Post-Game Round-up -- Kansas 86 Iona 66

  • Embiid

    Link to KU Sports game summary here

    ####KU Sports: Embiid shines vs. Iona, with father in the stands#### Dressed impeccably in suit and tie, Cameroon military man Thomas Embiid sat proudly in Kansas University’s parents’ section Tuesday night, watching his son play basketball for the very first time.“I am very proud of Joel,” Thomas Embiid said…

    ####Keegan: Ellis spectacular in his own way####

    Playing in a basketball program that conceivably could have the first pick of the NBA Draft for the next two years — freshman Andrew Wiggins this year and Joel Embiid the next — it’s easy to find something new and exciting to talk about on the way out of Allen Fieldhouse, easy to leave the Perry Ellis conversation for another day.

    Unless, that is, you want to talk about the best player on the team.

    Gaels came to win, but didn’t predict one

    Shortly after Iona’s 86-66 men’s basketball loss to Kansas University at Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, Gaels coach Tim Cluess took time to set the record straight.

    Jesse Newell’s recap from Capital Journal

    (Joel’s father) “Thomas Embiid had never seen a basketball game in person before, and he’s likely to remember Tuesday night’s game at Allen Fieldhouse for a long, long time.”

    Box Score

    Reactions from the KU Buckets Chatroom:

    • Embiid looked unstoppable offensively (7-7) with an array of finishing moves above and around the rim. Black was pretty much ineffective, picking up a few cheap fouls early, and did not play much once Embiid got in. Embiid started the second half. Jam Tray got the late minutes when Embiid sat. Perry was a wiley scorer as well, scoring on a nify reverse layup, among other moves, and showing decent handles in transition.

    • Embiid also had several monster blocks on defense, and was definitely the story of the night with 16 points, 13 boards, and 2 blocks.

    • Naadir looked great conducting the offense and got the majority of the run at PG, ending up with 10 assists. Mason warmed up, and ended up playing a stretch of a two PG set with Naadir in the second half. This went well, capped off by a lob from Naadir to a dunking Mason in transition.

    • Wiggins and Selden both looked good on offense. We’re spoiled. They were their regular dominant high-flying selves on offense. Everyone boarded well on defense, but our defense had serious mental lapses early and often on the perimeter as in previous contests.

    • All in all, a somewhat quiet victory for us. This team will be lethal if and when it learns how to play defense.

  • Gaels provide lunch & snacksfor Perry & Joel both…

    How on Earth can Self keep Joel off the floor now? Bill may still have Tarik listed higher on the depth chart, but that, my friends is just as a courtesy & formality. Joel Embid is likely going to be the man at the rack for the Hawks from now on. 7of 7,13 boards, & 2/3 blocks? Surely that was a typo on the abc rss feed. Perry brings the lunch pail & still had 20 for dessert on Iona? Only his 2nd game, but Nadir with 10 assists? And Wiggy’s relatively quiet with a couple of flying flushes & 13? Man I can hardly wait for OSU & the little midget coach who once played for misery. I’m beginning to feel it for him like I once had it for Norm. On a side note: the blackout sucks! Take it from here guys, who da man? Perry or Joel E?

  • Any idea why Greene did not see the court? You would think he would have been in the lineup at some point given the zone defense.

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  • Ellis = real deal. Ridiculous FG% efficiency!

    Wiggy seems best in transition, and off the dribble…which is exactly what Calipari discovered with is several classes of top15 type players. Let them do what they do. The nice bonus from Wiggy is his disposition, team-oriented demeanor, and defense+rebounds.

    Embiid = OAD. No doubt after THIS coming out party. Hate to say it, 'cause Im really starting to like the big kid!

    Mason = HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT by dunking an alley oop pass from Tharpe! Btw, Self not too pissed about Mason’s attacking the paint, simply because the Frankster was following orders to attack and get fouls on opponent like he did to Duke…

    Tharpe = a big fat I-told-ya-so to all his doubters running the point…as he puts up a 10:1 assist/t.o. ratio (!!!). And a more selective 3bomber this season. Watch his 3% this season.

    Selden = luxury “glue” guy with MickeyD credentials. The MOST highly-credentialled “glue” guy you will ever see.

    Black: gave pointers to Embiid…now maybe taking some pointers FROM Embiid…But in all seriousness, lets give Big Tarik some time to assimilate all of Self Ball. We are going to need him to be up to speed later in the season.

