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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

KSU’s Jacob Pullen torches Kansas

Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen celebrates with the Bramlage Coliseum crowd following the Wildcats' 84-68 upset win over Kansas on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen celebrates with the Bramlage Coliseum crowd following the Wildcats' 84-68 upset win over Kansas on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

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KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 84-68 loss to Kansas State on Feb. 14, 2011.

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Kansas players Tyrel Reed and Mario Little talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 84-68 loss to Kansas State on Feb. 14, 2011.

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— Bill Self and Jacob Pullen had a compliment for each other in the hallway outside the locker rooms following Kansas State’s 84-68 victory over Kansas University on Monday night.

Self, KU’s coach, told Pullen, K-State star guard, that it was a classy move to pull the ball back out and pass it in the game’s final minute when he had a chance at 40 points.

KSU’s guard responded quickly.

“I told him I hate that triangle-and-two (defense) that he runs on me every year,” Pullen said with a laugh.

Gimmicky defenses, different defenders — nothing worked for KU on Monday night against Pullen, who scored a career-high 38 points on 9-for-17 shooting.

The 6-foot senior guard was so hot that after missing one free throw, KU guard Brady Morningstar leaned over to him.

“You owe me four more of those,” Morningstar joked.

Pullen ended 5-for-6 from three-point range and 15-for-19 from the free-throw line.

“Shots were just going in,” Pullen said. “I felt good about how we were playing as a team.”

Pullen said he was reflecting on his team’s recent losses to KU the night before while lying on his bed.

Still haunted by costly turnovers in his team’s loss to Colorado on Saturday — “I had nightmares about that for a few nights,” Pullen said — the senior was encouraged by his brothers Byron and Joseph.

Both texted him with a simple message: Move on.

“It’s like a job. You wake up in the morning, and you don’t have a good day at work, you’ve got to go back to work. Forget about it,” Pullen said. “That’s what I tried to do.”

Pullen said he felt a different energy from his team in Monday’s game.

“Last time we played (KU), I just felt that as a team, we were emotionless,” Pullen said. “I felt like we just went there to get blown out and get out of there.”

Three years after Pullen and the Wildcats upset No. 1 KU, 84-75, Pullen once again celebrated the victory by standing on the scorer’s table above a throng of KSU fans.

“It’s a feeling I’d only had once in my life,” Pullen said, “and it’s a great feeling.”

Pullen, who is friends with KU’s Marcus Morris after attending camps together over the summer, said he didn’t have any problem the KU forward’s comments saying that he wanted to be No. 1.

“They lost that one game to Texas, but they’ve been playing good basketball before that,” Pullen said. “They deserved to be No. 1 going into this week, and it was a tough game, but I’m sure they’ll bounce back this weekend.”

Comments

RuffHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Classy?!? Standing on press table and encouraging classless fans to disrespect KU KSU & the ESPN crew after making it his priority to get his facetime on ESPN instead of shaking hands and being Classy like the Hawks were to him in AFH. & awfully classy of Frank having him in to try & put up 40 against Jueneman.

leonard 11 years, 9 months ago

There are just a few things that keep a player from performing on the defensive side of the ball.

Taylor certainly has the physical ability. Why doesn't he do his job defensively? At this point in his career it's patently obvious...lack of brains and/or lack of effort.

jhox 11 years, 9 months ago

Our inability to defend is going to spell another short run in the NCAA tournament. Once again we have a lazy defensive effort, only this time the other team knocked down open shots and we didn't knock down ours. When Pullen beat us off the dribble, the help was slow to step up, and when they did step up, there was nobody helping the helper. I think this loss may be a good thing. Maybe this group will finally realize they have to listen to the Coach when he is talking defense in practice.

First thing I would do is bench Taylor. I don't know what was going on with him last night, but that effort was pathetic. He let his defensive lapses affect his offense. I would start Selby at the point with the two seniors at the wings. We need to see more of Releford as well. I'm convinced he's the best on ball defender we have. I really thought Self should have inserted him against Pullen early on last night, to try to slow him down a little.

Let's just hope we use this as a wake up call.

Steve Brown 11 years, 9 months ago

the higher you rise the harder you fall.

win 29 more in a row then we will have a rivalry.

Silo Tech slams Snob Hill.

