Kansas defeats Texas, 85-73

  • 5 p.m., March 12, 2011
  • T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Revenge is sweet: KU avenges loss, wins Big 12 again

Kansas forward Marcus Morris puffs his jersey with little time remaining against Texas during Big 12 championship.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris puffs his jersey with little time remaining against Texas during Big 12 championship.



KU vs. Texas

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Kansas defeated Texas in the 2011 Big 12 tournament championship game Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

— Bill Self watched with pride as his Kansas University basketball players, the ones wearing blue Big 12 championship T-shirts and gray caps, climbed atop a ladder and snipped the nets on Saturday night in Sprint Center.

The team that wasn’t allowed to celebrate its regular-season title made up for lost time after a resounding 85-73 victory over Texas, giving the Jayhawks five league tourney titles in the last six years.

“We’ve had some good ones ... that one was pretty good,” Self said of victories in a 32-2 season.

“Our guys were so focused. We played with so much energy. They were ready for this game. I told them, ‘You guys are the ones who said you wanted Texas. Now you have to back up your talk today.’’’

Self, who is about as demanding a coach as there is in the country, said something kinder and gentler to the Jayhawks before they went out and avenged a 74-63 home loss to the Longhorns on Jan. 22 in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I told them I woke up today, sun is shining, new day is dawning, ‘It’s going to be a great day. We’re going to have more fun than we’ve had in a long time, that kind of stuff,’’’ Self said. “It does get old hearing over and over (from him) how we can do things better.

“I was pleased. They are great kids. They try hard. Our focus was off the charts today.”

After storming to a 48-33 halftime edge and never really being threatened on a day the lead dipped to eight points in the second half, the Jayhawks let the world know they were indeed capable of celebrating.

Marcus Morris (17 points, six boards), who fed brother Markieff (14 points, nine boards) for a vicious dunk with 1:11 left, shook his head from side to side while grinning and pulling his jersey out for the pro-KU crowd of 18,940 fans to see.

After dribbling out the clock, Marcus put one index finger to his nose and mouth, in sort of a “hush, hush” motion — hard to understand since earlier he’d been waving his hands for the fans to make noise.

“It means, ‘Be quiet,’’’ Marcus, KU’s junior forward from Philadelphia, explained. “Last night I heard (TV) commentators say Texas’ bigs dominated our bigs last time. We wanted to let our play do our talking for us so I did this ... be quiet.”

The Jayhawks headed to the podium immediately after the final horn to receive their title trophy but oddly had to wait until the UT band finished playing the school’s fight song. Self accepted the hardware from a league official, hoisted it high, then presented it to his players.

Marcus Morris, who was named tourney MVP (brother Markieff was also on the five-player all-tourney team), received his award and listened to the fans chant, “One More Year.”

“You can’t trade the feeling we had. It’s the confetti feeling,’’’ Marcus Morris said, referring to confetti falling from the arena rafters. “This was a big win. We redeemed ourselves (after losing to Texas in Allen). We sent the country a message we’re for real. We let them know this is definitely our conference. Seven back-to-back in the regular season and two (postseason) tournaments back-to-back. That has to send a message to somebody.”

Markieff backed up a message he sent to UT’s players when he met the Longhorns in an arena hallway after Friday’s semifinal victory over Colorado. Jai Lucas had told the Austin American-Statesman that Markieff “had some choice words you can’t put into the newspaper.”

“Of course I feel good I backed up my words,” Markieff said. “I just said, ‘You are all next, and we’re ready for you.’ That’s all I said.

“We feel the Big 12 is our conference. They got away with one when we were down and stuff was happening and we were drained. We came out today with a chip on our shoulder.”

The night before the first meeting, the Jayhawks had stayed up consoling Thomas Robinson, who’d learned his mother had died back in Washington, D.C.

“Last night, Tyshawn (Taylor, season-high 20 points) said it felt like somebody hit you without looking and then ran away,’’’ Robinson said after scoring 10 points and grabbing nine boards in 18 minutes. “I take nothing away from them. Not using an excuse, but we weren’t at full speed. We played them at full strength today. We definitely wanted to set the record straight. Texas is a great team, but we are a good team, too.”

KU had six players score in double figures, but no other Jayhawks scored. Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed had 13 and 11 on a day the Jayhawks hit 56.9 percent of their shots to Texas’ 40.9 percent. KU outrebounded tough Texas, 38-33.

