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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Notebook: Kevin Young lower leg injury not serious

Kansas players Kevin Young (40) and Jamari Traylor celebrate a three by teammate Elijah Johnson during the second half of the semifinal round of the Big 12 tournament on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas players Kevin Young (40) and Jamari Traylor celebrate a three by teammate Elijah Johnson during the second half of the semifinal round of the Big 12 tournament on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self talks after win over Iowa State

Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 88-73 win over Iowa State on March 15, 2013.

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Kansas players Elijah Johnson and Perry Ellis talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 88-73 victory over Iowa State on March 15, 2013.

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Box score

KU-ISU

— Kansas University senior Kevin Young, who injured his lower right leg in the first half of Friday’s 88-73 Big 12 semifinal victory over Iowa State, was able to play just two minutes in the second half.

He headed to the locker room where he had X-rays and learned he’d sustained no serious damage when he fell and landed on an ISU player, banging the area “between the ankle and calf.”

“When I came back here (locker room), I was fine,” Young said after the game. “We came in here to make sure they didn’t find stuff (damage). I’m all right. I’m good. It’s nothing to worry about. I’m fine. I’m able to run now. I could have gone back into the game.”

KU coach Bill Self said: “X-rays were negative on his lower leg. He’ll be sore (Saturday). They’ll do whatever treatment. I’ll be shocked if he didn’t try to play (in Saturday’s 5 p.m. final against Kansas State).”

Payback denied: Iowa State’s players had said on Thursday that they wanted “payback” against KU for KU’s two victories over the Cyclones this season.

“We heard about a lot about that yesterday,” KU senior Jeff Withey (14 points, six rebounds) said. “Media people told us. It’s good to go out and play the way we need to play, show everybody we are Kansas and deserve to win. We’ll keep it classy and go out and play basketball.”

No comment: The media’s request for a pool reporter to ask the officials about Ben McLemore’s technical foul for taunting ISU’s bench was apparently rejected by the conference. The reporter designated to be pool reporter said there was a request made and denied.

Tempers flare: KU’s Rio Adams and Iowa State’s Georges Niang (19 points, four rebounds) were seeing barking at each other during the handshake line after the game. They also had words during the game. Adams seemed more amused than angry, smiling during both exchanges.

KU vs. KSU part III: KU on Saturday will meet co-Big 12 regular season conference champion Kansas State in the 5 p.m. finals in Sprint Center. KSU enters with a 27-6 record, compared to KU’s 28-5 mark. Both teams went 14-4 during the regular season.

KU handed the Wildcats two of their league losses. First, KU prevailed, 59-55, on Jan. 22, in Bramlage Coliseum. KU’s Travis Releford scored 12 points, while Jeff Withey and Ben McLemore had 11 apiece. KSU, which hit nine of 30 threes, was led by Shane Southwell, who scored 19 points.

KU rolled, 83-62, on Feb. 11, in Allen Fieldhouse. Ben McLemore exploded for 30 points off 9-of-13 shooting (6-10 threes). Withey had 17 points and five blocks and Kevin Young 13 points. Rodney McGruder scored 20 points for KSU, which hit eight of 19 threes.

The Jayhawks on Saturday night hope to slow first-team all-Big 12 pick McGruder, a player Self says he respects greatly.

“He’s one of my favorite players in the league that we don’t coach,” Self said. “He does a lot of good things. He handles himself beautifully out there. He seems like a terrific young man. He’s competitive and has definitely improved every year he’s been there, very deserving of first-team.”

McGruder averages a team-leading 15.3 ppg.

“Rodney is a far more mature player as far as understanding how to move without the ball,” Self said. “The offense they are running now (motion) has really benefited him at least as far as the outside looking in. He’s grown on how to read screens, how to set people up, how to be in constant motion. It’s a lot easier to guard somebody stationary than somebody who is always moving.”

The Wildcats are led by Big 12 coach of the year Bruce Weber. Recently, at a postseason pep rally, Weber addressed sharing the title with KU. The Wichita Eagle reports that “Weber joked that he had hoped to celebrate a Big 12 championship a week earlier on Senior Day, but poor officiating — referring to KU’s overtime victory at Iowa State — got in the way.”

