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Monday, March 4, 2013

Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore sweep Big 12 weekly honors

Kansas freshman Ben McLemore (23) and senior Elijah Johnson (15) talk during the end of the second half on Monday February 11, 2013 in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas freshman Ben McLemore (23) and senior Elijah Johnson (15) talk during the end of the second half on Monday February 11, 2013 in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas guards Elijah Johnson and Ben McLemore are the recipients of the Big 12 player of the week and freshman of the week honors, the conference announced Monday morning.

Johnson averaged 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists in the Kansas wins over Iowa State (108-96 in overtime) and West Virginia (91-65). The senior guard began the week with a stellar effort in Ames, Iowa, finishing with a career-high 39 points, which was the most for a KU player since January 5, 1991.

Johnson scored eight points in the final 35.7 seconds to help tie the game, then contributed 12 points in the extra session. Johnson followed that with his second career double-double by posting 12 points and a career-high tying 10 assists versus WVU. He shot 56.7 percent in the two games, including 64.3 percent from three-point range, while making eight of eight from the free throw line.

McLemore averaged 21.5 points and 5.0 rebounds last week while shooting 66.7 percent from the field. His top performance came against the Mountaineers, as he finished with 36 points on 12-of-15 shooting, which included a 5-of-6 effort from 3-point range. The point total set a KU freshman record, as McLemore became just the fifth Big 12 freshman in league history to score 36 points or more in a game.

McLemore has three outings with 30 points or more this year, which all have come against Big 12 opponents. He has scored 20 points or more eight times in 2012-13.

Comments

Woody Cragg 1 year, 1 month ago

Say what? 56.7 & 66.7%'s-Man alive... the lights... somebody get out some candles? Regardless of defenses, refs bad calls, blizzards, nor easters, hurricanes, or an absolute act of God, that is enough to scare anyone in what ever bracket we end up in cause you have to be able to overcome anything you are up against to keep playing & getting W's. And no sheets men, these guys have it, the total package. At least in the starting 5 they do. Maybe a little light in consistant bench production, but 1 thru 5 I'd take my chances vs anyone. Also at least 3 guys can put this team square on their backs & carry it. Only team that I've a doubt vs would be Duke-with Ryan Kelly. Without him they may not make 16. I dunno, maybe Young could hang with him. Made a beliver out of a lot of people this year. Coming in, he reminded me of Cosby's Wierd Harold-"Used him to get the football out of the sewers." He's not had near the credit he deserves IMO. Very workman like, blue collar guy, the kind we all admire. Damn huge move takin the bullit for Jeff vs ISU also. That took some real game savvy. That's also probably the worst mistake that the BG 12 (bush) League admin was speaking about. Ain't expecting any favors at Sprint in the conf tourney either. Maybe a 2 seed suits us better after all. JMO

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Phil Leister 1 year, 1 month ago

The preceding exchange between Kettle and Queen is priceless.

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Kettlesworth 1 year, 1 month ago

Queen Krenda, I think the game went to OT.

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Kettlesworth 1 year, 1 month ago

Still, that's insane. 39 divided by 36 = 1.08333333333333 points per seconds. He must have been raining! Did anybody see the game?

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Queen_Krenda 1 year, 1 month ago

LOL, it was 39 points over the course of the whole game, not 39 in 36 seconds. He did make a lot of threes tho, and the game was never in doubt.

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Kettlesworth 1 year, 1 month ago

Isn't EJ's 19 points in 36 seconds a record of some kind? How many of those were 3-balls? Will he get a trophy next game?

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Queen_Krenda 1 year, 1 month ago

I agree. It has almost gotten, to the point, that professional sports teams have eclipsed the college games in terms of prestige/purity, etc. Sad really.

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Kettlesworth 1 year, 1 month ago

As a community we have GOT to make sure we keep college athletics pure.

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Sam Constance 1 year, 1 month ago

With all the talk of how Scott Drew "coaches" in relation to paper bags, I got to thinking...

He can't coach his way out of a wet paper bag, or he can't coach his way into a bag. It's all very confusing, but no more.

Scott Drew is a paper bag (filled with money). That's how he can recruit so well, but seemingly have zero coaching skills whatsoever. Because the right recruit will play for a bag of money, but a bag of money can't write up plays or explain how to inbound a ball.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Scott Drew can't coach his way into a paper bag.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 1 month ago

Destroy Tech, and hope Scott Drew leads his team to more disappointment on Saturday.

But first....wish nothing but disaster for our purple stepchildren to the west.

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Phil Leister 1 year, 1 month ago

I didn't realize EJ only had 19 points with 36 seconds to go in the Iowa State game. Finishing with 39 is unreal.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Hubris? Not a story or comment about TTech? Ozymandian karma?

Where is stupid Michael when we need him?

In the website, posters come and go Talking of BenMacangelo...

We grow cold, we grow cold Do we wear our tube socks rolled? Do we dare to dunk a peach?

Will the Techies catch us napping Out of the cradle endlessly passing?

Dull heads among emotive senior spaces

Traumnovelles in sneakers endlessly trying to make it home through nightmares of the third kind?

Refunkified?

Eyes wide dunk?

Put some rock back in the chalk before The Techies cat us sleep in.

stupidmichael redeem us

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PayHeedAll 1 year, 1 month ago

4 out of our 5 starters have won at least 1 Big 12 P.O.W. honors this year I believe, which is just silly

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