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FINAL: Northern Iowa shocks Kansas, 69-67

Kansas forward Marcus Morris covers his head after the Jayhawks' 69-67 loss to Northern Iowa Friday, March 20, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris covers his head after the Jayhawks' 69-67 loss to Northern Iowa Friday, March 20, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

March 20, 2010, 2:23 p.m. Updated March 20, 2010, 10:41 p.m.


Kansas falls to Northern Iowa

The Jayhawks ended the season 33-3 after being knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Northern Iowa. The Jayhawks battled back late in the game but ultimately fell 69-67.

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KU scoring — Marcus Morris 16, Aldrich 13, Colllins 10, Markieff Morris 10, X. Henry 8, Reed 8, Taylor 2.

KU was 24-for-54 from the floor (44.4 percent), 6-for-23 from three (26.1 percent) and 13-for-18 from the free-throw line (72.2 percent).

UNI was 22-for-55 from the floor (40 percent), 9-for-26 from three (34.6 percent) and 16-for-19 from the free-throw line (84.2 percent).

KU out-rebounded UNI, 38-30. KU had 15 turnovers, while UNI had nine.

UNI defeats KU, 69-67

Farokhmanesh is fouled, and he makes the first free throw to seal it. He adds the second for good measure.

Marcus Morris hits a three with 0.4 seconds left, but it’s too late. UNI inbounds the ball, and the clock runs out.

Marcus Morris drops to his knees, openly weeping on the court. It takes a couple minutes for teammates to pick him up.

UNI completes the 69-67 shocker.

UNI 67/KU 64 — 6.2 seconds left in game

Ahelegbe is fouled, and he makes one of two free throws.

Collins misses the Mario Chalmers play drawn up for him. Taylor misses a three. Reed gets the tip-in, but KU needs a true miracle to win this one.

UNI 66/KU 62 — 23.4 seconds left in game

UNI breaks the press, and Farokhmanesh is left by himself. He thinks about taking the three, then takes it. Swish. UNI up four again.

Reed passes up a three, and he drives to the lane, banging into the UNI defender for a charge before getting a pass off. He lays his head on the court for a few seconds after the call.

UNI 63/KU 62 — 42.8 seconds left in game

Farokhmanesh misses a three. KU with the board.

Marcus gets another generous whistle inside, and he makes one of two free throws.

Reed with a remarkable steal, saving the ball from going out of bounds just like Collins did two years ago in the title game. KU can’t capitalize, though, as Xavier Henry misses the front of a one-and-one.

Jake Koch is fouled, and he calmly sinks two free throws.

Collins takes it all the way to the basket, but he’s called for a charge. Self screams to himself on the sideline, in disbelief about the call. It did look like the UNI defender was still sliding defensively.

Adam Koch with another offensive rebound inside, this time over Collins. The conference player of the year slams it home, giving UNI a seven-point lead.

Taylor is fouled, and he makes two free throws with 1:07 left.

UNI launches its inbounds pass the length of the court out of bounds, and that’s the steal that KU needed.

Marcus Morris gets the benefit of a late, late call underneath, and he makes both free throws. KU is down three with 53.8 seconds to go.

Marcus gets away with a push on the full-court press, and Ahelegbe steps on the end line. Another backcourt turnover for UNI.

Collins forces things, taking two steps in the lane before putting in a short floater. Timeout KU, which has cut the lead to one.

UNI 59/KU 53 — 3:38 left in game

Markieff Morris with a two in the lane, drawing a rare foul on a shot attempt. He makes the free throw — just KU’s seventh free throw attempted today.

Marcus drives into traffic, bangs into two bodies, then gets a foul call on UNI. That whistle was questionable. Marcus makes one free throw, and KU is down five.

Adam Koch gets away with an offensive foul inside, using his head to shove off Markieff Morris before putting in a turnaround. Self jumps twice up and down on the sidelines, furious for the no call.

KU gets it to Markieff inside, and he puts in the bunny.

Marcus steals it away on the other end, and Collins is grabbed in transition. He makes both ends of the one-and-one, and this place is going nuts with KU down just three.

Johnny Moran answers with a three from up top — the biggest shot of the game for UNI.

Taylor and Collins both miss threes, and UNI comes down with the board. Even with the comeback, KU still is in a deep hole with 3:38 left.

UNI 52/KU 45 — 6:54 left in game

Collins puts in a floater in the lane, but on the other end, Adam Koch throws in an uncontested alley-oop. Give those two points to Jacobson on the sideline.

If KU is going to press, Self needs to put Taylor back into the game. Reed has improved his defense, but Taylor’s the guy you need for steals.

Aldrich gets it inside, and he puts in another jump hook.

Farokhmanesh misses a three, but Collins is out of control in the lane, turning it over yet again. He’s a liability out there for the Jayhawks right now.

Marcus Morris with a spin move in the lane, and the Jayhawks cut the deficit to seven. Jacobson’s “shoot-whatever-shot-you-want” philosophy served the Panthers well in the first 30 minutes, but it hasn’t in the last three, as UNI is taking some wild shots.

UNI 49/KU 39 — 11:03 left in game

Aldrich with an offensive rebound, and he puts in a jump-hook for two.

Finally, KU presses, and Marcus Morris gets a steal on the sideline. Collins’ layup is swatted, but Marcus comes away with the loose ball. Xavier Henry uses good body control to avoid a charge and put in a short shot in the lane.

Timeout UNI, as Jacobson will reset his team’s offense.

Kerwin Dunham follows with a drive for two with a foul, and UNI has quickly regained its 10-point lead and the momentum.

UNI 47/KU 35 — 12:31 left in game

Collins with a turnover, and his bad day continues.

Xavier Henry puts in a three from the corner. That’s big, but KU hasn’t put together many runs all game.

Add another turnover to Collins’ stat line. He’s trying to do way too much out there.

Jake Koch buries a three for UNI, and the lead is up to 12. Timeout Self. KU hasn’t tried anything new defensively, and it seems like it’s about time to try something.

UNI 42/KU 32 — 15:26 left in game

Collins with a drive to the rim, and he drops the ball to Aldrich for a layup.

