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Kansas defeats Oklahoma, 71-69

  • noon, Feb. 12, 2022
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Clemence, Braun spark strong second-half for No. 8 Kansas in 71-69 home win over Oklahoma

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) raises his fists in celebration as the Jayhawks narrowly escaped with a 71-69 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) raises his fists in celebration as the Jayhawks narrowly escaped with a 71-69 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas forward Zach Clemence was put into Saturday’s game with Oklahoma to defend OU big man Tanner Groves on the perimeter.

As it turned out, he did much more than that.

After not playing at all for a month because of a broken toe, Clemence delivered nine crucial minutes and made his presence felt up and down the stat sheet during the 8th-ranked Jayhawks’ 71-69 victory over the Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse.

“I thought our best chance to win was with Zach,” Kansas coach Bill Self said after the victory. “He was the only big that could hedge a ball screen and get back to Groves.”

KU forwards David McCormack, Mitch Lightfoot and KJ Adams all got their turn guarding the OU big man, who lit KU up in the NCAA Tournament a year ago when he was at Eastern Washington. None of them could slow him down.

In fact, Groves’ final line of 19 points, four rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes could’ve been much worse had he not missed some wide-open looks from 3-point range early in the game.

Still, he finished 7-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-11 from 3-point range. However, none of his points came with Clemence on the floor.

The 6-foot-10, 225-pound KU freshman checked in with 9:14 to play in the game and Kansas trailing by five. The Jayhawks immediately ripped off an 11-0 run to grab a six-point lead. While Clemence’s active hands, all-out effort and general length made open looks tough to come by for Groves, the one shot Clemence hoisted had almost as big of an impact on the game’s outcome.

Early in that 11-0 run, Clemence drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave Kansas a 58-57 lead. The Jayhawks never trailed again.

As he bounded back on defense with three fingers in the air, Clemence did his best Remy Martin impersonation, yelling to the crowd something to the effect of, “I’m back!” or “Yeah baby!”

“He was just yelling,” KU junior Christian Braun said of Clemence’s explosive celebration. “That’s what he does. He just likes to talk. (We) never really listen to him.”

Clemence did not reveal exactly what he was yelling, but he did say that the shot was only partly responsible for his giddiness.

“Being out four weeks really gets to you,” he said. “So when I got back in it was like playing basketball for the first time. It felt good.”

Asked if the shot was the biggest or even best of his life, Clemence shrugged and smiled.

“That’s like my favorite shot, so I was pretty confident (it was going in),” he said. “It was a great shot. I mean, I liked it. Yeah, best shot. Let’s just go with it.”

It also fell in line with a key part of what Self asked him to do when he put him in the game.

“I told him make easy plays (and) don’t shoot unless you’re wide open,” Self said after Saturday’s win. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, he’ll shoot it when he’s not wide open. …Usually when you play a guy that’s practiced twice in six weeks, you may want to try to get him in in the first half. But he responded well. I think he played a big role in us winning.”

So did Braun and Wilson. The two KU wings combined for 40 points on 14-of-22 shooting and combined for 17 rebounds while playing 37 and 38 minutes, respectively. Wilson led all scorers with 22 points and also grabbed a game-high nine boards. Big 12 leading scorer Ochai Agbaji labored to get to 11 points for the second game in a row, shooting 3-of-12 from the floor and 2-of-8 from 3-point range in 38 physically demanding minutes.

Twenty-seven of Braun and Wilson’s 40 combined points came in the second half and Braun sparked a lot of it by dominating the open 5:38 of the second half.

In that stretch, he scored seven points, grabbed two rebounds, dished two assists and also snagged a block and a steal. A lot of it came with him doing work on the defensive glass and sprinting the other way to take the fight to the Sooners.

“CB was no factor at all the first half,” Self said. “I mean, our team was flat. We played with no energy and we looked really, really, really slow. In the second half we looked more athletic and CB was a big reason why.”

Braun said it was a matter of simple self-awareness that led the stronger showing in the second half. He always has prided himself on being a player who injects life into the game and inspires his teammates to do the same. And he knew on Saturday that he had not done that for the first 20 minutes, after which OU led 34-31.

