots when they are less than perfect openings. It's not like the ball doesn't reach the others.

Also, the 40+% from 3 for the last month or so last year was pretty lights out.

Michael Luby 1 year, 8 months ago

anyone got a video link for Chalmers' jersey retirement?

AsadZ 1 year, 8 months ago

Its now posted on KUSports by Jesse.

Phoggy_Notion 1 year, 8 months ago

Very happy to see the Hawks making defensive plays that lead to offense once again! Even more happy to see EJ's box score read 5-10 fg, while only being 1-4 from 3. Its amazing how a player's cold streak can appear absent when he substitutes a few high % shot attempts for a couple less low % FGA. Glad to see the ball go in the basket for you tonight, EJ.

Although I am still shaking my head about the TCU game, I am very excited for the scenario in which the Hawks find themselves in, and believe that an up-hill battle(@osu, isu, and Baylor), with no room for error, is just the challenge for a group who lost their edge a few weeks back.  There is no question that Wednesday night's game will be a glimpse into this group's potential, and the greatest test of their growth so-far.
       ~ Cannot wait to see if this bunch can muster up the kind of intestinal fortitude that bolstered last season's group of overachievers.  RCJ!

bwag 1 year, 8 months ago

EJ has more shot attempts than McLemore & Releford. That will mean a loss when we play a decent team and in the tourney. He needs to completely focused on running the offense and getting those guys and Withey shots.

hotrodm 1 year, 8 months ago

Perry Ellis looked like he now gets it. He made some nice plays, Perry is playing tough and his shot looks better. Just a matter of time until it all clicks for him.

KEITHMILES05 1 year, 8 months ago

Sorry but I totally disagree.

Perry has no idea how to play defense, doesn't move his feet, uses his hands. He has a long ways to go. He needs to get alot stronger in the upper body and this summer Hudy should get him in shape. How many loose balls does he have taken away from him by not going strong?

Offense isn't the problem with him.

Kye Clark 1 year, 8 months ago

Great game with the rout, jersey retirement, ESPN game day, former player players in attendance, Julius Randle, etc.

Now Wednesday we'll get to see if this team is really "back".

The last two games have been great for restoring confidence, but it won't be until they go on the road to Stillwater and deliver some payback that we can breathe a sigh of relief going forward.

tis4tim 1 year, 8 months ago

My game summation is as follows: Shoot more, Travis!

And OK St. is about to find out how real we are. Rock chalk!

Jack Wilson 1 year, 8 months ago

"My game summation is as follows: Shoot more, Travis!"

That seems like my life's summation!

KansasComet 1 year, 8 months ago

We are undefeated in games in which Travis Releford scores at least 10 points. I am not saying that is the key, but it does not hurt. Defense and rebounding will carry this team far.

Rio Adams, hang in there. Your time to shine will come!

Kent Richardson 1 year, 8 months ago

We also had more of Releford benefit in this game during the first half. Without his 7 we shut a team out and would have stll only led by single digits.

Bob Bailey 1 year, 8 months ago

Perhaps our 3 game loss had to do with a flu breakout. It was admitted thar Withey had it; maybe it sort of ran the route.

Unfortunately, Drs. don't learn anything from the veteranarians. I personally have used an inhalant flu vaccine from the vets for about 20 years. You not only don't catch the flu, you don't get ANY upper inhalant infection, not even a cold. The viruses are bovine specific, and are attenuated as well. You have to prepare the doses, and they are refigerated. It will cause some irritation in your receptor cells, but it thoroly develops: antibodies, white cells, interferon, and (4th,too old to call up mentally) . They work well for about 6 months. It always seemed to me it would be well to protect all our athletes, and students. Cost is less than $2 per dose, and a 'cattleman' can buy the stuff without a prescrption. Anyone who cares, it is identified as Nasalgen; bovine rhinotracheitis-parainfluenza3 vaccine. Don't inhale more than 1 cc. Comes in packages of 10 doses. Mine are in the freezer.

bwag 1 year, 8 months ago

I always knew the NCAA treated the players like cattle, but your suggestion would be the icing on the cake.

