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Kansas defeats North Carolina, 70-58

  • 4:15 p.m., March 24, 2013
  • Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

Sunday, March 24, 2013

UNC-ya: Halftime speech by seniors — not Bill Self — sparks KU in 70-58 win

Kansas guard Travis Releford celebrates during a timeout in the second half, Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Travis Releford celebrates during a timeout in the second half, Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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KU coach Bill Self, Travis Releford, Jeff Withey

Kansas coach Bill Self and seniors Travis Releford and Jeff Withey talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-58 victory over North Carolina on March 24, 2013.

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UNC coach Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, James Michael McAdoo

North Carolina coach Roy Williams, guard Marcus Paige and forward James Michael McAdoo talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-58 victory over UNC on March 24, 2013.

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Bill Self, who has an even 300 coaching victories at Kansas University in 10 seasons, has given a rousing halftime speech or two to his players in that span.

He’s also been smart enough — and flexible enough — to defer to others in the oratory department when the need arises.

“We can do better. We’re better than this,” Self said of Sunday’s message at halftime to his No. 1-seeded Jayhawks, who trailed No. 8-seed North Carolina by a whopping nine points. He then told his players to talk amongst themselves, a strategy that apparently proved pivotal in a 70-58 comeback victory in Sprint Center that propelled KU into Friday’s Sweet 16 contest against Michigan in Arlington, Texas.

“I said, ‘This could be our last 20 minutes. We can go out there and leave it all on the court, or we can roll over like we did the first half,’” said senior Travis Releford, who hit four of five shots the first half, the rest of the team going three of 23 as KU lagged, 30-21, at the break.

Releford exploded for 13 points the final half off 5-of-8 shooting, finishing with 22 points and eight rebounds in what Self called “the best game he’s ever played.”

Releford wasn’t fired up by his own words, but by those of senior center Jeff Withey, who scored 16 points and grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds. Nursing a shiner under his right eye after the game — he took an elbow from James Michael McAdoo (11 points, 5-19 shooting) — Withey admitted he was on fire at the intermission.

“We looked at each other. We said, ‘Is this how it’s going to be? We’re just going to lose? Or we’ll play our butts off and win.’ I wasn’t going to let us lose,” Withey said.

Senior forward Kevin Young who scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds with five of KU’s 22 turnovers, outlined the details of Withey’s passionate speech.

“Coach yelled at us a little bit,” Young said, “then Elijah (senior guard Johnson, five points, 1-of-6 shooting with four assists, two turnovers) asked, ‘What are we going to do to change this?’ I said, ‘Win,’’’ Young related.

“Jeff motivated us going down the line saying, ‘This isn’t going to be our last game. He asked Ben (McLemore), ‘Is this going to be your last game?’ He asked Elijah that; Travis that. We all said, ‘No.'"

The Jayhawks’ actions backed up the halftime words.

Releford scored five points — including KU’s first three-pointer of the NCAA Tournament — in an 11-3 run that cut the deficit to 33-32 just 4:55 into the final half.

Releford had 12 points, Withey eight and Naadir Tharpe six (including a behind-the-back pass to Johnson for a layup) in a 29-8 surge to open the half. It gave KU a 50-38 advantage at 10:41.

Withey, who had five blocks, had a vicious block of a McAdoo shot. Also, Releford had a key stickback of a McLemore miss. McLemore played just six minutes the second half because of ineffective play. The Jayhawks survived on a night the freshman sensation went 0-for-9 shooting and 0-6 from three.

“Ben labored this weekend,” Self said of his play in wins over Western Kentucky and UNC. “He’s still our leading scorer. We’re going to go right back to him. There’s not going to be a situation with that. But when Naadir (12 points second half) came in, we were a better team. We got the ball moving. Ben was the best cheerleader out there. It wasn’t hard to not play him because he’s the best teammate on our team.”

Indeed, McLemore said, “I didn’t shoot well. I need to work on that this week, but my teammates played great the second half, and I had fun cheering them on.”

KU led 54-40 with 8:35 left and 63-47 at 4:24, as the Jayhawks (31-5) ran away from the Tar Heels (25-11) in the final 20 minutes, 49-28.

