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Kansas defeats TCU, 91-69

  • 8 p.m., Jan. 25, 2014
  • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, Fort Worth, TX

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Kansas guard Wayne Selden reaches to defend against a shot from TCU guard Jarvis Ray during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden reaches to defend against a shot from TCU guard Jarvis Ray during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Kansas 91, TCU 69

Box score

— Fans in TCU’s student section brought signs reminding Kansas University’s basketball players of last year’s famous flop in Fort Worth.

“Welcome back,” was Saturday’s greeting from one purple-clad spectator seated a stone’s throw from the KU bench.

“Pick Up Game Later at the Topeka YMCA,” read another, targeting Bill Self for his statements after last season’s loss to the Horned Frogs in which he said the Jayhawks hadn’t played as poorly since losing to Topeka YMCA in James Naismith’s days.

There would be no need for any such fan ridicule — or coach criticism — following the 2013-14 rematch at sold-out Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Jayhawks, who tallied just 13 points at halftime a year ago, rolled to 53 first-half points in a 91-69 rout of the Horned Frogs that silenced anybody in a record crowd of 7,494 who might have been hoping for a repeat of last February’s monumental upset.

“Last year we didn’t leave here very happy. It wasn’t just because we didn’t play well. It was because TCU whipped us. Tonight we played much better. We were efficient offensively and tried defensively the first half,” said KU coach Self after the Jayhawks improved to 15-4 overall and 6-0 in the Big 12. TCU fell to 9-10, 0-7.

“I think we were probably more ready to play because of what happened last year,” Self added. “I don’t know how much more. We played with more energy tonight. I thought we played with as much energy in the first half tonight as Iowa State or OU (road wins in Ames and at Oklahoma).”

KU had 14 points 4 1/2 minutes into the game Saturday in topping the fabled 13-point mark before the first TV time out. Joel Embiid scored seven points, Andrew Wiggins five and Jamari Traylor two as the Jayhawks led, 14-6. Up 14-10 at 14:11, the Jayhawks rolled, 12-2, to take a 26-12 lead. Wiggins and Perry Ellis had four apiece in the run.

By halftime, Wiggins had scored 19 of his career-high 27 points, while Embiid had 11 of his 14 points and all six of his boards. KU’s 61.5 percent first-half shooting (57.4 for the game) helped take the Jayhawks to a 53-32 advantage.

Yes, this year’s rematch in effect was over at halftime. KU won the second half, 38-37.

“We were aware of what happened here last year,” said freshman guard Frank Mason, who like the rest of his teammates, watched films of last year’s TCU game at practice this week. “We wanted to make sure to come out with energy and have a different outcome this time.”

KU freshman Landen Lucas, who scored a career-high seven points and tied a career high with five boards while playing 13 minutes in place of injured backup forward Tarik Black, agreed it was nice to win at TCU this time around.

“We started off with more energy and urgency than last year,” Lucas said. “I’m glad we did. These are the kind of games you have to win if you want to go 10 straight (league titles).”

Of the TCU students’ taunts, he said: “Going through pre-game you see all that. It helped us out a lot.”

KU sophomore forward Ellis finished with a career-high 14 rebounds to go with his eight points.

“I thought he was the best he’s been on the glass in a while. He played tough on the glass,” Self said. “I told him, ‘gosh, you missed some easy shots,’ where he wasn’t as tough (two of eight shooting; 4-4 from line). I’d sell out for that line from him every day. It’s something we have to have from him to have a nice season.”

Black out of action: KU senior forward Tarik Black, who sprained his right ankle against Baylor on Monday, had a setback at shoot-around Saturday and didn’t play. He sat on the bench with a boot on his right foot.

“Tarik could not have played. He got it bumped today in shoot-around. It was too sore,” Self said. “He’s probably still a few days away. It’s really sore. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go by Wednesday (8 p.m., home game against Iowa State).”

Young guns: In the first half, KU had five freshmen on the court at the same time.

“I didn’t even know that. I don’t look at them as freshmen any more,” Self said.

Wiggins and Wayne Selden played 18 minutes the first half, Joel Embiid 14 minutes, Brannen Greene, Conner Frankamp and Landen Lucas six and Frank Mason four.

This, that: KU scored its second-highest point total in a half this season (53) in the first 20 minutes. KU had 54 versus Duke. The 53 points marked the most points scored in a half against a conference opponent since scoring 57 points in the second half against Texas Tech in the first half of 2013 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals. ... The 53 first-half points marked the most on the road in a regular season conference game since scoring 53 at Baylor on Jan. 17, 2011. ... KU's 91 points are the most that TCU has surrendered this season and marks the first time the Jayhawks have had two 90-point outings on the road in conference play in the Bill Self era (90 at Oklahoma; 91 at TCU). ... Naadir Tharpe had four assists against no turnovers, his fifth game this season without committing a turnover. It also marked his only game of the season that he didn't score.

