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Kansas holds off Texas Tech 64-63

Posted: February 18, 2014 - 10:07pm  |  Updated: February 19, 2014 - 1:20am
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Texas Tech's Dejan Kravic reacts after falling to Kansas 64-63 during their game in Lubbock Tuesday. (Stephen Spillman /AJ Media)  Stephen Spillman/AJ Media
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Texas Tech's Dejan Kravic reacts after falling to Kansas 64-63 during their game in Lubbock Tuesday. (Stephen Spillman /AJ Media)
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Down by one with 12 seconds to go, Kansas worked it down low to 7-foot center Joel Embiid who had made all but one of his shots so far throughout the game; however, Embiid lost the ball as he turned baseline toward the basket.

But Andrew Wiggins was there to pick up the basketball and lay in the game-winning bucket for the Jayhawks to make the final score 64-63 over Texas Tech on Tuesday at United Spirit Arena.

Kansas head coach Bill Self said his team was lucky.

“I was trying to spin baseline and they kind of stopped me,” Embiid said. “I lost the ball, I think it was a pass. (Wiggins) got it and scored.”

Wiggins said his heart was racing on his first game-winning shot.

He led the Jayhawks with 19 points followed by Embiid with 18.

“They’re our two best players,” Self said. “(Joel) hasn’t played in a week. We’re a much better team when he plays.”

Three Kansas starters combined to go 2-17 until Wayne Selden’s late three pointer to cut a four point Tech lead to one.

“We would be close to dead if Wayne didn’t step up and make that three,” Self said. “That was a big shot.”

Kansas finished making 45.2 percent of its shots from the field but was only 4-of-14 from the perimeter.

“We didn’t shoot well from deep but we did drive it,” Self said. “That’s what bailed us out.”

Jordan Tolbert led the way for the Red Raiders with 16, followed by Dejan Kravic with 13, Rob Turner with 11 and Jaye Crockett and Dusty Hannahs each with 10.

“I thought Jordan, his play was great,” Smith said. “He hasn’t played this way in a while. I’m glad to see him respond to a big game. I thought Dejan, all of our front court people did a good job. I thought Rob Turner guided us with excellent leadership and generalship from the point guard spot.”

Tech finished shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc.

“At home you hope to take them out of the methodical offense by running through passes and creating havoc,” Self said. “We were probably position defenders tonight as opposed to aggressive defenders. We basically allowed them to do what they wanted to do.”

Texas Tech finished with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio of 12-to-9.

Smith said his team played a lot smarter.

“We just tried to avoid turning the ball over to avoid letting our offense turn into their offense,” Crockett said.

After taking an early 5-4 lead, Texas Tech was held to two points while the Jayhawks built a 10-point lead.

It wouldn’t last, however, as the relentless Red Raiders fought back to end the first half trailing Kansas by only one.

“I thought the best we played were the first six or seven possessions of the game,” Self said. “We moved the ball and got what we wanted. We usually script our first five or six plays and we got what we wanted. But, we didn’t get much when we just ran our offense. It’s hard to script every play when the ball is away from you. The building was loud and it was hard to communicate.”

During the waning minutes of the initial 20 minutes, Tech started hitting the boards and attacking the paint.

The Red Raiders came out in the second half and executed their pick and roll offense, something Kansas has struggled against defensively this season.

“We didn’t do what we’re supposed to do,” Embiid said. “I think we had some trouble.”

Texas Tech scored its first 10 points of the second half from the paint before draining key shots from behind the arc - one by Dusty Hannahs to take the lead and another by Jamal Williams to extend it.

For the most part offensively, Texas Tech worked the shot clock.

“Their defense was pretty effective,” Smith said. “And I thought the longer we could keep ourselves in the game and get the lead, then the pressure’s on Kansas to do something. We were logging a lot of minutes, especially Rob and Jordan, so we wanted to give them a break, too. When we spread the floor like that and run the clock down, that’s what we’re trying to do.”

The Red Raiders could have easily pulled away from the Jayhawks in the second half had they not fouled so much.

After making five free throws in the first half, Kansas scored 17 points from the charity stripe, half of its 34 second half points.

“They were huge,” Wiggins said, “because we missed a lot the first half.”

Tech switched from a man defense to a zone defense throughout the game.

“We were having trouble guarding them one-on-one and getting out of position,” Smith said. “The zone was pretty effective. They went 1-of-6. We wanted to make them shoot from the outside and try to take away the inside. It was effective for a while.”