Self was mighty happy his team figured a way to go from shooting 25 percent the first half to 63 for the second. The Jayhawks finished at 43.6 percent and held Carolina to 30.1-percent marksmanship.

“The lid came off,” Self said. “We played miserably the first half. They took us out of everything. We were so rushed and sped up and played nervous. They beat us to loose balls. Our basketball IQ was not very high also. We puttered around. Then, the second half we competed. We were great on the glass (50-36 for the game; 21-12 the final 20 minutes).”

As a result, he improved to 300-58 at KU and 507-163 overall.

“It wasn’t the prettiest way to get it. Second half I thought we competed so hard and were great on the glass. To get to 300 wins in 10 years is a reflection of having pretty good players. Of course who woulda thought this year’s team would get to 31-5? Now we got to make sure we get to 32 and 33,” Self added.

Comments

MrPilot 1 year ago

Speaking of the Sweet 16, congrats to the Lady Jayhawks for making it there! Rock Chalk!

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dehawk 1 year ago

I can't believe some of the bloggers on here. This was suppose to be another down year and yet we win the Big 12 and are going to the sweet 16. Stop second guessing the coach and the players. Did you learn nothing from the one bad week. The players said despite the negative comments from fans, they pulled together and supported each other. Why can't we do the same. We are called "fans" aren't we?

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Carolyn Hunzicker 1 year ago

If Ben cannot play in front of the NCAA crowd at sprint....He definately belongs back in school for another year. He is good, but cannot dribble, cannot go left and cannot play defense. Coach put him on the bench, the team played nuch better because every one knew what to do and where to be....SIMPLE another yeaR OF LEARNING.

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JayHok 1 year ago

Relly and the Revelations. When Travis scores nine points KU is 26-0. When he brings his fire this year the Revelations are 31-0. When the Revelations swing the ball to the second side, enter into Withey, score if he's alone or pass back out if he's doubled they are 31-0.

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Withey and the Wonders. When he is fired up and gets vicious dunks along with at least eight rebounds the Wonders are 31-0 thus far.

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Self and the Spectaculars. When he coaches against Michigan he is 8-0. When he nurtures the spectaculars into swinging the ball around and wears down the opposing defense before the first entry pass to the block, the Spectaculars are 31-0.

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McLemore and the Magicians. When he goes to the gym everyday including and especially game day to loosen up his shooting hand and wrist into a state of freshly poured milk the Magicians are 31-0. When he dances and grins, even metaphorically, before, during and after the game, the Magicians are 31-0.

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Elijah and the Excitables. When he gets the Excitables juiced and dancing they are 31-0. Forget turnovers. When he is having bigtime fun swinging the ball back and forth, not forcing, knowing the opposing D's weakness will eventually be revealed, the Excitables are 31-0.

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Kevin and the Kawasakis. His energy is infectious to the Kawasakis. When he gets a reverse dunk the Kawasakis are 3-0. When he gets a dunk of any sort early in the game followed by a thunderous shout to jump start the other Kawasakis' spark plugs, they are 31-0.

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JakeBarnes 1 year ago

"have got us here and to a 31-5 record." I don't disagree regarding your position of don't make any changes, but Withey and Young, if you pick two players, are the ones who got us here.

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gammimc 1 year ago

If we can play TWO halves in the same game, like we played in the 2nd half Sunday, there's not a team in the tournament that can stand up to us. That being said, how do you get there? Simple, you put the 5 out there that can get it done. If that 5 doesn't include Johnson and McLemore, I could care less. This is still a team sport, with a national championship on the line that KU is more than capable of winning. Self isn't HC to promote players on to the next level, he's there to win for the school. If a player is really that great, they'll perform, and be the lottery pick. If not, well..........

I hope he does put the 5 out there who seem to really click, and just win, baby!

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Dale Kroening 1 year ago

Releford needs 51 points for 1000 in his KU career. Would love to see him get it, he deserves it. As Self has said many times he is the Rock of this team, good luck Travis, keep playing like you did yesterday and youll get your 1000 !

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Colby Hebert 1 year ago

Naadir has ice in his veins. He will be what Bill Self calls an "assassin" for the next two years for us, something we have lacked this year in our guards. He wants the rock with the shot clock fading and the game in the balance, it is what he plays for. He will be dropping 25 foot step back daggers on our foes and crushing the dreams of opposing teams fans.. If you expand his assists to a starter's playing time he will be dropping them left and right as well. I am exciting for him to be our starting point guard next year.

