Monday, February 18, 2013

Kansas center Jeff Withey shares Big 12 player of the week honors

Kansas center Jeff Withey blocks a shot by Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder during the first half on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Earlier in the game, Withey set a new KU career block record.

Kansas center Jeff Withey blocks a shot by Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder during the first half on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Earlier in the game, Withey set a new KU career block record.


Kansas center Jeff Withey earned Big 12 player of the week honors, the conference announced Monday. Withey shares this week's award with Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez.

Withey posted 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as the Jayhawks recorded wins over KSU and Texas last week. The senior shot 47.6 percent from the field and made 80 percent of his free throws while blocking seven shots and grabbing six steals.

Withey posted a double-double in both games, finishing with 17 points and 10 boards against the Wildcats and following with 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Longhorns.

Withey also became the Big 12 career leader in blocked shots with his 265th rejection in Saturday's game against Texas.


Kip_McSmithers 6 years ago

Wouldn't he avg 10 rebounds if he had 10 the KSU game and 10 the texas game? I thought he had 11 in the texas game.

John Boyle 6 years ago

I like math. Math shall set us free!

Jonathan Allison 6 years ago

No, your math is wrong. You inadvertantly skipped a step because you were attempting to solve the problem in your head.

You forgot to apply the principle of adjusted effort value of rebounding.

jaybate 6 years ago

Averaging 17/10 today is like averaging 20/14 even 5 years ago, given the whistle swallowing trend line.

Jayhawk444 6 years ago

No kidding. And it's not just a recent trend either. Ever pay close attention to one of those old black and white clips? Those guys never make contact with any of the other players.

Michael Pannacciulli 6 years ago

Jaybate..such a short post...everything okay??

Michael Bratisax 6 years ago

Absolutely..but as with most things, it goes through cycles. I remember OU scoring 173 points when Billy Tubbs (I can't think of any coach I despised more) was the head coach. Loyola Marymount was another school that like running up the score when Paul Westhead was their coach. Hell, we put 150 on Kentucky. Roy didn't like being told to f***-off. Sooner or later, teams will start putting up more points.

HawkitToEm 6 years ago

Big 12 refs are swallowing their whistles so that when big 12 teams play big 10 schools in the tournament, they aren't bullied around. big 10 ball is way more physical than what big 12 ball was a year or more ago.

Brad Farha 6 years ago

Good point. I hope this pays dividends over the years in terms of NCAA tournament performance for Big 12 teams.

Michael Bratisax 6 years ago

The Big Ten is a better conference than the Big 12 this year. Going into Ohio State and getting a W was a big win for Kansas and we should have beaten Michigan State but I doubt our conference will do better than theirs in the NCAA. Not sure we will get more than three teams into the tournament.

texashawk10 6 years ago

Big 12 gets at least 4 in and probably 6. KU, KSU, OSU, and OU all will get in and ISU and Baylor likely get in as long as neither has an epic collapse down the stretch.

justinryman 6 years ago


How many of his blocks in the Kstate game were from Angels shots? Or how many of his shots did he alter?


Way to go Jeff, wonder what the @fakejeffwithey thinks?

Jeff Coffman 6 years ago

I agree...shared is a joke, when you look at head to head.

KGphoto 6 years ago

Well, he averaged 18 points, 8 assists, 3 steals and 3.5 rebounds. Shot 77% FT, 48% FG, and 43% 3pt. That's a pretty nice two-game line.

I'd obviously still give it to Jeff for the reason you mention, shots altered, but their stats are pretty darn close otherwise.

Michael Pannacciulli 6 years ago

Really...I was hoping that the overwhelming scene would have made him announce to Self this morning he was on board...

I suspect he will do the prudent thing and keep checking out all options and wait for the last second to see what may happen with potential coaching changes, Wiggins, etc..

Michael Bratisax 6 years ago

I have a good feeling that we will land him. He is basically assured to be a starter on the new Fab 5.

jayhawkintexas 6 years ago

+1. How can Rodríguez even be considered after the beating they received from KU?

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