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Jeff Withey leads Jayhawks in victory over North Carolina

1. Jeff Withey: Had two of his three blocked shots late and scored 15 points, despite having just five field-goal attempts, all of which he made. Also made 5 of 6 free throws and picked up eight rebounds.

2. Tyshawn Taylor: Still hasn’t hit a three-point shot in a dome and has made 3 of 37 three-point shots in his NCAA Tournament career, but nobody was complaining about any of that. Taylor used his quickness to get to the lane and finished and hit mid-range jumpers. He totaled 22 points, six rebounds, five assists, three turnovers and five steals.

3. Thomas Robinson: Was the game’s most dominant figure in the first half with 14 points and finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. The statistic that best revealed how locked in he was: He made all five of his free-throw attempts.

4. Travis Releford: Extremely active, Releford deflected balls, had two steals and three rebounds and scored 11 shots, making 4 of 6 field goals.

5. Elijah Johnson: Never mind that Johnson had made just 2 of 10 field goals to that point, when Johnson’s man dropped off him and gave him the three. He took it, made it, ended a team scoring drought of more than five minutes and gave KU a four-point lead with 3:07 left. North Carolina never drew closer than that.

6. Kevin Young: He missed all four field-goal attempts, but he made huge contributions in the way of energy, rebounding (eight, four on the offensive glass) and passing (two assists). He also made both free throws.

7. Conner Teahan: Contributed an assist and a steal in 13 minutes and kept the ball moving to the right places without turning it over.

8. Justin Wesley: Played just two minutes, but scored on a tip-in.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (326 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (305 points)
3. Jeff Withey (278 points)
4. Elijah Johnson (259 points)
5. Travis Releford (243 points)
6. Conner Teahan (188 points)
7. Kevin Young (168 points)
8. Justin Wesley (123 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (87 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (11 points)
11. Jordan Juenemann (9 points)

Comments

Hank Cross 2 years, 8 months ago

Withey's blocks and EJ's 3 were what brought the house down on the Heels. Good job by everyone.

actorman 2 years, 8 months ago

I was surprised that TRob got the MOP of the regional. He played well in both games, but Withey was the single biggest reason that KU is in the Final Four, and he deserved the MOP.

Clarence Haynes 2 years, 8 months ago

Could have been due to T-Rob's overall performance this weekend and last.

Michael Auchard 2 years, 8 months ago

Awesome game. Love how everyone came together. This wasn't a perfect game from KU, but it proved that when everyone is firing on at least most of their cylinders this is an elite team.

John Randall 2 years, 8 months ago

Somehow, "elite" doesn't seem the right word . . . what this bunch has is so much more than talent, ability and skill that they can prevail against teams with greater talent, more ability, and flashier skills.

It seems to me that wingspan, vertical leap, b-ball IQ will only get a team so far and then what they carry between the neck and the crotch puts them over the top, or not.

What I'm talking about are things the rating services are clueless about, but maybe coaches on our staff understand better than just about anyone else in the country. Sure as hell better than Vitale or Calipari.

jaydee909 2 years, 8 months ago

Keegan, if you are reading this, major props to you for stepping up and asking Releford a question at the press conference when all the questions were being directed to Taylor, T-Rob, Withey, and EJ. Nice thing to do.

Clarence Haynes 2 years, 8 months ago

Travis did one helluva job against Barnes!

Eric Dyck 2 years, 8 months ago

Looked to me like Wesley's tip in had a big assist from Zeller.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 8 months ago

So was TK the horse's backside that kept doggy TT at the presser yesterday about not making 3's in domes? Can the press be given a double T and get thrown out?

REHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

TT fired back with a dandy reply: I don't like domes, but domes sure do love me. We won!

Bville Hawk 2 years, 8 months ago

The question I heard from the press about TT's "3s in domes" didn't come from TK, it was from Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle-Beacon. It was asked in a good natured way and TT took it as good natured ribbing and had fun with it.

Don't be a "horses backside" and try and make more out of it than it was.

Alohahawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Love ya TT. But I'd be "expletive deleted" on here if I typed in what I screamed when you shot that 3 with 4:27 left to play - zero for 25 (?) from 3 in the tourney, with 4 Tarheels in the front court ready to rebound, and Withey the only other Hawk just barely across the halfcourt line. "Aarrggghhhh! *"

* - Expletive deleted x 5

actorman 2 years, 8 months ago

Got to agree with you on that one, Aloha. Just before that, I was thinking how great it was that TT was not trying to force it in and was waiting for the rest of the team, and then he jacks up the 3. I thought, "What the hell are you doing?!?!?"

REHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

That unwise 3pt. shot and his 3 ugly turnovers had much of the Jayhawk Nation and his coaches groaning, I am certain. But without his terrific positive counterproduction, we crawl home to Lawrence in agony. For the most part, a legacy game for our point guard.

utjhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

You are spot on, alohahawk. If it weren't for chemical restraints (beer), I would have thrown my remote throughout the TV monitor.

chalky 2 years, 8 months ago

Kevin Young plays like caffeinated lightning...spastic, disruptive..just plain nuts! Huge energy and effort. Pretty imaginative passer too. Raw, but plays hard every nanosecond on the court.

John Randall 2 years, 8 months ago

Do you remember the kid who wore #0 last year?

actorman 2 years, 8 months ago

I love it! Great description, chalky.

REHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

That word spastic goes a long way to explaining some of his fouling. It is almost like his neuromuscular system cannot help but stab frantically for the ball. But the guy is a marvelous bundle of energy who has bought into Bill Self's system of play and offered 100% effort when given the opportunity to leap into the fray. Very comforting to know that he will return, hopefully with Withey, Elijah, Tharpe and Releford next season. His support stats are huge, considering the minutes he has played.

Alohahawk 2 years, 8 months ago

According to the post season stats listed on their NCAA BB page, on ESPN.com Withey is first, averaging 5.7 blocks per game. Davis is third, with 4.0 per game. Keep it up, Jeff. KU fans would love to hold a "block" party to end the season.

fansincewilt 2 years, 8 months ago

Taylor is saving all his made 3's for the final four. Get ready everyone! He is going to keep shooting and they are going to go down.

jiminycricket 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you.....Releford, Johnson, Young, Tehan, and especially Withey. Like the commercial, we have to put up with every game, you guys are the THE PASS (Hill) before THE SHOT ( Laetner). We just wouldn't be able to do it...without you guys!

Freedman Moor 2 years, 8 months ago

I seriously hope UPS is stupid enough to run that commercial in Kentucky (over and over and over).

jiminycricket 2 years, 8 months ago

Time to tell it like it is...........

Tyshaun....Your play in the set offense is medicore at best. It's your speed, defense and rebounding that makes you the great player you are.

T-Rob......Your on ball defense is mediocre at best.. Your inablility to put the ball in the basket when fouled from underneath is not the type of play made by a player of the year. This is no time to try an showcase for the NBA.

We have now reached the point where other past teams have failed. The failure of the our past teams to understand that great players don't have to do great things for teams to win, they simply have to do their job. This is not Tyshauns or T-Rob's time to shine. It is their time to do what they they do best, and let the TEAM have one great shining moment.

Jeeveshawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Tyshawn may have been better than Jeff, but then again Jeff played against Zeller and Henson while Tyshawn played against Stillman white, who will become a fine player at the colegiate level someday, but getting good stats against him is better than doing so against the bigs of UNC.

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