Aldrich blocks Eglseder on the other end, and KU gets possession after the ball caroms out of bounds off a UNI player.

Farokhmanesh with a behind-the-back pass in transition, and Adam Koch puts in the layup.

Eglseder follows with a shot over Aldrich, and the lead is up to 10.

Collins with a layup, but Eglseder with another jumper. He screams out to the crowd to get the fans going.

Self has to throw a press at UNI. The Jayhawks are running out of time, and they need to speed the pace of the game up.

Collins forcing things now, as he puts up a guarded 18-footer that bricks away. That’s going to cost the Jayhawks 30 seconds on the other end.

KU scoring — Marcus Morris 7, Aldrich 7, Reed 6, Markieff Morris 3, X. Henry 3, Collins 2.

KU was 10-for-24 from the floor (41.7 percent), 4-for-11 from three (36.4 percent) and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent).

UNI was 12-for-26 from the floor (46.2 percent), 6-for-12 from three (50 percent) and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line (75 percent).

Both teams had 16 rebounds at halftime. KU had eight turnovers, while UNI had four.

Halftime thoughts

An eight-point lead is more daunting against a team like UNI. The Jayhawks will need to outplay the Panthers by quite a significant margin to make up eight points in 20 minutes, especially when the possessions are going to be so limited.

Sherron Collins hasn’t been able to get anything going against UNI. He was just 1-for-4 in the first half with two turnovers. UNI is packing everything into the lane, making it difficult for him to drive. Which leads me to my next point ...

KU needs to start firing away from three. Because the Panthers are focusing their defense in the middle, the opening appears to be on the outside. The Jayhawks also have had some success getting offensive rebounds on three-point tries.

Just like last year against Michigan State, turnovers are just killing the Jayhawks. UNI forces just 12.1 turnovers per game, but KU has eight giveaways already. The Jayhawks absolutely have to value every possession from here on out to have a chance at a comeback.

UNI 36/KU 28 — Halftime

KU is getting beaten badly on the offensive boards. Not only does one UNI possession take a minute off the clock, but Lucas O’Rear ends the possession with a tip-in over Aldrich. UNI has six offensive rebounds, and there’s no excuse for that for the Jayhawks.

Collins tries a drive, but good defense is waiting for him, and UNI forces a tie-up.

The Panthers don’t get a shot off in the final seconds, but they still take a commanding eight-point lead into the break.

UNI 33/KU 26 — 2:59 left in 1st half

Farokhmanesh puts up a stepback, fadeaway three from the corner that swishes through. He’s not missing today (3-for-3 from three-point range). Meanwhile, UNI has hit six of 10 threes (60 percent).

Farokmanesh with his first two, a fadeaway in the lane that falls through. The Panthers have their largest lead at nine. Self calls another timeout.

KU with a well-designed play out of the break. The Jayhawks run the weave, and Taylor curls into the lane before throwing a lob to Marcus Morris for an alley-oop slam.

UNI 28/KU 23 — 5:28 left in 1st half

Tyrel Reed with a wide-open three from the corner. KU now 3-for-6 from deep. The Panthers are giving up open looks from the outside.

The loudest cheer of the day comes at the 10:15 mark, as UNI is called for its first foul. A few seconds later, the ovation is even louder when the Panthers pick up foul No. 2.

Aldrich gets it in deep, and he’s bumped on his way up for the shot. He makes one free throw.

KU is picking up the defense now. Eglseder has the ball slapped away in the post. The Jayhawks come up empty on two key possessions, though.

Another deep three, this time by Ali Farokhmanesh. His range knows no bounds.

Reed answers with a three for KU. He’s now given the Jayhawks two big threes.

Eglseder answers, rattling in another three. He’s doubled his three-pointers for the season in the first 13 minutes of this game.

Aldrich puts in a jumper, and the pace picks up. Sherron Collins takes the ball to the rim for two, and the Panthers aren’t adjusting well to the faster pace.

Farokhmanesh answers once again, though, swishing an open three. KU can’t get the deficit under two.

UNI 17/KU 12 — 11:44 left in 1st half

Kwadzo Ahelegbe puts in an 18-foot jumper. The Panthers have hit five of their first seven shots (71.4 percent), a trend that can't continue.

Northern Iowa doesn’t force a whole lot of turnovers, but KU is still giving it away at a high rate. Markieff Morris launches a pass well over Tyrel Reed’s head and out of bounds, and that’s KU’s third giveaway.

Marc Sonnen gets all the way to the rim for a layup, and UNI has rebuilt its eight-point lead.

Self is pretty high-strung on the sideline. He yells at Marcus. He yells at an official. He yells at Markieff. Not sure it’s the best thing to do with this team playing tight already.

Marcus Morris rattles in a three. The Jayhawks’ best looks are coming from deep.

After a foul from Marcus Morris, Self screams across the court to an official: “Six to nothing!” Sure enough, KU has six team fouls, while UNI has none.

UNI 12/KU 9 — 15:39 left in 1st half

Before the tip, Xavier Henry hugged each of KU’s starters and whispered something in their ears. I haven’t seen him do that all year.

Cole Aldrich puts in a long jump-hook on KU’s first possession to start the scoring.

Jordan Eglseder was only 1-for-9 from three this entire season, but on the Panthers’ first possession, he’s determined to get one to go down. He misses the first, but after an offensive rebound, he drains the second.

Eglseder follows with a jumper over Aldrich, and Kwadzo Ahelegbe is fouled in the lane by Aldrich, hitting both free throws.

Marcus Morris’ shot rattles out, and Johnny Moran follows with a deep three. That’s a 10-0 run for UNI, and the Jayhawks have dug themselves a 10-2 hole. Timeout KU. An eight-point deficit to UNI seems like more considering how few possessions the Panthers play.

Aldrich misses inside, but he grabs the loose ball and puts in the second try for two.

Eglseder gets the ball deep inside, though, and drops it into the hoop with his left hand. Aldrich didn’t offer much resistance there.

Xavier Henry knocks down a contested three for KU. Hitting those outside shots will be a huge key for the Jayhawks, as UNI gives up a lot of points from beyond the arc.

