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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Rush, Wright wax Baylor in 82-56 bounceback win

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Update #10: Final, KU wins 82-56

Mario Chalmers hit two free throws, and then grabbed a defensive rebound as Kansas began to slow down its offense a bit with just over three minutes to go.

A pair of free throw misses by Baylor's Tim Bush set KU's bench-clearing in motion with just over two minutes to go. Brady Morningstar, Jeremy Case and Rodrick Stewart all checked in.

After Rogers scored again, Morningstar got into the scoring column with a long two from the left wing. Morningstar then took a steal and hit another jumper in transition, adding some salt to the Jayhawks final margin of victory.

A few free throws from Baylor made it an 82-56 final count, with KU sufficiently bouncing back from its first Big 12 loss of the season. Brandon Rush had 18 points and eight rebounds for KU, while Julian Wright scored 16 and Sherron Collins chipped in 13. The win improved KU to 17-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play, with Colorado coming to Allen Fieldhouse for a 12:30 p.m. tip Saturday afternoon.

Update #9: 3:48, second half, KU leads 76-51

Mamadou Diene hit two free throws on Baylor's next offensive possession, but Russell Robinson cancelled them out while hitting two of his own with Kansas in the bonus, giving the junior seven points so far on his 21st birthday.

Sherron Collins then continued his offensive spurt by hitting another two in the lane with a friendly curl off the back of the rim, putting KU back up by 25.

Julian Wright hit one of two bonus free throws as KU began to throw things into cruise control as the game got under the five-minute mark. Rogers scored on the other end, giving him a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Russell Robinson then got his eighth point on a bonus free throw, and while missing the second, Aaron Bruce was called for a foul in the lane, putting Julian Wright at the line. He hit two more free throws, putting KU up 76-49. A Baylor hoop from Jerrells sent the game into its final full break.

Update #8: 6:38, second half, KU leads 68-45

With Baylor's overall intensity having dipped a bit, Julian Wright drew a foul out of the timeout, and hit two free throws to put KU back up by 25.

Jerrells right after that put his team in the bonus and hit two free throws of his own. Then, after ripping down a defensive board on a Wright missed jumper, Rogers put a ball in the hoop inside and drew a foul at the other end, and the free throw brought Baylor back within 20 points at the 10-minute mark, with KU leading 61-41.

Wright then threw up another mid-range jumper, and the miss again turned into a Kevin Rogers defensive board. Baylor couldn't convert offensively this time, though.

Baylor scored again to make it an 18 point game out of a Bill Self timeout, but the run was again short-lived, as Sherron Collins hit his third three of the game.

Collins moments later expanded it to a 23-point game again with his first two-point field goal of the night, slicing to the hoop down the left.

Update #7: 11:36, second half, KU leads 59-36

Brandon Rush bumped his point total to 17 points on a tip-in, putting KU's lead to 25 points with just under 15 minutes to play. He then took a loose ball and went the length of the floor, drawing Jerrells' third foul and another trip to the free throw line. Rush hit one of two free throws and then took a breather on the bench.

Aaron Bruce then immediately lost the ball out of bounds trying to catch the ball on the run in three-point territory. It resulted in a short jumper off the glass from Julian Wright.

Tweety Carter came back with a three for Baylor, and after Darrell Arthur missed a shot similar to Julian Wright's, Russell Robinson was called for a defensive foul on the other end.

But Wright swatted a shot hard at the other end, and on the other end Arthur was called for a charge after his drive to the lane originally drew a blocking call on a Baylor defender. Diene turned it into two points for Baylor.

A KU defensive foul brought the game to another break, with KU maintaining a 23-point lead.

Update #6: 15:31, second half, KU leads 54-31

Julian Wright missed inside out of the half on KU's first possession, and Mamadou Diene scored his first points of the game for Baylor. He was fouled and missed his free throw, and that was followed by two more misses by the Bears, who shot 18 percent from the field in the first half.

Darrell Arthur scored to give himself six points in response, but Aaron Bruce answered it with his second three of the game.

Brandon Rush came down and hit his second three, keeping KU's lead over 20 points at 45-23. Bruce continued to build off of his three, though, hitting an and-one jumper off of the glass on the other end. He missed the free throw, though, and Arthur ripped down another extended rebound. That turned into Mario Chalmers' first three of the night and his second so far in Big 12 play.

Kevin Rogers followed another Baylor miss with a two-handed dunk, pulling Baylor to a 48-27 deficit.

