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Love Kansas bringing back the Circus font unis today. Trajan font's reign of terror must end.
Entire TCU bench watching the intro video
Allen field house with the bros @trejones03 @Tyusjones06 #RockChalk pic.twitter.com/M8B37YLzMN
In here at Allen Field House, gonna catch this KU game wit @Chief_Justise #RockChalk
Kevin Young just did a "fro salute" up to his little brother, who has the exact same haircut. Awesome.
The reality is TCU fans will never forget beating KU this season. KU fans will forget by Monday they covered the 25-pt spread in rematch
The fact KU lost to a team it leads 38-9 at the half is exhibit A of this strange season.
38 - 9 #ku
LOL at Kansas/TCU score
McLemore dunk had us all out our seat... Crazy! I had to hold the crowd back.
Dude. Can. Fly. #MacAttack
2/23/13, 7:47 PM
Low key, I'm a lil star struck getting to hang w/ JoJo White, Walt Wesley, Mark Randell & Zo Jamison. #StillAFan @KU_Hoops
2/23/13, 9:54 PM
115 years of KU basketball! So amazing to see greats like Jojo White, Bud Stallworth and Ted Owens.
My CBB atmosphere rankings: 1) Kansas 2) Indiana 3) Arizona 4) UNC 5) Illinois 7,382) Penn State
Bill Self is 50 years old and has a chance to win his 500th game on Monday. If he goes til 65 and averages 33 wins, he'd have 995 total.
2/24/13, 6:32 AM
Early Bird gets the worm #Jayhawks
None of TCU’s starters scored in the first half. The Horned Frogs shot 4-23, committed 10 turnovers and recorded only one assist.
“Tonight we played as a team tonight,” freshman guard Ben McLemore said. “Down there we just seemed like we just moving fast and we didn’t have that pace, that Kansas pace that we usually play. We just had that momentum today.”
And Kansas’ offense made sure that nothing TCU did in the second half would let it back in the game.
The Jayhawks had four dunks in the first six minutes of the game, while freshman forward Perry Ellis had the confidence to drain a long 2-point jumper at the top of the key on his way to 12 points off the bench. Senior forward Kevin Young had six rebounds in the first seven minutes, three of which were offensive rebounds that led to points.
“Every game we want to score easy buckets inside and get that going because that leads to easy shots on the perimeter,” senior center Jeff Withey said. “Our guards helped us out and we knew that they weren’t going to really run in transition too much unless they had numbers, like three on one. We knew that we could crash the boards and we had everybody going in and trying to rebound.”
It got so bad for TCU that coming out of a timeout in the first half they committed a 5-second violation on the inbounds pass.
And then there was McLemore.
Air McLemore took off from Allen Fieldhouse late in the first half, driving the baseline and degrading the rim with a vicious one-handed tomahawk slam.
“After the game Coach Townsend told me that was one of the best dunks I had this year,” McLemore said. “I think the windmill was (the best) at the beginning of the year.”
"Obviously they were upset. I don't know for what," joked TCU coach Trent Johnson.
The nine points scored in the first half by TCU were the fewest in any half in the last 15 years of Big 12 games - the fewest the Jayhawks had ever allowed in a Big 12 game. And they were the fewest allowed in a half by Kansas since Cornell scored nine on Jan. 2, 1996.
Devonta Abron had 18 points to lead the Horned Frogs, who have lost five straight by an average of nearly 22 since their victory over the Jayhawks. They have also lost 13 of 14 overall, their most recent win against anybody else coming Dec. 30 against Mississippi Valley State.
"We started out kind of rough all we could have done was keep our heads up and play through it," Abron said. "We had open shots. We just weren't making them."
These are the kind of novelties that occur when KU and TCU play in the same conference. The Horned Frogs now are 10-17 and 1-13 in league play, the lone win coming against KU three weeks ago in Fort Worth. The Jayhawks are 23-4 and stationed in first place at 11-3, having officially moved past one of the weirdest upsets in school history.
“It’ll hopefully be not discussed much moving forward,” Self said. “We just need to start thinking positive thoughts.”
The Jayhawks are finding it easier to feel the positive vibes after shaking off the three-game losing streak that dogged them earlier this month. Everything is relative, of course — “Three games? Give me a break,” TCU coach Trent Johnson groaned — but that stretch, and especially the loss at TCU, represented the low point of KU’s season.
To fully purge the unpleasant memories, KU needed to inflict some pain on TCU. The Jayhawks did exactly that, holding TCU scoreless for the first 5:09 and the final 8:37 of the first half en route to a 38-9 halftime lead.
“We had to let these guys know that it wasn’t going to be the same game as last time,” forward Kevin Young said.
