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Latest Big 12 road loss leaves Jayhawks searching for answers

With 4 league losses apiece, KU now tied with Iowa State for 1st

Kansas forward Perry Ellis and Kansas guard Brannen Greene try to move to the sidelines as Kansas State fans rush the court following the Jayhawks' 70-63 loss to the Wildcats, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at Bramlage Coliseum.

— After losing two straight Big 12 road games — and three of the last four including Monday’s 70-63 clunker at Kansas State — it’s gut-check time for Kansas University’s basketball team.

“We’ve got to find ourselves. We’ve got to figure out what’s wrong,” KU sophomore guard Brannen Greene said after the (22-6, 11-4) Jayhawks dropped into a tie with Iowa State for first place in the Big 12 and saw their two-game lead over West Virginia and Oklahoma sliced in half.

“Basically that was the message (after game). We’ve just got to find ourselves,” Greene repeated.

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K-STATE 70, KANSAS 63

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KU was left searching for answers after connecting on just two buckets in the final 10 minutes against a (14-15, 7-9) KSU team that entered having lost seven of eight games. The Jayhawks were scorched by KSU guard Nigel Johnson, who scored a career-high 20 points off 8-of-11 shooting (4-5 from three). That’s the same player who’d scored just two points combined in the past three games.

“Oklahoma State we should have won. West Virginia we had our chance to pull it out. Here obviously we should have won. I mean I feel like we’re a superior team to them,” Greene said of the Wildcats.

The reason for KU’s recent woes?

“When we play other teams, they get into their stuff. They run their stuff. We’re not applying enough pressure on defense, to the ball-handler. On offense they deny us. It messes up all our stuff. We can’t get into a rhythm,” Greene said.

“We’ve got to finish at the basket. We’ve got to get our spacing right. Guys are on top of each other,” he added after scoring seven points off 2-of-6 shooting. He was 0-4 from three on a night KU hit two of 13 treys.

“I honesty don’t know. Like coach said, we’ve got to figure some things out.”

Greene said Monday’s result was especially disappointing because, “we knew this was a game coming in we had to get the win. Basically we threw the Big 12 Conference up (for grabs). I mean, it’s anybody’s now. Iowa State’s not going to lose any more. They’ve got a pretty easy schedule. It’s on us now. We’ve got to win,” Greene said.

Or as Perry Ellis said after scoring 24 points, “We have to take each game like it’s the last game we ever played.”

KU used a 9-0 run to grab a healthy 41-33 lead with 16:31 left. 

However, KSU tied it at 47 with 11:22 to play.

A crucial 8-0 KSU run erased a 54-52 KU lead and gave the Wildcats a six-point lead at 6:03, with the Jayhawks’ offense nonexistent late.

“They played great. They played hungry,” Self said of the Wildcats, who hit 47.2 percent of their shots to KU’s 39.3. KSU hit 56 percent the final half.

“We played pretty well the first 30 minutes (trailing 31-30 at halftime). Dumb plays allowed them to stay right there. We had a six-point lead multiple times. Dumb play after dumb play gave them momentum. We were not switching on the triangle and two (defense). So many bad plays. The foul to end the half was one of the bonehead plays of all time (Landen Lucas fouling Nino Williams on the offensive glass with 1.2 seconds left; Williams hitting both free throws). We missed six layups,” Self lamented.

Except for Ellis, who hit 10 of 16 shots, KU didn’t have much of an inside game. Cliff Alexander had no points and four boards in 10 minutes. Lucas and Jamari Traylor had two and one point respectively in 14 and 18 minutes.

“Our bigs got a goose-egg (on field goals), 40 minutes and a goose-egg,” Self said. “If you are not going to score, which is fine, at least be a defender and rebounder. We’ve got to improve in that spot. It’s a team spot, not just one individual. You’ve got to guard the ball on the perimeter and keep them out of the paint. We had too many breakdowns.”

