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How good is KU basketball? Good question

January 10, 2011

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Highlights: KU vs. Michigan

The Jayhawks defeated Michigan in overtime, 67-60 on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2010 in Ann Arbor. Enlarge video

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Michigan coach John Beilein

Michigan coach John Beilein talks to reporters following his team's 67-60 overtime loss to Kansas on Jan. 9, 2011.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 67-60 overtime victory over Michigan on Jan. 9, 2011.

— If not for an overtime in which Kansas University’s basketball team played like its confident, aggressive self, it might have been time to wonder just how good the Jayhawks are despite their undefeated record and No. 3 national ranking.

Some might still ask that question in the wake of Sunday’s 67-60 overtime victory in Crisler Arena against a young Michigan squad that can’t shoot straight.

After all, none of KU’s 15 victories has come against a team that now resides in the Top 25, and two of them came by a combined margin of three points against UCLA and USC teams that don’t beckon memories of the John Wooden/Bobby Boyd years.

Some will call the Jayhawks (15-0) overrated, but to do so would be to forget that Iowa and Minnesota both just gave No. 2 Ohio State fits.

This much is certain: Kansas wasn’t very good for the final 23 minutes of regulation, getting outscored 41-26 by the Wolverines (11-5).

The KU guards looked a little confused by Michigan’s 1-3-1 zone defense.

“We work a lot against the 1-3-1, and we meant to do different things than we did,” KU coach Bill Self said. “We reverted back and didn’t attack. Of course, we didn’t make shots, but certainly, that was about as bad as you can attack a zone.”

Kansas made just two of 20 three-point shots during regulation.

“A lot of it was them, and a lot of it was us,” Self said. “The more we missed and the tighter we got, the more compact their zone got, and we couldn’t play through our bigs as much.”

KU guards Tyshawn Taylor and Josh Selby have the quickness to blow by most guards checking them man-to-man. Experience tends to be as important as quickness working against zones, and Sherron Collins was a master at it by his senior year.

Neither Taylor nor Selby ran a college team until this year, and they’ll experience growing pains, particularly against zones.

It was a particularly trying day for Selby, who is so talented he sometimes makes it easy to forget he’s a teenager. He played like one Sunday and carried himself as a young player. As is the case with most freshmen, Selby’s body language tends to be more reflective of his own play than the team’s performance, as was evidenced by how disappointed he looked when the team had double-digit leads in the first half when he couldn’t find his shot.

Selby made one of 10 shots and one of seven three-pointers. Tyrel Reed didn’t shoot much better from long range, making two of nine, but did hit one in overtime.

KU will face zone defenses with increasing regularity, given how well it worked for Michigan, which is a good thing because the more experience the Jayhawks get, the better they’ll attack them. If it continues to rely on bombing away from long distance, KU will bury teams when it shoots well, underachieve when it doesn’t.

The Big 12 schedule awaits plenty of environments just as difficult as Michigan’s, an appealing one thanks to a spirited band that belts one of the coolest fight songs in the land and thanks to the seating of the students close to the court.

Far from an encouraging performance for KU, it still counts as a good win.

Comments

Robert Rauktis 3 years, 7 months ago

Hey...they can kick the butt of directional convents at Allen Field House. Watch out Missouri Valley in the Tourney!

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Matt Bowers 3 years, 7 months ago

Pigballin, I saw a team that moved the ball around but made poor decisions doing it. Our guards were too casual last night and didn't seem to have much enthusiasm.

Not sure what was up last night, but am glad that there will be a couple more games on the road before KU is back at Allen. This team doesn't have a killer instinct and can't put a decent team away.

How good is KU? I don't know if KU is a top 3 basketball team, but I do believe they are a top 5. Syracuse and Villanova might be better. On the other hand, KU played thorough diversity and found a way to win and that is what good teams do.

Rock Chalk

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JustNoticed 3 years, 7 months ago

huh? maybe, "played through adversity".

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newmedia 3 years, 7 months ago

Ditto Larry. Good enough to win, at least so far. Go Hawks! Time to turn it up a notch...

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jonas_opines 3 years, 7 months ago

Wasn't Selby 1-10 last night? I can see how players might have worked around him a bit on an off day.