…Point guard Elijah Johnson scored seven points and played 29 minutes despite dealing with a stomach ailment.
“He’s had some stomach issues that we thought potentially may be serious the last three or four days,” Self said. “But we know what’s wrong, and he’s going to be fine. He was struggling a little bit out there today.”
For his part, Johnson appreciated the opportunity presented Saturday. He and his team toured the facility and viewed tributes to James Naismith and Phog Allen, while learning of KU legends such as Jo Jo White and Wilt Chamberlain.
Fitting, really. Saturday happened to be the 115th-year celebration for KU hoops, which was attended by roughly 200 former players. White was among those at the reunion, along with his coach, Ted Owens.
The Jayhawks were aware who was watching and realized another letdown against TCU was unacceptable.
“We knew we had to beat these guys by a lot to prove ourselves to the older guys,’’ said center Jeff Withey, who led KU with 18 points. “It’s just great to have everybody come back and support you. That’s what makes Kansas Kansas.’’
“I’m a big basketball historian and a big basketball guy,” Johnson said. “Phog Allen (Fieldhouse) was eye-opening for us.”
Johnson also said his players were able to meet former KU guard Jo Jo White — he was in town for KU’s 115-year reunion — at their team hotel.
Three of TCU’s players didn’t even know that Wilt Chamberlain played for KU before learning more about him this weekend.
“When you get a chance to experience something like this,” Johnson said, “you don’t want to take it for granted.”
…“We knew what we were expecting when we came up here, especially with the crowd. They really got fiery with the crowd,” TCU sophomore forward Devonta Abron said. “It’s a beautiful atmosphere in here. All I can say is they came with it.”
Jeff Withey and his Kansas University basketball teammates watched Jayhawk legends Jo Jo White, Walt Wesley, Dave Robisch, Bill Hougland, Bill Lienhard, Wayne Simien, Ted Owens and approximately 190 others settle into their seats behind the Jayhawk bench during warmups on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Talk about extra motivation to perform well against TCU, a team that had defeated the Jayhawks on Feb. 6 in Fort Worth, Texas. ...
“I don’t know too many schools that have all the (former) players come back and have a banquet. We wanted to show up and keep the tradition going and keep on winning,” KU senior center Jeff Withey said after scoring 18 points in the Jayhawks’ 74-48 rout of the Horned Frogs.
“We knew we had to beat them by a lot to prove ourselves to the old guys,” Withey added.
The (23-4, 11-3 Big 12) Jayhawks made sure a good time was had by former Jayhawks of all ages and time periods — players from the ‘52, ‘88 and 2008 title teams attended — during KU’s 115 Years of Basketball celebration weekend.
“I think so,” KU coach Bill Self said, asked if the current players wanted to perform well for the honorees. “We talked about that. I think they more wanted to play better for themselves. We played so poorly the first time.”
Next up for KU is Monday’s 8 p.m. contest against (19-8, 9-5) Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones are 15-0 at home this season. The game is meaningful as far as the conference race; KU and K-State remain tied at 11-3.
Also, it is an opportunity for KU coach Self to snare his 500th career coaching victory in this, his 20th season. He’s 499-162, including a 292-57 mark at KU.
“We want that for him,” Withey said. “He’s done so much for us. It means a lot to us to be able to get that for him.”
More than 200 current and former coaches, players, managers and staff concluded a two-day-long celebration of 115 years of Kansas men’s basketball with a banquet in the Horejsi Family Athletic Center, adjacent to historic Allen Fieldhouse, here Saturday evening.
A crowd of approximately 550, including families, guests and KU’s current team, which defeated TCU 74-48 earlier in the afternoon, was entertained for approximately two hours with highlight videos and speeches from every era of Kansas’ rich men’s basketball tradition. Naismith Hall of Fame guard Al Kelley represented the older generation and specifically the 1952 NCAA National Championship squad. Kelley followed former Kansas coach Ted Owens, who talked about his many highlights during 23 seasons on the Kansas sidelines, including 19 as the Jayhawks’ head coach.
“I think I have over 100 people here from my time that played for me as a head coach or assistant or we brought here to recruit,” Owens told the crowd. “We have a lot of managers and trainers, and I want to say to all of you what an incredible privilege it was to have the opportunity to coach you and be a part of your lives.”
Reliving one of the most famous plays in Kansas basketball history, Owens playfully asked KU legend Jo Jo White, “Jo Jo, were you inbounds or not?”
“In bounds, coach,” responded White from the audience, to the delight of the KU faithful.
After Kelley, R.C. Buford, an assistant coach at Kansas from 1984-88 and current general manager of the San Antonio Spurs, then discussed his five seasons under head coach Larry Brown. Included in this year’s festivities was a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Kansas' 1988 NCAA National Championship. For Saturday’s KU-TCU contest, the 2012-13 Jayhawks wore retro attire resembling the 1988 uniforms.
