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Kansas defeats Oklahoma State, 68-67

  • 8 p.m., Feb. 20, 2013
  • Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, OK

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mr. Big Shot: Naadir Tharpe’s field goal puts KU on top

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe gets a hug from head coach Bill Self after sinking a floater to give the Jayhawks the advantage over Oklahoma State with seconds remaining in double overtime on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe gets a hug from head coach Bill Self after sinking a floater to give the Jayhawks the advantage over Oklahoma State with seconds remaining in double overtime on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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— Bill Self raced over to the man of the hour, the hero of the game, Naadir Tharpe, and wrapped his arms around the 5-foot-11 point guard, giving him a heck of a hug after Kansas University’s 68-67 double-overtime victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“Coach just said, ‘You hit the game-winner,’” Tharpe said, smiling after his 7-footer in the lane with 16.5 ticks left in double OT pushed the Jayhawks (22-4, 10-3) into a tie for first place in the Big 12 Conference with Kansas State. Oklahoma State, which beat KU, 85-80, on Feb. 2 in Lawrence, fell to 9-4.

“A lot of people don’t believe in me. (Self) does,” added Tharpe, who ran the show exclusively after Elijah Johnson fouled out in the first overtime.

“Coach called ‘flat,’ which we call at the end of the (shot) clock. I knew I had to make a play. I was a little disappointed in myself. I let Forte (Phil) hit a shot to tie the game (at 63-63 in first OT). I had some turnovers at the end. I was real thankful for coach doing that (hug) and having confidence in me.”

Tharpe, who finished with four points off 2-of-11 shooting (0-for-6 from three), certainly hit the one big shot when it counted.

Self felt he deserved a personal audience as KU had a short celebration following the final horn.

“I said, ‘You won the game. It’s the biggest play you ever made in your life,’” Self said of a shot that Self said was “well-guarded” by Forte. “He and Ben’s shot against Iowa State (three to force overtime in KU victory over Cyclones) are our two biggest shots of the season so far.”

Oklahoma State still had a chance to win by converting on its final possession. With Marcus Smart (16 points, 11-for-14 from line and 2-of-14 from the field) having fouled out in the second OT, Markel Brown put up a jumper with 10 seconds left. The ball caromed to the corner, where Travis Releford kept the ball in bounds and tipped it downcourt away from Brown as the clock expired.

“Forte was falling and tried to throw it off Travis. Travis was able to keep that ball in bounds and bat it forward. It really was an unbelievable play by Trav,” Self added of the senior who had 18 points off 7-of-10 shooting and 4-for-7 free-throwing.

Regulation ended tied when Smart missed a deep fadeaway from three. The first overtime ended when Releford missed a driving shot with :03 left, and Smart missed a deep heave. Self said he thought Releford was fouled, “But it worked out OK. He made a great move but didn’t get the call.”

Smart actually heaved a three-quarter-court shot that almost broke the tie after one OT, barely missing.

“That was more like fourth-fifths-court,” Self said. “That shocked me. There were three seconds left, and he just shoots it.”

Jeff Withey was huge for KU by hitting 11 of 14 free throws, grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring 17 points with four blocks. Also, Kevin Young had 11 rebounds and eight points. Jamari Traylor provided a spark when needed the first half with four points.

“He is a man,” KU coach Self said of OSU’s Smart. “He goes 2-for-14, we do about the best job we can on him and he makes free throws.”

KU will meet TCU at 3 p.m. Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Comments

Robin Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

Personally, I was never too concerned even with such a back-and-forth game and the many whistles. I had kind of thought we would play close and win, and when it was close I just believed this team would pull it out as they have so many times before.

Big Time Plays:

  • Jamari Put-Back Dunk

  • BMac's come from nowhere Put-Back Dunk

  • Withey drawin fouls & hittin free throws

  • BMac's rainbow 3

  • Releford, just all the time

  • EJ Attackin the Rack after the Whistle

  • EJ gettin layups

  • Guards controllin the ball after EJ got bounced

  • Tharpe's Floater (of course)

and, perhaps the weirdest and most important play of the game

  • McLemore slipping on the floor in the lane, such that when Smart drove he was obstructed and slowed a little, and Releford got set for the solid charge that fouled Smart out. I'm not sure that would have happened like that without Ben lying in the paint.

