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KUAD: Postgame notes, quotes, box score photos
Bonnie Henrickson fist-pumped in the direction of the Kansas supporters behind the bench. The Jayhawks coach shouted “Rock Chalk” to the radio crew and high-fived the band.
For the second straight year, Kansas is heading to the NCAA women’s Sweet 16 out of the lower half of the seeding. The No. 12-seed Jayhawks dispatched No. 4 seed South Carolina 75-69 Monday night behind a 27-point masterpiece from Monica Engelman and 20 from All-Big 12 point guard Angel Goodrich.
“I’m just happy we won,” said Engelman, oblivious to her career-high number. If she had a distraction, it was her mother getting trapped at a gas station 80 miles east on Interstate 70 during the weekend snowstorm.
“It’s survive and advance for our three seniors,” Engelman said of herself and teammates Goodrich and Carolyn Davis. “We were hungry and wanted to do everything collectively and individually to advance.”
…“It was a hard-fought game by both teams,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “My hat goes off to Kansas for out-willing us.”
Engelman’s 18 first-half points helped Kansas to a 42-41 lead at the break. The torrid pace created seven lead changes in the first 20 minutes.
“The pace of the game was not our pace,” Staley said. “It was Kansas’ pace. … The tempo was too fast for us.”
South Carolina played into Kansas’ hands. “When we run, we have fun,” Goodrich said. “We wanted to catch them off balance.”
But South Carolina took control of the offensive boards at the start of the second half, prompting Henrickson to say: “They were like a pack of dogs on the last piece of meat on earth. I told our team ‘If we want to advance, we have to defend and rebound.’”
Engelman enjoyed the most productive night of her career, playing all 40 minutes. Goodrich delivered the biggest basket of the second half on a rare four-point play. After she was knocked to the floor after putting up a three from the left corner, Goodrich dropped in the foul shot for a 59-52 advantage with 12:30 left.
With less than seven minutes to play, KU senior forward Carolyn Davis fell to the ground while defending Aleighsa Welch and limped off the court, grimacing and favoring her healthy right leg.
Davis, who dislocated a knee and tore an anterior crucial ligament midway through last season, was examined by KU medical staff and checked back into the game at 3:51. The senior added 12 points and five boards.
“It’s always a scare to see someone go down, and when I looked at her, she kind of just held her knee and I was kind of like ‘Dang,’” Goodrich said. “I didn’t know what to think, really, but for her to get up and stand up it relieved me a little bit.”
With 30 seconds on the clock and the score 72-69, Walker missed a three-point jumper that would’ve tied the game. Kansas’ lead grew to five with a pair of free throws from Goodrich, 74-69.
Goodrich went to the line again after stealing the ball and drawing a foul with 15 seconds remaining, putting away the game for Kansas, 75-69.
The senior said she never worried about losing the game, even when Kansas trailed.
“As a point guard and as a leader, I can’t show my face as worried because my teammates look to me,” Goodrich said. “I feel like we’ve grown in that aspect of being really composed and really just trying not to let anything get to us.”
“I don’t we think have any edge going into this game,” U-M guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said Sunday night on ESPN radio. “Both teams are similar, both have bigs that have great motors, they’ve got guards, wings that are capable of having any type of game when you’re playing against them. I don’t think (anyone) has an edge. You’ve got to do what you’re doing and keep on having fun, like we’re doing.”
…On the details that make John Beilein unique: “It’s just how we can take care of the basketball. Our coach really emphasizes that. Even though we don’t turn the ball over that much, he really gets on us about every turnover we do have so he has us do drills to make sure we protect the ball any way we can. Make sure you pass to the outside hand, try not to get any deflections form the defensive players when you’re on offense, just trying to take care of it the best you can and that’s what makes this team special.”
Detroit Free Press
Withey and coach Bill Self need only to watch Michigan's losses to see how an opposing big man on the offensive glass terrorizes the Wolverines. Which makes McGary (and Jon Horford if foul trouble comes) critical, instead of a luxury like against VCU.
With superstar guards on both sides, few would have imagined this could turn on a big-man matchup. But the conventional wisdom -- taking away Kansas' star guard Ben McLemore -- no longer applies.
Because the No. 1 player on ESPN.com's Big Board for the NBA draft is in a rut. He has not topped 11 points in the past four games -- he finished 0-for-9 from the field Sunday for two total points -- yet Kansas has won all four. On Sunday, Travis Releford picked up the slack with 22 points with his first big game in a month.
Despite the three seed line difference, these teams might not be that far apart in talent, just Kansas having the edge in experience and defense.
Friday could be a classic, assuming these teams both arrive for a whole 40 minutes and avoid the lapses that have randomly dotted their seasons.