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cajayfan 1 year ago

Bigger stage next. McLemore will disappear. We need a hypnotist on staff!

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JayhawkRock78 1 year ago

I was over Roy leaving before he wore that KU sticker at the 2008 finals game. I agree the media should drop it. The man did good things for KU and is "back home".

Loved they way our boys came out in the second half. I'm proud of them all.

It sure did look to me like McAdoo dropped his elbow hard and fast on that layup. One way to double check is to see what he normally does on other layups. Either way, Jeff played through it like a stud!

If Rio DID something classless I'm am disappointed. Yes he is young, but no respect for coach of Roy's stature?

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monkeehawkSL8 1 year ago

Great win. It doesn't change the very real problem that this team needs stand on the edge of ruin to become motivated. 1st half no energy, flat footed observers. With the exception of Kevin's put back (1st score of the game) no one was following their own shot. The entire team was asleep. Please understand this post is not meant to be critical or demeaning. The "comeback" is what movies are made of. This team is genuinely confusing to me and I believe to college basketball in general. I suspect it is their style of play that is the reason so few if any have picked the Hawks to win.

I believe we never live long enough to truly say "I have seen everything". I have given this some serious thought, probably too much. I don't think I have ever seen anything like it. "If its not broken, don't fix it". I just hate watching games where I think the season is over, every game. That would make me the problem, not the Jayhawks. "Take care of each other and you will win another". RCJH KAAAUOOOOO!

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CWGOKU 1 year ago

I wish the media would stop talking about the Roy-KU thing. It has been a decade, can we move on, please. Maybe the Committee could quit putting us in the same bracket. Anyway, great weekend Jayhawks!!!!

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illuminatironin 1 year ago

I agree with ironhawk62. I think we are being overly critical of Rio. I think we kind of need some players with a little swagger. Do I think they need to represent the school in a positive light? Absolutely! But having somebody with some confidence isn't a bad thing.

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midwest_muser 1 year ago

What are the chances Rio is back? He just can't seem to get it.... I love the Kevin Young situation. Is there another role player deluxe out there who is graduated/not going to have to sit, that we could grab...

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Janet Olin 1 year ago

Hooray for Travis and Jeff, bringing their leadership to the locker room speech. Good to see Jeff put out about the 'mandatory F1' elbow-to-the-eye no-call. Whatever motivation it takes is fine with me. Good 2nd half play, Naa! Constant energy from Kevin, as usual. Still concerned about EJ. Best pre-game line of the day from Barkley, when asked why he was looking forward to the KU game, said: '(be)cause Kansas gonna beat Carolina and Kenny can shut the hell up'. lol, Charles!

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tis4tim 1 year ago

As happy as I am for our players, it occurred to me yesterday how thrilling it must be for Doc Sadler to be along for this ride. Nebraska is 0-6 all time in the NCAA tourney and hasn't made an appearance since 1998 when Danny Nee was still head coach.

And as good a coach as Doc is and as much excitement as he brought to Husker basketball after he was hired there, Doc never got to coach in the big dance. A few NIT appearances were all he could salvage. His teams did, however, excel defensively and I'm sure he is one of the reasons we are the #1 team in scoring defense this year. I'm glad he finally gets to taste victory on the biggest stage. Here's hoping we can finish out on a four-game win streak and bring home the hardware.

Rock Chalk, Doc!

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jayhawkeratheart 1 year ago

Why must we wait for the second half to pull things together. McLemore looks completely lost, still we wait for him to blossom, other team is scoring, EJ still making bad passing decisions, other team is scoring, McLemore looks completely lost, other team is still scoring. Lots of potential sits on the bench. Fans are dying for someone to lead the team,,,,, Tharpe shows up, controlled shooting, controlled dribbling, controlled passing............team begins to score. Play combinations seem to be working, What is it that HCBS feels that the same 5 must start every game, and we the fans must sit back at take the simply pathetic form of basketball that is being shoved down our throats as the best there is. We have great players that have yet to be seen, and not so great that continue to keep us on the edge of our seats. Fresh new line up to change the pace, and change the start is due...... Let's win the first half, as well as the second half.....RCJH...........