Marcus Morris with a strong move on the baseline, putting in a layup high off the glass.

Markieff Morris doesn’t do something Self wants, and Self lays into him at the media timeout. Nice comeback for KU, though, to cut the eight-point deficit immediately.

4:28 p.m.

Honestly, I'm a bit shocked at our poll on the left and with the predictions below that have KU scoring 70 and even (gasp!) above 80.

Northern Iowa plays the third-slowest of any team in the NCAA at 59.1 possessions per game. KU's average is about 1.2 points per possession. Multiply the two, and KU would score about 71.

But UNI's defense is much better than an average defense. And I would think that the Panthers might even try to play slower than normal today to try to pull off the upset.

To me, this game is more likely to be in the 50s than it is the 70s.

Give me KU 62, UNI 56.

4:20 p.m.

Looks like the bad weather is keeping some folks away from today's game. With 20 minutes to go till tip, still two-thirds of the upper deck remains unfilled.

3:12 p.m.

Here are some interesting quirks I found out about Northern Iowa yesterday (that didn't make this story):

1. UNI coach Ben Jacobson coaches like an offensive coordinator in football.

The Panthers run offense much differently than many other teams in Div. I.

UNI has more than 100 plays it can run (based on 20-30 original sets), and all of those are learned through repetition in practice. In fact, 6-foot-6 junior guard Kerwin Dunham told me that it takes the Panthers at least a half-hour to go through their offensive plays in practice.

Here's where Jacobson comes in. After scouting the opposing team, he picks out a few sets that he believes will be effective against the opposition. Then, in practice, the Panthers go over those sets.

Not only do the Panthers have plays, they have counters to those plays. So if Jacobson sees his team getting defended one way, he'll run the counter play to expose the opposing team's weakness.

Much like a football offensive coordinator changing the play after the defense is set, Jacobson tries to dial up the correct set once he recognizes how the opposition is trying to defend his team.

2. UNI's players are free to take any shot they want.

"He tells us that," 6-foot-1 guard Johnny Moran said. "He says, 'I won’t take you guys out for a bad shot or a turnover. But if you’re not playing defense — our team defense — if you’re dogging it out there, I’m going to get mad. I’m going to take you out.' He holds to it."

According to guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe, Jacobson had an interesting halftime message during Thursday's UNLV game when UNI was trailing by one:

"Do all the things defensively that I want," Ahelegbe recalled Jacobson saying, "and you guys can do whatever you want offensively within our scheme."

Koch said Jacobson won't get upset as long as his players are being aggressive offensively.

"If you have someone screaming at you all the time, you get more nervous. You get worked up," Moran said. "With him, if he is mad, he’ll take you over and tell you what you need to do and put you back in the game to give you another shot."

3. Jacobson does get upset ... just not that often

Though Jacobson is known as a mild-mannered guy, Koch said there was one time during a practice that he punted a basketball.

"That’s just so out of his character, it was almost funny to see," Koch said. "You wanted to kind of laugh at it, because that’s not him at all."

Moran said it was a few months into his freshman year before he'd heard Jacobson curse. Finally, it happened during a practice.

"Not giving 100 percent — that’s the one thing that will make him freak out," Moran said. "When you’re not giving it everything you have, when you’re not playing defense, that makes him mad."

Still, Jacobson seems to keep his cool even when nearly every other coach in America doesn't.

"He never gets too crazy. He never gets too low. He’s, like, perfect," Ahelegbe said. "It fits for all of us. Everyone has their own individual characteristics, but it works for all of us."

2:23 p.m.

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Matthew Herbert 8 years, 1 month ago

Sherron Collins....self-described leader of this team....this poor performance is on YOUR shoulders. 1 for 5 ? Turnovers? Weak. Unacceptable.

yankeevet 8 years, 1 month ago

Jeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzz;; go KU;; take no prisoners...............

Paula Kissinger 8 years, 1 month ago

INU came to win..KU just showed up....c'mon hawks...get with it !

tomatogrower 8 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for the great season. Sorry guys.

Jeremiah Jefferson 8 years, 1 month ago

Typical KU performance in the clutch lmfao.... Oh no, we suck again...

angel4dennis 8 years, 1 month ago

if the FREEthrows would have been made HELLO!!!!!!!!!! FREEthrows equal free points! Goodness gracious KU. NOW I am going to have to cheer for KSTATE! BTW, did anyone else notice that the clock didn't get started until late AFTER the last freethrow by N Iowa was made??

arch007 8 years, 1 month ago

they looked like they didn't even want to be there

hujiko 8 years, 1 month ago


tashtego 8 years, 1 month ago

Horrible decision by Self to take out Morris and put Cole back in. Stick with what works and please try to figure out how to play slow-down teams. Remember UTEP, Bucknell, Bradley and Davidson--it's the same syndrome---now Self-inflicted.

gccs14r 8 years, 1 month ago

This was pretty much a done deal after the first couple of minutes. I guess the guys wanted to hurry home to study.

arch007 8 years, 1 month ago

and Barry...shut up

keep your political comments out of a discussion about basketball

Christine Anderson 8 years, 1 month ago

"It's the end of the world as we know it"....

yankeevet 8 years, 1 month ago

Just looks like we gave that game away................oh well; next year............

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 1 month ago

no matter still my team. Thanks for the season.

tashtego 8 years, 1 month ago

Well, in my pool bracket, I hedged on all the Big 12 teams except KU. KS to go to the final four or to choke in the second round, UT to choke in the first or to beat Kentucky, Baylor to go to the elite eight or to melt down in the sweet 16, etc.

I thought I was safe with all the pundits picking KU.

Jay_lo 8 years, 1 month ago

Being in the toughest bracket, I had a feeling since it was announced that if we were going to lose it would be this game because this would be one we thought we could cruise through. Saw it too often this year. Easy games were way too close.

Darn it Darwin! The fittest don't always survive, Jayhawks fell, and barrypenders made it out of the gene pool somehow

tashtego 8 years, 1 month ago

Well, in my pool bracket, I hedged on all the Big 12 teams except KU. KS to go to the final four or to choke in the second round, UT to choke in the first or to beat Kentucky, Baylor to go to the elite eight or to melt down in the sweet 16, etc.