We got taken to the wood shed.

Steve Brown 11 years, 9 months ago

the higher you rise the harder you fall.

win 29 more in a row then we will have a rivalry.

Silo Tech slams Snob Hill.

We got taken to the wood shed.

Steve Brown 11 years, 9 months ago

the higher you rise the harder you fall.

win 29 more in a row then we will have a rivalry.

Silo Tech slams Snob Hill.

We got taken to the wood shed.

Steve Brown 11 years, 9 months ago

the higher you rise the harder you fall.

win 29 more in a row then we will have a rivalry.

Silo Tech slams Snob Hill.

We got taken to the wood shed.

David Brown 11 years, 9 months ago

Watching Taylor & Pullen in isolation as the game played around them was revealing. Taylor seems to have little awareness of what is going on around him and gets easily caught up in traffic/screens. Self talks of his defensive potential but I'm not sure he has the mental makeup to accomplish this. Add to that his carelessness while handling the ball leading to, well, stupid turnovers. What alternative do we have? Guess we gotta stick with him and anticipate the curve going upwards!

cklarock 11 years, 9 months ago

Despite his Amish porn star name, I really like Jacob Pullen -- he's a class act and seems like a great kid. Did he just set the school record for victories against KU?

If State could bring that kind of passion and fan support to every one of their home games, they'd be contenders in this league.

Congrats to Little Brother, they pretty much kicked our fourth point of contact from start to finish. Hopefully we'll take the loss as a humbling moment and learning experience.

Now I'm really looking forward to a Big 12 Tournament rematch!

Kristen Downing 11 years, 9 months ago

Glad Self could still joke with the only classy player on the court after that terrible display. I think Self jokes a bit too much. I think he is part of the player's attitude and consistency problems. Needs a bit more leadership and discipline in his coaching. None of this would have happened at Duke.

brooksmd 11 years, 9 months ago

I guess you missed St John's 93-78 whupping of Duke?

And I really get tired of people saying HCBS didn't have the team ready; HCBS should've done this; HCBS should've done that. Well the coaches can only preach so much and tell the kids what they need to do. He can't stop them from launching a cross court pass 30 rows up in the seats. He can't stop them from trying to dripple with their knees and he certainly can't guide the ball once they shoot it. At some point the blame for bad choices must be accepted by the team. For pete's sake, when you jam over a guy and you're 14 points down, keep your frickin' mouth shut. You got nothing to gloat about. You're the number 1 team in the country and you're getting your butts kicked by a team you destroyed a few weeks ago. What you did with the ball says more than spewing a few words. That belongs on the playground. Nothing HCBS did last night seemed to get anybody's attention. Maybe if he had benched the starting 5 and put the last 5 on the court it might have gotten somebody's attention. His smile and joke provided him a release from the glaring ineptness of the team he put on the floor. And the different variations thereof.

Kristen Downing 11 years, 9 months ago

Actually I did watch it and I did not see any elbows flying and jawing after a dunk when they were 15 down. Coach K would not tolerate it and he has a very classy group of young men. That is what I was referring to, not losing. I don't mind losing, I mind a bunch of mamas boys acting like babies.

af13 11 years, 9 months ago

If we're going to get beat by one guy, I'm glad it's Pullen. I've respected him since I saw his hug of Sherron after #4 torched them at the last second last year in Manhattan and this year with his words for TRob this year in Allen Fieldhouse.

Steve Gantz 11 years, 9 months ago

I watched Pullen play in high school up in Chicago when he was a senior in a game against St. Josephs which had college stars Demitri McCamey of Illinois and last years POY Evan Turner. Amazing to see that much talent on the floor of one high school gym. Glad to see he's successful, and wow, was he successful last night!