Brandon Rush negated it, though, continuing his offensive surge by knifing the lane and dropping in two points off the glass and drawing a foul with it. He hit the free throw to give himself 15 points and six rebounds so far. Curtis Jerrells scored again for Baylor after Russell Robinson was tossed to the floor hard on the offensive end.

Baylor called a timeout after Jerrells' score, and Chalmers came out of it by hitting his second three in just minutes, and it led to a timeout at 15:23 with KU holding a commanding 54-31 lead.

Update #5: Halftime, KU leads 40-18

After a Kevin Rogers athletic tip-in after an Aaron Bruce missed three, Sasha Kaun put away his third field goal of the game with a two-handed dunk falling from the hoop inside. A Brandon Rush three extended KU to a 35-16 lead and gave the sophomore wing seven points so far.

Jeremy Case pulled down a long rebound off of another Baylor miss, and Brandon Rush then passed up an open three for KU's 10th assist of the night. It led Julian Wright to his seventh and eighth points of the game with an inside layup, and Wright drew a foul with it. He hit the free throw, putting KU up 38-16 with less than a minute to go until halftime.

Tweety Carter hit two free throws with Baylor in the bonus, and gave KU the final possession of the half. Julian Wright was left with an awkward three, which hit the front of the rim and was gathered by Brandon Rush. He faded away on the left elbow and swished home a mid-range jumper with time expiring. It gave him nine points and put KU up 40-18 at the break. Wright also has nine points for KU, while Sasha Kaun and Sherron Collins each have six.

Update #4: 3:57, first half, KU leads 30-14

Wright rolled his ankle before the break, but appeared to be fine while relaxing a bit on the bench, and Baylor exited the timeout in similar fashion, missing another deep shot. Chalmers tried a three of his own on the other end, but after the ball slowly rolled off the rim, Brandon Rush soared to throw it home and do a pull-up on the rim, extending KU's lead to 20 points for the second time in the game.

Baylor's Curtis Jerrells scored with just over six minutes to go in the half on an open-court one-handed slam to awaken the Ferrell Center crowd a tad, and Jerrells then got himself to the free throw line off of a wildly-missed three by Collins.

Wright re-entered the game in between a pair of made Jerrells free throws, putting Baylor into double digits nearly 16 minutes into the game.

Kaun then missed an inside shot off of the side of the rim on the left after a nifty dish from Wright, who already has six points and five rebounds. In response, Henry Dugat made Baylor's second three of the game, making it a 27-14 game and forcing Bill Self to call a quick timeout.

Russell Robinson rolled in a three from the left side to end Baylor's short run, and he followed it up with a steal on the other end, only to throw it away, leading to a television timeout at the 3:57 mark.

Update #3: 7:16, first half, KU leads 25-7

Aaron Bruce missed a layup and then a three-pointer out of the timeout, but KU couldn't pad its lead any more than it was during the timeout, turning the ball over twice.

Baylor, though, mirrored that with an illegal pick, giving the ball back to KU again as the first half passed its midway point. Sherron Collins then scored his first points of the game on a three from the right wing off of an offensive board by Sasha Kaun.

At 8:54, Baylor finally scored again, with Kevin Rogers getting an easy look inside off of a sly move against Sasha Kaun, but couldn't string together back-to-back successful offensive possessions, as another miss just turned into a transition layup for Brandon Rush, putting KU up 22-5.

Baylor took another timeout, and out of it, freshman guard Tweety Carter soared through the lane for a layup high off the glass, and Kevin Rogers grabbed a lengthy defensive board off of a Brandon Rush miss from outside.

Though after Baylor couldn't score again, Sherron Collins hit his second three of the game.

After the trifecta, Julian Wright limped off the floor, and KU headed into the game's third television break with an 18-point lead.

Update #2: 11:06, first half, KU leads 17-3

Between television timeouts, Baylor's offense still couldn't find any kind of flow. KU simply built its lead.

Julian Wright scored on a layup just a minute out of the break, and Darrell Arthur then scored four straight points to start his return to Texas with a bang, putting KU up 17-3 with 11:06 left until break.

While KU has started 7-of-9 from the field, Baylor is just 1-of-14.

Update #1: 14:30, first half, KU leads 11-3

Baylor's opening possession off of the tip was unsteady from the start, and it resulted in a Russell Robinson steal off of a Julian Wright strip. Mario Chalmers took the feed from Robinson, and was fouled in the open court by Curtis Jerrells. He hit the first, missed the second, and put KU up 1-0 early.