I thought I was safe with all the pundits picking KU.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 1 month ago

No, victims of the blathering idiots who call themselves sports writers, running polls, ratings and "facts" to these kids. NO one is number one until the last shot is fired. When will people learn this and quit giving these kids such unreal crap. "On any given day, any given team" well you know the rest. Until a lot changes with the way we foam and slather over "polls" and "ratings", it will continue.

Jay_lo 8 years, 1 month ago

Being in the toughest bracket, I had a feeling since it was announced that if we were going to lose it would be this game because this would be one we thought we could cruise through. Saw it too often this year. Easy games were way too close.

Darn it Darwin! The fittest don't always survive, Jayhawks fell, and barrypenders made it out of the gene pool somehow

Jay_lo 8 years, 1 month ago

Being in the toughest bracket, I had a feeling since it was announced that if we were going to lose it would be this game because this would be one we thought we could cruise through. Saw it too often this year. Easy games were way too close.

Darn it Darwin! The fittest don't always survive, Jayhawks fell, and barrypenders made it out of the gene pool somehow

Jay_lo 8 years, 1 month ago

Being in the toughest bracket, I had a feeling since it was announced that if we were going to lose it would be this game because this would be one we thought we could cruise through. Saw it too often this year. Easy games were way too close.

Darn it Darwin! The fittest don't always survive, Jayhawks fell, and barrypenders made it out of the gene pool somehow

Jay_lo 8 years, 1 month ago

Being in the toughest bracket, I had a feeling since it was announced that if we were going to lose it would be this game because this would be one we thought we could cruise through. Saw it too often this year. Easy games were way too close.

Darn it Darwin! The fittest don't always survive, Jayhawks fell, and barrypenders made it out of the gene pool somehow

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 1 month ago

Renaissance said......Sherron Collins....self-described leader of this team....this poor performance is on YOUR shoulders. 1 for 5 ? Turnovers? Weak. Unacceptable.

What you goin' do fire him? jeez its just a game. Some days are just like that. Better luck next year, there's always next year.

Jay_lo 8 years, 1 month ago

Being in the toughest bracket, I had a feeling since it was announced that if we were going to lose it would be this game because this would be one we thought we could cruise through. Saw it too often this year. Easy games were way too close.

Darn it Darwin! The fittest don't always survive, Jayhawks fell, and barrypenders made it out of the gene pool somehow

loyaltoblue 8 years, 1 month ago

Hey Bill, I just wanted to let you know that every KU fan watching the game today saw that you were scared. If we can see that, don't you think your players can sense it?! I mean, come on man. Prepare your team...have a plan...have a back up plan! For every game I've watched KU lose since you arrived it's like you have one plan and that's it.

Jeff Kilgore 8 years, 1 month ago

If you can be a fan when we win, you have to be a fan when we lose. Why not give UNI some credit? It's easy for me to see that they are easily a top 25 team. I don't think that they'll win the national championship, but they're a good team.

I'm with mommaposter. still my team too. Thanks for a great 33-3 season. I'll miss Sherron, Cole, and Xavier. This does hurt but things will be better tomorrow. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Jay_lo 8 years, 1 month ago

Jane (anonymous) says… Jay-lo & tashtego, okay, we get it.

It's called a glitch! Post wouldn't go through. That's why all my posts are credited at 7:05, and tashtego's at 7:04

Don Whiteley 8 years, 1 month ago

And who didn't see this coming? The Hawks haven't played a full game of basketball since December. In nearly every game they played, they let their natural talent make up late for their general laziness and sloppiness. With the killer instinct of a baby kitten, this was a team that had such high promise at the beginning of the year and actually, ended up going one game further than I thought they'd go. Now they're ranked where they should have been all year long...somewhere between 17 and 32; probably closer to 32.

parrothead8 8 years, 1 month ago

Rock Choke Jayhawk. We didn't deserve to win that game.

JHawkInLA 8 years, 1 month ago

It's good for Kansas in a round-about way, You've made the front page of all the world's papers today!

Wait 'til 2028!!!

Rick Aldrich 8 years, 1 month ago

the Iowa player who shot that last 3 pointer had about 10 minutes to long to decide to shoot or not. that was a pathetic response by my beloved hawks to try and win the game. that was the dagger that lost the game for them.

frank regnier 8 years, 1 month ago

Northern Iowa, congrats! You guys came to play. KU you guys did great for a "four man" team. The fifth player didn't show up and it was obvious. Bill you let your feelings for the fifth man interfere with your great coaching ability. Oh well, there is always "Next Year". I love the Jayhawks!

Robert Holmes 8 years, 1 month ago

We didn't play well enough to earn the win, but NO ONE hurts right now more than those kids and coaches who walked off the court after losing.

Thanks for the great season, for beating Misery twice; K-State 3 times; the out-right Big XII title; and the Big XII tourney title.

The good thing about Kansas and its fans is they expect national championships. They'll be back and best of luck to Sherron, X, and Cole next year. Welcome T-Rob, Mario, Travis, Jeff, and Elija along with those returning. It'll be a lot of fun again unlike what happened to Texas and UNC this year.

smartjayhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

How is Self going to explain this? Do you still love yourSelf? You will need to continue talking about your title a few years back. If this is all your coach can do with all that talent, you will never even see another elite 8. Call Roy for help. Looks like those "dumb hicks", as you call them, up in manhatten can run a program better than you Bostonian bafoons can.

friendlyjhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Great ride until today, enjoyed every minute getting there. Thanks!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 1 month ago

O.K. folks, 5 of their kids in oversize underwear tossed a brown ball in a hoop a few more times that our kids dressed in oversize underwear.

Is this cause for the caustic and vicious remarks I am reading?

Will the sun come up in the west tomorrow?

Will you not get your next raise at work Monday (well, bad comparason for some of you, I guess)

Will the Southwest Traficway ever be built?

It is a game and aside from all the idiots who like to throw away their money betting on something that may or not happen, no one is really injured and a lot of talented young men are very, very distraught and dismayed tonight.