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Marilyn Robertson 1 year ago

I think it is REALLY tacky for KU fans to boo Roy Williams. I was upset when he left KU, but he still supports KU when his team is not playing them. It is time to "get over it". And it seems rather unsportsmanlike.

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Steve Gantz 1 year ago

I was hoping that Jeff on his block of the three point attempt had tried to go coast to coast with it. The game was essentially over. Maybe if the coach was standing on the other sideline he may have tried it!

Think how badly we would have won that game if we hadn't bricked our first 15 or 20 shots.

Coach, watch tape of my Badgers on how to beat Michigan. Bo has lost to U of M once during his tenure at Wisconsin.

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REHawk 1 year ago

Nick Krug, you did a fine job of capturing Roy WIlliams fiddling with his spectacles. I think that sometimes Roy's grasping the stem of his specs is indicative of inner torment, the futility of having to swallow and digest the topsy-turvy reversals which he has just seen.

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REHawk 1 year ago

Man O Man, those were some very DETERMINED players, Naadir and Jayhawk seniors, in the second half! Fifteen minutes after I raid the pantry for a jolt of Evan Williams and return to curl timidly into the safe clutches of my familiar old recliner, Withey and Co. come roaring back from the locker room and absolutely turn the tables to send poor ol' Roy into strokeladen shock. But for the classless pregame boos of Coach Williams during introductions, this was another very satisfying Tournament win over one of the most heralded of all national hoops programs.

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Jayhawkcafe57 1 year ago

Make the layups, reduce the number of turnovers, and play defence - KU wins it all. RCJH!!

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FearlessJayhawk 1 year ago

Dear Ben, why are you so uptight? You have the "Deer in the headlights look". This is the second game you have been like this. Don't you realize this is your chance to show the NBA scouts what you can do? If you can't relax and play the way you are capable of, then you had been return next year so you can build your confidence because your stock is going down in a hurry. The NBA will eat you alive if you can't play the way you're supposed to. You will wind up in the D league. Is that what you want? Now get out there and show Trey Burke who the real star is!

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ccarp 1 year ago

Rock Chalk Jayhawk! I love the fight that we showed in the second half! Way to come strong! Please remember not to block shots in the 6th row, Jeff, we need your blocks to start transitions. I bet those 2 you threw out felt pretty good though. :-) Rock Chalk Withey Face and bumpin' block party! Well done seniors. Releford owns KC. Love the nails Naadir drove into the coffin!

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Call me crazy, but it worries the crap out of me that we have to make "halftime speeches" at this time of year.

With four starting seniors.

And (supposedly) the #1 NBA draft pick.

How about we just shut up and PLAY?

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nostradavid 1 year, 1 month ago

Congrats to Wichita State for knocking off #1 Gone-zaga. The Shockers have a freshman that can hit treys when they need them. That was a fun game. Gone-zaga's Canadian 7 footer had a great game and it didn't matter. Now WSU is one game closer to playing KU.

Thanks for not picking KU this year, Mr. President !

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nostradavid 1 year, 1 month ago

Imagine the Jayhawks playing two great halves in the same game.

Visualize ...

it's cosmic !

it's cosmic ! by nostradavid

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KULA 1 year, 1 month ago

Watching Jeff intimidate is almost as fun as watching him block a shot. There were several possessions when a UNC player headed to the hole, saw Jeff looming, and pulled it back out. The shots Jeff alters or discourages are as big as the ones he blocks. His presence on defense was worth 10-20 points tonight. And his taking charge in the locker room is something probably no one expected before this year.

Jeffey, you are El Jefe!

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Micky Baker 1 year, 1 month ago

Withey came out in the second half with fire and led the team vocally and by example. It was evident within just 30 seconds of the start of the second half. The whole team responded. They now need to start games off like this. Hey, you have 2 games in 3 days this coming weekend. Leave nothing on the court.

