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Recap: KU punishes nation's No. 1 defense; plus, a KU concern heading into NCAAs

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Note: Here is a listing of definitions for some terms used in this blog. Also, feel free to ask questions in the comments section below if something doesn't make sense. Here's the KU-Colorado recap from Saturday, in case you missed it.

Pretty much all year, Texas has had the No. 1 defense in the nation according to KenPom.com.

The Longhorns' defense was ridiculously good starting Big 12 play: UT allowed less than 0.9 points per possession to 10 of its first 11 Big 12 opponents. That included a matchup against KU, where the Jayhawks mustered just 0.88 PPP.

Though Texas' defense hasn't been as dominant in the last month or so, it's still been good enough to easily hold KenPom's billing.

That makes KU's offensive performance against UT in Saturday's 85-73 victory all the more impressive.

The motivated, ready-for-payback Jayhawks posted 1.25 PPP against the Longhorns on Saturday — the most PPP given up by the Longhorns all season. Only two UT opponents have mustered more than 1.16 PPP against the Longhorns (KU and Colorado) this year.

If KU can score like that on Texas, it can score like that on anyone in the nation.

Using a combination of fast-break points, ball movement and perfectly picked set plays by KU coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks had one of their best offensive performances of the season Saturday, especially considering the opposition.

M.O.J. (Most Outstanding Jayhawk)

This award could go a lot of different ways, as five Jayhawks finished with at least 1.26 points per possession used against Texas.

In the end, though, Tyshawn Taylor is the choice for M.O.J. after picking up his first start in four games.

Playing a season-high 37 minutes, Taylor put up 1.54 points per possession used while ending 19 percent of KU's possessions. When he ended a possession, KU scored at least one point 64 percent of the time.

The junior's eFG% of 80 percent was tops on the team, as was his free-throw rate (FTs*100/FGs) of 70.

Taylor was able to drive effectively and under control against UT, then also finish at the rim, which he's struggled with this year. He also benefited most of any Jayhawk when Texas forward Tristan Thompson sat with foul trouble, as many of his drives might have not finished with layups had the disruptive Thompson been in.

Taylor also didn't force things, putting up just 18.6 percent of KU's shots while he was out there — ranking sixth on the team. He contributed 21.2 percent of KU's assists during his time on the floor while turning it over just twice.

I can't remember a better game for Taylor during his time at KU.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor hoists a Big 12 champions sign following the Jayhawks' win over Texas on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Sprint Center.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor hoists a Big 12 champions sign following the Jayhawks' win over Texas on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Sprint Center. by Nick Krug

Room for Improvement

One big concern for KU heading into the NCAA Tournament will be its inability to turn teams over defensively.

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar wrestles for the ball with Texas forward Jordan Hamilton during the second half on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Sprint Center. In back is KU guard Tyshawn Taylor.

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar wrestles for the ball with Texas forward Jordan Hamilton during the second half on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Sprint Center. In back is KU guard Tyshawn Taylor. by Nick Krug

The Jayhawks showed no ability to force turnovers in the Big 12 tournament. Though KU has forced teams to turn it over on 20.3 percent of their possessions this year (which is almost exactly the NCAA average), the Jayhawks forced turnovers just 16.1 percent of the time against Oklahoma State, 14.3 percent of the time against Colorado and 10.3 percent of the time against Texas.

Texas' 10.3 percent turnover percentage was the third-lowest recorded against KU all season. Seven of the last eight KU opponents have turned it over on fewer than 18 percent of their possessions.

The Jayhawks could still stand to crank up the defensive pressure a bit. Even with great defense, it's going to be hard to keep an opponent's point total down when it's getting a shot on nearly every possession.

Tough-Luck Line

This is splitting hairs between Josh Selby and Mario Little, who nearly had identical lines, but Little is the pick because of fouls.

Kansas players Tyrel Reed and Mario Little go after a loose ball with Texas forward Matt Hill during the first half on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Sprint Center.

Kansas players Tyrel Reed and Mario Little go after a loose ball with Texas forward Matt Hill during the first half on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Sprint Center. by Nick Krug

Little was 0-for-3 from the floor while racking up three personal fouls and a turnover in just seven minutes. He did add a steal and a defensive rebound and made a couple nice passes to the perimeter for shots that his teammates didn't make.

Selby also wasn't good Saturday, missing his only shot while posting two turnovers a rebound in seven minutes.

