Friday, January 21, 2011

KU hoops notebook: Travis Releford practices

Kansas guards Travis Releford, left, and Josh Selby celebrate the Jayhawks' 70-68 win over USC, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guards Travis Releford, left, and Josh Selby celebrate the Jayhawks' 70-68 win over USC, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Releford practices: KU sophomore Travis Releford, who has missed the last three games after spraining his left ankle in the first half of the Jan. 9 Michigan game, practiced on Thursday.

“He’s going to be available,” Self said of Saturday’s game. “He’s probably 70 to 75 percent.”

Larry, Larry: Former KU coach Larry Brown, 70, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he wants to coach again.

“I don’t want to end the way this one ended,” Brown said of his stint with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. He was let go in

December after recording a 88-108 mark in two-plus seasons.

Brown told the AP he enjoys watching former assistants, such as Self and John Calipari of Kentucky, succeed.

“I feel like I'm part of that,” Brown said.

KU coach Self worked as a grad assistant on Brown’s 1985-86 Jayhawk staff.

“This probably isn’t for me to say, but coach was born to coach,” Self said Thursday. “I’d be shocked if he didn’t want to coach again. No matter what he does, he will always be one of the great coaches of all time. Certainly he’s still got the energy and is hungry. If he wants to coach again, he’s definitely earned the right.”

GameDay info: ESPN’s College GameDay Driven by State Farm will be televised live from Allen Fieldhouse a week from Saturday. The telecast will start at 9 a.m., on ESPNU and continue at 10 a.m., on ESPN. For every person who attends the morning show, State Farm will donate $1 to Hawk Zone. This student organization helps increase student involvement in campus athletics. The GameDay crew of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis and Digger Phelps will preview the 6 p.m., KU-Kansas State game. The morning show is free to the public.

Mulkey praises KU: Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, whose Bears routed KU, 76-37, on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, said she drew inspiration from watching KU’s men team club Baylor, 85-65, on Monday in Waco.

“They put on a clinic at our place,” said Mulkey. “I love what that team did. And a lot of things they did, I translated it to our basketball team because we try to run some of the same stuff Bill (Self) does.

“It started with our defense on the ball. I think Odyssey Sims brings a dimension to our team with her relentless on-ball pressure, and it makes everybody else be active on the wings.”

Odds: A Twitter message on Thursday revealed KU’s odds of winning the Big 12 stand at 76.8 percent. Texas’ odds of winning equal 21.8 percent; Texas A&M; 1.1 percent. Everyone else stands 0.3 percent.

Daniels update: DeAndre Daniels, a 6-8 senior forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., still is deciding whether to attend classes at KU, Texas or Kentucky second semester or remain at IMG, Andy Borman, IMG director of basketball tells

“Right now, we’re still waiting,” Borman said. “DeAndre and his dad, I give them a lot of credit. They’ve been extremely thorough with this recruiting process. They’ve still got another four or five days before they’ve got to make up their mind. Choosing between those three schools and also the possibility of coming back to IMG in the second semester, I know it’s not one that they take lightly. But I think we’ll all get our verdict pretty soon on that.”


Woody Cragg 11 years, 7 months ago

We'll need all the depth possible for the run through conference & beyond. Welcome back.

Alohahawk 11 years, 7 months ago

"Hawks Rock Chock and Knock Out the Longhorns" That sure would be a terrific headline for the Sunday sports page, or on any of the internet web sites. Much as I liked that number sixty-nine, seventy wins would sound even better. RCJHGKU

100 11 years, 7 months ago

Your energy & passion is contagious Travis....

Great to have you back on Wilt Chamberlain/James Naismith court....

Get our boys fired up Saturday & let's pass that ball crisper than we have all year....

And let's O.W.N. the stat sheet Jayhawks!!!!!

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 7 months ago

100- Your prediction last year of an undefeated season was a sort of security blanket for me. It was met with criticism but you persisted with your positive outlook. We all stung from the UNI debacle. But, without that anomaly, we had a great chance at another national title, and you could have been awarded a Nobel Prize for optimism, if there were such a thing! How are you feeling right now? Is it a comment on the team chemistry, lack of skill at any one position or just uncomfortable in making bold predictions this year?