“We needed somebody to take it up a notch on offense,” Braun said after the victory. “We were just kind of dead to start the game. That’s what I do is provide a spark. And I needed to do a better job than I did the first 10 minutes of the game.”

Added Self: “If you take Och out and CB doesn’t play with a lot of energy, we get average real quick.”

Braun’s aggressive and assertive play triggered what resembled a horse race the rest of the way. Both teams got up and down the floor. The ball moved quicker. And the action was less about what happened in the paint — as was the case in the first half — and more about how fast the 10 players on the floor could get from one end to the other.

“It gave us so much more energy,” Wilson said. “That’s what we do best is run. It just kind of ignites everybody, gets the crowd going and gives us momentum.”

The Jayhawks (20-4 overall, 9-2 Big 12) road that momentum all the way to an eight-point lead (67-59) with 1:32 to play. That lead was trimmed to one (70-69) thanks to OU’s refusal to go away and KU’s 6-of-12 shooting performance at the free throw line in the final 1:38 of the game.

After OU (14-11, 4-8) stole an inbounds pass and scored a quick layup to cut the lead to one, Wilson missed the first and made the second of his two trips to the free throw line with 14 seconds to play.

That gave the Sooners one last shot at tying the game — or even a win — but, with KU switching on defense at all five positions, Jordan Goldwire’s off-balanced jumper from the elbow over KJ Adams missed long and KU survived.

Asked what was going through his mind as the Sooners brought the ball up the floor with a chance to win, Wilson said: “Just to lock in and finish the game. We’ve had a lot of close games. So, we don’t really get too rattled. Just close the game and finish what we started.”

Added Self: “We don’t get after people defensively like I’d hope we would (but) we actually defended the last possession very well.”

On this day, with Baylor already having posted a win over Texas in the games-relevant-to-the-Big-12-race category, that was all Kansas needed to do.

Next up, the Jayhawks return to Allen Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. Monday night for a Big Monday battle with Oklahoma State on ESPN.

Comments

Robert Brock 4 months, 3 weeks ago

What’s up with the pitiful free throw shooting? How do the Jayhawks expect to close out tight games when they cannot make their FTs?

Bryce Landon 4 months, 3 weeks ago

We may have won, but let's not kid ourselves into thinking we did anything special today. We almost lost at home to a Sooners team that already has ten losses. It's not like this bunch of Sooners had Wayman Tisdale, Harvey Grant, Stacey King, Mookie Blaylock, Hollis Price, Blake Griffin, Buddy Hield, or Tre Young on their roster. This is a very below-average Sooner team struggling to find its way under a first-year head coach, but for 30 minutes they were the tougher, hungrier, better-prepared, and better-coached team.

Frankly, the first 30 minutes of this game looked more like a classic KU NCAA Tournament loss - in which KU struggles to overcome a small deficit, one of our key players struggles to score, and an opposing player (in this case, Taylor Groves) goes bananas from 3.

And then we almost prolapsed the game at the end by missing our free throws and by turning the ball under our own basket while trying to inbound against their full-court press. We practically tried to give the game to the Sooners!

Despite the victory, Bill Self did a terrible job preparing his team for this game. I don't know why the hell it's so hard for this team to win home games against opponents with first-year coaches, and I don't know why he hasn't been able to teach his team how to inbound the ball against a full-court press or how to make free throws down the stretch, but unless those things improve very soon, I can easily see us making a first-weekend Tournament exit for the third straight postseason.

Scott Yessen 4 months, 3 weeks ago

After the Iowa State game, HCBS said Yesufu obviously needs to play more. He got 4 minutes today.

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

He was also -6 in those 4 minutes, the worst +/- on the team. Clemence on the other hand was +6 in 9 minutes and I think we all saw how beneficial his play was. Joe deserves minutes but if he's not engaged, we can't ride him until he decides to turn it up if that means we'll be down double digits by the time that happens.

Jerry Walker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

In today's world of a million stats...the +/- fits right in with the dumbest of them.

Lee Short 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Sadly, I agree.

