Thursday, March 12, 2015

Kelly Oubre Jr. carries Kansas past TCU

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre, Jr. (12) gets hammered by TCU's Kenrich Williams (34) and Amric Fields (4) in the Jayhawk’s 64-59 win over TCU Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre, Jr. (12) gets hammered by TCU's Kenrich Williams (34) and Amric Fields (4) in the Jayhawk’s 64-59 win over TCU Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.


— Freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a career-high 25 points to lead top-seeded Kansas University past upset-minded TCU, 64-59, in Thursday's Big 12 tournament quarterfinals at Sprint Center.

Oubre scored 15 of KU's last 21 points en route to his career day. He scored 15 of his game-high 25 points at the free-throw line, where he attempted 19 shots.

Oubre also added six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes.

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Self, Oubre and Lucas on beating TCU without playing well

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, as well as players Kelly Oubre Jr. and Landen Lucas, discuss KU's win over TCU in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament, in Kansas City, Missouri. They say the Jayhawks advanced without playing very well.

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Box score

Landen Lucas added 13 points and 7 boards to help lead the way down low on yet another day in which KU junior Perry Ellis did not play due to his knee injury. KU coach Bill Self said Thursday morning that Ellis would not play vs. TCU.

After a sluggish first half by both teams that saw some sloppy play and a bunch of whistles, the Jayhawks gained some separation heading into the locker room by locking in on defense in the final two minutes of the first half.

The defensive prowess led to some easy buckets in transition and Frank Mason I’IIs jumper that beat the halftime buzzer put KU up 33-26 at halftime.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: It really never did. It was not until back-to-back dunks from Oubre and Lucas in the final 40 seconds of the game when you thought the Jayhawks were definitely going to hang on.

• Offensive highlight: Early in the second half, Oubre found a way to get two points by both contorting his body and the spin on his shot on a driving layup that took him from the left side of the basket to the right side in a couple of dribbles. Oubre, who tallied with points, was good at attacking the rim all day, whether he finished or not.

• Defensive highlight: Oubre came up with a handful of deflections and steals throughout the game, but Mason may have had the best single defensive play of anyone. With TCU driving after a KU turnover, Mason was on his heels and retreating into the paint. As Trey Zeigler gathered to go to the rim, Mason slipped his hand in to pluck the ball away and then saved it before falling out of bounds. The move jump-started a KU fastb reak and helped keep TCU from climbing any closer.

• Key stat: 3 points and 24 minutes. Those were the numbers turned in by TCU point guard Kyan Anderson, who had shown in the past that he could be a Jayhawk killer. He was not on Thursday, as the senior fouled out after attempting just three shots all game.

• Up next: The win moved the Jayhawks into Friday's 6 p.m. semifinal, where they'll play Baylor, which knocked off West Virginia by 10 in Thursday's first game at Sprint Center. The Jayhawks swept the Bears during the regular season, winning a one-point dog fight in Waco and holding off a strong Baylor push in Lawrence in mid-February.

More news and notes from Kansas vs. TCU at the Big 12 Tournament

By the Numbers: Kansas beats TCU 64-59 at Big 12 Tournament

By the Numbers: Kansas beats TCU 64-59 at Big 12 Tournament


Ian Emerson 7 years, 6 months ago

Wonder whats up with Brannen Greene. Looked like this was his first game in a KU uniform and his attitude seemed bad.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 6 months ago

So really nothing has changed in the last month.

Cody Riedy 7 years, 6 months ago

He's looked unfocused before, but I agree that today was different: e.g. his new (sloppy) attempts to try to show he has a handle and drive and then jacking up that quick three because he knew he was about to get pulled. He played like he wanted to prove something and unfortunately he did and what he proved is that if he isn't making 3's he doesn't contribute much yet.

Trace Stark 7 years, 6 months ago

I've had my fill of Brent Musberger... seems as if he actively pulls for whoever we are playing rather than just calling the game. Is it just me???

Cody Riedy 7 years, 6 months ago

Also, did he try to make the joke I think he did when they pointed out that guy with the Texas/TCU hat and he said: "The long horny toads"? Not horned toads, but horny toads?

Bryce Landon 7 years, 6 months ago

Kinda like Yosemite Sam? "GREAT HORNY TOADS!"

Gregor Southard 7 years, 6 months ago

I was thinking that too, Trace, but also wondering if he just roots for the underdogs in the games he calls. I remember him saying after Rose hit that flying slop shot in the national championship game, he made the comment, "the Jayhawks must come back."

Trace Stark 7 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the info Gregor!!!! You're right I bet... more drama if the underdog is winning or close...

Bryce Landon 7 years, 6 months ago

How could Musberger have called that game? Musty works for ESPN; the 2008 title game was called by Jim Nantz and Billy Packer for CBS.

Luke Kading 7 years, 6 months ago

Was he doing the radio or something for that game? The tv announcers for that game were Jim Nantz and Billy Packer.

This year's team is so frustrating to watch. What drives me crazy the most is the turnovers caused by just a lack of focus. Selden had a few of those today where he just makes a careless lazy pass that results in a turnover, and he's not alone. For as hot as Brannen Greene was in the middle of the season he is that cold now, and when he isn't hitting shots he is very ineffective. He and Selden have such a hard time driving and finishing. It's usually just an out of control shot or getting stripped in the lane.

Bryce Landon 7 years, 6 months ago

Call it a "sophomore slump", if you will. Some second-year players go through it.

Cody Riedy 7 years, 6 months ago

Also, I thought the pictures of today's uni's didn't look too bad, but seeing them wearing it today, that blue band on the shorts looked like a cummerbund.

Jerry Collins 7 years, 6 months ago

The Jayhawks did set a record against TCU for the ugliest uniforms of all time. Would like to meet up with the designer and smack him in the mouth. We need to apply for a fire permit and have every last one of them burned.

Ben Fletcher 7 years, 6 months ago

guys... am i the ONLY one that sees the ghetto 'shorts past the ass' look on these unis? they've been driving me craZ watching louisville all year. they look like the upper jersey is tucked into their (blue) underwear and their pants are pulled down all ghetto (prison rape) style.

is it just me? please tell me it's not just me.

i f'n HATE this look.

Bryce Landon 7 years, 6 months ago

I agree. It's disgraceful. The Jayhawks are better than that.

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