Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kansas basketball unusually offensive so far

Thousands watch as Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins soars in for a jam on a breakaway against Towson during the first half on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Thousands watch as Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins soars in for a jam on a breakaway against Towson during the first half on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University’s basketball team, which led the country in field-goal-percentage defense last year (.361) and has ranked first in the Big 12 in that category in eight of Bill Self’s first 10 seasons in Lawrence, has been amazing on offense through four games of the 2013-14 campaign.

The Jayhawks (4-0) — who scored 88 points versus Towson, 86 against Iona, 94 against Duke and 80 versus Louisiana at Monroe — have cashed 56.8 percent of their floor shots, including 37.5 percent of their threes.

“If you look at our shooting percentages, they’re better than ever so far,” KU coach Bill Self said.

KU hit 60 percent of its attempts in Friday’s 88-58 home victory over Towson.

“We’ve shot 50 percent every game. We don’t do that. We just make sure other teams can’t score. Since we don’t do that anymore, I guess we’ve got to make sure we score,” he added sarcastically.

KU’s four foes have made 42.4 percent of their shots en route to an average of 67.5 points a game.

“Our guys are unselfish, which is good for a group that doesn’t know where their shots are coming from yet out of the offense,” Self said. “We have to have our best players be in attack mode and take advantage of their athletic ability.”

KU had eight crowd-pleasing dunks to Towson’s zero on Friday night.

“It’s how we need to play a lot,” junior guard Naadir Tharpe said, referring to a fast pace that ran the Tigers out of Allen Fieldhouse. “We have a lot of athletic guys on our team. We need to get out and run. That’s what coach wants. That’s what we do. We run.”

Self encourages his players to hit the boards, fire crisp outlet passes and run.

“We ran better. I think that’s the first time all year we looked athletic,” Self said. “We were much more active starting out. We were much more active defensively. It seemed we had hands everywhere, caused a lot of havoc.”

The Jayhawks’ energy on offense and defense on Friday thrilled 16,300 fans who were more fired-up than usual for a game against a smaller, outmanned school.

“It was fun to see what the building can be like when our guys are playing with energy,” Self said. “Our guys had the most fun they’ve had all year long, maybe including even the Duke game (a 94-83 KU win, Nov. 12 in Chicago), because they attacked the basket.”

One player who had a blast was senior power forward Tarik Black, who flushed two dunks in KU’s 11-5 run that opened the game. The former University of Memphis player picked up two quick fouls in each of KU’s first three games.

“Nobody had to fire him up. He’s a senior,” Tharpe said. “He knew he wasn’t giving us his best that we needed. He knew he’d come in this game and do everything he could, and that’s what he did.

“He was really excited. He was smiling. I got him that dunk at the beginning (one-hand slam off lob). He really wanted that. He got a fast- break dunk himself (off steal and drive to goal). That’s Tarik being himself, playing free.”

KU will next meet Wake Forest (5-0) at 2:30 p.m., Central time, Thursday, in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.


Rick Monsour 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I would like to see Greene get more playing time and the opportunity to show his talent. It is difficult when your only on the court 5 minutes a game. Instant offense , ability to hit the boards, always looking for the open teammate for the assist, come on coach put him in!!!!!!


Benz Junque 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Where's the guy that was screaming about how Bill Self's inability to coach a faster pace was holding these guys back? Mike Adams, paging Mike Adams...

These guys are learning at a very fast pace and are offensively WAY ahead of where most teams are this time of year. They are really gelling together, which is great to see from a group of such size. It can be tough to have a unit click well when there are a lot of different guys playing but this team seems to really all mesh well. No matter who gets plugged in they are still clicking.

It has been my lifetime desire to see a Kansas team so deep in talent that they could simple roll wave after wave of crazy athletic players out there like hockey line shifts. Each wave would go full tilt max effort, pushing the pace and assaulting the opposition. Before they get to the point where they get tired, bring on the next wave. A relentless assault that would break the minds and spirits of the opposition and have a crowd frothing at the mouth after each highlight reel play.

This team is as close to that as any I have ever seen. The potential is there. They just need to keep their foot on the gas and keep pushing themselves to do more and more and to extend that relentless assault to the defensive end as well. It's coming...


Gerry Butler 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I agree 100% chris, there is something going on why he is in the doghouse with f. I was glad to see him get even A LITTLE time, I too hope he doesn't get frustrated, but needs to take care of ALL aspects of things, more then just basketball. the kid can out rigoall someone we can definitely use at any time, defense lacks right now but given some time with the instruction of coaches it will come just hope he doesn't up and leave I think he has a bright future if he sticks. the hawks look REALLY, REALLY good right now but yet are just scratching the surface of where they can be, going to be very interesting to see just HOW GOOD they can be come conference play, very easily may be scary good, they are close now show flashes. need to tighten interior defense some but with these new rules. got one question as been stated by so many of commentators, my thought is they might as well remove the circle in the lane to help call block charge its impossible almost to get a charge called anymore with the new rule so why have it. GO HAWKS


Asad Zoberi 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I am wondering as to what is wrong with Greene. I thought he played well against Duke, showed nice shooting touch off the bench. But he did not get any PT against Iona and very little time against Towson?

Is he in HCBS dog house?

Or HCBS working to show him the door in lieu of freeing up a scholie?


Greg Lux 4 months, 3 weeks ago

KU has always been at their best when we run with energy. This year we are again blessed with super athletes. This Should be a very very fun year at Kansas.

Rock Chalk


Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Highest Pt total came against the highest rated opponent. Doesn't get much tougher than Duke, and just serves to motivate. Watch out now that the news are finding out that a little more effort on D leads to a lot more fun on O.


Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey! Lookie, lookie here. Good times have come our way!


Don Burgundy 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank God for a bball article. No offense but I get tired of reading the same old fball story about how they got killed on Saturday and how they plan to regroup and come up with a great gameplan for next Saturday's game JUST to get killed again. Moving on to basketball, I wonder how long KU will be able to keep up this insane scoring pace seeing as how tougher competition is right around the corner. Rock Chalk.


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