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Saturday, January 25, 2014

TCU coach lauds Kansas and its ‘six pros’

TCU head coach Trent Johnson watches in the final minutes against the Jayhawks on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

TCU head coach Trent Johnson watches in the final minutes against the Jayhawks on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Kansas 91, TCU 69

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— TCU coach Trent Johnson was impressed with Kansas University’s basketball team long before Saturday night’s center jump took place at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

“Boy, they’re good,” Johnson said after KU defeated his team, 91-69, in front of 7,494, the largest crowd to watch a basketball game in the building. “They’re really good. Watching tape, it’s hard to find a weakness.”

On a night when Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points, Joel Embiid 14 and Wayne Selden 12, a night that Perry Ellis had 14 rebounds, Johnson cited another player as the key to KU’s improvement throughout the season, a player who didn’t score a point Saturday.

“I’ve seen Andrew play before,” Johnson said. “He’s special. He can play. Joel can play. Wayne can play. You can go right down the line. The bottom line why I think they’re so much better nobody talks about, (Naadir) Tharpe. I like the way he runs the team, the way he competes.”

Johnson was referring to the body of Tharpe’s work this season, not Saturday night’s game, in which the junior point guard didn’t attempt a field goal or a free throw, didn’t commit a turnover and dished four assists.

Kansas didn’t need a big scoring night from Tharpe the way Wiggins played.

TCU’s Amric Fields summed up Wiggins in one word, and then expanded his thoughts.

“Talent,” Fields said. “Just a talented guy. To be a freshman and be as efficient as he is, that’s pretty great.”

He wasn't alone in playing well.

"In my shallow opinion, they probably have six pros," Johnson said.

Comments

Rodney Crain 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Tom the site used to post the opposing coaches press conference before I think I have only seen 1 or 2 maybe this year. Is there a reason for not seeing each game? At least each home game?

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Steve Brown 2 months, 3 weeks ago

So much talent so few games remain, enjoy the ride.

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Erich Hartmann 2 months, 3 weeks ago

So if we are "pros" this time around, what does that make TCU? yippee, chalk up a W for TopekaYMCA. 2nd time's a charm...or is TCU wearing the "Y" hat this time?

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Michael Pannacciulli 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Dirk...according to Trent...Tharpe also

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Dirk Medema 2 months, 3 weeks ago

  1. Wiggins, 2. Embiid, 3. Selden, 4. Ellis?, 5. Greene??, 6. Black???, 6. Mason????, 6. Jamari Traylor?????, 6. Landen Lucas??????

Am I overlooking someone as a Pro?

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Suzi Marshall 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Why only 6? Self is on a "pros only" recurinting run. Seems like anyone that is on schlorship for Kansas is pro material. Every single one of our players can be a pro.

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Reggie Flenory 2 months, 3 weeks ago

And how about frank mason gettin into the paint again!!!!! FRANK MASON IS THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!

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