Hank Cross 11 years, 7 months ago

Great news about Travis. If he can just spell a few minutes, it'll help.

hawk316 11 years, 7 months ago

Travis at 100 % would be such an advantage in defending Hamilton. Let's hope he can still be reasonably effective at 70%.

Dirk Medema 11 years, 7 months ago

76%! And UT will have virtually no chance when we beat them. Good ness. Could it really be over this soon?

Ben Kane 11 years, 7 months ago

did we give up when vitale picked KSU to win the conference and us to finish 6th?

Andy Tweedy 11 years, 7 months ago

I didn't see the Vitale preseason picks. I did know he picked K-State, but did he really pick us 6th?

Ben Kane 11 years, 7 months ago

No, I was wrong...He picked us 5th. Here's his Big12 preseason rankings:

BIG 12 [+] EnlargeChristian Petersen/Getty Images Jacob Pullen's return puts the Wildcats in a great position.1. Kansas State 2. Texas 3. Baylor 4. Missouri 5. Kansas 6. Texas A&M 7. Oklahoma State 8. Texas Tech 9. Colorado 10. Oklahoma 11. Nebraska 12. Iowa State

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jacob Pullen, Kansas State DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Cory Joseph, Texas

COMMENTS: Kansas State is a legitimate Final Four contender with Jacob Pullen, but the loss of point guard Denis Clemente will be a factor. The Wildcats also still have Curtis Kelly, who will be a positive force on the baseline. Texas coach Rick Barnes has a lot of young talent. Cory Joseph will have the ball in his hands while running the offense. Tristan Thompson will have an immediate impact, too. Jordan Hamilton must step up and live up to his potential. If Josh Selby is eligible, Kansas will be higher than this ranking. Baylor's prediction is based on the return of LaceDarius Dunn. Missouri, with Kim English, will also be tough.

Chicago_JHawk 11 years, 7 months ago

Vitale's rankings were predicated on Selby NOT being eligible. Probably would have had us in the 3 spot.

Ian Brown 11 years, 7 months ago

Without Selby we would still finish first.

LAJayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

76% chance of winning conference when we still have 81.2% of our games to play.

Yeah, that makes sense.

Chris Bruning 11 years, 7 months ago

that answer is NO dagger. With the way we have played at times this year and the overrall quality of the teams in the big 12 this year....absolutely not over this soon, gotta get past texas this saturday, that will be no easy task...

Edward Daub 11 years, 7 months ago

Lets give credit where credit is due. Monte Johnson had the guts to fire Ted Owens and hire Larry Brown. Monte saved KU basketball!

Doug Merrill 11 years, 7 months ago

I agree. We (still) have to win on the road at Nebraska and CU and beat CU at AFH, plus win on the road at MU and KSU. We do all those, we win.

Woody Cragg 11 years, 7 months ago

You caught that also. I'm wondering if this guy is waaaayyyy out there or what.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 7 months ago

Thank goodness Travis will play on Saturday. We need his energy and his talents on the floor. Good luck, Jayhawks!

clevelandjayhawker 11 years, 7 months ago

Im looking for TRob to have a big game..... I think his last couple of games he was down cause of what happen to his grandma, when he gets his mind right he is going to be a force. Welcome back Travis hope your ankle is better... go hawks

slowplay 11 years, 7 months ago

"“They put on a clinic at our place,” said Mulkey. “I love what that team did. And a lot of things they did, I translated it to our basketball team because we try to run some of the same stuff Bill (Self) does." Too bad Coach Bonnie hasn't tried the same thing.

Ben Kane 11 years, 7 months ago

the phrase is: dude looks like a lady.

RockChalk26 11 years, 7 months ago

I think you meant, "Dude looks like a Lady." :)

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

There was an old Wilson Picket song called "Ninety Nine and a Half Just Won't Do."

70-75% falls far short.

Let him sit another game.

I would rather have his ankle well in February than win this game with Texas Saturday, and have Travis gimping the rest of the season.

Jacobpaul81 11 years, 7 months ago

We really need him at the 3. Morningstar, Selby, and Reed just ain't going to cut it. Little can see time there, but when he's sitting who's going to stop Hamilton? We don't want to put a Morris on him... That'd hinder their offensive ability. We need Little and Releford to win this game.

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

Good to see you back on your game, whether or not we disagree.

People are once again going to be surprised at how much Reed and Morningstar play.