Comments

Robin Smith 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I wish Devonta Abron was not out for the season. I like the young man's game and it would have been nice to see him again this year. TCU is on the rise and pretty quickly too, even though it doesn't show in the win column. Johnson is a great coach and the young talent they have should only get better over the next few seasons. Looking forward to some future matchups.

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William Weissbeck 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't want to rain on the parade, but we need to keep the FT% close to 80 (that's what the top teams are doing this year), still too many TO's and creating too few. Anyone notice that Barnes may actually be coaching Texas into a team this year?

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Brett McCabe 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The first three innings are over and we have a 1-0 lead. The middle three innings will be tough with away games at surging Texas, at Baylor where we got blown out last year and at KSU. If we somehow go 6-0 in this stretch then the conference race is over and it will be time to start positioning the team for the tournament.

Using the Bill's baseball analogy, the pitcher has a shutout going but is now facing the hitters a second time through (Baylor, ISU and KSU). Does the pitcher get stronger or do the hitters make an adjustment and get back in the game?

I think that the pitcher gets stronger. We go 12-0 in conference play.

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Gerry Butler 2 months, 3 weeks ago

relay good win, looking a lot better, I have always been pulling for brennan, he has such a SWEET looking shot. one thing though we do have to put this game in perspective just a little though, we were playing TCU. didn't play against much if any hard on the ball pressure all night, full court pressure so take that with a grain of salt. but still we are DEFINETELY looking so much better was glad to see landon get some pt, every time he comes in always contributes, we ar soooo deep in the interior well actually we are just sooooo deep. big game wednsday got to take care of business I'm sure Iowa State will want to play better and feel like they probably played one of the worse games against us. BIG WEEK PERIOD. aas someone once said we just have to keep sawin wood. GO HAWKS

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Reggie Flenory 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Imma keep sayin it FRANK MASON IS A BEAST IN THE MAKING!!!!!!!!! Hes explosife like a tailback running threw the 2 hole on a dive play mason is one of the best kept secrets in college basketball

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Luca Rossi 2 months, 3 weeks ago

RockkChalkk Thoughts:

1) Hopefully Tarik was rested for precautionary reasons. He said he could have played the end of last game (game where he injured it) so I'm thinking this must be the case.

2) Greene continues to show that he should be getting more PT. Needs to be more careful when handling the ball but still played well.

3) Great game by Lucas. Guy is a beast on the boards!

4) Self showed some press early in the game which I was hoping he would try out. Thought they should have kept with it longer than they did.

5) Still no 5 second calls. Still no 10 second calls. Defense was solid today but so much room for improvement still.

6) Only 10 turnovers today! This team will be almost impossible to beat if this number is 10 or less.

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Suzi Marshall 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Kansas fans remind me of biblical locus. They swarm the various venues. The pregame party at Bar Louie was crazy. The place is huge, two stories, including a very large upstairs patio. The place was packed full with KU fans!!! We got there at 5:45 and didn't get our food order in till 6:05. Our food still had not arrived by 7 when we had to leave. The waitress and manager appologized saying it was as busy as they have every been. Completely awed by the draw the Hawks have from their fan base.

Speaking of the game....Perry Ellis needs to attend some kind of finishing school! When Self put Taylor in for Ellis, he immediately demonstrated how a finish looked....then Embiid provided another seconds later. Mason blew by the TCU defenders for a couple of layups and reminded me of ....JoJo White. I'd like to see a few more assist from Mason.

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Dirk Medema 2 months, 3 weeks ago

If there were any game for Tarik to miss, ISU would be it. It would also be nice if Brannen can continue to step up. He does match up nicely against the ISU small ball spread the court and shoot 3's.

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Mike Riches 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This was such a fun game to be at! We were there with about 4500 other Jayhawk fans....I would guess 60/40 KU fans. It's nice to see this team coming together to where they can start to flex their muscles against teams they should beat. It's impressive how much they have improved over winter break. There are still some things that need to be worked on, but it's ok with me if they don't peak for another month and a half!

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Len Shaffer 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It's pretty funny that the TCU students were taunting KU before the game. With as many different players as KU has this year, they might as well have been taunting Oklahoma.

Then again, what else did they have to look forward to?

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Steve Corder 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Probably more KU fans than TCU and definitely louder than TCU. Allen Fieldhouse South?

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