Noted Ellis: “We didn’t take care of the ball (13 turnovers to KSU’s 12). We weren’t attacking the rim. We needed to get in the lane. We weren’t. We needed to hit shots and didn’t.

“It’s the little things we realize we have to do, little effort plays, helping each other out on defense,” Ellis added.

It all boiled up to KU’s second straight loss in Manhattan. Last time that happened was the 1981-82 and ‘82-83 seasons in Ahearn Fieldhouse.

“Basically four teams are still in it (race),” Self said. The team that plays the best the last two weeks will have the best chance. We’ve not played well the last couple weeks,” he noted, with one positive the fact he boarded KU’s team bus in one piece after getting bumped following a wild court-storming incident after the game.

No KU players or coaches were injured.

“I wish they wouldn’t. It’s dangerous,” KU’s Greene stated of the storming.

KU will next meet Texas at 4 p.m., Saturday, in Allen Fieldhouse.


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By the Numbers: Kansas State beats KU, 70-63

By the Numbers: Kansas State beats KU, 70-63

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Kristen Downing

No Brannen, KU was not the superior team in that game. Next game.

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Allison Steen

I believe he was inferring that ku was the better team going in and should have taken business and won, which is true.

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Mike Tackett

What have you witnessed in the last four games that makes you think KU is the superior team against just about anybody ?

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Allison Steen

Sorry pal, but KU is technically the better team than Kstate. We haven't played great but we are better than the team that loses by 29 to baylor and 15 to tcu. We have better talent and better coaching. Just because we haven't played to our ability and lost last night, doesn't magically make kstate a better team.

Glad I had to take the time out of my day to spell that out for you.

7 years, 9 months ago

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Tyson Ailshie

“We’ve got to find ourselves. We’ve got to figure out what’s wrong,” KU sophomore guard Brannen Greene. Try putting forth some defensive intensity and stay in front of your man. All of you. This lack of defensive effort is going to get this team trounced in the tournament.

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Vic Janeway

Coach enough is enough, GET offense, GET motivation. ksu was motivated so hard you could see them jumping like jumping beans. COME ON!!
You will never beat Calipari, IF you don't do what he did and get OFFENSE!
enough.

7 years, 9 months ago

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Cody Riedy

Never beat Calipari? Calipari has one title so far and he did that with the 'Brow, who people are already putting in the top 5 players in the NBA and considering him to be a possible once in a generation player. Odds are obviously in favor of Calipari winning this year, but he's got 10 NBA players on his team and several so-called one and done's that stuck around for an extra year and in some cases two extra years now. The only thing Calipari has on Self is recruiting and 90% of the time fans on here are screaming that recruiting one and done's is what KU is doing wrong now.

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Allin Herring

If you are going to recruit OAD's then get real OAD's which Alexander and Selby are NOT!

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Allison Steen

This year Kentucky is actually pretty terrible on offense. They are like KU, in which they have periods of zero offense and let other teams get back into games. Luckily, Kentucky has the defense to keep it together.

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Walter Bridges

Hmm..they just score 105 pts in their last game. They are ranked 31st on offence, KU 69th.

http://www.ncaa.com/stats/basketball-...

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Allison Steen

Yeah when you play against jokers all conference long, you are going to put down points. I wasn't saying ku and kentucky are on the same level of offense, just that kentucky isn't some offensive juggernaut. Their defense wins their games, THAT is why they are good. I find it obnoxious I have to so thoroughly explain obvious statements on this site. read between the lines.

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Allison Steen

Not to mention, good defense leads to automatic offense. Something our team has yet to understand.

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Allison Steen

Kentucky scores 3 more points than us a game in the SEC. SUPER IMPRESSIVE.

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Walter Bridges

Are you serious? You needed 3 posts in an attempt to validate your incorrect statement?

69th to 31st. Sad that you took my reply so personal Even sadder that you are STILL wrong.

You should tell me to leave as you so often do when someone doesn't agree w/you Herr Goebbels.

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Micky Baker

100000 thumbs down for that.

