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Kansas defeats Texas Tech, 60-46

  • 3 p.m., Jan. 12, 2013
  • United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, TX

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Flat in Lubbock: KU overcomes energy woes in 60-46 win over Texas Tech

Texas Tech fans watch with dismay as forward Kevin Young finishes an alley-oop dunk during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

Texas Tech fans watch with dismay as forward Kevin Young finishes an alley-oop dunk during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self talks after win over Texas Tech

Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 60-46 win over Texas Tech on Jan. 12, 2012.

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Travis Releford and Kevin Young

Kansas seniors Travis Releford and Kevin Young talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 60-46 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.

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KU-TTU

— Like the rest of his Kansas University basketball teammates, ever-energetic Kevin Young had a case of the blahs Saturday afternoon in half-filled, tomb-like United Spirit Arena.

“We were playing flat in the first half. It seemed like we were just out there,” KU senior forward Young said.

Young scored just two points off one shot in the first half as the zombie-like (14-1, 2-0) Jayhawks led the (8-6, 1-2) Red Raiders, 27-25, at halftime. He erupted for 12 points off 6-of-8 shooting the final 20 minutes as the Jayhawks rallied to claim a 60-46 victory before an announced crowd of 8,534 fans in Tech’s 15,098-seat facility.

“Kevin drives me nuts. He drives me nuts,” KU coach Bill Self said. “He can play so well. At 6-foot-8, he can run and jump and not even contest a shot or a layup with a 6-foot guy shooting it with one second left on the shot clock or not even come close to blocking out a guy when his man is the best offensive (rebounder). When he turns the switch, he does a lot of great things.

“We’re so much better with Kevin in the game, but if he would just hone his focus in on the thing that we know he’s good at, we’re so much better. That’s what he did in the second half. In the first half he didn’t play with that energy, and I think that’s one reason we labored.”

Self grinned and said, “I don’t know. You’d have to ask him,” asked if KU’s coach “turned the switch” for Young at halftime.

“At halftime we were down on the boards. Coach emphasized they had seven offensive rebounds and we had only five defensive rebounds. We tried to stop them from attacking the offensive glass,” Young said. Tech outrebounded KU, 16-8, the first half — a half in which KU scored just five baskets and dished a mere two assists. “Coach said that stat at halftime, and it was another emphasis we needed to change,” Young said of the made baskets/assists.

Self had a lot of things to say, rather emphatically, at the break.

“He was pretty mad,” KU center Jeff Withey said. “I’ve seen way worse. We were still up by two. I felt we played pretty bad, but we knew what we needed to do to correct ourselves and did it.”

The Jayhawks’ five first-half hoops in 18 shot attempts were fewest made baskets in a half since the Jayhawks made six in the first half at Oklahoma State on Feb. 13, 2006 (KU’s half-only records began in the 1988-89 season).

As far as assists ... KU had just one in the second half at Texas last season.

“Well, we tried to wake up,” Self said of the mood at halftime. “I was disappointed in our play obviously. That’s as miserable as an offensive team can play, I think.

“I thought their defense was good and they kind of punked us on the glass, being physical. We had to decide whether we wanted to be here or not.”

Young had six points in a 12-0 run that upped a 29-28 lead to 41-28 with 13:41 left. Included was a bucket following his own miss; a basket following his two missed free throws and a highlight-reel dunk on a breakaway.

“It helps a lot,” Self said of the team benefiting from Young playing with energy as he did in the final half. “He needed to step up. He had plenty of room for improvement based on the first half. He stepped up and was real aggressive the second half.”

Self said one problem has been the way the last two opponents have guarded KU. Young has been unguarded on the perimeter with extra attention being paid to Withey, who scored 12 points off just 2-of-3 shooting. Withey did sink eight free throws in 10 tries.

“It will be difficult getting Jeff the ball if they don’t guard Kevin and they didn’t guard Kevin the first half. The second half he took advantage of that, personally. He goes and scores eight straight points or whatever the second half off being aggressive because they were shading Jeff the whole time,” Self said.

Withey said he’s noticed double-teaming.

“I feel a lot of people are going to start playing us like that,” Withey said. “Iowa State played us like this (in KU’s overtime victory on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse). We have to learn from it and get better.

