Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Jayhawks spoil Big Monday for Kane, Cyclones

Kansas teammates celebrate a three-pointer by point guard Naadir Tharpe, center against Iowa State during the first half on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas teammates celebrate a three-pointer by point guard Naadir Tharpe, center against Iowa State during the first half on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.


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KU coach Bill Self after Jayhawks' huge, 77-70 victory at Iowa State

KU coach Bill Self after Jayhawks' huge 77-70 victory at Iowa State

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— All of the talk heading into Monday's Big 12 Conference showdown at Hilton Coliseum centered around the injured left ankle of Iowa State senior DeAndre Kane.

As it turned out, that ankle had very little to do with the outcome of KU's third consecutive Big 12 Conference victory, which came in the form of a 77-70 win over a scrappy Iowa State squad that led just one time all game.

Kane, a 6-foot-4 senior transfer from Marshall, who left last Saturday's loss at Oklahoma via crutches and was unsure whether he would even play against Kansas until sometime Monday, finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Early in the day, the point guard Tweeted a photo of his ankle in treatment and included the commentary, “ankle feeling good.”

After the game, he said he knew for sure that he would play about an hour before tip-off.

“They did a great job these past two days preparing me and getting me ready and I went out there and I played,” a dejected Kane said after the loss.

Despite solid all-around numbers, Kane shot just six for 13 during the loss and misfired on eight of 16 trips to the free throw line, including one air ball. As a team, Iowa State shot just 31 percent, including a 4-of-25 showing from three-point range, good for 16 percent.

Asked after the game how much of a negative impact the ankle injury had, Kane, who started, offered up an honest assessment.

“A little bit,” he said. “I really couldn't cut and I couldn't play how I wanted to play. But that's no excuse. I played and I played 37 minutes. I didn't do enough to help my team win.”

As for whether the Jayhawks could tell if Kane was limited because of the injury, freshman forward Andrew Wiggins, who finished with 17 points and a whopping 19 rebounds, said: “Toward the end of the game, when he fell down, yeah.”

That moment came with around four minutes remaining, as Kane appeared to re-injure his ankle leg but he later said it was just a knee to the thigh.

KU coach Bill Self said that incident was big for the Jayhawks down the stretch, because it prevented Kane from driving into the teeth of the Kansas defense with Iowa State needing three-pointers to get back into it.

In the end, whether the looks were clean or not, ISU's off-shooting night proved to be the biggest factor in KU taking an early stranglehold on the Big 12 Conference race.

“It was just one of those nights where we couldn't get anything to fall,” Ejim said. “And that's tough when you're a team that relies on shooting the ball. Sometimes you just have to shoot yourselves out of it.”

Added ISU coach Fred Hoiberg: “Sometimes you have nights like this in the game of basketball. The best shooters in the world have nights like this.” 


Kyle Neuer 3 months ago

Happy about the win, but WAAAAY too many turnovers. If ISU hits even a third of their 3s, we lose. 24 turnovers is unacceptable. Gotta take better care of the ball.


Erich Hartmann 3 months ago

3 Facts:

  1. Like Fred Hoiberg, interesting playstyle, and decent set of Cyclone players. I have no problem with their program's history, coach, or players. Favorite ISU player of recent times was Craig Brackens. Royce White was OK (for them...).

  2. Really, really dislike some of their fans. Dumb "mob" mentality loudly disagreeing with every single call that went against them...really?! The difference between Hilton-hotheads and your typical AFH crowd was literally jumping out of the TV. Big turn-off regarding the supposed Hilton-tradition

  3. Still disgusted by the actions of a few Clone fans last season, including dozens of fans in the stands (after the OT win in Hilton last year). I hope they remember Feb.23, 2013 and our player "15" jersey for a long time....Oh, wait, if we keep pummelling them every year, all our players will be a blur for them. They got what they deserved, courtesy Bill Self, Tharpe, Wiggy, Embiid, & Co...second serving coming up soon... :)


Bruce Beckum 3 months ago

Wiggins seemed aggressive from the tip--more so than any game I can recall since dook.

Wayne is becoming the beast he's capable of, seeming to grow more with each game, though last night was not his best offensively.

I thought it was funny that Brent Musburger "discovered" Embiid last night. Then I realized that he's been doing football until now. Still, Musburger is a trained monkey.


Ray Tait 3 months ago

Great job by the team pulling out a W in Ames. KU was fortunate that ISU had an off night shooting the three-ball. If some of those had been dropping earlier I'd like to think that our perimeter pressure would have been stepped up to stop them, but as it was ISU was putting the pressure on themselves. The Hawks appear to be "getting it" more now and provided that Self can keep them playing with defensive intensity AND loose at the same time, I see the potential for a nice run a couple of months from now.


Jonathan Allison 3 months ago

One thing that I think that we need to improve on is how we defend the 3 on 1 fast break.

We were 0-2 last night when defending the 3 on 1 situation.

I'd say that probably the best way to defend the 3 on 1 is for everybody to get back on defense.


Jim Stauffer 3 months ago

The thing that impressed me most was this team's ability to make plays. It has become obvious they are coming together and not just out there as 5 super individuals.

I am not sure how much of ISU's poor shooting was our defense and how much was an off night. We should know after they leave AFH.

I thought there were 3 separate occasions when there was contact under the new rule that should have been called against ISU on drives by Wiggins. Kind of upsetting when a guy gets mugged in the lane and it is no foul and some guy touches the point guard 30 ' from the goal and it is a foul. Something just not right there.


Robert Brown 3 months ago

Great win. It looks like this team is coming together. They still looked shaky coming down the stretch. I really concentrated on how they handled possessions during the last eight minutes when we had a double digit lead. It was not pretty. Too many early shots, turnovers, and then some possessions where they didn't even get off a shot. That is a concern in future games. We were fortunate that ISU had a poor shooting night. I half expected them to get hot at the end.

I don't know why people continue to complain about officiating. Whether you like it or not there are new rules against hand checking and most of the fouls that were called were within the rules.

By the way, there is nothing classless about ISU fans. They probably have some of the best fans in the conference. They have one of the best game day environments in the league.

Finally, let's not get too cocky about winning the conference. We looked like we were going to roll through the league last year but had a mid season slump and ended up tying for the championship. It would be very nice to win the next two home games and be two games ahead of Baylor, OSU and ISU. I really wished WVU had beaten OSU on Saturday.


Bryce Landon 3 months ago

At least Iowa State can't use "We didn't have Kane available" as their excuse.


Ferd Magellan 3 months ago

"In the end, whether the looks were clean or not, ISU's off-shooting night proved to be the biggest factor in KU taking an early stranglehold on the Big 12 Conference race."

I think the huge difference in free throw attempts throughout the game and uncharacteristic high number of turnovers were awfully big factors as well.


Dirk Medema 3 months ago

The 4th contender comes to the Phog on Saturday. It would be fabulous to personally put a loss into each of the wannabes to start the season. Wiggins also stifles another leading scorer - even if Ejim did get 15. Will he get Brown on Saturday, or get Self to let him take Smart? My guess is that Selden starts on Smart as he did on Kane, but also guess that they'll switch at times as well.


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