In grind it out, i.e., where less than 10-15 points come in transition, which Butcher Barnes XTReme Muscle will likely trigger, the Disruption Stat becomes paramount. Also, when you aren't hitting, and can't resort to transition, the disruption stat becomes paramount.

The Disruption Stat is strips to TOs. You win the Disruption stat by upping strips and downing TOs to get the stat between .6-.7 and 1.0 and by holding the opponent to .5, or lower.

On average, KU's Disruption Stat is about .63 and UT's is about .5, if I recall correctly this AM.

KU has to anticipate a cold shooting night, from everyone but Selby, Brady, and EJ. After Selby's blazing start, he has crashed toward his high school rate of 36% from trey, but he seems due for another streaky hot performance. Brady is way down in the 20s percentages rom trey, so he could easily pop for 4-4 from trey. EJ, though he has struggled at help defense, and choices, offers what is in my opinion a credible trey and good on ball defense backing up Tyshawn. It could be time to give EJ another shot at playing some 3 to get his gun in the game.

But all three above could not connect.

So: at that point, it becomes a game of cram it inside, and occassionally let Marcus create.

When the game turns that direction, Reed and Morningstar are how you cut TOs, raise strips, and eliminate bad choices, that eat prevent Marcus and Kieff from getting touches and scoring 55%-60% of the time.

Hank Cross 11 years, 7 months ago

Love Larry Brown. He's my favorite KU coach. You really have to credit him with creating this era of national prominence. He came into a league filled with local yokel hacks like Stewart, Tubbs, and Hartman and beat them all. He also made KU a true national program in this present era. I think all of LB's first team was from KS (Dreiling, Knight, Thompson, Turgeon, Boyle, and red-shirted Piper), NE (Hunter, Kellog), or OK (Henry). Since Brown KU has gotten players from SoCal to Alaska to Chicago to Russia by way of Florida to NY/NJ and now Philly and Baltimore.

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jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

Larry Brown needs to go some place and have fun coaching in college. He needs to stop worrying about ending it on an NBA ring. It isn't going to end it on an NBA ring. The NBA is a horrible place to grow old.

LB should find a nice college without too much pressure. He has a gift for finding future coaches. He should dedicate the rest of his career to finding as many young coaches as he can. He can do a great deal for the game by finding more young coaches like Self, Turgeon and Calipari (note: I know Cal is kind of a slimer, but LB was no angel, either).

LB has already won a rings in college and the pros. He's made a septic tank full of money. Nobody cares if he wins another one but him. Nobody will think any more highly of him, if he wins another ring. But what Larry Brown could do for the game he professes to love, and do it maybe better than any man alive, is find and train two or three more great young coaches before he has finished.

Imagine what it would do for the college game for the next 30 years, if Brown really put his mind to developing coaches and found three more of the quality of Self, Turgeon and Calipari!

Over the next ten years, at a mid major, or a major, he could select graduating players and graduate assistants from the programs of Self, Turgeon and Calipari, alone, and develop at least another 3 fine coaches of the calibre of Self, Turgeon and Calipari.

But Larry, you've got to want to do this end-of-career thing the right way, just the way you've always told your coaches and players you've got to coach and play the game the right way.

Find a college in an area of the country where you don't have to fly every where to get players--near a big metropolitian area that you enjoy. I would really like to see Brown take his game into the Ivy League. It is a terrible thing that Pete Carril and the Princeton offenses have brain washed a bunch of smart people into thinking less talented teams have to play this annoying system. I would like to see the Ivy League begin to play basketball again. It would do a lot for the image of the game, if the Ivy's began to play a respectable brand of ball. Brown could do this most anywhere in the Ivy League, but I would love to read a headline "Brown to Become Brown's Head Basketball Coach." There is a long, honorable tradition of great coaches spending their later years at a scholarly college and teaching what they have learned in an environment that gives them that leeway. Larry has always seemed to view himself a street kid, and a hustler, but may be it is time for him to view himself as the elder statesman that he is and profess the game at a place the enbables that sort of thing.

Regarding Brown to Kansas: if he wants to play the salt to Self's pepper, fine, but he could do more good with his own program somewhere.