JayhawkRock78 1 year, 8 months ago

When Ben got the ball on that fast break and looked to make sure he had room, I knew we were going to see something special. It may have happened before, but that's the first 360 dunk I've seen in AFH!

Good to see EJ's shots falling. KY's scrambling was terrific, Travis taking more shots helps too.

The photo above shows one of my favorite game shots this year...our starters on the bench going nuts when our walk-ons are on the court scoring, and if memory serves this is the second moment for Tyler Self.

Kye Clark 1 year, 8 months ago

Julian Wright had one (they used to play it during the intro video. Not sure if it's still in there), but not sure it was in AFH

JayhawkRock78 1 year, 8 months ago

Bob48,

We take the Longhorns down and you post about Bovine meds. Interesting.

Mel Clare 1 year, 8 months ago

Did we let a good one get away? Royce Woolridge's stats from saturday night against Oregon........

41 minutes 10 of 15 from the floor 6 of 9 from 3 point range 10 of 11 free throws Rebs 4 Asst 5 Stls 3 Total points 36

WOW!!!!!!!!!! Great job Royce!

dylans 1 year, 8 months ago

Royce probably wouldn't have developed on the same arc at KU due to a complete lack of playing time. He would be behind EJ and Tharpe. Not a lot of minutes to go around. Also Royce didn't look so good against a good D.

But keep it up Royce. I wish all the past jayhawks success.

texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

Royce would probably be ahead of Naadir if he stayed because he would be a junior this year and in his second year of playing significant minutes and quite possibly starting this year at PG instead if EJ (If he stayed, who knows what the team wiuld look like today). There's no way to definitively know what Royce would be if were still a Jayhawk, but my guess would be a competent PG who's further along in his developement than he is now.

Timothy Rake 1 year, 8 months ago

Yes, the freshman point guard Dominic Artis has been out with foot injury for about three weeks now. No news here in Eugene about when/if he'll reappear this season.

justinryman 1 year, 8 months ago

Getting ready for Wednesday nights game and I can only think of one thing to show these players and that is an OKst player doing a back handspring into a back flip on James Naismith Court.

Put an ipad on the bench and anytime a player is playing soft or slow just show them that video. If they have pride they will go out and destroy OKst.

And anytime Texas loses its a good day. Anytime Kansas can make them look inadequate that is a GREAT day.

Jerry Rockhold 1 year, 8 months ago

We played very tough defense against a weak Texas team. Still think that we're a much better team with Tharpe at PG & EJ playing at the 2 or coming off the bench. When Tharpe is running the offense, the offensive flow is much better & we seem to get out in transition for easy baskets & get back to playing "Kansas basketball." We had a very good stretch earlier in the year where we won easily over some good teams & his assist/turnover ratio was great. He showed what a difference maker he can be again when we blew K-State away with him running the point.

I think Tharpe is the X-factor for a good KU team to be a great team, especially with another Big 12 title on the line & in the upcoming conference tourney & March Madness.

Kent Richardson 1 year, 8 months ago

He could be big against the cowboys if he can apply permiter pressure at both ends.

AsadZ 1 year, 8 months ago

I feel the same. Tharpe at PG and EJ at SG has generally resulted in better Offense.

kuballhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

Anyone know why Kirk Hinrich rarely (if ever) makes the trip back to Lawrence?? Great to see the alums support the program. Loved seeing McLemore joking around with several guys near the end of the game.

Kye Clark 1 year, 8 months ago

It's late and the article I got this from is a few days old, but I had to share this: found this quote on Jason King's "King's Court" article he writes every week:

"Our bad years are not that bad. Take a school like Missouri. Our bad years are better than their good years." -- Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds

Not sure how accurate that is (SZ making that statement would be far more apt), but the fact that he pointed to Misery as the basis for having poor "good years" cracked me up.

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