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Notebook: Bill Self fired up during big win; Rio Adams ‘frustrated’

Kansas head coach Bill Self looks for a foul that wasn't called against Oklahoma State on a last second drive by KU guard Travis Releford which sent the game into double overtime on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas head coach Bill Self looks for a foul that wasn't called against Oklahoma State on a last second drive by KU guard Travis Releford which sent the game into double overtime on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

February 21, 2013

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KU-OSU

— Bill Self, who gave out a batch of handshakes and hugs and executed a fist pump or two after Kansas University’s double-overtime victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday, admits he was more animated than usual on a snowy night at his alma mater.

“This is probably as excited as I’ve been coaching in a game in a while,” Self said after sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe’s shot in the lane gave the Jayhawks a 68-67 decision.

“I definitely was more animated with the officials tonight, but I’ll be honest, I look forward to watching tape. I think I could have been more (animated), to be honest.”

It was a game with huge implications in the league. The victory boosted KU’s league mark to 10-3, same as Kansas State. OSU fell to 9-4.

Free-throw excellence

Senior Jeff Withey calmly sank 11 of 14 free throws on a night every charity was needed.

“I was pretty proud. I was a good free-throw shooter last year and made them tonight. I got my groove back a bit. It was easy to knock them down,” Withey said.

Twitter talk

Rio Adams’ official Twitter account exploded with some negative posts about his situation at KU around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Here are some of the tweets either posted by the freshman guard from Seattle or someone using his account.

• Yeah the situation I’m in is great and all but it’s obvious they want me to quit...

• All I was Tryna show this man is he had a guy that will take 50bullets for him but he’s blinded by his favorites...

• There’s no question that I would of been getting mad minutes anywhere else in America people its a #FACT..

• It’s 2 Late Now....

• Alot of Hype can get you far I see it every time someone makes it and gets far...

• I just wanna be happy and play ball

After an uproar from KU fans on Twitter, he posted: “It’s all good I gone through this before.”

• Haha this is funny I tweet and its direct towards my team and KU give me a break if I feel I need to say something about my team ill say it

• None of my tweets were ever directed toward KU but it seems everytime I tweet it so happens that’s who I’m talking bout thats not rite#AtAll

Adams, or somebody using his account, did remove several of the posts before Wednesday’s game.

Self spoke to the Journal-World about the tweets after Wednesday’s win at OSU.

“He is frustrated,” Self said of the player who has not played much this season. “He didn’t have a great shootaround today. I talked to him about it (tweets). I’m disappointed he’d say (tweet) anything negative. He will not be doing anything negative in the future or he won’t be around. I read them. They were not the best in the world; they were not the worst, either.”

NBA trades

Multiple outlets reported several trades involving Jayhawks in the NBA on Wednesday.

Marcus Morris reportedly was traded from Houston to Phoenix to join brother Markieff on the Suns. Cole Aldrich was traded from Houston to Sacramento. And Thomas Robinson was dealt from Sacramento to Houston.

Travel

KU’s traveling party was to drive to Oklahoma City after the game and fly to Lawrence. No de-icing equipment was available in Stillwater.

Nice digs

OSU’s Gallagher-Iba Arena, which used to seat 6,381, was remodeled in 2000 to seats 13,611. This season, the Cowboys averaged 9,082 through 14 dates heading into the KU game.

“Whoever designed that ... kudos because you did not compromise integrity of one of the most historic buildings to play in,” said Self, a former OSU point guard.

Conner on fire

Future KU guard Conner Frankamp of Wichita North, who set the Wichita City League career scoring record on Friday night against Bishop Carroll, has scored 29, 37, 48, 43, 31, 40 and 37 points in seven games played since his return from a concussion.

Frankamp’s jumper from the free throw line with 45 seconds left, gave him 2,233 points, two more than KU freshman Perry Ellis of Wichita Heights. He finished with 37 points in North’s 52-40 victory.

“It’s an honor, for sure, especially to do it in front of the fans at North,” Frankamp told the Wichita Eagle. “It’s been a goal of mine all year to get that record and help my team win as much as I can while trying to pursue that record. It was great to get it that night. There’s a lot of relief that came out of my body. I was worrying about it all day and trying to win the game. It was excitement and relief.”

Frankamp was taken out of the game to a standing ovation after setting the prestigious scoring record.

“I just told him how I was proud of him,” said North assistant coach Marty Frankamp, who is Conner’s dad. “I could tell he was relieved. He was double-clutching both his fists there. It was a good relief of pressure there.”

Frankamp took in stride his omission from the McDonald’s All-America game.

