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Kansas defeats West Virginia, 91-65

  • 1 p.m., March 2, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Make-up ball: Ben McLemore scores 36, leads KU over West Virginia

Kansas guard Ben McLemore slaps hands with KU fans following his 36-point effort, the most by a freshman since Danny Manning, following the Jayhawks' 91-65 win over West Virginia on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore slaps hands with KU fans following his 36-point effort, the most by a freshman since Danny Manning, following the Jayhawks' 91-65 win over West Virginia on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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A bad pass by Ben McLemore earned Kansas University’s freshman sensation a spot on the bench — and an earful from his coach — four minutes into the Jayhawks’ 91-65 rout of West Virginia on Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

“He knows he can’t feed the post that way,” Bill Self said of a dish into forward Kevin Young that turned into a turnover. “I took him out. I didn’t leave him out long, though. I think it had something to do with, ‘Hey wake up and play,’ more than anything.”

McLemore, who had two points at the time of his early exit, returned 2 1/2 minutes later. The 6-foot-5 guard from St. Louis erupted for 19 first-half points in staking KU to a 45-31 lead. He finished with a KU-freshman record 36 points off 12-of-15 shooting and 7-of-9 free throwing in just 30 minutes.

McLemore — he hit five of six threes — broke the old freshman scoring record of 35 points set by Danny Manning against Oklahoma State on March 2, 1985 — exactly 28 years to the day in Stillwater, Okla.

“I made a bad pass to Kevin. I messed up,” McLemore said of the early gaffe, which so upset his coach and may have signaled a lack of focus against the (13-16, 6-10) Mountaineers.

“I went back out there and had the opportunity to make up for it, which I did.”

McLemore, who had two of (25-4, 13-3) KU’s eight dunks, scored 13 points in a 21-6 run that turned a 16-9 deficit into a 30-22 lead. He scored seven points in a 14-3 surge that stretched a 22-21 deficit into a 35-25 advantage. And he had 10 points in a 19-2 run that upped a 51-41 lead to 70-43.

“After a while, Ben caught on fire. He’s still on fire,” said senior point guard Elijah Johnson, who dished 10 assists against four turnovers to go with 12 points.

McLemore scored his 35th and 36th points off a baseline jumper with 5:36 left. Self took him out for good at 5:21 and at that time was informed of his freshman scoring record by floor general Johnson.

“When coach told me to go get him, I figured I would send him to the bench in even better spirits,” Johnson said of McLemore, who also had seven rebounds, four assists, two turnovers and a steal.

“I honestly think Ben is a person that deserves to break the record out of anybody I have ever played with. I love this kid. I never tell him. I think he knows, though. I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot from him. He’s a hard worker. You would think he’s the worst player in the gym the way he approaches it every day. He’s always in a good mood, always trying to pump energy in the room. He’s just a good guy,” Johnson added.

McLemore thanked Johnson and the rest of his teammates for setting screens for him and feeding him the ball. He said he recognizes what an honor it is to surpass Manning, who was an assistant coach at KU during Ben’s red-shirt season and now is head coach at Tulsa.

“He’s a great player, one of the best to play at the University of Kansas,” McLemore said. “Just breaking the record and knowing I did something great for the university is just great. Right now I just want to enjoy this win with my teammates, enjoy that record with my teammates.”

As to how he knocked down 12 of 15 shots and passed his previous career high of 33 points set against Iowa State on Jan. 9, McLemore said: “It was going out there and feeling free and just shooting the ball.”

He also was motivated after watching Johnson burn Iowa State for 39 points on Monday in Ames, Iowa.

“He’s a great player and teammate. Seeing him do that just helped me try to be better as a player, try to create for myself, get myself open. It definitely inspired me,” McLemore said.

KU coach Self actually played in the game Manning scored 35. KU won, 88-79, in Stillwater, Okla.

“I played back line of a 2-3 zone. I think he got 20 on me, but not all 35,” former Oklahoma State point guard Self said.

McLemore’s scoring spree came on a day Jeff Withey fell one block short of the second triple-double of his career. Withey scored 14 points off 7-of-8 shooting with 10 rebounds and nine blocks.

“I was one away from 10 and I felt pretty good about that. Nine is a lot and I did a lot of work for that,” Withey said. “As long as we get the win, I’m usually happy. I help my teammates not have to work a lot on defense and let them worry about offense.”

