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Notebook: Jeff Withey says morale ‘pretty low’

Kansas center Jeff Withey (5) blocks a shot by TCU's Connell Crossland (2) in the Jayhawks' game Wednesday at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kansas center Jeff Withey (5) blocks a shot by TCU's Connell Crossland (2) in the Jayhawks' game Wednesday at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

February 7, 2013

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KU coach Bill Self talks after loss to TCU

Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 62-55 loss to TCU on Feb. 6, 2013.

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KU-TCU

— Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey admits team morale is “pretty low” following Wednesday’s 62-55 loss to TCU, the last-place team in the Big 12 Conference.

“Losing two in a row is tough,” Withey said after scoring 12 points off 4-of-6 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds in 33 minutes.

“We have a lot more to play. We have a quick turnaround. We play at OU (Oklahoma) Saturday. We can’t ever let one (loss) become two, which we’ve already done. Now we have to nip it in the bud. We still have a chance to be great.”

KU fell at home to Oklahoma State, 85-80, on Saturday.

Individual notes

Withey, who had three blocks, is one rejection shy of tying KU’s career-blocked-shots mark. Withey has 257 blocks, Greg Ostertag 258. ... Freshman Perry Ellis made his third career start Wednesday and his first since the Michigan State game (11/13). That meant for the first time in 18 games, senior forward Kevin Young did not start. He checked in for the first time at the 14:39 mark. ... Sophomore G Naadir Tharpe hit a three-pointer at the 9:18 mark, keeping KU’s streak of games with at least one trey alive. Last game in which Kansas did not hit a three was a 100-90 win against Baylor (2/9/08). ... Red-shirt freshman G Ben McLemore’s 15 points marked the 10th-straight contest he has scored in double-digits. ... McLemore’s three assists are the most for him in a Big 12 game (career-high 5 vs. SE Missouri, 11/9/12) ... Senior point guard Elijah Johnson had zero points with a minute left in the game. He finished the night with eight thanks to two three-pointers and two free throws. ... Young is the only Jayhawk to have a steal in every Big 12 game this season. He collected one more on Wednesday. His 16 steals in league play leads the team.

Team notes

KU was the highest-ranked team to play TCU in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum since Dec. 1, 2003 – when TCU played host to then-No. 1 Kansas. KU won that game. ... KU’s three field goals in the first half marked the fewest since the Jayhawks hit just five (5-for-18) in at Texas Tech earlier this season (1/12/13). ... KU’s 17 field goals (17-for-57) are the lowest since tallying 17 at Kansas State (1/14/06). ... The Jayhawks didn’t score until the 12:43 mark, going 0-for-4 with six turnovers in the first seven minutes. Red-shirt freshman F Jamari Traylor scored first with a layup and the assist from McLemore. ... Kansas was shooting 5.9 percent (1-for-17) before Withey hit the team’s second shot of the game with 4:27 remaining. ... KU’s 16-point deficit (37-21, 11:14 (2nd) marked its worst deficit of the season. ... TCU set an attendance record with 7,412 fans. The team’s last sell-out crowd occurred against then-No. 7 BYU on Feb. 19, 2011. ... Kansas grabbed 44 rebounds to TCU’s 39. KU has outrebounded 19 of 22 opponents in 2012-13. ... Kansas was out-shot (39.1 percent/29.5 percent) for only the fourth time this season (vs. Michigan State, at Texas, vs. Oklahoma State) and the first time it occurred in back-to-back games this year.

This, that

KU leads the all-time series vs. TCU, 4-1. ... It marked TCU’s first-ever win against a top-five team.

Frankamp pots 48

Future KU guard Conner Frankamp scored 48 points in Wichita North’s 71-63 victory over Wichita East on Tuesday in North’s gym.

Frankamp has three games of 40 or more points this season and seven in his career, most in Wichita City League history. He holds the top two single-game outbursts in league history (52 and 48).

Frankamp hit 11 of 20 floor shots, five of 12 threes and 21 of 22 free throws on Tuesday.