REHawk 11 years, 7 months ago

jaybate, you are right on re yer previous two posts. We need Releford's ankle to heal completely, much more than this win tomorrow. And Larry Brown could really embellish his legacy by producing a handful of young future Div. I coaches. I imagine that Bill Self will insert Travis only sparingly in tomorrow's lineup, depending on need. Perhaps not at all. Considering the benchstrength of this year's Jayhawk team, at this stage Coach need not adopt the personna of Bella Karoli, "Come on, Kerry, you can doo it!"

Dyrk Dugan 11 years, 7 months ago

This is why coaches really shouldn't comment on injuries...Self said on his radio show the day after it happened, that it really wasn't that bad.....and he'd be back if not the next game, then on the weekend.

i've sprained an ankle bad, multiple times, and when i saw his face on the court, i knew it was BAD. so the fact that he's even practicing now is good as far as i'm concerned. we've really missed his D and athelticism...and him at not 100% this Saturday will hurt us.

Mario has to step up...and we need to have the twins with another good day. and we need to turn them over some and get easy buckets.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 7 months ago

Seriously! Just set Larry up with a couple hundred grand a year and a corner office (I suggest the one with huge windows looking into memorial stadium) and let him watch film, make recruiting calls, and shake some alums hands every once in a while. Kind of like dean smith did/does.

okiedave 11 years, 7 months ago

I like the idea, but Larry wants to coach not be a doorman for the recruits. Regardless, I think it is not the best practice to hire backcoaches who rejected KU to go coach someplace else they would rather be. Would KU hire back Roy Williams? Not a chance.

ccarp 11 years, 7 months ago

DeAndre, you know you want to be a Jayhawk!

kesmithstl1 11 years, 7 months ago

Jay Bilas (who, along with Fran Friscella, seem to be the most unbiased "experts") has picked Texas to pull off the upset, end the streak, beat the phog out of the Hawks, etc... I just hope it's a great game. The Texas/KU basketball games have been some of the most competitive of any college athletic event in the past 10 years. Let's hope it continues tomorrow! Rock Chalk!

kesmithstl1 11 years, 7 months ago

Seth Davis of SI picked KU! It's funny reading, and hearing, each prediction. They seem to contradict each other's points all the time!

kesmithstl1 11 years, 7 months ago

good points. However, Hamilton is a big guard,and will post up whoever is guarding him. Their bigs will take Dos Morris away from the bucket and try driving on them (which will no doubt result in foul trouble).

Your point about starting 2 freshman in a hostile environment is the most valid point in my opinion.

I always enjoy your analysis Ralster! Keep it up, and always Rock Chalk!

Justin Daniel 11 years, 7 months ago

Good point about the Morris twins foul trouble, but I think the combination of Little and Releford guarding Hamilton will give him fits. I will be interested to see how Thompson does against his first real competition (Morris's), not worried at all about Gary Johnson. Boulbay and Taylor are a wash, Reed is more reliable than Brown, Selby is better than Joesph, if the Little and Releford come up big we should be just fine.

kesmithstl1 11 years, 7 months ago

I agree with you, but Releford is only 75%. Gotta wonder how much he will be utilized, if any. I'm sure you would agree, KU needs him more in March (and early April).

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

"Some Things To Shout at Baja Oklahoma as They Run on the Court"

~Hey, enjoy those burnt orange unies, because when you leave here they are going to be charred black.

~Your coach is Rick Barnes? Oh, yeah, he was that exotic dancer, Ruth Barnes, that got a sex change.

~You couldn't beat us with Durant, and Durant's not on this team. Next.

~So: which Saudi sheik owns your university oil endowments now?

~Longhorns? In India might you get some respect. In Kansas, we slaughter cattle.

~Austin? The Paris of Red Necks.

~Texas? I sure wouldn't put it on my shirt if I could help it.

~A Texan's idea of cuisine? Armadillo Soufle.

~Texas barbecue? An oxymoron among morons.

~Will Rogers never met a man he didn't like? Well, he just never went to Texas.

~A Texans' idea of a great Shakespearian actor--Matthew McConaughey.

~Take away Robert Rauschenberg, and Texas is just a large Paraguay.

~Its always hard to tell which is more corrupt: Texas or Mexico.

~Texas is the only the only thing I can think of where size doesn't matter.

~In Texas, tediiousness is next to godliness.

~Texas--China's favorite colony.

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