Withey, Johnson, Travis Releford (six points, 2-of-8 shooting) and Kevin Young (six points, four assists, three blocks, two rebounds, two steals) will play the final home game of their KU careers on Monday against Texas Tech. Tip for Senior Night is 6 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.

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John Randall 1 year, 1 month ago

To put a point on the anti-KU bias so many perceive from sports media, please let me relate a few comparisons between what we were and what we are becoming. Maybe we deserve some of the same scorn we spew on everyone else. KU just ain't what it ustabe.

It does take some maturity to outgrow the Narcissus' complex we all begin our childhood with. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer Kansans are experiencing that kind of growth in small towns with rural attitudes, while money-mongering submerges values that we could take legitimate pride in. It's always been The American Way to grab what you could, disregarding what was deserved. That kind of avarice has been slower to dominate attitudes here than in many places, but the pace is accelerating.

When I was on The Hill, there were only a representative sampling of Johnson County Frat Rats (who knew they couldn't cut it on their own), and only a third or so of the Liberal Arts faculty openly trumpeted socialist mores. There also was a higher percentage of academic honors (Fulbright, Rhodes, etc.) than is seen now from the overprivileged contingent swamping the enrollment.

To expect that Kansas' tradition overcome, instead of just temper these factors would not be realistic, but neither is pretending that nothing of value is being lost along the way.

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kay_you 1 year, 1 month ago

So you’re implicating Fran Fraschilla, ESPN, the Big 12, the NCAA selection committee and the refs. That’s a pretty big conspiracy.

I have no doubt that refs will at times correct themselves during a game to make up for a bad call. That may have been what happened in Ames. My point however was about the treatment we receive from the media which I believe is overall pretty good. I just think we are being a bit too sensitive and even child like at times because an announcer calls it like he sees it. And if Fraschilla actually hates KU, so what. He’s not the only announcer.

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kay_you 1 year, 1 month ago

I think fans are being way too sensitive. During our championship season Fraschilla was on the KU band wagon right to the very end, now he’s being criticized for voicing an opinion contrary to our best interest. And ESPN and other network announcers in general have been very complementary when it comes to KU. I would not be surprised if fans from the other 9 conference teams complain about what KU homers they are.

The call in the ISU game would at the very least garner some attention no matter who was playing but more so because it was a top program. I don’t think it would matter if it involved KU, Duke, UNC, UK or any of the blue bloods. Greg Anthony put things in perspective, correctly IMO but if that same call goes against KU the number of posters on LJW complaining would crash this site.

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

(1:36:45) Bill Self gets into the lane, bad pass, which he recovers and follows with his last points in Gallagher Hall. Oklahoma State then sets up a full court press except that KU inbounds to Manning who beats 3 defenders going down the court, the last one is Self, to get the ball into the half-court offense. Kansas leads by 6 and they put Tad Boyle on the line who misses the front end of a one and one.

(1:37:40) Cedric Hunter fouls Self as he dribbles to the free throw line. With his team down by 6 in his last game at home, Bill Self misses long with his first on the front end of a one and one. I’ve never felt so bad in my heart for a Cowboy. Manning gets the rebound.

(1:38:20) Turgeon, who is in for Hunter who fouled out, gets the ball from Manning and clears the ball to the offensive end. Piper is already in for Dreiling who fouled out. Boyle is still on the floor instead of Kellogg. Calvin Thompson is the fifth Jayhawk. Now it’s up to the KU coaching fraternity to close out the our head coaches last home game as a Cowboy.

(1:38:45) They put a camera on Self for a few seconds as he has time to reflect while waiting for Turgeon to shoot free throws. At the end of the shot he turns his back to the camera and pounds his hands in disgust. Mark Turgeon is misses HIS front end of a one and one.

(1:39:15) With OSU racing down court after the rebound, Boyle almost grabs a steal by getting a hand on a pass meant for Self. Instead, Self gets around Boyle, Boyle dives and Self pokes the ball away. Self controls the ball with a dribble, forces Turgeon to rotate over to front Self then passes to a wide open shooter who drains a long J. KU 80 OSU 76 1:07 to play. Timeout Oklahoma State.

During the timeout we find out that Jack Hartman’s K-State Wildcats upset Norm Stewart’s Missouri Tigers up in Columbia 69-54.

(1:41:25) With Piper inbounding the ball, Brown draws up a great inbounds play which frees Turgeon to race up the floor, makes a pass, get it right back to draws a questionable foul as he drives for a layup. Turgeon makes them both to make it 82-76.

