Saturday, February 22, 2014

Notebook: Andrew Wiggins’ birthday could mean a Tarik Black punch party

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins slaps hands with teammate Joel Embiid after Embiid's dunk against Texas during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is forward Perry Ellis.

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins slaps hands with teammate Joel Embiid after Embiid's dunk against Texas during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is forward Perry Ellis.


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Box score

Texas coach Rick Barnes said something to make Bill Self laugh as they chatted in the handshake line following Kansas University’s 85-54 victory over the Longhorns on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I don’t remember exactly what he said,” KU coach Self said after the Jayhawks upped their lead in the league standings to three games over five-loss teams UT, Iowa State and Oklahoma.

“We have a good relationship. He brings me Beef Jerky every time we play. I thought the Beef Jerky he gave me in Austin ... something was laced in it. Obviously it was not good because I ate half the bag before the game started,” Self added of KU’s 12-point loss to the Longhorns on Feb. 1 in Austin.

Wiggins 19th is today: Tarik Black grinned when asked what he’ll give Andrew Wiggins today on Wiggins’ 19th birthday.

“In my family the tradition is you have to take as many punches as your age or take one punch and that one punch is very hard. You have that option,” Black said. “We’ll see how it works with him. I might cut a deal. I might say, ‘if you make these three three-pointers in a row, I won’t get at you.’ If not, sorry everybody,” Black added.

Black loved the reaction of his teammates after his one-handed skywalking slam dunk in the second half.

“I saw a video. The bench went nuts. Those are my guys, my brothers. You know everybody is excited when Niko Roberts can hold Wayne Selden up,” Black said with a laugh. “Wayne was climbing up his back.”

Black said his own back locked up a bit in the second half. “I’m good,” he noted of his physical health.

Rest: Self rested his starters the final eight minutes. KU meets Oklahoma at 8 p.m., Monday, in Allen.

“I want him (Joel Embiid, back and knee woes) to be healthy for Monday as much as we can,” Self said. “Certainly we didn’t substitute a lot but I knew we weren’t going to put them back in (down stretch). Hopefully we will be a little fresher tomorrow heading into Monday.”

A victory would assure KU a tie for its 10th straight league title. “We’ll take nothing for granted,” Self said.

Kenny G in the house: Former KU guard Kenny Gregory, who has retired after playing overseas since his college days, attended his first game in Allen Fieldhouse since he left KU.

“It’s great to be able to finally get back to a game,” said Gregory, a 35-year-old native of Columbus, Ohio, who played at KU from 1997 to 2001.

Asked at halftime what impressed him the most about KU, he said: “Defense.”

The Jayhawks led, 46-18, at the break. Gregory, who made a lot of money overseas in his career, currently works with middle school players in Ohio.

Record set: Embiid, who had six blocks, passed Eric Chenowith (62, 1998) for the KU freshman blocks record. Embiid has 68.

“I’m happy for him. He deserves it,” said Chenowith, who attended the game. “I thought it was a great game. I think that’s the best I’ve seen Andrew (Wiggins, 21 points, six boards, 27 minutes) play. It was a fun game.”

This, that: KU's 31-point win was its biggest margin of victory in series history. KU leads the all-time series, 23-8 with a 12-1 mark in Lawrence. ...  KU held Isaiah Taylor to 1-of-14 (7.1 percent) shooting, which is the lowest field goal percentage by a KU opponent with a minimum of 10 attempts since Washburn’s Richard Griffin  went 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) on Dec. 6, 1993. His 7.1 percent is lowest by a Div. I foe since the 1988-89 season. ... KU went on a 32-5 run starting at the 15:28 mark and running over the next 11:26 minutes of the first half. KU started 1-4 from the field then hit 10 of 15. ... Wayne Selden had a career-best seven assists. ... Frank Mason had a career-high six field goals en route to 14 points. He had 15 against Duke.

Junior recruit in house: KeVaughn Allen, a 6-2 junior shooting guard from North Little Rock (Ark.) High, attended Saturday’s game on an unofficial visit. He’s currently ranked No. 90 in the Class of 2015.


Scott MacWilliams 8 years, 7 months ago

I want the video clip, as much as possible, from every angle possible, of the bench after Tarik's monster slam. I just LOVED it!! Is it on youtube yet, or somewhere else? I think that could be part of all future recruiting videos. See how much these guys get a screaming kick out of their lone senior hopping BIG!!

Way to rock the Chalk, Tarik!!

Bring on the Sooners!!

Sarah Carr 8 years, 7 months ago

It's titled "Tarik Black 'Mozgov' Dunk..." on YouTube.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 7 months ago

Just watched the Curie - Whitney Young, Chicago Public League, 4OT championship. It is amazing how little they used Cliff. He will have so so much to learn from Coach next year. I won't be at all surprised if he comes off the bench for at least half a year. While he has such great tools to work with, he will have so much to learn. It doesn't hurt that we are really deep on the frontline - even if Jo goes pro.

Robert Brock 8 years, 7 months ago

Cliff will start from Day One. Count on it - he is a great rebounder.

Adam Tyler 8 years, 7 months ago

If Embiid returns, Cliff doesnt start.

He could be the third big man and become a maniac off the bench.

Ian Emerson 8 years, 7 months ago

No no Perry will move to the 3. Cliff at the 4 and Joel at the 5.

Aaron Paisley 8 years, 7 months ago

What has Perry shown that he's capable of playing the 3? Perry can't keep bigger and slower guys in front of him, what's he going to look like when he's trying to guard a 6-5 lightning quick wing? Kelly Oubre will be the starting 3 next year for KU with Perry at the 4. Embiid starts if he returns, if not it will be Cliff.

Ian Emerson 8 years, 7 months ago

Perry has more experience at the 3 because he played 3 in highschool and AAU. The only reason he is a defensive liability at the 4 is because he is undersized, not necessarily slower. I would argue that Perry is more capable of guarding a 3 more effectively then guarding a 4.

Bryce Landon 8 years, 7 months ago

The Embiid dunk is also up on YouTube. I'm shocked he didn't shatter the glass. The way Bob Davis went off, you'd have thought he had.

Jeremy Paul 8 years, 7 months ago

I thought that was Kenny Gregory sitting next to Simien behind the bench. I love seeing the old guys come back to the Fieldhouse and sit behind the bench.

RJ King 8 years, 7 months ago

Happy Birthday Andrew! Enjoy.

And if some sleazy "cousin" offers you a bowling party, just say no.

Suzi Marshall 8 years, 7 months ago

Add my Happy Birthday wishes to the pile. We are all so happy Wiggins choice Kansas. His great smile, personality, team first and defensive abilities were far far more than every expected. Without a doubt Big 12 MVP, First Team All American.

I can't wait to see Wiggins match up against McDermott, the runaway choice for POY.

Josh Galler 8 years, 7 months ago

I love that Kenny Gregory visited. He was my fav player as a student at Kansas. So much I named my Jack Russell after him

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