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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Self: Selden’s toughness on save ‘contagious’

Fans react as Kansas guard Wayne Selden crashes into the seats after saving a ball that was tossed to teammate Joel Embiid for a bucket during the second half on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Fans react as Kansas guard Wayne Selden crashes into the seats after saving a ball that was tossed to teammate Joel Embiid for a bucket during the second half on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Like thousands of Kansas University basketball fans, coach Bill Self has reviewed the clip of Wayne Selden’s all-out hustle play against Baylor several times.

He’s given a thumbs-up to film of his freshman guard jumping over the northeast press table into the Allen Fieldhouse stands while delivering a pass to Joel Embiid for a bucket in the second half of Monday’s 78-68 victory over the Bears.

“I didn’t realize it was that great a play watching it live because I was kind of blocked out,” Self said Tuesday on his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show. “Wayne really went after that ball. To dive over that scorer’s table and get right back in the play ... that was pretty cool.

“Wayne hadn’t played as well the last two games (16 points with 10 assists to six turnovers against Oklahoma State and Iowa State) as he had before,” Self added. “I don’t think anybody could have maintained the level he was playing at before. He was playing as well as anybody in the league the first couple games in the league.”

Selden, a 6-5 combo guard from Roxbury, Mass., scored 24 points in the Big 12 opener against Oklahoma and 20 in the next game, against Kansas State. He scored seven points with two assists and three turnovers versus Baylor.

“He means so much to us. He gives us an air of toughness. Certainly when he’s going after the ball like that, we become a much better team because it’s contagious,” Self said.

White update: A “Hawk Talk” caller asked if KU sophomore wing Andrew White III was in the coach’s “doghouse” or injured.

White, 6-6, 210 from Richmond, Va., has played three minutes in the last nine games since suffering a hip pointer at practice.

“I don’t know if he’s 100 percent (healed) but he’s close enough. He is practicing every day,” Self said. “He’s never been in the doghouse. He’s a fabulous kid. It’s hard to play everybody.

“One of the advantages of depth is you have guys, through injuries and foul problems and things like that, you can play and hopefully not take a big step backward. One of the disadvantages is, if everybody is healthy, not everybody plays. He has kind of fallen in that group where he’s odd man out on the perimeter just like Landen (Lucas, two minutes last seven games) is odd man out on the interior.

“Both of them have worked hard and both of them deserve to play. I don’t know if they deserve to play over guys we’re trying to play. We’re only really playing four perimeter guys (Naadir Tharpe, Wayne Selden, Andrew Wiggins, Frank Mason) and filling in with Brannen (Greene) and Conner (Frankamp). He (White) was probably ahead of those guys a month ago. Since then and when he got hurt, he lost a little bit and those guys put themselves in a position maybe to have the opportunity to get in first. He’ll keep a great attitude and keep working hard. He’s a great teammate, a great kid, period,” Self said.

Star of the game: KU freshman backup point guard Frank Mason scored nine points off 4-of-5 shooting with six assists against one turnover against Baylor.

“Frank was the best player we had yesterday,” Self said. “He did more sound things, was aggressive, broke the defense down, didn’t play timid. I thought he played very, very well.”

Honors: KU junior point guard Naadir Tharpe on Tuesday was named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He averaged 22 points, five assists and four rebounds in wins over Iowa State and Oklahoma State. Also, forward Joel Embiid was named Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week. Embiid, a 7-foot center from Cameroon, averaged 14.5 points, 10 rebounds in those two games.

What was that loud noise in Section 14 on Monday night?: “The back of a bleacher broke in Section 14. Nobody was hurt,” KU associate AD Jim Marchiony said. “It happens every once in a great while.” He said KU officials checked out the area and deemed there was no danger of further problems during the game and any repairs would be made as needed this week.

Two games up: Texas’ win over Kansas State on Tuesday means four teams in the league now have two losses. KU is 5-0, followed by Texas and Kansas State (4-2) and Oklahoma State and Oklahoma (3-2).

“We’ve played five (games) out of 18. That’s like the top of the third (inning),” Self said, comparing the marathon basketball season to a baseball game.

Comments

Rodney Crain 2 months, 3 weeks ago

We are 5/6 games into conference and it has been interesting to see the other teams lose so many games. When Conference started I figured 4 losses, maybe 5 would win it. Now BU has 4, ISU 3, OSU and KSU 2, all with harder remaining schedules than we have. We still have some tough games ahead, both at home and on the road, but it is extremely encouraging.

Would like to take a informal poll, 5/6 games in how many losses do you think it will take to win the conference title this year?

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Mike Riches 2 months, 3 weeks ago

What is the over/under on the percentage of the crowd made up of KU fans at the TCU game? There are so many Jawhawk fans in DFW, the game sold out within hours, and are there really any TCU fans that think they'll beat KU two years in a row? As painful as it was to watch last year, losing that game may actually be a good thing for this year's squad. No way this becomes a trap game now, Coach Self will have plenty of material to get these guys fired up for Saturday. That's not to mention guys like Tharpe and Ellis who were part of that awful game. KU 94 - TCU 66.