What a great win.

That's What We Do

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AZHawk72 1 year, 1 month ago

Okay, Wetsuhawk, the captions:

Of course, Letterman style;

  1. We'll show them we can read in Oklahoma.
  2. Hey, what are words doing on this side--I never signed-on for reading anything.
  3. What do I do with this when we lose?
  4. Man, I can't wait to put this up in the trailer park.
  5. Geez, I didn't know Weeden was 29--at least I only had four senior years.
  6. Wow, nice pictures. I need a date this weekend--ya' wanna go to Arkansas?
  7. Gosh, our football recruiting class is full of jucos--are we THAT close to Kansas?
  8. Hey, dude, do I have the right side out?
  9. This paper thing was a great idea--my wife thinks I'm at a bar.
  10. So, this is what soft core porn looks like--what a clever way to get us to hold these up.
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WETSUhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Taking suggestions for a caption.

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davehawkSWK 1 year, 1 month ago

In many of the comments there have been numerous references to the officials and their lack of continuity on the floor. As a former official, I agree with the references to the bad officiating. Many officials do play to the crowd as they often forget that they are NOT the primary participants in the game, but they do love the limelight associated with officiating the big games. That being said I feel that it is time for the fans to inundate the NCAA rules committee with their feelings concerning the downhill slide of officiating quality. My feelings:

OFFICIALS

1) Get away from the NBA mentality whereby it is ok to wrestle someone in the low-post and/or body block an opponent to keep that person from the rim.

2) College hoops has progressed in the world picture to the point that many foreign athletes want to come to the U.S.A. to play ball. Please stop the trend of the players bringing the accepted practice of the more physical the game, the better the game.

3) I do not care whether the guard on the dribble is from KU or from the other colleges that play the 'Hawks. If the guard initiates the contact, CALL THE PLAYER CONTROL FOUL!. No guard should be allowed to take away the defensive effort by jumping into the defender and getting the foul called on a great defender. Mr. Dick (emphasis on Dick) Vitale extolled the wonderful guard play on offense where the guard would forearm the defender and then step back to shoot after creating distance by getting the defender out play. In his diatribe "Great play, baby, creating space for the shot!" Of course his comments were most often during the Duke or NC games.

Basketball is a wonderful sport and needs to be officiated so that there is balance on both sides of the ball and both ends of the court.

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Carolyn Hunzicker 1 year, 1 month ago

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THREE MINUTES DURING THE ENTIRE GAME AND TWO OT'S BEN MC LAMORE LOOKED TOTALLY LOST.....

ANOTHER YEAR IS WHAT HE NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS DRIBBLE, SHOOTING WITH HIS LEFT HAND AND LEARNING HOW TO PLAY DEFENSE.. AND, HE ALWAYS GOES TO THE RIGHT ALWAYS

ANOTHER YEAR BEN, OR GO SET ON THE BENCH WITH TR AND THE OTHERS

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iamakufan 1 year, 1 month ago

Tharpe's comment that a lot of people don't believe in him surprised me. I suspect he's confusing the typical comments made while someone is learning as meaning we don't think he can do the job. He has shown that he is coming along nicely and is going to be an outstanding player for KU. It just takes time. He's coming along nicely.

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Jonathan Allison 1 year, 1 month ago

coming down the stretch for the Big 12 title race I see KU potentially faultering at ISU, KSU losing at OSU, OSU losing at ISU, ISU losing at OU, and OU winning out.

KU and KSU end up tied for first at 14-4 OSU, and OU end up tied for 3rd at 13-5 ISU comes in fifth at 12-6.

I hope that KU wins out, because we could have 30 wins by the start of the NCAAs, but we'll have our hands full with ISU.

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tical523 1 year, 1 month ago

Tharpe was not on last night with his shot but they were mostly just missed good looks, except for one three. He is the difference maker we need, if I was a coach I would empahisize to him to never pick up the dribble. He could be a Steve Nash /.Euro style PG and be very effective. Great looking shot, they will fall.