Some of your people who seem to know so much about this sport are really, really a bunch of feckless jerks.

Jay_lo 8 years, 1 month ago

What's that deafening noise? Sounds like hundreds of people wadding up their brackets at the same time.

puddleglum 8 years, 1 month ago

my bracket is still going strong, since everybody picked KU to win it all-everybody is still pretty equal...vandy kinda jacked up my flo, but tennessee just needs to win one more game and I will win the whole thing!

7texdude 8 years, 1 month ago

We did not show up to play today. I don't understand it. It stinks to lose, but we were terrible today. No attitude. No balls. No nothing. We had the best team and the most talent, but it doesn't matter if we don't show up.

This one is on Self. He is a great coach, but his team didn't show up today and it's on him. It was a great season, but this is very disappointing. The better team lost. He is a great coach and recruiter and we will have another good team next year, but this one got away from him.

txron 8 years, 1 month ago


ksjayhawk81 8 years, 1 month ago

Even the best teams have an off day and its to bad ours was today! We are still one of the best teams in America! Rock Chalk Jayhawk win or lose! Thank you for a good season.

hesshawk 8 years, 1 month ago

well I didn't think it would end this way. What a poor job of preparation to play a team. And no amount of prep can make up for a total lack of effort going after loose balls and rebounds.

It was a good season. I think we all have too high of an expectation for the team every year, and that's not a bad thing. Just makes a loss anywhere before the Final 4 hard to take. But the sun will come up tomorrow and the world will keep turning, and Kansas will have a great team again next year. Don't be fair-weather fans and bash them when they lose. UNI is good..

Rock Chalk

8 years, 1 month ago

Why are there so many total idiots posting on here, the guys gave everything, it just wasn't enough. This was still a great season, RCJH go KU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

newmedia 8 years, 1 month ago

Good season. The sun will probably come up tomorrow, if it doesn't snow. Tough loss to take but in 2 weeks only one team will be happy. No need to blame coach Self, last time I checked he can't do the passing, dribbling, shooting, or play the defense. The Jayhawks will just need to reload and give it another shot next year.

Rock Chalk

Deb Stavin 8 years, 1 month ago

Northern Iowa played a great game today, no doubt, but I have to say that I thought some of the refs' calls were questionable, when they bothered to make calls. Anyone else out there think the officiating was lopsided?

fanofKU 8 years, 1 month ago

It was a tough loss, but the Jayhawks have given us so much to be proud of this year. The fact that they are the top Academic Team of the NCAA is something to be very proud of. Maybe we just don't want to play in Oklahoma anymore. Go Jayhawks!!!

Kevin Randell 8 years, 1 month ago

Yes, today sucks.....but remember guys. We are Kansas...we don't rebuild....we reload! Now, lets go cheer the girls in the NIT, baseball, softball, AND the football team. Oh, and all the haters.....please leave and go root for another team! :)

Niraj Shah 8 years, 1 month ago


youngitized 8 years, 1 month ago

Mike Nance, Bob Donato, Joe Lindsay these were lousy airheads officiating the game. They were biased toward Northern Iowa bar none. They did everything they could to sway this game and unfortunately they succeeded. Once again, three more officials that should be fired. They must have taken idiot pills at halftime and before the game so they were doped up on idiocy.

riverdrifter 8 years, 1 month ago

We got beat by a better Team. As Self said: this team never, ever, not one single game, put it all all together. Coulda, shoulda, woulda. Ain't nuthin' left to do but go get on the bus. Gonna be a long ride home in the snow.

Denny2009 8 years, 1 month ago

hard to swallow that one, wasnt supposed to go down like that. hard to accept losing to a team that couldnt even inbound the ball the last 2 minutes when our guys applyed a little pressure.

Sean Livingstone 8 years, 1 month ago

Honestly, KU didn't play badly. Northern Iowa played really well. That Ali guy? He's really good today. They win us by dumping all the three points exactly into the basket, and had all the nice rebound. I don't know how we're going to win with such a team. Don't be surprised if UNI actually ends up in the final four. Cheers.

Jay_lo 8 years, 1 month ago

For Bill and the Team,

Time Well Spent

A great hawk soars High above the crowd And all stare in amazement As it glides gracefully along

But even a hawk Must come back to earth, sometime And when it does It appears a little less majestic

And those who see it For the first time, grounded Can not find appreciation For how high it once soared

But those of us Who watched in awe Will never regret the time we spent To watch a great hawk fly

Thank you all for a great year!

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 1 month ago

I love readin' the comments by some of you idiots. Hatin' on Self, the players, even the pundits, it's just a game. Idiots, get a life fools.

ozfan 8 years, 1 month ago

Finally KU plays against a team that plays well. I saw this coming weeks ago. We need a new coach. And the players need to show to a game and actually PLAY.

mynameismudd 8 years, 1 month ago

You guys have this all wrong. It is not the players fault. It is not Bill Self's fault. It is my sisters' fault. They thought THEY JUST HAD TO GO TO OKLAHOMA CITY AND WATCH THE GAME. You just don't fool around with this when the stakes are high. Call me superstitious but if you have watched them at home then stay at home and by all means do not make scones!!!


mynameismudd 8 years, 1 month ago

Oh and by the way, I am not going to let this one game in any way make me think any less of any member of the team or Bill Self and his coaching staff. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Steve Jacob 8 years, 1 month ago

N. Iowa was the better team. I have said it time and time again, one and done players are not worth it. KU would have been better late in the season without Xavier. Now it's a rebuilding year, and KU has no top recruits commented (yet).

monicataylor 8 years, 1 month ago

Great season KU!!!! This game falls on the shoulders of Self and Collins. Sherron, thank you for all of the great games, but unfortunately, you played the most timid game of your career. Congrats to Northern Iowa, we were outplayed and outcoached.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 8 years, 1 month ago

gregsharp (anonymous) says…

"Why did we shoot 23 threes?"

UNI's D is set up to defend the paint very well. KU drove the lane a few times, probably not enough, but I think it showed respect to UNI's inside D. KU just got beat by one of the most underrated teams of this season. Don't be surprised to see UNI go all the way.

