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Kansas defeats Miami (Fla.) , 76-50

  • 1:20 p.m., March 27, 2022
  • United Center, Chicago, IL

Originally published March 27, 2022 at 03:39p.m., updated March 27, 2022 at 07:08p.m.

On to New Orleans: 2nd-half surge leads top-seeded Kansas past Miami and into the Final Four

The Kansas Jayhawks celebrate with the Midwest Regional trophy after defeating Miami, 76-50 to advance to the Final Four on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at United Center in Chicago.

The Kansas Jayhawks celebrate with the Midwest Regional trophy after defeating Miami, 76-50 to advance to the Final Four on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at United Center in Chicago.

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Chicago — The Kansas Jayhawks are headed back to the Final Four next week in New Orleans, and it was an unrelenting series of huge second-half plays in a 76-50 win over Miami on Sunday at the United Center that led them there.

Trailing by six at halftime after missing six free throws and all five of their 3-point attempts in the first half, the top-seeded Jayhawks (32-6) emerged from the locker room a different team, determined to make sure Miami’s plans of crashing the Jayhawks’ Elite Eight party lasted no longer.

“It was nothing anyone said,” KU coach Bill Self said after Sunday’s victory. “It was just these guys went out and did it.”

Every one of them. Over and over. Until the Rock Chalk chant filled the United Center and the Jayhawks were decked out in brand-new regional championship hats and T-shirts while celebrating with friends and family members on the same court they had just dominated.

Instead of sweat and squeaky sneakers, that court was now filled with red and blue confetti, a ladder at the basket on the north end and more hugs and high-fives between Jayhawks of all kinds, celebrating both the second-half dominance and next week’s trip to the Big Easy.

Just like that, the Jayhawks’ season-long goal of a national championship is suddenly just two wins away.

There’s plenty of time to get into that, though. Sunday was a day for celebrating.

KU senior Remy Martin heard his name chanted with a fevered pitch throughout the United Center after he scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in 24 minutes. Seniors Mitch Lightfoot and Ochai Agbaji discussed which would be the last to climb the ladder to cut the net and then watched as their head coach took that honor. Moments before that, Self, who lost his father in January, shared a big embrace with his mother, Margaret, after his fourth trip to the Final Four with the Jayhawks became official.

Self is now 4-5 in Elite Eight games at KU (4-7 all-time). And he continues to be fond of years that end with an 8 or a 2, having led the Jayhawks to the Final Four in 2008, 2012, 2018 and now 2022.

All of that was made possible by what could only be described as the Jayhawks’ best half of the season, which followed one of their worst.

“These guys earned it,” Self said after the win. “I’m so proud of them and for our program. Can’t wait to get to New Orleans.”

Five minutes into the second half, on their first 3-point make of the day by Christian Braun, the Jayhawks grabbed a 43-40 lead. They never gave it back.

That 3-pointer, which followed a two-handed transition slam by Braun that tied the game at 40, was part of a 19-5 run that blew the game open.

Kansas outscored Miami 47-15 in the second half and that set the stage for the celebration of the season.

In a half that saw Kansas shoot 59% from the floor while holding the Hurricanes (26-11) to 21% shooting, there were two huge plays that served as a teaser for what was about to come.

The first came moments after Braun’s 3-pointer. With Kansas leading 45-40 and in full-on attack mode on both ends, David McCormack wrestled the rebound away from Miami big man Sam Waardenburg and immediately went right back up. Hit by two guys, McCormack came down before the ball did. But when it did — falling softly through the net — he went into full mad-man mode, stomping along the baseline and all the way to the KU bench with big, bad steps befitting the massive play he just made. McCormack’s free throw that followed put Kansas up 48-40 and pushed KU’s second-half run to 14-5.

“I think it was a big momentum changer,” said McCormack, who finished with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 18 minutes. “I just know it pumped energy into the bench and everyone on the court, which made us guard better, move faster.”

Four minutes later, All-American guard Ochai Agbaji delivered what turned out to be the actual dagger.

With Kansas racing up the court yet again, Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player, Remy Martin, zipped a perfect pass to Agbaji in stride that opened an easy path to the basket. Perhaps playing too fast, and jumping too early, Agbaji shorted the layup and saw his momentum carry him to the opposite corner. A split-second after the miss, sophomore wing Jalen Wilson came flying in for the rebound, grabbing the ball off the glass and firing a pass to Agbaji in the corner all in the same motion.