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Ethan Berger 1 year, 1 month ago

I haven't seen anyone mention Traylor yet, but he was our best player in the first half. He didn't play timid, brought in great controlled energy and pushed through when KY and Withey were in foul trouble. Also, it was good to see EJ back. I haven't seen a player break that many ankles in one game in a long time. He has been doing it all year, but the shots haven't been falling. Now they shots fell and it was a force. T Rel needs to drive more. He might be the best Lay uper? in the college ranks. He always perfectly places the ball on the back board. He was fantastic on offense yesterday. B Mac shot and missed, hey it happens. Withey got a few bogus fouls, but refs sucked on both sides. Esp in the OTs.

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Kye Clark 1 year, 1 month ago

Hey Le'Bryan Nash: how'd you love playing us last night and showing why you picked OSU instead of KU? 3-10 with 3 reb, 4 TOs, 1 assist, 8 points. Yeah, you sure showed us. Love how even with Smart out you were still only the third best option on your team.

Choke on it punk.

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MinorThreat 1 year, 1 month ago

I wish McLemore could have made the trip down to OK, we could have used him last night.

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 1 month ago

Agreed it was a poorly officiated game as usual & the announcers were posing to give the love to OSU afterwards. They didn't think Kansas would pull it out. That makes it even more satisfying to be victorious. They get paid to talk & you're right about the zone defenses. Someone stayed on Ben the entire time. Great to pull out a W when your leading scorer is shutdown. Showed the hearts of champions, and it's not too much to expect anything less from a Kansas team. More coffee on the table Mable, time to go to the DVR for the reply!

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machinegun 1 year, 1 month ago

We have the best coach in the entire country. He's really fired up about his team. Go back and review the video. At the end of the game, watch Big Bill's reaction as BMac crosses half-court with the ball after Travis makes that unbelievable save. Big Bill wanted this one really bad!

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Pitthawk34 1 year, 1 month ago

Where's the post game audio?

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Robert Brock 1 year, 1 month ago

McLemore is definitely not comfortable driving to the glass in traffic and heavily guarded. He will have to learn to do this in The League; for now, he is just a catch-and-shoot guy.

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justinryman 1 year, 1 month ago

I think Self had to go to the refs before the first OT and say, "hey look they had 4 fouls in the second half until they tried to foul. We had over 10. Really? I know how much money Boone can throw around, so don't get caught up in it."

That is when OKst started getting called for their pushes and holds and grabs. The continually kept them in the game in the second half.

Now with that said, no ref will ever call a perfect game. No player will play a perfect game. No coach will coach perfect game. There were mistakes made by all last night that kept OSU close, bad shot selections. Not putting a body on someone. Turnovers. Missed FTs. Not having a team prepared for a press or traps or ....hold on here comes my announcer BS.

When OKst went to a zone they weren't playing a 2-3. Someone was always on Ben. It was a box and 1 and at times looked like a triangle and two. It wasn't morphing into man 2 man or a match-up zone.

Oh and Marcus Smart might be tough, but a warrior? how many times can you say warrior when thats not the mascot? Fortes jumper on the baseline when he duke flopped? They said there was all kinds of contact until the replay then they said he sold it. I knew right away he flopped like duke, and they were sold he got tackled.

It seems the B-teams of announcers at espn, like to take the lower ranked team and push for them that way if that team wins, they look smart. Well I got news for those two last night, aint nothing going to make them look smart. Every time KU fouled it was a good call. When OKst fouled it was questionable. They were bigger homers than Fran Fraschilla doing an OU game this year.

But hey KU over came and won this bad boy. Tough to be tied for 1st when you have beaten a team twice. Just gotta take care of biz and it will all work out.

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Steve Gantz 1 year, 1 month ago

No offense to OSU whom I admire a lot, but I did a flip in the living room after the game.

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William Weissbeck 1 year, 1 month ago

Beginning to look like a Big East game. Still too many TO's, FT% too low, and McLemore needs to get to the line.