“It was pretty disappointing ... the fact I could have made it and to play with those guys,” Frankamp said. “I can also use it as motivation to get better and work harder than them (those who made it).”

“It’s kind of hard to think that they could pass up someone like him,” Wichita Carroll coach Lonnie Lollar told the Eagle. “Those guys (like Frankamp) don’t come around but every 20, 30, maybe 40 years.”

Comments

Philip Bowman 1 year, 1 month ago

Rio, I watched you when you had an opportunity. Hell, you couldn't even get the ball across the mid-court. If you want playing time try working at it instead relying on your preseason ratings. Phoning it in doesn't get the job done. I doubt this advice will help you as you don't appear, from your juvenile tweets, to be smart enough to follow it.

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Robert Burnham 1 year, 1 month ago

As bad as Elijah has been, what about Kevin Young....the plus is these guys are all Seniors, have been in the battles that make you better...as a TEAM!

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rgh 1 year, 1 month ago

Rio would eventually help the team a lot but sounds like he needs to leave. There hasn't been a player leave yet who has ended up getting the ring. Self is always upfront with players and their playing time. I had a daughter who didn't get to play as much college volleyball as she wanted but never went public with complaints, it's just not the thing an athlete does. They talk to their coach in private then make a decision afterwords. Sounds like Micah Downs.

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7texdude 1 year, 1 month ago

I bet Rio will not be back next year. Self never forgets stuff like this. It's nonsense. Rio will not get his scholarship renewed next year.

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Brian Conrad 1 year, 1 month ago

hang in there .. all freshman wonder ... but here you WILL WIN ! and be better prepared to get shot for next leve and you will learn AND as Junior and Senior you WILL PLAY and WIN... winning will get you noticed , you will be much better player and you will have a degree...

I was very tough on EJ , but understand we all know what he can do when his confidense comes back.. Rio.. EJ was the man in Final Four.. Self has to stay with him for us to have a shot to win it all.. Believe me better to get a few minutes here and there and go deep in tourney, than to get tons of minutes and not win a game in tourney....

If this team keeps the intensity .. you will be part of crazy stat.. 9 in a row.. focus on these last games in big 12 and no one can ever take that away...

Tharpe was frustrated last year and now he is hitting shot to win biggest game of the day in the NCAA

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vuduchyld 1 year, 1 month ago

Self is SO awesome! A lesser coach might have gone nuclear on Rio. I love how Self just tries to downplay the situation.

Adams has (up to) three more years to learn and grow and put this episode in his rear view mirror. I hope and believe that he will!

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Tom Wilson 1 year, 1 month ago

As far as I know, coach Self tells all of his high school recruiting candidates that that should expect to work hard (for him) should they decide to attend KU. While the recruits hear it, they believe they can continue doing what made them a success in high school. When they arrive at KU, they find out coach was and is serious. All of a sudden he is evil for not giving them minutes, minutes they surely would have had going somewhere else. Even Mario Chalmers admitted he did not get along with coach his freshman year; no doubt for the same reasons mentioned above. When will Rio Adams decide he has had enough of "dream world" and get serious about working for his future? Very few people I know of have never had a decision point like this regardless of chosen profession.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 1 month ago

Rio, have you watched yourself on tape?!

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formyle 1 year, 1 month ago

If Rio could cut down on fouls and turnovers, he might make it into the games more often.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 1 month ago

Twitter: Giving you a public venue to post spur-of-the-moment things that you'll immediately regret since 2006.

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mae 1 year, 1 month ago

sfbay, you aren't here and just talking smack.

Rio, talk to Tyshawn and see what can happen. It's frustrating being a top recruit but in the same sense, you are a top recruit. Just bide your time and learn instead of being a bench player. Forward guards seem to be our superstars but look at our guards. Hinrich, Mario, Sherron and Tyshawn all learned how to do it. It's hard to learn to be a quarterback on the basketball team but it is taught. Over time you'll be NBA. Calm and concentrate. Your big men inside and your wings want to help, they want the baskets and want to give you the assists. Get steals and make the endplay.

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Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 1 month ago

He's saying: "Coach Self keeps playing Elijah Johnson even though he sucks. Put me in and I'll show you I can do it."

Close enough anyway...

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ghawke 1 year, 1 month ago

..and, speaking of Wichita, what's up with Ellis? It's hard to see any MickeyD caliber of play. Everytime he gets the ball he either turns it over, does nothing with it, misses a bunny or slows down the game. He's really smart and had a great H.S. carrier. What's up?

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Robert Rauktis 1 year, 1 month ago

"All I was Tryna show this man is he had a guy that will take 50bullets for him but he’s blinded by his favorites..." We got any Navajos who can tackle this code?

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