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Kansas defeats TCU, 74-48

  • 3 p.m., Feb. 23, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Keeping up the tradition: Jayhawks impress alums, rout TCU, 74-48

Kansas center Jeff Withey, right, bumps teammates Travis Releford (24) and Kevin Young after a bucket against Texas Christian during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Jeff Withey, right, bumps teammates Travis Releford (24) and Kevin Young after a bucket against Texas Christian during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU coach Bill Self talks after win over TCU

Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 74-48 victory over TCU on Feb. 23, 2013.

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Kansas players Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore and Perry Ellis talk after the Jayhawks' 74-48 victory over TCU on Feb. 23, 2013.

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Box score

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Jeff Withey and his Kansas University basketball teammates watched Jayhawk legends Jo Jo White, Walt Wesley, Dave Robisch, Bill Hougland, Bill Lienhard, Wayne Simien, Ted Owens and approximately 190 others settle into their seats behind the Jayhawk bench during warmups on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Talk about extra motivation to perform well against TCU, a team that had defeated the Jayhawks on Feb. 6 in Fort Worth, Texas. ...

“I don’t know too many schools that have all the (former) players come back and have a banquet. We wanted to show up and keep the tradition going and keep on winning,” KU senior center Jeff Withey said after scoring 18 points in the Jayhawks’ 74-48 rout of the Horned Frogs.

“We knew we had to beat them by a lot to prove ourselves to the old guys,” Withey added.

The (23-4, 11-3 Big 12) Jayhawks made sure a good time was had by former Jayhawks of all ages and time periods — players from the ‘52, ‘88 and 2008 title teams attended — during KU’s 115 Years of Basketball celebration weekend.

“I think so,” KU coach Bill Self said, asked if the current players wanted to perform well for the honorees. “We talked about that. I think they more wanted to play better for themselves. We played so poorly the first time.”

KU scored 13 points during the first half of the 62-55 loss to TCU in Fort Worth.

On Saturday, it was (10-17, 1-13) TCU failing to score even 10 points the initial half as KU rolled, 38-9. The Horned Frogs. who were outscored by Ben McLemore, 10-9, hit four of 23 shots, 0-for-7 from three. Not one TCU starter scored the first half.

Meanwhile, KU hit 17 of 32 first-half shots, including four of eight from three.

“I was proud they got to see at least one good half of play,” Self said of KU’s guests. The nine points were fewest in a half by a KU foe since Cornell’s nine in the second half on Jan. 2, 1996. It’s the fewest amount of points allowed by KU in a half in a Big 12 game and fewest field goals in a half in a Big 12 contest.

However, Self was not elated with the final half, in which TCU outscored KU, 39-36.

“We just kind of got through it,” Self said. “That wasn’t very good playing at all the second half. The thing I’m disappointed most is if our starters would’ve taken care of business, then everyone else would have had a chance to play ample minutes. We messed around and didn’t get it done. It was a good win, though.”

McLemore finished with 14 points, Travis Releford 12 and Kevin Young six with eight rebounds. A big boost came from freshman Perry Ellis, who scored 12 points — his most in a Big 12 game — off 5-of-8 shooting with four boards in 15 minutes.

“Every game, I feel like I’m getting more comfortable,” Ellis said. “It all starts in practice. I try to practice hard every day. Jeff and Kevin really help me out. They keep pushing me to step up to the next level. I listen to the upperclassmen and take everything in.”

Ellis scored in double figures for the first time since totaling 11 versus American on Dec. 29.

“Perry hasn’t seen the ball go in the hole a while. It’s great he saw it go in,” Self said. “We need scoring off the bench. Perry had 12 and Jamari (Traylor) two and that’s basically it. We made six field goals off the bench and Perry had five of them. That’s not good enough. We need scoring off the bench. Hopefully it’ll give him some confidence.”

Next up for KU is Monday’s 8 p.m. contest against (19-8, 9-5) Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones are 15-0 at home this season. The game is meaningful as far as the conference race; KU and K-State remain tied at 11-3.

Also, it is an opportunity for KU coach Self to snare his 500th career coaching victory in this, his 20th season. He’s 499-162, including a 292-57 mark at KU.

“We want that for him,” Withey said. “He’s done so much for us. It means a lot to us to be able to get that for him.”

Comments

wildjayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

This isn't a good year. Kansas ST. looks to have the conference title this year.

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Terry Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

Ku isn't that good this year, They will not keep up with the top teams like Indiana, Michigan, Michigan ST. Miami, Duke, or anyother of the top teams. That goes back to recruiting and Self didn't do a good job like always. Ku will be lucky to make it into the 32 or maybe 16. They better hope they don't run into Bucknell, Bradley or NIU or VCU. They could even be beat by TCU has a matter of fact. A lot of people are unhappy with Self this year.

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Mike Bratisax 1 year, 1 month ago

"Jeff Withey and his Kansas University basketball teammates watched Jayhawk legends Jo Jo White, Walt Wesley, Dave Robisch, Bill Hougland, Bill Lienhard, Wayne Simien, Ted Owens and approximately 190 others settle into their seats behind the Jayhawk bench during warmups on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse."

The only way for me to watch the game was using the ESPN Watch app. I was wondering if there was any video from the pregame warm-up or halftime activities?

