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Saturday, December 23, 2006

KU finishes off BC

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So many Kansas teams have shown up throughout the first third of the 2006-07 season, but the right one needs to shot up for the Jayhawks to have a shot today in their most challenging home non-conference game of the year.

The Jayhawks welcome Boston College to Allen Fieldhouse for just the second ever meeting between the two schools. The first was a 78-62 BC win in 1969.

The key to stopping Boston College will start and finish with No. 3 - senior forward Jared Dudley, who averages 19.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the 7-2 Eagles, who have won six straight following a 1-2 start.

For KU, this is the first of four remaining non-conference games before the Jan. 10 Big 12 opener at home against Oklahoma State.

FIRST HALF

KU won the opening tip, but a quick turnover gave BC the ball within seconds under their own hoop.

BC did the same on an inbounds on the opposite end, but then Brandon Rush lost the ball off of his knee attacking the oop in transition.

Rush started the game's scoring a little over a minute in by hitting a long two from the right wing after the game's fourth turnover in just over a minute. Boston College evened it, though on a tip-in from Ekida McLain, starting for the injured John Oates.

Sasha Kaun put KU up on a pushed possession which finished on a quick turnaround by teh junior in which he used the glass effectively. McLain scored again to tie it up on a mid-range jumper from straight on.

Boston College took its first lead of the game in transition off of a Jared Dudley rebound, and the drive culminated in him taking a sweet dish inside from Tyrese Rice to put BC ahead 6-4.

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After KU turned the ball over on the inbounds pass out of the timeout, Mario Chalmers took the pill right back in dropped in a quick jumper to tie the game. But Brandon Rush was whistled for a foul just seconds later on the trip back down the floor. After the break, Dudley lost the ball in traffic inside. Brandon Rush put KU up 8-6 driving the baseline on the other end.

Darrell Arthur missed a short-range shot with KU still leading two, and then he fouled Tyrese Rice on a drive on the other end. Rice it two free throws to tie the game once again.

Rush, though continued his hot start after a tipped around offensive rebound. He pulled the ball back and gave himself seven points in the early going. But Sean Marshal answered immediately for BC with an easy layup, pulling the Eagles close at 11-10.

After an offensive foul was called an Shamari Spears, Darrell Arthur scored his frst points of the game on a jumper in the paint. Mario Chalmers then earned a trip to the free throw line after forcing a turnover on a successful backcourt trap.

Chalmers hit one of two free throws, and then after Sean Marshall aired a three-pointer, he had a wide-open fastbreak layin to put KU up 16-10 with 11:38 to play until halftime.

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Jared Dudley followed his own miss out of a television timeout, and then off of a Tyler Neville swat on Darrell Arthur, Sean Williams threw down an alley-oop slam to pull Boston College back within two, 16-14.

Jared Dudley ripped down a defensive board, and Marques Haynes showed tons of confidence in hitting a pullback jumper to tie the game and force Bill Self to whistle a quick timeout.

Right out of the short break, Russell Robinson was called for a travel.

Sasha Kaun blocked a BC shot, and Julian Wright scored two inside in tough fashion to put KU back up 18-16.

After that, a BC travel turned into three points on a deep shot from Mario Chalmers. But Jared Dudley's emotion showed on a quick trip back down. He was hacked going to the rack, and on top of his layup, he hit a free throw to make it 21-19.

Sasha Kaun returned the favor on a second chance layup while being fouled. He hit his free throw to balloon KU's lead back up to five points.

The sloppiness continued when three straight failed lobs took place in succession, but Chalmers ended it by hitting his second three of the game to put Kansas up 27-19.

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Sean Williams hit one of two free throws out of the break to pull Boston College within seven, and Shamari Spears was called for his second foul of teh game attempting to rebound the missed second shot. Sasha Kaun returned the favor by hitting one of two.

After Haynes missed a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down, Brandon Rush took a deep feed and hit a reverse layin to put KU up 30-20, fresh in off of the bench.