Wide open and relaxed, Agbaji drilled the shot and Kansas led by a dozen.

“Plays like those, David’s and-one and my 3, once we made those, it was just like no looking back,” Agbaji said after the victory.

Eight minutes after his first triple of the night — in almost the exact same spot — Agbaji ripped the net again with another 3-pointer to give him a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the day. After the second one, the KU senior turned to the United Center stands and waved his hands as if to say, “It’s over.”

Truth be told, it was over the minute the second half started.

The Jayhawks have said all season that they believe they’re at their best when they get out and run.

They proved that one more time during Sunday’s second half, forcing misses and miscues by the Hurricanes and capitalizing on them immediately with relentless transition offense.

Braun’s dunk that tied the game came on a pitch-ahead by Agbaji. Sixty-two seconds later, the roles were reversed and it was Braun who threw ahead to Agbaji for another easy bucket.

“The lid was going to come off eventually,” said Self, who watched his team hit four consecutive half-court shots at the end of Saturday’s practice and thought that might’ve been the moment that broke the seal. “But that was an impressive start to the second half.”

And once it hit, the game was never in question.

With 2:40 remaining, Agbaji stood above the 3-point line while waiting for fellow-senior Mitch Lightfoot (9 points in 17 minute) to shoot free throws and yelled to the bench.

“Teahan,” Agbaji shouted.

He then smiled and pointed at his wrist where his watch would be.

It was, in fact, Teahan Time for the 15th time this season.

And although the cult hero walk-on did not score in this one, no one cared. The fact that he played said everything that needed to be said.

The Jayhawks had won and were headed back to the Final Four, where they’ll join a blue blood cast that includes Duke (32-6) and North Carolina (28-9) in one semifinal and old NCAA Tournament nemesis Villanova on KU’s side.

Self’s Jayhawks and Jay Wright’s Wildcats (30-7) will play the early game next weekend in a rematch of the 2018 semifinal in San Antonio.

Tipoff is slated for 5:09 p.m. from the Caesars Superdome.

The Jayhawks, who are scheduled to arrive at Allen Fieldhouse at 9:15 p.m. Sunday night, will travel to New Orleans on Wednesday.

Comments

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

A tale of two halves. WOW WOW WOW

I almost felt sorry for Miami late in the second half, almost.

They were on the back foot from the start of the 2nd half. 4 to's and we were rolling.

I am so happy for this team, they have checked every box so far. Only 1 more to check. Has to be a great feeling for the seniors too. Happy for Self!

Looking at the box score for the first half it was just like how Auburn lost. We flipped the switch and now we are cutting nylon. LOVE IT!

Bring on the Final four, I like our chances.

Steve Zimmerman 3 months, 1 week ago

Really Rod? Is that all you can come up with? ;)

Dan Leftwich 3 months, 1 week ago

Those two statements definitely go together. Having that dominant inside presence opened up the outside and Ochai saw the ball go in early. Someone might have told Ochai at halftime "you're our thoroughbred, hit your stride and take us to the finish line." Defense got them off and running to New Orleans. Enjoy this one for a day, boys. Villainova awaits. Rock Chalk Jayhawk Final Four KU!

Daniel Kennamore 3 months, 1 week ago

If the second half team shows up next weekend we've got a really good chance.

That first half was ROUGH though.

Barry Weiss 3 months, 1 week ago

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! That second half defense was tenacious and turned this game around! FINAL FOUR BABY!!!!!!

Steve Zimmerman 3 months, 1 week ago

We made shots, with stellar D, got their only 5 out - and McC carried us inside. We should be able to handle Jay & team, I'm confident now. Thank you team!!!!

Lee Short 3 months, 1 week ago

Welcome back, Agbaji! Congratulations KU!

Today the game was played that I recognized and knew they could do. The momentum we have right now reminds me of the year we won the national championship, but Villanova will be tough.

Dave McCormack thanks for an awesome game!

Whatever happened over the half-time break was totally awesome. Maybe we could have the same talk before the next game starts. Easier on the heart.

Totally awesome! Even more convincing than you would expect from a 1-seed and a 10-seed.

Say, if you guys get a chance this week, might want to practice free throws. (Just noting that for a friend.)

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

We know they can hit ft's at least. Hopefully just a bump in the road.