Despite the tough loss, Crockett doesn’t want anyone to count out Texas Tech.

“We fought hard, made some big plays and got rebounds when we needed to,” Crockett said. “We hit shots. Let them know that this season isn’t over. We’ve still got this tournament and a few games left.”



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Kansas 64
Texas Tech 63



Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Wiggins 35 6-11 6-8 3 6 3 2 19

Ellis 26 0-3 4-6 1 2 4 1 4

Embiid 32 6-7 6-8 3 8 3 0 18

Selden 33 2-8 0-0 2 3 3 1 6

Tharpe 38 1-7 3-3 0 1 0 2 6

Traylor 12 2-2 1-2 1 3 0 0 5

Black 10 2-2 0-1 2 3 3 0 4

Mason 6 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2

Frankamp 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

White 2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0

Greene 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

0 1
Totals 200 19-42 22-30 13 28 16 6 64




Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Crockett 26 3-11 2-3 3 5 3 2 10

Tolbert 36 7-10 2-2 4 6 3 0 16

Kravic 23 6-8 1-1 2 3 4 0 13

Gotcher 21 0-0 0-4 1 3 2 3 0

Turner 33 4-7 2-2 0 1 0 2 11

Hannahs 30 3-9 2-2 2 4 0 2 10

Tapsoba 9 0-2 0-0 1 2 4 1 0

Williams 9 1-1 0-0 0 1 3 0 3

Onwuasor 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 1 2 0

Ross 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Foster 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0

0 1
Totals 200 19-42 22-30 13 28 16 6 64


Kansas 30 34 — 64

Texas Tech 29 34 — 63



Records: Kansas 20-6, 11-2 in Big 12; Texas Tech 13-13, 5-8. Shooting percentages: Kansas 45.2% FG, 28.6% 3-pt. FG, 73.3% FT; Texas Tech 47.1% FG, 50.0% 3-pt. FG, 64.3% FT. 3-point goals: Kansas 4-14 (Selden 2-4, Wiggins 1-4, Tharpe 1-5, Greene 0-1), Texas Tech 6-12 (Crockett 2-3, Hannahs 2-5, Williams 1-1, Turner 1-2, Tolbert 0-1). Steals: Kansas 6 (Wiggins 2, Ellis 2, Tharpe, Black), Texas Tech 6 (Turner 2, Tolbert 2, Crockett, Hannahs). Turnovers: Kansas 11 (Tharpe 4, Embiid 3, Wiggins 2, Ellis, team), Texas Tech 9 (Turner 3, Tolbert 2, Kravic, Gotcher, Onwuasor, Hannahs). Technical fouls: None. Officials: Tom Eades, Rick Crawford, Keith Kimble. Attendance: 12,667.

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"Down by one with 12 seconds to go, Kansas worked it down low to Andrew Wiggins who laid in the game-winning bucket for the Jayhawks to make the final score 64-63"

Did you even watch the game?? Kravic knocked the ball loose from his man under the basket & wiggins had it bounce in his hands. It was in no way a good play by KU, just a lucky bounce. That happens but at least get the play correct.

Worked it down low? Pretty poor reporting.


Dirty, filthy referees

What are the names of these dip****s Randy Nuegerbauer?

Jaybirds 30 free throws in second half. Tech 14.

Dirty filthy referees.

Best crowd in United Spirit Arena history. This team got the win taken away from them.



Yeah, she really missed the boat on Kansas' last play. It would not have been too big of a deal except she leads off her story with it. Wiggins was just in the right place at the right time for his layup.

It was not the "best crowd in history" at Spirit Arena but definitely the best in several years. The refs were not terrible except at the end when it mattered most.


Questionable calls

The back court ref was really awful. Good thing Kansas couldn't consistently hit both free throws or we would have really lost. There were some make up calls, but they weren't shooting fouls. Really sucks on some of the calls. Tech played really well. Too bad they couldn't pull it off. Tubby really has these boys playing their guts out. Wreck Em!


Questionable calls...

I am not doubting that there were questionable calls. If protests were made, they will be reviewed, and perhaps that referee will be suspended.

Regardless, the results of the game will stand. Our players know they did their best, and that will hopefully inspire them to do better next time. When you know you have done your best, it is not about winning.

The teams don't get to select the referees (as far as I know).