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 1 month ago

Man I am here to tell you it is absolutely snowing to beat the band out here. It's exactly 100 ft from my kitchen window to the first cattle gate & I can barely see about 50 ft further to the first tree in the pasture. Has been doing this for hours now. When I listened to Gurley & Bill on post game radio last night, one of them said they would be 4-5 in the morning at best before they would get back home. Last night, as always, I remembered the tradgedies that have happened with athletic teams traveling in awful weather & whispered a litlle prayer when I heard that. Was only 21 years old when the Wichita State & Marshall U crashes took place. Seems to me they were only about a month apart. Plus has only been 2 yrs since the OSU women's crash & about 10 yrs prior for the men's crash. Makes i tall come to view with a greater perspective for sure, OSU has had more than their share of loss, so I'd hope that all the trash talkers could take this into consideration before displaying any poor sportsmanship & smackdowns. Tough teams, tough game, but that's all it really is.

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BCRavenJHawkfan 1 year, 1 month ago

The guys need to get into their hyperbaric chambers to recover from this slugfest. Good win. Now destroy TCU!

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HawkKlaw 1 year, 1 month ago

Naadir is cold as the weather outside! He's got ice in his veins. That play at the end of the game was so clutch. And the look on his face in that pic above is priceless: "It's weird to not be in trouble right now, Coach!" I'm a huge fan of Tharpe and have been since he came to KU, but even I didn't expect him to be contributing so greatly this season. Naadir is going to do some great things at Kansas.

And the sky is the limit if he can shoot the ball with a little more accuracy (and stop throwing up random three-point shots before an offensive play is run...stop doing that! haha).

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 1 month ago

I thought we were a half step quicker most all of the game. But fatigue really showed late & in OT's for the pokes. Also I was glad to see the energizer bunny, (KY) back in the game late. Was beginning to think he was done when Self kept playing small with about 4 to go. Rele played 48 minutes & was still flying around at the end to keep that ball in play. I guess this is why I love this game so much, to see the almost unbelievable efforts that these young men can give. Was on the edge of the chair from about 5 min in reg on. We must be adrenaline junkies to sit through hours of tv like this. And as badly as Tharpe played all night, he was just as spectacular at the end. When I watch a game alone, I don't talk out loud much at all, but some of the TO's he made had me yapping on several occaisions.These guys all stepped up to the level of a champion last night.Even Traylor played well in his 10 or so min. If we can stay on this type of roll through the rest of conference,maybe we can get back a #1 seed. They proved they can win with defense & getting to the rim without the ouside shots falling & their leading scorer held in check. Yes indeed, this is exactly why I love KU basketball.

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Navyjayhawker 1 year, 1 month ago

I may now be at risk for a divorce, because I was screaming at the TV all night. I haven't had so many different emotions since the comeback against the Mizzou kitty cats last year in the Phog.

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JayhawkRock78 1 year, 1 month ago

Big man, You can see some of this stuff on TV, but watching it live with seats close to the action leave no doubt. The refs these days just ignore most of the battles going on in the paint and then call a tricky tack foul away from the ball. It is as if the refs think nobody can see the war, but a touch out in the open is forbidden.

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Ron Franklin 1 year, 1 month ago

Funny how Vegas had the spread at 1.5 and it was a one point game all throughout, tied up at each break.

Funny how every time Ford called time and drew up a play his team just stood around dribbling and then took low percentage shots.

Funny how when Bill drew up plays out of timeouts the Hawks scored.

Funny how we just came of three losses in a row and then grind one out with Oklahoma State and we already have fans proclaiming the big 12 championship and writing off TCU, Iowa St, WVa, Tech and Baylor. There is plenty of season left fellas, no time to let up now and think that it's a easy ride from here.

Funny how little McLemore can move without the ball and get open.

Funny how bad the refs were.

Funny how Bob Davis sounds so sad calling good plays by the other team.

Funny what EJ can do when he plays within himself.

Funny what Travis can do when he tries.