Blake Brown 3 months, 1 week ago

How wonderful! Great 2nd half. Our will came out in full force as a team.
You all celebrate it righteously as we are. Rock Chalk!

Tony Bandle 3 months, 1 week ago

Random Thoughts:

1] We had them at half time....we didn't have a big lead to blow, we hadn't hit a three and Bill was warming up on the sideline for his typical "ass blistering" half time speech!

2] That half was almost as entertaining as the first half of the 1988 National Championship game with Oklahoma.

3] As I predicted, Duke, Nova, KU and NC [ game just started but I'll take a chance on this prediction}.

4] In my view, the turning point was when Charlie Moore hit his head on the court and had to leave the game........Miami never recovered and I don't think he totally recovered either.

5] The only thing consistent about the refs was inconsistency.

6] I didn't realize North Carolina was that close to us in victories. Didn't they start playing like 30 years after we started???

7] AAAHHH!!! The season goes on for another six days at least. :}.

8] According to all reports the Nova guard is done and they only play six guys or so......we owe Jay Wright BIG TIME!!

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

  • 2] No one gave us a chance against OU and we went toe to toe with them that half. Man, Lawrence was loud that night!

  • 6] I refuse to answer this due to the win today.

  • 8] Just confirmed he has a torn ACL he is out. We do owe Jay some payback.

Suzi Marshall 3 months, 1 week ago

The first half, I felt like we were all watching the '11 VCU game all over again. Although the first couple of minutes in the first half was a huge relief, it was the look on Mac face, caught by CBS after his put pack, that set my mind at ease knowing we had this game.

James Donnell 3 months, 1 week ago

That’s funny. I saw that look in DMac’s eyes and thought the same thing.

Len Shaffer 3 months, 1 week ago

VCU was a natural game to think of, but I was thinking of the '03 championship game against Syracuse, in which we went 12-for-30 from the FT line. Thank God our missed free throws didn't cost us this time.

Suzi Marshall 3 months, 1 week ago

Pretty soon, we'll all hopefully be talking about the '91 championship game when duke beat the 'Hawks by shooting 28fts to our 8. www.sports-reference.com/cbb/boxscore...

Garry Wright 3 months, 1 week ago

6] UNC started in 1910, far short of 30 years later.

Jonathan Allison 3 months, 1 week ago

4] In my view,...

I didn't go back and rewatch, but I am assuming that you were making a joke about him hitting his head on the floor?

Either way, Charlie Moore had a good tourney. Good for him. Our stable of PGs is almost ridiculous so him moving on was probably a wise choice.

Tony Bandle 3 months, 1 week ago

P.S. 9] Which commercial are you all sickest of seeing over and over. My vote is Jake and the coasters.

Daniel Kennamore 3 months, 1 week ago

The uber eats one about whether toothpaste is food.

Steve Zimmerman 3 months, 1 week ago

I was gonna say PizzaHut until KU won... ONE SHINING MOMENT! Perfecto..

Bryce Landon 3 months, 1 week ago

10] Am I the only one who has noticed that Bill Self's Final Fours come in years that end in a "2" and an "8", and when the host city is San Antonio or New Orleans?

Mallory Briggans 3 months, 1 week ago

villanovas 2 National Championships both were after they beat Kansas during the tournament Lets hope that doesnt happen the 3rd time.

Bryce Landon 3 months, 1 week ago

Villanova won another national title in 1985 and it didn't come at KU's expense.

Lonnie Ross Dillon 3 months, 1 week ago

True, but that was Rollie Massamino, not Jay Wright :)

Bryce Landon 3 months, 1 week ago

During the first half, I thought the Jayhawks looked tight and scared, like they had no idea what to do in an Elite Eight game and were trying to force the issue. And as the Hurricanes hit shot after shot and built a lead. It looked like a typical KU NCAA Tournament loss in the making, with us unable to hit makeable shots or any three-pointers, and one of their players (Kameron McGusty) going bananas on us and scoring any way he wanted. I thought to myself, "Oh crap, here we go again prolapsing when we can least afford to do so."