(1:44:10) Self dribbles down court and gets another assist as he passes to an Okie State player off a curl.

(1:44:45) Tad Boyle on the fast break lays it in for two to push the KU lead back up to 6.

(1:45:45) Up five and in the open court as time is running out, Danny Manning receives a pass from Chris Piper with an open lane to the bucket. He dribbles. He drives to the basket. He hammers home a rim bending two hand slam that rattles the goal post for his 35 points, to finish 15-16 from the field.

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

(1:20:40) Bill Self, from way out, sends an on target two handed alley-opp pass where his man goes way up and is fouled. OSU misses another front-end of a 1 and 1. If OSU was hitting their free throws they would be in this game.

(1:23:10) Danny Manning hunts the ball down for a double handed stuff for 27 points.

(1:24:10) Bill Self makes up for his errant alley-opp pass (1:23:50) on the previous possession with a good two-tap, quick hand steal off of Calvin Thompson. Self controls the ball, gets out on the break and then shows his quality with an excellent behind the back pass with his left hand which lands right on the money to the OSU trailer who goes for the jam yet ends up drawing the foul instead. Bill gets two replays!

(1:26:25) A Manning offensive rebound and then slices two defenders for a layup: 29 points.

(1:26:35) Bill Self drives and dishes to the open shooter who makes the J.

(1:26:40) Danny goes behind the back on the dribble to finish up the break down of the OSU full court press. Analyst: “you can’t keep up...Exciting things are happening out here tonight.”

(1:27:10) Danny with a turnaround jumper off the glass for 31 points.

(1:27:20) Bill Self beats the KU defense with an alley-opp pass for a slam dunk. “Look at THAT play.”

(1:27:40) Turgeon tries to do his best Bill Self impression. Instead he gets ran over in the open court for a blocking foul. We still love you Mark Turgeon.

(1:28:15) Bill’s alley-opp play replayed. 4:05 left and KU is up 76-67. The Danny Manning led answer earlier in the half is the difference in this game along with the Cowboy’s failure at the stripe.

(1:30:15) Dreiling fouls out which puts Freshmen Chris Piper in the game to close it out.

(1:31:00) Danny Manning gets to 33 points.

(1:34:10) Get inside Larry Brown’s huddle during timeout. The analyst does a good job extending on what you can see what Brown drew up and say to the players. The plan up 10 with 2:45 to go: drain clock and then get it to Danny.

(1:35:00) Good possessions coming up to watch Self on the offensive end with his team down late. Self in this game shows his skills with the bounce pass from up top to the wing and from the wing into the post. Tad Boyle shows a nice rotation up which forces Self to pick up his dribble. OSU works the ball into the post to collapse the zone then the pass comes out to Self. (1:35:20) He immediately penetrates to the center of the KU zone and puts up a nice one handed floater but he doesn’t get the role. Watch Self after the play is called dead. Hand slap, head rock. The man is a competitor without quit. (1:35:35) Bill Self floater replayed. Then Bill Self fouls with 2:19 remaining (interesting, very interesting). KU misses the front end of the one and one. Brown’s plan in the huddle is negated.

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

(1:12:20) Danny Manning with a long stretching tip in for 21 points. Danny Manning’s line at this point: 21 points; 9-10 FG; 3-3 FT; 7 Rebounds; 2 blocks; 4 assists.

(1:16:00) The KU five is Turgeon, Boyle, Newton, Manning, Piper. They go to Manning for his 23rd. (1:16:35) YOU MUST SEE THIS! Manning steals the ball. As he goes out of bounds he throws a behind-the-back-pass upcourt which Turgeon hunts down. Turgeon immediately goes on the attack where he drives down the center of the court then cuts down along the right side of the lane. He draws contact, gets the foul as he makes a running hook shot before he too goes out of bounds. It’s a wowza, wow, wowza play.

(1:17:20) Bill Self enters the game and he still has not appeared on the back line of a 2-3 OSU zone :-) KU leads by 11 after scoring 10 straight points: Thanks Danny! On the next possession, after a nice entry pass by Self to get it inside to his big man, Danny gets a block in front of the goal, gets the rebound, draws the foul, and on the other end of the court Danny makes both free throws. Those are Danny’s 24th and 25th points, gets the KU lead back to 13, and extends the KU run to 16-2 which Danny has 11.

