Kansas defeats TCU, 91-69

  • 8 p.m., Jan. 25, 2014
  • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, Fort Worth, TX

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Not this time: Kansas dominates in return to TCU

Kansas guard Wayne Selden reaches to defend against a shot from TCU guard Jarvis Ray during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden reaches to defend against a shot from TCU guard Jarvis Ray during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.


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Kansas 91, TCU 69

Box score

— Fans in TCU’s student section brought signs reminding Kansas University’s basketball players of last year’s famous flop in Fort Worth.

“Welcome back,” was Saturday’s greeting from one purple-clad spectator seated a stone’s throw from the KU bench.

“Pick Up Game Later at the Topeka YMCA,” read another, targeting Bill Self for his statements after last season’s loss to the Horned Frogs in which he said the Jayhawks hadn’t played as poorly since losing to Topeka YMCA in James Naismith’s days.

There would be no need for any such fan ridicule — or coach criticism — following the 2013-14 rematch at sold-out Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Jayhawks, who tallied just 13 points at halftime a year ago, rolled to 53 first-half points in a 91-69 rout of the Horned Frogs that silenced anybody in a record crowd of 7,494 who might have been hoping for a repeat of last February’s monumental upset.

“Last year we didn’t leave here very happy. It wasn’t just because we didn’t play well. It was because TCU whipped us. Tonight we played much better. We were efficient offensively and tried defensively the first half,” said KU coach Self after the Jayhawks improved to 15-4 overall and 6-0 in the Big 12. TCU fell to 9-10, 0-7.

“I think we were probably more ready to play because of what happened last year,” Self added. “I don’t know how much more. We played with more energy tonight. I thought we played with as much energy in the first half tonight as Iowa State or OU (road wins in Ames and at Oklahoma).”

KU had 14 points 4 1/2 minutes into the game Saturday in topping the fabled 13-point mark before the first TV time out. Joel Embiid scored seven points, Andrew Wiggins five and Jamari Traylor two as the Jayhawks led, 14-6. Up 14-10 at 14:11, the Jayhawks rolled, 12-2, to take a 26-12 lead. Wiggins and Perry Ellis had four apiece in the run.

By halftime, Wiggins had scored 19 of his career-high 27 points, while Embiid had 11 of his 14 points and all six of his boards. KU’s 61.5 percent first-half shooting (57.4 for the game) helped take the Jayhawks to a 53-32 advantage.

Yes, this year’s rematch in effect was over at halftime. KU won the second half, 38-37.

“We were aware of what happened here last year,” said freshman guard Frank Mason, who like the rest of his teammates, watched films of last year’s TCU game at practice this week. “We wanted to make sure to come out with energy and have a different outcome this time.”

KU freshman Landen Lucas, who scored a career-high seven points and tied a career high with five boards while playing 13 minutes in place of injured backup forward Tarik Black, agreed it was nice to win at TCU this time around.

“We started off with more energy and urgency than last year,” Lucas said. “I’m glad we did. These are the kind of games you have to win if you want to go 10 straight (league titles).”

Of the TCU students’ taunts, he said: “Going through pre-game you see all that. It helped us out a lot.”

KU sophomore forward Ellis finished with a career-high 14 rebounds to go with his eight points.

“I thought he was the best he’s been on the glass in a while. He played tough on the glass,” Self said. “I told him, ‘gosh, you missed some easy shots,’ where he wasn’t as tough (two of eight shooting; 4-4 from line). I’d sell out for that line from him every day. It’s something we have to have from him to have a nice season.”

Black out of action: KU senior forward Tarik Black, who sprained his right ankle against Baylor on Monday, had a setback at shoot-around Saturday and didn’t play. He sat on the bench with a boot on his right foot.

“Tarik could not have played. He got it bumped today in shoot-around. It was too sore,” Self said. “He’s probably still a few days away. It’s really sore. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go by Wednesday (8 p.m., home game against Iowa State).”

Young guns: In the first half, KU had five freshmen on the court at the same time.

“I didn’t even know that. I don’t look at them as freshmen any more,” Self said.

Wiggins and Wayne Selden played 18 minutes the first half, Joel Embiid 14 minutes, Brannen Greene, Conner Frankamp and Landen Lucas six and Frank Mason four.