I love Ochai, but I hope he is not distracted by all hype he has gotten

I kept thinking, it can't get worse, but then it kept getting worse.

We did everything we could to give them the game except forfeit. Or, so it felt like.

Even the announcers were surprised by the poor KU play at home where they have lost fewer games than seasons under BS.

It feels like we should not be a 4-seed, let alone a 2 projected seed right now.

Did we coordinate all those missed free-throws down the stretch or what?

Bryce Landon 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The announcers seemed like they were making verbal love to Tanner Groves' butthole the way Joe Buck did to Madison Bumgarner in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

Rodney Schulz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

So Bryce Landon, do you have a record at what you do for a living that is as superior to your peers as Bill Self‘s record is superior to his peers?

Bryce Landon 4 months, 3 weeks ago

So if I'm not as good at my line of work as Bill Self supposedly is at his line of work, then I have no right to criticize, and I should shut up and mindlessly worship the ground he treads on the way you do.

Listen here, you idiot, I don't have to be a basketball coach to know bad coaching and bad preparation when I see it, and I have every right to call him out when I see it. And I'm going to keep doing it until he does what he's getting paid millions of dollars to do and gets the Jayhawks back to the Final Four. And I will not be shamed into silence by retards like you. You're the one who needs to STFU!

Rodney Crain 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I have a lot of global, national and regional awards in the garage, does that count Rod? I never felt superior to my peers though. People on here, oh yeah. All the time.

Self is in the top 10 of highest paid coaches. He has been great at times, and he has had some baffling face plants at KU too. I just wish he would be quicker to adjust when something is clearly not working in a game. They had a chance to win the game with the final shot. He should have taken a TO when we were up by 3 and setup an inbounds play after we gave away the ball foolishly.

Matt Gauntt 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Bryce is a KSU or Missouri fan pretending to be a KU fan. He is trolling us.

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately he's not, he's just a delusional pessimist with a 5 second memory who thinks he knows significantly more about basketball than he actually does who also thinks his endless rants on this site is somehow going to effect how Bill Self does anything. I would not be surprised if he never even played organized basketball, or was at least never a starter on the HS varsity squad but yet he "knows bad coaching when he sees it" and has to let that Hall of Fame coach know.

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

10 asst/ 10 TOs. Good to see JWill keep improving his scoring (the rest of the team has not-so-bad scoring except Ochai - he's not ready for NBA). We got help from the stripes which we didn't take advantage of much anyway. Zach can complement our defense (he has smooth strokes, too, but this one is on coach BS - not sure if he encourages Zach to take jumpers). OU can score with nice cuts beating defenders - at least 3 times. Not to mention Grove's 3s. We didn't seem to learn. That's on our D. There's always room for improvement on our defense.

Bj Cassady 4 months, 3 weeks ago

12th straight game we had more turnovers than the other team. Continued poor freethrow shooting. Glad to see Zach in the game, his length should help us. Och is going through a slump, taking poor shots, being casual with the ball. I liked JWil and Braun's hard play. Need some help for them however. Harris gets taken to the hoop and scored on far to easy and often.

James Donnell 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Ochai is forcing things. He didn’t do that early in the season, but he is making some really bad plays. As good as he is, he can’t carry the team. But the miserable FT shooting is inexcusable. It lost us the UT game and almost lost the game today.

Rodney Crain 4 months, 3 weeks ago

phew

We won, barely.

3-4th seed in NCAA's, maybe make the sweet 16 and lose the first game? We are just not playing very well. Where did the team that crushed Baylor go?

Tough to watch us struggle like that.