Whenever Bill Self thinks of HIS senior night he will always remember Danny’s Freshman 35 point outing. It reminds me of how gracious Bill consistently was about Danny while he was on his KU coaching staff for those first 9 nine years. It was more than gracious. Bill regularly shined the spotlight on Danny, especially those first 3 years when Danny took on the responsibilities of director of student-athlete development / team manager. Roy had just left for Carolina Blue which was a punch to the soul to the KU faithful. Bill knew that Danny’s return was tremendously important which immediately restore that sense of history and family to the Kansas Basketball bench.

(1:19:00) Danny leads the 3-2 break, makes a fantastic on the run fade-step-dish to Newton who skies. However, Bill Self slides over to draw his third charge of the game. You can’t see that in the Seniors box score. Then Bill takes the ball down court, passes once, gets the ball back, drives, leans in to draw the foul and sinks the bucket over Dreiling. Before Bill steps up to the free throw line he, just like Elijah Johnson does so regularly, wipes off the bottom of his sneakers with his hands. Self sinks the free throw to trim the deficit to 10.

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

Milt Newton became the second offensive weapon to complement Manning in the 1988 title run. As a Freshman Milton could play some D as observed by the former UCLA, Wooden coached analyst: (36:35) “I like to see Newton play...He’s one of those players who doesn’t even want you to get the ball off. He goes up and is almost blocking it every time”. Then (37:35) Milt Newton shows off his sweet touch from long range.

(40:00) Turgeon with the ball, Brown runs a back door alley-opp play where Turgeon throws a nice pass over the defense to perfectly set up Thompson’s throw down. Next possession Self has a nice pass to get the ball down low to his big man.

(41:35) KU fans should recognize the action on this play that starts with Dreiling up top and ends with a great high/low feed from Manning who feeds Dreiling and he finishes with a reverse layup. KU extends their lead to 12 points and the analyst points out that either through mental toughness or superior conditioning that KU always puts on a spurt with 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1.5 minutes to go in the half. True in 1985 and true ever since.

Sports Time advertises the Bobby Knight Show and comments that the show will be during Knight’s one game suspension “after his chair throwing incident the other night...I tell ya’ he threw ‘cross court, it went slippin’ and sliddin’ a long way”.

(43:25) Replay of Turgeon’s lob to Thompson.

(43:40) Two minutes to play in the first half with Self and Turgeon matched up at point guard to close out the half. Manning makes a few plays worth seeing, and Piper has a terrific save before the ball goes out of bounds.

The announcers at half time note for the second time that the second half is when Danny piles on the points. At half he is the leading scorer with 15.

(1:00:00) To start off the second half the OSU crowd gets louder and louder and louder and finally gets into a frenzy as OSU wipes out their 13 point deficit with a 15-2 run. (1:00:40) When an official gives the ball to Kansas after a fight for the ball, the OSU fans finally get to let out a ferocious booooo. Now THAT is more like the Stillwater I know. The crowd was pretty tame in the first half.

(1:03:00) With KU down by 2 and OSU on an 11 point run Tad Boyle, who subbed in for Kellogg early in the second due to foul trouble, is calling for the ball and, after a few passes, sinks a long jumper for the tie. Nice Senior play on the road Coach Boyle.

(1:04:36) With 13:42 left in the game, OSU fans rockin’ with the Cowboy’s up by 4, Larry Brown calls a time out. Turnovers: KU 18 and OSU 8. Larry draws up a clear-out for Cedric Hunter who gets the layup and draws the foul. Cedric Hunter, one of the many great KU point guards, finishes the three point play off to start the KU rally.

(1:06:40) Danny Manning, stuck on 15 points for the second half, drops in a turn-around J as he turns and jumps towards the baseline. With less than 13:00 minutes to go, Danny gets KU the lead back 51-50.

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

(25:40) Freshman Chris Piper enters the game to give Dreiling a breather. KU’s 5 on the floor are Turgeon, Boyle, Kellogg, Manning, Piper. They play zone. Danny is super active in the middle. (26:55) Danny shows off a quick and smooth jump hook. Swish. Announcers say “such poise”, “many say he’s Magic Johnson all over again”, and “if he wasn’t under the reins of Coach Brown he would be even more exciting to watch”. (27:30) Danny gets wide open low in the paint, catch, smooth spin jump, and Swish. Kansas with their biggest lead 25-16. Team FG% is KU 66% and OSU 28%.

