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Joel Embiid was darn near perfect with dad in the stands. The freshman sensation went 7-of-7 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line. He also had two blocks in 26 minutes. The only negative stats? Four turnovers.
I kind of like the guys taking turns having breakout games. To have so many people able to take over a game when needed, it means that HCBS can just ride whoever is hot that night.
“First of all, you know how you writers are,” joked Cluess before explaining what was said. “I was sitting right there at the airport, and the question was, ‘Are you guys going in there trying to keep it close or what?’ And Sean said, ‘Every game we play in, we go in to win, and this is not gonna be any different. We respect Kansas, we know how good they are, but if we were here to lose, we shouldn’t be playing the game.”
I'd expect nothing less. The media likes to take things out of context to advance a story.
3. Naadir Tharpe: Had 10 assists, one turnover and one steal, great ball security. But his coach wants him to play as fast all the time as he does when sharing the court with freshman Frank Mason. “I know they like playing together and yeah, there are some things about that that I like, but Naadir doens’t need to wait for Frank to change the pace. Naadir needs to change the pace. And that’s something I don’t understand. We’ve got to talk about that and probably correct a little bit.”
• Foul trouble: Senior power forward Tarik Black was in foul trouble for the third straight game. He had one point and a board in nine minutes. “It’s something we’ve got to study. We need him to be better,” Self said. “He’s thinking too much instead of playing. He needs to have some success. He knows he can do better than what he’s done. We do too because he’s practiced consistently pretty well since he’s been here.”
With so much talent on the roster, I wouldn't be surprised to see this role (only one riding the bench) shuffled around as well.
Winning their fourth straight game would be one thing for the Jayhawks, but defeating Minnesota at Williams Arena would add some sparkle to their NCAA résumé.
Good luck to the Lady Jayhawks tonight!
“With only two games left in the regular season and spring ball not until early March, I think the best thing for Tony's health, therefore, the right thing to do, is for me and the training staff to sit there and say, 'Tony, you might be able to go, but you're sitting down the next two weeks and we're gonna make sure this head of yours clears up and you're 100 percent healthy,” Weis said.
I'm starting to get concerned about his concussion history. I wouldn't want to see him get hurt again and it end his career. I applaud this move, regardless of how much our offense needs him.
Horejsi holds 1,300 fans, and the NCAA now requires a capacity of 2,000 seats for its host sites. Allen Fieldhouse holds 16,300. Sitting at No. 11 in the RPI and No. 22 in the AVCA Div. I Coaches poll, KU’s potential to repeat as an NCAA host site in 2013 is unclear. But Bechard didn’t want to waste the opportunity to create even more buzz for his program and the sport in general.