Janette Crotinger 11 years, 9 months ago

KU got beat by a very poor team. I hope they can learn something from this.

squawkhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Nice Leo...bury your head in the sand. KSU is a very good team, they've had many distraction this year but seem to be turning it around. If you can't give respect, don't expect respect.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 9 months ago

I can't stand Pullen sometimes---well, make that a lot of times, but the text he received from his brothers, KU can take that advise, as well----"move on!" It's just one game. Move on to Saturday's game.

kesmithstl1 11 years, 9 months ago

good point! I think KU players and coaches will move on. It's some of the fans that are hung up. I'm tired of these "sky is falling" fans. Calling for players to get taken out of the game is one thing. Calling for Self's job is quite another!

dirtybirdman 11 years, 9 months ago

It's amazing how those that play and coach the game can carry the respect for each other, while arm chair quarterbacks hide behind their computer monitors and complain. It's not the coachs or players that are showing a lack of class, its the fans on these boards. It's one game. It's one day of work. I'm tired of hearing, everytime KSU beats us we win the national championship. That's one of the most pathetic cries. Let coach go back to work, let the players play Saturday. Support your team and don't hop on/off the bandwagon. Historical stats and data don't mean anything when the players step on the floor. ISU sank 14 3's against our guards. That is the 5th Flagrant foul against the twins. There were signs showing before this game. Let the coach's do their job, make the adjustments and move on. Show some class and pride and support your team like true fans.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years, 9 months ago

Allow me to lay out a pattern that has developed since the championship year of 2008. The pattern is simply that if KU runs into a one man scoring machine KU cannot answer. They don't have the fire power to keep up nor the will power to lock the hot hand down.

As examples I offer: Jordan Hill - Arizona Kyle Page - Oklahoma State Alan Voskuil - Texas Tech LaceDarius Dunn - Baylor Ali Babba & the Forty Thieves - Northern Iowa And now Jacob Pullen

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years, 9 months ago

You are right on all counts there ralster. I was just recalling the ones fresh in my mind. My point is that KU has a weekness against one hot hand. If it's only the one guy there is a chance of eeking out a win provided we have a solid game on our offensive end. But if those one man scoring machines get any kind of assistance, look out, they will blow us away. So looking forward, we all better hope KU is not in the same bracket as BYU. If we are, get ready to be Jimmer'd.

Michael Pannacciulli 11 years, 9 months ago

he was downright incredible. sadly he should be doing that everynight. he's a game changer. his stroke is perfect. his focus is spot on. as a hawk fan i've been lucky to see great guards...refer to my avatar for example. but this guy - he's just damn good. he did make our whole team look slow, lost, and had them on their heels the WHOLE game. we were whooped. i was bummed all morning.

squawkhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Pullens deserves this one...he kicked our butts last night.

CasperCorps 11 years, 9 months ago

KU gets lit up a lot by other teams superstars and we usually still find a way to win, but lastnight KState had that enrique roberts kid make a bunch of baskets .. thats what hurt us.. OK 38 points hurt us too.. We don't have that kind of player this year who can shoot lights out crazy.. Selby was supposed to but he can't get on the court..

Andrew Washington 11 years, 9 months ago

"SelfBall is not about 1 player shooting lights out crazy, never has been...."

I think that sometimes we need less of this "SelfBall" and more of a superstar player that can really score like crazy. We SHOULD have "that guy" that we go to. Maybe if we had a better offensive system then we'd have gone to at least 3 final fours under coach self instead of just one (barely made it that time too). Alot of times SelfBall and the balanced scoring doesnt workout. Let the star players be star players and dont focus on letting everyplayer get that touch all the time. SelfBall might be good, but only if we could play it like Pitt-maybe they're playing something like bill self envisions for kansas?

SaltLakeHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Although it might have dropped after this loss (I'm too lazy to look it up), I believe we had the #1 rated offense in the country going into the kstate game.

That makes it pretty difficult to argue the whole "we need a better offense" thing.

No disrespect, but I'm glad Bill is coaching and not you. I, for one, would MUCH rather watch TEAM play instead of "letting star players be star players." Go watch an NBA game if that's what you want. And erase all memories of 08'. Basketball is a team sport.

I don't mean to sound hostile, but your comment made me laugh.

Andrew Washington 11 years, 9 months ago

Well im not offended, but im trying to make a point that maybe we need to try a little dribble drive instead of selfs high-low offense. Also, I never watch the nba and never have, but i always liked ku because they played so well and were the most fun to watch. I dont know why these teams have been so unmotivated, but i agree that a balanced offense could work really well (they are doing just fine without any "star players" at Pittsburg) I guess under it all im just worried that were going to get this reputation for always loosing early in the tournament and i dont think its funny to honestly state my opinion of some of the teams major issues...

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