Archive for Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Notebook: Jeff Withey 1 block short of triple-double

Kansas center Jeff Withey dunks off an alley-oop from teammate Tyshawn Taylor against Kansas State during the first half on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas center Jeff Withey dunks off an alley-oop from teammate Tyshawn Taylor against Kansas State during the first half on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Bramlage Coliseum.

February 14, 2012


Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 59-53 victory over Kansas State on Feb. 13, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KSU coach Frank Martin

Kansas State coach Frank Martin talks to reporters following the Wildcats' 59-53 loss to Kansas on Feb. 13, 2012.

KU vs. Kansas State

Box score

— Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey nearly had a triple-double on the same day he was named Big 12 player of the week.

“I’m gonna get it ... sooner or later,” Withey said, smiling, after scoring 18 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking nine shots in KU’s 59-53 victory Monday at Kansas State.

The 7-footer from San Diego earned top-conference-player honors in a vote of media covering the league. It marks the first conference weekly accolade for Withey and sixth time in 2011-12 that a Jayhawk has earned mention.

Withey — who scored a career-high 25 points against Baylor and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds against Oklahoma State — joins Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor and Travis Releford in earning player-of-the-week honors this season. Robinson has won the award three times, while Taylor, Releford and Withey won once each this season.

This is the first time in conference history four players from the same school have been named player of the week in the same season.

“He had a fabulous week,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Guys who play well a week or have a big game have to learn to sustain over time. Hopefully, he’ll sustain that over time.”

Of Withey’s play this season, Self said: “The reality is, he’s gotten more aggressive, not near as aggressive as what I’d like. He has taken pressure off Thomas, and they are playing well together.

“He’s starting to believe he’s good,” Self added of Withey, who entered Monday’s game at K-State with a 9.2 scoring, 6.3 rebound average with a league-best 79 blocked shots.

Iowa State guard Chris Allen was rookie of the week.

’Cat scratch: Withey had a long scratch on his left arm after the game. “It was a physical game,” he said with a smile. “I got hit in the face a couple times, too.”

Cousy talk: Self said he’d spoken with Cousy Award officials, and there’s a chance senior Tyshawn Taylor could be added to the list of finalists at the end of this month. The Cousy Award goes to the country’s top point guard.

“They’re going to review it,” Self said of the ballot possibly including his senior leader, who had 20 points, five assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes versus the Wildcats and, according to Self, has been playing as well as anybody in the Big 12 for a prolonged period of time.

Gimmick ‘D’: KU used a triangle-and-two defense the second half. KSU didn’t score for almost seven minutes in the span.

“We used it before when they had (Denis) Clemente and (Jacob) Pullen,” Taylor said. “We pulled it out when they had (Will) Spradling and (Rodney) McGruder in the game.”

&$#@*&^!: KSU coach Frank Martin followed up with his letter to students in which he asked the fans to refrain from profanity in their chants in the stands. He was shown in a video to the students shortly after they were seated about 6:20 p.m. Monday. One problem: Several Jayhawks jogged onto the court to shoot, and boos drowned out the video through its duration.


Robert Rauktis 6 years, 4 months ago

"He was shown in a video to the students shortly after they were seated about 6:20 p.m. Monday.": Pearls before swine. An anti-profanity message from Frank Martin, no less. I wonder how it's delivered without the profane?

hesshawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Actually the students were not seated, they were herded into their corral.

And I'm pretty sure I lip-read the usual stuff from him a couple of times.

Rock Chalk

MISTERTibbs 6 years, 4 months ago

But Gary, according to the posters on this story Withey isn't any good.

Jim Williamson 6 years, 4 months ago

Mr. Tibbs -- in fairness, Withey was a "project" who was going to have a nice senior year -- we hoped. No one saw this coming.

Jerry Collins 6 years, 4 months ago

I respect Frank Martin's comments after the game. He admitted KSU got beat by a better team. Also I see a calmer coach not having to go stark raving mad at every timeout. As a coach, sometimes you have to raise the volume to get some of these kids attention (see Bill Self). I think he is maturing as a coach. As a Jayhawk, I'm still going to strongly dislike anyone in Manhattan, but still respect his remarks after the game.

Calvin Mabry 6 years, 4 months ago

As much as I dislike KSU and don't ever want to see them do well against the Jayhawks this rivalry is much different than the hatred I feel for the Antlers and Fizzou. When they aren't playing KU I can even root for the wildcats. I want misery to lose every game in every sport they have. Good riddance to them and their no class school and I hope KU nor any other Big12 team ever plays them again.

hbjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

I like the fact that Martin knows his role as a bball coach in Kansas . . . 2nd fiddle to maestro Self. Awesome rivalry as KU improves to 44-3 since 1994. What rivarly? That is almost as amazing as Nebraska's run over our football team from 1968-2005.

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