Julian Wright hit an awkward looking three after another bad BC possession to put KU up 33-20 and really get the Fieldhouse crowd in the game. Dudley then misfired from three and KU wound up witht he ball after a down low scramble. The result was a one-handed, soaring Sasha Kaun slam on a pass from Julian Wright.

BC coach Al Skinner had to finally whistle for a timeout after another turnover, this time turning into a Brandon Rush slam while being fouled, putting KU up 37-20.

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Rush hit the free throw out of the timeout to push KU's run to 22-4 over the last five minutes of gameplay.

Sean Williams finally ended BC's offensive drought by hitting a free throw line jumper to make it a 38-22 game.

He had a chance to pull the Eagles closer, but missed the front end of a bonus trip to the line, and Darrell Arthur was called for another fould under the hoop on KU's next trip with the ball. But BC again missed the front end, coming up with nothing.

Darnell Jackson hit a pair of free throws on the other end to put KU up 40-22, giving him his first points of the game.

Chalmers hit yet another three with less than two minutes to go putting KU up 43-22, giving him a game-high 14 points.

Sean Williams finally canned a free throw making it 43-23 with just over a minute left until the break.

Darnell Jackson was credited for his first field goal of the game on a goaltending call inside on Sean Williams, putting KU again up by 22 points. A block on the other end gave KU the final possession.

It turned to nothing, but KU pulled a 45-23 lead into the half, with Mario Chalmers leading the way with 14 points. Brandon Rush also has 11 for KU.

SECOND HALF

A pair of laughable missed dunks off of the front rim, one from Julian Wright and one from Sean Marshall, started the second half, but Wright and Jared Dudley traded free throws to start the scoring. Russell Robinson got the first field goal of the half on an open layup inside.

KU got its lead up to 23 points after Darrell Arthur was fouled on a dunk attempt. He hit both free throws, and then Mario Chalmers casually put home a layin in transition to make it a 53-28 game.

Brandon Rush answered a Sean Williams hoop with two more tough inside points, and he added a free throw to push the lead to 26 points for the Jayhawks.

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Jared Dudley hit a pair of free throws to give him 14 points and eight boards on the afternoon, but a Darnell jackson tipin negated them. Sean Williams scored again quickly for BC to make it a 58-35 game.

Marquez Haynes kept the momentum going for the Eagles, hitting a three from the left side to make it a 20-point game, but Russell Robinson then took some back by swooping into the lane to hit Wright for an easy layup.

Sean Williams and Darnell Jackson traded free throws, and a Shamari Spears jumper from the free throw line again made it a 20-point game, as KU seemed to have found a comfort level right around the 20-point barrier.

Tyrese Rice hit four straight free throws for Boston College as the Eagles finally chipped the lead to under the 20-point mark at 64-45.

Rice then put home a fast break layup to make it a 65-47 game moments later with 8:54 to play.

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A Williams slam and a Tyrese Rice three again made it somewhate of a game at 67-52 with seven minutes to play, but Mario Chalmers boosted his point total to 18 with a running short jumper.

Out of another timeout, Sean Williams hit two more free throws, but Chalmers continued to answer with a tough drive, giving him 20 points on the day. Julian Wright then tipped in a ball off the rim to push KU's lead back up to 19.

Williams continued to answer, giving himself 17 points, 13 boards and six blocks on the day, but KU's team effort so far has made it pretty much moot.

A Sean Marshall three made it again a 15-point game, and KU was subsequently called for a moving screen, giving the ball back to BC.

Marquez Haynes then drove to score, pulling BC within 13 at 74-61 with 3:57 to go.

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After Russell Robinson hit a couple of free throws, Sean Williams scored again while getting fouled, but a lane violation took away an offensive rebound off of the free throw miss, keeping it at a 13-point margin.