“He (Young) had a great game the second half,” Withey added. “The first half he made some bonehead plays; the second half he showed energy. He was starting to get dunks.”

Noted Young: “We have a 7-footer down there. He has to touch the ball. He has to get off more than three shots a game. I think the next game (8 p.m. Monday at home vs. Baylor) we’ll work on that a lot.”

The Jayhawks upped their second-half lead to 46-32 on a three by Naadir Tharpe with 9:31 left. KU built the lead to 18 points (58-40) with 4:21 left. The Jayhawks hit 14 of 23 shots the final half, heating up to 46.3 percent for the game to Tech’s 35.4 percent. KU hit three of 10 threes; Tech four of 11.

Freshman Ben McLemore followed his 33-point game against Iowa State with 10 points off 2-of-7 shooting.

“It was a tough night for the whole team to get in the flow,” Self said after his team scored a season-low 60 points, lowest total since 59 in last year’s NCAA title game against Kentucky. “Ben ... he would tell you that’s probably the roughest night he’s had this year. There were some other guys who had rough nights, too.”

Elijah Johnson had five points off 2-of-6 shooting with four assists and four turnovers; Travis Releford 12 points off 4-of-5 shooting with three rebounds. Tharpe had six points and Jamari Traylor one for the only bench points.

“Give Tech credit. They played hard,” Self said. “I think they’ve got good players. If they play with that type of energy all the time and guard, I think they can be a good defensive team. I think you should look at us as being inept offensively, but in large part because Tech was good defensively.”

Young said a valuable lesson can be learned from KU’s second-half performance, heading into the Baylor game.

“It (33-21 advantage) came from us as a team playing well on defense, getting steals and rebounding and being able to push the ball,” Young said, noting “energy” is always a key.

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jaybate 1 year, 3 months ago

Bottom line, when a team plays two footers, it is vulnerable to a horizontal game--a game where the footers are not so much forced to chase, as forced to move side to side constantly.

KU's slide off the dots offense could be ideally suited to to force their footers into lateral movement.

It should be a true test of manhood.

Self has rested, and masked and protected this team as much as he could, but there is no getting around the fact that 4 games in 8 days is exhausting.

Unless Faylor has played 4 in 8, as KU has to, Faylor has the decided edge and ought to win.

But if Self can get those footers into a horizontal game, and if Self can create enough isolations for Ben, and if KU use all of its bigs to foul their bigs in both m2m and zones and keep the pressing up for a game, KU could and should win, assuming KU is shooting okay.

Rock Chalk!!!

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jaybate 1 year, 3 months ago

Ground Control to Major Tongue...

Whoa, Nellie...

Bring it in for a soft landing, Joe...

Everybody needs to understand this is 4 games in 8 days.

And the chaser is the team with best chance of beating us.

This four game series should only be judged on how many games we win, not on how pretty we play.

KU stands at 3-O...that's GOOD!

KU's players are in as good of shape as they could be for this huge contest with Faylor and its Footers.

Everything was about surviving to this Faylor game without more injuries, and playing as many guys as possible, and beating the first three with as simple of game plans as possible.

Self has clearly been saving the amping and wrinkle-filled game plans for the Faylor game.

Self has clearly been keeping the scouting reports and game plans as simple as possible for the first three games, so he could load them up with a game plan for Faylor and amp them up at home.

Self knows we've got a real problem guarding their footers.

Self knows he's got to pull a rabbit out of the hat against Faylor's footers, or KU will get beaten and get beaten badly.

Drew, like everyone else knows: defend where they are strong, attack where they are weak.

Defend Where They Are Strong: Drew is very likely to throw a lot of zone at KU in order to lower KU's FG% inside--KU's greatest offensive strength.

Attack Where They Are Weak: Drew will attack EJ, because of his knees. Drew will attack Kevin, because he probably cannot handle a footer.

Self likewise has to defend where Faylor is strong.

Self has to zone the Faylor footers, at least some, and probably with a new kind of zone. A 2-3 zone with three bigs would seem the best way to double their footers.

Self has to attack Faylor with Ben for where ever Ben is will be where Faylor is weakest. The logical tactic would be to move Ben all over the floor, so he keeps showing up at unpredicatable locations on offense.

Next, someone (read Kevin and AW3) has to draw one of the footers out to the trey stripe by taking and making some treys. My hunch is that AW3 played sparingly to lull the opposing scouting to under prepare for him.

