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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Jayhawks survive scare from Harvard

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) delivers a dunk as Harvard guard Agunwa Okolie (35) watches during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) delivers a dunk as Harvard guard Agunwa Okolie (35) watches during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Kansas basketball team survived a scare from Harvard on Saturday, inside Allen Fieldhouse, gritting its teeth down the stretch for a scrappy 75-69 victory.

Kansas (6-1) got some big plays from some of its most experienced players and, once again, enjoyed an effective night from behind the three-point line.

When the Jayhawks got out and ran in the first half, things were good, as KU built a 16-point first-half lead (32-16) and looked like the team everyone saw in Maui and last week against Loyola.

But Harvard (2-6) refused to go away and after trailing by nine at halftime — 38-29 — tied the game at 56 with 7:30 to play.

Wayne Selden Jr. went out of the game with his fourth foul at the 13:14 mark of the second half and that really had a negative impact on KU's offense.

Frank Mason III led Kansas with 21 points and Perry Ellis (12) and Devonté Graham (12) also reached double figures for the Jayhawks.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Bill Self on KU's trouble in putting away Harvard

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self speaks with the media about the Jayhawks' 75-69 victory over Harvard, a game which included the Crimson tying the game late in the second half and KU getting out-rebounded 39-31.

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Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: Graham and Mason hit a couple of huge three-pointers inside the final five minutes with Harvard hanging right there and believing more and more every second that they could win this game.

• Offensive highlight: They won't make any SportsCenter Top 10's but the buckets Ellis picked up late in the second half when KU absolutely needed someone to step up and score were vintage Ellis. He was patient, he used his excellent footwork to get an advantage and he used the glass to finish the shots. Ellis scored five straight points for Kansas after Harvard tied the game at 56 with less than 8 minutes to play.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Mason, Graham, Lucas discuss KU's narrow win over Harvard

Kansas basketball players Frank Mason III, Devonté Graham and Landen Lucas speak with media members about the Jayhawks' tight 75-69 victory over Harvard, Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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• Defensive highlight: Early on during KU's victory, when both teams were struggling to get going offensively, KU's Mason missed a layup in transition and started to get back on defense. As the Harvard guard secured the rebound and started to bring the ball up, Mason jumped into his dribble, picked his pocket and laid it in. Later, in the second half, KU's Cheick Diallo rejected a driving layup by Harvard's Corey Johnson to help KU stay in front while the Crimson were making a serious run to get back into the game.

• Key stat: Bill Self likely would be the first to talk about this stat and that's because the smaller Harvard team had its way with Kansas on the glass, out-rebounding the Jayhawks 21-12 in the first half and 39-31 for the game.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will be back in Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tilt with Holy Cross. The game will be shown on Jayhawk TV and ESPN3. For those wondering, the Dec. 19 home game vs. Montana will be KU's final game on the Jayhawk Network this season. 

— See what people were saying about the game during KUsports.com’s live coverage




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By the Numbers: Kansas 75, Harvard 69

By the Numbers: Kansas 75, Harvard 69

Comments

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

If you're talking in terms of covering the spread, then yes, I could see where it feels like a loss. I prefer terms like "hollow victory" or "empty victory".

Kristen Downing 3 years, 11 months ago

Whew, win when play like crap for a half. Hopefully, we will somehow figure out how to play consistently two halves and develop an inside game before we start the "real" games. Bill, please, please change your stubborn mind and practice free throws.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

And after that effort we will be ranked higher next week......

Allin Herring 3 years, 11 months ago

Yes we have a shot at being the worst 2nd ranked team in the country. We played like Crap against a 2-6 Harvard team!

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 11 months ago

RC, you were right. No more passes. Same old sh** for too many Self teams. Poor free-throws and play down to the level of competition..

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

No team is out of the game against us really. I wish I was wrong Marius, but alas... same ol same ol...