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Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't think I can overstate how important the firing of Ben Howland can be for our off season recruiting. According to Zagsblog, among the names being floated around are Shaka Smart, Brad Stevens, Jay Wright, and Mark Gottfried.

http://zagsblog.com/articles/ucla-fires-ben-howland/

I don't see Shaka or Stevens being pried away. Shaka's star had risen a ton on the back of his Final Four appearance at our expense. If he was going to climb the coaching tree, that would likely have been the year. Same thing with back to back title games for Stevens. Wright sucks. He came in with a bang and is limping along, now. Gottfried, however, is really intriguing. We lost two potential targets to NC State in Cat Barber and Beejay Anya. If Gottfried is tapped to go to UCLA, that opens up a real possibility to pick off one or both of those guys. They also have Kyle Washington, another solid (read top 100) 4 man. Either one of Barber or Anya would be an immediate impact kind of player. The carousel is going to be really big for us this go around now that Randle has defected to the Empire. Ben Howland, in his own weird way, has given us a new hope.

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

With 13:20 left in the second half, Ben McLemore left the game with Kansas leading 37-35. Ben was on the floor while we got back into the game. With all of the scoring threats that NC had, Ben definitely contributed to the team game that got us on the winning roll.

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 1 month ago

Not playing McBen much the rest of the way puts Coach in the position of appearing to drive his one and done stock down, yet his youth is not helping the team right now and by all rights he needs to be on the floor less as long as he is not producing or defending. Hope Coach is willing to let him ride pine for awhile. Might give him the idea that he will make more money in the long haul if he continues to learn at this level and get a little more seasoning. He can go make maybe $1.5M to start next year in the NBA or he can have a dominating year, win all the awards, show consistency, etc and be the overall no. 1 pick and start at maybe $5M per year. For every career in every field your entry pay sets the tone for your whole career. That is the thing these one n dones dont understand.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Part the Third

At the eye of this maelstrom on wood is Elijah The Prophet Johnson who dances like a turn over prone Wu Li Master with one knee at the end of each 2-game tourney, because he knows that it is he who pulls the strings and who pumps air through the pipes of this crazy calliope of impact mad Self ballers substituting impact for muscle, impact for 5 stars, and impact for media hype. The Prophet is listening to an inner voice no one else hears and even he cannot tell from whence it comes and how long he will hear it.

Bill Self is to the point of cursing at the top of his lungs and simultaneously saying this or that player really played great.

Is this college basketball time or what?!!

This is what the Madness is all about.

Not the damned talking heads.

Not the damned fans in the stands.

Not the betting spreads.

Not keeping games in broadcast windows.

Not realignment black ops.

It is about great athletes finding the XTReme Top Gear in the gear boxes of their hearts.

Next.

University of Michigan.

Ad astra per aspera.

Rock Chalk!!!

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Part the Second

Ben Mac is going to be okay. It as to be a real eye opener to a freshman, no matter how good he may be, when he sees the other seniors turn the burner up yet another notch in the Madness. I mean, he's see the jump from practices to pre conference games. Adjustment. He's seen the jump from pre conference to conference. It was big. Then he saw the jump from the conference to the conference tourney. That surprised him, because he thought he had pretty much seen what these guys had to bring. But then he goes out onto the wood in the Madness and even the 16 seed is breathing fire and sneezing lightening like he has not seen before, and he sees his own teammates labor for awhile and then suddenly at the end Withey is getting up around the top of the box more often. Guys he thought simply couldn't get some of the places Ben was getting to during the regular season are suddenly GETTING THERE. Ordinary no lottery picks are getting up there with him. He's a little disoriented by it. Then he goes out against UNC and these UNC Mickey Ds are jumping around like Tse Tse flies on steroids, while his seniors are kind of hamstrung for a little while. Then suddenly they are breathing fire and talking about not wanting the season to end this way and suddenly Jeff Withey, Travis and Kevin are all launching everywhere as high as Ben ever has this season and pretty much non stop the second half. Its like Ben is watching someone drive a car that he thought could only do a 110 mph and suddenly finds out it can and does wind out to 150mph. Ben just saw today that all these seniors have yet another gear in their gear boxes, and the next couple of days he is going to realize he must have another one in his gear box. And he's going to have to shift into it to stay ahead of all these guys that to him seemed like nice, talented players, but not quite on his own level of athleticism. It had to be an awesome thing for him to behold. Holy shizz, these guys not only can get up with me, they can do it for a whole half with people screwing with them big time. Don't worry Ben. You have another gear in your gear box too. But you never knew you had it and you never used it before. You will find it the next game and you are going to surprise hell out of yourself and your teammates, because you are going to be going up to a new upper deck.

