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Charlie Weis goes wild over Ben McLemore 3; Bill Self compared to Vince Lombardi by unlikely source
A few links and videos following Kansas' 97-89 overtime victory over Iowa State on Wednesday ...
• I know you've probably seen KU guard Ben McLemore's game-tying three already, but you'll want to look in a different spot the next time you play it.
If you look on the baseline under the basket, KU football coach Charlie Weis (dressed in black) is watching the game from a courtside seat.
And his reaction to the three is pretty spectacular. Definitely worth a look.
• Speaking of the game-tying three, is it possible that McLemore was fouled on the play?
Good nugget from Randy Peterson in the Des Moines Register.
Tyrus McGee did foul Kansas’ Ben McLemore with just more than a second to play Wednesday night.
“The ref just didn’t call it,” Iowa State’s energizer guard said after sixth-ranked Kansas’ super shooter sent the Big12 Conference game into overtime. “I got him on the bottom of his hand. I should have smacked him in the head.”
• A lot of talk in Iowa about whether ISU coach Fred Hoiberg should have told his team to foul up three with just over eight seconds left.
The Register's Bryce Miller says he agrees with the decision to not foul, partly because former coach and ESPNU announcer Matt Doherty said he wouldn't have fouled in that situation either.
There's also this snippet:
Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg decided to play on. Then, Kansas did what Kansas does — in soul-crushing fashion on a banked 3-pointer by Ben McLemore with one second dangling on the clock.
• Peterson also has an interesting take in his postgame blog, wondering how the game would have changed if Georges Niang hadn't picked up a technical foul in the first half.
Niang later fouled out in the last minute of regulation.
"And if he’s not sitting the bench on Kansas’ last-second possession," Peterson writes, "coach Fred Hoiberg orders an intentional – non-shooting—foul.
• Blogger C.J. Moore does a great job here of diagramming KU's "chop" play, which KU coach Bill Self runs at the end of close games when he needs a three. Moore shows why KU has so many options on the play, and even points out that Mario's Miracle in 2008 was probably the worst-executed chop play of the bunch.
• ESPN.com's Jason King was at Allen Fieldhouse, and he left wowed by McLemore's performance.
No KU player under Self -- and, heck, none since Pierce in the late 1990s -- has ever been pegged as a “star." Until now.
King also bumped McLemore up to No. 4 on his latest Wooden Watch player of the year ballot.
• A few more highlights of the game from different angles, from KU Athletics.
• NBADraft.net was so impressed with McLemore's 33-point performance that the site moved him to No. 1 on its newest 2013 Mock Draft board.
• And finally, KU's late-game execution was enough to even get Self some praise on Twitter from former Missouri forward Kim English.
Hand off, ball screen, flare screen... Bill Self is like Vince Lombardi. You know what's coming end of game. But it somehow always works.