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Jeff Withey shows he can be go-to scorer against Baylor

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1. Jeff Withey: Had a career-high before halftime and pumped it up to 25 points. Received credit for three blocked shots but it would be interesting to see if a study of the video would show he had more. He showed he can be a go-to scorer, which is what he was when Thomas Robinson sat with two fouls and Kansas finished the half on a 14-5 run. Had one assist and six turnovers.

2. Tyshawn Taylor: Again played strong defense, made 4 of 7 three-pointers and finished with 19 points, three assists and three turnovers.

3. Thomas Robinson: Had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five turnovers. Appeared to rattle Perry Jones III into a rough effort (five points, three rebounds in 25 minutes).

4. Conner Teahan: His shot has returned and he used it to score eight points in 22 minutes. Made 3 of 4 field goals and 2 of 3 three-pointers.

5. Elijah Johnson: Still searching for his shot (0 for 6, 0 for 4 from three), Johnson made big contributions in other ways (five assists, one turnover, held Brady Heslip scoreless.)

6. Kevin Young: Set up teammates for buckets and had three assists and three rebounds in 10 scoreless minutes.

7. Travis Releford: Scored his one point late in the game to become KU’s fifth and final scorer.

8. Justin Wesley: Had two rebounds in nine minutes and, of course, three personal fouls.

9. Naadir Tharpe: Did you blink and not catch that he was in the game? You’re not alone.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (215 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (202 points)
3. Jeff Withey (172 points)
4. Travis Releford (162 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (158 points)
6. Conner Teahan (127 points)
7. Kevin Young (103 points)
8. Justin Wesley (88 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (59 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (11 points)

Comments

Eric Meyer 7 years, 10 months ago

Just for kicks, could you sometime trot out what the final Keegan Ratings for last season were? It would be interesting to see how players have or haven't improved from a team included three NBA draft picks and two other veteran starters.

Joe Satterwhite 7 years, 10 months ago

More hated by KU fans : Scott Drew, John Calipari or Rick Barnes?

Alohahawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Not even close: Cal Lie Pari by a landslide. That's not to say I have any love for S. Drew.

Barnes, I don't hate. I just don't respect his coaching abilities. With the talent he recruits year in and year out, his W/L record isn't anything to brag about.

KGphoto 7 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, nothing really has changed since his last two escapes. He's still landing half the blue chips every year. Maybe the difference is that Kentucky has the boosters financially and morally capable of keeping it all under wraps. I dunno.

I still hold him responsible for his past transgressions, and always will, so he is at the bottom of the heap as a person. That means his coaching ability doesn't come into play for me. He's a scumbag. The end.

Kye Clark 7 years, 10 months ago

Agree with Aloha. Calisleazy hands down

I actually don't hate either of the other two you mentioned. I think both Barnes & Drew are good recruiters, and both sub-par game coaches (although I think Barnes is better. He's taken his talented teams and won against us a handful of times, and we've played some great games against his teams in the Big XII tournament).

Maybe put some other out-of-conferences coaches up there: Coach K, Izzo, etc. I think fans probably have more disdain for those two than Barnes or Drew.

Scott Smetana 7 years, 10 months ago

Calisleazy and anyone who coaches Misery.

Nothing against Drew or Barnes, they can recruit but have no idea how to coach.

Scott Oswalt 7 years, 10 months ago

The difference between Calipari and Drew/Barnes is Calipari can coach. The other two are pretenders. Although, I hate Calipari the most!

JHawk06 7 years, 10 months ago

No question: It's Cali-Sleazy Just trash from top to bottom

jayhawker_97 7 years, 10 months ago

so, Keg... i think you'll agree, it's safe to pick TT to be your "Hawk to rock" in every game. he's a beauty, aint' he?

KU_Alumn_2000 7 years, 10 months ago

When it comes to Barnes and Drew...it seems like Self out coaches those two.

Baylor has some serious talent...but they look terrible at times.

Scott Smetana 7 years, 10 months ago

It 'seems' like Self can outcoach Drew?
It also 'seems' like the sky is blue.

John Randall 7 years, 9 months ago

I see 'coaching' as having two aspects (aside from recruiting).

The most important is developing individual talents into a team, and the other game management from the bench.

I grade the three under discussion here:

coach ... dev ... bench Self ....... A ...... B Barnes ... B- ..... B- Drew ..... B- ..... C

On the recruiting side, Self is much better at avoiding prima donnas who would hinder the two factors graded above. The others put too much faith in rating services who have no regard for intangibles. That leads them to more disappointments than fulfillments down the line, while KU recruits nearly all eventually make a contribution to the program for at least a year or two.

REHawk 7 years, 10 months ago

If the Bears stumble further in Columbia Saturday, they will be in a position to battle it out for 3rd place with Fred the Mayor's Cyclones; and this year's Big Border War will be back in fullswing for the race down the stretch to the league title. Yeeee-Haw!

kesmithstl1 7 years, 10 months ago

Crow taste like chicken. Good game Mr. Withey!

Robert Brock 7 years, 10 months ago

Wonder what Julius Randle thought about the game?

Stan Unruh 7 years, 10 months ago

Always listen to the radio play by play and Bob Davis didn't even catch Naadir in the game. Never mentioned it.... Bob and Piper are awesome....and tell much more of what's actually going on compared to TV

CardHawkFan 7 years, 10 months ago

These comments (many of which I agree with) are why it just baffles me that we lose out on recruits to anyone but blue bloods (Duke, Kentucky, UNC). Drew's own player Jackson commented that they lost because the KU coaching staff made adjustments and Baylor's didn't. We consistently beat Texas and it is almost a given that Self's coaching abilities alone are worth nearly 20+ wins a season regardless of who he throws out on the floor. I guess maybe it is because you have to earn the keys to brand new sports car (i.e. running the team or being the best player) at KU instead of just showing up on campus at other schools. Otherwise, I will wait on an explanation of how else you solve this equation:

KU + AFH + HCBS/Staff - McDonald's All-Americans = Conference Championships!!!

John Randall 7 years, 9 months ago

I'm not sure we lose out on so many – we do opt out on quite a few whose attitudes would be more problem than their talent would be worth. I admire coach Self more than a little for his willingness to be an also-ran in the recruiting sweepstakes every year, lead the decade in win %, and never try to explain or defend his recruiting choices. The man does know more than he gets credit for, IMHO.

The adjustments Jackson mentioned are more likely to work well when your players have better team attitudes. Some McD AAs have those attitudes, but the ★✩✰✭★ worshipping media and society in general makes it more unlikely each year.

Ludwig Supraphonic 7 years, 10 months ago

I live in the overlap of ACC/SEC territory, so local coverage of Big12 games is obviously negligible. The national ESPN coverage, other than airing the game on ESPN 2, was nonexistant. Todays ESPN radio coverage is exclusively Dook/Heals and Cuse. Bilas on Mike and Mike marveled at the astonishing ll point tunraround at the end of the Dook game as an unprecedented phenonenon. I guess the KU/Mizzery game with equally high ranked teams didn't register in Bristol.

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