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Jayhawk Flashback: Kenny Gregory earns bragging rights in KU's 1999 home win over Ohio State

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After reading Gary Bedore's update on former KU player Kenny Gregory this week, I figured Gregory would be a good topic for the latest Jayhawk Flashback. When talking with Gary, former KU center Eric Chenowith said one of the best games he remembered from Gregory was his 17-point performance against Ohio State in KU's 80-67 victory during his junior year (Dec. 16, 1999).

The highlights of the game are below.

Some thoughts:

This game was more significant for Gregory because it was against his hometown university (Gregory is from Columbus, Ohio) and because his parents also were in the stands (you can see them in the video).

The contest also was against former high-school teammate George Reese and high school rival Michael Redd.

Gregory also had taken some flak back home, as OSU had made the Final Four the previous year even after Gregory had decided not to go there. He even played pickup ball with some of the Buckeye players that summer.

Ohio State's George Reese (40) found his path to the hoop blocked
by Kansas' Kenny Gregory, right, and Eric Chenowith last year. KU
defeated the Buckeyes, 80-67, last Dec. 16 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Ohio State's George Reese (40) found his path to the hoop blocked by Kansas' Kenny Gregory, right, and Eric Chenowith last year. KU defeated the Buckeyes, 80-67, last Dec. 16 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Journal-World File Photo

"We spent all offseason arguing who is going to win and who will lose. The most important thing is about bragging rights," Gregory said before the game. "Hopefully I can go home for Christmas with something to talk about. I don't think I can go home with a loss."

Gregory made 8 of his 11 shots against the Buckeyes in his 17-point effort.

Ohio State's two best players didn't have their best games against KU.

Point guard Scoonie Penn finished with 19 points, but he made just 5 of 23 shots.

His teammate, Michael Redd (before becoming a $100-million man) scored 20 points on 7-for-17 shooting. He was 3-for-9 from three-point range.

The Buckeyes' bench, meanwhile, combined for just two points and two rebounds.

"It was one of the best defensive jobs done on us," OSU coach Jim O'Brien said. "They just take you right out of what you want to do. Their pressure was very hard to play against."

It's almost weird to see both Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison on this team. Because those two were defined so much by what they accomplished in 2002 and (especially) 2003, it's almost hard to remember that they still played with guys like Gregory, Chenowith and Nick Bradford.

Kansas seniors Kirk Hinrich, left, and Nick Collison salute the crowd during a flower-showering ceremony before Saturday's game against Oklahoma State.

Kansas seniors Kirk Hinrich, left, and Nick Collison salute the crowd during a flower-showering ceremony before Saturday's game against Oklahoma State. by Jesse Newell

Speaking of Hinrich, he played despite taking an elbow to the right eye from teammate Ashante Johnson at practice the day before.

"I took a pretty good shot. I drove past Drew (Gooden) and pump faked. Ashante cracked my head," Hinrich said. "I was really dizzy (Wednesday), but I never felt I was seriously hurt. The doctor said it was either a first- or second-degree concussion."

KU coach Roy Williams made sure to reiterate after the game that Hinrich had been completely cleared to play by doctors.

The Jayhawks' weren't shy about firing up long three-pointers, huh?

Luke Axtell looks amazing in this video, which includes his 25-foot trey in the first half, and Jeff Boschee later adds a heat-check three of his own.

You have to think Williams wasn't happy with either of the shots when they were first hitched up.

Anyone else notice all the Santa hats in the background? I know it's December, but is the 16th really that close to Christmas?

After watching this several times, I'm convinced OSU's Ken Johnson (2:14 mark)

and former KU receiver Dezmon Briscoe

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2008/sep/04/152940/

are long-lost brothers.

How does official Steve Welmer manage to sneak into almost all the Jayhawk Flashbacks?

Kansas State head coach Jim Wooldridge argues with game official Steve Welmer after being called for a technical foul in the first half.

Kansas State head coach Jim Wooldridge argues with game official Steve Welmer after being called for a technical foul in the first half. by Nick Krug

Great pass by Bradford at the 2:45 mark, though honestly, it looks like he didn't know what he was going to do with the ball until the very last instant.

KU had 12 steals in the game, with Axtell and Bradford swiping three apiece.

In case you were wondering, Gregory and the Jayhawks also defeated the Buckeyes in the return trip to Columbus the next season.

KU led by 15 with 12 minutes left before holding on to a 69-68 victory on Dec. 23, 2000.

As time expires on his homecoming in Columbus, Ohio, KU's Kenny
Gregory (20) tosses the ball in the air as teammate Kirk Hinrich
celebrates. The Jayhawks managed a 69-68 victory over Ohio State on
Saturday.

As time expires on his homecoming in Columbus, Ohio, KU's Kenny Gregory (20) tosses the ball in the air as teammate Kirk Hinrich celebrates. The Jayhawks managed a 69-68 victory over Ohio State on Saturday. by Earl Richardson/Journal-World Photo

Comments

sassykansan 3 years, 8 months ago

I was at this game. Kenny had the most amazing one-armed windmill dunk. He was on fire this game! Kenny was so much fun to watch.

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justoneperson 3 years, 8 months ago

I was once at a game where Bradford threw an alley-oop to Gregory, but the pass was way off. Nevertheless, Gregory stretched out his arm, caught the pass and finished with a dunk. It was spectacular.

Meanwhile, wasn't one of Gregory's HS bball buddies on that OSU team?

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Jesse Newell 3 years, 8 months ago

Good catch. It has been fixed above.

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shadowbox66044 3 years, 8 months ago

"When talking with Gary, former KU center Eric Chenowith said one of the best games he remembered from Gregory was his 17-point performance against Ohio State in KU's 80-67 victory during his sophomore year (Dec. 16, 1999)."

Wrong. He was a junior on Dec. 16, 1999

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