That had to be the worst-officiated game I've ever seen - even worse than the KU-ISU game in Hilton last year. At least we got the win.
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“It was accomplishment, definitely, more than relief,” Tharpe said. “They’ve been talking about Oklahoma State and Kansas for a while, since the beginning of the year. That’s all we’ve been hearing; even before conference play started, that’s all we’ve been hearing is about ‘Oklahoma State, Oklahoma State.’
Jamari Traylor, the third-year sophomore built more like a football player and a relative newcomer to basketball, led the way with nine points, three rebounds, a big blocked shot and a perfect shooting day. Unveiling a free-throw line jumper on which he has been working since shortly after he started playing organized basketball as a junior in high school, Traylor hit one on his way to a 3-for-3 shooting day. He also made all three free throws he attempted.
“It was emotion,” a disappointed Ford said after the game. “I don’t think any of it was dirty or anything like that. Two teams that played very, very hard. They’ve got good kids. We’ve got good kids. Two teams that were trying their hardest to win the game.”
“He’s at a point now he’s feeling confident about himself. He’s going out there and doing what he needs to do. All this stuff he’s doing now, he did it back there (at Brewster Academy). It’s good to see him getting back to being himself again.
We all know by now that Smart had the audacity to say Andrew Wiggins needed to prove himself before being anointed as the best on any list. In addition, you’ve probably seen last year’s backflip enough to contrast Smart with Ozzie Smith provided some postgame theatrics after a win in Lawrence last year.
Give Smart credit, though. He had Allen Fieldhouse amped. Fans booed his every touch, recalled air balls with regularity, rejoiced in shot clock violations and delighted in blocks.
“I’ve been here since I was a freshman,” Tharpe said. “I watched Tyshawn (Taylor). I watched Elijah (Johnson). I’ve seen them and seen them go through it.
“So I have to been able to lead, I think, because there were definitely times where dudes could have put their head down after a couple mistakes. But I just tried to tell Wayne and those guys, ‘Next play, next play — that play is over.’”
On Saturday, Johnson, who sat behind Kansas’ bench, was the one watching a young point guard continue to mature. Tharpe’s mother was in Allen Fieldhouse, too, seeing her son play in person for the first time since he was at Brewster (N.H.) Academy.
Embiid’s last was his loudest. Smart drove with Traylor guarding him, shooting a running floater. Embiid went straight up for the block, met the ball at the top of his jump, launched his arm forward and sent the ball flying to mid-court.
A big play took place when OSU’s Marcus Smart stole the ball from Tharpe, and Tharpe stole it right back with KU up, 59-56. Tharpe followed the sequence by hitting a three and stretching KU’s lead to six with 10 minutes left.
“That was big because I don’t like getting the ball stolen from me at all, especially off of the dribble. It kind of hit off my leg and then he ripped it from me, but I knew he didn’t have a chance to run and I was still right there so I just tried to get a jump ball and rip it back away and luckily I was able to get it back and we came out with a basket,” Tharpe said as KU avoided completely squandering a game-high lead of 19 points.
String this W against Oklahoma State alongside a win at Iowa State and a win at home against Kansas State and the Jayhawks are now the first team to win three consecutive games against ranked opponents in the regular season since Louisville in 2009.
Yes, Self meant what he said about Embiid being the No. 1 pick. But Self figured it'd be in the 2015 NBA Draft or maybe even the 2016 NBA Draft, meaning his preseason message was basically that Embiid would someday be college basketball's most coveted pro prospect if he stayed in school two or three years, worked really hard and developed. Fast-forward to the present, and it's becoming more obvious by the game that Self might've underestimated the timeline because Embiid seems capable of accomplishing in two or three months what most thought could take two or three years. The 7-foot big finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in Saturday's win that doubled as the Jayhawks' fourth straight over a top-40 RPI opponent, and it's now undeniable that Embiid is the biggest threat to supplant Wiggins as the projected No. 1 pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.
Lyle is ranked No. 22 nationally in the 247Sports Composite, and is the third-best player still available from the class of 2014. He's a difficult matchup for most opposing guards, given his size and strength. He's added weight, but he uses his body well to overpower players in the lane. Lyle can get into the lane effectively, and he also shows good vision when finding teammates.
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Sims had the first carry of the game for the National Team, but rushed for just 16 yards by halftime. In the third quarter, Sims helped set up National Team touchdowns with a 13-yard rush and a 20-yard catch — his only reception of the game. Sims finished with 10 rushes for 43 yards.
KU held Baylor to 40-percent shooting in the first meeting, but the Jayhawks, led by CeCe Harper’s 15 points, only made 31.7 percent of the shots they took and were dominated in the paint, where the Bears held a 44-16 scoring advantage.
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