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Vic Janeway

back at ya blind person.

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Aaron Paisley

Pretty sure Self has at least 1 win over Calipari. KU celebrated by hanging a banner for that achievement.

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Vic Janeway

Calipari has an offense that constantly changes, its obvious. However how many times have you people seen that guard crossing move...DO NOTHING!

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Micky Baker

By the way, we're still in first place....

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Joe Joseph

I grow tired of people who try to make this about Kentucky. As if that should be KUs main concern. Or even any concern.

News flash: KU is gonna have to have a lot of things go right before it will see Kentucky again.

7 years, 9 months ago

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Russ McCaig

...new coach?...Weber may have just saved his job...(chuckle chuckle)..much to the shagrin of the EMAWful contingency...

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Dale Koch

and they wouldn't have to storm the court just for winning.

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Walter Bridges

KU can't win these close pressure games when they mean the most, except maybe TCU.
Joe you did an exceptional analysis a few days ago but you forgot the choke factor.

7 years, 9 months ago

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Paul Christiansen

KU looked lost on Offense the last ten minutes. Meanwhile, K State is running their offense
with precision. We just aren't playing with the passion these other teams are playing with and
nobody is moving (their legs) to get into position. The Coaches are ultimately responsible.
We just aren't coming together as a team and we are running out of time.

7 years, 9 months ago

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Mark Lindrud

Often times we are not running an offense lately, but playing street ball. We don't have fluidity and team work consistently. We are not setting each other up, and Mason thinks he is a shooting guard lately when he needs to be the one setting up the offense, distributing and not trying to score because most everyone is sitting around watching. Alexander has disappeared, period. I still do not understand why we don't set up Greene for shots. This isn't just about passion because if you don't have passion to play NCCA sports then go home. This is about 5 guys playing together on the court as one, as a team, for one of the best tradition based men's college basketball teams in the nation. Those 5 guys play as one heartbeat, with pride that they will do everything in their power to not let each other down so at the end of the game they can say they played with everything they had and won, together.

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Michael Maris

This team has a few things wrong. The one main ingredient I see missing is, a front court player who is an intimidator. At this point in his career, Perry Ellis is who he is. But, Cliff is not the player that I was expecting to see at this point in the season. He (Cliff) seems to lack motivation and does a lot of standing around. Coach Self and crew have had their work cut out for them all season this year. And now, the Jayhawks are exactly where I thought they would be this season. In a dog fight for a Conference Championship. I wonder if Myles Turner regrets his decision to attend Texas, vs. Kansas. Because, Rick Barnes has been keeping his job because of 2 players (L. Aldridge and K. Durant). Barnes job has to be on the line just as much as K-State coach job is.

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Micky Baker

Lack of motivation? Yeah, I bet's it's that and not all that pressure.

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Michael Maris

Pressure? How about the fact that maybe Cliff has no real true front court player to push him and challenge him (like he needs to be challenged). In the past, Kansas has always had front court players to push / challenge each other.

Perry Ellis is not a legitimate front court player. He's passive and at times appears to be soft. J. Traylor plays with passion and desire. But at times, he plays out of control and that hinders his production. Landen Lucas, he's not in the same league with his athletic abilities. Hunter Mickelson sure isn't a Jeff Withey type transfer.

So, you tell me where the pressure is for Cliff Alexander? His play (to me) appears to be one of entitlement. Sure, he played decent after he was benched in the 2nd half against Iowa State (the 1st game) for a few games. But, these last few games, Cliff's production is terrible. 0 Points, 4 fouls in 10 minutes on the court. Might as well play Landen Lucas for those 10 minutes that Alexander played last night. At least Lucas hustles up and down the court. You take away P. Ellis's numbers from last night, and the remaining front court players produced the following:

3 Points, 8 Rebounds and 7 fouls in 42 minutes of play. And, Alexander's a McDonald's All-American.

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Michael Bennett

Perry Ellis is a legitimate front court player. He needs a tough rim protector to play along side, we've known that since his high school days. Check out ESPN's recruiting player profile from Perry back in 2011-2012: he needs to play next to a true center.
How's this for improvement: his last 5 games Perry has average 19.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, shot 59.38% on field goals and 100% on 3 point shooting. He's putting this team on his back as best as he can. So he's not great at defense, neither was T-Rob. T-Rob had the best shot blocker in the nation making him look good on that end, he actually had some sizeable holes in his game on defense (save for the block against mizzou).

