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Kansas defeats Louisiana Monroe, 80-63

  • 7 p.m., Nov. 8, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ugly No. 700: Jayhawks top Louisiana Monroe 80-63 for 700th victory in Allen Fieldhouse

Kansas center Joel Embiid (21) positions himself against the Warhawks' Marvin Williams for a rebound during the Jayhawks' regular-season opener against Louisiana Monroe, Friday, November, 8, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse .

Kansas center Joel Embiid (21) positions himself against the Warhawks' Marvin Williams for a rebound during the Jayhawks' regular-season opener against Louisiana Monroe, Friday, November, 8, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse .

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Tarik Black, Andrew White and Wayne Selden discuss KU's 80-63 victory over Louisiana Monroe

Tarik Black, Andrew White and Wayne Selden discuss KU's 80-63 victory over Louisiana Monroe

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Bill Self talks about all the fouls that were called during KU's season opener

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self talks about his team's effort and all the fouls that were called during KU's 80-63, season-opening victory over Louisiana Monroe.

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• Kansas-Louisiana at Monroe

Kansas University’s 700th victory in Allen Fieldhouse will go down in history as ... a game in which the Jayhawks nudged Louisiana at Monroe, 80-63, despite using their third- and fourth-team point guards most of the first half.

“It was ugly and it can get ugly when you play without a point guard. For us to play without Frank and Naadir ... we didn’t practice that way,” KU coach Bill Self said with a smile Friday after KU overcame a scrappy Warhawk team and, in the process, improved to 700-108 all-time in Allen.

“It was good to get some other guys some minutes,” Self added.

Starting point guard Naadir Tharpe wore street clothes courtesy of a one-game NCAA suspension for playing in a pro am game last summer in Chicago.

Back-up Frank Mason, meanwhile, picked up his second foul just four minutes into the 2013-14 season opener, sitting the rest of the first half with Conner Frankamp and Wayne Selden running the offense.

Frankamp had two assists and a turnover in 10 minutes the initial half, while Selden, who also played 2-guard, hit for eight points with three assists and a turnover. KU took a 42-32 lead into halftime. Mason returned to play 14 minutes the final half and finished with three points, five assists and no turnovers.

“Frank did well,” Self said. “He turns it over a lot in practice, but in games does a better job taking care of the ball. You could see we were better when he was in the game. He had the speed element.”

Frankamp finished with five points, three rebounds and three assists against one turnover in 17 minutes; Selden eight points, four assists against one turnover in 28 minutes.

“If we do it three minutes a day, that would probably be a lot,” Self said of running offense with Selden at the point. “And Conner, too. We want Conner to play the point, (but) he’ll be more effective off the ball when we have Frank and Naadir.

We practiced him at point just to be the backup for this game for the most part. Those guys are both new to it. They did fine, but it was a safe fine. It wasn’t a playmaking fine.” The Jayhawks needed a vocal assist from Self to finally put away ULM in the final half.

KU led just 47-41 with 15:34 left when Self stormed down the sideline to scream at an official who called a foul on Mason. The outburst, which didn’t draw a technical foul despite Self leaving the coach’s box, finally fired up the Jayhawks and the crowd as KU went on a 9-2 run to open a 56-43 lead at 11:10.

Four players (Tarik Black, Mason, Andrew Wiggins, Andrew White III) scored in the surge that stretched to 15-7 and a 62-48 lead at 8:16.

“I would say that would be an accurate observation,” Self said, asked if he thought he’d receive a ‘T’ for his outburst. “I didn’t do it to fire up the crowd. I did it because I thought it was a bad call. It may not have been a bad call. I thought it was.

“It’s going to be hard to get the crowd into the game this year when you stop it every possession (because of new foul rules),” he added. “Home crowds are not going to be as ‘homey’ if you have a stoppage every possession.”

KU’s game-high lead was just 20 points at 72-52 with 4:42 to play. Asked about Self’s energy, Selden said: “It definitely is fire and fuels the tank for us. We see it and it gets us all into it. Then the crowd gets into it and we turn it up a notch.”

Freshman Andrew Wiggins’ long-awaited college debut resulted in 16 points off 5-of-9 shooting (2-4 threes) with three rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes. Perry Ellis had 12 points and eight boards and White 12 points and four boards. Marvin Williams had 19 points for ULM.

“Obviously we want to come out and win bigger than we did and finish the game off stronger,” center Tarik Black said after scoring eight points with seven rebounds. “At the same time, we are in the beginning of the season. We are still fresh, learning about each other, learning the system. It was like the first two (exhibition) games. It is a learning experience We were all so amped because it was the start of our season. We are glad to come in the locker room 1-0 right now.”

KU will meet Duke about 9 p.m. Tuesday in Chicago. Michigan State meets Kentucky in the first game of the Champions Classic at 6:30.