  • Greene = doghouse. 2 quick turnovers vs. Duke was curtains for Brannen in that game. Ive heard he has a sassy or fiery disposition…maybe he got crossways with SelfdaMan, so has been put on ice? Will be nice to see his 3-cannon back in action shelling all foes, from div2 opponents to royalty programs. Cant redshirt someone who is redhot shootist.

  • He seems young to me. Maybe he doesn’t handle criticism well at practice.

  • Instead of young, make that immature.

  • If Greene is simply in the doghouse that is some doghouse Self is running. Not even mop up time with the walk ons? But as always I trust in HCBS.

  • @globaljaybird & @ralster…You guys spot on with Em & PE. Granted Iona is not what Em will see in Big 12 play, but by the time conference play rolls around he will be ready. And we can pretty much count his schollie as available for next year. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him start next game. And if PE continues I’m afraid he might be gone after this year. Geez he looks so smooth and comfortable around the basket.

  • I want to believe this is a one-time affair with Greene cause even the old mutt in the back 40 gets a bone now & then. Can’t see his bench behavior or body language since WE’RE IN THE BLACKOUT ZONE. Hope this isn’t going to be a remake of last year’s Rio. One thing I’m really starting to savor is the two-headed point guard system. Been a long time since we’ve even seen one pure PG, none the less, two.

  • I wouldn’t give up on Tarik as a starter just yet. The biggest reason he’s been so prone to fouls is we haven’t played a single team with traditional, post-up bigs. I look for him to show his value against Florida, Georgetown, and New Mexico more so than the teams we’ve played so far. That said, Embiid was fantastic tonight and I’m looking for more of that going forward. But, as HEM would say, temper your expectations a bit. He still has to learn to handle double teams better. He’s shown improvement on D and staying on his feet, but there’s a ways to go there before he can do the Withey. Most importantly, though, he has to show he can hold position and finish like that playing against thick, tough, Izzo-type bigs.

    As for Greene, I think this game puts him on transfer alert. He’s shown a lot of passion and talent, but he’s a TO liability still and not a great defender, and there is another skilled wing already signed for the next class. I hope he’s in it for the long haul because he looks like a kid that could break out as an upperclassman, but I gotta think he’s giving a long hard think about transfering to UConn, his second choice. If that happens, it’s our loss, but I hope that’s not the case.

  • Fun game once we got into a rhythm. Kept looking at the score in the later minutes of the first half, not believing we were only up by 5. It is great to see the freshman developing with each game.

    Defense still struggling, but I have I still think the new rules are having an effect. Bottom line-we must learn to stop the dribble drive outside of the lane, because once penetration gets deeper, nearly all contact will be a foul on the defense, however slight. We seemed to do better in the second half.

    Ellis is our offensive rock. Our freshman will have up and down nights. We need Perry to be the offensive staple to put us in the position to win any game. Looking like he is ready. What a stud.

    Love Mason’s aggressiveness. Now is the time to let him drive and drive and perfect his ability to finish or make the right pass. Will need this in conference play. His dunk from Tharpe had me fall off my seat.

    Tharpe is the man. Real PG. Started off slow tonight, and seemed to need Mason to get him going (shouldn’t need that)

    Embiid: OMG. What a performance. You can see him develop with each game. I know we will see off-nights from him, but you can see the potential. Unfortunately, I now agree he looks to be OAD.

    Wiggins quietly puts up 13. Doesn’t seem to have the killer instinct against every opponent, but after watching him in the Duke game, we will be fine. I have no fear he will finish plays when we need him. Seems like a great teammate (almost to a fault).

    Selden was solid. Seems more mature than than the other freshman.

    Black is critical for our success. I think his game, as well as Traylor, has been impacted the most by the new rules. We still need him to provide leadership due to his age. We still need a big body for certain games. CS needs to get him in the flow.

    Good progress, though. O-State looked good crushing Memphis. Good thing we have time. We are not yet ready for them. RCJH

  • Greene is too talented-- he is nothing like Rio. Rio was athletic but couldn’t handle the ball. Greene makes freshmen mistakes. As long as he learns from them, I expect him to have a very good future here.

    I think Greene is a bit like Ellis was at this point last year: rough around the edges but evidence of great potential.

    Embiid is on track to start before conference play. What an amazing talent for his age, size and experience. I think I can see him learning and getting better every game.