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Kansas_101_Furman_60 1 year, 1 month ago

Too bad I had to miss this game. Revenge is sweet. The retro uniforms looked pretty snazzy too. Now let's go take care of the Cy-Clowns, since K-State isn't doing us any favors.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

"Some Conversation Ice Breakers with Amesians Before the Game"

~Tell locals they're lucky that Oakes Ames was a self-promoter, or their town probably would have been called South Skunk River City.

~Tell Amesians to be grateful their town wasn't named Urbandale, perhaps the most boring name for a town other than Boring, Oregon.

~Tell locals that you sure like the way they master mastering the obvious naming the town serving the campus Campustown.

~Ask Amesians if they like having the Ames Strain of anthrax bacterium (i.e., the strain mailed to US Senators and newspersons shortly after 9/11 was not contrived by some foreign intelligence organization) mistakenly named after their town.

~Tell Amesians you really like Iowa, but then ask, "Why the hell don't you just hold an honest primary and skip that rinky dink caucus anyway?"

~Ask Amesians if they notice that Iowa is so flat around Ames it makes Lawrence, Kansas seem like Potosi, Bolivia.

~Ask where Larry Eustachy liked to party?

~Say: Wow, did you ever expect Conde MCullough to build so damed many green bridges out west?

~Say, could you put in a good word with Parviz Davoodi not to encourage the Iranians to do anything stupid?

~Hey, at least you don't have to make excuses for Time commentator Hugh Sidney anymore.

~Ask if anyone remembers ISU grad Albert Turner Bharucha-Reid and knows if a Markov chain had anything to do with KU's recent three game losing streak?

~Ask if anyone still knows ISU Ph.d grad John Gustafson down at Sandia National Labs and can ask him if Gustafson's Law could be used to persuade KenPom to lash up 30-40 desk tops to do some real number crunching for hoops?

~Tell Amesians no matter how much fun jaybate pokes at them, it was their distinguished Iowa State Agricultural and Mechanics University (later ISU) that saw to it that George Washington Carver was allowed to matriculate college and then teach at ISU in the 1890s, when Highland College in Kansas had turned him down for his race. Rock Chalk, Ames and ISU!!!!

(Note: All in jest. No malice.)

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iamakufan 1 year, 1 month ago

Thinking about the Big12 race.... wouldn't Bruce Weber love to top Bill Self his first season in the conference. We can't let that happen, for HCBS's sake.

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Lance Hobson 1 year, 1 month ago

Defense will keep our games close in the NCAA tourney but who is going to make the big shots? We need to be able to make a few big threes, we had at least that last year in all of those games we barely won in the tourney.

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Redlandsjhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I think in a lot of ways we are playing for the Big XII title tomorrow. Not mathematically but that's how I would be selling it to the players. I actually feel encouraged about our chances monday. KU by 5.

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KansasComet 1 year, 1 month ago

Going to take a big effort inside and outside to beat Iowa State on the road. I think we are up for the task! Team chemistry is starting to come together. Undefeated when Travis Releford gets double figures! Let's keep it going Monday!

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Kye Clark 1 year, 1 month ago

If Bill is lamenting for more scoring from the bench, then he's singling out Naadir. Hard for the bench to score consistently game-in, game-out when you have a 6 man rotation coach. Perry & Jamari have routinely been getting less than 10 mpg, and AW3 & Rio go games without getting into the game. When they do, it's usually garbage time with the walk-ons. I was just glad that after Perry missed his first shot he wasn't banished to the bench.

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nostradavid 1 year, 1 month ago

Everybody played, and we still beat a 25 point spread.

Only one more thing needed for a great celebration:

Cuchi-Chuchi !

Cuchi-Chuchi ! by nostradavid

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KULA 1 year, 1 month ago

Glad to see Rio get into the game, if only for a minute. I thought Bill might sit him for discipline, but I think getting him into the game shows that Bill wants him.

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Michael Luby 1 year, 1 month ago

Im feeling like StupidMichael for the Iowa St game... Scared

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Benjamin Jones 1 year, 1 month ago

If Bill is down on the starters for f---ing around in the second half and not building enough of a lead for the scrubs to get in the game, maybe he should consider starting the 2nd team in the second half. Seems like it always happens with KU--they run away with the first half, then f--- around for the second half. So bench the starting five for the first four or eight minutes of the 2nd half and see if that lights a fire under their asses.

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AZHawk72 1 year, 1 month ago

Sorry, I meant "500," not "599." Is there a sale on younger eyes anywhere this weekend?

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AZHawk72 1 year, 1 month ago

Wow, a first half to remember--glad we didn't "throwback" to Fort Worth 2013. Think it's appropriate that Coach Self will be going for #599 at the only unbeaten team at home this year. If we stay in the faces of the guards and their threes and don't lose sight of the big guy underneath, we should be fine.

Although it is not lost on me that our three game losing streak started immediately after Holberg's comment that Self was the best coach in the country. We should go public with the thought that Holberg was the best mayor in the history of the state of Iowa.

"Is this heaven?" No, it's Iowa--though it may feel like purgatory.

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mojayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Perry gets good looks, good shots, and has been missing by inches, but now they're starting to fall. Number 1 is doubtful even if we run the table. The TCU loss is too much of a "bad loss". If it had been in November or early December it wouldn't have mattered as much.

Question: I'm watching mizzou and uk. How do you root for both teams to lose? It's new territory for me.

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Boouk 1 year, 1 month ago

If Ellis keeps making strides and we get consistent play from both our PG's I think we could make a run at a 30-4 record and a 1 seed on Selection Sunday.

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