Detroit Free Press
McGary’s physicality becomes an important component for a team still happiest when permitted to run free and unobstructed, as was the case in its two victories at the Palace. The Wolverines provide quite the show when allowed to shift into high gear. But there remain genuine concerns as to how they’ll respond when teams defend them brusquely in the half-court.
His teammates and coaches refer to McGary as the Wolverines’ motor. But in the Sweet 16, it needs to be a muscle car.
“I do bring a football mind-set to the game because I love the game so much,” he said. “I stopped playing when I kept growing. But there’s still a part of me that would probably like to join the football team for spring practice if I could.”
…The Wolverines had an edge about them at the Palace, primarily rooted in fear that they would meet the same fate as their predecessors of the past two decades — tournament runs stalled after the first weekend. They finally exhibited that desperate sense of urgency Trey Burke had long sought.
They lost confidence and swagger, even believing they were somehow the underdogs against South Dakota State and VCU even though they were the higher seed. But what’s interesting now is how they respond to life back on the bandwagon after an ugly finish to the Big Ten season.
“That’s what we’re going to find out in the coming days,” coach John Beilein said. “Have we learned something this time that will help us improve that perhaps we didn’t quite understand before?”
Beilein finally learned that starting McGary gave his team that necessary bump — in more ways than one.
Detroit Free Press
Sixteen teams remain in the NCAA tournament, and not one of them is anything close to a dominant team.
So, can Michigan win a national championship this spring?
First up is Kansas (7:37 p.m., Friday), a team who has 31 wins and a No. 1 seed, but looked anything like it during the first 60 minutes of its NCAA tournament run.
The Jayhawks struggled to push by No. 16 seed Western Kentucky in the first round, eventually winning by just seven, and looked arguably even worse during the first 20 minutes against North Carolina, falling behind by nine before the break.
Kansas bounced back in a big, big way after the break -- thanks in large part to excellent defense, anchored by 7-foot shot-blocker Jeff Withey -- but questions still remain. Ace scorer Ben McLemore is 2 of 14 in this tournament, and the Jayhawks struggled with North Carolina's smaller, more athletic lineup.
Michigan uses a similar lineup, too. Only with way more talent.
…Michigan's still the youngest team in this tournament, it still seems suspect on defense at times and it's only won two games.
But, the Wolverines have five freshmen who don't seem to realize (or care about) how big of a stage they're playing on. They've got a veteran shooting guard who has played in three of these things and the best point guard in the country handling the ball.
On paper, Michigan has everything it needs.
And now, the Wolverines are only four wins away from turning that paper into a banner.
"I'm glad our team's peaking at the right time, we're getting back to our top 10 potential like we were at the beginning of the season," McGary said. "It's been a lot of heart, actually.
"I think our team just wants it more. This is the last go-around for the seniors, we've talked about it multiple times, and everyone wants to go out there and put it on the table. We want to be one of the best teams in the country."
On Thursday against SDSU, Michigan won despite Trey Burke going through the worst shooting night of his season. On Saturday against VCU, McGary had the biggest game of his season, and rookie guard Spike Albrecht proved he's ready to contribute if need be.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was terrific both nights, and Michigan's defense was more than good enough.
Are the Wolverines peaking?
Right now, that's tough to argue.
"It means a lot (to reach the Sweet 16), especially with this group of guys," Hardaway told the Jim Rome Show on Monday. "You have five freshmen playing significant minutes for us, and they’re playing in the tournament like it’s not their first rodeo. They’re playing hard, playing smart, like they’re sophomores or juniors out there.
"It’s great to have freshmen that know what it takes to win.”
Michigan coach John Beilein said Monday night he has no plans to call the Ohio State coach or the Michigan State coach for advice on how to play Kansas, the Wolverines’ Friday Sweet 16 opponent, even though both did earlier this year.
MSU beat Kansas in Atlanta and Ohio State lost to the Jayhawks but because both are still alive in the Sweet 16, Beilein plans to leave them alone.
“The guys that are still playing, I wouldn’t want people calling me either,” Beilein said on his “Inside Michigan Basketball” radio show. “We’re just focused on what we’re doing. Guys would have to be done for me to give a phone call.”
But that doesn’t rule out Beilein’s best asset: film.
He and his staff plan to watch those games, plus the Kansas State matchups
“Between all our assistants we are taking different games,” Beilein said. “I’ll probably watch the more recent ones back and just see, because I know how Ohio State plays defense and how Michigan State plays defense so I’ll be able to think what their game plan was as they’re doing it and see why they did it. Sometimes, you learn from other coaches what worked and what didn’t work. Both of those teams play the ball screen different than we do, so that might not be as representative.
