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KU's senior bigs take top spots

Kansas center Jeff Withey signals "three" after hitting one against Texas Tech during the first half, Monday, March 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Jeff Withey signals "three" after hitting one against Texas Tech during the first half, Monday, March 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1. Jeff Withey: Withey's first — and probably only — career three-pointer was the highlight of an efficient night. The center posted a team-high 22 points on 8-for-9 shooting, adding nine rebounds and four blocks in just 25 minutes. He also had no turnovers and has scored in double figures for 14 straight games.

2. Kevin Young: The senior played his most athletic contest in his final home game. Young was dunking alley-oops with one hand, both hands and over his head in a 14-point effort that included 5-for-6 shooting accuracy. The box score credited him with three dunks and a pair of layups. Young also had six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 24 minutes.

3. Elijah Johnson: Every lob he throws seems to be exactly where it needs to be. Johnson posted double figures in assists for the second straight game, notching 12 assists, which included nine in the first half. The senior also had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting to go with a steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

4. Travis Releford: Scored 13 points on just three field-goal attempts, making two of three shots and eight of 10 free throws. The senior also added five rebounds, two assists, a steal and no turnovers.

5. Ben McLemore: His outside shots weren't falling (0-for-5), but McLemore still managed to put in 13 points with help from 5-for-9 two-point shooting. Like Releford, he had five rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers.

6. Perry Ellis: Ellis showed an ability to get to the free throw line with aggressive moves. He finished with six points (6-for-7 free throw shooting) with seven rebounds and two turnovers in 13 minutes.

7. Naadir Tharpe: Quiet night for Tharpe, who was held scoreless for just the third time this season. In 14 minutes, Tharpe had a rebound, an assist and two turnovers, which included an alley-oop pass to Jamari Traylor that landed somewhere near the stands.

8. Andrew White III: Missed a shot and had two rebounds in seven minutes.

9. Rio Adams: Made one of two free throws and had a rebound and three fouls in six minutes.

10. Justin Wesley: Had no points, a rebound and a foul in four minutes.

11. Jamari Traylor: Rough night for the freshman, who had five of KU's 15 turnovers despite playing just 13 minutes. Traylor had two points on 1-for-2 shooting with a rebound, steal, block and three fouls.

KUsports.com Season Standings
1. Jeff Withey (243 points)
2. Ben McLemore (228 points)
3. Travis Releford (220 points)
4. Kevin Young (182 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (169 points)
6. Naadir Tharpe (152 points)
7. Perry Ellis (126 points)
8. Jamari Traylor (95 points)
9. Andrew White III (50 points)
10. Rio Adams (33 points)
11. Justin Wesley (20 points)

Big 12 Standings
1. Jeff Withey (152 points)
2. Ben McLemore (139 points)
3. Travis Releford (135 points)
4. Kevin Young (123 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (93 points)
6. Naadir Tharpe (91 points)
7. Perry Ellis (74 points)
8. Jamari Traylor (54 points)
9. Andrew White III (27 points)
10. Rio Adams (18 points)
11. Justin Wesley (13 points)

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Comments

Dirk Medema 1 year, 5 months ago

Sure hope Coach Self wise ups before it's too late. Naadir needs to be starting.

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Craig Carr 1 year, 5 months ago

please remove your comment as a terrible joke

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 5 months ago

no man - he's right.

26-4

the dude has no idea what he's doing as a coach. (where's the "eye-rolling" button on this thing?)

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Scott Smetana 1 year, 5 months ago

Too late to start him, but I agree to an extent. When the going gets tough against a tough Defense, Tharpe is likely our best option to create a shot. I'm worried that his lack of minutes will cost us in a tough game. In Self I trust.

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Michael Leiker 1 year, 5 months ago

Wish Young's reverse put back would have counted.

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Jonathan Allison 1 year, 5 months ago

I thought that Withey's toe might have been on the line. I'm glad that it wasn't reviewed.

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hawk_of_ages 1 year, 5 months ago

It was close but I think he was behind the line.

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Brad Farha 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm definitely biased, but I'm sure it wasn't on the line. I watched the replay several times on a big screen, and it looked like he was behind the line.

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Jim Erickson 1 year, 5 months ago

Who would have thought Jeff Withey would end up being a stud? Who would have thought Kevin Young would have been a good starter? This senior class has been fun.

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texashawk10 1 year, 5 months ago

Out of high school, Jeff Withey was ranked in the same neighborhood (30-40) as Cole Aldrich, Marcus Morris, and Thomas Robinson. It's not surprising to me at all that Withey has become a potential lottery pick, he just needed a couple of years to bulk up.

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clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 5 months ago

I loved the 3 by Withey, but that dunk he had with the full extension of his arm was the highlight of the night for me (in a game with a lot of them) what a fun game to watch, thank you seniors for all the memories.

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Rock_Chalk_25 1 year, 5 months ago

Jeez, what a great way to go out for our seniors. If you would've told me two years ago that Jeff Withey and some 190lb transfer from Loyola would be our starting bigs I would've had a heart attack on the spot. And yet here we are, atop the Big XII heap once again. I find it absolutely awesome how Coach Self just keeps pressing the right buttons year-after-year-after-year. Rockchalk and let's go collect our ninth straight Big XII conference title on Saturday!!!

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Kyle Sybesma 1 year, 5 months ago

Withey is tied with Scott Pollard as the greatest three point shooter of all time. Both are 1 for 1. Scott hit a similar shot vs K-State on his senior night as well.

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KGphoto 1 year, 5 months ago

Hellafun senior night. I haven't seen that many lobs since ’08, and they were mostyly of the spectacular variety. The Withey sky jam, Young’s reverse jam, EJ’s long distance connections. They all had me jumping around my living room like a kid. I also loved Relefords double move and layup, and his near miss when he rebounded, drove the length of the court, went behind the back, completely smoked his defender and would’ve dunked if it weren’t for the hard foul.

Great way to go out by five great players.

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jhawkrulz 1 year, 5 months ago

Although i agree that Withey may have been the star of the game, but the line that mattered was EJ 9 assists in the first half...he should have been #1.

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KGphoto 1 year, 5 months ago

I’d put him at 2 behind Withey. Withey’s all-around game was really nice.

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