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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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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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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

Vince Brown 1 year, 6 months 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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Ryan Kruse 1 year, 6 months ago

vlbptt, It's just as gutless as you logging on to kusports.com and not putting your real name on this comment blog! Put you name it! To ref is a job always done better from your seat, I don't agree with Mr. technical happy John Higgin's call, as there is much more taunting done during the games than what Mr. Benny Mac did, but you are no better for the name VLBPTT....just saying

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Mike Bratisax 1 year, 6 months ago

Almost every poster here uses their user ID. Why would it make any difference on if someone does or does not use their real ID. What does it matter? It's not like you're going halfway across the country to confront someone.

There is a huge difference in using your user ID on a comment section then it is to where your name as a referee

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 6 months ago

ryankruse: Give me a break. Referees get away with sheer incompetence and never have to explain themselves, and they aren't held accountable for their actions. The point is that referees are shielded from what is reasonable scrutiny. And they are shielded by supervisors who were also officials.

How do you explain Ted Valentine?

Look at the fool that T'd up Sean Miller last night. Where's the sanction for that? In the world of sports, the only guys that are not "accountable" are the officials. They destroy games due to their indecision, incompetence, negligence, and a great many times, their egos. But they continue to get work. There is no real system that replaces existing officials. Meaning, in any sport, the better player can win a job. That's not the case with officials. Once they get their jobs, they're in unless there's is some hugely dramatic issue or change, and even then, it's questionable.

Further, refs are always shielded by the "it's a tough job" crap. There are a lot of tough jobs, and in those jobs, those that fail get fired. But for officials, it's "they're human, they make mistakes." Human mistakes get folks fired in other jobs.

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Mike Bratisax 1 year, 6 months ago

In all fairness, his player did TOUCH the ball. McLemore did look at the opposing teams bench..

I think the officials were fair in assessing technical fouls..

FYI: This is meant to be sarcasm

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JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 6 months ago

In the post game interview, HC Self indicate that he asked to the ref why the T'd McLemore and the ref said he did not know if he (McLemore) said anything but he "looked" at the ISU bench. This is why HC Self was so upset. If looking at the bench warrants a T, then Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss' should get a dozen every game...and he does a heck of a lot more than just look...

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Adam McEwen 1 year, 6 months 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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Jacob Zutterman 1 year, 6 months ago

Big words from a coach who can only win with other coaches' players...

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dylans 1 year, 6 months ago

Hope to see Kevin back and OK soon.

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jaybate 1 year, 6 months 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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Steve Zimmerman 1 year, 6 months 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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nostradavid 1 year, 6 months 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 ...

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studio 1 year, 6 months 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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Doug Merrill 1 year, 6 months 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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oldalum 1 year, 6 months ago

I looked at the replay a couple times, and he just gave them a glance as he ran by. Sure not a stare-down or anything. He was hopping along, however, but he was happy and had to get back on defense. Self said he denied saying anything. Ref said he didn't know if he said anything, but he looked at the bench. It's just too bad that corner of the floor is so close to the opposing bench. For all I know, they could have been yelling at him trying to throw him off.

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jayhawkinATL 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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Ichabodhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

I think they come out with a ton of energy for 5 reasons. 1) just like with ISU Kstate is out for revenge having been beaten twice and we don't want to let them win. 2) this is for the championship. If you can't get up for this game then something's wrong with you. 3) with Duke and Georgetown losing last night and hopefully a Louisville loss tonight KU can play themselves into a 1 seed with a win. 4) the Sprint Center is going to be packed. The energy is going to be so amped it will be near impossible to not have energy. 5) we have the best motivator on our sideline. self will have these guys ready to go.

With everything I mentioned above I feel pretty has another great game. Gibson is too slow to guard him. He will post up Southwell and Henriquez will just get blown by. Perry ends up with 15 and 7 and KU wins 78-64.

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jayhawkinATL 1 year, 6 months ago

I do like the matchups better with KSU...more conventional. Withey can play in his typical spot and not have to chase guys around. Our guards haven't had much problem keeping their guards in check too.

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Steve Brown 1 year, 6 months 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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jaybate 1 year, 6 months 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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MinorThreat 1 year, 6 months 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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Oscar_Unit 1 year, 6 months ago

There was also the game (I think Senior Night?) when HCBS put him in midway through the second half. He picked up 3 immediate fouls, and then during a play stoppage you could see him shoulder-bumping and getting into it with players on the other team. I don't like to see that crap from guys who are actually producing, let alone a bench warmer. Quite an attitude for someone who hasn't earned any play time.

It was promising to see him score some nice baskets during garbage time the other night, but if the guy can't even get through a handshake line without getting into it with the other team, I just don't know...

On the other hand maybe the 'other guy' is always starting it with him. Usually people who don't want trouble don't find it. Except for Cane from Kung Fu. He never wanted any trouble but could never seem to avoid it.

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Brianna Zaleski 1 year, 6 months ago

I disagree with both of you. I like a little attitude in my PG. Chalmers had it. Collins had it. Taylor had it. Not disrespectful or anything out of line, but just a little swag. Rio Adams has the body and skill set to be something special here and a little attitude should only help push his game in the right direction.

And who wouldn't want to talk some sh#¥ to Niang? That dude is always chirping and flopping all over the place. Rio was probably telling him that all the flopping in the world wasn't going to save them from this inevitable ass kicking

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jaybate 1 year, 6 months 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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texashawk10 1 year, 6 months 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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Boouk 1 year, 6 months ago

Unless he apologizes for all the disrespectful tweets, the horrible attitude he has displayed basically throughout his entire KU career so far, and promises to work hard on his shooting and ball handling in the offseason I hope he transfers. If he doesn't do all of that, he won't be in the rotation next year with Tharpe and White returning and the additions of Seldon, Greene, Frankamp and Mason.

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justinryman 1 year, 6 months 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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Matt Strausz 1 year, 6 months 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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