8:48 – Ben McLemore starts to get his groove back with a 3-pointer to extend Kansas’ lead. KU up 25-17
4:05 – Jeff Withey comes up with a monster block on Jon Horford. KU up 31-23.
3:59 – Out of a timeout, Naadir Tharpe skies a pass to Ben McLemore that gets thrown down with authority. KU up 33-23
4:38 – After some great ball movement by Kansas, Kevin Young flies to the rim for a tip in to keep Kansas’ double digit lead in tact. KU up 70-59.
0:14 – Trey Burke pulls up from way behind the arc and knocks down a three that ties the game. 76 all.
0:01 – Naadir Tharpe misses a last second attempt to close out a win for Kansas. 76 all.
4:03 – Trey Burke hits another three to give Michigan its first lead since the start of the first half. UM up 79-78
0:11 – Jeff Withey blocks Mitch McGary to force a shot clock violation and give Kansas one last chance to tie the game. UM up 87-85
0:01 – Elijah Johnson drives the lane for a layup but kicks it out at the last moment to Naadir Tharpe who misses the off-balance 3-point attempt. UM wins 87-85.
Elijah Johnson, guard – The senior passed up a potential game-tying layup on the final play of overtime, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 12 seconds left in regulation that would have given Kansas a two-possession lead and committed three turnovers in the final 3:30 of regulation that led to six Michigan points.
Kevin Young, forward – Young made all six of his field goal attempts, grabbed seven rebounds and scored 12 points. He gave Kansas an initial overtime lead with a reverse lay-in and also gave them their final lead of the night with a layup with 2:34 remaining in overtime.
23 – After going scoreless in the first half, Michigan guard Trey Burke scored 23 points in the second half and overtime, including a deep 3-pointer in both the second half and overtime.
0 – Senior point guard Elijah Johnson did not record a single assist against the Wolverines, but did turn the ball over five times.
10 – Kansas led by 10 points with 2:52 remaining in regulation.
FIELDHOUSE FORUM NOTEBOOK: March 24, 2013
It was another day at the Sprint Center filled with drama and past memories, but like the recent history Bill Self and the Jayhawks prevailed with the victory.
First of all here’s some facts and figures to put the game in perspective:
Also here’s some video of the players entering the court today before their game against North Carolina.
Throughout the game there was some serious twitter banter going on. Here’s some selected thoughts from local and national media.
— #KUbball (@KUmemes) March 25, 2013
Kansas tips at 6:37 p.m. on Good Friday. #kubball
— Geoffrey Calvert (@Geoffrey_KU) March 25, 2013
KU has yet to hit a 3-pointer in the NCAA Tournament, and we haven’t even reached the dome portion yet.
— Austin Meek (@austin_meek) March 24, 2013
Reason 6,412 why Travis is valuable: Offensive rebound tip-ins. 37-35 #kubball, 14 minutes left.
— Geoffrey Calvert (@Geoffrey_KU) March 24, 2013
Self says, ‘beautiful day in Kansas City!’ As he walks to the locker room #kubball
— Jenn Bates (@JennBates12) March 24, 2013
Bill Self also won his 300th game with #KUbball. That means he’s AVERAGING 30 wins a game with Jayhawks.
— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) March 24, 2013
— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) March 25, 2013
Finally here’s the audio for both Kansas and North Carolina after the a game.
700 – North Carolina coach Roy Williams gained his 700th win Friday against Villanova. His career record is 700-179 in 25 seasons.
3.3 – With only 116 blocks this season, the Tar Heels are averaging just 3.3 blocks per game.
24 – The Tar Heels seek their 24th Sweet 16 appearance in their last 30 NCAA Tournament appearances.
North Carolina gets hot from deep. Three of the Tar Heels’ top six players have made five or more 3-pointers in a game at least twice this season, and the team shot 11-21 Friday night. They made their final four 3-pointers against Villanova in the second round to keep the Wildcats from making another push late in the second half.
How important will the battle in the paint be?
McAdoo has established himself as a force down low, but he probably hasn’t faced a shot blocker like Withey before. Withey has blocked 136 shots this season. North Carolina, as a team, has blocked 116. If Withey can keep the Tar Heels from establishing a presence down low, then 3-pointers will become key again. It’ll be interesting to see how far McAdoo draws Withey toward the perimeter to negate his shot-blocking ability.
James Michael McAdoo, forward
McAdoo led North Carolina with 15 points as a freshman last season against Kansas in the Elite Eight, foreshadowing his breakout season this year. His 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game lead the team, and he has nine double-doubles. He is averaging 13.5 points per game in the postseason and had 17 against Villanova, including 10 in the first half.
North Carolina is 12-3 with its current four-guard lineup, yet its best player may be its one true forward, McAdoo. Three Tar Heels average more than 14 points per game and McAdoo teams with Bullock to average 13.8 rebounds per game. Although Carolina is undersized compared to most opponents, it has outrebounded its foes this season, especially on the offensive glass, where it has a 472-402 advantage.
(25-10, 12-6 ACC)
MARCUS PAIGE, GUARD
The freshman has started 33 of the Tar Heels’ 35 games at point guard and leads the team with 4.6 assists per game. He notched four assists and three steals against Villanova Friday night. He also scored 14 points, one of four Tar Heels to score in double figures. He was named to the ACC All-Tournament Second Team after averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 assists per game during his team’s three games.