“(Kansas State coach) Bruce Weber plays more of a style we did on the ball screen but might come out and hedge a little bit more. We’ll look at different ways they attacked.”
Detroit Free Press
The Wolverines, one of the youngest and most talented teams in the country, appear to have found something in the NCAA Tournament, posting blowout victories over No. 13 South Dakota State and No. 5 seed VCU. Here’s a first look at Michigan, which is making its first appearance in the Sweet 16 since 1994.
THE BREAKDOWN: Michigan and Kansas offer polar opposite styles — at least, according to the advanced stats. The Wolverines, led by sophomore guard Trey Burke, are second in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com.) Michigan scores 1.21 points per possession, trailing only No. 1 seed Indiana.)
The Wolverines shoot a respectable 37.5 percent from three-point range, but they also do a solid job of getting good shots, hitting 53.8 percent from two-point range.
Kansas, of course, has the nation’s best interior defender in Jeff Withey, and thus the nation’s best defense inside the three-point line. (The Jayhawks hold opponents to just 38.7 percent on two-point attempts, the best mark in the country by a substantial margin.)
So why did the Wolverines struggle down the stretch in the Big Ten? For one, they rank 41st in defensive efficiency, the fourth worst among teams still in the tournament. Florida Gulf Coast (97th), La Salle (86th) and Marquette (52nd) are the only teams with worse defensive numbers.
Can Michigan stop Kansas? After KU’s victory over No. 8 seed North Carolina on Sunday, the Jayhawks had dropped to 32nd in the country in offensive efficiency.
Which leads to an interesting point: The computer profiles of both teams offer tournament red flags. In the last 10 years, the national champion has ranked in the top 20 in offensive and defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com. Of course, if Kansas or Michigan play well enough to advance to the Final Four and beyond, their efficiency numbers will likely climb.
THE HISTORY: Michigan leads the all-time series 5-2, but KU has won the last two: a 75-64 victory at Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 19, 2009, and a 67-60 victory in Ann Arbor on Jan. 9, 2011. Kansas coach Bill Self is 8-0 against the Wolverines, including a 6-0 mark at Illinois.
But did the Jayhawks actually improve their NCAA title odds? The answer is no, if you choose to believe Nate Silver, the statistical wunderkind who predicts presidential elections, writes best-selling books and projects the NCAA Tournament on the side.
According to Silver’s latest projections, updated Monday on his FiveThirtyEight blog, Kansas now has a 4.5 percent chance to cut down the nets at the Final Four in Atlanta.
The number is down from Silver’s pre-tournament projection of 7.5 percent, which placed the Jayhawks as the fourth-best bet behind Louisville, Indiana and Florida.
…So what's going on here? Well, Florida Gulf Coast’s run to the Sweet 16 has opened up better odds for No. 3 Florida. And Silver’s model, based on predictive computer formulas (but not RPI), likes both Michigan and Florida.
It's not all bad.
According to Silver’s projections, Kansas is a slight favorite to beat Michigan, with a 54 percent chance to take down the Wolverines and reach the Elite Eight. The Jayhawks also have a 23.3 percent chance to reach the Final Four, and an 11.2 percent chance to reach the title game.
Kansas vs Michigan: Really interesting matchup. Michigan — with Trey Burke, Glenn Robinson, Tim Hardaway, etc — has more NBA talent but it’s all on the perimeter. Mitch McGary is a load inside, but I’m just not sure that’s enough. Perry Ellis could get loose, if the moment isn’t too big for him (I wondered about that in the North Carolina game). If you just focus on matchups, it sure seems like KU’s defense can turn Michigan into taking too many guarded three-pointers or runs at the rim, where Withey will be there to protect. This one could go either way — Ken Pomeroy has it as a virtual coin flip — but I think Kansas will respond to the challenge.
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Releford figures to get another workout against the Wolverines, who have no shortage of scoring options in the backcourt. In addition to Burke’s 18.8 points per game, Michigan gets 14.9 from guard Tim Hardaway Jr., 11.8 from guard Nik Stauskas and 11.3 from 6-foot-6 forward Glenn Robinson III.
The Jayhawks have proven they can win with defense in the NCAA Tournament, but they also realize points will be required to keep pace with a team like Michigan.
“Our offense was horrible, but our defense was good,” Withey said. “It’s something we can fix and we’re going to fix. We’re going to get better and better throughout this tournament.”
“The way the mood of the game and flow of the game was going was perfect. I’m pretty sure the coaches didn’t want to slow that down,” said McLemore, who averages 32.2 minutes a game, second on the team to Releford’s 33.5. “I was actually happy I was on the bench supporting my teammates because they were doing great. Our ball-handling ... it was awesome,” he added.