Funny how BIll has figured out how to win games with the Team going 1/11 from 3 and missing Free throws. Those stats costs us against UNI and VCU, etc.

Funny how I'm so happy about this win that everything is funny.

Funny RockChalk

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FearlessJayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Tharpe captures the true essence of this game. Sad and boring

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REHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

jaybate, what do you think about the job we did on Smart? The kid kept on a'comin', but Man o Man is he ever gonna limp to the whirlpool today!

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jayhawkinATL 1 year, 1 month ago

Hey, Rio...check out Naadir's comments in this article!!!

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142466 1 year, 1 month ago

Four comments about this year's team and the state of NCAA BB. I follow both with interest but not nearly as closely as most of you. Please convince me that I'm wrong in my assertions. (1) Our big men, especially Withey, greatly miss the special coaching given them by former assistant, Danny Manning. This will probably prevent us from going deep into the NCAA tourney this year. Whether or not Self can somehow fill that coaching void may well determine whether he stays at Kansas for 12 to 18 more years and finishes as one of the top 10 NCAA BB coaches of all-time. (2) Several key players on this year's KU squad often fail to play with the intensity of prior years' teams. Especially in pursuing loose balls and contested rebounds. (3) "One & Dones" are bad for college BB, especially bad for player development and for fans' satisfaction in watching that development over a 4 year period. (4) Overall quality of play in NCAA BB is deteriorating rapidly. Too many early departures. After largely ignoring the NBA for several decades I now find myself watching mostly the pro league. It's the only venue remaining to watch BB that is not embarrasingly bad.

Say it ain't so.

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Lindsey Buscher 1 year, 1 month ago

aOSU doesn't deserve the league title, can't even sellout a game with first place on the line.

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Cameron Schienebeck 1 year, 1 month ago

Good to get the win and good Naadir made that shot but he continues to be one of the biggest momentum killers on the team. It seems whenever we get a quick 2 to go up a few points followed by a stop he comes back and launches a 3 withot a pass. He just doesn't have a pull up 3 in his game yet. That with some shaky ball handling and passes to the corner from the top of the keys leaves me nauseous to watch him handle the ball.

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kupopp 1 year, 1 month ago

Boone Pickens just got razzed on CNBC's Squawk Box about the game. He was not happy.

LMAO

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hawkmaster 1 year, 1 month ago

Bottom line, KU wins....Strange game of momentum shifts, KU wins when I actually thought OSU had the momentum.

Sorry, but I thought that was a LOT of bad offense and not good D a lot of the time. Can we trade our PG roster plus a few others for Marcus Smart, I fantasize if Self would have landed Marcus Smart. We win in spite of our PGs.

I'm not going to give NT a lot of credit for the win, because any of his missed 6 3-pointers (0 for 6) could have also won it! NT with 4 TOs and 3 assists and getting outplayed by his OSU guard counterparts is not worthy of celebration, sometimes better to be lucky than good.

What the heck was going on with BMac, he was afraid of the ball, spent most of his time as the player farthest from the bucket in crunch time. Smart....injured, bad shooting night, actually wanted the ball and was the far better player last night. Well, his getting racked up near the end would have hampered any post-game flips!!

Good news, KU showed it can win without BMac, but I don't think it will many times. Did EJ finally get it, he did not shoot a 3-pointer and got to the bucket...what I like to see (although NT made up by shooting too many bad 3s). NT still dribbles/hogs the ball and it almost cost KU. KU's offense apparently can't be fixed, but Withey and Releford pulled them through.

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Michael Sillman 1 year, 1 month ago

Hopefully at the end of the season, we'll be able to apply Admiral Yamamoto's words regarding the Pearl Harbor attack to the losing streak that started with OSU:

I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled it with a terrible resolve.

Great win, Jayhawks, in a very tough venue.

One more really hard place to win coming up next week: Hilton

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Tophawk 1 year, 1 month ago

tough gritty road win! great win Hawks!!!! get home safely!!!

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Michael Luby 1 year, 1 month ago

Revenge is so very sweet sometimes :) HA!