Self's rotation appears to be shaping up for the NCAAs, with the bench players most likely appearing in this order: Thomas Robinson, Elijah Johnson, Little, then Selby.

Bottom Line

Though KU didn't force many turnovers, it was still able to limit Texas offensively (1.07 PPP) by dominating the defensive glass and limiting free throws.

KU came away with 73.2 percent of the available defensive rebounds; UT's 26.8 percent offensive rebounding percentage was its third-lowest this year.

The Longhorns' free-throw rate of 22.7 also was its second-lowest of the season.

Offensively, KU used great passing to get easy shots. The Jayhawks outscored the Longhorns, 38-18, in the paint.

KU's eFG% of 62.9 percent also was the highest the Longhorns had allowed since the 2007-08 season.

The Jayhawks end the season as fourth in adjusted offensive efficiency and 12th in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom. Only three teams rank in the top 15 in both categories: Ohio State (first offense, 10th defense), Duke (fifth offense, fifth defense) and KU.

If you're searching for national championship favorites in your bracket, look no further than those three.

Comments

Jock Navels 10 years, 1 month ago

how does taking 18.6% of the shots rank 6th on the team...that leaves 81.4% of the shots for 5 other players?

mhughes1 10 years, 1 month ago

I think that was 18.6% while he was out there. I'm sure there were some players who jacked up more shots in limited minutes.

Jesse Newell 10 years, 1 month ago

Exactly right. Little, as an example, ranked higher in Shot% in very limited minutes.

Here's the breakdown on Shot%: Little 29.5% Markieff 28.2% Robinson 26.8% Reed 23.6% Marcus 19.3% Taylor 18.6%

Joe Satterwhite 10 years, 1 month ago

yeah and jesse can u tell us what the ppp was against northern iowa last year??

Andrew Bary 10 years, 1 month ago

Jesse, what can you tell us about RPI ratings adjusted for everyone at the end of this season?

4everahawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Will Channel 6 broadcast a rerun of the game and the trophy presentation afterwards anytime? Anyone know?

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

"Beyond Naivety about Why KU's Strength of Schedule Tends to Turn Out Higher than Early Season Expectations of KU Fans...Almost Every Season"

KU's RPI is almost always high at the end of the season and it seems to rocket highest the years when national sports media most doubts our competition and when fans hand wring the most early in a season.

The media's recurring skepticism of KU is understandable. The most ad dollars and click dollars, and professional quid pro quos (i.e., backscratching) come from puffing teams in big markets in eastern time zones. Vitale, Digger, Knight and Clark Kellogg can't stay on the air talking up KU in Lawrence, KS. Their Q ratings would crater, if they didn't strongly bond themselves to Eastern seaboard teams that are big draws and puff their unempiricalyy supported virtues and superiorities ad nauseam.

The national sports media is a self-reinforcing socio-economic system. Its foundation driver is the need to maximize eyeballs attracted and then held, both for ad dollars and betting dollars. As a media professional, you get ahead in this system by reinforcing that foundation any way you can. You fall behind by resisting it, or undermining it in any way. It is a business, not a conspiracy. It doesn't matter how smart, or how stupid you are about content. All that matters is how skillful you are at using what smarts you do have to feed the system in a reinforcing, fortifying way. Rebels need not apply.

Even someone as brilliant about basketball as Bob Knight is reduced to prostituting himself for the media market biasing to stay on the air and get the dollars for his old age and to give to his kids. At least half of what he says now has no bearing on the truth, no connection to basketball realities on the floors of the game he watches. His clip board sketching of plays is completely haphard. He knows its all a joke. His intellect makes him know that no one can absorb and learn and understand what he is drawing up in 3-5 seconds. It took players parts of seasons to get it down. Knuckle draggers on the sofas aren't going to get it in 3-5 seconds. He knows his basketball knowledge is being diluted to "graphics." Look at his face. He has the classic look of a one-time tried and true believer in the game (and of the authenticity in himself), and he increasingly looks like just another disillusioned, inauthentic old whore trying to turn a few more tricks before no one can stand to look at him any longer.

Jan Rolls 10 years, 1 month ago

The last 2 games knight couldn't tell the difference between brady and tyrell. He talks too much about plays as if he were running a camp instead of just calling the game.

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

If TV can do this to Bob Knight in two short years, imagine what it does to viewers that it focus the full intensity of its withering beam upon.

Imagine what it does to each of us.