Thanks for the great season, Jayhawks! It was a wild ride. Next year. Best of luck to Sherron and Cole!

jayhawkframer 8 years, 1 month ago

Not a bit surprised, If we would of gotten out to an early lead, N. Iowa would of just gone away. Instead we decided to fool around thinking we'd pull it out in the end. The Hawks got just what they deserved. KU is like the Boston Red Socks They always get your hopes up and then crush them. Maybe in 20 years we'll win another. With that said I still love my hawks.

jonas_opines 8 years, 1 month ago

I still love my Jayhawks, despite the hurt. We'll be good next year, we'll be good the year after that. Just please, please, basketball gods and basketball commentators, rank us #6 or something. This take-everybody's-best-shot crap is too much.

guitarguy 8 years, 1 month ago

Only way to fix this is to tear up Billy's contract and give him more money!!!! Also put the stripper poles back in his new house.

angel4dennis 8 years, 1 month ago

I do think that it is expected that KU will dominate ervery year. This is unfair to put that much pressure on these boys. I am sorry for my comment earlier and want to say THANK YOU to all the players who every game put themselves out there and are expected to be perfect everytime.

tunahelper 8 years, 1 month ago

Wildcats up by 10 at half time! Jayhawks only lead was 2 - 0 at the beginning of the game! EMAW!

sad_lawrencian 8 years, 1 month ago

It's over. Now we can all get on our lives.

squawkhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

In spite of what the headline says, this was not such a shocking loss. This is what happens when the refs finally call a good game and don't give KU the benefit of the doubt in every situation. KU should have lost at least 3 or 4 other games before this. At least "history awaits".

lkhomer 8 years, 1 month ago

We REALLY suck!

BTW, was that Holly Rowe courtside?

sailor 8 years, 1 month ago

I just lit fre to my sweat pants in the middle of the cul-de-sak. They were 27 years old!

Alice-Ann Darrow 8 years, 1 month ago

Jay_lo, Love the poem.

Go Hawks! It wasn't a great ending, but certainly a great year! Thanks!!!

Gary Hawke 8 years, 1 month ago

I used to feel sorry for Arizona. Remember, they used to get bounced out early, year after year, when they had superior players. Lute retired and KU has taken their slot. This loss was embarrassing. We saw it too often this year, not prepared to play. The coach has to take all the heat for this one.

As for 1 and done's, X doesn't look like he helped his cause any since mid-January. He and the twins need to stay.

I am never sure about KU. I was in Okie City for the giant choke versus Rhode Island and I've never gotten over that one!

op43 8 years, 1 month ago

I drank the Kool-Aid. Should have seen this coming. Throughout the year this team maybe only played 2 or 3 really good games where they were expected to dominate and they did.

Honestly, I had KU in my bracket to win it all. But now I’m glad its over. Collins was very overrated this year and hurt this team more than helped it. But the pressures of fatherhood can make individuals divide their focus.

Cole seems lazy and had trouble with any good big men. Take the money, cant see you improving anymore in one year.

But, the most overrated player to ever set foot on campus as a freshman has to be Xavier Henry. Get your money from the NBA and sit on the bench. This is why no one likes the NBA, too many players not worthy of what the NBA use to be.

Hope in the future that if a kid seems to be one and done, we let them go. We don’t need to comprise the program for these type of players.

If you can say one good thing about Frank Martin at K-State is that he gets his players to play over their potential. We’re soft and probably representative of the liberal culture of KU. Bill has had some major brain cramps in the NCAA tournament. Without a miracle shot, and a miss in the regional he still wouldn’t have a NCAA title.

While the 88 team overachieved, this team underachieved. Given it all, give me the 86 team and we would mop the floor with any KU team since.

As I get older these games remind me that it is only a game and it’s just not that important in the big scheme of things. Had it not snowed today, maybe should have played golf. We shouldn’t put these kids on pedestals. Fans and the media need to get a grip.....myself included.

Robert Holmes 8 years, 1 month ago

OklahomaJayhawk and Jay_lo,

Great comments and we all need to keep in mind that this is a game and not life or death or a serious family health issue, etc. It stinks to lose when your expectations are so high but it's also fun to watch KU basketball year in and year out since we do expect to win championships.

For those KU fans posting negative about Bill, do you seriously want another coach? All he's done is win 6 consecutive Big XII titles, one NCAA title (which Roy never did in his run and gun style), and bring in guys who are a lot of fun to watch and be around.

Good luck next year and I'll be in Allen when I can ever get access to tickets. 16,300 every game is more than I can say for any other team in the Big XII and you gotta love it.

pfunk81 8 years, 1 month ago

will someone dribble a basketball off Barry Penders' head please.

Basketball, Off Topic Posting, Annoying posters live unprecedented

seagull 8 years, 1 month ago

Had a bad feeling from the beginning. Usually Self's teams peak at the end of the season. Some chemistry has been missing for a while on this team. A number of players just didn't show up today. On the other hand, isn't seeding supposed to give the best team the easiest path? I don't understand how we got such a difficult bracket when KU was supposedly the best team. In the next few weeks there will be lots of second guessing--did we have too many good players? did we expect too much of Sherron and Cole? It's hard to explain how we could lose to NIU even though they are a very good team that clearly out played and out coached us today. Good luck to them.

riverdrifter 8 years, 1 month ago

"But, the most overrated player to ever set foot on campus as a freshman has to be Xavier Henry. Get your money from the NBA and sit on the bench. This is why no one likes the NBA, too many players not worthy of what the NBA use to be.

Hope in the future that if a kid seems to be one and done, we let them go. We don’t need to comprise the program for these type of players."

OP43, great post. I drank the Koo-Aid as well. Sigh. "You get old too soon and smart too late!" No more one & don-ers. Get dedicated players in here that want to work & wear the ring. Eight lousy points from the great X at crunch time. Wow.

tomatogrower 8 years, 1 month ago

I still say thanks for the great season boys. You are still number one in my book. Don't read the jerks. They couldn't play ball anyway. See you next year.

monkeyspunk 8 years, 1 month ago

I love how the people with zero ability or even a shred of potential trash on these exceptional young men.

