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Jayhawk Flashback: Georgia Tech, 1/1/2005
Unfortunately for Kansas fans, there's no way fast forward to next year's football and basketball seasons.
In the meantime, I figured we might as well go ahead and take a look back.
This will be the first installment of "Jayhawk Flashback." The idea with this blog will be to dip back into the 6Sports vault to find great games from KU history.
We're going to start with one of the best recent games in Allen Fieldhouse: KU vs. Georgia Tech on Jan. 1, 2005.
The highlights of the game are below.
A few thoughts:
• It's funny for me to see Luke Schenscher at the 1:02 mark, then later in the video. Every time I see him, I think about my friend Whitey, who believed Schenscher had the magical ability to transport himself from one end of the court to the other.
I laughed at first, but later agreed with him. It always seemed like I saw the 7-footer block shots on the defensive end and get rebounds on the offensive end. But I never saw him get from one end of the court to the other.
Even now, if you asked me what Schenscher ran like, I couldn't tell you.
• Speaking of Schenscher, he was a main part of one of the worst thought-up stories I can remember. In 2004, when Georgia Tech played Connecticut in the finals, I remember Yahoo! Sports ran a story hyping the game as perhaps the best matchup of centers in NCAA Championship history.
I've got no problem giving props to Emeka Okafor. He was good.
But Schenscher? Seriously? His 9.2 points per game were sixth on his own team.
And he was one half of the best center matchup in the history of the NCAA Championship?
I think Patrick Ewing and (then-named) Akeem Olajuwon might disagree.
• Remember how much Aaron Miles improved his three-point shot from his junior year to his senior year? Here you go.
Miles made 28 of 84 threes as a junior (33.3 percent).
He made 40 of 80 three-pointers as a senior (50 percent).
That's one of those statistics (and improvements) perhaps overlooked because of Bucknell.
• Did Alex Galindo have two bigger three-pointers in his career than he did in this game?
• I get tired about hearing that Keith Langford was a poor shooter. Look at the difficulty (and magnitude) of the shots he made in this game.
He's also sixth on the KU all-time scoring list, ahead of names like Paul Pierce, Kirk Hinrich, Wayne Simien, Jeff Boschee, Dave Robisch and Kevin Pritchard.
Seems to me like you have to be at least a decent shooter to accomplish that.
• How J.R. Giddens make that turning, twisting layup (5:20)? And why did he turn and twist to begin with? It looked like Tech's Jarrett Jack was well by him. Style points, I guess?
• It's funny to me that this is a "Jayhawk Flashback," yet Matt Kleinmann still is celebrating on the KU bench (5:24).
• "Get it to your senior and end this thing right now!" - 6Sports' Kevin Romary (6:00), with 12 seconds remaining in overtime. How did he know? Right after that, Miles passed it to Langford, who — sure enough — won the game with a jumper.
Romary must have been channeling his inner Miss Cleo.
• Speaking of Langford's final shot, I remember watching it live at the time and thinking it was not good shot selection. After watching the replay, I can't say I've changed my mind.
Langford did have a knack for making tough shots, though.
• Pause your video at 6:34. Christian Moody and Alex Galindo (with two hands raised) are both wide open. They both still probably should have known in that situation, Langford most likely wasn't going to pass up a shot.
• It's a little hard to see, but if you stop the video at 6:47, you can do some celebrity spotting behind the KU bench. In a blue, Kansas, No. 34 jersey is Julian Wright, and two spots down from him in a black, Chicago Bulls, No. 12 Kirk Hinrich jersey is Tyrel Reed. I can't quite tell if that's Sherron Collins in between them in the light blue shirt.
• Without cheating and re-watching the 7-minute, 31-second video, can you tell me what Luke Schenscher runs like?