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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Notebook: Jayhawks ‘didn’t compete’ in loss at Texas

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe misses going for a steal from Texas forward Jonathan Holmes during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Also pictured is Texas guard Isaiah Taylor.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe misses going for a steal from Texas forward Jonathan Holmes during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Also pictured is Texas guard Isaiah Taylor.

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TEXAS 81, KANSAS 69

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— Wayne Selden did his best to offer an explanation for Kansas University’s double-digit loss to Texas on Saturday afternoon in Erwin Center.

“It’s a mindset. We came out real flat. We came out dull. We didn’t play Kansas basketball. We weren’t focused,” the freshman guard said after scoring a team-high 21 points off 8-of-16 shooting in an 81-69 loss that dropped KU to 7-1 in Big 12 play, compared to UT’s 6-2 mark.

“We didn’t compete. We didn’t play.”

Why? That is the question.

“It’s a long season. We might have gotten caught up (in all the positive things people have been saying),” Selden said.

KU hit just eight of 31 first-half shots and finished the game at 38.5 percent.

“We were trying to get shots. We weren’t making shots. It happens,” sophomore Perry Ellis said after hitting four of nine shots and scoring 11 points. “We have to make up for that on the defensive end. We didn’t do that.”

Asked if Texas, which had 12 blocks, surprised the Jayhawks Ellis said: “I wouldn’t say surprise. it’s just ... it happens. We have to come prepared next time. We have to fight each game.”

Black plays: KU senior Tarik Black, who had missed the last two games because of a sprained ankle, scored two points with two boards and a steal in six minutes.

Frosh Conner Frankamp missed his second straight game because of a knee bruise. “He hasn’t practiced,” Self said. “He’ll be able to play some Tuesday (at Baylor, 6 p.m.).

Overrated chant bugs coach: Texas coach Rick Barnes waved his arms, asking his student to stop chanting, “Overrated” at the No. 6-ranked Jayhawks with three minutes left and No. 25 UT up by 16.

“I really think that’s the dumbest thing fans have done. You just beat a team that’s no good?” Barnes said. “I’ve never understood that. Kansas is not overrated. Why would you chant that?”

This, that: Texas has won four straight games against ranked teams for the first time in school history. Earlier this year, KU also won four in a row versus ranked teams. Prior to that, North Carolina (1997) was the last to accomplish that feat. ... KU had its longest win streak of the season snapped at seven. ... KU had won five in a row vs. Texas. ... Bill Self is 12-8 all-time against UT (12-6 while at KU) ... The loss marked KU’s first Big 12 double-digit defeat in the regular season since an 81-58 loss at Baylor last season. ... KU’s 20-point deficit in the second half marked its largest this season and the most since trailing by 18 at Florida. ... The 15-point halftime deficit tied KU’s largest of the season (15 at Florida). It also marked the biggest halftime deficit against a conference opponent since trailing, 45-29, at Oklahoma State on Feb. 27, 2010. ... KU began the game 4-for-4 from the field and closed the first half 4-for-27. The 8-for-31 (25.8 percent) is KU's lowest in a conference half this season. KU's previous conference low for a half was 44.0 (at Oklahoma). ... KU’s 38.5 shooting percentage (25-for-65) was the second-lowest of the season (San Diego State, 29.8 percent). ... Texas out-blocked the Jayhawks, 12-4. The 12 blocks are the most in a conference game since Texas tallied the same amount on Feb. 8, 2010 and the second-most overall (13, Kentucky, 11/15/11). ... UT’s 30 free throws were the most by an opponent this season (29 vs. Oklahoma). ... KU tied a season-low with its 13 makes from the free-throw line.

Individual notes: Brannen Greene hit a three-pointer for the fifth-straight game. ... After back-to-back career-high scoring efforts, Andrew Wiggins went 0-for-9 from the floor before hitting his first shot with 12:06 remaining. He finished 2-for-12 with seven points before fouling out for the first time in his career. ... Joel Embiid, who had two blocks, has 56 blocks, passing Darrell Arthur (54) for second on the all-time freshman blocks list, trailing only Eric Chenowith (62, 1998). Embiid now has a block in 15 straight games. ... Jamari Traylor grabbed six rebounds, his third six-board effort of the conference season. 