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Jeremy Paul 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I've always wondered what happened to all the guys who transferred out during the Bill Self era. Here's what I've come up with:

Anrio Adams- transferred to Ohio, never made the team.

Milton Doyle- averaging 32 mpg, 15 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.2 apg this year at Loyola, Il.

Merv Lindsay- averaging 2.7 mpg, .6 ppg, .3 rpg this year at New Mexico.

Royce Woolridge- averaging 9.2 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.1 apg this year at Washington St.

Quintrell Thomas- 6.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, in 4 years at UNLV.

CJ Giles- kicked off team, had 6.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg at Oregon St before being kicked off their team. Now plays in the Bahrain Basketball Association.

Micah Downs- averaged 8.1, 7.9, 9.6 ppg; 3.7, 3.7, 4.6 rpg in 3 years at Gonzaga. Is in the D-League.

Nick Bahe- averaged 4.4 ppg in 3 years at Creighton.

Alex Galindo- averaged 13.9, 13.3, 14.4 ppg; 5.9, 6.7, 4.8 rpg in 3 years at Florida International. Now in the Puerto Rican League.

JR Giddens- 15.8, 16.3 ppg; 6.5, 8.8 rpg; 2.3, 3.1 apg in 2 years at New Mexico. Played in 38 games in NBA, now in Italy.

David Padgett- 11.8, 9.5, 11.2 ppg; 6.1, 5.6, 4.8 rpg in 3 years at Louisville. Now an assistant coach at IUPUI.

Omar Wilkes- 5.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1 apg in 4 years at Cal.

Conclusion: not really sure. Doyle and Woolridge are having pretty good years. Galindo, Giddens and Padgett had pretty decent careers. I know that not everyone on this list transferred because of playing time--there were also personality clashes, meddling girlfriends, and a stabbing. But I think for the most part, guys thought the grass was going to be greener somewhere else and for most it wasn't.

I hope White sticks around. I think he's a good player and seems like a decent guy. Just work hard in practice and get better.

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Tony Bandle 2 months, 3 weeks ago

OAKVILLE ODDITIES:

1] Wayne's hustle play will go into the Kansas Hall of Fame Memory Bank along with Mario's Miracle, Manning's Driving Bucket and Bruise against Stacy in '88, Moody's Behind --the-back Pass to Giddens, TRob's Sky Block against Missouri among many others we have all been priviledged to witness

2] Brianna....easy girl....we're all on the same team here. :) I do agree with you, however...AWIII needs to take a 2014/15 redshirt and come back strong in 2015/16.

3] Frank Mason is slowly and consistently putting us out of the race for those two point giuard friends of Alexander and Turner.

4] The latest rumor is now Jo Jo is better than 50/50 coming back for another year. His father is very pleased with his son's total experience at Kansas and says he should be in no hurry to sacrifice a special part of his life. [Money is not a problem....his family is very well off.] I guess we'll just have to wait and see. If we win an NC, I think he's gone...if not, maybe he stays.

5] THINK ABOUT IT....Jo Jo and 'Lex the Great on the front line next season!! Their biggest competition will be battling each other for rebounds, stuffs and blocks!!

6] Saturday, we return to the scene of the crime at TCU..luckily virtually everyone who contributed to that humiliating defeat has moved on and this year's team will start fresh. [ P.S. T.C.U is A.W.F.U.L. ]

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Suzi Marshall 2 months, 3 weeks ago

We need the emotions Seldens brings to the team. We can do without the constand unforced turnovers, A bit better defensive play would also help.

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Michael Pannacciulli 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Brett...No offense but its hard to get excited about any two star recruit. I like Charlie, I want our team to be great. Now back to what we are all here for. I thought Frank was great Monday. He got us going. Once he did everyone played well. I would love to see Wiggins as a senior in college to enjoy the maturation process...pipe dream of course. Most days he seems like the little brother who has all the promise in the world...just needs time, more than we expected, to be great. He is smart, and uber-physically gifted. Will be great to see him fill out, develop his shot more, be a shut down defender...and as we all say, pick up the intensity level more.

Selden's dive was sick. I could watch that play and basket by Embid all day. Awesome hustle.

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Brett McCabe 2 months, 3 weeks ago

For those of you who are aware that KU also has a football program, another site is reporting that we picked up another 2-star defensive signing yesterday and are deep in on a 3-star WR. FYI.

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Brianna Zaleski 2 months, 3 weeks ago

There u go Benz. Straight from the horses mouth (Self on White). Now, armed w that knowledge, do u think it's some ljw posters that are responsible for the murmurings of possible transfer, or can we see that When Wiggs is replaced by Ourbe next season, essentially the same situation is going to exist for AW3? I'm pretty sure Jesse Newell was able to come to that conclusion himself w out help from Benz Junk, or Suzi Marshall or whomever.

Now, admit u were wrong and we'll all move on.

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