Big 12 Champs is pretty damned good. One conference loss.

Basketball tournaments are the worst because of the "any given day" phenomenon.

Sherron will be missed. I kind of wish Cole would come back for one more. What will become of Xavier?

mr_right_wing 8 years, 1 month ago

Obama was wrong AGAIN!! (Choosing KU in the Championship game)

Sorry guys...I feel for ya.

Let's blame this on George W....that'll make us all feel better!

Denny2009 8 years, 1 month ago

Good teams know how to put the early strangle hold on teams like N. Iowa. Not showing up for the 2nd round game in the biggest tournament of the year is unacceptable. If Cole and Henry want to take the money and ride the pine in the NBA, go ahead. Hats off to N. Iowa they played the ultimate fundamentally sound TEAM game. Hats off to Sherron you were a special player and played college ball like its supposed to be played, for 4 years. I will miss seeing you in a KU jersey, best of luck in future endeavors.

Bladerunner 8 years, 1 month ago

Too many squeakers against too many mediocre teams. It was bound to happen eventually. Oh well. Lets all get behind the wildcats and support our state!

Mary Kay Scanlon 8 years, 1 month ago

squakhawk- are you Jack Harry? This has been his angry "take" for the past few weeks. The refs did not call a good game today!! No way, no how.. Love my Jayhawks, and refuse to say anything mean spirited about ANY of them!

mynameismudd 8 years, 1 month ago

HISTORY AWAITS???? That is the slogan that the Athletic brought out just before the football season. It jinxed the whole year! The football season tanked, the Mangino fiasco and now the basketball team not even making the Sweet 16. History Awaits all right, just not how we wanted it to. Hey Athletic Dept. next time you think you have come up with great slogan....forget it.

We had the hardest bracket and even though we should have been able to beat anyone because we were Number 1, it wasn't fair that teams like K-State and Duke got a cake walk this weekend. WE HAD BEAT KSTATE THREE TIMES!!! Why give them the easy route. Teams that we have beat will go on and I am sorry but that is not fair. Shame on the selection committee for a job poorly done!

West_Sider 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm a 'Cats fan but I'm definitely bummed as I would love to have seen a KSU v KU game final 4 game. KU had a great season but lost to a UNI team that got hot when it counted. The KU players and their fans have nothing to be ashamed of and so much to be proud of.

I am hopeful that the remaining Big 12 teams in the tourney do a great job representing our conference. I do struggle to understand why fans of one Big 12 team pull for a team from another conference to beat one of their own. That makes no sense to me.

jonthes 8 years, 1 month ago

When Kansas beat Kentucky in a year when UK didn't have Morris for half the season, the Kansas players said that 'we're not sure this was a significant win'. That was so classless I just had to come on and note that I'm sorry that UK and Kansas won't play in the final because Kansas never played to their potential and I would have so enjoyed watching the Cats rout you. And be more gracious than I'm being afterwards.

Your team seemed like it thought it was entitled. You're entitled to think about next year. With the losses off this team you may not be significant then.

LK785 8 years, 1 month ago

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DB Ashton 8 years, 1 month ago

This was precisely what I expected; this team was never the sum of its parts and was fortunate to snatch as many wins as it did. There was always going to be the perfect opponent out there on just the wrong night and, in fairness, Northern Iowa won this game, straight up. Well done to all. On to the next adventure.

Kelly Cline 8 years, 1 month ago

Not a good night for KU, but what a great season! Thanks for an enjoyable season men! I look forward to next year!

SirReal 8 years, 1 month ago

I love the Hawks, live in Lawrence and fully support this team... but Collins and Aldrich phoned this one in,.. thinking about millions in the NBA? The way Aldrich played, he should stick around cause he'll be lucky to be taken late in the second round now. Xavier and Markief were clearly our two best players, Morningstar and Reid also played terrible.... We'll be better next year this is still a pretty young team actually....

factstraight 8 years, 1 month ago

why can't Self coach us enough to come out and start a game fired up? We come out sluggish and uninspired every single freakin game!! Come on Self fire them up from the tip off, let's try to start a game ahead next year (since that's all we have now) instead of coming from behind every single game. Anybody that has watched us knew that this was a strong possibility, because this time of year some team is not going to let you back in the game. Come on Self, let's start a game with some fire, this is B S.

Mike Ford 8 years, 1 month ago

I love how people associate this loss with the liberal culture of lawrence. I am surrounded by KU homers who think their team can lose to no one. I saw the Cornell game in December or January and I was worried. The 88 team was the product of their coach Larry Brown. He's willed a number of teams to play beyond themselves like the 2000-01 76ers against the Lakers. He's done the same with the Charlotte Bobcats. You create expectations and you lose track of reality. I go to OKC Thunder games. They were 23-59 last year and they are 42-25 rhis year. The lesson is you play for the moment and nothing is promised.

ozfan 8 years, 1 month ago

"Not showing up for the 2nd round game in the biggest tournament of the year is unacceptable."


Stop talking about what a great season we had. We were just a shame tonight and we looked ridiculous. The season does not count for the big tournament games.

monkeyspunk 8 years, 1 month ago

Why the trashing of X, just because he might go to the draft? Stupid.

He has been one of the main reasons we have won a bunch of games we probably shouldn't have late in the season. He had 8 rebounds, only other player to have more this game was Cole. I think that X gave KU the opportunity to achieve what they did this year, probably more than any other late in the season. So very talented...

Also, the officiating, if you think Kansas is the only team playing borderline basketball when it comes to fouling you aren't watching the games. Most of the time the refs are letting the guys play. Today though, in the three games I watched, there was a bunch more nickel and dime'in. Even the lame brain commentators saw it. I didn't watch any of the later games.

We had better athletes and we should have taken advantage of it. KU should have pressed earlier in the second half. Tired them out, and rotated our players in and out, fresh legs to their fatigued ones. Too late implementing the press. Other than that, it was a typical KU game this year wasn't it?

like_n_Lawrence 8 years, 1 month ago

First, thanks for a year with a lot of wins, but it comes down to the tournament...the dance...the one K-State is still in, and we are not. I thought we had been real lucky to come out with wins on more than a few of the games, which erroneously pushed us up in the rankings. Today the #1 team played the #33 team, technically, and they were the better team. Congrats on the Big12 conf and tourney titles. Nice! We really had some good talent this year. Maybe next year we can look like UNI !!