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Michael Maris

And, you have proven my point. Cliff Alexander is NOT that Tough Rim Protector that you have mentioned. And, Perry Ellis isn't really a true #4 player. He's a Hybrid 3/4 player. Not athletic enough to be the 3. And, not really tough enough to be the 4.

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Ethan Berger

Let's remember a couple things. We still are in first place in the toughest conference in America. We have beaten a lot of ranked opponents, we are a good team. K State also got their heart and soul back with Foster. He might not have been the star, but that team is much better when he is playing. We have things to fix, we aren't a championship team but neither was UCONN last year. Crazy things happen in March. I wonder why Bill hasn't played Hunter. I think he could change a lot on defense. Would like to see him get some PT. Frank had an off night, he's the leader of this team. Last, we stopped feeding our best player last night, Perry. Practice hard, make some adjustments and play like their lives depend on it.

How lucky are we that many fans are so low on this team, a team that still has a good shot at 11 strait?

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Don Burgundy

It's not time to panic IMO but it is time to dig deep and play like you're life depended on it. KU, right now, is playing to not lose the B12 instead playing to win it. It's obvious KU has the better talent over almost every team in the conference but doesn't play with that passion that teams in the past has played with. I see Mason whining for the refs to bail him out with a call instead of putting himself in position to make plays. Remember, the 12-13' team lost 3 in a row but they had the leaders to bring them out of the hole that they dug themselves. It's time to measure how tough this team is now that their backs are against the wall.

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Ryan Michael

That's been the problem all year though, we don't have a leader...

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Jim Stauffer

There is no need for panic. This team will probably go no where anyway. Really good kids who I love to see play. No inside game except for a 6'7" finesse player who scores more than should be expected that close to the basket.

Something is missing in this team. Who knows. Some piece of chemistry. I do like the overall play of the team better when Devonte is the point guard, but you lose Frank's aggressive plays when that is the case.

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Aaron Paisley

What's missing is a leader. That has been an issue for a couple of seasons now and the root cause of many of KU's problems.

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DaNeille Dani Davis

If having three court storming games on you in the past few weeks don't motivate this team then nothing will. This team is soft. No killer instinct. They won't make it past the first round of the NCAA tourney. Every team knows all they have to do is pressure us and play defense and we're history. They get rattled too easily. No one on this team has any confidence unless they hit a couple of quick shots. Miss a couple of shots then look out. They hang their heads and screw up the rest of the game. Time to grow up, boys. You better act like men and play with a chip on your shoulder or the streak ends here. Everyone else has the confidence knowing they have a chance to win the Big 12 now.

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Russ McCaig

"not past the first round?"...easy easy...never much worry with first round; however, when we advance to the second round, you're talking about a team that potentially could have been a top 25 team at some point in the season; all bets are off at this point...I have my fingers crossed for the sweet 16...after that, I will call it gravy...

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Allin Herring

No way this team gets to the sweet 16. They may win round one but that is it! This is the WORST KU team in 25 years!! NO passion on the team, is really soft, can not rebound, can not play defense, a pressure defense kills them, turns the ball over way too much, and leads the league in missed bunnies. The only thing it does fairly well is hit 3 point shots. Self needs to bury his big OAD Cliff Alexander so deep on the bench he watches the game from Chicago!

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Waylon Cook

We were close to losing in first round last year. Have had 2 first round losses under Bill. Lets not act like we are invincible.