What else might Self have planned?

It would seem there is going to be more pressing in this game than any other this season. Maybe more kinds of pressing, too.

Self and the team were working 2-a-days for a reason. They were putting stuff in for THIS GAME!!!!

The only other thing Self might do is resort to his gambling jump in the passing lanes man2man that was made famous in the 2008 semifinal game against UNC.

Self could try muddying the game up, too, but that would be a huge risk with the Faylor Footers getting to play half court sets all the time, and KU having to resort to fouling with 4-5 of its big men, something Self has long alluded would be a possbility this season.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Unrelated recent observation: KU fan & colleague (former small college player himself) went to see Frankamp play last week and Frankamp couldnt keep his man in front of him defensively. Blow-by city. Sounds like he's got work to do. The report also was that he didnt hit his shots, yet had a very cocky, arrogant demeanor. He will have a very rude awakening this summer when he arrives on campus and starts scrimmaging with Div1 athletes. Best of luck to him!

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KUfanInFlorida 1 year, 3 months ago

The positive from this game is that KU played much better in the second half. I am predicting a big shot blocking night for Jeff tomorrow against Baylor.

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Steve Brown 1 year, 3 months ago

If they double Jeff then KY must have big nights. If not, then put in 34. Mr. Ellis has great upside, it is nice to see him struggle and over think and mess up. It is all part of grand plan. Some of our best upperclassman start like Perry, lost in space the 1st year.

In couple years Mr. Ellis will be National POY yet lots of ball between now and then, enjoy the ride.

Nice to see Dookies and Mich go down, we rise up one rung at a time...RCJHGKU.

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Ben Kane 1 year, 3 months ago

I don't think we should be hitting any panic buttons with this team yet. They are still finding their way and learning how to adjust to what teams throw at them. now that we are in conference play opponents will know us much better and come up with things that will force us out of what we want to do. the more we learn to adapt and deal with it the better we will be come march.

Tharpe and KY will be the keys here and I think Self understands that. KY needs to keep bringing the energy and being the leader on the floor and Tharpe just needs minutes to calm down, learn how to play through the offense, and how to create for others.

My biggest concern is on the defensive end. Everytime I see Withey go to the bench i get a knot in my stomach worrying about how we are going to stop them from scoring. However, I know that Self will not allow this team to dog it on the defensive end and he will whip them into shape.

I also feel that we are going to see many low energy games this year. It is hard to get up for game after game when we aren't playing anybody very good, specially games on the road. For that reason I expect we will drop a few games still but that doesn't matter very much. I don't think we need to worry about that come tournament time, those games are pretty easy to get up for.

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TexasRockChalk 1 year, 3 months ago

KY is definitely the glue that keeps our team together. I thought it was Rele, but for some reason, he disappears for long periods of time, for no apparent reason. BMac isn't it either; he's too passive about being the "go to guy" as he's a freshman, and out of deference to the upperclassmen, doesn't seek to insert himself into the game with any assertiveness. I agree that KY needs to polish his 10-15 foot jump shot...even taking a few dribbles into the paint and shooting that soft 10 footer. The TTU bigs were sagging on JW BIGTIME! KY did a much better job in the 2nd half, but why did he need to be lit up by HCBS to initiate that kind of play?

Coach Self has remarked this on many an occasion in his pressers: this team has too many nice guys on it. We need to punk Baylor on Monday night and regain that mental edge over Big 12 opponents.

On that note, the Mrs. went to Baylor and is a die-hard Green & Gold fan, but she knows how much it kills me when my Jayhawks lose, so she does the right thing and roots for KU :) She even offers better commentary on game-day action than the TV announcers at times! Rock Chalk!

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William Blake 1 year, 3 months ago

pg 2

I don't think it does any good for all of us to harp on EJ, BMac, TRele, Perry or Jeff. These guys just need to try and play their games in their ways and we'll all benefit in the end if we don't dump too heavy on them. I don't think any of these guys were recruited to come to Kansas to lead the program. EJ is a banged-up 2, not a true point. He's feeling the pressure and it isn't helping him perform.