“I talked to my brother and T-Rob and said, ‘Today will not be one of the days Thompson (Tristan, seven points, two boards) gets 11 offensive rebounds like he does all the time,” Marcus Morris said. “We played as hard as we possibly could. It was a great, great day.”

As will be today. KU most assuredly will be awarded a No. 1 seed when NCAA Tournament pairings are announced at 5 p.m. on CBS.


100 11 years, 9 months ago

Jayhawks.... We're awfully proud of you guys...

Here's to an epic NCAA tournament run, 40 minutes per game of lock down twin tower basketball for six games straight!


Our real senior night will be April 4th!

Rock Chalk Boys......



"Just do your best.... That is success."

--John Wooden

yates33333 11 years, 9 months ago

jaybate you were right. They handled Texas and looked outstanding doing it. You know BB.

100 11 years, 9 months ago

Let's win 6 Jaybate!

It's time for.....


And a six-peat, spread throughout our basketball history.....


Six wins in a row....

For 6 National Titles....

(anyone else think it was ironic to see on the side of the court "6" written alone in our font & colors throughout much of these games)??

At first I thought it was a KU booster throwing money into the tournament...

Then I realized it was Motel 6.... Subconsciously letting the universe run it's course....

Rock Chalk boys...

Let's win Six!!!!!!

Kent Kossoy 11 years, 9 months ago

Brent Mushmouth on CBS was trying to make it sound like hatred between KU and UT. Good to see it was just about business. Now let's extend this streak by six more.

Robert Murphy 11 years, 9 months ago

The only thing as good as the game were the announcers.

kcglowboy 11 years, 9 months ago

Not sarcasm on my part. Announcing team was great. Even Knight didn't spew as much drivel as usual. But Brent Musburger is one of the best, most professional voices calling college games. I would ask you what is the basis for your disdain of the broadcast legend, but since you couldn't even get the network right, suppose we shouldn't take your comments too seriously.

yates33333 11 years, 9 months ago

I agree. They did a great job, but they do brag on each other too much. I wish jaybate had a microphone.

jaybate 11 years, 9 months ago

Thx, but I would be too hoarse by the first time out. They would have to let me carry a wireless hand mike and rove up and down the sidelines like the coaches do. Plus, you are way the hell smarter than me and basketball needs the best minds it can get of any age involved in the greatest game ever invented.

Rock Chalk!

rpboy06 11 years, 9 months ago

Man, why all the hate on Musburger and Knight? I much rather have them than Vitale and Shulman.... just listen to them broadcast the ACC and you'll be glad we have someone with actual basketball insight talking.

Curtis Stutz 11 years, 9 months ago

I think people also underplay the stress of carrying a 69 game home winning streak on your backs too, ask the UConn women if a streak wears on you

Great performance all around, especially keeping Thompson off the glass and working the ball inside on offense

Selby had a bit of a rough outing, but still have hopes for him to make some nice contributions in the tourney, as it looks like everyone is ready to contribute So good to know if we have a really tough time scoring Selby is ready to force the action and Releford is also ready willing and able to come in and defend and finish

TRob putting it on the deck a bunch tonight, kind of scares me but definitely exciting to see some of the body control he displayed tonight too

TT looked as in rhythm as I've ever seen him, and Texas has received huge accolades for defense, especially from their guards, so that has to be a really great sign, just needs to help out better when his man is setting back screens

What can you say about the twins and the seniors, heart and soul of the Jayhawk faithful right now, keep it going fellas!

jaybate 11 years, 9 months ago

"Our focus was off the charts today.” --Bill Self

The great thing about this victory is that it was "focus" driven. Focus is something you learn more and more about. Focus has no upper limit. It is something you can get better and better at. Most important, each time you break through to a higher level of focus, it becomes the new known that you compare subsequent efforts to, AND PUT THE SPURS TO YOURSELF TO SUSTAIN UNTIL YOU FIND AN EVEN HIGHER PEAK.

With concentration, there is always a next undiscovered country.

The players went to one against Texas.

They know these countries are out there now.

If Marcus understands where this team went to last night to find victory, if he has made a mental map of it, then he can remind his teammates how to return each game.

But most importantly of all, he and his teammates now know there are these undiscovered countries of focus waiting out there.

They are star voyagers now.

Their basketball universe just opened out.

It has limits, but no bounds.

Its six games.

Six undiscovered countries.

240 minutes of XTReme Focus.


Rock Chalk!!!

