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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Kansas guard Remy Martin ruled out for Saturday vs. Oklahoma; Self goes into detail on senior’s potential return

Kansas guard Remy Martin, right, sits on the bench with an injury next to reserve guard Michael Jankovich during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Remy Martin, right, sits on the bench with an injury next to reserve guard Michael Jankovich during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas guard Remy Martin’s string of bad luck continued on Monday night, when his injured knee was bumped by a Texas fan during the court storming that followed 8th-ranked KU’s 79-76 loss to the Longhorns in Austin, Texas.

Kansas coach Bill Self shared the news on his "Hawk Talk" radio show on Tuesday night while explaining that there were issues with which way the Jayhawks were supposed to leave the court during the celebration.

When asked on Monday night if KU had any trouble getting off the court after the game, Self said, “It was fine.”

On Tuesday, however, Self further explained the issues that KU faced, which led to Martin having his sore right knee “bumped” by a UT fan.

“I am not going to complain about that at all,” Self said of the court storming. “It was a good win for them and all that stuff. But (the Texas security wasn’t) prepared for the court being rushed. I don’t know if you noticed on TV. They kind of didn’t have any idea where we were supposed to go. We went out this one way and the police officers are trying to figure out which tunnel to take us out of and all that stuff. Their kids didn’t do anything wrong, I’m not even hinting that.”

Self said he believed the aggravation to the bone bruise on Martin’s injured knee that has kept Martin out of the last three games — and seven games in all this season — was “minor.”

“Now does it set him back longer? I don’t think that,” Self said on “Hawk Talk." “But it’s just so tender for him right now that something that could appear to be so minor could still be significant to him because he’s still so sore.”

Self then elaborated on Martin’s status, even getting into his hopes and concerns about when Martin might be able to return.

“He’s not going to play this week,” Self said of Saturday’s home game against Oklahoma. “We’ve done more MRIs and everything; it’s just sore. The doctors certainly understand it. He's not going to play this week and we’ll keep him out, and we’ll re-evaluate again next week. We’ve already made the decision on what we are going to do the rest of the week.”

Self said Martin was frustrated by how much the injury has impacted him and the fact that it has kept him from playing.

“He said, ‘Nobody’s seen me play since I’ve been here,’” Self shared of Martin’s frustrations with the injury. “I said, ‘I know. I know.’ He wants to be out there.”

So what happens when he is? Self got into that, as well.

“He’ll have a role,” Self said Tuesday night. “He’s going to be in the mix.”

“It’s just going to take us a while,” the KU coach added. “If we could have him back at the end of the month where he is full speed, which is three weeks from now — hopefully we’ll get him back before then. If he could be full speed going into a week before the Big 12 (tournament) and then you still have him another week to practice before the NCAA Tournament that would probably be, I don’t want to say our best-case scenario, but that’s fairly realistic. Then we could have a better team going into the tournament than anybody's seen all year. That would be the hope that I would have.”

Given the way Martin’s injury has lingered and the number of small setbacks he has experienced since first injuring it on Dec. 29 vs. Nevada, Self sounded Tuesday night like someone who was proceeding with cautious optimism.

“I don’t want to sound negative at all,” he said. “We shouldn’t be looking ‘Can he be back this weekend or next weekend or be back whenever?’ This is something that is his call. We are hopeful it happens sooner rather than later, but we’ve been saying that for a while now. We just don’t know on the progress that he’ll get from an explosiveness and a soreness standpoint. I would hope like heck he can play at the end of next week or something like that.

“But I'm nervous (that) even if he comes back and plays some it’s still not going to be him,” Self added. “I’d like to see him at 95%. The way he’s been since Christmas is not Remy. He came back to play, but that’s not Remy. He knows that. We all know that. We need him to get back to the point where he can practice and be part of the team where roles would be established. There’s still hope and there's still time and everybody’s optimistic.”

Martin has appeared in 17 of KU's 23 games this season, making 12 starts and averaging 23.6 minutes per game.

Since injuring the knee in late December, however, he has appeared in just five of KU's 10 Big 12 games, averaging 18.8 minutes in those games. He last appeared in KU's home loss to Kentucky on Jan. 29, when he played 13 minutes against the Wildcats and was noticeably hobbled on the court throughout the game.

KU plays host to Oklahoma at noon on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Comments

Armen Kurdian 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Stop me if I'm wrong...court storming was prohibited by the conference and schools risk serious fines for just this reason, player safety. How many times have we seen fans injure players?

Len Shaffer 4 months, 3 weeks ago

You're so right, Armen.

It's also a disaster waiting to happen. At some point, God forbid, someone will get seriously injured, either accidentally or through a violent attack by some lunatic.

The only way to really stop these types of things is to heavily penalize a place where it happens, to the point where they're not incentivized to do it.

Bryce Landon 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The only way I can think of to prevent that is to force the offending school to play its next home game behind closed doors. No fans in attendance, only friends and family of the coaches and players allowed to attend.

Vern Sheldon-Witter 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Too many. It is against league rules but what can be done. I just want them out of our hair for good.

Rodney Crain 4 months, 3 weeks ago

A few thoughts-

Court storming is an emotional response, an thus can be dangerous.

The objective is clear, the visiting team needs to be able to exit the floor safely after the handshakes at the end of the game.

Recently when Chris Beard returned to TTech the school had added a lot of yellow vested security at the end of the game. Every 6 feet surrounding the court with them looking into the crowd after the game. It was a unique game due to how Beard left the season before, but showed how a school can control the court. Someone even threw something that landed near the TTech coaches, there was security inside the court, they collected the item, and identified who threw it.

Not sure what the fine is, but it has to be a lot less than the cost TTech paid to secure the court.

Secondly, I think any fan who interferes with a visiting team after the game physically should be arrested for trespassing, and banned from the arena for some amount of time. Like when a fan runs on a football field during the game.

Football players at least have some protection wearing their uniforms. Basketball players do not.

Doug Horn 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The Big 12 established a fine for storming the court back in 2015 after K-State fans rushed their home court, body checked Jamari Traylor and pinned Bill Self & Bruce Weber against the scorer's table. Time for Big 12 commission Bob Bowlsby to fine Texas for not protecting the visiting team. In fact he may need to look into adding additional penalties, because there was clearly no plan for getting KU players and staff safely off the court.

Robert Brock 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Longhorns only care about themselves. It will never change.

Noel Graham 4 months, 3 weeks ago

How about a forfeit if fans storm the court? That would stop it quickly.

Doug Horn 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Noel, Texas Alumni will pay the $25k. If fans touch or come in contact with the visiting team they should have to forfeit! Big 12 Commissioner needs to increase the fine for what happened on Monday! SEC just hit Arkansas with a $250k fine because this is the third time it has happened there.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

This could work out for Remy’s and the teams good. For one, we will be rested from not having logged as many minutes. Two, it should make him that much hungrier and focused. His passion/energy is a significant part of his game, but maybe this heightens his attention/discipline. Much like David, him playing to his full potential raises the team’s ceiling so much higher. I wonder how he/others are doing relative to Matt’s “he will, he won’t, he might”?

Rodney Crain 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Remy has proven a distractation, a liabilty on defense and is inconsistent on offense.

Tell him to take his time and get 100% healthy. No need to rush his return.

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