Naadir has the best potential to run the point. He may not have been a PG in HS, but he has the potential to be an outstanding PG. He's still a diamond in the rough, but he has been showing us plenty of hope with his recent play. I loved his open-court assist yesterday, where he (essentially) blocked out the defense and turned backwards and fed for the assist. He could only accomplish that by thinking ahead and adjusting his angle before coming into the paint. That's what you need from a PG; a penetrating force who thinks ahead and creates. Think back a year ago and compare him to now. He's made it half way already.

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William Blake 1 year, 3 months ago

Let's face reality. This is Kevin Young's team. Without his fuel the other motors sputter and die.

We don't have a true floor leader. The advantage is we aren't counting on a great game from our floor leader each time out. The disadvantage is that someone does have to step up every game and lead the charge. BMac is BMaculate, however he's more the guy who piles it on teams.

The guy waving his hands and talking to the guys is Kevin Young. The guy you hear his name called by the tv announcers ever few seconds is Kevin Young. What he really gives this team doesn't show up on the stat sheet.

Kevin has improved his game while at KU as much as anyone else. He still is rough on the edges but I'm confident he will improve quite a bit between now and March. He's got to be able to score from mid-range with ease. After our OT victory at home against ISU, everyone in the league will bring their defenses that tempt Kevin to shoot in mid. Kevin needs to take those shots, and follow them on the glass. Combine those two elements and we will be fine because Kevin can follow his shots for putbacks often enough to help us on the scoreboard. It won't take long before he nails most of those shots anyways because these shots are gifts to players who put in a little bit of practice work and know they have the green light to hit them.

We may have the #1 NBA prospect in the country, but we lack offensive punch. We need to get points however we can until we start loosening up enough to open the floodgates. We need a solid penetrating guard to keep defenses honest as well as open up the perimeter shot for what may be our best perimeter shooting team in quite a while. Did anyone else notice how well TT guarded the perimeter? TT!!!

It should be a big wake-up call when TT is able to clamp down on our perimeter. We need a guard (or guards) to penetrate, because we don't have enough interior scoring possibilities to adequately run the CS-famous "high-low." We are not going to turn Jeff into a scoring machine in the post. It just isn't going to happen. And from the four, we don't have the twins or TRob anymore.

Our only option is for one or more guards to penetrate more. I've pretty much written off EJ as a major force in the paint. It is clear CS wants Naadir to drive, because we are seeing him force it and CS isn't upset about that.

I believe the two guys that can pull this team together by March are:

Kevin Young

Naadir Tharpe

These guys seem to have the least pressure on them, too. Kevin is a transfer who has to feel lucky to have this opportunity. We haven't been watching him develop for 4 years (like EJ) so was never expected to be "the man" on this team. Naadir wasn't a highly-rated prospect coming in, and everyone always thought he would be a mop-up minutes guard.

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wrwlumpy 1 year, 3 months ago

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/12/jason-sudeikis-olivia-wilde-engaged-set-to-wed_n_2464338.html

I hope their schedules allow them to come to more games. This team loves being in People magazine and having people read about Jason and Olivia visiting them in the locker room. Jason spent one entire visit talking about Thomas Robinson to David Letterman. So, if you are a recruit who would like to be on a Blue Blood championship team with tons of love nationally, playing to everyone's full house and having your publicist be Hollywood and even the pornstar endorsement here and there.

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HAWKTOPIA 1 year, 3 months ago

KY should be practicing his 17 foot shot just above the free throw line. If he starts dropping shots from there, whithey is back to one defender and game on. If KY plays a full game at max effort and effectiveness, he will be a force. he is showing great stats at 60% game. he could be putting up double doubles with 2 steels and 4 assists a game. If all he does is grab 10 rebounds he is a lock on the court. if he scores 10 bang! the other team has a problem. Rodmanesque!

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hawkmaster 1 year, 3 months ago

TenD, I agree, KU's point guard play is horrible with EJ and NT. You have to go back before the 1988 championship team to find worse starting/back-up point guards for KU, I thought EJ would turn it up after playing well the end of last season.

He teases with flashes, such as two driving key lay-ups near the end of the Iowa St. game, but then disappears as quickly. He settles for the 3, which he shouldn't even be shooting, and has even taken the same or near as many shots as McLemore in some games. He constantly throws the lazy pass that gets stolen and in many games his D is just average.