Danny’s previous high as a Freshman was 30 points against Kentucky and a 28 point game against Houston. His previous high in conference was 22 against Iowa State and he did it again in the previous game against Nebraska.

Sports Time, the outfit announcing this game 1985 game, advertises the upcoming Big 8 Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship. When was the last time you watched that on TV? Here in 2013, the Lady Jayhawk’s are currently ranked 3rd nationally behind LSU and Oregon http://bit.ly/dwm0rq Go Jayhawk’s!

(32:35) Bill Self, a Senior starter, checks back into the game to run the point.

(34:30) Bill Self goes to work. He drains a nice jumper off a pass he can step into to shoot. Then Self draws another charge, by quickly moving laterally while Campbell is trying to bring the ball up court. Looks like Bill bangs the back of his head on the court pretty good too. Bill coolly picks himself off the court, directly walks over to get the ball, then passes it to the official. The man is all business. ”Watch the defense now, watch how quickly his feet moves...He was there ladies and gentleman. Good call by the official.”

(35:35) This is a good Self, Brown, Manning play to watch. At first you see Bill pressure the ball as it is brought down court and he’s real active in his movement. Bill also shows something here that KU does regularly now: look at the way Self keeps his body angled, always defending the center of the court by maintaining a certain relationship of his stance to the ball-handler where Bill forces his man to the side. He maintains this for half the distance of the court. Right when the pass is dropped off to Kellogg watch Danny cut down the baseline under the basket. Kellogg is going to pass to Newton, set a screen for Manning to curl around then run in behind Newtons second screen. Nice play drawn up by Brown to get Danny a wide open look to answer an OSU run helped by Self from that 34:30 sequence. Danny gets the ball above the free throw line and he’s going to get a nice shooters bounce to sink his jumper: “Mister Soft Touch stops the momentum” and gets his 13th point of the game on 5-5 shooting from the field.

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

(8:40) #20 Self plays good D again on this play. I like watching how he plays between his man and the ball. He eventually deflects the ball for a turnover as the pass is going to his man cutting to the rim.

(10:05) Self makes a move to the basket though he travels. You do get a good look at the younger Self running back down the court. Maybe he should return to that haircut with it longer in the back, trimmed at the collar. It makes him look like he’s been running really fast and the wind velocity has made the hair on the back of his head stand up.

(13:25) Self who is at the point does a great job passing to reverse the ball against the 2-3 zone to get it to the third side. The play results in a travel due to smart KU D.

(14:00) Ron Kellogg with a cut to the top of the key then a sweet turn-around jumper. Smoothness and high power scoring at both forward positions for Kansas.

(14:50) Danny passing on a quick give and go to Calvin Thompson who has 8 of KU’s first 12 points.

(15:15) First example of the 7’ 1“ Dreiling‘s Defensive style by drawing a charge. He moves his feet laterally very well for a big, stays long and vertical, provides a one man wall around the rim to intimidate anyone who dares to go inside. Another reason I’m so happy to find this game because I’ve been wanting to see Dreiling to compare him to Withey due to their body types: 7 footers, good athletes for their size, who are long and lanky, and are defensive specialists on teams with lots of scoring options. Dreiling had a 10 year NBA career and, it’s a different era for sure, Withey is certainly more athletic in movement. Jeff’s ability to run then time his jump is such a contrast to how Dreiling walls up long with both feet on the ground. The lack of a three point line certainly helps create the difference in style too.

(17:40) Dreiling, without jumping, stuffs a drive by Self. This does remind me of how Withey lets a driving guard go around him and uses his size to get him from behind as the smaller shooter goes up with the shot.

(18:00) Kellogg drains 2 free-throws to extend a stretch where he makes 39 out of 43 from the stripe. The announcers say that Kellogg had five 30 point games that year, all on Saturday’s.

(21:15) Tad Boyle, under the OSU basket, inbounds to Danny Manning who show off his full set of skills by bringing the ball up court and gets KU into their half-court offense due to full-court pressure on Mark Turgeon. The TV analyst says “looking at the intensity out here you would think it’s the final of the Big 8 tournament.” Then to finish the possession (21:35) “What a shot by Danny Manning. My gosh, off balance, falling forward” Swish!

(23:10 ) Sophomore Mark Turgeon “the Surgeon” brings it down court and makes one pass to Danny who is fouled shooting. For me this is a good reminder of Mark’s style of ball handling.