Comments

Jason Keller 1 year ago

Wiggins could have been more aggressive but boy did he look good when he got after it. That break away dunk he had displayed an incredible amount of power and balance.

I love Frank Mason. He is an absolute bulldog. He is so comfortable out there, I would never think he is a freshman. I will guarantee you that Bill Self will not leave KU as long as FM is here, he just loves those scrappy little point guards so much. What a gem he plucked at around what number 130 nationally? What a joke. There isn't 30 freshman better than Frank Mason.

Jack Wilson 1 year ago

Jason/kellerman411: Mason does look good. His Rivals ranking was #76 (in the Tharpe/TT range). He was at that 130 mark heading into his final high school/prep school season. Then was bumped up. And, yes, I would suggest that there are 30 freshmen better than him. Maybe not 50 though. But that is really all beside the point. And really irrelevant to your excellent point.

We have a kid that looks the part, that will be a four year player, that appears to be a terrific backup to Tharpe for 2 seasons, and appears to be ready to pounce on the job if Tharpe implodes or gets hurt. He plays fast, has great court vision, and has solid ball handling abilty. In the end, I think, we'll be happier we landed him than any of the six point guards we pursued ahead of him.

Appears on the way to exceeding his ranking.

The only immediate worry for Martin is the OAD drama with Tyus Jones for 2014. Hope we miss on Jones. The good news is that for 2015, at least now, there are no presumed OAD point guards. And, as of now, the only PG we're really recruiting for 2015 is unranked.

Jonny Swift 1 year ago

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/143190/king-mcclure

Uhh did you forget about a guy named King McClure? I too hope we miss on Jones, but would love to land King the next year and stick around for a few years.

Bernard Gregory 1 year ago

I said when I first start coming on this site that I would not post any comments until the season started because there were so many negative post about Frank and I knew when the time came that he would prove the nay sayers wrong, but he still hasn't shown his true potential yet and hopefully he will continue to make strides to make his self and his team better because believe me when I tell you that the kid loves to win and I have seen him win with guys who had little to no talent.

Bryce Landon 1 year ago

Let's not kid ourselves here. We had trouble beating a team picked last in the freaking Sun Belt. That does not bode well heading into the Duke game.

Tony Bandle 1 year ago

OAKVILLE ODDITIES.

1] THE GOOD - KU's incredible depth of talent, long, fast and athletic. Bill used 10 men without Naadir.

2] THE BAD - The inexperience showed up big time...we're gonna get beat a few times in the near future but watch out come March Madness!!

3] THE UGLY - The new rules are just awful. No flow, continuity and hard-nosed defense is virtually not allowed. The NCAA maintains their "suckage" streak!!

CONCLUSIONS - We better be prepared to hit our foul shots. The only hope is after a month or so, the refs calm down a bit and these rules start getting applied with a little more sanity.

Lance Cheney 1 year ago

K-State last night is a perfect example for why you need to hit your free throws. They were under 50%, I believe. That would've saved them the embarrassment of losing to Northern Colorado. That, and bacon.

Aaron Paisley 1 year ago

Ugly game, get used to it because there will be lots of them this year. Just remember that it could be worse, we could be KState who lost at home to Northern Colorado last night.

Tom Longhofer 1 year ago

Did Bruce stage a funeral after the game? Wake at Kites maybe?

Erich Hartmann 1 year ago

KState fans and alums and Ath.Director need to shoot Bruce Weber down TODAY.

Lance Cheney 1 year ago

I think Wiggins' hair is what's holding us back. He needs to trim that thing.

Bruce Beckum 1 year ago

Did anyone else see the Georgetown-Oregon game? I watched a few minutes and thought the refs in that game were letting them play a bit more than in the KU game.

Mike Riches 1 year ago

Jayhawk basketball is back!!

I expect this team will progress fairly quickly on the offensive end...that's no surprise with the talent and athleticism of these young players. On the defensive end, I'm curious to see how long it takes for these guys to tighten up. Self is such a master at teaching the right defensive mentality, but it has to be hard to play the fast, tough defense that we're used to seeing with Self's teams, when it seems the slightest touch results in a whistle. I would imagine that last year's team would be struggling to adapt to these new rules if they were playing right now...it just has to be a tough mental adjustment for anyone.

I'm so excited for Tuesday! Duke looked good last night...and we looked like we have a long way to go. So I'm sure there are some that have already written Tuesday night off as a loss, but Kansas teams the past few years have had a tendency to play up (and unfortunately play down at times) to their competition. I will not be surprised if Tuesday's game is extremely close. And while this game is about so much more than the highly billed Wiggins/Parker matchup, I admit I am excited to see how these two perform. Rock Chalk!!

Andrew Dunlap 1 year ago

Wiggins is smooth and skillful. last night was my first time seeing him in action. He wlll make the diiference coming down the stretch come tourney time. Jayhawks will get another banner!

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