And then in the second half, the Jayhawks remembered that they were the Jayhawks. They imposed their will on the Hurricanes on both ends of the floor, playing maybe their best defense of the year in holding Miami to 15 second half points. Ochai Agbaji, in particular, remembered that he was Ochai Agbaji and started doing Ochai Agbaji things. We started hitting three-pointers, and better yet, we kept Miami from hitting a 3 the entire second half. It was the most dominating performance I've seen from KU in the Elite Eight since the 2002 team pounded Oregon by 18. We wiped that smug smirk off of Kameron McGusty's face and outscored Miami by 32, and now we're going to the Final Four!

Looks like I once again owe Bill Self an apology. I was certain he had lost his touch after his team got trounced by football schools Auburn and Southern California in back-to-back tournaments, and I thought KU made a huge mistake in giving him a lifetime contract. Now at last, I see that the lifetime contract was a good idea after all. I'll never demand that his contract be voided again. And if he leads KU to the national championship, he should be untouchable.

We've had some heartbreak in New Orleans the last three times the Final Four was held down there in the Superdome, hopefully now we'll reverse that trend and achieve college basketball immortality next Monday night!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Bob Zielinski 3 months, 1 week ago

This is childish but I am posting it anyway, for those handful of haters and negative Jayhawks on here, post Dayton loss message board:

Bob Zielinski Self has given McCormack the chance to redeem his early season play. That did not happen so I am betting his minutes are heavily reduced until he shows improvement. Dayton had some nice players, teams lose, it is going to be fine.

This team is a bunch of new parts and some inexperience. Anyone who does not see Final Four potential is jaded and biased towards focusing on the negative. Get all wound up if you must, criticize all you want but once this season plays out and the ball is being tipped for the Final Four games, KU will be one of those teams on the floor.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

Bob - How were the basketballs they used tonight? Did they factor into either half? Too much air still? Too orange?

I got a letter teed up to send to the NCAA after your post a day or two ago.

Bob Zielinski 3 months, 1 week ago

Send that letter, please. That validation of your input will assure the right people see the letter. Just sign it ‘Rodney’, no need to give a last name, everyone in the sports community knows.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

LOL Bob, I could not beleive you posted that a few days ago. That sounded like grassy knoll level stuff.

Bob Zielinski 3 months, 1 week ago

Why is that? The balls are significantly different than what teams have been using all years and a game ball during the regular season has been played with and practiced with for months. They are very broken in and soft. KU exclusively used FIBA balls ahead of their trip to Europe a few years ago just so the players would be used to them for those games.

Glad I blew your mind on that one. Hopefully you have learned something to add to your incessant bloviating.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

It is the same for both teams right? Same baskets, too? Same shot clock for both teams.

You are reaching bobby!

Jonathan Allison 3 months, 1 week ago

the balls ARE too orange, but my eyes have adjusted.

Phyllis Hartwick 3 months, 1 week ago

The basketballs are awful. My husband commented on them during this game. We have noticed that all teams seem to miss more shots than ever. If it hits the rim, it bounces off in some weird direction. He said they have way too much air, therefore too hard.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

Just a simple question for you clowns , are you still using a tube tv?

No judgement if you are.

Brad Watson 3 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations for making it into the Final Four!!!!....To outscore a team by 32 points in an Elite Eight game in one half is off the charts...Great job by all the players ...coaches...staff...everyone involved with the team...all played a role in the victory!!!...WELL DONE !!!!!!! Get some rest ...study hard on Villanova....lots of free throws everyday...blinders on...total focus!!!!

Chad Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

that's the KU team I expected to see all tournament long in the 2nd half. and what I really mean is the will and determination to take that game and "attack it" as coach self talked about pregame. they played not to lose in the 1st half and then realized, we need to just go and take this game. that's what impressed me the most and what I was hoping for. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

Len Shaffer 3 months, 1 week ago

Well said, Chad.

It actually reminded me of a personal incident. I was in a two-person musical called "Party of 2," and for the first few songs I was having terrible stage fright and feeling very jittery.

I was backstage during one of her solo numbers and I kept repeating to myself to just go for it, have fun and not be afraid of making a fool of myself.

The next time I went out there, I was able to let everything go and it was fine after that.

On a tiny level, this game reminded me of that experience.

Lee Short 3 months, 1 week ago

Tony, as a proud Kansas fan, I will address #6 KU has had 123 seasons, NC has played 111 seasons. (Kentuck has had 118 seasons.).