“The 1988 team wasn’t the most talented but they really enjoyed playing together,” Buford said. “They went through a lot of difficult circumstances, but by the end of the year they were really a team. I remember Larry (Brown) told us to play smart, play hard and play together, and that team at the end of the year defined that as well or better than any team we had when I was here.”
Tony Guy remembers one play more than the rest from Kansas’ Nov. 28, 1981, game against North Carolina in the Charlotte Coliseum.
Guy was guarding a highly touted 6-foot-5, 189-pound freshman for Dean Smith’s Tar Heels that went by the name Mike Jordan. It was the first college game of Jordan’s career.
Guy, a second team All-Big Eight player himself, specifically remembers trying to block Jordan out for a rebound. Jordan “slipped” by Guy, and skied to the basket. Guy said by the time he tried to jump, Jordan’s hands were already at the rim. Jordan missed the put-back dunk attempt.
“It was clear he was extremely talented,” Guy said, “but he was raw.”
These are the kinds of stories that can be heard once every five years when Kansas basketball holds its reunion. The Jayhawks hosted more than 200 former players commemorating the 115th year of KU basketball in its 74-48 win over the TCU.
Many of these stories were heard during a reception before the game, as Jayhawks from different generations gathered in the Horejsi Family Athletic Center.
Perhaps the oldest tale came from the 96-year old Fred Bosilevac, who played for KU in 1937. Bosilevac spoke about his underhanded free throws and the three-point shot, but that didn’t seem to be his favorite subject from his playing days.
Each time Bosilevac spoke about his time at KU, he mentioned his coach: Phog Allen.
“There never will be another coach like Phog,” Bosilevac said. “Everything was fundamentals. We practiced fundamentally morning, afternoon and evening.”
Along with the many stories told, the KU alumni were able to put their accomplishments — and the program’s accomplishments — in perspective.
Former Kansas coach Ted Owens, who guided the Jayhawks from 1964-1983, is one of the best at explaining where the program is now. He mentioned how fans don’t quite understand how difficult it is to sustain success like Bill Self has in his 10 years at KU.
“People don’t know how difficult it is in this conference to win eight straight championships,” Owens said. “What an incredible run he’s had.”
Owens didn’t stop there, either.
As he stood amongst the hundreds of former Jayhawks and their families — at the event where different KU players would shake each other’s hands and talk about the good ol’ days — he wanted to thank the current coach for how welcome he’s made all of the alumni feel back at their alma mater.
“It’s one of those great moments every five years,” Owens said. “I just feel so privileged to be a part of Kansas basketball and the great people involved.”
Douglas "Booty" Neal, another Owens player with a sweet shooting stroke, grinned when asked if any Jayhawk in history could put up 10 points quicker than Neal.
“I doubt it,” said Neal, who works as a special education teacher in the Washington, D.C. area. “And with the three-point line now? I roll over every night and say, 'Take me back; take me back.'
“I love Bud Stallworth to death, but if we could turn back the clock, it’d be an awesome shootout. You have other great shooters like Billy Thomas, (Terry) Brown, Ron Kellogg. If I’ve overlooked somebody, I don’t mean to. I would hope I was in the top three,” added Neal, who still plays in 50-and-over leagues.
Moulaye Niang, who played for Bill Self and Roy Williams, sells mutual funds in Austin, Texas.
“I think we’ve got the tools to win — a great freshman, great inside presence,” Niang said of the current Jayhawks. He spoke as he stood next to Jeff Hawkins and Christian Moody of the Self era. “We definitely have a chance to go far. And we have coach Self.”
2/24/13, 4:36 PM
Happy Birthday to @evan_manning10!
2/24/13, 11:47 AM
Louisville, KU, Cal, SLU and Memphis are all peaking @ the right time.
2/24/13, 11:50 AM
Good game on tap tomorrow night: KU @ Iowa State. Big 12's best D on home floor of league's best offense. Something will give.
The Jayhawks face a tall task in their next game, taking on Iowa State in Ames, where the Cyclones have won 22 in a row. But say this for KU: The Jayhawks enter that game with momentum. During this four-game win streak, Kansas has made 51 percent of its 2s, 14 percentage points better than what its past four opponents can claim. Ben McLemore might be the best pure scorer Self has ever had, and Jeff Withey is dominating the paint defensively yet again (while rather quietly assuming a larger role on offense). True, KU's offense currently ranks a not terribly impressive No. 5 in the league in Big 12 play; however, this defense is superb and getting better, allowing just 0.82 points per possession over the past four games.