This, that: KU scored its second-highest point total in a half this season (53) in the first 20 minutes. KU had 54 versus Duke. The 53 points marked the most points scored in a half against a conference opponent since scoring 57 points in the second half against Texas Tech in the first half of 2013 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals. ... The 53 first-half points marked the most on the road in a regular season conference game since scoring 53 at Baylor on Jan. 17, 2011. ... KU's 91 points are the most that TCU has surrendered this season and marks the first time the Jayhawks have had two 90-point outings on the road in conference play in the Bill Self era (90 at Oklahoma; 91 at TCU). ... Naadir Tharpe had four assists against no turnovers, his fifth game this season without committing a turnover. It also marked his only game of the season that he didn't score.


Steve Corder 8 years, 10 months ago

Probably more KU fans than TCU and definitely louder than TCU. Allen Fieldhouse South?

Bryce Landon 8 years, 10 months ago

I said the same thing yesterday. Perhaps the road trip to TCU can become like our road trips to Colorado used to be back before they stabbed the Big 12 in the back.

Walter Bridges 8 years, 10 months ago

I almost felt bad for the TCU faithful but the biggest impression that lasted on me was just how bad we must have played last year to score only 13 points in the first half.

Len Shaffer 8 years, 10 months ago

It's pretty funny that the TCU students were taunting KU before the game. With as many different players as KU has this year, they might as well have been taunting Oklahoma.

Then again, what else did they have to look forward to?

Mike Riches 8 years, 10 months ago

This was such a fun game to be at! We were there with about 4500 other Jayhawk fans....I would guess 60/40 KU fans. It's nice to see this team coming together to where they can start to flex their muscles against teams they should beat. It's impressive how much they have improved over winter break. There are still some things that need to be worked on, but it's ok with me if they don't peak for another month and a half!

Dirk Medema 8 years, 10 months ago

It is always nice to hear the chants and cheering through the TV when we are on the road. Thank you for your contribution to the game.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 10 months ago

If there were any game for Tarik to miss, ISU would be it. It would also be nice if Brannen can continue to step up. He does match up nicely against the ISU small ball spread the court and shoot 3's.

Suzi Marshall 8 years, 10 months ago

Kansas fans remind me of biblical locus. They swarm the various venues. The pregame party at Bar Louie was crazy. The place is huge, two stories, including a very large upstairs patio. The place was packed full with KU fans!!! We got there at 5:45 and didn't get our food order in till 6:05. Our food still had not arrived by 7 when we had to leave. The waitress and manager appologized saying it was as busy as they have every been. Completely awed by the draw the Hawks have from their fan base.

Speaking of the game....Perry Ellis needs to attend some kind of finishing school! When Self put Taylor in for Ellis, he immediately demonstrated how a finish looked....then Embiid provided another seconds later. Mason blew by the TCU defenders for a couple of layups and reminded me of ....JoJo White. I'd like to see a few more assist from Mason.

Walter Bridges 8 years, 10 months ago

Not entirely sure what is going on with Ellis. Before the cheap shot to the back of his head (Georgetown?), he was the most consistent player on the team. He is still rebounding, playing defense and taking good mid range shots but at the rim, he has lost some of his aggressiveness.

Hope he gets it back because Ellis is essential to this team's success. Not a knock on Traylor but he doesn't have the same skill set. He brings a lot of energy and plays particularly well with Black but Ellis is just a better all-around player at this time.

As for the JoJo White remark, I honestly don't see it. He does remind me though of Darnell Valentine when he took those Otis Anderson thighs and drove to the hole.

Suzi Marshall 8 years, 10 months ago

You are probably correct it has been since GT, he is very skittish around the rim with the ball. For most of last year, Ellis showed the same kind of jittery play around the rim…until the last 7 or so games. Some guys skewered me for mentioning Ellis’ soft finishing (1-7 at the rim) performance under Tait’s wrap up piece.

I admit the JoJo White comparison was a bit of hyperbole to make the point. I don’t think Mason’s tight or defense are anywhere near Darnell’s!!! I’ll have to see Mason develop a bit more to make better comparisons.

Walter Bridges 8 years, 10 months ago

Maybe Mason can turn hyperbole into a valid comparison. I never saw JoJo play except as a Celtic. I do have his rookie card (unsigned)...

Luca Rossi 8 years, 10 months ago

RockkChalkk Thoughts:

1) Hopefully Tarik was rested for precautionary reasons. He said he could have played the end of last game (game where he injured it) so I'm thinking this must be the case.

2) Greene continues to show that he should be getting more PT. Needs to be more careful when handling the ball but still played well.

3) Great game by Lucas. Guy is a beast on the boards!

4) Self showed some press early in the game which I was hoping he would try out. Thought they should have kept with it longer than they did.