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Aaron Paisley

The 1999-2000 team is the worst KU team of the past 25 years now that the probation team is outside of the window. That was a 10 loss team, 5th place in the Big 12, and an 8 seed in the NCAA tournament. I could also make legitimate cases for 4 or 5 other teams worse than this year's team.

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Robert Moore

When playing Bill Ball, you have to score in the short game. Too many missed opportunities in the short/close to basket shots. Alexander is a good player who's playing like he's confused. This is not a tough team, bang them around like last night, and in their minds they start losing confidence.

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Jack Brooks

These guys lost (again) because they don't understand how to play defense and that it's played with your feet. They don't know when to switch and often lose track of their assignment.

They don't understand how to match the other team's intensity, as evidenced by the fact that they almost always let the other team back into the game after going up 8+ points. They get lax on offense and defense and make dumb passes.

They don't communicate and help each other out (e.g., Graham gets himself stuck at the top of the 3-point line and NOBODY ran to the ball).

In short, these guys just don't get it.

Cliff, learn to move your FEET on defense and stop jumping at EVERY shot fake/attempt.

Wayne, learn to keep track of your assignment. Also, there are 3 virtual certainties when you drive to the basket: a turnover, a badly missed layup, or an offensive foul. Not sure what the fix is. Switch to football?

Brannon, learn that defense isn't something that other guys have to play. And, try diving for a loose ball once in a while.

To the whole team: COMMUNICATE with each other!

You guys are part of a legacy that has won 10 straight conf titles because your predecessors played DEFENSE. The 2008 National Champs won the title and destroyed most teams because of their defense. Learn to love defense. Devote yourselves to it. The offense will work itself out.

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James Donnell

Totally agree and will add that Mason needs to do a better job of facilitating and setting up guys. You are right about bad passes. Way too many. Our problem is that we are missing production from Selden and Alexander (or the committee--Traylor and Lucas both have significant weaknesses). I don't see any solutions this season. Hate to say it as a loyal fan, but we will be lucky to advance past the first round in the NCAA.

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Bryce Landon

Way to man down, Jayhawks. You had ONE JOB: Handle your business against a bad Kansas State team, and you couldn't handle it. Thanks for nothing.

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David Kemp

Deep disappointment. Can only hope Alexander decides to move on to NBA so we can get somebody in there who wants to play. The low post position is killing us. For years the offense has run thru guys like Withey and Embiid.

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Nancy Borst

Alexander doesn't get it and it looks as if he won't get it this season. Go back to Jamari in the starting rotation. He's more experienced and can make plays. Sadly I wasn't surprised with last night's outcome. We do not know how to keep a lead, especially on the road. We aren't tough. Time to get our heads on straight or number 11 is only a pipe dream coz ISU isn't going to lose another game.

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Tom Jones

Double post.

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Tom Jones

They have four loseable games. Anyone of KU/OU/ISU who wins out gets at least a share of the title.

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Walter Bridges

ISU just beat OK State and Texas on the road and are playing much better than we are. They are peaking and we are definitely not.

ISU has 2 road games left: TCU and KState. They will win both. ISU will either tie or win Conference title straight out.

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Allison Steen

I'm not sure why everyone says Iowa State has no chance to lose another game. They still have Oklahoma and Baylor at home. And if kstate plays as well as they did against us when Iowa States comes to visit, that could be a tough game for them too. I'm not counting on it, and I don't want to be the team that is watching other teams games and hoping for a loss, but their path isn't a joke. We just have to take care of business, which I think we can do (if we pull it together and play like I know we can). Here's for hoping.

The season is not all lost. This is a huge bummer, but I was honestly scared for this game all day. If we take care of business, we absolutely can still get a portion of that big 12 trophy.

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Waylon Cook

I agree. ISU had trouble with TCU in Ames also. Also it would be typical of KSU to knock off ISU to give KU another title(they did that against Mizwho a few years ago)

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Allison Steen

I agree, they always play their best ball against us. But kstate beat a couple other good teams, we aren't the only ones. Its possible, but I also am not counting on it.

