Kansas' Self T'd up
Kansas University coach Bill Self received his first technical foul of the season in the first half and his first since last year at Oklahoma State. He was livid Keith Langford was called for his third foul on a charge.
"I think I said a lot. I deserved it before he gave it to me," Self said of official Paul Janssen. "To me, I didn't think it was a good call at all. It took a player pretty important to us out early. It may have been good, but from my vantage point it wasn't. I basically wanted to get it."
"I think coach wanted to get it," KU's Wayne Simien said. " I think he did it to fire us up and the crowd."
Simien came down hard on an ankle late. He said he was fine.
Darnell Jackson took an elbow at practice Monday and suffered a concussion. It's believed he'll be able to play Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette.
'It's not over'
With around three minutes left, TCU's Chudi Chinweze went down in a heap under the TCU goal. As he was being helped off the court, several KU fans started heading to the exits, prompting a chant of, "It's not over," from some of the remaining Jayhawk faithful.
Just this week, Self suggested the Allen Fieldhouse crowd was losing its fire.
"I think our crowd has been really good in spots, but I don't think they have got as geeked up as they are going to be," Self said.
There was some confusion in the northwest corner of the fieldhouse during the first half when ushers apparently told the students to stand on the floor, not on the bleachers because standing on the bleachers blocks the view of fans higher up. The ushers were told to cease and desist because the northwest corner is all students, and KU officials don't care if students stand on the bleachers in that corner.
Nearly a Horned Frog
KU junior center Moulaye Niang considered transferring to TCU last offseason. He made a visit to the Fort Worth, Texas, campus to meet with Horned Frogs coach Neil Dougherty, who recruited Niang to KU.
Niang also visited San Diego State before ultimately deciding to remain a Jayhawk.
"He just told me what he had to offer. He said if I decided to leave KU, I was welcome to go there. I appreciated it," Niang said.
"I really liked 'Coach D' and his program. I am glad I stayed, really happy I made this decision. If I were to leave, it may have been something I would come to regret."
Dougherty remembers Niang's postseason thought process.
"Everybody wants to play more," Dougherty said. "He was in a situation at Kansas the person who recruited him had left with a new coach coming in. Maybe coach had him in his plans, maybe not. He was a little unsure."