Why KU fans hand wring about the KU's perpetually strong schedule being weak is only a bit more puzzling at first, than why media professionals over hype the teams they over hype year after year.

Just remember that KU fans, knowledgeable though they are, are being fed the steady diet of mainstream media disingenousness that blinds the rest of the country, sets up ridiculous expectations and betting spreads, and then leaves betting suckers ripe for the plucking by the gaming industry.

The media's ability to addict, foster consent and create vastly distorted expectations is proven. It is why the Pentagon maintains its own network and embed as many of its representatives as possible into the mainstream media at all times. It is why every major producer oligopolist maintains a huge and continuous PR/ad blitz, despite their oligopoly price fixing powers in the market place. To hold onto an oligopoly price fixing position in a oligopolized producer market, you have to manufacture consent and manage expectations with media, so that the consumers don't substitute another producer good outside the oligopoly market. Same for government propaganda. The government is an effective monopolist, but it has to pump out a steady flow of propaganda to ensure that its citizens decide not to consent to the monopoly government and substitute an alternative system of governance, or none at all.

Gary Wirsig 10 years, 1 month ago

Learn a new word today that starts with "o" and has 5 syllables?

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

Dick, Digger, Bob, Clark, and all the talking heads at CBSESPN are just doing their content oligopoly jobs, when they are puffing the usual overrated subjects. They are helping maintain consent among viewers to the oligopoly. They are helping manufacture the kind of viewer expectations about what teams are worth watching that deliver ratings and clicks that can be converted to top advertising dollars. And they are shaping betting expectations that can be optimally exploited among the biggest betting populations by the gaming industries.

If you were them, which team would you hype? KU or Ohio State. KU or UNC/Duke? KU or any Big East Team? Digger's a blue collar kid from the means streets of Manhattan and says so. Hyping which of these teams gets him the farthest in his broadcasting world, connects him to the most eyeballs, builds his Q rating the most?

There really is a sports-media-gaming industry complex. It is not inherently evil. It is just strongly biased toward big markets where the eyeballs and suckers are. And like any good basketball team, it always tries to play through its strengths. Think if it as a coach scheming against an opposing team to win by playing to its strengths. It tries to maximize the consent of the big markets and optimally channel the most eyes and the most expectations of suckers, so they can be most profitably fleeced for products and wagers. This is all mass media is about. You see its tangible existence every time you turn on your TV, or now your computer, and see and hear grown men with years of experience talking counter intuitively and in contradiction to historical trends about Eastern time zone teams that tend never live up to expectations created by the media year after year.

Well, this sports-media-gaming complex has enormous persuasive powers. When its bias is focused on your team an you are in the media markets they want to optimize eye balls in, they you constantly feel over confident about your team's prospects and you feel that it has to be a freakish coincidence each season that your team gets exposed for being an ordinary team by season's end.

Hank Cross 10 years, 1 month ago

Agree that jounalists/talking heads/commentators engage in endless reinforcement of the conventional wisdom in all areas.

But I can't stand the - KU doesn't get credit because they play in the midwest - attitude. KU might get more credit for playing a tough schedule if the rest of the B12 actually showed up in the tourney. 2004 was the last time a B12 school other than KU made it to the FF. The B12 simply doesn't compare to the BE or the ACC. Or even possibly the SEC. I will agree that the B10 is over-hyped, but this is par for the course as they are also over-hyped year after year in CFB.

Roger Tobias 10 years, 1 month ago

If the B12 schools are ignored by the eastern media, they don't get ranked. If all the schools in the Big Least went 9-9 in the conference, all of them would be in the Dance. That's because they beat up on each other, when most of them are already ranked, and it has been stated repeatedly that losing to a ranked team doesn't penalize you so much. It's the next best thing to winning. Jaybate's media bias analysis is spot on. It's another example of the Willie Sutton rule.

Hank Cross 10 years, 1 month ago

"Big Least"? - What a piece of absurd homerism. In the existence of the BE the following teams from that conference have won the NC - Georgetown, Villanova, Syracuse, and UConn (2). During that same time period the following B8 and B12 have won the NCC - KU (2).

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

Dick, Digger, Bob, Clark, and all the talking heads at CBSESPN are just doing their content oligopoly jobs, when they are puffing the usual overrated subjects. They are helping maintain consent among viewers to the oligopoly. They are helping manufacture the kind of viewer expectations about what teams are worth watching that deliver ratings and clicks that can be converted to top advertising dollars. And they are shaping betting expectations that can be optimally exploited among the biggest betting populations by the gaming industries.