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Jack Jones 1 year, 1 month ago

Once again the Hawk's defensive effort resulted in a victory in what had to be the biggest game of this year > so far. Our Senior leadership and the Bill Self emphasis on the defensive end of the court is second to none in the league. EJ's play in these past three games > aggressively driving the ball inside, and scoring, is the EJ of old and bodes well for future games. A tough, tough gritty win in a huge game, in a difficult arena, against a really good basketball team. Great two-overtime win, Jayhawks.

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jbal32 1 year, 1 month ago

I personally think EJ won the game for KU. There for a little bit it seemed that nobody could guard him and he was good on defense as well. No 3 point attempts and several successful lane attacks makes me think that he is really smart and will murder opposing teams in the future. Also, it seems that Withey has hit another gear!!! Rebounding and scoring dirty has been his MO the last 3 games and has really helped KU win these game whether they are blowouts or close games such as this one. I feel this was only a close game because Bmac had an off night. If Ben is even average, KU wins by double digits in regulation.

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okiedave 1 year, 1 month ago

1:15 a.m. and just rolled back into Tulsa from the great game. My perspective - OSU fans have class. Withey really bothered the fans and wanted him to foul out. A man had a heart attack about six rows down and paramedics continued to pump his chest for 15 minutes in the narrow row, but it did not look like he was going to make it -- it put the game into perspective.

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KULA 1 year, 1 month ago

Great to see Naadir rise to the challenge of leading the team when EJ left after his fifth (phantom) foul. The kid's a gamer, and this can only help build his confidence--not that he seems to need much help in that department.

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Chris Shaw 1 year, 1 month ago

-Withey is simply Withey. His ineffectiveness offensively at times doesn’t really faze me anymore. I have come to be so comfortable with Withey on the floor that it really disappoints me when Self takes him out simply because of his defense.

It’s amazing. I did yell a couple words I can’t repeat when he missed that bunny late in regulation that resulted in Smart tying the game in regulation with the 3 in transition. Withey didn’t miss one FT down the stretch in regulation or the two OT’s I believe. Either way, he was “Clutch” at the line down the stretch and pretty much won the game for the Jayhawks.

-B-Mac-All I am going to say is that the kid is going to be great one day, but B-Mac was a non-factor in this game. Since everybody wants to talk about the NBA with this kid, I think he hurt his draft stock tonight. Not much, but a little. He’s got some work to do with his ball handling. First time all season where I saw a kid that really didn’t want the ball in crunch time. He’ll get it eventually, but he did hide himself offensively down the stretch.

-Tharpe-One thing you can’t say about Tharpe is him being shy or scared. That kid has some “Stones”, I’ll tell ya that. What a shot! He may have missed everything last night, but the kid was absolutely fearless taking that last shot.

Even if he misses that last second shot, I am still here defending this kid simply because he was the one who stepped up to take the shot. That’s hard to do on a team full of seniors. Tharpe has had my respect for a while, but I like this kid more and more every game. Just cut down on your damn turnovers so I can defend you as the PG more.  That full court bounce pass to Perry Ellis was sweet! A shame Ellis couldn’t finish.

-KY-Nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said about KY all season. He has brain farts every now and then, but he certainly creates second chance opportunities. Kansas is lucky to have that guy on this squad this year.

-Traylor-I thought Traylor had an awesome game. He rebounded, had a great block, and had an awesome tip dunk. Had that one bad air-ball hook shot, but he provided a much needed 17 min that were very productive.

-Ellis-Just looks tentative out there. Thinking too much! Man, Tharpe had that awesome pass and Ellis got blocked and then lost it out of bounds. Had two really bad turnovers. Traylor definitely creeping into his minutes.

Huge Win Jayhawks! RCJH

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Steve Zimmerman 1 year, 1 month ago

One of our biggest wins all season so far. Obviously, there's still room for improvement (TOs, # of assists, BMac's missing shots, etc). But winning against an athletic team like OSU at Iba is amazing. Our seniors proved that they earned this. There were so many driving & lay-ups - a very good sign that our offense has developed!

Now, let's move on to the next on our revenge list. TCU - you better say your prayer! Rock Chalk!