Jared Reeves 3 years, 11 months ago

Terrible game. Will HCBS ever learn that Ellis can't play against big guys near the basket???

Lucas provides almost nothing on offense yet he played almost the entire second half. Additionally, he is terrible at defending the pick and roll. It reminded me of the exact same strategy we used to let Michigan St. win. This was the worst game of the year and I blame the coaching.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

Our All American sits for most of the 1st half when we build a lead, and plays for most of the second when we lose the lead.

Ellis always finds a way to get his points but at what cost?

Oh well we won right? LOL

Allin Herring 3 years, 11 months ago

Our BIG one and Doner played a total of 7 minute and was 1-5 from the field. Now there is another 7th ranked OAD

Brett McCabe 3 years, 11 months ago

Perry is making 53% of his shots, significantly better than Frank, Devonte and Svi, and just below Wayne. That's not the sign of a selfish player.

I think it's probably okay with his coach if he tries to work through a bit of a slump.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

So Brent is that why he sat on the bench? I think his coach is probably not ok with his game or willing to wait.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 11 months ago

Ya, Lucas had a terrible game , I mean the other big's were just monsters and playing unbelievable when THEY WERE in there right? just animals. I'm no Landen Lucas lover boy but if you were watching at all and like Coach Self stated, could you imagine how badly were would of had our butt handed to us one the boards by the smaller Harvard if it wasn't for Lucas? We don't need to rely on Lucas to score a lot for us, we allegedly have enough others that can score the ball without having to count on him for that, He got 8 rebounds in the amount of time he did play, ya maybe he can't defend the pick and roll, but you really want to go there? Okay, lets see how many times did our OTHER players get beat off the dribble drive where the Harvard player had a free shot to the hoop? maybe you was on a break when that happened. Yet that happens continually game, after, game, after game & on top of that when that happens, which it happens ALOT we have such awesome help side defense right? That's just not Lucas either. Again I'm no huge Lucas fan either but this whole team played like crap yesterday, not just Landen,& if we don't get this dribble drive defense straightened out then we are in big trouble, if you can't slide & move your feet you better be learning REAL QUICK

Joe Ross 3 years, 11 months ago

Ive felt for a long time that Coach Self has a great knack for coaching talent up (i.e., "development"). But as far as coaching a killer instinct? Not so much.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

You could also connect your point to early exits from the NCAA. How many games have we waltzed in thinking it was going to be easy and get taken out by a subpar opponent?

Allin Herring 3 years, 11 months ago

Way too many times for such a"highly ranked" Coach

Mark Lindrud 3 years, 11 months ago

Diallo hardly played the second half and Bragg didn't play at all. Lucas is almost worthless on offense. I really hope Self gives Diallo and Bragg a ton more minutes because they are fun to watch, especially when they play together.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

Shows you how short our bench can be. When Lucas is one of your go to guys down the stretch as a game is getting away from you, you got problems.

Greg Lux 3 years, 11 months ago

What happened to the team I saw the last month? Someone must have stolen the players and substituted fakes for the real ones. I suggest 200 free-throws per day until the next game.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

Woeful.

Missed Free Throws, Out rebounded, Lack of focus in letting another big lead slip away.

For having so much experience the lack of focus is becoming a concern.

Lots of teams played cupcakes today, we made ours look like a Wedding Cake!

Hats off to a undermanned, shorter, younger team, you made us look beatable once again this year.

John Hayden 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm tired of you guys bashing Lucas all the time. Come on man. Give him a break. He comes hard and plays hard every game he is in.You all say he is worthless on offense and Diallo should be playing more. Come on man. Diallo has some weapons but he also doesn't have the experience that Lucas has. It will come with more games underneath his belt. Coaching is all about match ups, who match's up with who. Self needed Lucas down low to defend against a hot shooter. I totally believe that Lucas did a great job and will continue coming laying it all on the court.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

He is a gamer I will give you that, just wish he could play basketball better.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

He is ok, I think today Self was just tired of getting out rebounded. At least Lucas will fight for it, most of the others want to get out and run the break. I wish he had better offense he misses as many bunnies as the rest do and he really shouldn't. Heck look at this way with the game on the line he was the guy Self had out there.

