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November 24, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Kansas game thread

A QUICK WRAPUP — Obviously not the game Husky fans hoped to see tonight.
Sadly, a lot of the same problems seemed to creep up — rushed shots, inconsistent offense, too many turnovers, some defensive lapses, especially inside.
Kansas is obviously a great program, but it is in a massive rebuilding mode after last season with just four scholarship players back from that team and this seemed like a really good opportunity for the Huskies to showcase themselves to the nation. Instead, as Doug Gottlieb’s comments indicate, the nation saw a team with some problems. It’s still really early in the season, but the Pac-10 isn’t exactly tearing it up, so these games could matter quite a bit should UW be on the bubble for an at-large spot in the tournament.
Right now, however, the Huskies look like they have some serious work to do to get to that point.
Tomorrow night will be interesting. Florida suffered a moderately surprising loss tonight, but is rated in the top 20 in each polls, considered on paper as good or better than Kansas, so it will be another big test for the Huskies. UW fans will be hoping for a little more.
A FEW COMMENTS FROM ROMAR: Here are a few comments from UW coach Lorenzo Romar after the game on his radio interview:
In general, he said the main lesson of tonight is that the team needs to make the extra pass more to create better shots on offense.
“When they went into that zone we went into the paint and they blocked seven of our shots and we were 1-10 from the perimeter. I thought because their defense was there we did a poor job of making the extra pass, but again these non-conference games expose your warts. What we are seeing is that we can’t make the home run play all the time. We’ve got to make the extra pass.”
On the rebounds: “Even when we got the ball off the boards we just kind of threw it back up there sometimes. Their size bothered us a little bit. … But if we can continue to put forth that type of effort on the boards we will score our share of points. We have just got to make the extra pass. I don’t know any other way to put it. We have got to make the extra pass.”
On Brockman: He said the team rarely practices without double-teaming Brockman and that “He does need some help. We have to be able to put it in the hole when he passes it out of there.”
On the outside shooting: “We are taking too many rushed shots, too many contested shots. If we make that extra pass, play a little smarter, help our teammates score, we will shoot a little better pecrcentage.”
On the end of the half: “I felt we were a couple of mental mistakes from being close to tied up at halftime.”
On second half: “After a while they kind of wore us down a little bit and mentally the way they finished that half (took some out of the Huskies). We’ve got to be mentally tougher.”
On Florida tomorrow: “They will be a good team, another team that executes very well. They are going to play a lot of zone (played some against Syracuse) and after watching our game I’m sure they will play zone again. … we’ll come back and be a little better tomorrow.”
On keys to being better tomorrow: “Hit the open man, make the extra pass.”
BROCKMAN HAS JUST 15 POINTS IN THE LAST TWO GAMES — Held to seven tonight after getting eight against FIU. He was not held under double figures even once last season. The seven is the lowest since he was held to four at USC on Dec. 28, 2006. Looks like teams are going to try to take Brockman out of it and make the other players beat them.
GOTTLIEB SAYS HE’S ‘REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN THE SHOWING BY WASHINGTON:’ ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb is not impressed with UW at all saying that “I really thought they’d be better by now but they are not a good basketball team.” He said they take bad shots and don’t defend well and that the rebounding edge wasn’t that meaningful given that the offensive rebounding number was so high because there were so many available to get.
UW SHOOTS 29.2 PERCENT — Huskies shot worse only once last season when they hit 28.8 against Stanford.
HUSKIES FALL TO 2-2 — This one’s over as the Huskies lose pretty decisively. Really, this was never much of a game after about the 10-minute mark of the first half when Kansas got a little separation. UW will play Florida in the second game of this tournament tomorrow afternoon.
IT’S NOT JUST THREE-POINT SHOOTING — At the 4-minute time out, UW was 6-19 on threes and just 11-43 on twos. Almost as many misses as times Knight has called UW “Warshington.”
KNIGHT SAYS UW NOT LOOKING INSIDE VERY WELL — Brockman has just 7 points and Knight says he thinks the Huskies simply aren’t looking inside very well.
THIS COULD BE LOWEST-SCORING GAME OF ROMAR ERA — UW has just 33 points with just over seven minutes left and will need to go on a run to avoid this being the lowest-scoring game since Romar became coach in 2002. If I’m reading the media guide right, the lowest since then is 47 at Washington State two years ago.
KNIGHT SAYS EVERYONE WILL PLAY ZONE AGAINST UW — Knight predicts a lot of teams may play zone against UW the way Kansas has and that the Huskies will have to really improve their shooting to be able to combat it.
UW SHOOTING 22.6 PERCENT — Huskies are 12-53 as Kansas opens a 51-31 lead.
KANSAS ON 10-0 RUN — Jayhawks ahead 47-28 after a 10-0 run and Huskies in real danger now of a blowout.