Wright then scored on a big two-handed slam on the other end off of a Brandon Rush steal inside.

Baylor's Aaron Bruce, though, hit a guarded three-pointer on the other end to tie the game. Sasha Kaun came right back by going inside with a semi-spin move and dropping it in from close range.

After Russell Robinson was called for KU's first foul, Bruce then turned the ball right back over while looking for Kevin Rogers inside. Rush drew a foul on the other end, but Kaun was then called for an offensive foul away from the ball, giving possession back to Baylor.

Baylor had a couple of shots swatted out of bounds, and after Bruce missed his second three-pointer attempt of the possession, and after the second, birthday boy Russell Robinson took a long feed and went inside to give KU a 7-3 lead. That was followed by another Baylor turnover inside. Sasha Kaun came back by hitting another inide look.

A couple more Baylor misses made the Bears an inefficient 1-for-8 from the field to start the game, while KU is 4-of-4 so far.

Julian Wright threw home a thunderous follow slam after KU's first miss of the game, giving the Jayhawks a big 11-3 lead early, and forcing Scott Drew into calling a desperate 30-second timeout.

Baylor missed two more close looks after the timeout, but again corralled an offensive rebound, and the Bears' Kevin Rogers was then called for his first foul after a KU defensive board.

Pregame

The reunion of high school teammates Darrell Arthur and Kevin Rogers has been the main storyline heading into tonight's matchup between Kansas and Baylor down in Waco, Texas, but KU has bigger issues at hand.

The Jayhawks are coming off of a 69-64 loss Saturday at Texas Tech which many saw as a long time coming, given KU's two close calls beforehand against Iowa State and Missouri. Rogers, a Baylor sophomore forward, and Arthur, a KU freshman big man, teamed to lead South Oak Cliff High in Dallas to the 4A state title in 2005.

KU can't lay off of Baylor, though, despite the Bears' unimpressive 1-4 start in Big 12 play. Rogers leads Baylor in both scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg) this season.. Along with Curtis Jerrells, Aaron Bruce and Henry Dugat, Rogers has started all 18 games so far for Baylor, which expects a full house tonight to greet the visiting Jayhawks, who are 16-3 overall and now 3-1 in the Big 12.

Comments

KUGreenMachine 15 years, 6 months ago

hahah, now jim jones goes under the name katie horner...that is too funny.....jim, you repeatedly given no evidence of being a ku fan....your opinion lacks substance...you are a joke, a clown, but no one's laughing but yourself...join the circus pal, get a life, join another message board...the fact that you spend time, even if its nothing more than to say self sucks, with no supporting evidence on a ku messageboard, when you yourself aren't even a ku or havent even shown to be a basketball fan, shows how much or i should say how little of a life you have...it is almost sad....i want to say your probably just a college kid at mizzou trying to give ku fans a hard time, but for some reason i think thats totally off, you're probably just a 40 year old man living alone in your moms basement using her internet, probably dreamed of going to illinios, yet failed to get in, you were a fan ur whole life, and bill self began to build ur bball team into that of a championship team, but then he left, and u got emotionally hurt??? is that what this is all about.....now, if i'm totally wrong, please feel free to let us all know, and produce a comment that shows in some way you yourself ARE a ku fan...otherwise, you will continue to be looked at as a joke on here, and your opinion will still be considered meaningless....

beakemhawks 15 years, 6 months ago

Can't be too upset with a half like that. I'd like to see them eliminate the O boards that Baylor has been getting though. Rock Chalk.

David Black 15 years, 6 months ago

Coach Self looks real nice in the gray suit and dark tie. His Hawks looked just as good. Good to hear Rock Chalk from the crowd. Does Dave Armstrong pay much attention to who is in the game for KU? Mute the TV and listen to Bob and Chris..why the delay though? Go Hawks!!!!

karmaxs3 15 years, 6 months ago

Anybody see the end of the Tech/A&M game? Tech won again. Gosh, now they've beat the #5 AND the #6 ranked teams in the country. But I'm sure it was Bill Self's fault....

Rock Chalk~That game kicked!

chitownjayhawk 15 years, 6 months ago

Nice convincing road win tonight, guys! Just what we needed. Kudos!

Joe Ross 15 years, 6 months ago

Lets be glad for the win. But lets also keep in mind that this wasnt Florida.