Self had “no comment” when asked about Weber’s comments. KU fans on message boards took Weber to task for his statement.

Stats, facts: KU is now 64-24 all-time in league tournament play, including 34-8 at the Big 12 tourney. ... KU has reached the finals 10 times in 17 Big 12 events and has advanced to 18 conference tourney championships. ... KU is 19-4 all-time at Sprint Center, including a 5-0 mark this season. ... Bill Self is 297-58 at KU and 504-163 overall. ... KU is now 2,098-811 all-time. ... Iowa State, which hit 14 and 17 threes against KU in previous games, went 9-of-33 from three. ... KU overcame a 12-4 deficit early in the first half, which was Iowa State's largest lead in the three meetings against KU this season. ... In the two games at the tournament, KU is shooting a combined 64-for-109 (.587). KU shot an identical 69.2 percent in the second half (18 of 26) of both games. ... KU’s 179 points scored in its first two games are most KU combined for 192 points against Colorado and Texas Tech in the 2002 event. ... Perry Ellis finished with a career-best 23 points, marking his sixth double-digit effort and second in the last three games. His previous career-high was 15 against Southeast Missouri State (Nov. 9, 2012), making this his first 20-point game. Ellis scored a combined 10 points in the first two meetings against ISU. ... Elijah Johnson scored KU’s first seven of the second half. He finished with 14. ... Naadir Tharpe posted a game-high eight assists, which equaled his second-highest assist total of the season.

Hall of Fame: Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball and KU’s first basketball coach, will be one of five individuals inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame on Friday, June 21 at the Great Overland Station in Topeka, it was announced Thursday by the Great Overland Station.

Naismith will be joined by Clark Kent/Superman; Kansas, the band; Drs. C.F., Karl and Will Menninger and the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry.

Tickets: Big 12 officials said a "very limited number of tickets" are available for the final.

Comments

justanotherhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I personally like players that display a need for playing time and have an edge or cockiness. I don't want him to go out and talk trash while he is on the bench but more than one valuable hawk has made some poor twitter decisions. In his limited minutes the other night he looked like a cold blooded scorer with tons of potential. I think he is going to be great for us. My prediction you will love his "fire" someday. RCJH

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justinryman 1 year, 1 month ago

For everyone above that wants Rio to transfer, I am sure you want the Morris twins to transfer too after their freshman year.

They turned out doing great things while at KU. They played with an edge. They talked trash early and kept doing it. They brought that Pholy toughness to KU that people say this years team doesn't have.

Once a Jayhawk always a Jayhawk.

Hope Rio stays and becomes 1st team big12. Hope he gets his shot in the Final 4 to get MOP of the dance. Just to hear you all say how great he is when in reality you will all have wanted him to leave.

Let the kid grow. As a player and a person. Self and staff will get him straight.

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texashawk10 1 year, 1 month ago

Anybody still think Adams performance against Tech means he's over his maturity issues? This is what HEM and several others were referring to yesterday that one good performance does not mean his issues are resolved. Adams still has maturity issues and that is something that could lead to Self not trusting Adams in the future and could lead to Adams transferring. Right now, I would put it at 50/50 for Adams coming back next year. His pride seems like it still hasn't fully adjusted to no longer being the man (don't blame him for that as he isn't the first player to struggle with that and he won't be the last either) and he may very well be dead set on going somewhere he can be the man. There is also time for someone to make it click for Adams that Self does have a plan for him and that Adams can be an important part of KU's future if he buys into Self's plan. It also wouldn't be the first time that a freshman has come in expecting to contribute right away and not doing so and struggling with whether or not stay at KU and let Self work his magic or bail out and go elsewhere. I absolutely believe Rio Adams can be the first guard off the bench for KU next year and get good minutes if he follows Self's plan.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Re: Self's T

Self can tolerate tight calls,or whistle swallowing, when done to both teams, but he cannot give referees the power to take the swagger out of his team; that would be letting a ref determine KU to lose.