AsadZ 11 years, 9 months ago

Jaybate, Not sure how you come up with these posts. They are such a joy. Keep posting

Steve Gantz 11 years, 9 months ago

Jaybate is channeling his inner Ray Barone

yates33333 11 years, 9 months ago

When is this going to be over. I think I have voted for Reed about 50 times already. I don't even know who David Lightly is. He is closest to Reed, losing by about 16 percentage points.

100 11 years, 9 months ago

What i'm about to post has a very similar thing going with all the support we've shown Reed... National fanbase fanhood. On the line, for the entire nation to see....

This is regarding Calipari's followers & some exaggerated truths regarding his twitter following:

Anyone who is a Twitter fanatic & who knows how to sign up for multiple accounts....

As the months pass & we get ready to meet UK in Madison Square Garden in November, we need to imitate & surpass what their fans have done with Calipari's false-fanhood (drone times 10) twitter account.

We simply register a twitter account (or ten like they did) that you'll never use.... Click to become a "follower" of Coach Self...

And watch the UK fanbase soil themselves as we take over one of their only calling cards they have left...

Coach Calipari's unheard of, one million follower twitter account.

Let's beat them at that too. Calipari has a million? Let's get Self 2 million.

Summer of 2011.... The summer Calipari lost his twitter bragery calling card.... To Coach Self & Jayhawk nation.

RockCaCO3 11 years, 9 months ago

Happy Selection Sunday! Cant wait to see whats under the tree....

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 9 months ago

And now, the fun begins! Yea, it is like opening the big present on Christmas Day. Can't wait!

Ben Kane 11 years, 9 months ago

waiting until six will be torture today.

not much drama in seeding or where we are going, but it's all about the matchups baby!

Marcia Parsons 11 years, 9 months ago

It starts at 5:00 here in the central time zone. Does that mean we don't have to wait as long as you do in the east? haha

David Lara 11 years, 9 months ago

It's a perfect weekend for daylight savings, we are already one hour closer!

Vittorio1224 11 years, 9 months ago

Calcium Carbonate (still love that moniker dude!): A certain # 1 seed, and RELATIVELY safe passage -- although I don't want to get ahead of myself after 2005, 2006 & last year -- through Tulsa (Coach Self's old stomping grounds), San Antonio and then HOPEFULLY Houston! RCJGKU!

AsadZ 11 years, 9 months ago

I would like to thank and all of their staff members for an excellent job in covering the Big 12 tournament. Thank You.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 9 months ago

Let me second that complement. It was fun reading all your stuff. And, my wife says I am wasting my time on this site------hogwash!!!!!!

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 9 months ago

Maybe your wife has seen your avatar ralster!

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 9 months ago

Ralser---Don't touch that avatar or, I will . . . . .

well, I guess I better be careful what I say here!

joeloveshawks 11 years, 9 months ago

Could not have said it better, RockCaCO3. This is my favorite day of the year every single year. It certainly helps when I know that KU is a lock for a #1 seed. I honestly can't wait to see how our bracket shakes out and who we get to face. We are coming into the tournament playing our best basketball of the year. That's how Bill Self teams do it.

Vittorio1224 11 years, 9 months ago

You hear that "cricket sound" emanating from the Lone Star State? It's all those Shorthorn fans paying heed to Mc. Morris' plea to "BE QUIET"! Rock Chalk Jayhawk! It's good to be a KU fan in Texas! :)

Clarence Haynes 11 years, 9 months ago

'Hawks. Bottle whatever it was that energized you last night and during the Big Dance, take a big SWIG before each game!

John Mueller 11 years, 9 months ago

It's great to be a Jayhawk anywhere, but it surely is sweet to be a Texas Jayhawk today!

All I will say to every Longhorn buddy I know tomorrow .............

Cream rises!

SDSurferFan 11 years, 9 months ago

How sweet it is. I watched SDSU vs BYU and UT vs KU simultaneously (with help from my DVR). What a performance by both winners.

KU- I posted yesterday it was about KUs guard play breaking down the opponents D. CHECK. If KU plays like that- aggressive guard play, great D, typically great front line play.....Houston...'we have a big big problem' will be what all other f4 teams will be saying!!!!! Proud of the team. I kept replaying their defensive stands. Wow, such tenacity!!!