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Aaron Paisley

KSU did sweep OU this year so they've gotten up for the big games.

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Walter Bridges

When your best bet is the next to last place team beating the first place team on the last game of the season, I don't recommend betting the house.

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Walter Bridges

KState had dropped 5 of last 6 until last night and were mired w/controversy and suspensions. We just SAVED their season. ISU is playing their best ball of the season. KState will barely be a speed bump for them.

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Micky Baker

Our fans are acting worse than ISU and KSU fans today. I just don't get it. Are we that spoiled? Do we not expect other teams who are capable to have a nice game? Well, they do. It's not the first time either.

I'm so disappointed in our fan base. We all know that K-State is capable. Their record doesn't indicate a lack of talent over there. They beat us last year with mostly those same players in Manhattan.

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Michael Maris

Spoiled? Perhaps. But, you have to admit that there's a lot less passion (in this years team than in previous season's). K-State has a lot of the same players as last season. Yeah, that could be another contributing factor in this year's Jayhawk squad (lack of true Senior / Junior Leadership).

Cliff Alexander is NOT playing/producing like Jayhawk fans projected him to do (coming out of High School).

Oubre, he has played well (for the most part).

K-State record probably would be better had they not lost their PG for a few games during the conference season.

But in the end, there is a lot of standing around going on (with this Jayhawk team). I continue to see poor decision on the offensive side (as far as passing the ball around). Either players are out of position, or the team chemistry is just not that great this season.

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Micky Baker

I do stand by what I said. We all know we've got a young team and one that isn't as deep as some of those in the past, but it's not the first time. It won't be the last either.

If we would have had 2 or 3 more top 50 plays with us this year who didn't leave after just one season, we probably have just one loss in the Big 12 this year, and probably looking at number 2 overall seed in the country.

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Carolyn Hunzicker

Bill is this where you team should be in late February ?

BASICS ?? Dribbling, passing,guarding ????? Where did that go ?

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Bob Bailey

Our problem is none of the above.

Greene hit 8 threes in a row in 2 games. Now all our guys are 2 for 13. The coaches seem to ignore the 3 pt game. They insist that the scoring MUST come at the glass. It is NOT in the cards for this team; even after Elllis goes wild.

KU either has to get a couple of competent footers, or learn to play 3 pt games!

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Bill Corey

I agree. We seem to be wedded to the inside game and we don't have the players we normally have. And yet we stubbornly insist. Granted HCBS has won almost 85% of his games with this philosophy. But we need a 3 point game the players are comfortable with and confident they won't get yanked if they stray from the ridged game plan. IMHO

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Aaron Paisley

You do not understand what means then. KU had a bad shooting night from outside last night, it happens. Ellis was also making everything he was shooting the first 30 minutes of the game so why go away from something that was working? Playing inside out means the ball goes inside, if the defense double teams the post, then somebody is open, likely on the perimeter for an open shot. If you just pass it around the perimeter, you're not going to get an open look anywhere and you with a bad look. KU doesn't need a footer, they just need a competent back to the basket scorer to get guys like Selden and Greene open looks.

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Shane Johnston

Great comment. K-State also did a nice job doubling Perry in the second half, and we weren't able to pass the ball well enough/ quick enough to make them pay. They defended the three really well throughout.

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Bill Corey

Hence, to wit, we had NO ADJUSTMENT GAME PLAN. I know what "inside out" means and far far far too often we don't adjust. So Ellis was doubled the second half. What did we do to adjust. Not much. And I may not have YOUR superior understanding of basketball......but, at least, I can write a complete sentence.

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Bill Corey

Comment refers to Aaron's comment

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Bill Corey

Comment directed to Aaron

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Bill Corey

Hence, to wit, we had NO ADJUSTMENT GAME PLAN. I know what "inside out" means and far far far too often we don't adjust. So Ellis was doubled the second half. What did we do to adjust. Not much. And I may not have YOUR superior understanding of basketball......but, at least, I can write a complete sentence.