Comments

Chuck Stones 7 years ago

I think the game turned when the TX big man threw Joel to the floor. Did you see the look on Joel's face? He looked really shook up and maybe a little scared. From that point on we played tentative. When we went inside, we jumped away from the basket, not toward it. Refs will not call fouls when you fall away, they will call a foul when you jump toward the basket into the defender. We did not get nearly as many foul calls tonight because we played tentative and soft. And the game was really lost at the line. We actually made one more basket than they did. BTW - I was shocked that the refs didn't even look at the "throw down" play on the monitor. The replay showed it was clearly a technical and possibly even could have gotten their guy thrown out of the game.

Jeff Schartz 7 years ago

Clearly, John Randall is Mark Randall's brother, and he knows all there is to know about basketball.

John Randall 7 years ago

Clearly, Chuck Stones doesn't know which fouls qualify as technical, intentional, flagrant. Penalties are similar – situations are not.

Chuck Stones 7 years ago

No, I probably don't have a highly technical knowledge of which fouls qualify at technical, intentional and flagrant. However, I watched the replay several times and from what I saw (admittedly from a biased point of view) the TX man was tangled with Joel after a rebound (Joel could have probably been called for a foul), but the TX guy looked over at Joel and very purposefully threw his arm forward which was above the shoulders and flagrantly threw Joel to the ground. It was not a part of a "basketball play", it was purposeful and was above the shoulders.

Doug Merrill 7 years ago

John It is unlikely you can judge the knowledge base of another poster based on a single post, and it is unlikely that anyone cares what your judgment is about that. Of course, we are all very, very interested in hearing your opinion about the different types of fouls and how this play fit fit into your opinion about those.

Walter Bridges 7 years ago

And the funny thing is that both flagrant and intentional fouls ARE technical fouls. There are only two types of fouls...Technical & Personal.

Clearly John Randall should know that.

Walter Bridges 7 years ago

To be honest, this is one of the games that you watch the tapes then throw it away. It was just a bad night when everything went right for a hot Texas team. The long rebounds always seemed to go directly to Longhorn players. We missed so many put backs that I lost count.

Instead of freaking out and calling players soft, criticizing the coach or individual players, I'm just going to wait for the rematch which will have a far better result.

Every year there seems to be a game or two that is just incomprehensible. Last year it was TCU. Refocus and beat Baylor.

Suzi Marshall 7 years ago

I'm not going to bother watching the tape. I commented how soft they were tonight and really all season on another article. We will see how things go in Waco Tuesday.

Walter Bridges 7 years ago

I've already erased my DVR : ) One good thing to take from this loss is the the physical play of Selden - he is NOT soft.

Benz Junque 7 years ago

Selden was the ONLY KU player to come out after halftime and put effort towards winning the game. The rest of the team rolled over and took it in the shorts. I am fine with losing but not OK with mailing it in.

I like what I saw from Selden. He was as unhappy with his teammates as I was.

Len Shaffer 7 years ago

People were asking if ISU is a rival, and I thought at the time that our biggest rival in the conference has been UT for quite a while now (not counting the unmentionable team to our east, of course). This game just reinforces that rivalry.

Bryce Landon 7 years ago

Funny that Selden would be admitting to not competing, because he was the only player who showed any signs of life for KU in the second half.

Also, credit to Coach Barnes for ripping the classless fans' "Overrated" chants. I bet he'd be really mad if they had gone with a "Just like football" blast.

Erich Hartmann 7 years ago

Hats off to Barnes and his players, who simply brought the fight this time around. As the announcers said, UT was pretty ugly basketball last season, so truly nice job by Barnes and staff. KU youngsters got a lesson in big-boy ball, better now than in late March...

Rematch in AFH...

Margaret Schadler 7 years ago

And the tie breaker in the Big12 tournament

Walter Bridges 7 years ago

Very right. The #1 seeding could be the make it or break it for a #1 NCAA seeding. Even w/the Texas loss we are a 1 - 2 seed. If we finish no worse than 3 losses in conference, we will remain in that 1 - 2 seed discussion.

We lost to a ranked conference team on the road in a week of top 10 teams picking up losses.

Deb Fitch 7 years ago

I think it showed that they had all week off to prepare for us and we were playing our 3 game of the week.

Robert Robinson 7 years ago

I hate to be the guy whining about foul calls but wow. This was not an evenly called game. I understand the home team typically gets the better end of the stick, but come on refs, at least make a game out of it. To not call the foul on the guy throwing embiid down and turn around and call the foul on Ku for being near someone while shooting. That was ridiculous. Not to say that's why we lost the game of course. There were many other reasons why we lost, but the foul calls certainly didn't help. But on that note, when you know you aren't going to draw the foul on one end and you know you are going to get called for a foul on the other, it makes it very difficult to play the game

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