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UT’s J’Covan Brown laments misses

‘Big-time players have got to hit big-time shots’

Kansas guard Travis Releford gets a hand on a three to block a shot by Texas guard J'Covan Brown late in the second half on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the Frank Erwin Center.

Kansas guard Travis Releford gets a hand on a three to block a shot by Texas guard J'Covan Brown late in the second half on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the Frank Erwin Center.

January 22, 2012

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

KU coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 69-66 victory over Texas on Jan. 21, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson

Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 69-66 victory over Texas on Jan. 21, 2012.

KU vs. Texas

Box score

— Texas guard J’Covan Brown took Saturday’s 69-66 loss to Kansas University the hardest after missing a potential game-tying three-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer.

“If I want to be a big-time player, big-time players have got to hit big-time shots,” Brown said, “and I didn’t make it tonight.”

During times at the postgame news conference, Brown’s mind seemed to wander. While a teammate was answering a question, Brown leaned back in his chair with both hands on the top of his head while staring at the ceiling. He puckered his lips, he twitched them left and right, and it was obvious the guard was replaying the final shot in his mind.

“Just frustrating I’m not finishing,” Brown said. “Those guys rely on me to make those shots. If you’re not making them, then I wouldn’t get mad if they put it in their head that, ‘J’Covan’s not making any shots. We’ve got to go to somebody else.’”

The junior, who came in leading the Big 12 with a 19.2 point-per-game scoring average, said he was surprised at how KU defended his last shot.

Though he expected KU forward Justin Wesley to switch on a screen to guard him, he said that isn’t what happened.

“When I saw him, he backed off, and I just raised up,” Brown said. “He contested it at the end, but it was an open look for me. And it just didn’t go in.”

Brown finished with 24 points, but he was just 7-for-26 from the floor. His 26.9 percent field-goal percentage was his fourth-worst mark this season.

KU’s primary defenders on him were Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson.

“They did their job, but really, my shots weren’t going in,” Brown said. “So it was really just all me. They worked hard, but some of the shots I missed, I usually make.”

Texas coach Rick Barnes said that Brown’s 26 field-goal attempts might have been a few too many.

“He took some he shouldn’t,” Barnes said, “but, again, there’s pressure on him because other guys aren’t working.”

Even late in the game, after he’d missed a few, Brown said teammates like freshman guard Sheldon McClellan encouraged him to stay aggressive and keep shooting.

After Brown made two free throws with 1:53 left to give UT a 66-65 lead, he missed three of the Longhorns’ final four field-goal tries: a three-pointer that was blocked, an off-balance baseline jumper and the game’s final three.

“It starts with me,” Brown said. “If I want to be a player, I’ve got to finish games strong. That’s really what it is.”

Comments

Gerry Butler 2 years, 2 months ago

well i have to say quite honestly this team to me anyways has already exceeded expectations. we have lost so much from last year. true there i still along way to go, just sayin team is doin quite nicely thank you. the big 12 title still runs thru lawrence. jeff whitey has improvesd soooo much, once again just goes to show how good of a coach coach manning is.and this year hs just solidified which i truly believe we already knew just what an outstanding coach bill self is. like it has been stated soooooo many time by people this is by far coach self's least talented team in quite some time and yet look where we are presently. now do i believe we will run deep in the tourney? maybe not. probably not. just sayin if your gonna get us you better get us now. cause loo out in the future good things coming ahead. and possibly this year yet. GO HAWKS. so glad to have ALL you guys and really proud of you all and the coaches

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