“He’s been shooting it well in practice lately,” North coach Gary Squires told the Wichita Eagle. North is 13-2, 10-1 in the City League. “I knew that one of these nights, he’d just go for a big night because in our shooting drills and stuff, he’s been lighting it up. When he gets it going ...”

Frankamp is averaging 34.0 points a game. He’s 150 points behind Ellis on the all-time city league scoring list. Frankamp has 2,081 points. Frankamp recently missed a couple games because of a concussion.

About TCU

Bill Self likes the addition of TCU to the Big 12 Conference.

“I think TCU is good for our league. Selfishly, I think it’s good for us from a recruiting standpoint,” said Self, who recruited NCAA title team member Darrell Arthur from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Wesley’s family attends

KU junior Justin Wesley told his hometown Fort Worth Star-Telegram he left 22 tickets for family and friends for the game.

In a pre-game article, Wesley discussed his playing the role of Wilt Chamberlain in an upcoming independent film, “Jayhawkers.”

In one scene, Wesley was forced to cry.

“My father passed away when I was 4, and sometimes when the right song comes up maybe I’ll tear up,” Wesley said. “(Shooting) that scene was really quiet. It was so awkward.”

Comments

irtnog2001 1 year, 2 months ago

I think Bills' public criticism of certain player(s) backfired and when he tried to retract it the damage had already been done. That said he is too good a coach not to bring the team out of this funk.

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grammaddy 1 year, 2 months ago

Stay out of the bars and get in the gym. No more Sunday Funday until we win a few. Put 'em on lockdown Bill.

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Kent Richardson 1 year, 2 months ago

I don't feel any better after reading the posts.

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jayhawkjohn71 1 year, 2 months ago

When you move a shooting guard to pt. guard what happens? A disaster is what happens!. The pt. guard is the glue to the offense and for the first time in the Self era we do not have one. Johnson is in way over his head with turnovers galore and missed shots galore. I feel sorry for him.

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colreader 1 year, 2 months ago

TCU game replay today - Thurs - noon on ESPNU

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3up3down 1 year, 2 months ago

Bottom line, EJ is not a point guard and it is showing. Thrusting him in that position is not fair to him. No natural point guard = no leadership. Ben needs to shed the poor underclassman stigma and take control and lead this team. The seniors are not ready to lead, that has been evident this year.

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Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 2 months ago

Coach Self has to be questioning his coaching abilities as well. ( Or should be )

Better get back to basics here and quick. They don't block out at all. Ball goes up they all stand around watching instead of finding a player to put a body on. Don't get pushed under the basket. Go after the ball AFTER they all block somebody out.

Offense is terrible! Work on some new set offenses. Work on coming off of screens. Drive your man towards our screens instead of having our offensive guy move to screen and get called for offensive foul. Way to many of these.

Practice shooting...everybody! Shoot from all points on the floor. Learn where your limitation ( range ) is. Get confident in your shot before heading into the locker room.

Coach, play other players more. They can't do any worse than the 5 you have been playing, starting. Change the lineup more than just Ellis. Traylor has more game than Ellis does and much stronger. He just needs playing time and play smarter. Ellis is used to being the stud in HS and he's not ready for college toughness. He's soft.

Turnovers are killing us, period. Slow the game down and play under control. Run when you got the numbers in your favor. Don't have them then pull it out and run the offense. Look inside where Withey and Young should be sealing off their men for good passing angle. If not there, swing the ball and it should be open then. Still not there, don't force it. Look for outside shot as the clock is running down. But you have to have shooters, players in the game who are confident and right now you don't have that 5 on the court, coach.

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msezdsit 1 year, 2 months ago

Well folks, some things are broken with our beloved basketball team. No energy, no chemistry, and no solutions. Usually bill will fix this stuff but he had no solutions during the game. Can you say "trouble" is brewing in Lawrence. When you lose to TCU, it means any team put on the floor would beat you and that generally says you beat yourself. You gotta love Johnson, but he is really hurting us right now. I think it is safe to say that the team will not get through this till Johnson does. I think we are going to see what Elijah is made of real soon. I feel sorry for him because he is a super super kid and things are just not working out for him right now. Games at this time of the year are easily forgotten but this one won't be.

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