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Selby sits and other Kansas basketball notes

Kansas guard Josh Selby knocks the ball away from Nebraska guard Brandon Richardson during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Josh Selby knocks the ball away from Nebraska guard Brandon Richardson during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 16, 2011

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KU vs. Nebraska

Kansas players Marcus Morris, Thomas Robinson and Tyrel Reed discuss their victory over Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 63-60 victory over Nebraska on Jan. 15, 2011.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Nebraska coach Doc Sadler

Nebraska coach Doc Sadler talks to reporters following his team's 63-60 loss to Kansas on Jan. 15, 2011.

Kansas University freshman Josh Selby, who had three points, four turnovers, one steal and no assists, sat the final 16 minutes. The combo guard was into the game emotionally, cheering as KU overcame a 10-point second-half deficit.

“I talked to him in the locker room. He is not that disappointed. I mean, we got the win,” KU junior Marcus Morris said. “After a while, you have bad games, but you can’t let bad games affect the team, affect anybody else.

“He’s like my little brother so I can talk to him and tell him, ‘Let that game go. We got the win. You had to sit out for a little bit, but hey, come back next game, come back to practice tomorrow ready to go and be ready Monday (at Baylor),’’’ Morris added.

KU junior Tyshawn Taylor also spoke with Selby in the locker room after the game.

“Josh is good. I don’t have to tell him much. He’s always ready to play,” Taylor said. “It’s coach’s decision. The five he (coach Bill Self) had in the game he felt was working so he stayed with it. It happens a lot with people. He’s cool, not moping around, not pouting about it.

“Josh understands,” Taylor added. “He knew how it was going, how he was playing at the time. We are all about winning. As long as we do that, everybody is happy. He’ll bounce back and play better next game.”

Releford update

Travis Releford (ankle sprain) missed his second straight game. Self said Releford was doubtful for Monday’s game at Baylor. It’s expected he’ll be back for next Saturday’s home game vs. Texas.

1,000-point club

Morris became the 53rd player in KU history to score 1,000 points. He has 1,001 points and 505 rebounds.

“I’ve got good teammates who pass me the ball. I love my teammates. They love me,” Morris said. “If I didn’t get 1,000 and we still won the game, it (not hitting 1,000) wouldn’t matter. It was good to get it at home.”

Little things

Self on KU’s needing to do little things to mount a comeback: “We used the analogy after the game of, ‘You’re down three runs in the ninth inning and coming up to bat, get hit by the pitch, take a pitch off the knee or whatever, make sure you get a base-runner,’’’ Self said. “We’re trying to make great plays. We’re trying to hit a triple. We’re just not playing very smart.”

This, that

KU’s 1971 Final Four team was introduced at halftime. The 1952 title team was introduced during a first-half timeout. ... The mother of recruit Ben McLemore attended the game. McLemore, a 6-5 senior from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., will attend either KU or Missouri next season. ... KU is 17-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when the Jayhawks opened 20-0. ... KU is 2-0 in the Big 12 for the fifth straight season. .... KU is 169-71 all-time against Nebraska, including a 30-3 mark since the inception of the Big 12. ... KU has won 16 in a row versus NU; 12 in a row in Allen. ... NU, which is headed to the Big Ten next season, likely will never visit the fieldhouse again. ... Tyrel Reed hit four of seven threes. ... KU set season lows for points (63), field-goal attempts (50), two-point field-goal attempts (29) and free-throw percentage (52.6) and tied season lows for points in a half (25), rebounds (32) and steals (five). ... NU’s 19 offensive rebounds and 43 total rebounds set season highs by a KU opponent.

Comments

BahrainJayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully Ben McLemore's mom takes in a MU game versus someone after their next game, v KSU and before their last game, v KU. She saw the Fieldhouse rocking and we were playing the Big 12 basketball bottom feeders. MU fans don't sellout Mizzou Arena unless KU or KSU is playing. I've been to many games at the Hearns Center and one particular week in 1997 sticks out. I went to the double overtime Big Monday game v KU that we lost and in that same week, Saturday afternoon after the Monday game, MU played host to #2 Wake Forest and Tim Duncan along with St Louis native Loren Woods. Hearns was off the hook for the KU game and was half empty for the Wake Forest game. MU fans support their basketball team when KU and KSU are around but that is about it. Go ahead MU fans show Ms. McLemore how pathetic you are so that we can remove another Missouri product from your State, just like Carolina did with Hansbrough and we did with Brandon Rush and to a lesser degree Ryan Robertson.

Tom Wilson 3 years, 11 months ago

Josh has a long way to go in order to be considered NBA material. If the kind of competition he is facing now, versus his high school competition, causes him to turn the ball over the way he has been, you can just about multiply his turnovers by 2 or 3 in the NBA. It will be interesting to see how he develops when he achieves that kind of anti-turnover discipline.

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