Going Into Overtime

Recap: March Madness strikes Kansas in round of 32

Games like this are why we love basketball, why March is mad and why our country freezes for three weeks to take note. Eight out of 10 times, Kansas defeats Northern Iowa. The Jayhawks were faster, more talented and more athletic. KU's basketball budget topped Northern Iowa's by sixfold. ...

Recap: 16-over-1? Not on Morris’ watch

For a good portion of one half, Kansas fans had an ounce of reason to worry that perhaps the Patriot League, the NCAA Tournament, KU and Oklahoma City just don't mix. Once KU grabbed the lead, however, Lehigh did not have defense enough to keep the game within striking distance. The KU ...

The Field of 65: An easy draw for Duke

As you've probably ascertained by now, the South Region has earned general consensus as the weakest section of the 2010 bracket. On the strength of a 12-1 end to its season, Duke is a solid No. 1 seed. After the Blue Devils, each of the next few teams has a potentially fatal flaw. • No. ...

The Field of 65: Wildcats, Cougars and Orange, Oh My!

Welcome to the second of four preliminary Field of 65 blogs. This is not meant to be a predictor, but a primer. Trust me, you don't want to take prediction advice from me. What do you want to see from Going Into Overtime this postseason? Do these previews have any glaring omissions? Let your ...

The Field of 65: Cousins rules the East, but West Virginia should be favored

If you're reading this, you've somehow mis-steered your Interwebs into the third of four preliminary Field of 65 blogs. But don't turn back! Information lies ahead: For all the uproar about Kansas' difficult route to the Final Four, Kentucky has it just as bad. The East Region of the 2010 ...

The Field of 65: The rough-and-tumble Midwest

Welcome to the first of four preliminary entries in The Field of 65. This is not meant to be a predictor, but a primer. Trust me, you don't want to take prediction advice from me. Today, the Midwest Region: Kansas University's region is not only the toughest of the four, but the most ...

Recap: Title game a foul affair for ‘Cats

This blog spent more than a few words yesterday talking about how Kansas' depth and supreme talent level made it OK for forward Marcus Morris to sit out with foul trouble. That may have been true, but having the big guy around on Saturday didn't hurt KU. Marcus Morris scored 18 points on 13 ...

Recap: Kansas overwhelms A&M with sheer talent

Kansas forward Marcus Morris found himself in foul trouble and his teammates managed to stay within striking distance of Texas A&M. Texas A&M guard Donald Sloan ran into foul problems as well, but his teammates couldn't stem KU's second-half tide. The difference in KU's 79-66 ...

Recap: Kansas unsteady but decent vs. Tech

Kansas has won games on the strength of its guard play, its shooting and its defense multiple times this season. Thursday, the Jayhawks won because of their size and talent around the basket. Look no further than StatSheet's breakdown of the game to see how completely KU bigs Cole Aldrich ...

Recap: Everything in its right place for KU heading into postseason

Kansas and Missouri played a game Saturday full of runs, scoring spurts and streaky shooting. Each team controlled the game for minutes at a time and the whole affair felt a bit jarring. In the end, however, KU ended up with a 77-56 victory atop an unsurprising box score. • The Tigers ...

Handing out the hardware, Big 12 style

Blogger's note: There will not be a "Recap" blog for the March 3 Kansas - Kansas State game. My apologies to everyone counting on waking up to some freshly brewed (or half-baked, depending on what you think of me) analysis. Instead, here's an abridged entry meant to tackle the annual All-Big 12 ...

Recap: Collins biting off more than he can chew?

Sherron Collins means a lot to Kansas: That much was clear before KU's loss to Oklahoma State. After the Jayhawks' disappointing trip to Stillwater, however, fans and observers shouldn't be blamed for wondering just how healthy KU's reliance on its lead guard is. Collins' final line wasn't ...

Recap: Henry, offense in high gear against Oklahoma

KU's Big 12 title-clinching victory against Oklahoma looked pretty darn good — and it was, considering the Jayhawks' enormous offensive output and plus-0.21 points-per-possession margin. Not so obvious*, however, was the fact that Oklahoma scored more easily than any of KU's opponents since ...

Recap: Taylor helps propel KU to 12-0

The end result of Saturday's game — 94-74, Kansas — was far from unusual. But the way KU defeated Colorado didn't completely follow the script. Several interesting irregularities stood out after a quick jaunt through the DVR and a glance at the numbers: • KU ran and Colorado played ...

Recap: Despite rebounding woes, KU bests A&M

Rare is the basketball game that provides 40 minutes of excitement.* But when one of those comes along, it looks like this: College Basketball As is made apparent by StatSheet.com's nifty graphic above, Kansas and Texas A&M engaged in quite a tug-of-war Monday night. The greatest ...

Recap: Self rides defense to ‘W’ No. 400

After watching Kansas' 73-59 victory against Iowa State on Saturday night, I felt certain KU's defense was the main reason for the team's success. After taking a gander at the advanced box score, I was a bit less sure of my original impression. KU's defense was sturdy, allowing 0.88 points ...

Recap: KU makes a big splash on Big Monday

Forget the fact Texas has lost five of its last seven games. Kansas went on a 22-0 run against a team considered by many the nation's best three weeks ago. Guard Sherron Collins and center Cole Aldrich, KU's anchors, went a combined 5-for-23 from the field and KU still scored more than one ...

Recap: Nebraska puts up a fight at the Fieldhouse

When asked (rhetorically) whether I would bet (fictional, non-existent) money on Kansas defeating Nebraska by more than 21.5 points, I didn't think twice: "Of course," I said, remembering the ludicrous blowouts — equal parts awe-inspiring and pathetic — I witnessed KU hand Nebraska in ...

Recap: Kansas anything but elite against Colorado

Kansas' midweek foray into Colorado probably didn't go as KU coach Bill Self had planned or as anyone who had watched these teams thought it would go. Colorado was playing without its best player, injured guard Alec Burks, at a venue not exactly renowned for providing a home court advantage. KU ...

Recap: KU pushes past KSU on its way to 20-1

It's practically impossible to narrow the difference between two teams down to any single aspect of a game. Every contest is full of factors and reasons for success and failure, variables in an equation that solves itself after 40 — or 45, in Saturday's case — minutes. So I'm not going ...