KU - OSU Postgame

Well, that was pretty ugly. Really ugly. Really really really ugly. But we won.

Why is it that teams from Oklahoma play so ugly?

I'm miffed. I thought our defense was good, but I thought we really had trouble executing for such a long part of the game. That had a lot to do with the fact that Robinson and Wright were out for the end of the first half when we let them back into the game.

Curry had a good game and I'm betting that Hoopinion's stats will show that he was more productive than usual.

Speaking of productive, Brandon Rush had 9 shots in 39 minutes. Marcus Dove is a good defender, but I'm betting he could have gotten more shots.

It's really nice to be able to see KU's scores on ESPN's scoreboard without having to dig through the (almost entirely subscription) site to get to the Big 12 scores.

We outrebounded them 40-25.

We had 16 steals.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this win. Once again, this team has shown that over the course of 40 minutes, we're very hard to beat. We just pulled away in the end once they got worn down. I think we'll see at least one tournament game when a team tries to make it ugly - and succeeds for 32 minutes -but loses by 10. Another solid win for the Baby Jays. Vegas and all the Power Ratings were suggesting a 3-4 point win, and we pull away by 15.

Despite how ugly the game was played and how much the referees sucked the momentum right out of the game, I'm smiling like a guy who just watched the Jayhawks win by 15 in Stillwater.

I mean seriously, if I had told you we won by 15, would you be happy or not?

Can I get a Witness?

KU - ISU Postgame

I didn't think this game was that dangerous, but we really let off the defensive intensity for the first 12 minutes of the second half. We cannot afford to do that moving forward if we expect to make a run in the NCAA tournament. Check out the line on our three freshmen: 52 points, 23 rebounds, 10 assists, 7 steals and 4 blocks. Best class in the nation? I think you could make argument.

Nice to see DJ and CJ have good games as well.

We looked really good against a zone in the first half, but I was disappointed with our ball handling and poise for most of the second half.

Chalmers is really coming into his own. Before the season, I was hoping he could be a Daniel Gibson figure for us. I wouldn't trade Chalmers for Gibson right now. That floater is just remarkable and it makes our whole offense so much more efficient.

Maybe it's just my crimson and blue aviator goggles, but it looked to me like Blalock and Co. were throwing some cheap shots during the second half. I like how Iowa State makes our point guards (see Aaron Miles and Russell Robinson) get juiced up to throw down.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the continued emergence of Julian Wright and Brandon Rush. Those guys are so tough when they're on the court together and they really do everything. They make KU very difficult to prepare for.

If we can play disciplined basketball and keep up the intensity for 40 minutes, there's really nobody in America we can't beat. I'm hopeful that Self can fire up the Baby Jays to give the proverbial 40 minutes of Hell. If so. Look out March, and keep an eye on April.

On a side note, Mike Davis didn't coach Indiana today, and his team (or former team) managed to lose at home. Very concerning for me was the 'black-out', a grass-roots protest against the fact that Davis was still the IU coach.

Shame on you IU fans. If I had any say in the matter, I'd yank the season tickets of any deadbeat fan that participated in the black-out.

Lucky for you, IU doesn't ask me.

A few interesting notes from the game:

# Kansas is shooting 76.5 percent (114-of-149) from the charity stripe over its last six games. # Kansas shot 50 percent from the field for the sixth time in its last eight games and 10 of its last 14 (11 times overall).

KU-NU Postgame

I'll keep it short, because once again, it's late. If you had showed me the box score, at least our side of the box score, I probably would have been worried.

That was a solid win over a decent Nebraska team, a team which only today was mentioned as being perhaps worth of Dancing with 63 other teams by the local radio talking heads.

Perhaps that was overstating Nebraska's case, but they *were 5-3 in the conference.

We need to avoid cruising on Saturday and we really need to be more active on the defensive boards for 40 minutes. We gave away 12-14 points on trash on the glass and I can't imagine that made Self too happy.

I'd like to see Russ heat up a little bit more. He's still playing well defensively and creating movement offensively by driving, I'd just like to see his outside shot fall a bit more, and I think that will happen.

Iowa, Colorado, Florida and Indiana all lost this week, which means that we really should be ranked this week if we can take care of business against ISU on Saturday. I'm not sure it really matters, but I would prefer that we be on the committee's radar if possible so we don't get underseeded in the NCAA's. Ideally, we end up with a 4 and get shipped to Dallas, where we'll have a solid contingent of KU and Big 12 fans, and where we'll have played just a week previous in the Big 12 tournament.

I guess ideally, we'd win out and collect an unlikely 2 seed, but I'm not holding my breath.

KU-ISU Postgame Thoughts

  • Our guard production continues to impress me.  Self's move of Ruh-Roh to point was inspired - I say it again.  59 points, great outside shooting, and merciless defense.
  • Good guard play and great defense will make us a tough out in the NCAA tournament.
  • We have a very realistic shot at 12-4 in the conference, and a 5-7 seed in the tourney doesn't seem out of the question.
  • We'll need more post production in order to really excel, but I like what I'm seeing
  • I may add more later, but I'd love to hear what people think!
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