SDSU- I appreciate everyone letting me banter about my Aztecs. (again, sdsu grad and a jayhawk by the deep/deep family roots in Lawrence). How sweet it is, again!!!! I'm in basketball heaven!!! If we get our production out of Malcom Thomas then the team can go deep. All other are consistent. He's our Tyshawn. Not in attitude, but in consistency of play. They are a firm 2 seed and a shame they are not talked about as a 1 seed (RPI, 3rd. Kenpom, 6th. Sagarin, 4th). Are there four teams better than SDSU, yes, probably....but come on.

Looking forward to the selection sunday show!

Dan Pawlowski 11 years, 9 months ago

And if the two shall meet , who will you be pulling for? Just curious.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 9 months ago

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW SURRERFAN------I am rooting for SD State if the Hawks get beat. After yesterday's beat down of Texas, looks like I am with the Jayhawks to the NC game.

kuproud96 11 years, 9 months ago

Wow! Where has that Tyshawn been all year. Other than the standard dribble it off the foot and the throw the ball to no one, he played the best game of his life yesterday. It's still a challenge to be optimistic because of our inconsistent defense but if Tyshawn plays like that..... Great work Tyshawn!!!

Woody Cragg 11 years, 9 months ago

This only avenges the Texa$$ loss 2 mo prior. There WILL be a Davidson or No Iowa or KSU looming in the next 3 wks; maybe more than one. To be peaking at this stage is what it's all about. Distractions from here on will be enormous. Some kids will almost need personal assistants to keep them straight & others only blinders. Now is the real work for the coaches, virtually 24-7. One stub of the toe & the trolls & media will go lunar. Everyone wants a piece of the action & you can't give em fuel for the fire. Spectacular job bouncing back from 2 sub-par games and regardless of the future I am happy for these guys-especially Thomas Robinson. What this KU family has, he has received as a life long gift from the heart. This season has been so much more than making them athletes or students. Very few kids anywhere experience the life lessons these young men have. I do hope the success continues, but their accomplishments have been the results of a bond and chemistry that coaches cannot create, only try to nurture as everyday life still must go on. Even if they fall to a Bucknell or an OSU or a BYU, I'm as proud of these kids as I've ever been of The University of Kansas! Thank you "in advance" for a season most of us will never forget! So let the games begin!!!

Lindsey Buscher 11 years, 9 months ago

Question for the LJW researchers:

Have we ever had a clean sweep of...

-B12 Regular season outright title -B12 Tourney title -Same player sweep B12 regular season and tourney MVP

FLJHK 11 years, 9 months ago

There once were two ballers named Morris Whose skills sang out like a chorus From Philly's tough streets With a mom extra sweet A national title they got for us.

RacerHawkA11 11 years, 9 months ago

Nice!!! I agree...they will probably be the key to our the championship!!!! As long as they have their heads in the right place and they have their game! EVERYBODY has to have their game!...Then we will probably win!

Rock Chalk Champions!!!

kennethst 11 years, 9 months ago

I'm guessing the sports media is panting and slobbering over itself to report on where Duke is placed in the brackets. They will do their best to get them an easier path. It's quite the love affair.

jchawkfan 11 years, 9 months ago

I just seen that to. I know its just a projection, but I really wouldn't expect anything less from the committee than putting us in the same bracket with 3 other teams that made it to their conference title game. But in order to be the best you must beat the best. I know one thing, if I was a fan of some other team I wouldn't want to see the Kansas Jayhawks in my teams bracket.

Redlandsjhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

What a game! Finally one that was fun to watch from start to finish. My highlights: Tyshawn becoming the "Selby" we needed. Tyrell getting his dunk on Popping some guy in the grill with your Knee!!!!

Nothing like calling out your opponent and then backing it up..Classic I got a good laugh with some of the above posters comparing today with Christmas. That was exactly what I said to my wife when I got out of bed.this morning.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 9 months ago

Revenge is sweet! Especially when confetti falls from the sky, you get a trophy, and then cut the nets down right in front of the other team/fans.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 9 months ago

Oh yeah, and some old lady in her rocking chair is quietly stitching 2011 into a banner.

haydenhawkco 11 years, 9 months ago

Just wondering what team people think KU will face in the first round. My guess in Northern Colorado.

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 9 months ago

Kentucky and Memphis in that bracket is an interesting matchup potentially. Cal might just forfeit rather than face the "music". Memphis was 10-6 in CUSA but won all 3 tournament games otherwise, they would have been NIT bound.

Would love to see KU and UK play!!!!!!!

floridajayhawks 11 years, 9 months ago

If the team can play like that for 6 straight games they will be cutting down the nets. I've been hard on TT for 3 years and I think well deserved, but last night was awesome to see him put together a game like that. I hope he keeps it up.