Mallory Briggans 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Scott you should know by now Self doesnt do what he says he should. He said he would give Yesufu Pettifords minutes when Pettiford got hurt ..........didnt happen. again with any reserve on this team you dont know how many minutes you will get . You can start as a reserve one game and sit the bench with little or no playing time for the next several games. Its as if Self plays you just to keep you interested before you are riding the pine again

Mallory Briggans 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Welcome to the rotation Zach ......lets hope Self gives you a shot . obviously he is a scoring threat away from the basket and can give you more scoring punch than Adams and Lightfoot combined . He has size and can rebound so i dont want to hear that garbage about him not being strong enough ..............I love Mitch but he gets muscled alot so give Zach some floor time. As far as Ochai hes been carrying the team all year Teams are game planning more and are making him work harder for his points. To think he is concerned about his draft stock is causing his play ....Self is playing him heavy minutes and the burden of being the go-to guy may have more to do with his production lately not him reading his press clippings

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I like Joe, but he made more than one bonehead play in the limited time he was in the game. It’s a one possession game, so every one of them counts. Coach plays players he can count on, though some might say that he coached the missed FTs so it would be a one possession game.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/leaders/win-loss-pct-coach-career.html

Coach Few Coach Cal Coach Self Coach K

Among active coaches. Maybe a top ten salary is commensurate with his winning percentage. Only legendary Coach Wooden is close to winning conference championships. Some will bemoan the number of losses in the tourney but you are bound to have more losses when you never miss a tourney. Some will complain about upsets, but that falling victim to your own success. Winning so much during the regular season leads to high seeds and anything less than a FF/NC being a failure. Winning so much also leads to entitled fans.

Rodney Crain 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Not every loss is equal Dirk. Hard to agree that every upset is falling victim to your own success either.

Surprised you are not using Astrology, tea leaves, and the phases of the moon as excuses. Everything but Self, who is, with his assistants a common link for the last 20 years.

I think Self is good, not great. He is worth his 5.x salary for our program. He is the best we can get.

As you have previously noted, Kansas can be a hard place to recruit, to get top talent too. There are a alot of reasons why we have wasted opportunities in the dance with Self as our coach. That list has to include our coach.

Am not really interested in any other measurement than winning it all. We should have had at least one more with Self. At least one.

Nick Kramer 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Because the NCAA tourney was canceled in 2020, I advocate for reverting to the Helms Foundation voting process for establishing a national champion. We were #1 seed and favored to win it all. Just print and hang the banner. Think of it as NCAA football before the playoffs.

Rodney Crain 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Well Nick since the Helms Foundation (there was no foundation, Helms bakery subsidized everything) was just two guys in 1936 LA, lets do it . Only Schroeder,the other guy, did all of the selecting retroactively for who should be the national champions should be all the way back to 1900. It has gone through a few of different names. It is now called the LA84 Foundation. Named after the Olympics which were in LA at that time. (I was at those games, got a bunch of neat pics, a few standing on the medal platform even. I had more hair back then)

So considering the world today, why not? I think all of us would like a little love for the 2020 team. They were very good and had a great chance to get to the final 4 and to cut down the nets. We could start a gofundme page for a banner.

Barry Weiss 4 months, 3 weeks ago

No doubt we need Remy back big time. Our offense is struggling and no one can break down an opponent like Remy. I do like Harris, but two games in a row he has had a big time turnover with less than a minute to go. Free Remy!

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

It’s easier to know more about coaching, and lots of things, when you don’t.

Time to recline the lazyboy.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Does that include you? Or just those who disagree with you?

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

+/- is the ultimate stat by a long shot but does seem to capture a lot for this game.

Scott Yessen 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Mallory, I agree. I don't understand his substitution patterns...not at all. Buy then again, I'm on my couch...so...there's that.

Blake Brown 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Went to the game as one of two for this trip and was nervous nelly all the way through. OU played really well, especially on defense and obviously, they hit a lot of shots.
Self makes a great substitution with KJ to defend the guy who was the obvious choice to have the ball in his hands at the end and Adams contested it big time. Happy to see Zach contribute majorly. Opponents are going to face up Och and make someone else beat them. We've got guys who can do it.

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Blake, good for you - enjoying the thrill ride onsite. Agreed, OU played really well. But they're not the only team played good defense vs KU - it's like almost every team that plays KU seems to have good defense, because coach BS plays are very predictable. Not a secret. Players don't seem to have bball IQ. They follow X's & O's with a pressure not making a mistake or they'll be benched.