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Chris Shaw 1 year, 1 month ago

Some Observations:

-The game lived up to the hype IMO. It wasn’t pretty offensively for either team, but it was a battle defensively and I definitely tip my hat to the Jayhawks and The Pokes for a great game.

-Twice Kansas was up 3 and instead of giving up a 2 point basket, Kansas’ defense “Helped” too much and gave up open 3 point looks. Smart tied it in regulation and Forte did the same in one of the OT’s tying it I believe at 63 all after Tharpe hedged too much.

-I know people will talk about officiating, but let’s face it, it was bad for both teams. I mean, I can count multiple times where both teams benefitted from calls and multiple times where no calls hurt both squads. Honestly, I think the officiating was so bad last night that it actually evened out for both squads. Bad night for that crew IMO.

-“Season Saving Dunk”-I really think that that dunk EJ had after the whistle on Mr. Brown (Or was it Mr. Cobbin? Don’t know for sure) may have saved EJ’s season. EJ was already playing with a little more confidence prior to that sequence, but he played with some “Swag” after that dead ball dunk and scuffle with Okie State.

I’ve used this analogy in the past, but I really felt like opposing guards, prior to this game, were walking right through EJ’s apartment front door, heading to the fridge to make a sandwich, and then telling him to get off his own couch so they could have a place to eat and watch TV.

EJ was already playing pretty well, but after that dunk, EJ seemed like a totally different player. You could see it in his face and in his eyes. It was awesome to see! We may look back at that dunk as the direct reason that EJ had a great end to his season. I certainly hope so.

-One other tidbit on EJ! How about 0-0 from 3 point range? EJ completely “Impacted” this game and he did it without a single 3 point FG attempt. Standing Ovation Elijah Johnson! As one of your biggest critics on the season I am very proud of you tonight. Now that you got your confidence back, go get your shot back.

-How much do we love Travis Releford as fans? He is not great offensively, but damn he is efficient nonetheless. He had some big/crucial reverse lay-ups in this game. I was really hoping that OT 3 was going to go down so he could be the hero of the game.

I also, thought he got fouled on that drive at the end of the first OT. Instead, he became the hero defensively with some huge stops, especially the last defensive sequence against Brown. Great Job Relly! BTW, Relly has 825 career points after last night. Needs 175 more to become a 1000 point scorer. Go get it Relly!

cont'd

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I wonder how Travis Ford feeling right about NOW! And just how did he feel walking by 6'2 BigBadBillSelfHigh-ProfileOklaStateAlum in the handshake line? Yep, Ford wearing that huge "L". But no worries, Ford is experienced at that...the oversized L (for him) doesnt drag on the floor anymore, he's learning to wear it well! If they dont "flip backwards" off the proverbial cliff, maybe we can hunt them down again in the BigXII Tourney? The look on the ChokieState fans' faces was just b-e-a-utifully priceless...

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Bill Skeet 1 year, 1 month ago

Congratulations to the team on victory worthy of a Big12 champion! Still more work to do, but....

....That was AWESOME! http://youtu.be/Jk6oL04FQO0

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madamhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

My heart is still racing! I had a feeling that it would be a dog fight and we would escape with a 1 point win. IF I was a betting woman, I should have placed a bet in Vegas. But hell, don't know how all that works.

P.S. The sign in the student section that said "he's a man...he's Forte" has to be top 5 of the season so far. I LMAO!!!

Safe travels home Jayhawks.

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Jay Dogger 1 year, 1 month ago

EJ's stats look a lot better when he isn't jacking up and missing threes. Maybe Tharpe should take note. Our PGs should work on getting more assists and taking fewer shots. We had 5 assists in 50 minutes!

Great shot, Tharpe. Great win, win guys. That was fun. Get back safe and TCB on Saturday.

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Timothy Rake 1 year, 1 month ago

Whithey huge with free throws when we couldn't buy a basket in OT. Releford showed senior saavy with the swat downcourt. Nadir stepped up on a night when BMac was invisible and EJ on the bench. Rock Chalk.

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