Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 2.21.13

Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 2.21.13

Kansas Basketball

Mr. Big Shot: Naadir Tharpe’s field goal puts KU on top | KUsports.com
"Coach just said, ‘You hit the game-winner,’"

Opinion: Seniors Travis Releford, Jeff Withey huge for Kansas | KUsports.com
The superstars ordained as NBA players before they step foot on a college campus dominate headlines and mock drafts, but there still is a place for seniors in college basketball. And that place late Wednesday night was Gallagher-Iba Arena, where two exhausted men stood in the winner’s circle after a heavyweight basketball game that couldn’t be settled until two extra rounds were fought.

Jayhawks outlast Oklahoma State 68-67 in double overtime - KansasCity.com
"That’s the biggest play you’ve ever made in your life," Kansas coach Bill Self would say, standing in front of his reserve point guard.

Travis Releford comes through with crucial plays late for KU | The KUsports.com Ratings | KUsports.com
The senior made so many big plays it's almost hard to remember them all.

Notebook: Bill Self fired up during big win; Rio Adams 'frustrated' | KUsports.com
"He didn’t have a great shootaround today. I talked to him about it (tweets). I’m disappointed he’d say (tweet) anything negative. He will not be doing anything negative in the future or he won’t be around. I read them. They were not the best in the world; they were not the worst, either."

This time, Jayhawks contain Cowboys’ Smart - KansasCity.com
Smart finished with 16 points, but he made just two of 14 shots from the field. He also had just one offensive rebound after finishing with eight against Kansas in Oklahoma State’s 85-80 win at Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 2.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - Recap - February 20, 2013 - ESPN
After he'd missed time and time again all night long, for some reason Naadir Tharpe's final attempt just felt right when it left his hand.

Jayhawks exact revenge in double overtime - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
"[Revenge] played a little bit of a factor,” Releford said, “but our main goal is to just win the Big 12.”

KU wins double OT slugfest with O-State | CJOnline.com
“At the end of the shot clock, there’s a simple play that we always run,” Tharpe said. “It’s called ‘flat.’ Coach told me to just go and take him. I missed some easy shots early in the game, but for some reason as soon as it left my hand I knew it was good.”

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