  • Talent wise we all know Greene is hands-down better than Rio period. The ongoing saga that Rio created with his behavior was the reference only, consummated with his departure. Greene has a great upside but if he’s going to play with the big dogs, he has to act like a big dog-Plus pay his dues by working & patiently waiting his turn, & that may be another year or even longer the way this squad is stacked.JMO

  • I agree - and sure hope Greene’s behavior doesn’t parallel Adams’… He needs to keep working hard and realize that he can get some chances this year, but he will be in a great position next year.

  • Dang it!! Another game I couldn’t watch. I mean, come on! This is stupid. I listened to the game on 105.9 and honestly the commentary from our two local guys is pretty good sometimes. But, how many more games am I going to miss on tv?

  • Nah, I think its just a matter of when Coach Self gets them to really understand how to play his Defense. When that happens, they will be incredible.

  • Yah, thought of that too. Either he is in Coaches dog house or he is just rotating games with Conner and Brannen to give them both minutes, keep them happy and AT KU

  • Thought I should share this article which pulls quotes from the post-game conference with Coach Self.

    ####Self keeps Greene out of win over Iona####

    Kansas University freshman Brannen Greene was the only Jayhawk to not play in Tuesday’s 86-66 victory over Iona in Allen Fieldhouse.

    KU coach Bill Self was asked…

  • I think the Embiid party has indeed arrived early. There is no reason not to start Embiid now. Great performance tonight!

    Please stay for one more season. It’s too much fun to watch you play!

  • Regarding Greene, I have no inside information, but I’d like to think Coach Self realizes Greene’s talent, and want to keep both White and Greene happy by rotating them. Greene played more than White in the Duke game because he was more effective than White. And I believe Greene went in before White in that game too. So this game, White got his chance to shine first, and was effective. So there was no reason to bring Greene in. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Greene get in the game first in the next game. Just my 2 cents worth.

  • I wonder if Coach Self is creating a trend here. When Mason is not playing well, he brings Frankamp, White and Traylor in to light a spark.

    I think Frankamp might need anti-adrenaline shot when he has the ball and is open to shoot. 🙂 He seemed to have a good head controlling the ball, but his shot is either too weak or too strong. Hope it doesn’t take him half a season to settle down like Ellis.

  • Anybody have any insight on the Greene thing? Someone on KU Sports said that he was slamming doors and throwing a tantrum. I don’t know if its true or not but he’s too talented to be on the bench.

  • I saw Jesse’s article there. I assume he went over to Topeka? I tried out the KUSports forum last night, wasn’t the same without him there.

  • I wish Joel would stop playing this way. He’s going to leave after a season if he keeps this up. And it was cool seeing his dad there, watching him play for the first time must have been quite a thrill for Mr. Embiid.

  • Link to the Newell post from last evening-

    In my estimation, the most informative & least opinionated writer from LJW, who left just as we have. Scroll to bottom of their homepage for an rss feed.

  • For there being very little information regarding Greene not playing, I am getting the impression the rumor mills are starting to churn and it’s painting a negative image of Greene. I don’t think it’s fair to Greene to label him as a guy with a bad attitude, as I am seeing many posters do already.

    Self was clear “he needs to take care of some responsibilities”

    Self has also been known to put people in the toughening box, especially if he sees great potential.

    My opinion is that Self played Greene over the others in the Duke game to give him a taste of what hard work and dedication could get him–the biggest of stages. Greene is the highest transfer risk, and I think Self knows that–so giving him a taste of the cake might be just enough to hold him over from transferring.

    Frank Mason is not playing like the pure point guard he is and someone needs to reign him in quickly.

    10 shots in 13 minutes? 2 assists? Out of all of those drives to the basket he was looking to score every one of them except for one in my opinion. I was going to make this comment after the Duke game, but it would have fallen on deaf ears due to his performance alone. Frank is driving to score, and not driving to create, and that needs to change. Frank is not a scorer. I like the aggressiveness, but he would be helping the team more if he has more like 5 FGA and 7-10 assists.

    Frankamp is getting tougher. I like it.

    Jamari is regressing slightly.

    Tarik is still stale. Regardless if he is paying against smaller line ups 1 point and 1 board for the 5 is inexcusable.

  • Couple quick thoughts before I talk about the guy I think was last night’s MVP.

    • Greene will be back, but if Self’s comments are to be taken at face value, there are some classroom issues that may need some attention first.

    • I was wrong about bringing Embiid along slowly. He is developing so much faster than I anticipated. Potential #1 pick fast.

    • Perry Ellis has strangely become the first option for this team, and he’s handling that responsibility brilliantly. His improvement from last season to this is incredible.