Self said it was a tough call to leave McLemore on the bench from the 13:40 mark (KU led, 37-35) to 1:48, when KU led, 65-52.
“I’ve talked to enough people, coaches over the years; you don’t do that with your best player,” Self said, “but we actually were better in that stretch and Ben was the best cheerleader we had. It was hard to take Naadir out, too. He was fabulous the second half. Everybody played well the second half. Travis and Jeff carried us.”
…“The last couple games, my shot hasn’t been falling,” McLemore said. “I’ll keep playing my game. I talked to coach. He told me they are going to really need me. I’ve got to get back in the gym all week and keep shooting and play my game like I’ve always done, the way I played in the season. This game, I cheered my team on. We played a terrific game the second half. I felt like a fan out there. It was great.”
Freshman Perry Ellis said there’s no doubt McLemore will shrug off what happened in Sprint Center.
“He knows that he still has it. He knows we still trust in him. He’s carried us a lot. He knows he will pick it up. He just knows,” Ellis stated.
…The Springfield News-Leader pointed out that the North Carolina fan who was shown cringing on TV after a vicious blocked shot by Jeff Withey was Chase Allen, son of Missouri State football coach Terry Allen.
Terry Allen, a former KU head football coach, and his family members are Carolina basketball fans. Allen is a close friend of UNC coach Roy Williams..
The paper, by the way, pointed out that Chase Allen was not crying as suggested by some.
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Tickets Available for South Regional
3/24/13, 8:20 PM
Fans coming to North Texas for the #NCAA South Regional hosted by #Big12 - purchase parking for Cowboys Stadium here
South Regional practice sessions Thursday at Cowboys Stadium will be free and open to the public.
The four team that have advanced to the South Regional will practice in one-hour blocks from noon to 4 p.m.:
• Noon-12:50 p.m. Michigan
• 1-1:50 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast
• 2:10-3 p.m. Kansas
• 3:10-4 p.m. Florida
Doors open at 11 a.m. and parking is free. Fans should park in Lot 10 and enter the stadium at Gates A and K. Merchandise and concessions stands will be open.
The Arlington Convention Center will be the headquarters for KU fans. The pregame party will start at 2:30 p.m., with the pep rally slated for 4:30 p.m. The KU pep band, spirit squad and mascot will perform at the pep rally.
Concessions, cash bars and parking ($20 per car) are available on site. There is no charge for admission, and the convention center is within walking distance of Cowboys Stadium.
The KU Alumni Association, Kansas Athletics and KUStore.com will be set up at the pregame party. Be sure to show your Alumni Association membership card at our table and receive a free members-only gift! If you're not a member, visit www.kualumni.org/join to join today. Print your purchase receipt and show it to staff members to receive your gift.
If you don't have tickets to the game, head to our official watch site in Arlington, Humperdink's, to watch the game with fellow Jayhawks.
Big 12/College News
I got caught up in the Florida Gulf Coast mania and started taking classes online there this morning. I graduate at 8 pm.
We told you earlier today why Florida Gulf Coast is the NCAA tournament's most entertaining team, but it seems the student body has a few tricks up its sleeve, too. Here they are reacting to coach Andy Enfield's mention of the Eagles' Sweet 16 opponent, Florida, with a lovely and profane chant.
Okay, not everyone thought it was lovely. Look close for the perturbed retirees.
Update (9:38 p.m.): ESPN apologized.
Deadspin (Video at the link)
The question always get raised regarding Wichita State basketball.
Why won’t Kansas or Kansas State schedule the Shockers?
In a way, the issue even came up Monday in Gregg Marshall’s home. The WSU coach was talking to wife Lynn after their kids left for school.
Lynn was concerned about their 13-year-old daughter, Maggie. How, as a seventh-grader, she might be sensitive to kids teasing her. Gregg was taken aback, given Wichita State happened to win its first two games in the NCAA Tournament and will travel this week to Los Angeles for the West Regional.
“I’m wondering, ‘What are you talking about?’” Marshall related. “And she says, ‘Well, you’ve got these KU fans and they’re in the Sweet 16 and they might talk about how we’re in the Sweet 16 and say, ‘You’re going to lose.’”
Marshall then reassured his wife.
“I said, ‘Maggie will be fine. She’ll just challenge them to play,’ ” he said.
…“Our success or failure doesn’t have anything to do with Kansas or K-State,’’ Marshall said. “They won’t play us. That’s their business. We would like to play them.
“Ultimately, if we keep going to Sweet 16s, Elite Eights, Final Fours, then it will behoove them to play us. Right now they don’t have anything to gain, I guess, so they want to avoid the potential embarrassment of losing to us.’’
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