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Defense keys slam-dunk win, KU basketball extends Allen Fieldhouse winning streak to 63

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson gets down on defense as he watches Texas A&M-Corpus Christi guard Garland Judkins during the first half, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson gets down on defense as he watches Texas A&M-Corpus Christi guard Garland Judkins during the first half, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

November 24, 2010

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Perry Clark

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Perry Clark talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 82-41 victory the Islanders.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 82-41 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 23, 2010.

KU vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Kansas men's basketball players Tyshawn Taylor, Brady Morningstar and Thomas Robinson discussed their 82-41 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Count not wanting to be the recipient of a scolding from the coach and a glare from a disapproving teammate among the motivating factors for Kansas University basketball players to bring defensive intensity on every possession.

Negative motivators work, but nothing gets the job done quite like positive reinforcement. For basketball players, no prize tops a rim-jarring dunk.

KU coach Bill Self used his players’ love of dunking to inspire them to keep the defensive juices flowing in Tuesday night’s 82-41 blitzing of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the record 63rd consecutive victory in Allen Fieldhouse for the home team.

Five players combined for eight first-half dunks, including three in one minute. The Islanders had nearly as many turnovers (11) in the half as points (17, just one more than KU generated on dunks).

Sophomore post player Thomas Robinson led the assault on the rim with three slams. Travis Releford had two, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris and Elijah Johnson one apiece.

“We just stepped up our defense for that stretch, and it was fun,” Robinson said. “Just like coach said, ‘It excites us to get a dunk.’ We want another one. So after we get that, we’ll be coming back thinking, ‘Let’s get another steal, get somebody else a dunk.’ It was fun, especially what Travis did on the break.”

Releford threw down a reverse slam that sent the decibel level to a season-high.

“I think that excited the whole state,” Robinson said. “Everybody wanted to get out there now and try it. I think he had the best dunk in the country. I know there are a lot of teams playing tonight, but that was crazy. That will definitely be a top 10.”

Robinson meant top 10, as in ESPN’s Plays of the Day. Should it be No. 1?

“Unless LeBron’s playing tonight, or Blake Griffin,” he said.

Robinson got way up there on one of his uncontested dunks and was asked after the game: Is there anything better than a big, powerful dunk?

“Yeah,” he said. “A big, powerful dunk on somebody.”

Robinson has made progress in taming his wild talent. In 16 minutes Tuesday, he totaled 15 points and five rebounds. He still has retro moments from time to time. His one miss in eight attempts was an airball that came on a contested shot from the corner that would have been ill-advised had Karl Malone taken it in the prime of his career. Still, Robinson has improved, looking dominant at times against the weak competition KU has played so far. He’s averaging 11.8 points and eight rebounds per game in 17.5 minutes.

Even without Cole Aldrich covering such a big area and serving as a roadblock for drivers attempting to get to the hoop, this team has a higher defensive ceiling than KU’s previous two.

“I think we do,” Tyshawn Taylor said. “We play so fast. We have guys who can pressure. And we’re a real athletic team with our bigs, T-Rob and the twins. I think we can be a great defensive team.”

Robinson agreed: “Our bigs are all-around faster than we were last year. I think that will help us with things like trapping the ball screen, switching five (players). Overall, that will make us faster.”

And lead to more dunks.

Comments

domino 4 years, 5 months ago

It was fun to watch! Can only imagine how cool it would have been in person!

DRsmith 4 years, 5 months ago

See how they do when they finally play a team with a pulse.

rgh 4 years, 5 months ago

Valpo is always good, North Texas had a win of Texas Tech this season before KU and A&M played Oklahoma State within 10 in Stillwater. We are playing well so far, but we do have to keep it up.

fabian_zimbabwe 4 years, 5 months ago

Ah, our favorite Kentucky and K-State trolls are up and at 'em...good morning! I'm guessing you two are feeling better about yourselves now? Nope, I won't be knocking either Wildcat team...just gonna enjoy another fun season of b-ball. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

BigAl 4 years, 5 months ago

63 home game winning streak. And I suppose that streak was made up entirely of patsies? Instead of whining and pouting, why not just say, "good job and congratulations"

By the way, KU is scheduled to play Arizona and UCLA in the next couple of weeks. Both of those teams were NCAA tourney teams when scheduled. UCLA was coming off back-to-back Final Fours. Don't forget about Memphis. KU plays Memphis in early December. When that game was scheduled, Memphis was coming off playing in a National Championship Game. Remember that one?

Great job Kansas. You currently have the longest home winning streak in the nation.

Mo Meza 4 years, 5 months ago

Go Jayhawks!!! Continue going forward and don't look back. They need to continue playing great defense and have evryone shooting. Great job!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all.

bad_dog 4 years, 5 months ago

Yes BigAl. And I believe North Texas (a team we played last week) was a 2009 NCAA tournament team. As I recall, North Texas played K-State in that tournament and hung with them for the first half before the better team prevailed. In addition, they just came off a victory over Texas Tech in their preceeding game a couple of weeks ago. You've all heard of that Big XII team, right? They beat the Hawks 84-65 last season. Remember Cornell from last year? No one thought too much of them when they were scheduled, yet they gave us a very good game on our court and made the tournament. Syracuse (you remember the team that beat the Hawks for the 2003 National Championship?) lost to a D2 team on their home court last season.

Keep in mind that essentially all D1 teams have similar early season schedules, yet some of the lesser talented teams win from time to time. Despite the similarity of early season scheduling by D1 teams, no one else has a 63 game home winning streak.

jonas_opines 4 years, 5 months ago

I hope neither you or BigAl actually believe that any of this quality information will sink in. With the attention span of most of the trolls here, they probably made it one line in, if they read it at all.

Too many words, ya'know. More than four or five at a time start to make their brains ache.

bad_dog 4 years, 5 months ago

Duly noted Jonas-doesn't seem to matter what the topic is, either.

Nevertheless, Happy Thanksgiving to all-assuming you read this far ;-)

lhs2013 4 years, 5 months ago

I wasn't worried at all when I found out we were playing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi! I knew it was going to be a blow-out.

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