BigTamale 15 years, 6 months ago

Once again Sherron Collins looked impresive offensively. I am really starting to like his game.

jared1426 15 years, 6 months ago

those emails are hilarious! keep us posted...btw, there is nothing wrong with bandwagon fans...

beakemhawks 15 years, 6 months ago

jimjones has no Bill Self criticisms for this game and he is truly at a loss of words, so he has to use mine. And where are the rest of the Self bashers that only come out of their shells when KU loses. And you're right, Tech is such a horrible team that it MUST have been Self's fault.

chitownjayhawk 15 years, 6 months ago

jimjones, seriously, on a night like tonight, you should just butt out and save your energy for when we don't play as well. Who gives a cr*p if Baylor makes the NIT or not? Seriously, just take the night off. Thanks.

Jeremy Bolinger 15 years, 6 months ago

see jimjones, nobody on here likes you! Maybe you should just climb to the top of a tall building and leap off! Screw jimjones and jaybate! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!!!

Seth Peattie 15 years, 6 months ago

JimJones can suck it! Baylor can suck it! JimJones is a clown! KU WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rushlover22 15 years, 6 months ago

Good game all around. No real complaints. Yes, it was Baylor but hey the boys still looked good. Back on the winning track after the small slip up! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jaybate 15 years, 6 months ago

jross1972,

not only was it not Florida, but Baylor shot 18% on treys! Baylor couldn't even beat its own shadow shooting 18% on treys!

Other thoughts...

Coach Self must have been feeling nervous about big men getting in early foul trouble to start the crippled Jackson and milk him for 9 minutes! Starting an injured big man, is the equivalent of buying foul insurance for Wright and Arthur. Amazingly, Jackson gimped for 7 rebounds in 9 minutes! What would that proportion out to for 40 minutes? About 32 rebounds?! We've got to get Jackson healthy. He's the only natural rebounder we've got.

And judging by Arthur's 4 fouls, its darned fortunate that Coach Self bought the foul insurance. Had Arthur started, he probably would have played 10 minutes instead of 21. Wright would have had to pick up the additional 11 minutes and probably would have gotten in foul trouble, too.

Coach Self is a master at conserving his chess pieces when he's short handed.

What else...

Rush was 5 of 9 inside the trey. Yipppeeee! This broke a 3-4 game decline in his midrange game. Alas, it was against Baylor, a team not known for having defensive stoppers on the wings.

jaybate 15 years, 6 months ago

Further miscellany...

--Boy, could KU use Baylor's K. Rogers--16 boards (8 offensive) in 32 minutes. No, he can't score a lick, but then neither can Kaun. With Rogers working the boards KU could release three most of the time. Man, that would pick up the tempo.

--Arthur's 8 points sure didn't come cheap. He made 4 fouls and 5 turnovers. Even if Baylor only converted 50% of the time on free throws and scoring opportunities that works out to 4 pts. on FTs and 5 pts. on scores from TOs; that 9 points; that one more point than Arthur scored!!!! Good lord, Darrell can't be given more minutes being a net negative scorer!

--Julian played more like Julian, and that's good news.

--here's a scary stat: we got 32 defensive rebounds while boxing out; they got 19 offensive rebounds while being boxed out; the means they were 2 out of every 5 rebounds while supposedly being boxed out. What IS KU's problem with boxing out? Its one of the simplest things to do in basketball--get a guy on your hip and keep him their until the ball comes down. What gives here?

--Is Collins screaming hot from trey or what? Chalmers and Rush seem to be warming up, too. Let's enjoy it while we can.

--I read Vitale who wrote that feeding big men is a lost art in college hoops these days. Could this be part of KU's problem? None of the perimeter players seems to come up with many big assist nights? Just a thought.

Overall, a good clubbing of a so-so young team that has entered a period of very bad luck. Thank heavens it was them and not us shooting 18% from trey, though we still would have beat them by 5-10 even if they had shot to their average.

Go hawks! Bring on the next underendowed B12 opponent. We need all the chumps we can get until Jackson is 100%. When Jackson is healthy, bring on North Carolina and UCLA. We'll be ready to beat'em by 10 in a 70 possession game takin' what they give us.

KUGreenMachine 15 years, 6 months ago

hey there jim jones....i'm not arguing ur assessment of bill self...i'm arguing the fact that you are not a ku fan, yet you post things against bill self, as if you were one...say one thing that shows you are a ku fan...say that the jayhawks are the best, that ku has amazing talent, that you've been a fan your whole life, that all other big XII schools don't come close to ku....say something to that nature, anything....but, i'm willing to bet that you can't, because you truely don't like ku at all....so tell everyone what school you really root for so everyone will understand why you post here...

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