I would not mind if he scored 5 points a game, if he would just eliminate turnovers, get some assists, play much better defense, and RUN the team with efficiency and energy. Its hard to think of a top 30 point guard in the nation that brings less energy to the game. KU will make it through the weak Big 12 schedule just fine with EJ, but unless something changes I think that will be KU's downfall in the NCAA tourney.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Good points, HEM. I had hoped for the blowout early at TTech, just so Self could give 8-10mpg to Rio + AW3 (& Ellis + Jamari)...and we know he wanted to do that, just to have fresh(er) starters vs. Faylor. BTW, I am neutral regarding Faylor beating Kentucky. I just detest Scot Drouche that much (afraid of a video, and a twit in person). Frankly, I would probably pull for Kentucky over Faylor, as Kentucky is a royalty program, and at least Calipari is a likable personality (all compared to Faylor). Scot Drew is doing nothing but trying to emulate the Calipari-approach. Faylor=Kentucky-Lite. Only thing proved by Faylor beating KY was this is a down year for KY and Calipari's system. (BBall2012 will never believe I typed this...but this is all in relation to Faylor.). RCJH.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 3 months ago

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Individually, we thought we knew after the ISU game. McLemore was our go-to guy. After Tech, uh, not so much. Feed Withey? Teams are now doubling. What took so long? Teams will see that making KY beat them is the best option. KY may do that. But it is the best option. How do we react? Further, teams will see how ISU stretched the floor with Withey, and how matchups with smaller, more athletic units can cause us problems. It's no secret. We see Releford completely disappear. Why? I wish I had the answer. We see EJ get sloppy on multiple possessions, and seem completely unable to get in the paint (until, strangely, the end of the game). And more concerning, we are getting very little production out of Ellis, or Traylor. Where does that go? Meanwhile, White sits on the bench, gathers dust and rust, when that sort of option could be of great value as the season progresses -- particularly if teams play small. Self will toss him in at some point and get upset that he doesn't perform. The kid needs some minutes now to be ready at a high level. But that won't happen.

We just don't know much about this team yet.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 3 months ago

Today's Michigan/Ohio St. game will give a bit of insight on our Jayhawks. If Michigan goes into Columbus, controls the game, and wins without a significant test in the last 5 minutes, the luster is off a bit there. We then look at our schedule and question the impressiveness of our accomplishments, particularly given the closeness of some of the games. Amazing how that might be the case with a 14-1 team. We lost to a decent Michigan St. team, and probably the best opponent other than Ohio St. -- Temple --- we barely got by at home.

But there's nothing wrong with looking at it that way. We're KU. We're not MU. We're playing this season to win a national championship.

An Ohio St. win and suddenly we jump Michigan in the polls and we're maybe the flavor of the day. A tight game win by Michigan, it's a push.

The perception is out of our control -- today.

The season, though, will have its ups and downs. That's how it is.

Tomorrow night, we can make a statement. One way or another. Thrash Baylor, all is good. Struggle or lose, well, you know.

I would say that tomorrow night's game is a perfect insight into the character of this team. More than a pedestrian win at Texas Tech every could be, or more than a 35 point win at Tech could have been. Tomorrow is against a challenger for the league title. We looked "tired" yesterday according to Self. And now we have a quick turnaround for a big Monday game, national TV. Oddly, coincidentally, the same type of turnaround you would get in the NCAA tournament.

Tomorrow night's game will start a 3 game "character" test. We then go on the road vs. a Texas team we should own, and vs. a K-State team that is thinking about their opportunity against KU right now. They have it circled, the biggest game of the seaon in the house the Roy built.

Character building has commenced. Once you have the requisite talent, which about 20 teams do, team character is as important a factor as any come March. Team character was a huge factor for the 2011-12 Jayhawks run to the title game. It was right there in front of us. Right now, I think we'd all agree that we just don't have a good read on this team yet.

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TenaciousD 1 year, 3 months ago

What? No article on how awful the point guard play was from KU? That was the story of this game. Elijah was horrible at leading the team and also horrible at running the point. Tharpe wasn't much better.

With Coach Self directing all of his comments at KY's lack of energy and trying to get him to step up and lead, I think he has already given up on Elijah to be the leader of this team. That might explain Tharpe getting so many minutes at the 1.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Tharpe logging more minutes than Johnson in another week or two. And that's not a good thing. Elijah needs to step up and lead.