Perry and Jamari stay ready. Your big moments are coming. These UNC guys were Horicot Vert hoopahs--skinny guys, light weights, soft as the blue of their uniforms. Big, violent butchers are looming ahead--guys that would make head hunting cannibals in New Guinea consider becoming vegetarians. Jeff and Kevin are going to need you big time when the 250 pound bangers amp it up to then next level.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

"For the Team without a Nick Name, a Post without a Title"

Part the First

Jeff Withey seems to be jumping higher and higher as the season goes along. And Nick Krug's photos after the fact seem to document what my eyes are telling me during televised games. This guy just keeps spending more and more time up around the top of the shooter's box. I always thought Jeff Withey would be good, because he was smooth, had a knack for blocking, a soft touch and decent footwork. But I never thought of him as much of a leaper, as an explosive player. But he really is an explosive player now. When Jeff gets juiced up about playing, he is starting to play like Bill Walton on defense. The guy has turned into a half court defensive force, not just a force in the paint. I know opponents talk about how much he is around the rim contesting shots, but the guy seemed to be everywhere on the defensive end of the floor. He is grabbing rebounds, blocking shots, breaking out an disrupting outside shots, stripping, hedging and so on. I though Cole Aldrich was a very active big man. Jeff Withey has finally achieved this level of activity. And Jeff's blocking knack and full footer length and toughness just makes him amazing.

Travis Releford should never have gotten all of those tattoos. He only needs one after his performance tonight. ABSOLUTE MAN.

Kevin Young is a human barometer on this team. When he sucks it is a sign that everyone else is going to suck, too. And when his personal barometric pressure starts to rise, it is a signal that the rest of the team is likely to rise, too. Let me remind people that KU has won 31 games playing a 185 pound power forward at the height of the XTReme Muscle Ball Era!!!!!! How mentally tough must this guy have to be to play the 4 at this weight? Self said at one point this season, while stewing about Perry Ellis progress, or lack there of, that it didn't matter when he played Kevin Young; that he would get the same thing out of Kevin Young no matter when he played. For awhile it sounded like Self was unappreciative of what Kevin brought. But Self was simply telling the truth; this carbon fiber power forward Kevin Young gives you near 10 and 10 every time there is a game that needs winning. And when there isn't a big game that needs winning he'll get you 7 and 7. Kevin played one of his worst halves the first half, and somehow came back and got 10 points and 9 rebounds. He became an impact animal that seemed to just show up everywhere along the baseline converting either short dribbles or passes into reverse layups. Just a phenomenal human being and basketball player. I have been a massive booster of this guy and even I wasn't sure Mr. Carbon Fiber could play a season of power forward and "getter done." But he just keeps doing it.

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William Blake 1 year, 1 month ago

I see clashing mentalities on this team. Here is what I see:

EJ: The thinker. He hyper-analyzes to the point that it hurts his game. He could actually "think" us out of a National Championship this year.

BMac: The confused. His mind is all over the place. Should he leave or stay? Pressure, pressure, pressure to do well and put his draft stock high. Or is that what he really wants? It seems that everyone wants him to turn pro after this year, but maybe Ben doesn't feel it yet. Maybe his tournament game is showing that.

Jeff: The determined. Jeff wants a National Championship more than anyone. He may just get it all by himself.

Travis: The rock. He knows he is a stable force on this team, but is that enough to bring home the gold? Travis seemed extra motivated today, but will he bring that aggressiveness for the remainder of the tournament?

Kevin: The hustler. Actually, he is the happy hustler. No one has a better time in the moment than Kevin. He's made the most of his time at Kansas!

Perry: The perfectionist. He is starting to show us how perfect he can be.

Naadir: The closer. Yes, Naadir wants the rock at the end of the clock... and I'm comfortable with that!

My concern is EJ and Ben. They are capable of thinking us right out of a National Championship. We need these guys to quit thinking and start playing. I hope they find a way to shut their minds down and just play ball. If they do, no one can touch us!

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Redlandsjhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Happy happy joy joy, Happy happy joy.

