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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Towson coach lauds Tharpe, Jayhawks

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe puts up a jumper over Towson guard Kris Walden during the second half on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe puts up a jumper over Towson guard Kris Walden during the second half on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas defeated Towson, 100-54, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Towson coach Pat Skerry, who originally recruited Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe when Skerry was a part of the Providence coaching staff, was impressed with the freshman following KU’s 100-54 victory on Friday.

“He’s going to be a terrific player for you guys,” Skerry said. “Actually, when I was at Providence, he was the last guy that committed while I was an assistant there, and then he opened (his recruitment) back up.

“Make sure you guys take care of him. Otherwise, we’d love to have him at Towson,” he added with a smile.

Skerry also was reunited with another familiar face Friday; the first-year coach recruited KU forward Thomas Robinson during his time at Providence.

“He’s a beast, and he’s locked in,” Skerry said of Robinson. “He’s obviously a tremendous kid. I wouldn’t have liked to see him play so well against us, but I wish him luck the rest of the year.”

Skerry noticed one main difference in Robinson from the days when he recruited him.

“The strength program here,” Skerry said. “He’s a savage. He has a tremendous motor, strength, energy. He’s certainly a guy that’s an NBA talent, in my opinion.”

Towson had difficulties simply holding on to the basketball for most of Friday’s game.

The Tigers turned it over 23 times, which led to 31 points off turnovers for the Jayhawks.

“It’s hard to evaluate our half-court defense,” Skerry said. “There is no defense for run-outs. That’s the disappointing thing.”

One positive for Towson was its rebounding. The Tigers outrebounded the Jayhawks, 35-32.

“Just trying to match their intensity, basically,” Towson senior Robert Nwankwo said. “Every time the ball went up, (it was) just finding a player and boxing him out.”

Towson actually topped the point total of both of its exhibition games. The Tigers scored just 51 points on Oct. 29 against Holy Family and 43 on Nov. 6 against Virginia State.

Skerry still left wowed by the Jayhawks.

“If it’s possible to be underrated at 13th in the country, I think Kansas is,” Skerry said. “Obviously, coach (Bill) Self had them ready to play tonight. They were terrific on both ends of the floor, and they deserve a ton of credit. Coming in here to the mecca of college basketball, we hope this provides a tremendous learning experience for our young team down the road.”

Comments

Steve Yeakel 10 years, 6 months ago

Getting out rebounded and giving up the most points this opponent has scored all year, there is still work to do with this group, but some encouraging signs as well, especially by Naadir, Connor, Young and Wesley. We have the coach to help make these improvements as the season goes on.

Brianna Zaleski 10 years, 6 months ago

They scored 54 points. If we avg that opponents ppg, we will be in great shape all year. Not to mention, they had a lot of possesions due to our high paced offense.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 6 months ago

As the 320th rated team (KenPom), their point total should be among the worst.

And as for the allegedly fast pace, Jesse comments on it actually being slower than average (vs. 2010).

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 6 months ago

Don't think that Towson was a great leap forward in talent then were our two exhibition games... But it was our first 'real' game and as I am sure UCLA would agree, there were probably some pregame jitters before the first jump ball. Still..Tharpe is showing me that he is capable of being an outstanding recruit.

Ron Franklin 10 years, 6 months ago

“Just trying to match their intensity, basically,” Towson senior Robert Nwankwo said. “Every time the ball went up, (it was) just finding a player and boxing him out.”

-I wish Withey would read this and take it to heart. It really is this simple. I don't care if he has no lower body strength, 4 boards for a footer is criminal.

nuleafjhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I would think that 4 boards for a "footer" would be PHENOMENAL.

Not so much for a 7 footer.

Just messing with ya Blown !

REHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Looks as though Bill Self has 9 players who can be counted upon for signigicant minutes this season. Teahan, Tharpe, Young and Wesley show terrific promise for a squad which appeared to be the thinnest top 15 team in the nation after the loss of Anderson, Traylor, McLemore. This development must be a pleasant sigh of relief for the coaching staff, as well as a giant cause for concern among upcoming opponents. With any of those 4 bench players popping into the lineup, the Jayhawks offer a much different face.

Jack Wilson 10 years, 6 months ago

The good: 1. TRob's overall performance. 2. EJ's boldness shooting the ball .. and didn't get yanked. 3. Tharpe's ability to run the point. 4. Young showing he can play. 5. General team defense and speed. 6. Teahan's shooting.