Mark Lindrud 3 years, 11 months ago

Lucas hustles, which is about all I can give him. He misses too many bunnies. Diallo has more upside, which is why he needs minutes to develop quickly. The thing about Lucas is, he is a good backup that won't hurt you, but doesn't do anything to wow you. Teams can double team Ellis and loosely cover Lucas, giving us virtually no inside presence inside on offense and that is what worries me.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

Missed the game. A win is a win is a win, but come on, guys, you had trouble with an Ivy League school? Once again, it goes to show that these guys don't learn from their mistakes.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

Oh well, at least we handled our business - which is more than can be said for Oklahoma State at home against Missouri State...

Jaston Archie 3 years, 11 months ago

It's been 3 years and Bill Self is still complaining about the same stuff, poor defense bad play from the bigs blah blah blah. When does he admit to failed coaching? If the players aren't responding to his coaching then there's something wrong with the messenger the message or the delivery and I think all of the above. And just about every super talented player on the roster is riding the bench. If there was a game between Selfs starting 5 and 5 best players on the bench I would bet everything I had (not much) on the bench team. I'm over it, this is my very last negative comment bc it's just unproductive

Micky Baker 3 years, 11 months ago

Harvard isn't a bad team. They play a tremendously difficult non-conference schedule. It's kind of like some talking how bad a win against UCLA was until UCLA beat Kentucky Wednesday.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't deny that. But Kansas should have won this game by 10-15 and should not have allowed them to come all the way back to tie it.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

Your excuses do not explain our poor free throw shooting, being out rebounded, or losing another big lead, at home. It's a win but we did not play well in another second half this season.

Micky Baker 3 years, 11 months ago

SHut up Rodney. I said nothing about free throws in my post on this article. I mentioned that free throws must improve in previous article. SHUT THE HELL UP AND STOP BEING A MORON!

Bob Thompson 3 years, 11 months ago

I graduated from KU in '67. I have been reading these posts for a long time. Occasionally I will post here, but not often. It seems lately that their have been a lot of negative posts. So many people think that our coach can't seem to coach the KU basketball team. A lot of "experts" know so much more than coach Self. It would be nice if more would look at the good side of life and quit criticizing. Look at the big picture, coach Self represents the University, and has brought a lot of honor to the University of Kansas. He has help raise a lot of young men that are now coaches, soon to be coaches, and leaders in their communities. I for one have faith that he will continue to do so, that he knows what he is doing, and will continue to be an outstanding coach. I am sure being a coach is not an easy job, and this constant criticizing does nothing to help him. I would like to win a 12th big twelve championship, and win another national championship, and if we don't I will still be a loyal KU and coach Self supporter.

James Smith 3 years, 11 months ago

Bob you are so right. Crazy stuff. Thank God BS coaching got us through this one. Plus loved how Graham played 36 mins and took control of the game. So glad that he is the main photo for this article.

Jaston Archie 3 years, 11 months ago

Bob I respect your point of view but how can anyone justify a coaching philosophy in which hypothetically a team comprised of bench players is probably better than the starting 5? Is Self trying to ensure Bragg and possibly Diallo returns next year seeing that (at the present time) the recruiting class is not very good and KU will lose several bigs? I don't know, but obviously Selfs system does not favor talent over experience and "toughness," which I think is ridiculous. Coach K adapted his philosophy to accommodate one and done players and he won a championship, Kentucky obviously is in the final four regularly, you need talent to win but BS is stubborn and has turned KU into a very unentertaining team even when they win. I think he is a control freak and it's easier to control 3 star players like Traylor, Graham, Mason and Lucas than really talented players.

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