Micky Baker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Clemence did a great job on Groves. Groves was visibly frustrated. Groves also should have been on the bench much of the second half if they had called other fouls he committed that went uncalled. That does not excuse leaving him alone at the top of the key, and Clemence stuck to him like Gorilla Glue.

There seems to be some division among the fans. Our conference is quite deep, and maybe the best in the country. Unfortunately teams, so many teams that are evenly matched play each other one team has to lose. They cannot put up a win just because it was a great basketball game to watch. Some do not think that we are the best conference, but it is difficult to not admit that what I said earlier in the paragraph is true.

The free throw issue is perplexing, especially at home when you have a two-possession lead in the final minutes. We have to get better at that. We also shot poorly from the perimeter, Wilson, Braun, and Clemence(defense) were the key guys today. I do like that development because we did not need 30 plus points from Ochai to win. However, we need Braun, Wilson, and a couple of other guys to step up and hit the outside shots, which would make us deadly in my opinion. Not necessarily 3-point shots, but long 2 point jumpers as well.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Brett - Feel free to point out when I’ve told Coach how he’s not coaching right. I definitely don’t know more about coaching, so ya, in a way it does apply to me. You’re welcome to disagree with me, but then I’m not a coach so not sure what that gets you. Personally, I try to stick with Jack Webb; Just the facts mam.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Rodney - Congratulations on the awards. Top salesperson? It’s commendable that you would be humble about it as well. It seems to that is similar to Coach Self.

I wonder though, how did you feel about the janitors critiquing your performance? Guessing maybe you didn’t solicit their opinions.

Rodney Crain 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Humble, has no place in the world today lol? "Selfie" is most used word.

I was in it for the money, awards mean nothing, Rod was talking about awards. Now the stock options I liked as an award. My awards since you asked - Team and individual too - Top district in the region, top district in the nation, Top Global team, Top earner, you know stuff like that. I lead teams in the USA and the Globe.

A little advice - if you are in the office Dirk you are not in front of a customer.

If I was ever at HQ and the janitor had a critique, I would listen. Their perspective would be a welcome insight. Unique even. Why not? Wait, do you think we are janitors on here Dirk? You of all people Dirk should show some respect regardless of someone's profession. I am appalled that you would disrespect someone on here.

Does Self solicit our opinions on this site? Come down off your high and mighty horse Dirk. Self does read, nor care what is said on here. Even the tripe you spout does not make his what to read today list.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Pre-2020, we suffered from the inability of the bigs, primarily Dok, to defend on the perimeter. A big, Dok, David, whomever, doesn’t need to shoot from the perimeter to be successful, but they do need to defend on the perimeter. That was the difference in 2020 from previous iterations of Dok.

KJ was supposed to be ahead of Zach defensively but it was nice to see him perform so well. It’s also nice that he does have the outside shot that must be respected. Loved the one handed rebound too.

It was a little concerning on several occasions in the first half when it was just Mitch or one Jayhawk fighting their entire team for a rebound. Once, there was even a nice tap out - ooops. No teammates in sight. It was good to see that improve as the game went on.

Brianna Zaleski 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Man, no love for Jalen…. I realize that this article is not dismiss, or disparage JW. And, as far as a “spark” goes, yes, I would agree that Clemence was definitely that. But my hats off to Jalen for being the rudder of the ship today, and for the last few conference games. His tough, timely rebounds, help save, and/or steal a possession, when needed most. His drives to the hoop have been efficient. And he plays through contact well, around the basket. The refs gave him absolutely no love today either, on said drives, as he routinely had to muscle through heavy contact in the act of shooting. Evidently, this years “great white hype” (Groves) doesn’t, or is incapable of fouling in those moments… CB was awesome today as well, and he was a virtual mirror to Jalen all day. If those 2 turned in consistent games like that, phew, we’re going to be a handful. But give JW his due. Everyone was crushing on the man for his slow start this year (self-induced), but he’s worked his way all the way back to being, consistently, one of, if not the best, player in most games now. Good for him. That deserves some respect… For the record, I’m not calling out any posters here, or this site per se, more nationally.