The bad: 1. Officiating, of course. Like the sun coming up in the east. 2. Rebounding, particularly Withey, Wesley, and Releford .. combined for 6. One short of Young's 7. Self pointed out the rebounding issues post-game. 3. Taylor. I want more. Senior leader, right? Four year starter. But his first game action. Let's see. 4. Young without the afro. Once you see a skinny 6'8" dude with a 'fro, the non-fro look just doesn't compete. How much better would the dunk have looked with a 'fro?

The ugly: 1. Look at the KC Star, front page of the sports section .. the multiple empty seats at Paige Sports arena .. er Mizzou arena (should be Norm Stewart arena). You'd think they were a football school. They said 9,600 .. no way.

brooksmd 10 years, 6 months ago

Well Fizzou won't have to worry about empty seats next year for either football or basketball. The SEC fans will ensure sellouts. LSU, Bama and Auburn all travel well. The motorhomes traveling the I-12/I-10 corridor is quite a parade. Oh yeah, the SEC loves baseball too.

Todd Mobray 10 years, 6 months ago

Wow , the SEC must be good if LSU, Bama and Auburn are going to fill the seats for Mizzou's non-conference basketball games. That leads me to think it was a great idea to go to the SEC, because MU only sells out for one or two basketball games a year as members of the Big 12, even when they are good and/or ranked.

jaycon11 10 years, 6 months ago

you must be dreaming if you expect to see a lsu caravan going to fill out mizzou's basketball arena. maybe in the days of shaq and chris jackson. these days, they can barely find enough folks to fill half the seats of the maravich center...

waywardJay 10 years, 6 months ago

12 points on 4-7 Shooting, 4-1 A to To 1-2 from three..... in 24 minutes.... First game action.... Generally the team was supremely efficient..... ( which is often a direct link to their starting PG ) 5 turnovers overall against 30 assists...

Of course, By now you have hung an effigy for good ole T square, because let's be honest... You aren't exactly being unbiased in observation.

Steve Kubler 10 years, 6 months ago

Rebounding was ugly but there is one factor I have not seen mentioned. Towson was banging a lot of threes hard off the iron and the resulting long rebounds cleared the box-outs (when they boxed out) to allow the Towson players the ball. No excuse for the poor rebounding over all I know. I would have to guess as I did not count but I think 6 or 7 offensive rebounds for Towson came from this.

jaywords 10 years, 6 months ago

Query: How high is Withey's ceiling (and I don't mean in feet and inches)?

Todd Mobray 10 years, 6 months ago

I hope to see a little of a lineup with Tharpe, Taylor and Johnson in there. No matter who our bigs are, that will be a fast lineup.

As poorly as Withey rebounded, he did run the court well for a 7 footer. If he can get a little fire on his rebounding, then his blocks and ability to keep up when we run will give him a role similar to Sasha's a few years ago. Maybe he will respond to HCBS's annual December "we are soft on the inside" statement. Or did he already make it following this game? Face it Coach Self, Frank Williams ain't walking through that door, Wayne Simeon ain't walking through that door, Darnell Jackson ain't walking through that door, Thomas Robinson ain't...oh wait a second...

HawkKlaw 10 years, 6 months ago

I was thoroughly impressed with Releford's tenacity to start this game. He played how he should have been playing for the entire first two games. And Kevin Young appears to have more offensive skills than I initially thought. Those dunks were sick! Also, it was good to see EJ and TT in the starting lineup. EJ is going to be amazing this season.

We definitely need to rebound better if we're going to beat UK though.

KGphoto 10 years, 6 months ago

Hey does anybody know where I can find some $4,713 tickets for Tuesday?

jaybate 10 years, 6 months ago

"Some Ways You Know KU Is About to Play Kentucky"

~Certain Tri borough AAU coaches and certain juco coaches are beating a path to the coach they call, John "Wrong Way" Calipari.

~Reading Is Fundamental forecasts a decline in literacy in NYC the day the UK team arrives and a sharp increase when the KU team arrives.

~Interviewers prepare to ask players in the crimson and blue uniforms to comment on who will be the next President, while at the same time prepare to ask the players in blue and white their favorite colors of crayons?

~NYFD welcomes Bill Self with an honorary fire department t-shirt and issues a warning to John Calipari' that his hair represents a fire hazard.

~New Yorkers begin calling Kentucky "Wall Streets's Team".

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

jaybate 10 years, 6 months ago

"Key Strategy Question Vs. UK"

Will KU run with UK, or play walk it up?

Jeeveshawk 10 years, 6 months ago

KU should try running w/ UK. We have a deeper lineup which includes a second string that is much more impressive than previously thought, if we stay out of foul trouble we would wear The Wildcats out.

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