LawrenceKSHomeBoy 8 years, 1 month ago

Everyone screaming "hardest" bracket should be quite. We never played any of the difficult teams. We were knocked out by the number 9 seed of our bracket.

MoValNo1 8 years, 1 month ago

As Goliath/KU moved in for the kill, David/UNI reached into his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath's head. Finding a hole in the armor, the stone sank into the giant's forehead and he fell face down on the ground. David then took Goliath's sword, killed him and then cut off his head.

MoValNo1 8 years, 1 month ago

To Number one Grandma Sour grapes granny. Too bad so sad that KU got voted into the hardes bracket. It's about the best team going out and winning throughout the NCAA tournament. Shame on the selection committee you say? No , it's shame on you for drinking the Rock Chalk J-H kool-aid and thinking you were really the #1 team in the country. Mo Valley rules today granny.

ozfan 8 years, 1 month ago

"Can't the LJW produce a real story on their team's defeat, within four hours of the end of the game? Looks like the national press was able to do it."

Excellent point.

And yes, we were in national news as a ridiculous team.

7texdude 8 years, 1 month ago

I am tired of the "we had a great year" lines I'm reading here. Great years include Final Fours and National Championships. This was a good year with a terrible ending. This loss should motivate the guys to work harder this offseason, but then I thought last year's loss to Michigan State did, too. Sorry for being upset, but we just crapped away a chance at a title.

It's wonderful to read stuff from our supportive fans, but there is nothing wrong with criticizing coach Self and his team. They didn't show up to play today. If you doubt me, watch the first five minutes.

Yes, it was a fun year until tonight when the Jayhawks did not play with any fire until the very end of the game. That is my problem with the loss: they outhustled us, they outfought us and they outcoached us. This is not supposed to happen at KU. Hopefully, it won't happen next year.

xdisciple 8 years, 1 month ago

KU got outplayed. Saying they didn't show is bull.

NIU spread the Hawks out with red-hot perimeter shooting so we couldn't collapse on the paint. The 7 foot dude played head to head with Aldrich the whole game, so he couldn't be his normal game-changer self, plus then I think he was thinking about his NBA career after the ankle injury and bench time. Without a Big XII officiating crew letting the physical play which is "normal" in our league go on, KU couldn't make the adjustment to playing hard but without all the extra contact-- I saw that was going to be a problem for KU in the first round games. Finally UNI was willing to forego fighting for offensive rebounds and instead chose to get back on defense to disrupt KU's transition advantage until the very end of the game when the Hawks made their close-but-no-cigar run.

UNI played one hellova game tonight. The whole country saw it-- they just flat out were on fire. There's nothing anybody can say to take anything away from them. Maybe they'll be emotionally gassed after this game, but everybody down the bracket better watch out for this team.

Niraj Shah 8 years, 1 month ago

All the people that comment UNI was the better team need to learn a thing or two about BB. UNI played weel but they also got breaks. A 7ft hitting two threes when he shoots 1/9 entire season is not expected. Bottomline, UNI played their game, got some breaks, and KU did not play their game. That is how a 1 and done tourney goes, sometimes you have to experience the lows to appreciate the highs. But none of us here, including me or the media now a lick of BB as well as HCBS. So if you want to talk, then do the walk. We are fans, and when our team loses we hate it, especially with the expectations we have in Lawrence. Bottomline, being a Jayhawk is tough. Expected to always win, and when it doesn't happen it is considered a monumental failure. So to the haters, whiners and fair weather fans, s**K it.

Sunny Parker 8 years, 1 month ago

Good job self and boys! Don't beat yourselves up over it!

Was hoping for Collins they would go all the way....or at least part of the way!

Great team and great kids! Rock Chawk...Rock on!

danemary 8 years, 1 month ago





Sunny Parker 8 years, 1 month ago

danemary is a hater. Get off a Lawrence site if you hate the jayhawks so much. You boo hoo'er!

We lost today because OBOMBA picked the Jayhawks to win. He put a curse on our boys, he is a bad person, he's a liar and a thief! Obomba needs to stick to community organizing and stay out of politics and sports. He's a curse!

David Albertson 8 years, 1 month ago

Really? Really? Somehow politics is related to basketball? C'mon. Get a life losers.

smartjayhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

All those wins, all that talent, and false excitement for a second round and out. Wow. You man handled your arch rival MIzzou twice, and they have gone as far as you did. What a waste of 10 deep talent (probably best 10 in country).

Bill Self led you to a title, but you should seriously consider a new coach, or pay him to recruit and let someone else coordinate the practice and game time strategy.

jayhawklawrence 8 years, 1 month ago

NIU was better on this one day. They came out hot and they had a defense that we could not figure out until it was too late.

We play them another 5 games and we win every one of them, I have no doubt.

The KU kids left it all on the floor like the always do. I love them all.

Thanks guys for a wonderful year.

frank regnier 8 years, 1 month ago

dstavin, I am with you on the bad officiating! I have read all the posts including my original and I am also surprised not to see any others comment on the "lopsided officiating". I understand that we simply can't blame the officials but for those who don't believe it, just watch a rerun of the game. In the very start of the first half NI got away with everything and KU got the whistle. The officials shifted into neutral during the last half of the game. Poor officiating can change the tempo of the game and hinder player's ability to play. I am not saying it was the only reason, but I think it was just another factor that negatively affected our players. The outcome may have been the same but there is nothing worst than a corrupted official. I wonder if the officials are allowed to fill out brackets? Surely, there couldn't be any corrupt officials in the NCAA tournament?

factstraight 8 years, 1 month ago

Pilgram2-- thank you so much for correcting me, you are so wise and maybe even brilliant. I am amazed at your knowledge, true genius! Do you correct spelling also? My company (am I allowed to call it that?) is looking for a new receptionist, would you be interested? Have a good day you jerk.

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