Archive for Sunday, March 27, 2011

VCU fired up by KU’s pregame chatter

Kansas forward Markieff Morris loses a rebound amidst a group of Virginia Commonwealth defenders during the first half on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Kansas forward Markieff Morris loses a rebound amidst a group of Virginia Commonwealth defenders during the first half on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

March 27, 2011


KU vs. VCU

A double-double effort didn't ease the pain of KU's Marcus Morris, who feels he let everybody down in the 71-61 loss to VCU.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 71-61 loss to VCU on March 27, 2011.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU senior guards Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar

KU senior guards Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar talk to reporters following VCU's 71-61 victory over Kansas on March 27, 2011.

— For the second time in two games, someone on the Kansas University men’s basketball team tried to use intimidation tactics to rattle an opponent.

It worked for one round, but did not the next.

“It was one of them, I don’t know which one,” VCU point guard Joey Rodriguez said about KU twins Markieff and Marcus Morris after VCU’s 71-61 victory over top-seeded KU on Sunday. “It was when the captains were shaking hands, and he was like, ‘You all had a great run, but it’s about to come to an end.’ That’s all he said. Throughout the game, he was cool.”

The early jab was enough to get VCU’s attention. Rodriguez, who was joined in the pregame meeting by teammates Bradford Burgess and Ed Nixon, raced back to VCU coach Shaka Smart to tell him what he had heard. Word spread quickly throughout the VCU bench, and, after a half, the Rams led Kansas by 14.

The Jayhawks ripped off a furious second-half rally to get back within two, but VCU never gave up the lead and, in doing so, became the first team to win five games to reach the Final Four.

One of the lasting memories of this game for VCU fans will be the cool, calm and collected Smart getting hit with a technical foul four minutes into the second half.

KU’s Tyrel Reed hit one of two free throws, Tyshawn Taylor followed with a layup, and VCU’s lead was down to 43-39. The Rams answered with a 12-7 run and pushed the margin back to nine. Asked if he thought the “T” fired his team up, Smart was frank.

“I hope it did,” he said. “I try not to get technical fouls. It’s the first technical I’ve gotten all year.”

Added VCU athletic director Norwood Teague: “That was very out of character. I’ve been telling him he needed to get a technical sometime, and he does it in the freakin’ regional final, which was great. I think it fired up our team.”

Teague continued: “This was just so big for us as a university and an athletic department. We brought about 1,000 (fans to San Antonio). For the Final Four, I don’t know. I’m sure most of Richmond (Va.) will be down there.”

Eleventh-seeded VCU (28-11) will play Butler (27-9) in the Final Four on Saturday in Houston.


Niraj Shah 7 years ago

If you talk the talk you better walk the walk. The team collectively played scared today and VCU took it to them. They have captured lightning in a bottle, and KU could not withstand the pressure today. The thing about this game that bugged me the most was HCBS was not willing to stick TR, EJ or someone else in to give us another perimeter player to compliment Tyshawn. A 1-5 (1-3 @ KU) record in the E8 is something HCBS needs to improve. KU is a place that measures success in FFs and Championships, (yes we are spoiled) not E8s.

Dana Brown 7 years ago

Thomas deserves more respect than that. He proved himself just one game prior. Guess someone has a bad memory. Self got out coached plain and simple. This is a mans game when you talk championship the boys go home and the men continue on. Team good luck on your future endeavors and thanks for the ride and memories. Rock Chalk.

Dana Brown 7 years ago

that didnt cost us the game the fact that you talk trash and don't back it up is what cost us. Shut up and play, let your game talk for you!

rgh 7 years ago

It would be nice for the guys to let their game speak for them. I'm including Brady who got a "T" in the tourney and Elijiah (who I love) getting a "T" late in the season for trash talking after a spectacular dunk. Just shut up and play. Nothing good ever comes from talking, just ask the NY Jets.

Llatiwonk 7 years ago

Perception or fact ? Both can hurt you the same. Over here in Virginia, story is that KU was entitled to win and acted accordingly, treated the friendly VCU cross town rival U of R players inconsiderately. That stuff can work against you as all coaches know, KU probably played the best game they could against a fired up underdog in that situation.

monkeyhawk 7 years ago

Sometimes players come along and think that they are bigger than the game. I may have shed a tear yesterday, but it was more for the tradition of Jayhawk basketball rather than the loss of a lousy ring.

Llatiwonk - classy post.

geoismeo 7 years ago

If the twins can't back up their talk, maybe they should just shut up.

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