Pamela Shanks 4 months, 3 weeks ago

And, the more CB and JW step it up, the harder it will be for teams to focus so much on shutting down Ochai as their game plan. We need others to step up and not just look to find Ochai to score. That was my take away from Baylor. Ochai was out and suddenly our offense seemed free. Lots of players were playing to their strengths instead of looking for Ochai. Even Self admitted that he let them "just play" more. There are so many reasons to be glad to see Zach, JW and CB all step up in this game.

Andy Godwin 4 months, 3 weeks ago

We stuck around Lawrence after the men’s game to watch our lady Jayhawks take down their rivals from Manhattan. If you have not attended a women’s game, do so. They played a gutsy game, and are only 2 games out of 1st place for the Big 12.

A few lessons the men could learn from watching the lady Jayhawks. First, make your free throws down the stretch. The lady Jayhawks put the game away by making all their free throws when it counted. The KU men’s team could have prevented the game resting on a last shot by OU and in all honesty lucked out again (not so much against Texas).

Second, I watched KSU’s women’s post player, Ayoka Lee, who is one of the Big 12’s best centers and is a player of the year candidate. Lee, set single-game scoring record for Division I with 61 points against OU. In that game she made 23 of 30 shots from the floor — all 2-pointers. I watched her during the double header last night and she did not dribble the ball at all. She either caught the ball deep enough in the lane and went up for her shot or she immediately passed the ball and worked to reposition herself. If Self continues to work through the post, the players need to become less selfish and move the ball. Efficient scoring in the post under Self comes from working to get in good position before catching the ball (watch tape of Mr. Udoka Azubuike).

I know that Self does not really follow through with his claim – latest is “Zach Clemence needs more minutes”. Each game is clearly different, and he uses players based on his “feel” for the game, but this team is currently not a national championship contender and needs “something”. Kudos to Christian Braun for providing some much-needed energy when it counted and Jalen Wilson for battling the entire game. Mr. Agbaji is learning how tough it is to be the center of the opponent’s game plan and worked to score 11 points on 12 shots. It was also great to see Mr. Clemence fight for rebounds and have the footspeed to defend Tanner Groves on the perimeter during his clutch 9 minutes. By the way Mr. Groves is not the most gifted athletic player but he made the other KU’s post players look silly at times. I am sure the defensive scouting report was not to leave him wide open from the 3 but that message apparently didn't get through to all. Good thing Groves missed his first three wide open attempts (and finished 4 for 11 overall from outside the arch) or KU might have been down double digits at the half. It was only one game, but hopefully Mr. Clemence can bring a change of pace at times, given he is a legitimate 3-point shooter and is getting better defensively (as is KJ Adams). Rock Chalk.

Robert Brock 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Clemence gave us a brief glimpse of the Kansas future - bigs (don’t forget Cam Martin) drifting out draining threes. That is something completely new for Coach Self, who generally prefers bigs who post up low on the block.

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Dedrick Lawson and the Morris twins and Perry Ellis say hi...

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Robert - I was really hoping Cam was going to be an alternative this year. Even thought he might be an OA mid year change the way David has gone. I expect that Coach will continue to try to get David going because there is much potential but also expecting a shorter leash as guys step up. It’s gotta be a little harder with new guys that just don’t know as much of how they want to operate.

Andy - Great post. The FT comment reminds me of 2008. IIRC we were only shooting in the 60’s in noncon but improved to 70’s in conference play, then 80’s in March. As much as Mario’s shot is iconic, it’s not even a chance if we weren’t 13 of 14 on FTs.

The ultimate contrast is 2003(?) when we were under 50%. FTs are all on the drive of the individual players. There isn’t enough practice hours allowed to spend practicing FTs. Jackson was the poster child for FTs on the’08 team.

The year before (?), when he had to sit out, it was all he could do and raised his % by 20% or something like that. If guys are getting days off/rest, it should be easy and nearly effortless to practice FTs. Easy recovery day activity. It will make a difference.

Rodney Crain 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Andy, I would like to congratulate you on winning Dirk's Post of the day. It is rare and difficult to win this award, he does not like the janitors on this site.

Well done. To show his appreciation, he will empty his own trash this week.

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