    As impressive as Embiid was last night (and he was amazing) I think I came away just as impressed with Tharpe and Selden. Tharpe is showing more and more that he is the perfect PG for this team. He just sets the table for everybody. The best play he made on the entire night didn’t even make it into the stat column, but it was a great PG play that I just can’t help but mention. Right after Frankamp had come into the game, Conner missed on a long three from the left wing. It was a miss, but Conner had a shooters bounce to his step after he took it, like he really liked the way it came off his hands. Next defensive possession, Conner forced a turnover and Naadir pushed the pace. Then Naadir made one of his best plays of the night, pushing the ball in semi transition like he was attacking the paint, then dropping the ball back to Conner for a good look at another three. Conner missed it, but that play from Naadir was a perfect PG play. Get a great shooter a good look after he just missed on a shot that felt good to him. That’s what good PGs do.

    But if I had to give out a game ball, I’d have to get some recognition for Wayne Selden. Selden has shown that he can get his points when necessary (and it will be necessary), but he has also shown that when he doesn’t need to score, he can play within the offense without turning it over or taking a ton of shots just to “get his.” For a player with that kind of talent to be that unselfish without losing his aggressiveness is incredible.

    I will say right now, this is the type of team that can win six games in a row in March because they can win by 20 against a decent team while having two of their three best scorers (Wiggins and Selden) basically get the night off offensively because Perry and JoJo were busy going crazy inside. There is no ceiling on this team offensively. If only the defense can catch up, this team goes from really dangerous to downright scary.

  • Anyone else think the starters lacked some energy at the opening of last nights game? Good thing Self has a full bench to unload when we get like that. It was really hard to watch the hawks on defense for parts of last night with Iona getting open on the perimeter or just hustling more for the rebound. Also, there were a couple of Iona’s big guys that seemed to just drive into the lane at will- close the holes guys!

    Wiggins reminds me a little bit of B-Mac in terms of his passive play sometimes. He just doesn’t get the ball enough! Could it be that he needs to do more to get himself into position, off the ball? Seems like he’s not always in the right spot at the right time, a couple of times I was hoping Mason would kick out to Wiggins but he had a man on him. Or perhaps we have too many other options on the team… 🙂 We clearly were putting up enough points last night, but I can’t help think we can still squeeze more out of the big wig.

    LOVED that Tharpe was so patient and didn’t chuck up threes ad nauseum! Last year he seemed a little trigger happy but that dude has control this year! The first play of the game was beautiful, they must have passed it 10 times before Perry shot it.

    Random- I’d rather us hold Towson to 39 points than to score 100 in the upcoming game.

  • Exciting game. Not too much to add that hasn’t already been said.

    The one glaring problem for this team is defense. Too much standing around flat-footed. Guys are spectating too much instead of getting involved. Defense is about constantly moving your feet.

    There is a way to solve that. Put a small rock in their shoes, back on the heel. They won’t be standing flat-footed any longer.

    Imagine having to suffer through an entire practice like that?

  • I got spoiled watching us play so well against Duke. I expected more out of ku slaying a small school in AFH. I felt like we took a step backwards. Our perimeter defense was poor. Of course Ellis continues to dominate games and Embiid totally came out last night. I noticed Self didn’t play Greene in the first half. When he rode the bench the first 10 minutes of the second half I knew he was in the Self dog house. No play time in the mop up just put an exclamation point on it. This morning I see that HCBS cited off court issues.

    Hopefully the lesson is learned and he’s playing again next game.

  • Auto check gets me again. slaying = playing

  • @Blown : My wife and I were talking about Mason’s play after the game last night. We were both glad that he was willing to drive to the basket since Wiggins and Selden (first half > second half) seemed unwilling to but I too thought he should have looked more for the assists than the points.

    Don’t take this the wrong way and say I’m a troll… but I do like Marcus Smarts game. But I don’t want my point guard to put up 39 points and only have 4 assists. I’d rather my pg put up 19 pts and have 14 assists. I really love the fact that Naa had 10 assists and 5 points last night. One of the best plays last night was his unselfish pass to Wiggins on a fast break that Naadir could have easily scored on but gave up the ball instead. That type of play is the reason I’m a fan of Steve Nash.

  • @justanotherfan

    • Perry Ellis has strangely become the first option for this team, and he’s handling that responsibility brilliantly. His improvement from last season to this is incredible.