Life is no always fair. We can simply give up and die, or move forward to the next challenge.


Great job, Tech outplayed us

"Tech did a great job and outplayed us," BILL SELF did not say.

"Refs won the game for us tonight," Self thinking as he walked off the court. "Always easier when you get 30 free throws to Tech's 14 free throws."


of course

Of course Tech lost, they were"hosed" by the refs.....again. Good teams win because they create their own "luck". Bad teams losses are blamed on the refs or anything else the fans can think of except the fact they are already losers. Maybe they shouldn't foul the other team then no worries about the number of free throws. If KU "brought" their own refs, then Tech can take their own to Lawrence in a few days. What a bunch of crybabies; didn't even sell out the building for an 8th ranked team. What a joke.......


one other thing

According to the line score, we should be in overtime; both teams have/had 64 points. Another in-depth job by this cub reporter.



No "the refs didn't win the game for anyone". No team "got a win taken away from them". Dude grow up. Tech got beat by the better team that made the play down the stretch to win the game. It would have been a shocker if tech won. I wished they would have but they didn't finish.

It is what it is. Kansas is and was the better team. There's a reason tech has not beaten Kansas in 9 years. Maybe because Kansas basketball "selects" and usually gets a lot of top recruits in the nation. Fact...Kansas has won 9 big 12 championships out of 17 years. Tech has won zero, same number of championships in football.



Just saying that the ref was awful. He called a lot of patsy fouls, and some imaginary fouls when the ball would bounce off a KU's foot. I am not saying that it made the game, but it put Kansas to the line too many times. KU was absolutely not feeling it last night, and Tech had them on the run for the most part. The better team did not win in my opinion. KU was sloppy all night! So when people say that Tech was cheated, its just in reference to which Team played better. KU had a lot of dummie turnovers and were given a lot of second chances at the foul line, 22 out of 30 Free throws made. There were a lot of fouls that were called correctly but some were petty. There were probably 3 maybe 4 fouls that were called that possibly gave KU a better chance. Lets just say this, the ref's weren't letting them play.


a stat or 2

Wiggins held Crockett to 27% shooting (3/11) and 10points. Not exactly leading scorer numbers! KU was called for 16 fouls, Tech, 21. KU made 73.3%, Tech 64.3% of their free throws. KU missed 8 and Tech, 5 free throws. If Tech would have made their conference leading, average free throw percentage, they would have won. So Crockett is held well below his season average by good defense and the team shoots their free throws lousy; hardly the refs fault. There will be 16,300 in Lawrence to see these non-rated, marginally talented, guys play KU. How many again, came to see the 8th ranked team in the country play???? Smart will be in uniform on Saturday; he may score 50.


Great game and great coach!

Wow, I never expected Tech to compete with KU in this game, especially after the last several years. Tubby has done a remarkable job and the sky is the limit under him. I almost feel as though Kansas pulled the upset, and that says something very positive about the Tech program.



You conveniently left out a couple of stats. FG made-attempted: KU 19-42 (.452) Tech 24-51 (.471) 3P made-attempted: KU 4-14 (.286) Tech 6-12 (.500) FT made-attempted: KU 22-30 (.733) Tech 9-14 (.643)

Kind of paints a different picture, huh? 14 attempts to 30 is ridiculous! I don't want to think that Tech was cheated, but the refs damn sure didn't let them play!

Btw, who do you cheer for?


Thankfully Kansas can't beat a junior college

in football. LMAO. Kansas Football. Joke.



Ok, I admit I was wrong. Went back and looked at some of the other games scores & stats and have determined that Tech was hosed by the refs in the other 12 games they lost. They should be undefeated and ranked #1. Syracuse, Duke, and Florida will be walk-overs in the tournament and they will win the national championship. Kliff(Goober) Kingsbury will also win the BCS title in football. The meat judging team will carry on their tradition as well. Gee, how could I be so wrong about all these championship winning programs.



We are talking about this game. Not games in the past, and not Kingsbury. You got called out on your stats and you lost, so now you bring up other topics that don't make sense to the game at hand. It was terribly officiated game in the second half, shot clock violation where Crockett put it back in, the ball bouncing off of KU players and giving the ball back to KU, reach in fouls where KU was never touched. This was a game where one play actually made the game, so it is a big deal. It's not going to get Tech into the tourney, well maybe, but it wasn't an evenly officiated game after halftime.

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