The early years of college basketball, however, only had between 9 to 11 games a season or approximately only 1/3rd of the games we have now. (By comparison, Kansas stands at 38 games played this season.) It is well known that KU's first coach, Naismith, the inventor of B-ball, is the only coach to have a losing record at KU. He got us into a hole, so to speak. Many of those early games in college basketball were not against other colleges.

Coach Self said yesterday, after initially being caught off guard about the question re the how much it meant to wear the moniker that he WOULD use this stat in the future to recruit players. This is a stat Kentucky has been quoting for the last 26 years. (Kentucky, per CBS, painfully removed their longstanding Twitter boast.

Here's the link:

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/kentucky-removes-winningest-program-from-twitter-bio-after-kansas-passes-wildcats-on-all-time-wins-list/

Some people can't see the forest for the trees on the value to most KU fans (and recruiters) of being able to say we have the winningest team in history. That's their prerogative if they hate the stat, although they should not try to control people to do. Broadcasters will continue to mention this stat several times a year until the title is lost again.

With Kentucky being among the best-recruiting teams in the country for years and plastering this winningest title all around, it certainly doesn't hurt that we can now boast this and they can't.

Len Shaffer 3 months, 1 week ago

Hear, hear, Lee!

When I started getting into KU basketball in the early '70s, we were WAY behind UK (as well as being behind both UNC and St. John's), so to actually pass them is an amazing thing. And if we can keep gaining like we have been, maybe at some point we can catch UNC and UK in winning percentage as well. (Admittedly, catching UK in percentage will be tough, but we may be able to catch UNC in the next 5-10 years, especially with Roy no longer there.)

Garry Wright 3 months, 1 week ago

I keep hearing every once in a while that KU was behind St. John's at one time. I'd like to see the data on that. In checking the records, I note that St. John's has never even been close to winning more games than KU.

Garry Wright 3 months, 1 week ago

I'm not sure what you mean by "in the early '70s, we were WAY behind UK." During the '70s we went from +1 ahead to -44 behind. That's further behind than I would have liked, but WAY behind? Being behind did increase during the '80s, but we've been chipping away ever since and have now once again become the team with the most wins. It's always been great to be a Jayhawk fan. I hope to celebrate my 70th season with a national title!

Lee Short 3 months, 1 week ago

Remy just won the Midwest region's Most Outstanding Player (MOP) award. This was won through voting by the basketball sportswriters who covered the two regional games. .

This is not a surprise to most who watched the tournament. Remy was so dominant in the first tournament game (23 points, 7 rebounds in only 27 minutes with the highest efficiency) he was deemed the most outstanding player, overall. for the two games taken as a whole.. .

https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/college/ncaa/article259837475.html .

Awesome tourney play for Remy and the rest of this awesome KU team! Now to the next round!

Barry Weiss 3 months, 1 week ago

not according to his teammates and Coach. You probably miss all the charging fouls he draws. Let it go Rodney, you can do it!

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

Barry anybody but you I might respond with detail on why he still sucks.

But since you are special lets just agree to disagree.

Len Shaffer 3 months, 1 week ago

A few quotes from after the 1/29 game against UK:

"It's amazing how we're still leading B12. I guess that's what coach Self was trying to remind us fans. I'll be happier if we can move pass 2nd round of the tourney."

"Please cross DMac out of any of conversation. He's done. Reached his ceiling. Just have to accept the fact, he's in the team. I'm done criticizing him. I've lost hope on him." (Admittedly, I was feeling similarly about DMac, and I still always worry about which version of him will be showing up. Fortunately, the "good Dave" showed up today.)

"Like some teams practice with helmets and shoulder pads, get tough because we are not tough. We lack heart."

"We don’t have the personnel To have a championship season. Recruiting over the past 4 years has been marginal at best! We have look forward to 2023!"

"Good thing we signed Self to a lifetime contract that swells faster than his waist-line...otherwise he might feel pressure to win games as hyped nationally as this."

As I posted at the time, it was ONE GAME. Maybe, just maybe, some of you will try to keep things a little more in perspective when we have a terrible REGULAR SEASON game in the future? Then again, since "fan" is short for "fanatic," I wouldn't count on it.

Anyway, Rock Chalk and what a glorious day to be a Jayhawk!

Steve Zimmerman 3 months, 1 week ago

You know how to ruin the mood, eh Len? :(

It's good that DMac heard us fans, right, Len? We're fortunate that he can man-handle undersized team in Miami. Here's to 'good Dave' shows for the rest 2 games!!!!