Russell Robinson then dropped in a layup after a Julian Wright dunk was stuffed back by Williams. A Haynes missed three put the ball back in KU's hands, but it was turned over quickly and Haynes was fouled going up in transition. He missed both free throws, keeping it a 15-point game with less than two minutes to play.

Chalmers though stole another BC pass and coasted in, wedging his body next to Dudley for a layup, giving him 22 points.

Marquez Haynes answered with a three-pointer to make it a 14-point game. A Darnell Jackson dunk put it back up to 16 points with less than a minute to go.

KU put the finishing touches on, making it an 84-66 final. Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 22 points, Brandon Rush had 15, Julian Wright 13 and Darnell Jackson 11 for KU. Sean Williams had 19 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks for BC.

KU, now 10-2, hosts Detroit Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Comments

Larry Smith 15 years, 7 months ago

Wow, the refs really slowed the game down in the second half. All the plays that KU was able to make in the first half became ticky-tack fouls in the 2nd. Good job hanging tuff tho.

Joe Ross 15 years, 7 months ago

Most the calls were legit. On BCs end, I think the fouls came just out of frustration. KU probably got comfortable with the lead and looked a little lazy/sluggish the second half (with the exception of Chalmers and Robinson). Lazy play kinda lends itself to a lot of fouls...

Larry Smith 15 years, 7 months ago

Well, there was a time early in the 2nd half where they called 4 fouls on KU in a span of about 40 seconds. I think after that, it was hard for the guys to get very aggressive. I think its tuff to play d when you are in foul trouble early in the half.

BigTamale 15 years, 7 months ago

I was at the game and those refs were certainly pro-b.c. I remember a possession when ku had the ball, and somebody pulled on I think Rush's jersey, and nothing was called! That was crap! But if any of our guys looked at Dudley the wrong way, "foul on ku"

Roysoldboy 15 years, 7 months ago

I felt like the pace slowed too much in the early part of the second half. The Hawks pushed on offense and defense in the last 10 minutes of the 1st half and that looked about the same as the WSSU game did. When they start running they can blow another team, even a very good one like today, right out of a game. They should have come back out running especially after they went to the zone that had worked so well in the first half.

They looked completely invincible on some of those breaks and I think that they proved that Self is right about doing things better when they do it from repetition in practice. They are getting more from their quick hands and the fact that all of those who get in quality time can run with anybody.

I think that Jackson had one of his better efforts today along with Kaun. I surely do agree with Coach Self about platooning those 4 "bigs", if 6'8 is big. I think he is using them in the best combinations, also.

Robinson, Chalmers and Rush all played so well today that it is hard to say that not getting the points that the others got puts Robinson's performance below the other two.

All in all a well played game by the Hawks.

Chris Kurtz 15 years, 7 months ago

I didn't think the refs were that bad. I saw times KU got away with things and times that BC got away with things. The teams were banging and hacking quite a bit though. I did see most of the second half of Texas vs Tennessee. Tennessee should send some Christmas cards to those refs.

Thank God a team for once struggled to hit three's. Every team usually has some player go Kobe/Arenas on us from Three point range even if they are guarded. I think Winstom-salem was hitting 20% on the year and hit 8 treys against us. Boston College didn't play well and were missing a player so I won't take it as a very big win, but it was a quality win for sure.

GIHAWK 15 years, 7 months ago

I thought real KU fans don't complain about the officiating...Guess I was wrong

truefan 15 years, 7 months ago

Was BC missing a player? I didn't hear any reports of a starter being out. Where did you get that info kickazz? I know they were missing a player during the loss to Vermont, but he (Sean Williams #51) was playing today and didn't seem to be slowed by an injuries.

tdub 15 years, 7 months ago

No doubt this was a good win over a team that would have easily cracked the polls if they beat us. The athletes on BC's roster rival only Florida's amongst our opponents so far. Those guys were fast, strong, and skilled, but we showed once again that, when motivated, we can be among the best in the nation. And props to Self with the call on the 3-2 zone against their spotty long-range shooting, it made the difference in the game. Makes all his critics look pretty stupid right now.