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Ethan Berger 1 year, 1 month ago

This team just became the scariest team when it can put it all together. Trav was aggressive and once again he did well when he was aggressive. Jeffs will was unstoppable. Flying in the air for dunks. Naddir coming in and knocking down step back threes. Suddenly if Ben and EJ can hit their shots, we become an offensive force. Feed Jeff, let him pass out once they double team, swing the ball and hit an open shot. Jeff has been a beast the tourney. He refuses to go down, it is great to see.

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RJ King 1 year, 1 month ago

Halftime, Lockeroom, D-Day: War's over, man. Williams dropped the big one.

Withey: Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Horned Frogs bombed Our Offense? Hell no!

Rio: [whispering] Horned Frogs???

Wesley: Forget it, he's rolling.

Withey: And it ain't over now. 'Cause when the goin' gets tough... [thinks hard. . . volleyball? beach? haircut?] . . . the tough get goin'! Who's with me? Ben?, Elijah? Travis? Let's go! [runs out, alone; then returns]

What the #(? happened to the Kansas I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you Withey, we might get a shiner." Well just kiss my seven foot #$$ from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this.

Strickland, he's a dead man! Hairston, dead! McAdoo -

EJ: Dead! Withey's right. Psychotic stank face, but absolutely right. We gotta take these Tarheels. Now we could do it with conventional Big Ten weapons that could take years and cost millions of missed opportunities. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires really futile and stupid gestures be stopped on everybody's part.

Withey: We're just the guys to do it.

Travis: Let's do it.

Withey: LET'S DO IT!!

Young: Win.

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Kyle Sybesma 1 year, 1 month ago

Is it just me or are there a ridiculous amount of "charge" calls across the NCAA? It seams as though the officials get excited to make the charge call. Just curious what everyone else thinks.

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wils_25 1 year, 1 month ago

Great win for the team. I don't want to be the one to bring down the mood, but after a halftime pep talk, Ben still couldn't get it going, does this worry anyone else?

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tical523 1 year, 1 month ago

I love Ben, what a tgreat eammate and young man. I wish the best for him in the NBA but it is hard for me to not think more college ball will help his game, in particular ball handling. Lots of time on buses and hotel rooms in the league during that long season.

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Scott Smetana 1 year, 1 month ago

Last year TRob had a beast mode. Tonight Rele, Withey, and Tharpe had a beast mode.

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mannyinorlando 1 year, 1 month ago

Very happy with the game...great game and come from behind win. I was confident we would. At the end of the game though, did anyone else see how KU Freshman Rio Adams, deliberately?? I mean he actually side stepped ole Roy and walked by without making eye contact or shaking hands and had a smirk on his face. Very unclassy and un-KU like Rio! I hope u know that there were many like me who caught that. I rewinded it twice to see the jersey # of the player who did this as well as the smirk on his face. Not cool. KU fans are should not be like this to Roy who gave us his heart for 15 years and neither should KU players. Other than that, what a SWEET victory! RCJHKU!

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machinegun 1 year, 1 month ago

Jeff "BlackEye" Withey came out angry in the second half. His slam dunk was huge. His rebounding and shot blocking were superior to anybody on the court. The KU faithful finally woke up and the game was slipping away from UNC when Elijah hit his 3 to tie it at 35-35. Wow-Travis and Naadir turned up the heat. All of this going on with BMAC on the bench.

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chaggs 1 year, 1 month ago

LOVE Ben's attitude! He was the first one off the bench to congratulate his teammates!

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Wow. What leadership by example from Withey! Words and action. Imagine what a whole 40min of inspired KU play would do to a team named ____.

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Chris Shaw 1 year, 1 month ago

Congrats Jeff Withey for moving to #2 all-time behind "The Admiral" David Robinson in career NCAA Tournament blocked shots. After having 7 blocks on Friday (WKU) and 5 blocks today (UNC), Withey has 43 total blocks. He is 8 shy of the Admiral. What a freaking stud!

•50, Tim Duncan, Wake Forest, 1994-97 (11 games)

•42, Shane Battier, Duke, 1998-2001 (19)

•41, Joakim Noah, Florida, 2005-07 (13)

•39, Shelden Williams, Duke, 2003-06 (13)

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/history/careerind

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VailHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I choose not to follow during the game...but were the refs discussed much? The charge call on Naa was horrible...defender had both feet in the circle...Or maybe that was earlier...