    Perry is super smart. I thought it was a brilliant play when he was trapped by the baseline. Rather than trying to make a difficult pass to a teammate, he shielded the ball with his body and waved the ball just over the baseline. With a slight touch from a defender, he let the ball go out of bound. KU throw in. 🙂

  • Hey guys — Hope you don’t mind me showing my face here.

    Just wanted to let you know we’ve been doing live game blogs over at the CJ for the KU basketball games, in case you’re interested. It’s a little different setup with Cover It Live, but it has some cool features. Hoping to get some of the gang back together there, including (hopefully) Jaybate? We’ll see.

  • @Jesse Newell I might check it out. I assume you have to register and all that. Is it free, or do you have to subscribe?

  • @BucknellJayhawk3

    Anyone else think the starters lacked some energy at the opening of last nights game?

    I thought the newbies were simply lost when Iona switched to zone. They probably hadn’t practiced against zone defense. Iona was well coached and very experienced. I thought they had many returnees from the last season. And I wasn’t surprised our new guys struggled against this experienced team. In the end, our talent won out.

  • With CoverItLive, you don’t need any account. Just scroll to the bottom to comment, put in whatever name you want, and you’re good to go. Might take a second to post (I haven’t gotten them to post automatically yet; still working on that), but once we see the comment, we’ll post it to the site.

  • @drgnslayr Imagine the voice of Sylvester Stallone in Victory, “No blisters!” 😉

  • Welcome @Jesse_Newell Always enjoy your writing and analysis. Keep up the good work!

  • For those predisposed, CBS Sports Network tonight @ 7:00 pm has Wichita St at Tulsa. Expectantly we get to see Danny succeed vs a highly ranked team, even if it is early in the season. Also as last year, cbssports will have many A10 games through the conf season; Butler, St Louis, VCU, etc., when espn or fxsn has less meritorious options.

  • Welcome, Jesse!

    I’ll check it out.

    You are always welcome over here… in fact… is there any way we can hold a Q&A with you on occasion? In the process, we can help support CoverItLive. I think if we set it up in the right way, we won’t step on anyone’s toes in the process. There are many great Jayhawk fans on this site, and you are the best resource for Jayhawk basketball. It makes sense to put both together… and in doing so, we can help both of these websites. It is all for one great cause, Jayhawk basketball!

  • Thanks @Wishawk. And just let me know about the Q&A @drgnslayr. Be happy to do it if there’s interest.

  • @Jesse_Newell We will start linking to your articles here regularly! Your analysis is top-notch 😉

  • @Jesse Newell Good to see you here. Read your piece this am already, nice work, as always 🙂

  • @KIPMcSmithers–I agree with you on Marcus. He is in a unique situation because he is THEIR go to guy and primary ball handler, as I see it. Frank Mason has an arsenal of weapons surrounding him at all time; There is no need for him to not utilize them.

  • Hey Jesse, just loaded the “new” Newell post in the fav bar this am. Here at buckets we are perpetually overjoyed to add superior quality insight to the swim. Also please pull Oakville & jb into the water if at all possible. Oak is occasionally commenting at LJW, but unfortunately without the fervent appreciation of the dozen or so posters contributing now. His clever, humorous, & continually savvy posts would be a great augmentation to our membership, as you are. Welcome aboard Jesse, please don’t be a stranger on the deck!

  • Let me join in the chorus of Welcomes and Atta Boys for Jesse. Always enjoyed your work for KUSports. I hadn’t read the CJ sports section too much…now I’ve got a good reason!

  • @Jesse Newell

    Hey guys — Hope you don’t mind me showing my face here.

    Just wanted to let you know we’ve been doing live game blogs over at the CJ for the KU basketball games, in case you’re interested. It’s a little different setup with Cover It Live, but it has some cool features. Hoping to get some of the gang back together there, including (hopefully) Jaybate? We’ll see.

    Great to see you posting here. I was wondering why I had not seen any of your stories at the LJW and a quick search told me you are now with the Topeka CJ.

    Looks like there are lots of changes at the LJW and IMHO, not for the better: Their forum is now a shadow of what it used to be and now, their top talent is leaving as well. Their loss our gain, I say.

    Your insight is always welcome here; we will be obviously looking forward to seeing your posts. Many member from the other forum post here now, so their names will be familiar. Make yourself at home and welcome again.

  • Thanks guys. Excited for the new opportunity. For now, just trying to get the word out that I’m over there now for those interested. Appreciate the positive feedback …

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