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.
# 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).