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

Did you keep those in a file or posted on a wall?

Bill Kiekel 3 months, 1 week ago

GREAT team second Half Effort !! Lets win the whole thing, we have the talent & coaching to go ALL THE WAY !

Dirk Medema 3 months, 1 week ago

The narrative is about the second half and mostly about the scoring outburst. It seems to me it was mostly about the D. 15 pts! That’s the second time in the last week, and it began with KJ at the end of the first half. Big hat tip to the young man for showing the old guys how it’s supposed to be done 😉

David didn’t play a lot of minutes but did seem pivotal in getting their guys into foul trouble. I commented pregame about them going away from Dave and Mitch if JWil was one Miamis 5, but that was before I noticed miller was their rebounding guard who was shooting under 30% from deep. So glad that he didn’t become a hero, but loved Dave “guarding” him.

The thing about Dave’s beast mode play was just the extra energy it displayed. Across the board it seemed indicative of the entire team from KJ through the second half.

What a fun game. It went much too quickly.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 1 week ago

The tourney is about match ups, and Jay is a master at creating favorable matchups for his guys. It will be interesting to see how losing a starter affects them. But as said, that’s for another day.

Today is about fun and celebrating.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 1 week ago

This makes Coach Self 4-5 in E8’s in 19 years at KU. That means they advance that far about every other year and win about half of them. And that’s with having the rug pulled out from under one of the best teams in ‘20.

Pretty stinking good.

Steve Zimmerman 3 months, 1 week ago

Let's finish what '18 (Dok, Graham et al) team couldn't - revenge that is, against Wright's Nova. They beat us in FinalFour with fool's gold. KU fans now can rest assure that our team knows how to protect the perimeter with their stellar D as Dirk mentioned. That and Remy, when we make shots, we're UNBEATABLE. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWKS!

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

Well Lee,

A few tidbits you left out.

  • Naismith lost 5 games more than he won.  I am sure he is very concerned that you think he got us into such a huge hole.  He just wanted something for the students to do inside during the cold winters in Cambridge MA.  Have you read the book about him, it's very interesting.

  • Basketball was popular but not organized, thus you (meaning every team in America) playedwhoever you could close by.  Everyone did this.  Cars were not around that much when we started playing.  If you traveled it was still on the rails.  Or - Horse, wagon or coach, whatever you had.  We played teams close to us up through the mid 1920's.  Our only loss during our 1923 Helms Foundation banner was to the semi pro K.C. athletic club.  Adolph Rupp played on that team and the year before.

  • Saying you have most wins is way down the list for a teenager (it's about getting to the pros, education and national TV).   It is not mentioned by any other major college sports either.  All of these other sports started in college 30-40 years before basketball.  I posted to Pamela about the details a week or so ago.  If most wins gets us more top 50 ranked recruits, let's make a banner, flag, erect a statue whatever you want.  No need though it just will not make a difference.

  • I can see the forest very clearly, can you understand the math of your boast?  We have played almost 160 more games than KY.  We needed 160 more games to pass them.  Any one with an ounce of reason could see that it's nice to say. but in truth, you at the very least need an asterisk* next to it.  Just add an * to your boast and I will smile and move on.  Claim it does not need one, well then, I will factually disagree.

Always willing to help with facts Lee.  

Bob Zielinski 3 months, 1 week ago

Rodney says “ Saying you have most wins is way down the list for a teenager (it's about getting to the pros, education and national TV)”.

Rodney has a pretty good idea of what teenage boys in his area will respond to.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

Not sure about you Bob but I was a male teenager once. Are you or have you ever been a male teenager? Do you remember?

Tim Orel 3 months, 1 week ago

Michigan cares very much and brags that they're the winningest college football team. Just saying, it is important, even if just to alumni and fans.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

There not Tim. Their winning % is one of the lowest of the top 10 teams. Just like us they have played more games, and lost more that most of the other top 10 teams.

Micky Baker 3 months, 1 week ago

All you wrote is true. It would probably be wiser to say that KU is the winningest team since 1988, including that National Championship team because that is true. It is also true that Adolph Rupp's tenure as coach at Kentucky is the main reason for their success in having as many wins as they have in fewer games.

The game has changed in the level of talent and the number of talented players. The addition of the 3 point arc and extending its distance from the goal, recruiting changes, and the difference in the caliber of competition that each team plays against can vary widely from one season to another because of players leaving early for the NBA, and now the transfer portal.