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Baylor's struggles make me wonder who was the last major conf team to boast the Preseason POY & highest ranked FR in the conf & miss tourney
After a rocky start, Oklahoma State ran past West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, to beat the Mountaineers 73-57.
After a tough double-overtime loss against Kansas earlier in the week, a letdown was expected. Facing a rowdy crowd in West Virginia, the team had trouble shooting and was down 12-5 early. Even worse, all star guard Marcus Smart picked up three fouls two and a half minutes into the game.
Oklahoma State caught up and led by two at halftime. In the second half the Cowboys took control early and pulled away.
Smart did not return until the second half, and made a pair of steals in a 14-second span that turned into easy baskets. They were part of a 13-2 run that put the Cowboys ahead 58-43 with 9:29 remaining.
From there the Cowboys cruised.
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2/24/13, 7:00 AM
Bout to catch this flight home. Adios #KU 🚀✈ pic.twitter.com/eSzQq4yCVT
2/24/13, 11:02 AM
5k tweet goes to @KU_Hoops for showing me lots of love this weekend on my visit to Lawrence. The Phog was Live! #RockChalk
Man we did it!! We should be up there in the rankings. We beat huntington prep and Andrew Wiggins by more 10 and we were dominating
And i was MVP of the tournament #BLESSED
The Rock (FL) defeats the USA #1 team Huntington Prep (with Andrew Wiggins) 54-44. The independent league in Florida is incredibly talented.
Wiggins, the 6-foot-8 forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, is down to UK, Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina. He’s already visited FSU — his parents’ alma mater — and will visit UK, then Kansas (March 4), then North Carolina (March 9).
“They’re all still in it,” Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said. “I think whoever wins the visits is going to have a one-up. Then after, they sit down and evaluate rosters. I think deep down he wants to win a national championship. ... But he has to evaluate the fit, style of play, how everything works for him in a team aspect with all rosters.”
Speculation from recruiting analysts and fans tends to suggest Wiggins is leaning toward Florida State.
But Fulford said that if Wiggins is favoring the Seminoles, he has never expressed it, although he said the player enjoyed his December trip to Tallahassee.
“I think he’s taking the visits seriously,” Fulford said. “He and I had a little discussion. He doesn’t talk much, but he said he enjoyed his Florida State visit, and he felt it and he could feel himself going there.
“He knows they have holes. He knows as far as the team aspect they’re not where they need to be, but he likes the fact that his parents (basketball player Mitchell Wiggins and track athlete Marita Payne-Wiggins) both were athletes there. He has familiarity there. He got a good vibe from the visit, but he’s going to take all the visits, and if somebody beats out Florida State, then they beat Florida State. He’s not going to go there just because his parents went there.
Fulford said: “I think it’ll go pretty quickly after he gets his visits over, and that’s just my opinion. He hasn’t said that, but once it’s over with, after the visit to Carolina, I wouldn’t anticipate it being too drawn out after that.”
In a game that featured a turnaway crowd and a Harlem Shake halftime dance from students, the main attraction was the air show provided by the Tift County Blue Devils gave them an insurmountable early lead on their way to a 100-83 win over the Westlake Lions. The Devils will play a home game in the quarterfinals against North Cobb, an 80-76 winner over Morrow at a time yet to be determined.
Any nervousness the Devils might have had playing against the team that eliminated them in the first round in 2012 were ended early. Head coach Dr. Eric Holland said seeing the fans had a big impact. “We’re at home, we see the crowd and everyone was excited,” he said.
For as excited as Tift was going in, Westlake would draw first blood. Their advantage would last all of 1:30. Tadric Jackson tied the game at two. Then D.J. Bryant nailed a three. Then it was Brannen Greene. Westlake scored to make it 9-4, but then the Devils were off again. Five minutes into the game they had 23 points, had scored on multiple dunks and a stunned Westlake barely had a moment to collect their thoughts before the onslaught started back up again. At the end of the first quarter Tift had 36, Jackson 15 and Westlake 12.
…Two minutes into the third, the lead jumped to 30, 64-34, after Jackson was fouled on a made basket and made the bonus. It would reach 32 in the quarter before Westlake started chipping away. Greene would be called for a technical foul at 1:20 and Jackson would be injured a minute later and when Andre Elam wrapped up the scoring in the period, it was 76-49.
Jackson returned early in the fourth, but even his wizardry was unable to keep the Lions out of the basket. When Greene fouled out at 4:07, they had cut it to a 20-point game, 86-66, and when Ali Vaughn was called for his fifth at 2:00, it was a 13-point game.
…Tift, who improves to 25-4, hit the century mark for the first time this season and also had several players with big nights. Jackson led with 27, Greene had 23...
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