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Awesome babeee! KU routs Baylor, wows Dick Vitale

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson gets up for an alley-oop over Baylor defenders Perry Jones III and Anthony Jones (41) during the first half on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson gets up for an alley-oop over Baylor defenders Perry Jones III and Anthony Jones (41) during the first half on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 17, 2012

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Dick Vitale removed his headphones, leaned forward in his press row seat and proceeded to lavish praise on Kansas University’s basketball team late Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

“Today it was the Robinson/Taylor show. The inside/outside combination now of Taylor and Robinson is really special,” ESPN broadcasting legend Vitale said after Tyshawn Taylor matched his career high of 28 points (for the second-straight game), and Thomas Robinson chipped in 27 points and 14 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 92-74 rout of previously undefeated Baylor.

“Robinson to me is my choice today as the Player of the Year,” Vitale added. “Kansas was great. I said this on the air: ‘This is probably the least talented team one through eight he (Bill Self) has had since he’s been at Kansas, but as a team they really believe in each other and really are playing as a unit.’”

Oh, there was a lot to praise on a night No. 7-rated KU improved to 15-3 overall and 5-0 in the league. No. 3 BU fell to 17-1, 4-1.

Senior point guard Taylor hit 10 of 14 shots, including four of six threes with six assists and five turnovers in 33 minutes. Junior power forward Robinson cashed 11 of 18 shots and five of six free throws in 35 minutes.

“In big games, the best players have got to play. Thomas played, and Tyshawn played,” Self said. “Not too many players in America played like those two did tonight.”

KU’s tallest player, 7-foot junior Jeff Withey, also was big with 10 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks in 30 minutes.

“He played like a man tonight,” Taylor gushed.

“He’s one of the best shot-blockers in the country. And those two fouls he had were not fouls,” Robinson said, cracking a big smile.

Withey went straight up and stuffed Perry Jones III, but was whistled for a foul to the crowd’s chagrin five minutes into the second half.

Also for KU, Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson chipped in 11 points apiece against BU’s zone and man-to-man defenses. Johnson played 29 minutes, leaving the court for a while in the second half after suffering a dizzy spell.

“It happens sometimes. I’m fine,” Johnson said.

The Jayhawks actually trailed, 27-22, with 5:57 left in the first half. That’s when Taylor took over, scoring 11 points in a half-ending, 17-2 run that gave KU a 39-29 lead at the break. He finished the half with 14 points to Robinson’s 12.

He also took part in perhaps the best play of the season, lobbing a pass to Robinson, who threw down a one-handed slam for KU’s second basket of the game.

“He pressed the up button and went up,” Taylor said.

Robinson admitted the vicious dunk might have been the best of his career.

“It’ll go down with the lob I caught at Arizona,” he said of a lob dunk Taylor tossed him, actually last year in Las Vegas versus Arizona.

Back to basics, the Jayhawks who led just 43-37 with 17:34 left, then went on a 16-5 run to build a 59-42 advantage. Releford had four points, Robinson three and Taylor two in that run. Up 63-52 at 10:32, KU used an 8-0 run to put the game away effectively for good.

“I think we made a statement (as far as the league race). Going out with 11 minutes (before tipoff), I told the guys we had to make a statement,” Taylor said. “The last few games we showed we can be one of the best teams.”

Self noted: “We played terrific. That’s the best game we’ve played all year. The energy level was great.”

There were an awful lot of smiles in the interview room after the game, with players joking around after KU took a one-game lead over the Bears in the standings.

“Turnovers don’t come up too much when we are winning,” Taylor said of the coaches and fans getting on him for bobbles.

Yet Self tossed a barb Taylor’s way, concerning a clutch three-pointer Taylor hit with five seconds left to conclude the first-half scoring.

“It was a called play,” Self said. “I said, ‘Go flat, let’s get Conner (Teahan) a three.’ He did exactly what I asked. He shot it himself,” Self added, smiling. “I should have said, ‘Shoot it.’ He’d have passed to Conner. We went flat, and (Taylor) was feeling it.”

The Jayhawks will meet Texas at 3 p.m. Saturday in Austin, Texas.

Comments

Robert Rauktis 3 years, 7 months ago

Vitale's a whore with a twenty-four hour memory. He's got ten players in his starting five.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 7 months ago

True, but a compliment from a whore is still a compliment, isn't it?

kawbasin 3 years, 7 months ago

No, there's no credibility there. If he were doing East Podunk, they'd have a Wooden Award candidate as well. He's a spin doctor and, if there's a radio available Vitale is on MUTE.

Clara Westphal 3 years, 7 months ago

I hope they can keep winning. The Baylor game was great fun.

catchagrenade 3 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for the wonderful game, Jayhawks! I love you, Ty and Thomas. It hurts to think that this will be your last year with us. Congratulations to Coach Self, the staff, and the entire basketball team. Rock Chalk!

CHEEZIT 3 years, 7 months ago

At least we didn't get Bobby and Brent! Bobby is as bad as Len Dawson! Think's Its his way or it shouldn't be done! Give me Kevin Harlan(KU) or even Mitch Holthus(KSU) or Jon Sunvold(MU)!!! They do a good job without being bias!!!

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 7 months ago

Gotta say one thing about Dickie V. He truly loves this game, and everything about it. 20 years ago I was the mascot, and I had a picture taken with myself & him, and mailed it to him with an enclosed letter. I just wanted him to have it, no expectation of anything, but he sent me an autographed copy of his book, "Time Out Baby!" I still have it. I thought that was...well...awesome baby.

Don Whiteley 3 years, 7 months ago

KU played one of it's two most outstanding games so far this year. Since Self came to Kansas, KU has had a most impressive record against top-notch teams, and a most depressing record against "Also Rans". How can this be the same team that got beaten up on their Home Court by Davidson just a few weeks ago? On the other hand, how could a team that ran roughshod over the Big 12, lose in the tourney to tiny UNI, Bucknell, or Bradley? Self still has to soul-search his coaching strategy to see what it is that's not getting his team's up to play the "little" games.

Terry Sexton 3 years, 7 months ago

cheezit, I like all those guys you mentoned including the general. Bobby has done some arrogant stuff but he seems reasonable on the broadcasts. I learnt me some stuff that nobody else ever bothered to explain. Dave Armstrong is a good 'un, too.

GRJayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

What does the term "go flat" mean as Self is using it in this context?

geoismeo 3 years, 7 months ago

Its way too loud in the fieldhouse. You screaming idiots need to get a life,

Jayhawk_4_Life 3 years, 7 months ago

^ I hope that was sarcasm, if not, you're an idiot. And shouldn't the title of the article be "babyyy" opposed to "babeee"?

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