5) Still no 5 second calls. Still no 10 second calls. Defense was solid today but so much room for improvement still.

6) Only 10 turnovers today! This team will be almost impossible to beat if this number is 10 or less.

Reggie Flenory 8 years, 10 months ago

Imma keep sayin it FRANK MASON IS A BEAST IN THE MAKING!!!!!!!!! Hes explosife like a tailback running threw the 2 hole on a dive play mason is one of the best kept secrets in college basketball

Walter Bridges 8 years, 10 months ago

Reggie, I'm sure you must have heard the comment about putting Mason at RB for the football team. I sure hope none of the football coaches were listening.

Try to find some football statistics at Petersburg but no luck. Probably a good thing.

Gerry Butler 8 years, 10 months ago

relay good win, looking a lot better, I have always been pulling for brennan, he has such a SWEET looking shot. one thing though we do have to put this game in perspective just a little though, we were playing TCU. didn't play against much if any hard on the ball pressure all night, full court pressure so take that with a grain of salt. but still we are DEFINETELY looking so much better was glad to see landon get some pt, every time he comes in always contributes, we ar soooo deep in the interior well actually we are just sooooo deep. big game wednsday got to take care of business I'm sure Iowa State will want to play better and feel like they probably played one of the worse games against us. BIG WEEK PERIOD. aas someone once said we just have to keep sawin wood. GO HAWKS

Erich Hartmann 8 years, 10 months ago

but a team also shouldnt close out their conf. season "soft" by playing .500 ball, as that may affect tournament seeding. And since the BigXII Tourney is a OAD event (never know...anything can happen in 1 game), your tournament resume needs to be built with SOLID conf. play, even at the end.

Those wanting to call the Conf. race "over" if we are 12-0 with 6 games to go should also consider tournament seeding in March. The committee wants to see domination, as does Bill Self.

Erich Hartmann 8 years, 10 months ago

Brett, yes, exactly. I was just reinforcing your same message with my different angle (for the youngster KU fans reading, as I tried to spell it out more). Nothing that longtime KU/Self fans dont already know... :) RCJH

Tony Bandle 8 years, 10 months ago

Nancy, I don't think it's anything mysterious or diabolical. I think that it's he was hurt for awhile and that the others in the second rotation were healthy and progressing [i.e. Brannen and Conner].

I am afraid that AWIII has just fallen behind and there is little time [barrring another injury to a second rotation player] for him to "catch up".

I am now thoroughly convinced a redshirt next year would be his best move.

Louis Kelso 8 years, 10 months ago

And he's not making the best of his opportunities, he was recruited as a shooter and he's just not making any shots he puts up when Brannen and Connor are. He missed his only free throw attempt and one shot attempt.

Walter Bridges 8 years, 10 months ago

He was on the court for barely a minute. No doubt it would have been better if he had made the 3 and the front end of the one and one but calling that an opportunity really isn't fair. In the past, HCBS usually saved that treatment only for freshman. I think another message was being sent.

William Weissbeck 8 years, 10 months ago

Don't want to rain on the parade, but we need to keep the FT% close to 80 (that's what the top teams are doing this year), still too many TO's and creating too few. Anyone notice that Barnes may actually be coaching Texas into a team this year?

Benz Junque 8 years, 10 months ago

Kansas: 69.6%

Arizona: 66.5% free throws Syracuse: 69.3% Michigan State: 70.0% Florida: 66.9% San Diego State: 64.9% Okie State: 71.3% Wichita State: 73.2%

There isn't a single team in the nation averaging 80% from the free throw line and certainly not any of the top teams. Sure, it would be NICE but we're fine.

William Weissbeck 8 years, 10 months ago

They do in the games that count. Because there are more fouls called this year, FT% is even more important. Especially for a team like KU which plays inside the arc. Check out the Duke boxscore against Pitt, yesterday. Apparently Pitt has no perimeter defense, or Coach K has figured out to play small this year and has the shooters to do it.

Walter Bridges 8 years, 10 months ago

Benz is right. 80% for a team? Doubt that happens much outside the Ivy League. We just can't go cold in a tight game. Already cost us at least one NCAA Championship

Robin Smith 8 years, 10 months ago

I wish Devonta Abron was not out for the season. I like the young man's game and it would have been nice to see him again this year. TCU is on the rise and pretty quickly too, even though it doesn't show in the win column. Johnson is a great coach and the young talent they have should only get better over the next few seasons. Looking forward to some future matchups.

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