Saturday, February 13, 2016

Notebook: Buddy Hield hype motivated Jayhawks

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) roars after hitting a three against the Jayhawks during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) roars after hitting a three against the Jayhawks during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.


— Kansas basketball coach Bill Self spoke to his team about pre-game hype on Saturday, before his Jayhawks finished a regular-season sweep of Oklahoma, with a 76-72 victory at Lloyd Noble Center.

“I told our guys before the game, it’s not really fair because everything’s Buddy, Buddy, Buddy, Buddy, Buddy, Buddy. That provides natural motivation for other people,” Self said.

“He (Hield) deserves every accolade he’s received and will continue to get. (But) good players get tired of nobody talking about them and always talking about somebody (else). I didn’t say, ‘Use it as motivation,’ but I think our guys did,” Self added.

Gifts: OU coach Lon Kruger and OU assistant Steve Henson, who both played at Kansas State, both made it a point to chat with KU radio announcer Bob Davis before the game.

Davis, who has been play-by-play voice of KU football and men’s basketball for 32 seasons, will retire following the 2015-16 hoops campaign.

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione and former OU coach Billy Tubbs presented Davis with a combined OU/KU hat with Davis’ picture on it, as well as another KU hat.

Predictions: has updated its predictions for Final Four and national champion.

Analysts who pick KU to make the Final Four: Corey Alexander, Paul Biancardi, Dan Dakich, LaPhonso Ellis, Adam Finkelstein, Fran Fraschilla, John Gasaway, Dino Gaudio, Jeff Goodman, Andy Katz, Bryndon Manzer, Myron Medcalf, Reggie Rankin.

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Bill Self marvels at Devonte' Graham's ability to put up 27 points and hold down OU guard Buddy Hield, saying, "I don't know how he didn't get tired."

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Analysts Alexander, Dakich, Ellis and Gasaway pick KU to win the national championship. Dick Vitale has a Final Four of North Carolina, Xavier, Oklahoma and Michigan State, with UNC winning it all.

The series: KU leads the all-time series with Oklahoma, 144-66. The Jayhawks since 2006 have won 15 of the last 17 meetings. Since the inception of the Big 12, KU is 23-6 versus OU, 21-4 in the regular season and 2-2 in the Big 12 Tournament. Self is 16-5 versus OU, including 16-3 while at KU. Lon Kruger is 7-18 vs. KU, 2-8 while at OU.

— See what people were saying about the KU-OU rematch during’s live coverage

More news and notes from KU’s win at Oklahoma

By the Numbers: Kansas 76, Oklahoma 72

By the Numbers: Kansas 76, Oklahoma 72


Dennis Mahorney 6 years, 9 months ago

Dick Vitale picks UNC to win it all.... Huge surprise....

Danny Hernandez 6 years, 9 months ago

I knew it be any ACC team by vitale. And I too am tired of the constant though warranted chatter of buddy. Last year in Norman they win in OT and that game gave buddy the leagues mvp when perry was also right there but he had injured his knee and was less than 75% for that game and for the rest of the year. No injury and perry and Kansas wins that game with perry getting the leagues MVP I bet. It's not like buddy was some 5star either, I give him credit for his outstanding 3-point shooting & free throw shooting but his 2-point shooting and D are average. And the Zebras kept OU in the game in the first half. There's a photo up with frank driving and buddy has his hand on Frank's shoulder but no foul called. Buddy drives by a ku player and a phantom foul is called. You can't even breathe on buddy w/o a foul being called.

RJ King 6 years, 9 months ago

I interpreted Devonte's finger to the mouth "shush" as a response to the Hield hype. I don't think Buddy is overhyped (media pretty much overhypes everything), but I did like the swag-factor from our baby-faced guard. Without going Morri, our guys need that display of confidence.

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