Archive for Saturday, March 10, 2012

Final, not MU, on KU’s minds

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson has a shot knocked away by Baylor forward Quincy Miller during the first half on Friday, March 9, 2012. At right is Baylor forward Quincy Acy.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson has a shot knocked away by Baylor forward Quincy Miller during the first half on Friday, March 9, 2012. At right is Baylor forward Quincy Acy.

March 10, 2012

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 81-72 loss to Baylor on March 9, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey

KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 81-72 loss to Baylor on March 9, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

BU's Scott Drew, Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson

Baylor coach Scott Drew and players Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson talk to reporters following the Bears' 81-72 victory over Kansas on March 9, 2012.

KU vs. Baylor

Box score

— There will be no third meeting between Kansas and Missouri this college basketball season ... unless the squads meet in the NCAA Tournament.

Jayhawk coach Bill Self was asked Friday if there was any relief in not having to “deal with all the emotion that goes into a game like that?”

“Zero,” Self said after the Jayhawks’ 81-72 Big 12 semifinal loss to Baylor in Sprint Center.

Baylor will meet Missouri in today’s 5 p.m. final.

“I would rather be playing Saturday regardless of who we would be playing against, whether it be Texas or Missouri,” Self added. “But I didn’t come over here thinking about the rivalry or anything like that. What we were trying to do was just win and focus on whatever would be the case tomorrow. So we had two epic games with them this year. Two epic games. And it’s unfortunate it (rivalry) is going to end.”

Junior Travis Releford said, “No,” when asked if he was especially disappointed KU would not be meeting MU in the final. “We just wanted to win today. It would have been nice, though,” he added.

One or two seed?: Self said he did not know if KU would receive a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

“We hurt ourselves tonight if our goal is to be a No. 1 seed,” he said.

It’s believed KU will play first- and second-round games in Omaha, Neb., on Friday and (if KU wins the first game) Sunday.

After that, KU could still land a spot in the regional in St. Louis. Phoenix has been listed as another possibility.

“I don’t know if it’s an advantage or not to play in St. Louis,” Self said. “We’d have to win two games to play in St. Louis. If we win two games, I couldn’t care less where we play.”

Taylor makes cut: KU senior Tyshawn Taylor on Friday was named one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the country’s top point guard. There had been controversy when Taylor was left off the organization’s midseason watch list.

Other finalists: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary’s; Damian Lillard, Weber State and Kendall Marshall, North Carolina.

“I’m glad I’m on the list. I’m glad they noticed me. Those are some good point guards,” Taylor said.

Stats, facts: KU is 4-4 this season when trailing at halftime, including an 0-2 mark at Sprint Center. ... KU had won seven straight games in the Big 12 tourney. ... KU is 18-3 against Baylor and 10-2 under Self. ... Kansas went on a 20-5 run during an eight-minute stretch in the second half, which turned an 11-point Baylor lead into a two-point Jayhawk advantage. ... A total of four Jayhawks (Thomas Robinson, Jeff Withey, Taylor and Elijah Johnson) were in double-digits, marking the 14th time KU has had at least four players with 10 or more points in a game. ... Taylor’s 20 points moved him into sole possession of 19th place on the KU all-time scoring list, passing Tony Guy and Bud Stallworth with his 1,503 career points.

It’s moot now: NCAA Tournament Selection Committee chair Jeff Hathaway was asked this week what would happen if Missouri beat KU in the finals of the Big 12 tournament. That now will not happen since KU was ousted by Baylor in a semifinal Friday. Missouri beat Texas to move to the final.

“We would look at Kansas, and we would look at Missouri and we would look at those other handful of teams that we believe are due consideration for the first line and the second line and we would compare them all with each other,” Hathaway said. “So it goes back to what I alluded to, and that is head-to-head competition is a factor that’s considered. Common opponents is a factor. Right down the list. We’ll look at the full body of work. One game — one game is not going to determine, be the sole determinant for where they’re going to be seeded.”

Comments

Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month ago

Coach Self forgot to prep his team for the Baylor Bears. He also did not prep the team for Missouri which the Jayhawks barely won.

Can Coach self prep the team for the NCAA battle coming up soon?

Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Time for a new coach?

jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

You've made some foolish remarks in the past, but this is the most absolutely the stupidest idea ever. What the hell even qualifies you to judge a coach at this level. Unless your name is Larry Brown or Dean Smith, unless they call you Coach K, then you haven't the faintest idea of what it takes to coach at this level. Maybe along with your other bright ideas, the citizens of Lawrence should vote for it's next coach, right? Dumb, Dumb, Dumb. But at least it's not one of your long winded re-posts that we all ignore.

theotherphogg 3 years, 1 month ago

New coach?? Is Merrill implying he wants the job? You have a point though, all this winning in the regular season has grown tiresome. I hear Bruce Weber is available. lol,,,

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

If Baylor beats Missouri, the Big 12 could end up with three 2 seeds.

And it really doesn't matter that much whether KU gets a 1 or 2 seed. They'd need to win 4 games to get to the final four, and six games to win it all, either way.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

In 2007, K.U. was a #1 seed out west. We played #2 U.C.L.A. in the elite eight in San Jose, Ca. Their fans outnumbered our fans 10-1. I was there. Seeding does count as does proximity to your home. Yesterday's loss was very disappointing and might prove costly when the brackets are announced tomorrow. Still, Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, baby.

grammaddy 3 years, 1 month ago

This has been a surprising team. I never expected them to do as well as they have. We don't need to be a #1 seed in the "Big dance", we play better as a #5 or #6. Congrats to Coach Self on an exciting season. Rock Chalk!!

classclown 3 years, 1 month ago

"And it really doesn't matter that much whether KU gets a 1 or 2 seed. They'd need to win 4 games to get to the final four, and six games to win it all, either way."

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If you're a number 2 seed, it won't hurt as much when you lose cause you were just a number 2.

JustNoticed 3 years, 1 month ago

I apologize to the Jayhawk Nation. It's all my fault. As soon as I start noticing the basketball team, which only happens in March, they soon lose. I try to stay away but the love and excitement just oozes into me and I become a fan during March's fair weather. Then boom, the dagger is thrust into my avian pretense. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, or whatever.

4getabouit 3 years, 1 month ago

"Time for a new coach" qualifies as the dumbest statement this year. Sorry Merrill. You don't know much about most things and you certainly know nothing about hoops. Go find a different subject to demonstrate your complete lack of understanding.

I just wish that you could be in the arena in a public way one time. You seem to always have all the answer; however, you don't even understand the questions.

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