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Miserable ending: MU’s 11-0 end run dooms Jayhawks

The Missouri dance squad and fans erupt before Kansas players Conner Teahan and Tyshawn Taylor after a three pointer by Missouri guard Marcus Denmon put the Tigers up by one late in the second half on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at Mizzou Arena.

The Missouri dance squad and fans erupt before Kansas players Conner Teahan and Tyshawn Taylor after a three pointer by Missouri guard Marcus Denmon put the Tigers up by one late in the second half on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at Mizzou Arena.

February 5, 2012


Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 74-71 loss to Missouri on Feb. 4, 2012.

KU vs. Missouri

Box score

— Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self walked dejectedly down a Mizzou Arena hallway late Saturday night, his path crossing that of former NBA 7-footer Will Perdue.

“Will, Will, Will ... we had that game where we wanted it,” Self said, as ESPN Radio color analyst Perdue nodded his head solemnly in agreement.

Self’s Jayhawks, who led by a whopping eight points following a baseline dunk by guard Tyshawn Taylor with 3:21 left, didn’t score the rest of the game in falling to Missouri, 74-71.

Taylor and Thomas Robinson had charging calls in the paint during the scoreless streak, and Taylor also missed a pair of free throws during a stretch in which Marcus Denmon exploded for nine of his game-high 29 points.

What happened?

“Everything. Everything,” Self said of the late-game meltdown that dropped KU to 18-5 overall and 8-2 in the Big 12. MU improved to 21-2, 8-2.

“I don’t think it was fatigue, but it could have been,” Self added. “We obviously made some really bad plays late that put them in position to win the game. They’ve still got to make shots. They had a guy who was unbelievable tonight. He played his tail off, made shots. We couldn’t get to the free-throw line (five of nine charities to MU’s 14 of 20) and turned it over (15 to MU’s 14). That was the difference.”

Senior guard Denmon hit 10 of 16 shots, including six of nine from three. He also had nine rebounds in 39 minutes.

“He made two threes where his body is turned sideways,” Self said. “Those are big-time shots. He made a 30-footer to start the game with perfect defense, a hand in his face. He made plays and was defended pretty well.”

Denmon hit a basket and foul shot, and after a controversial charging call on Robinson, hit a a three to cut the eight-point deficit (71-63) to 71-69. Following a turnover by Taylor (21 points, six turnovers, three assists), Denmon hit another three to give MU a 72-71 lead at :59.

Taylor missed two free throws at :41.3 and had a charging call on a shot in the lane at 9.8 seconds. Mike Dixon hit two free throws to boost the lead to 74-71 at 9.8. Elijah Johnson missed a wild three-pointer with two seconds left to conclude the action.

“We blew the game,” said KU’s Robinson, who scored 25 points off 11-of-17 shooting, with 19 points the second half. “Give them credit for making shots, but we blew the game.

“I didn’t want to lose to them. I didn’t want to lose to them,” a somber Robinson repeated.

Of his getting called for a charge in crunch time, Robinson said: “The ref saw what he saw. I don’t agree with him. He saw what he saw.”

Of the late-game calls that went against KU, coach Self said: “I was told I don’t want to see the tape by a couple people that watched it and were unbiased. They weren’t Kansas people,” Self said. “It comes with the territory. It didn’t come down to one call. We had the ball up six with under three (left).”

The Jayhawks left Columbia in likely their last trip to Mizzou Arena feeling like they definitely squandered a big opportunity.

“The last few minutes of the game ... we let it get away,” Kansas’ Travis Releford said. “It’s disappointing coming here, playing one of our better games (KU hit 53.6 percent of its shots to MU’s 52.1 mark) and not coming out with a win. They made big shots, we turned it over, and they took the game from us.”

“We did it to ourselves,” noted center Jeff Withey, who had four rebounds, no points and one shot in 23 minutes. “It’s a rough loss. It stinks. We had the win. We just let it go.”

KU will next meet Baylor, which also is tied for the league lead with just two losses, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, in Waco, Texas.


