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Conner Teahan just ‘lets it fly’

Connor Teahan (2) launches a three-point basket in the second-half of  KU's 64-62 win over Ohio State.

Connor Teahan (2) launches a three-point basket in the second-half of KU's 64-62 win over Ohio State.

April 1, 2012

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Bill Self, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey

Kansas coach Bill Self and players talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 64-62 victory over Ohio State in the Final Four on March 31, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Ohio State's Thad Matta, William Buford and Jared Sullinger

Ohio State's Thad Matta, William Buford and Jared Sullinger talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 64-62 win over the Buckeyes on March 31, 2012.

KU vs. Ohio State

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— Before Saturday’s national semifinal game, Kansas University coach Bill Self singled out Conner Teahan in the locker room.

“He looked at me and goes, ‘Teahan, when you get in there, let it fly,’” Teahan said. “... That’s something he tells me a lot. I try to listen.”

The senior heeded his coach’s advice at perhaps the most important time Saturday, hitting one of the biggest shots in Kansas’ 64-62 victory over Ohio State.

With KU trailing 49-43 with 8:20 left, Teahan freed himself off a KU out-of-bounds play.

The call was for a screen-the-screener, meaning Teahan was to set a pick then receive a screen from a teammate while fading to the corner for a three.

When the senior saw his defender overplaying him and also sagging in on teammate Thomas Robinson, he called a quick audible and peeled back the other direction.

Though he’d missed his previous two threes — including his first one, which was blocked — Teahan buried this one to pull KU within three.

Teahan didn’t see Self, but he said he could hear the coach behind him while running back on defense.

Self was violently pumping his fists, screaming out encouragement for his players to try to will them to get a stop.

Seconds later, KU’s Travis Releford stole the ball from Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and finished with a layup on the other end as KU cut the lead to one.

Teahan finished with just three points on 1-for-4 three-point shooting, but his one shot might have helped save KU’s season.

“The setting that it is now, it’s hard to make threes and shots,” KU guard Jordan Juenemann said. “You’ve just got to be a big-time shooter.”

Juenemann, who is Teahan’s roommate, did his best to keep his buddy loose before the game.

While laying around in their hotel room at around 4:30 p.m., Juenemann and Teahan were flipping between the pregame shows on ESPN and CBS.

They were joking about what a few of the analysts had to say until ESPN’s Dick Vitale and Bobby Knight started discussing how tough it was to shoot in the Superdome and how that kind of environment could get in a shooter’s head.

“I solemnly changed the channel, just for Conner,” Juenemann said with a smile. “I was like, ‘OK, you don’t need to be hearing any of this.’”

An awkward silence followed, as Juenemann said he was pretty sure that Teahan knew the reason he’d changed the station.

Teahan also tried to help KU’s luck late. With a few minutes left, he surrendered his seat next to assistant coach Danny Manning, telling Kevin Young, “You got it.”

The two made the same switch in the final minutes of KU’s overtime victory over Missouri at Allen Fieldhouse earlier this year.

Luck aside, Teahan’s biggest contribution was the three-pointer that kept the Jayhawks close enough to make a push late — a shot he let fly, just as his coach told him to.

“I know that even throughout this whole entire year, the way I’ve been shooting the ball from three-point has been something that has been disappointing to myself,” Teahan said. “… But (Coach) still has had faith in me, so that means a ton.”

Comments

FalseHopeNoChange 2 years ago

I like the "Larryville" Caquetoire chair quarterbacks. Good job 1 Granny.

btw, readjust your Caquetorie chair posture and tell us if KU ever won it all in a "non-leap year"?

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jhawkinsf 2 years ago

Just saying, but I got a feeling Teahan hits a couple of key 3's in the first half that will open up the middle in the second. Just a feeling. And as for Bill Self. Give him a lifetime contract, let him fill in the number. It will be the best money ever invested around here and will come back to the community ten fold as people pack the stores, bars, restaurants. Thirty win per year, every year. Have you ever seen a community be more united than this.

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cato_the_elder 2 years ago

Number_1_Granny, if you think that anyone would ever stalk you, you're flattering yourself beyond all reason.

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Number_1_Grandma 2 years ago

Just stating facts here. Teahan is NOT the reason KU is in the championship game! "Just let it fly" has hit with a clank all season. Most other players who can't shoot (Look at the stats) can't jump (for rebounding) and is slow for defensive purposes and shooting (so shot doesn't get blocked) it's hard to justify his playing ahead of more athletic, talented, scholarship players. Let's see how coach Self does next season without Manning! And Cato_the_idiot- You have no credibility other than a stalker. Get a job!

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cato_the_elder 2 years ago

Teahan makes one of the key shots in the game, and Number_One_Clueless_Grandma says he shouldn't even have been on the court.

KU fans, take note. If HCBS ever retires, Granny wants his job.

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Number_1_Grandma 2 years ago

Glad KU won but Teahan definitely is NOT the reason!

Shouldn't even be on the court. Think about it and look at his stats for the year, let alone this tournament. He is a walk-on playing ahead of scholarship players who had done little all year. How do you justify having him play so much for so little production out of him? I'd have to say his parents must donate to KU a lot of money...

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