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Aaron Paisley

I like how KSU police are using a cropped version of Nick's photo to identify that a**hole that went out of his way to shoulder bump Jamari. Good photo Nick.

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Nathan Varvis

I have been hearing a lot of talk on the boards here that we're not going to make it past the first round--unrealistic. Based on what the brackets are now; we have a decent chance. That's not the issue--forget about March! This team needs what many of the previous teams in KUs history had: grit. Often, this team does not have the grit and drive to win close games away, and teams know that we struggle with the press--if they have a decent coach, in a close game, they age going to press KU. We also need someone to support ellis when he goes off, as he has been doing the last few weeks.

Ellis was all alone, time for a big man to step up and bang bodies. (Yes, I am aware that we don't quite have that player, but someone needs to fill the role)

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Mike Riches

I'm not as upset about last night's loss as I was about West Virginia the week before. K-State played unusually well last night, in what proved to be a very tough environment for our guys. In the WVU game, I felt that we were the better team for most of the game, and that we squandered opportunities throughout the game. In other words, last night we got beat, whereas the week before, we beat ourselves. At least that's how it felt to me...

I hope that we can use the sting from last night as motivation to come out with a furry on Saturday. Our guys should already be motivated for the WVU rematch next Monday. Two wins will leave us with a deciding game at OU. I've said all season, if winning #11 comes down to the OU game, we will win that game. I know I'll be in Norman cheering as loudly as possible for our guys (but not body-checking any of the opposing players...)

7 years, 9 months ago

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David Robinett

Where is Selden and why does Coach stick with him no matter how he plays??

7 years, 9 months ago

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John Pritchett

It's painful to see the team in a slump like this, but I think it's pretty clear why the team is struggling. It's not lack of heart, a lack of passion, or a lack of talent (as some on this board have claimed). From what I've seen, KU was shooting lights out from the 3, but actually shooting a lower percentage from within the arc. I think Coach is forcing the team to change their focus and play through our interior guys, and as a result we've seen an improved performance from Ellis, but a drop from the perimeter guys. They just need to adjust to attacking the basket more and relying on the three less and then I expect them to play well all around.

I can understand why Coach would want to focus on getting more out of our interior guys. That's the best chance for this team doing anything special in March. I just hope we don't lose the conference title in the process of trying to change our offensive identity. If we can manage to hang on for #11, it'll be worth it. We have two home games to tighten things up, then it's do or die (assuming we hold court at home, which is a good bet).

7 years, 9 months ago

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Linda Peschka

Okie State, West Virg.,and Kan. State. Three games that should have been victories. The problems in poor player performance existed in all three games and continues to exist.
1. Turnovers. The same players continue to make the same mistakes, which should be easily corrected if the players had a constant focus and concentration. Obviously they do not. Selden, Mason, Ellis, and Traylor are consistently causing TOs. Greene and Graham occasionally join the group. At this point in the season, the TOs should be minimal. Lack of coaching in that area, or loss of concentration, or inability to comprehend, or just plain not enough talent to play better. Pick any or all of the reasons. It should not longer be acceptable to continuously expect such mistakes without improvement.
2. Charging fouls by Selden happens in every game. When is he going to understand how to move with the ball without fouling?
3. After driving to or thru the lane then throwing the ball into "no-man's land" which usually gets intercepted, Mason and Graham have a "deer-in-the-headlights" stare. When are they going to learn to drive and pass the ball without causing a turnover? 4. Missed foul shots. Free throws are a soft high arching shot and as Al McGuire said, "they are free". All these mistakes must be corrected now. Further, Self must do a better job of player selection when he substitutes in order to have player(s) that can "take charge" and lead.
5. Who teaches(OR DOESN'T) individual and team defenses? Not one player plays man-to-man correctly. Is this due to teaching or learning difficulties? Something must be done NOW to address these issues or KU will not win the Big 12 league or post-season tourney or advance past the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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