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

Better Jayhawk spacing on their offensive end to negate Tarheel guards doubling down to rake the post ball-handler and keeping the ball above the shoulders in the post felt like the biggest spark in the second half. I love the headline though, as a viewer, I was not exposed to the half time speech. Stever Kerr reported on Television that Montross, the former NC center, said that the first half of tonight's game was the first time that Carolina doubled the post.

Roy even said in the halftime interview befpre leaving the court that KU had an advantage in the front court tonight so the Tarheel's were focused on hitting the glass and being more energetic in the paint–and it really showed. After the halftime cool down on both sides, Kansas was certainly more poised in their half court sets, less sped up which sounds like early non-conference talk, and Carolina could not return to the same amplitude that they displayed in the opening 20 minutes.

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jayhawkinnc 1 year, 1 month ago

yep, we're 10 wins behind UK and 11 ahead of UNC

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Chinese Laoshi 1 year, 1 month ago

We have gained another game on Kentucky; now we are only 10 games behind UK on the all time winning stat. We can and will gain 4 more by the time we clinch the championship this year in Atlanta. UK and Cal are going to implode with this year's under-achievers and the in-coming OADs next year. By this time next year, KU will be the #1 program of all time in wins.

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TheBoHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Great..Great win for us, no doubt, but I really hope Rio transfers. He is a poisonous presence. All of you out there who DVR'd this game.. watch him in the handshake exchange with Roy...just slightly classless. There is attitude..i.e. Morris Twins and Robinson...and there is unwarranted, delusional arrogance...GTFO

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JayhawkEngineer94 1 year, 1 month ago

I sure could have used some pep talk by the seniors at halftime!

Checked out some of the live game posting at halftime, and it was real sad to see some of the KU "fans" calling out KU players, saying some pretty mean and hurtful things about them. I thought we had some pretty classy fans, but I might have to rethink that just a bit.

Was wearing the same KU shirt I wore for the WKU game (a new one). Changed back to the one I wore during the B12 tourney at halftime and man did it make a difference LOL!

How spoiled are we... 300 wins in 10 years... Pretty unbelievable!

Sure hope we get to watch 4 more games. KU can win 'em all. But PLEASE, cut down on the turnovers else my children won't want to be anywhere near me or the TV while I'm watching the KU game!

RCJH!

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jenneking 1 year, 1 month ago

I wish it was possible to cure the turn-over virus... a win is a win... let's hope the hawks play better next weekend.

Ben - time to show up... you are too good to just disappear. Leave a good player..or a legend??

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Boouk 1 year, 1 month ago

I think Ben can't go wrong with staying in school 1 more year to improve his ball-handling and take on a larger role on next year's team. He probably wouldn't get drafted as high, but being more NBA-ready on a slightly better team could lead to a richer second contract and a better career.

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NutmegHawk88 1 year, 1 month ago

Anyone have a sense for what is going on with BMac? May be as simple is freshman nerves.

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KUFan90 1 year, 1 month ago

Remember, Ben is a bad man. He puts his fingers in your pudding cup because he can!

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Tyson Ailshie 1 year, 1 month ago

As Jeff Withey goes, so does this team. He is shaping up to be the true leader of this bunch, usually leading by example. On another note, it sure would be awfully tempting to put Tharpe at the 1 and EJ at the 2 for the Michigan game. Not only was Ben awful on offense, but he couldn't stay in front of his man as a defender. As strange as it sounds, I wonder if it would be a better play to have him come off the bench.

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dylans 1 year, 1 month ago

I put my shoes on at half time.

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jayhawkinnc 1 year, 1 month ago

300 wins at KU in 10 seasons. Easy math....that averages out to exactly 30 wins a year. Think about that............he AVERAGES 30 wins a year. 30 wins is an AVERAGE season at KU. 26 wins is a bad year. I love it.

I love having you as our coach at KU, Coach Self! WAY TO GO!!

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sawman3333 1 year, 1 month ago

Look out Michigan! There's a giant who's been asleep and he's about to wake up. And his name is B.E.N.

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