If you were them, which team would you hype? KU or Ohio State. KU or UNC/Duke? KU or any Big East Team? Digger's a blue collar kid from the means streets of Manhattan and says so. Hyping which of these teams gets him the farthest in his broadcasting world, connects him to the most eyeballs, builds his Q rating the most?

There really is a sports-media-gaming industry complex. It is not inherently evil. It is just strongly biased toward big markets where the eyeballs and suckers are. And like any good basketball team, it always tries to play through its strengths. Think if it as a coach scheming against an opposing team to win by playing to its strengths. It tries to maximize the consent of the big markets and optimally channel the most eyes and the most expectations of suckers, so they can be most profitably fleeced for products and wagers. This is all mass media is about. You see its tangible existence every time you turn on your TV, or now your computer, and see and hear grown men with years of experience talking counter intuitively and in contradiction to historical trends about Eastern time zone teams that tend never live up to expectations created by the media year after year.

Well, this sports-media-gaming complex has enormous persuasive powers. When its bias is focused on your team an you are in the media markets they want to optimize eye balls in, they you constantly feel over confident about your team's prospects and you feel that it has to be a freakish coincidence each season that your team gets exposed for being an ordinary team by season's end.

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

But if you are in a tertiary media market like KU is in, i.e., outside the eastern time zone and outside a major major media market, and playing in a conference of lesser media markets, and yours is considered the least among those lessers, then you get this constant dosage of being not as good as all the major media market teams all season long. And so each season, despite knowing better, your susceptibility to repeated suggestion that is the essence of the mass media's ability to persuade and manufacture consent, each season you find yourself with cognitive dissonance between what you know about basketball and your team, and what is being suggested. And so many resolve this dissonance with what seems a rational response: doubt. You doubt your team's talent. You doubt your team's strength of schedule. You doubt your team's coaching. You doubt even what happens year after year after year; that KU winds up ranked sky high in statistical rankings of most kinds.

KU fans just have to start facing the facts. They are being fed a steady dose of disinformation and sometimes bald faced lies. Their mistakes and failures are systematically over reported and their successes and achievements are systematically under-reported. And their expectations are being impacted by the opinion engineering done by the sports-media-gaming complex.

Year in and year out KU plays better competition than most schools and certainly better competition than all but a few schools ranked high in the pre-season top ten.

We live in a 1984, Orwellian world. We have for quite some time. It engineers our perceptions of reality 24/7.

The younger you are, the more susceptible you are to the engineering, because you have lived through a small number of repetitions exposing the media engineering.

But even if you are older, endless repetition on the Grand Wurlitzer that is mass media works on old persons, too, wears down their resistance and memories of what they know to be true, and leaves them, too, vulnerable to the manipulation.

Each citizen of the modern world has to higher duties.

One is as old as civilization itself: know thy self.

The other is relatively new: always index for the bias in mass media, so that one's view of the world has at least some limited connection to the reality of the world.

Rock Chalk!

kureader 10 years, 1 month ago

... no trouble sleeping tonight. ... you love to hear yourself talk don't you?

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

kureader,

I had a professor at KU that I dearly loved and respected. Peter Casagrande. He used to say, "you didn't read. You just looked at the words."

Change your alias to: kuwordlooker. :-)

JRandall 10 years, 1 month ago

I once had a professor that I dearly loved and respected. He used to say,

"Sometimes Less Is More"

HawksWin 10 years, 1 month ago

Too Shay. Got tired of listening to Duke, UNC, Kemba this Kemba that, so I came here & found you spewing my sentiments. Yes capitalism lives & dies on population numbers, but it is mind boggling espncbs experts have no clue on KU except Bilas who picked Kansas over Texas. He also said Reed & MStar are underrated. Neither Davis nor Digger would fess up after the KU win, instead they rambled on about BE & ACC! Any blind person (yes blind!) watching the game would know KU can knock any BE team. After all, our twins, TRob, TT are from the east. That's ok, I won't be brainwashed by cbsespn oligarchs. KU will be the orca of the east/west ocean that'll watch patiently & strike silently when least unexpected & make'em all howl! Nice posts JB. Go Jayhawks!

kureader 10 years, 1 month ago

JRandall, I had the same professor.
Just spit it out Jaybate, 500 words or less. Go ahead. You can do it!

gchawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Have to disagree. Jaybate is incredibly knowledgeable and insightful. I appreciate his wisdom.