Unfortunately, in regards to rankings, there is Duke, then there is everybody else. Hopefully that changes by March.

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Kevin Randell 3 years, 7 months ago

How good is KU? I believe they are really good. I agree with Larry, last night was an off night. But my only concern is.......is this team like the ones over the past two years? Do they just play to the level of their competition? I want to see a "killer" KU team that doesn't play around and puts people away early. I know...some may say that this is unsportsmanlike, but I like what Lou Holtz says..."If you don't like the score...either recruit stronger, or coach better". :) Either way....here's to another BigXII Championship! Rock Chalk!

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Shardwurm 3 years, 7 months ago

As soon as they play someone we'll know.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 7 months ago

The three-point shot that Marcus took was not a set play. In another article, Self said that what he expected was for someone to drive the lane for a shot, and either get an open look, or possibly get fouled.

But they didn't have a timeout, so there was no chance to set up a play.

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justforfun 3 years, 7 months ago

There talking about Reeds 3 I think.

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Icy_Flame48 3 years, 7 months ago

Please tell me you are joking.

Self is incompetent as both a motivator and a strategist

??? I am speechless

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amesn 3 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for pointing that out bozo as I was just getting ready to post the link showing the 3 pointer taken by Marcus was NOT what Self intended for him to do! Next time he'll know better! Jimjones-although this year's team hasn't quite played at the caliber the 2008 team played, I definately think they show more potential than last year's team. I was a huge Sherron Collins fan (still am), but I believe I am now starting to realize how Sherron's leadership sometimes overstepped boundries into ball hogging and the offense was just never able to meld together with the right kind of chemistry. I actually kind of like the inconsistency where you have Selby kill it one game, then Marcus, then Markieff, or T-Rob, or even Tyrel Reed. Everybody better run and hide if all of the above mentioned plus Tyshawn Taylor, Elijah, or Travis ever ALL have kick butt games! Whoo wee! Rock Chalk!

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DaBellaDaBall 3 years, 7 months ago

I am glad to hear someone (amesn) mention Sherron's leadership-Sherron went way overboard and this, I believe, cost us after Chalmers, Robinson etc left. Sherron was a ball hog, but his many fine attributes made up for it, for the most part. But I believe it was hard on Taylor who seems to need to be the centerpiece to stay happy. As soon as Selby started playing, Taylor went into a funk. With all of this talent it seems ironic, but for this squad to make the FF, it will require Coach Self's very best efforts due to the "chemistry" issues. We need Taylor at his best.

As far as last night's game, stink happens. Why Michigan went to the man in OT is beyond me, but give the Jayhawks credit for taking care of business in OT.

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DaBellaDaBall 3 years, 7 months ago

I am glad to hear someone (amesn) mention Sherron's leadership-Sherron went way overboard and this, I believe, cost us after Chalmers, Robinson etc left. Sherron was a ball hog, but his many fine attributes made up for it, for the most part. But I believe it was hard on Taylor who seems to need to be the centerpiece to stay happy. As soon as Selby started playing, Taylor went into a funk. With all of this talent it seems ironic, but for this squad to make the FF, it will require Coach Self's very best efforts due to the "chemistry" issues. We need Taylor at his best.

As far as last night's game, stink happens. Why Michigan went to the man in OT is beyond me, but give the Jayhawks credit for taking care of business in OT.

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riverdrifter 3 years, 7 months ago

KU is now no. 1 in the RPI. Agree with kustrong that KU is definitely a top 5 team at this point of the season. Work-in-progress.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/rankings/rpi/index1

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kubsdrvr 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm glad that not all KU fans are as bad as some of the people that post to LJworld. I get frustrated watching games where we don't hit our shots, but it's as though these people expect us to shoot 100% every game. Don't forget these KIDS are only 18 to early 20's.

Well, except Brady... (not a Brady hater, but he's older)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 7 months ago

Good points. There will be bad shooting days, and it's often contagious. Neither team shot well yesterday, probably owing to good defense on each side, as much as anything.

And KU has the best shooting percentage in the country-- until yesterday, anyway.

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danmoore 3 years, 7 months ago

Assumed Crisler Arena was named after the car.

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SloJo 3 years, 7 months ago

Probably top 10...but inconsistant. Just doesn't seem likely to go far in tournament.

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