COMMENT ON OFFICIALS —UW seems to have not gotten the better end of a couple of potential goaltends. Kansas fans obviously weren’t happy with all those charges, giving a derisive cheer of the last play when UW was finally called for a block.
KNIGHT KEEPS CALLING QUINCY “POINDEXTER” — You get the sense he knows almost nothing of UW, even if he obviously has great basketball insight. But Huskies aren’t giving him much incentive to learn much about them as they fall behind 43-28.
KNIGHT MENTIONS HIS WIFE YET AGAIN — I’m sensing a new drinking game in games called by Bobby Knight. That’s got to be the third time he’s done it so far.
KANSAS GOES BACK TO MAN DEFENSE — And Knight says “it’s a good move” while continuing to call UW “Warshington.”
KEYS TO SECOND HALF — Three keys to the second half I see:
— Get some offense against the zone that isn’t just jacking up an outside shot.
— Keep hitting the boards hard as that is what is keeping UW close at all.
— Ger Brockman more involved offensively as he has just seven points and needs to challenge Aldrich.
JOEL SMITH HAS 11 POINTS AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA — But no Chaminade miracle ala Virginia in 1982 as North Carolina leads 70-35 late in the game.
UW 9-38 SHOOTING —- That’s the biggest reason the Huskies are down 32-22 at the half. It should probably be 10-38 as the replays seemed to show that block on Thomas was a goaltend. But Huskies are again struggling from outside going 1-10 on three-pointers. UW was shooting just 20.5 percent on three-pointers coming into the game. Expect more of that Kansas zone in the second half.
SELF LAMENTS REBOUNDING — Bill Self says UW is “bigger and longer than we are” in his brief halftime interview on ESPN in explaining the rebounding. Interesting to hear Knight quickly disagree saying that Self must be watching a different game.
TOUGH END TO THE HALF — Wow, a four-point turnaround at the end of the half as Thomas is blocked and Kansas turns it into a lay-in.
UW HAS 17-1 EDGE IN OFFENSIVE REBOUNDING — Kansas has been in a 2-3 zone for a while and one of the dangers of a zone is allowing offensive rebounds — when defenders aren’t matched up directly on a player it’s harder to block out. UW is taking advantage to have a huge rebounding edge which is keeping the Huskies in the game right now.
NICE 6-0 RUN BY HUSKIES — No doubting the hustle of the Huskies here and it’s their athleticism that is keeping them in the game as they use rebounding to go on a 6-0 run and cut the lead to 26-22.
KANSAS TO 2-3 ZONE — At about the 7:30 mark. As Knight quickly noted, UW has not been a good outside shooting team so the zone will be another test of that.
TOUGH SHOOTING — UW is 6-21 from the field and 1-6 on free throws with Kansas ahead 19-14. Is it a good thing UW is that close despite shooting that poorly? Or a sign of some larger problems?
HUSKIES DRAW THIRD CHARGE — Brockman draws his second charge as the Huskies are showing some savvy play in that area.
BRYAN-AMANING SEES FIRST ACTION — He got in the game for the first time this season. UW is in a drought of 6:23 without a field goal.
KNIGHT NOTES TURNOVERS — Bob Knight just said the most important stat he sees is that UW has five turnovers already. He also keeps calling UW “Warshington.”
BROCKMAN FEATURED DURING TIME OUT — Nice quick clip of Brockman talking about the All-American campaign the school is staging on his behalf.
KANSAS UP 15-8 AT SECOND TIME OUT — UW is 3-12 from the floor, 1-4 from the line.
ERRATIC SHOOTING EARLY — While Thomas is 2-2, the rest of the team is 1-9 as UW starts out 3-11.
OBVIOUSLY NOT A NEUTRAL COURT — That’s coming through loud and clear on TV as the crowd goes crazy on what it thought was a foul on the UW end of the floor. We’ll see how crowd advantage impacts the game.
TIED AT 7 AT FIRST TIME OUT — I heard Isaiah Thomas say on the pre-game show he likes the big stage, and he looks comfortable so far with five points, hitting both of his shots, including a 3-pointer. He was 2-11 on threes in his first three games.
GAME STARTS EARLY — If you waited until 7 to turn on the TV, you missed the first couple minutes as it started a few minutes early. Kansas is up 2-0.
BRYAN-AMANING IN UNIFORM — Not sure how much he will play tonight, but Matthew Bryan-Amaning is in uniform. He was not in uniform for UW’s last two games.
JOEL SMITH ON TV — As I type this, ESPN is on a “live look-in” to the North Carolina-Chaminade game. The latter team features former Husky Joel Smith, who wears No. 15.
PRE-GAME — As I mentioned earlier, I’m not in Kansas City.
Which means for once, I will be like a lot of you guys — watching on TV near a computer, ready to spout off about whatever I see.
So we’ll try to do as much of a normal game thread here as we can.



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