Gary Wirsig 10 years, 1 month ago

Creative genius, maybe. I don't know if I'd say wisdom.

devobrun 10 years, 1 month ago

Percentage data is based upon metrics that vary widely from game to game. They give the astute observer a way to judge the averages, the probabilities, the chances.

And then the game is played and the sample size becomes one and the statistics are meaningless. If it is a baseball season, then I can see the effectiveness of statistics. 162 games is a large sample. Even playoffs are best-of-7.

But this upcoming contest is a one-and-done.

The Jayhawks are again a very good team. The data shows it They have a great chance to win it all. By great chance I mean......maybe 20%. The likeliest event is that don't win all 6 games. The randomness of outcome is the true charm of the NCAA tournament.

So to all those folks out there who live and die by this tournament outcome, remember that you're relying on a bunch of 18,19,20 and 21 year-old kids. Some of those kids you might not hire for a job or be too happy if they were dating your daughter.

Sit back and enjoy, folks. Just 4 games to the final 4.

HawksWin 10 years, 1 month ago

Jesse, thank you for that 3+ min YouTube video!! Awesome. Your data work is also appreciated! Indeed we have to ramp up on D if facing the likes of Louiville. Thanks.

BCRavenJHawkfan 10 years, 1 month ago

Selection Sunday.

Thoughts on how brackets will come out?

I predict the "committee" will put Ohio State and KU in regions that result in NO possible match up for the final.

Duke or BYU will be in KU's bracket.

KU's bracket in the 7, 8, 9 seeds will be loooooaded!

CrimsonMax 10 years, 1 month ago

I luv the smell of burnt orange in the morning.

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

PHOF! I salute you, Colonel Kilgore. I never knew you were a Jayhawk!

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

Post Script: It is worth noting here that local media professionals, which mostly have to attract eyeballs locally, are in many respects freer to pursue the news as they see fit. They only have to avoid alienating themselves from one market. They don't really have to make the hard choices the national and global media must make. They don't have to choose to server major media markets devotedly, and they marginalize millions scattered around lesser media markets. There are, as the founders of the republic, and the framers of the constitution understood, some distinct benefits to keeping the consituent parts of a large organization small and closely connected to localities. It is a healthy thing for bias, to the extent that culture and economics inevitably triggers some, to be cross cancelling locally and nationally.

devobrun 10 years, 1 month ago

In other words, in this day of diversity, inclusiveness and love.....it's still OK to be a Jayhawk fan.

ryderdrumr 10 years, 1 month ago

As accurate as Jaybate was in what he wrote, when I logged on here I didn't expect to read "War and Peace". Holy crap dude!

JRandall 10 years, 1 month ago

I would agree with that. After studying the choice of words, amount of fluff mixed in and his expert opinion on anything and everything... it reminds me of a few political figures that just talk to hear themselves... but to each their own. Too bad someone has to use this site as their only social outlet.

Andrew Bary 10 years, 1 month ago

Jaybate, abridged:

More money in the more populated areas means that major companies tell you teams in those areas are better than they are, and KU is not as good as they are. Don't believe the hype. We play tough teams and we are awesome.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk. :-)

jaybate 10 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for the assist. The message is all that matters. Not the deliverer.

Andrew Washington 10 years, 1 month ago

I can see where this is coming from, but i also wonder why teams like Oklahoma or even BYU seem to get alot more attention than ku when their programs are doing well. Salt lake city or utah in general isnt a very "big" population base and isnt OU in the same region basically as KU? why would they talk about other teams in our region that do well, but they only say a sentence or two about Ku basketball? I mean all i heard about in 2009 was blake griffin and how oklahoma would do in the tournament.

rockchalknation 10 years, 1 month ago

T-Rob..."I Want a Longhorn!" You got your Longhorn!! Everybody stay focused and step it up for 6 more games

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 1 month ago

What were out offiensive and defensive PPP's in the first half of the first meeting with Bevo?

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 1 month ago

Answer:

1st half: offensive ppp - 1.03 defensive ppp - 0.68 2nd half: offensive ppp - 0.74 defensive ppp - 1.34

clearly, Ku offered the Big 12 tourney championship game as evidence that the dramatic swings from first to second half in that January match, were in fact the result of running out of gas physically and emotionally.

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