FairwayKS 11 years, 9 months ago

Got an extra 3:49 on your hands? Here are ALL the highlights from last night's game:

NJHAWK 11 years, 9 months ago

Worth spending 3:49 every day to watch it. Thanks for the link.

I like the last highlight (Cus's guard-like move to feed Kieff).

FairwayKS 11 years, 9 months ago

Whaaa? I just noticed the headline here..."Kansas Defeats Texas 84-71." I think someone hit the "Enter" button too quickly on their computer.

Jesse Newell 11 years, 9 months ago

Whoops. Sorry about that. Fixed now. Thanks.

SDSurferFan 11 years, 9 months ago

I see KU hammering the 16 seed this year which will be an indicator of how they will do in game 2. Last year I remember the game was too close in the 2nd half and KU didn't blow the 16 seed out. Obvioulsy game 2 was not so good or fun to watch. I see this team hammering game 1 and 2.

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 9 months ago

Well, UNI is not a concern this year. They went 19-13 and 10-8 in MVC.

Did Ali F. find a spot in the NBA? No, I didn't really think he was a baller, just a gnat who spoiled our run.

David Black 11 years, 9 months ago

Jaybate..were you an English Lit major from KU? Your post are great. Congratulations to the Jayhawks and HCBS and staff. Six more wins...go HAWKS!

David Black 11 years, 9 months ago

Jaybate.....Are you an English Lit alumnus from KU? You posts are so interesting. Congratulations to the Jayhawks and HCBS and his staff. Let's get six more wins and really party again.

jaybate 11 years, 9 months ago

Yes, and my English professors, who were some of the greatest persons I have ever met, were able to teach me everything but how to write! :-)

I should have known they couldn't. They never said they could. They only promised they could teach me literature and oh, how, they did!!!!!

What they taught me about literature and about how to read any kind of a book have been of incalculable value to me through out my life. They opened the doors for me at a young age to find my way across the intellecdtual frontiers of my youth. They introduced me not only to great writers of all time, but to the great writers of my youth. I owe four of them more than I could ever hope to repay. In a very real sense I owe them everything I have and everything I have found along the way that matters.

It would be too complicated to explain how they did such for me, but there were, when I was at KU, in the 1970s, some genuine literary scholars of the kind that don't get praised nearly enough, don't get recognized enough, and don't get asked on Charlie Rose.

jaybate 11 years, 9 months ago

These four English professors remain to me the American equivalents of the Monks in the Irish monasteries in the Middle Ages guarding the ancient scrolls for an eventual enlightenment. These mild mannered, sensitive, civilized, impeccably educated men and women, some in their traditional tweeds, and some others in what was then fashionable, showed up every day and they put up with every crazy, hair-brained question that I ever put to them and they led me to nothing but the best water; that's what great literature is. Its the deep, clear, sparkling water that flows in a river through a civilization from as far back as anyone can find marks on paper, to the present and beyond. Literature is a river flowing to an ocean. It is a longer river than you, or I, or any nation, or any empire, or any game. You can never step in the same water in it twice, because you change and it changes, but in life, literature, for me, is the river that runs through it, to steal from Norman MacClean. Great literature is the great truth of any time packed in a timeless myth written as eloquently and elegantly as was possible for a human being to write. Literature, after you have read all the history and all the science and all the religion and all the philosophy that your mind can stand, great literary books are the only cultural survey bench marks we have that endure in an accessible way. Literature is IMHO the only way to really know what was and and what was aspired to at any given time in the human drama that is history. Truth is endlessly rewritten by the winners in history books and legal books and philsophy books and even in the science books. The greatest books are those which are so robust in their mythologies that not all the revisionism in history has been able to stamp them out, to reframe them, to reinterpret them in any way that significantly drains the truth from them.

If you love truth, you must love literature.

And if you love literature, you must love truth.

FLJHK 11 years, 9 months ago

Jaybate: I don't know that you will see this. But if you do, I'd love some recommendations on literature. Among relatively recent works of fiction, Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible" and "The Lacuna" blew me away, as did Jim Harrison's "The Road Home."

David Black 11 years, 9 months ago

I had to correct my grammer....oh well.

JHawkfan32 11 years, 9 months ago

Did anyone see how STUPID our bracket was. 2nd round play ILLINOIS. there out for revenge. then we get louisville. then Notre Dame or purdue. all i have to say is ................... WOW!!! i hate selection commitee

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