I think he had to go after the ref with enough fury to shift the ref's focus onto away from swagger control. Self succeeded. Self gave the ref something else the ref could get in control of., so the ref did not have to control swagger.

Refs are sometimes insecure and looking for something to demonstrate control through. A coach must give them a substitute, if they try to control something crucial to winning.

Next.

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MinorThreat 1 year, 1 month ago

Rio Adams: he either needs to mature now or transfer, IMO. During the latest game he could be seen directing comments to isu players during play, whispering to ku players on the bench (who were trying to pay attention to the game), then the after game stuff with isu player(s)... I don't care how good he's going to be he comes across as a trouble making punk currently. I wish the ku seniors would tell him to shut the hell up and get in line or go sit with the rotating walk-ons sitting in the crowd.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Bruce will be calling Keady and Snyder all day. May even hold a mock hit on Frankie. Won't work. KU by 15.

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Steve Brown 1 year, 1 month ago

The Wichita Eagle reports that “Weber joked that he had hoped to celebrate a Big 12 championship a week earlier on Senior Day, but poor officiating — referring to KU’s overtime victory at Iowa State — got in the way.”

Officiating plus the fact State lost 4 conf. games. I like Ryder cup rules, to take the trophy you have to better the opponent that holds it, (won it last year)

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jayhawkinATL 1 year, 1 month ago

Hopefully, the 'hawks will be motivated enough today to win the conference outright.

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Doug Merrill 1 year, 1 month ago

He was t'd before the high step. He said something.

Good for him! Good to see Ben with some swagger - the most talented bball player on the planet without any up to this point.

I think that was what Coach was referring to in his post-game comments that made him so angry, was that Ben finally develops a little aggressiveness and the refs t him up.

In the end, I think it will work to his advantage - a lot of energy and a little aggressiveness is a good combo for the big dance

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Born_And_Raised_A_KU_Fan 1 year, 1 month ago

Here, kitty, kitty, kitty, wanna play some basketball? >:)

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studio 1 year, 1 month ago

Without being a spoiler for HCBS next surprise, once JT learns to focus on the hole when open after muscling his course through the play, those shots will drop, and he'll be the darling in a double digit performance. Good minutes Jamari.

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nostradavid 1 year, 1 month ago

Kevin will play today. A little pain won't slow him down.

Now the guys know that you can't even look at the bench after you hit a trey in front of them. High-stepping past them probably made the T happen. A three-finger wave behind the back should be OK.

Seeing this from behind would rile them up without eye contact ...

Hello! ma baby

Hello! ma baby by nostradavid

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Steve Zimmerman 1 year, 1 month ago

Dude can't be just sitting on the bench cheeering. We NEED this guy on the floor. Every damn game. Period. KY becomes a very important player in this team. He's the motor, he's the IQ, he's the man! Good thing he's okay.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

XTRA XTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT

Roy Hobbs miracle season endangered!

XRay supposedly reveals nothing.

Pops will be surprised if Hobbs doesn't try to play.

Gonna be sore!

Boy, Perry's big game was sweet, but this injury is bitter.

Saying my prayers for Kevin, because I admire him so much.

And the KU team so needs both players.

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dylans 1 year, 1 month ago

Hope to see Kevin back and OK soon.

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Adam McEwen 1 year, 1 month ago

we beat them 2 of 2 and Weber has the audacity to think that his team deserves the title outright? You're lucky to get a share you don't deserve. It's on tomorrow.

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Vince Brown 1 year, 1 month ago

"No comment: The media’s request for a pool reporter to ask the officials about Ben McLemore’s technical foul for taunting ISU’s bench was apparently rejected by the conference. The reporter designated to be pool reporter said there was a request made and denied." Gutless! If they make a call, they ought be willing and able to explain it when asked. Arrogance. They ought to have their names on their jerseys just like the players do so fans know who's making questionable calls. Coaches and players run the risk of disgruntled fans reacting improperly to their performance. Why shouldn't the zebras, if they are confident in their abilities, be identified? Their names in the program or in a TV graphic is not enough.

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