Robert Rauktis 6 years, 4 months ago

Why apologize? I thought they played very good and were very close to a hyped opponent on a non-neutral floor. And that with some late calls which might arguable. They bring this energy to March and they might see week two. They also get more dead time for starter rest in March, should that thinness be an issue.

Jeff Kilgore 6 years, 4 months ago

One real problem our fan base has is that we've been so dominant for so long that fans tend to overemphasize losses and take too much account of them.

Here's my thinking: how many times does the loser of a Duke/UNC game or even the loser in a blowout turn around in the next month and finish deep in the tournament? Good competition is really important, and sometimes that means losing. Being up 8 with 2 to go and losing sucks, but Denmon was unbelievable and made every shot that they had to have. I'm with you. Most fans should see it this way.

Armen Kurdian 6 years, 4 months ago

Any other year I might agree, but Mizzou has up and left the Big 12, and I wanted to kick them in the balls on their way out the door on their own homecourt, and I think this team did as well. It's always fun to kick them in the balls, but they really deserve it now.

who_said_it 6 years, 4 months ago

Our composure under 2 minutes could not have been worse. Yeah, there were bad calls, but it should not have mattered. A crazy Allen Fieldhouse would have lobbied successfully for those calls if the tables were turned. We were up 7 with a little over 2 minutes left. We take a wild shot with 22-25 seconds left on the shot clock. Ironically, it was our best player taking the shot (T-Rob)-because he was hot. Not one person is to blame for this loss, and I thought for the most part we brought our "A game" for 38 minutes. I hope we can come out firing in Waco. Having that said, yeah Missouri's good-but they are so unbalanced. Great guards, with low IQ big men will not get you far in the post-season. Rock Chalk.

Elbon55 6 years, 4 months ago

Mizzou wants to keep playing. Why don't we continue to play them? I don't agree with KU. LET'S KEEP PLAYING THEM!

vegieman 6 years, 4 months ago

Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose, sometimes you just beat yourself. I would like to ask Billy himself one question. Why did you play keep away from Withey? The big guy was wide open under the goal at least 8-times, towering over his defender by 6". No one passed the ball to Withey for a clean shot. Why Billy Why? At least 3 of those freebies would have won the game.

rtwngr 6 years, 4 months ago

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains. Think about it."

Eppie Calvin LaLouche

like_n_Lawrence 6 years, 4 months ago

Lesson #1- Basketball 101- Lane violations....really??? Lesson #2- Basketball,101- Unless you are up by 10 points with under a minute, be careful. Lesson #3- Basketball 101- At least put a hand in a shooting man's face. Lesson #4- If team would have won, we would have thought you were all brilliant!

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 6 years, 4 months ago

Hard to win when the other team has 8 players on the floor. Even the ESPN analysts pointed out that the bad call against Robinson changed the momentum (and obviously the score) of the game.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 6 years, 4 months ago

PS, Tyshawn did an awesome job, as did Robinson. Great job guys. Maybe next game we'll have competent refs.

drillsgt 6 years, 4 months ago

we have the player of the year?..crap..then he should won it for us but he was the starting point of mizziou's run....taylor played like a street game..and johnson has been a nobody all year..but at brothers bar they will blame everybody else.....all 3 are playing for them selves...they would rather look good and lose then look bad and win..but we didnt i think we need to put another point guard in or shuffle some players to pass the ball and not shoot cause johnson last shot of the game..has been his shots all year..

Jeff Kilgore 6 years, 4 months ago

What game were you watching! Taylor's first half was phenomenal. 17 points in a hostile environment. Johnson didn't shoot as well as he will later in the year. Hey, it sucks to lose to MU, but don't jump off the ship just yet.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

The two charging calls at the end were close ones, but, I hate to say, they were probably correct ones.

vegieman 6 years, 4 months ago

Good point, perhaps the Z's will return the favor Feb. 25th so we can wave the wheat saying good bye to MU.

theotherphogg 6 years, 4 months ago

The refs didn't cause KU to lose the game, but they sure helped fuel the run. Count your blessings on this one MU. See you in Lawrence

rtwngr 6 years, 4 months ago

I would give the officiating crew the benefit of the doubt on the Taylor charge but not the one on Robinson.