P.J. HAIRSTON, GUARD
Hairston led all scorers with 23 points against Villanova, and he shot 5-8 from 3-point range. Coach Roy Williams inserted Hairston into the starting lineup at Duke on Feb. 13, and North Carolina is 9-3 during that span. He became the fourth guard in the Tar Heels’ starting lineup, making them a more dangerous team on the perimeter. He’s shooting 40 percent from 3-point range and has 86 of them on the year.
DEXTER STRICKLAND, GUARD
During his career, the senior has spent time as both a point guard and shooting guard, which he is currently slotted at. Strickland is one of two Tar Heels to start all 35 games this season, and he averaged 6.3 assists per game during the ACC Tournament. Although he doesn’t get to the free throw line often, he is 24-27 (89 percent) from the charity stripe since Feb. 9. His 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio is second nationally.
REGGIE BULLOCK, GUARD/FORWARD
The 6-foot, 7-inch junior can play either guard or forward, and he averages 14.2 points per game. He scored in double figures 28 times in 34 games this year, including the past four. He also contributes 6.5 rebounds per game and had three double-doubles in the final two weeks of the regular season. He scored 15 points and made three of four 3-pointers against the Wildcats on Friday.
JAMES MICHAEL MCADOO, FORWARD
The sophomore has started all 35 games and is the only true big man in the Tar Heels’ starting lineup. He is shooting 45 percent and leads the team with 204 field goals and 451 attempts. After averaging 6.1 points per game in a backup role as a freshman, McAdoo is tied for the team lead with 14.5 points per game this season. He’s been held in single digits scoring only four times all season and not since Feb. 16 against Virginia.
FIELDHOUSE FORUM NOTEBOOK: March 23, 2013
After media day at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., there were plenty of highlights from both Kansas and North Carolina.
This will be the third tournament matchup between the Jayhawks and the Tar Heels, but the dominating storyline around the Power and Light was Ole Miss junior guard Marshall Henderson.
Here’s a portion of a locker room interview he had today with the media.
Also, some video from conversation with senior guard Elijah Johnson on his impending matchup with the North Carolina back court.
Also, former Kansas coach Roy Williams addressed the media as well.
Finally, audio from Kansas coach Bill Self at the podium earlier today.
23 – Western Kentucky is making its 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance, including its fourth in the past six years.
19-23 – The Hilltoppers are 19-23 in the NCAA Tournament and reached the 1971 Final Four, defeating Kansas in the consolation game.
2 – Coach Ray Harper has two national titles from his days as head coach of Kentucky Wesleyan, an NCAA Division II program.
Kansas doesn’t crash the boards. Two of Western Kentucky’s top three scorers shoot 49 percent from the field, and the other shoots 40 percent. However, the Hilltoppers’ center isn’t a strong rebounder, and Fant is undersized. If Jeff Withey and Kevin Young keep the Hilltoppers off the offensive glass, where Western Kentucky has outrebounded its opponents 423-370, Kansas could enjoy a comfortable victory.
How much does experience help?
Western Kentucky is making its 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance, including its fourth in the past six seasons. The Hilltoppers reached the Sweet 16 in 2008, but more importantly, they have the experience of playing as a No. 16 seed. They defeated Mississippi Valley State in the First Four last season before falling to Kentucky.
T.J. Price, guard
Price is the most likely player to have a huge scoring night. He had three games of at least 18 points in the Sun Belt Tournament and is second on the team with 2.4 assists per game. He shoots 40 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.
It’s hard to guess what Western Kentucky’s record might be if it hadn’t suffered through a slew of injuries, including ones to starters Crook and Dickerson, as well as an injury to rotation guy Kevin Kaspar. The Hilltoppers are undefeated with its current starting lineup, but they’ve only played seven games with it.
WESTERN KENTUCKY (20-15, 10-10 SUN BELT)
T.J. PRICE, GUARD
The Hilltoppers’ leading scorer at 15.3 points per game, Price earned Second Team All-Sun Belt honors. The sophomore averaged 18 points per game during the Hilltoppers’ four games in the Sun Belt tournament and shoots 36 percent from 3-point range.
JAMAL CROOK, GUARD
The senior scored 17 points in Western Kentucky’s Sun Belt Tournament Championship Game victory against Florida International. He averages 12 points per game and leads all Hilltoppers who’ve attempted at least 100 shots in field goal percentage at .486. He’s also the team’s leading ball distributor with 97 assists and a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.
CADEN DICKERSON, GUARD
He entered the Hilltoppers’ starting lineup as of late and has nine starts on the season. He doesn’t provide much of a scoring threat, contributing only 2.4 points per game and 1.2 rebounds per game. He shoots 26 percent from the field and didn’t play more than 25 minutes during a Sun Belt Tournament game.
GEORGE FANT, FORWARD
Despite being extremely undersized for a forward at 6 feet, 6 inches, Fant earned Third Team All-Sun Belt honors and leads the Hilltoppers with 6.8 rebounds per game. He’s second on the team with 12.9 points per game and boasts a .485 shooting percentage. He grabbed 13 rebounds against Florida International in the Sun Belt Tournament title game.
ALEKSEJS ROSTOV, CENTER
The 6 foot, 10 inch Latvian has attempted only 92 shots, but he’s shooting 55 percent from the field. He’s also 34-40 from the free throw line, good for 85 percent. He’s a part-time starter so his 2.7 rebounds per game are a little skewed, but he managed only 3.75 rebounds per game during the Sun Belt Tournament.