The 160 games is a big gap that cannot be overcome and the winning percentage thing will likely not be overcome in my lifetime unless Kentucky has a bunch of under 20 win seasons while we have 30 plus in the same years.

It would be best if we just claimed the most wins in the 21st century or since 1990, because it is true and it may be more difficult to achieve that in that time frame than it would have been during the 1930s through 1950s or so.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

I agree 100% Micky!

I like winningest too, you, and my fellow KU alums said the same thing to me this morning.

Excellent post sir.

Pamela Shanks 3 months, 1 week ago

Since you brought it up, yes, you did post to me and it did not change my mind. I still think this will come up in recruiting, particularly Self's role in achieving this. And, yes, everyone who has been following this discussion knows how many losses KU has including me. At least you didn't mansplain the role of a point guard when responding to me. Thanks for that!

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

Pamela you are dreaming.

I now approve, thanks Mikey, of saying we are the "winningest" mens basketball team in the country. If that gets us top 50 recruits yeah!

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

Mikey I spoke to my cousin and sister this about the FF4, they are both KU alums and they said the same thing. Winningest!

Winningest is true and acknowledges the accomplishment of the acheivement, not our record. There is no need to define games or losses

I agree 100%

Winningest works for me too. I have changed my mind.

KU mens basketball is the winningest program in all of college basketball.

Mallory Briggans 3 months, 1 week ago

To the Jyahawk nation , to Steve Z.,Len,Lee,Suzi Joe Ross .To Chad Brad Rodney Bryce and Tony and all the regulars who post on this forum, I want to thank you for time to let me voice my opinion and read other opinions . i write this with mixed emotions . I am exited and proud of what this team has accomplished but at the same time knowing that this season is coming to an end knowing there will be a void that has kept me engaged with the program those 2 hours when I shut out the world Again Matt thank you for the work you do keeping us informed on the state of the team Although we are not done again this has been a great season ,........and a special thanks to Mitch Lightfoot , not the quickest or the strongest not the fastest or most talented, but having the heart of a champion i will miss that about him the most. To hear the Jayhawk Chant 2 more times will be music to me ears

Go Jayhawks

Steve Zimmerman 3 months, 1 week ago

You're not going anywhere, are you, Mallory? We're not finished yet. Thanks for putting up with me b!$*%ing, as well. We all want the best for KU basketball after all.

Brad Watson 3 months, 1 week ago

You are welcome!!!...I enjoy the interaction.

Mallory Briggans 3 months, 1 week ago

No Steve.........Ill be banging on the keys when next season starts ......Im just sad this season is coming to a close

Micky Baker 3 months, 1 week ago

The men played like men in the second half. They asserted themselves and just outran Miami down the floor. The defense was also good in the second half. It was dominant and it was also classy that we took the foot off the pedal after the final TV Timeout.

I am proud of the heart these guys have shown. When things looked bad for them the past couple of games, they did not get down on themselves. The pressure was on at halftime, but they took that the right way and came out with an intensity level at least as high as they have had all year.

Miami's starting 5 is pretty good and they outplayed us in the first half. We couldn't get the offense rolling, but it was the transition basketball early in the second half. 3/4 court passes on target for easy baskets and it wore down Miami pretty quick in the second half with their lack of depth and fouls mounting on them.

With that said, the free throw issue today cannot happen again. I do not expect 100% from the line, but 33% is not acceptable. We got away with it today, but now it's 4 teams that know what it's like to be here.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

oh to be a fly in that lockeroom at half time.

Tony Bandle 3 months, 1 week ago

Seems like things are breaking all Crimson and Blue.

No Iowa, no Auburn, 16th seed play in team, a 9th, a short bench 4th, a 10th and now a 2 with their best player out followed most likely by a chance to end Rat Face's career on a HUGE LOSS!!!!

GO Hawks!!

Lance Hobson 3 months, 1 week ago

5)I didn’t see the game but everyone on the radio broadcast was saying that the charging call was actually a huge flop and that really hurt KU inside.

Micky Baker 3 months, 1 week ago

The charge on DMAC early in the game was a flop on the Miami Defender. DMAC barely made contact and he definitely did not lower his shoulder into him. He simply turned and the guy flopped.