Larry Smith 15 years, 7 months ago

I wonder if all the critics are still clamoring for Turgeon? Probably not, after they lose to 2 unranked teams. The good thing is, at least the WSU fans won't start freaking out after 2 losses.

bethnbob 15 years, 7 months ago

Hey tdub,

And props to Self with the call on the 3-2 zone against their spotty long-range shooting, it made the difference in the game. Makes all his critics look pretty stupid right now.

Try telling that to all anti-Self people. I agree with you, he's a great coach.

Joe Ross 15 years, 7 months ago

Tdub...a note of respectful disagreement if I may. Not all of "Self's critics" criticize EVERYTHING about him. Therefore, I dont think they look stupid right now. Let me be clear. I have played college ball but I am not a coach and I will say that I don't have the first clue about coaching at Division I level. So thats the disclaimer.

Heres the thing though. If lay people are entitled to say GOOD things about the coach from a layperson's perspective (and the posts have been aplenty), then they are certainly free to raise their eyebrows when something appears amiss. This is fairness, balance, and sanity. Does this mean the critics are right? Hell no, it doesnt. It could just quite possibly be that Self knows EXACTLY what he's doing and it just looks wrong to those of us who don't know the game as well.

But please...PLEASE...let's all get off of this trip about saying that people who QUESTION are Self haters and the like. Ive offered praise for Self, Ive offered criticism. But I for one am not going to be branded "stupid" just cause I give an opinion. Judge on the merits of what I and others say whether we are right or wrong without an itchy finger on a hair-trigger for censorship whenever something critical is said (even if its constructive).

On to the good news! We get another quality win and play to our potential. This is a notch we can put on our belt. I do hope we can walk into a hostile arena and do the same thing though. We've been spoiled with home-court advantage and I'm anxious to take this show on the road.

I also hope there's no letdown as there appeared to be after the Florida game. Hopefully Coach will keep nipping at the players' heels for constant mental focus. Congrats KU!!!

Rock Chalk

FlaHawk 15 years, 7 months ago

KUplaying a 3-2 zone was a classy move by Self. KU is not very deep and will tend to get into foul trouble with the bigs this year.

Playing zone is good to reduce foul trouble and reduce the overall effort required on defense. KU is not deep and the players get way to tired and committ dub fouls especially the bigs!

The zone is also great for an up tempo team that can run the court. Playing Rush at the point of the 3-2 zone is great as it kills the fould lane jumpers and forces the ball into the corners. Thanksfully, BC was cold.

I don't think BC is much more than a bubble tournament team. They will lose beetween 9-12 games this year and this will be hard to make the NCAA unless their RPI is high from ACC batles.

truefan 15 years, 7 months ago

The WSU fans won't start freaking out about two straight loses because their fans don't expect to win like our fans do. Yes they have gotten some respect this year and I would agree that they are a good team, but they are not a team that is expected to win yet. Apart from that, Turgeon is a great coach and has done great things with the players he has. If something were to happen and Self got fired I wouldn't mind if KU looked at Turgeon as an option because I know he can get the best out of his players. The two games that WSU just lost were to two very similar teams. UNM and USC are two up and coming teams just like WSU, and because they also had nothing to lose because of their lack of respect so far, they came out to "upset" WSU and prove themselves.

The main point is that you can't judge our fans for being upset with two loses to unranked opponents when we are supposed to be one of the top teams in the nation. Other top teams have loses as well, but their loses were to respectable opponents whereas ours were to two nobodies. Our team has proven over and over that they will show up for big games, but they won't show up for mid-majors. Our fans have mistaken this lacking ability to beat mid-majors as coaching errors where I think it is a problem of cockyness from players who think the mid-majors will lay down and die for them. This is not a lack of preparation, it is a lack of fear and that cannot be coached but only learned through experience.

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