Self is really searching and almost pleading with KY to lead. It makes you think back to when Self was threatening to start KY at the point. Just a threat but also a challenge to Elijah, which he obviously has not answered.

No leader and mediocre point guard play.... only Coach Self could coach and motivate his way through this issue. He will earn his $ this year.

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REHawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Surprises me that no posters have yet mentioned the temerity of Tharpe to dominate and dribble the ball for a full clock before hitting his long 3 at the buzzer. First time a Bill Self recruit has ever pulled that off, I would imagine. I told the wife, "Watch closely now to see what happens." Yep, Naadir got the quick yank!

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Jayhawk470 1 year, 3 months ago

If that's all the fans Tech can get to come to the biggest home game on their schedule, maybe they should drop men's basketball. It'll raise the conference RPI, that's for sure.

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Shawn Otrimble 1 year, 3 months ago

I think what should be mentioned here is the fact that Tech stalled almost everytime they had possession. That would drive me nuts too. What a boring way to play ball, but it worked for a half and made us impatient. By the second half Self made the adjustments and let the flow of the game seem to be more relaxed.

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Jim Roth 1 year, 3 months ago

I fell asleep on the couch during the first half. I thought it was just me.

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actorman 1 year, 3 months ago

"The Jayhawks’ five first-half hoops in 18 shot attempts were fewest made baskets in a half since the Jayhawks made six in the first half at Oklahoma State on Feb. 13, 2006."

I'm surprised to see this same stat used in two different columns. I posted something about this in the notebook too, because it makes absolutely no sense. It would be nice to actually know how long it's been since KU has had FIVE OR FEWER baskets in a half.

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Gil Ek 1 year, 3 months ago

Did it really look like 8,500 fans in the stands. Tough to go from AFH to an empty gym to play.

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David Black 1 year, 3 months ago

TT coach was very rude! I don't think a word was said but Walker looked really upset after the quick handshake! Rock Chalk..on to Big Monday.

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VaJay 1 year, 3 months ago

Does anyone know why the handshake between Coach Self & the TT coach was such a flyby? Looks like there's something beneath the surface on that one. I thought that was kind of rude of Walker to do that.

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texashawk10 1 year, 3 months ago

KU playing with absolutely no energy like usual in Lubbock. At least Tech is only the 9th best team in the Big 12 or KU would've lost that one. I will say though that it's impressive KU can still beat a major conference team even when playing their "D-" game. One thing I have been going back and forth on is the defense and whether they've been lucky or good. The defense has only given up 70+ points twice and 60+ 6 times in 15 games and only 3 teams have shot over 40% this year, but the eye test says KU's defense hasn't been that good. Have they been better than I think or has there been a lot of luck or KU's reputation scaring teams while shooting?

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Steve Gantz 1 year, 3 months ago

Sounds like this won't be a game we wax poetic about for years to come. Self and Young not seeing eye to eye on a few things. BMac finding the road tougher than cozy AFH. I'd hoped we might have a senior year EJ renaissance like TT last year. So far doesn't look like it. He'll just go down in the annals of KU players fading in our memories.

I attended LSU-Florida today. Made me long for KU and AFH! Bought 15 dollar nosebleed seats, then moved down to very good seats that no one ever came and claimed. A student of section of about 150 kids tried to rally the team. Florida is very good, it was at least fun to see one team know what they're doing.

But I really want to go to another KU game someday! Will definitely be tuned in Monday night.

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OakvilleJaybateNightmare 1 year, 3 months ago

It's become painfully obvious that Naadir is always going to be limited defensively. He is a lightening rod coming off of the bench but I would like to see Rio get more involved here. Also, Kevin will get destroyed by a dominant PF. If Perry and/or Jamari aren't ready to take over sometime soon, KU won't be able to lean on defense in the tournament.

Mizzou lost so it's a great day.

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BCRavenJHawkfan 1 year, 3 months ago

Anyone know when the team traveled to Lubbock? If it was yesterday then no excuse for the lack of energy. If it was today then that's just idiotic as they would've had to have left at like 4:00 am.

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Suzi Marshall 1 year, 3 months ago

That game was like getting a tooth pulled without any novacane! We 2-0, Kentucky lost ... regardles of how we played, a great day!

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