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

Here is the link http://bit.ly/Xy9JMh to the video of Danny Manning’s Freshman 35 point outing on Bill Self’s Senior night in Gallagher Hall. Lot’s of Danny and Bill to go hog wild with the comment space. You get to see the 2013 head coaches of Kansas, Tulsa, SMU, Maryland, and Colorado along with Kansas National Champions that are now a Washington Wizards executive and a Jayhawk Network TV analyst. It’s funny to think that it’s the Oklahoma State point guard in this game that ends up being the head coach at Kansas 30 years later. It’s a preview of the 1986 Final Four team since Boyle is the only Senior on the team. Get your short shorts on because its go time.

It is an entertaining, “hard fought” game. Some technical difficulty in the 1st half though you get sound, then its a clean broadcast. Interesting to compare this era since there is no three point line, there is a 45 second shot clock, way before Boot Camp and Hudy. The game is really packed into the paint where the ball moves around the key mostly. The defense doesn’t have to pressure the ball way out to the three point line, unless of course your Bill Self. This is also an era where fans just wear what they wear to the game instead of the present day requirement of official orange and black OSU gear for the home team.

With 2013 Senior night coming up for our Jayhawk’s, on McLemore’s night of 36 points to break the KU Freshman scoring record, it’s Danny vs Bill for goodness sake, I got sucked in and loved watching this game. And you should too if you have time on a Sunday!!! I highlighted the plays and time on the video that I thought were of particular interest, especially for the guys mentioned above. It’s a slow Saturday night so here is my list to browse through and maybe you have time to pick out a highlight or two or twenty. Some of these sequences are real gems.

Larry Brown’s starters for KU: Cedric Hunter, Calvin Thompson, Ron Kellogg, Danny Manning, Greg Dreiling. First off the bench is Tad Boyle, then soon followed by Mark Turgeon, later the Freshmen Chris Piper and Milton Newton–later he was known as Milt. KU gets into some foul trouble in this game so you get to see their depth which includes extra minutes for Boyle and Turgeon. 6’ 9” Mark Pellock (10.6 min per game) is back home with a nasty case of the flu so 6’ 8” Piper (6.8 min per game) gets bonus minutes.

(4:40) Danny’s superb passing is on display right at the beginning. The tip goes to Danny but he doesn’t grab the ball. He redirects perfectly to Kellogg who is on the move down the sideline.

(5:50) Bill Self defends with his feet, slides over, draws a lot of contact and gets the charge on Kellogg who is attacking on transition. The play-by-play man calls the play initially as “another foul, failing to get position…” Another great example of these kind of bang-bang charge/block/no-call plays. The Analyst says “It looks like an offensive foul…but from our position it could be called either way” ;o)

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KULA 1 year, 1 month ago

Why does espn.com not have a link to the sportscenter top ten? Or am I missing something?

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KUFan90 1 year, 1 month ago

EJs dunk #1 on ESPN Sports Center Top Ten.

Ive never seen a team play both so ugly (TCU) and so beautifully (today among others) in the same season.

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ManCrushOnCaptainKirk 1 year, 1 month ago

Does anybody know if there's a link to the highlights?

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Redlandsjhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Okay check this... Today I got a poster of the seniors signed by Kevin Young! It came from his grandma. It's my prized possession. I'm going to have it framed. It may not be as big a deal to you guys that live in Lawrence, but here in SOCAL it's gold. Don't mean to brag but.... oh hell yes I do mean to brag!!

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okiedave 1 year, 1 month ago

Ok Withey, it is your turn to score 30 + on Monday night against TCU.

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Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 1 month ago

Of all the highlights in this game, one of the biggest actually came in the CBS studio during halftime. Greg Anthony's comments about the ISU no call controversy are the first time anyone has been fair about the whole issue. I don't know what ESPN's deal is, but I suppose they think it's just best for them to stir the pot. Fran Fraschilla's zeal in particular bothered me. He and Musbuger were rather glib about the bad calls that went against KU throughout the game, but when it came to that late call, they acted as if ISU got robbed by the ghost of Hitler. Nonetheless, Anthony said what needed to be said, specifically that bad calls are made throughout games, they all affect the outcome, and that fan bases need to get over the notion that ref's win or lose games for teams. I think his exact quote was 'Basketball is about mistakes.'