Lance Hobson 3 months, 1 week ago

Forde mentioned all the victories in SI as part of his Blue Blood Final 4 article. It will be a huge storyline. Nothing but excitement!

Lee Short 3 months, 1 week ago

Rodney, no you don't see the forest for the trees. You have a blind spot, which by definition you can't see. The basic tenants of support for the value of this title were laid out very early on when the topic surfaced a few months ago. It was alluded to then that the context of any statistic, including this one, can be further contextualized. You never, successfully, refuted those posts, nor subsequent posts in this vein. .

While your position seems sophomoric, it is not wrong. You do have valid points, but none of that changes the fundamental point here just as noting Hank Aaron's more at-bats, seldom mentioned, does not change that he is the HR leader of all time. One person can see a glass-half-full, another half-empty. They can both be true at the same time.
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The broadcasting community, UK (until a few days ago), Coach Self (as he noted yesterday) and most fans are happy to mention this title from time to time. For some reason, it appears you can't let it go until everyone thinks the same as you i.e. take no pride, mention, or happiness in KU having the most program wins in history. It appears you will probably be frustrated with future televised games that are apt to mention this stat as was noted today. .

Rodney, let those who are happy that KU has won the most games express so without posting the same naysayer arguments to the contrary. People who think the total wins stat has value won't try to convince you that you have to think it does. . . As this matter could go on for years, the aforementioned recommendation seems like a pretty easy solution, really. Please consider it.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

It defies logic to think that you can claim most wins when you had to cheat (play more games) to beat the record.

If it is ok to cheat then what value is the record really? Maybe that is why there are not most win records brought up in other sports. You can not equate it.

Gary Wirsig 3 months, 1 week ago

Now you call it cheating. Talk of defying logic!

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

Gary I have called it cheating a lot of times on here.

I now approve saying we are the winningest mens college basketball program.

Garry Wright 3 months, 1 week ago

Rodney, did I read the above second line correctly? Now I understand that you approve saying it doesn't mean that you agree with it. But what a step saying you approve of saying it! 😁

Matt Gauntt 3 months, 1 week ago

Obviously Rodney knows nothing about marketing. When you are trying to win a project (or in this case, convince a recruit to come to your school), you don't emphasize the bad, you emphasize the good (can't believe I have to actually say that). You don't go into a prospect's house and say "yeah, we have won a lot of games, but we cheated to get there by playing more. We just aren't as good as Kentucky, but hopefully you come here anyway.....pretty please!!"

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

​Well Matt, since my degree, awards, top 100 customers, and a list of many other things are all in marketing, I don't think it was wise of you to bring this up. I have newspaper pictures of our winning college team in the AMA if you want. My idea, our classmates executed it, we beat out 18 other colleges. First time our school ever won it. Sorry, I digress. Who wants to hear anyone being boastful anyway? LOL

Matt, a free lesson, truth is key in a first two way meeting. Self is a master of this. You do not lead or even mention anything boastful. Education, Getting to the NBA, I would add playing time, and Winning championships is what you talk about. Once you have established trust, you can mention the winningest program in the nation. It is not high on any recruits list. It is a throw away line as you are walking out of their door.​

Steve Zimmerman 3 months, 1 week ago

BTW, ESPN: The 26-point win marked the largest in the Elite Eight by any team since 1992.

Bill Kiekel 3 months, 1 week ago

NOW, that is impressive --- LARGEST Elite Eight WIN MARGIN in 30 Years !

Mallory Briggans 3 months, 1 week ago

The Final Four

Chris Rock vs Will Smith

Rodney Crain vs Lee Short

Rodney Crain 3 months, 1 week ago

​LOL

I was watching that last night, I could not believe Will Smith​ did that​.​ Last time they will have tables near the stage.​ I said oh no when the best actor category came up, sure enough he wins. That was hilarious. Then he gets a standing ovation. Dude just slapped a guy on a worldwide broadcast? Hollywood.

Lee Short, never mind I am out of ink.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 1 week ago

Tony - I’m hoping Hubert and crew can win the Tobacco Road series to stop the narrative so that everyone can just hear about basketball again.

Garry Wright 3 months, 1 week ago

I don't know if anyone has mentioned this or not, but the last time KU won the National Championship, all four teams had blue as part of their colors. Appears to be the same this year. Perhaps an omen! Except I don't believe in omens! 😄

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