Deb Engstrom 6 years, 4 months ago

I just want to know why Robinson was driving down the lane with lots of time on the shot clock and a 7 point lead -- on the road. Should know not to put yourself in the position to get those calls.

Jeff Kilgore 6 years, 4 months ago

It sucks to lose to MU, no question. But still, this team has so much heart. I am beginning to really get a good feeling about this year's team.

I know we didn't finish well, but this team really pulled together. To win, Missouri had to have the free throw margin, the three point margin, and the turnover margin, and have us not score in the last two minutes, and we still lost by a shot.

Self probably won't admit it, but there really is a silver lining in this loss. Taylor played as well in the first half as any KU guard has played in recent memory. And TRob was spectacular. And the charge was questionable.

Now we're in for a great conference race!

Clara Westphal 6 years, 4 months ago

Play MIzzou again?? No way. They wanted out of our league so let them go play the SEC teams.

Kontum1972 6 years, 4 months ago

it is just one stupid game ...who cares..its not over yet...we do not have to win every darn game i knew this one was going to go to MU....they are leaving..the conference...good riddance!

bluebill 6 years, 4 months ago

Jayhawk fans should relay their feelings to Don Daily about his charging call on Thomas Robinson, so his life will be as miserable as the jayhawks fans for his horrible call that helped determine the outcome of the game. Look at the replay, he makes his theatrical offensive foul call in front of Coach Self on the sideline. He is totally out of position to make that call, the under official should have made the call if a call was to be made. As everyone on ESPN (Dick Vitale, Doug Gottlieb) have said, that was the call that turned the game around and they mentioned it was a horrible call. Daily needs to stay in the Missouri Valley or lower conference to officiate.

stevieboy 6 years, 4 months ago

What a bunch of cry baby fans, blaming the Ref's...ur players choked,and ur coach got out coached...Half of Kansas and all of Missouri is savoring that!

Joe Hyde 6 years, 4 months ago

I've always been a KU fan but I've never had any dislike for, or animosity toward, Missouri. I like it when Missouri has a good team that's winning, and they certainly have all of that this year. Man, those guys are good. I love watching them on offense, how they spread the floor and use their speed against you, combined with lethal outside shooting.

This was a fantastic college basketball game. Lots of great shots were made, lots of lead changes, and there were many displays of respect and sportsmanship exhibited by opposing players. Sure, I was pulling for KU and we lost and it's disappointing, but more good games are coming up that will turn out differently.

I hope Missouri kicks butt in the NCAA Tournament. However, they must visit Allen Fieldhouse first before all of that gets underway, and the KU-MU conference rematch in AFH promises to be an equally fantastic game. What would be really cool is if KU meets MU somewhere along the line in the NCAA Tournament. It could happen, too; both teams are that good.

domino 6 years, 4 months ago

Several comments in my mind. First, we had the opportunity to cinch this game and we didn't do it. You can't blame it on the officials because there were incorrect calls on both sides. Secondly, as far as playing MU again, IF we play them again, I think it needs to not happen for a while. MU are the ones who choose to leave the Big 12 - you can't have your cake and eat it to! Kim Mulkies quote still is one of my favorite ones pertaining to this situation. Third, IF we ever play MU again, I very strongly feel we should NEVER go to Columbia and play EVER again! If they want to someday play in a "nuetral" site, such as KC, I'm ok with that. Again, MU chose to leave the Big 12 and KU should stay true to their current feelings and NEVER set foot in Columbia again!!!!! And last but not least, do you know why golf courses in Missouri only have 14 holes????? Because MU never makes it to the final 4!!! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!

jonas_opines 6 years, 4 months ago

Let the fouls go, and let the game go, c'mon. Just one game, close, against a very good opponent on their home floor. Let them have it. Even if the calls were questionable (and having not seen the game I can't speak for them), a sportsman should at least refrain from blaming the game on them.

Keep them from winning the division or the tournament, and all will be right in the world. No way a school on the way out should be allowed to win either.

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