Yes, it's true that refs blow calls throughout games, but it's also true that players blow plays. For any one thing a ref screws up, there are ten screw ups made by players, and it's up to player to control those things to secure wins. That's true whether the call goes for or against us. If you can show me a game where a team hit their open shots, made their free throws, stuck on D, contested every opposing shot, finished with 0 turnovers, 0 fouls, didn't allow any offensive rebounds and still lost after a controversial call late, fine, the ref cost them that game, but we all know that if a team played that well, they'd never be in a position to lose to a bad call. It's true if we choke up an 8 point lead late against MU after a blatant Steve Moore flop. It's true when EJ lights up ISU for 37 points, then throws a nasty cherry on top during garbage time. If you take care of business and make plays early, you won't have to suffer from blown calls late.

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Adam Gerval 1 year, 1 month ago

Julius Randle, "I'm still so hyped lol !! I'm ready to commit right now lol"

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Michael Pannacciulli 1 year, 1 month ago

I think this team has really jelled. In November I had real concerns. It has benn a wonderful ride thus far

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kay_you 1 year, 1 month ago

That TCU loss is really haunting me.

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Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 1 month ago

In recruiting news Julius Randle just won MVP and a 5A Texas state championship. Apparently Self was out there watching him play yesterday:

http://www.ihigh.com/vypedfw/article_159693.html

Self just met with his coach, not Randle himself. There are a couple of ways to interpret that. I'm not going to jinx anything by enumerating them. When I thought we were close on Cat Barber I called it and he went to NC State. When I thought we were close on Selden, I kept my mouth shut and he committed on the visit. Consider this me keeping my mouth shut about Randle.

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Mike Bratisax 1 year, 1 month ago

Ben McLemore showed everyone why he is the best freshman in the country. He could have easily scored more points as he passed up good shots to his teammates who had better shots. I think he also proved that he can play when pressured. With his vertical jumping, he created plenty of space while showing off one of the best pure shooting strokes that I've seen at Kansas in a long time.

HCBS has this team peaking exactly where you would want it to be at this point in the season. I would have liked seeing some of this year recruiting class earning more playing time. I don't know what to make of Perry Ellis at times. I think today was the worst I've seen him play but on the other hand, Tharpe is showing why Self recruited him.

McLemore will be somewhere in the top five lottery picks. As much as I would love to see him stay for another year, I think he is NBA ready. There are several areas in his game that needs improving but overall I think it makes sense for him to make the jump.

As for the Kansas State game, I was stunned that Baylor let it slip away. Scott Drew is giving Rick Barnes a serious run for wasting talent. There is no excuse for allowing the ball to go untouched while throwing the ball the length of the basketball court. At least Kentucky got another good butt kicking today.

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Ethan Berger 1 year, 1 month ago

When was the last time we had 1 guy have 3 30 point games in a season? Bill lit a fire under Bens butt in the first half. Ben used the pump well and scored well enough of the dribble. I wont mind Ej and Ben trading off career nights.

Withey was a force on Defense. He played with swagger tonight. He didn't want anyone around him to get a bucket.

Rel was quiet, but it was okay tonight. He will be the guy who leads us to an early exit or a title. Be aggressive, don't be afraid to shoot.

Naadir had a great 1st half. Not as good second, but did real well. He will be a great starter next year.

And once again KY get no cred. He has a very limited offensive skill set, but man he is a factor that no one can deal with. He just knows how to get around the ball. He is having a great year without a lot of the praise. Does the dirty work.

Perry and Jamari need to work on their low post game. They will be our leaders next year, hopefully they can be our leading scorers also (unless Wiggins or Randle want that, I'm okay with that)

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Steve Zimmerman 1 year, 1 month ago

Does anybody have the game youtubed or know of some free service online?

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Born_And_Raised_A_KU_Fan 1 year, 1 month ago

On a different subject, I noticed earlier today a couple people were able to post in red and blue letters. Is there a code for that? I think it's cool and would like to do the same.

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ollerfarm 1 year, 1 month ago

That baseline drive and float to the rim for dunk, with one hand, sure looks like Michel Jordon!

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kay_you 1 year, 1 month ago

All the TO's to think about it and they let k-state inbound the ball and get off a clean shot with one second.

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Cole Hogan 1 year, 1 month ago

From 'Too Strong' to 'New Strong,' it's time to peak boys! Finish out number nine and lets get on to the madness! Rock Chalk! McLemore is the MAN!

Also...just found this website: http://www.kuathletics.com/airmclemore/ How cool!

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Boouk 1 year, 1 month ago

Baylor had a huge meltdown down the stretch against KSU. At least KSU still has to play OSU in Stillwater.

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