Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Border War is Back!
I enjoyed the game thoroughly last night in KU's win. It was hard for me not to think of the times I watched Memphis play UAB or Arkansas over the last 10 years though. Mainly, it was that when the refs are told that they are watching "40 minutes of hell" they seem to swallow their whistles when the "hell" team is on D. There were a ton of instances where MU was slapping at KU players' hands, arms, etc, or bumping them just enough on rebounds or trips to the post. By the end, Kahn and Jackson had become tentative because they were expecting contact.
There was a stretch where we looked pretty bad in the 2nd from about 13 mins to about 7 minutes. We couldn't do a damn thing on offense, but this was also the same stretch that Julian Wright was out of the game with foul trouble. MU was in a 2-2-1 zone look that was playing loose match-up. They basically dared us to run the offense through Kahn or Jackson and denied our guards' penetration.
When Wright came in, he made three straight passes which all resulted in points or field goal attempts for Darrell Arthur. Then Sharon Collins went off, with the last 7. I don't know how well you could see it on TV, but when Collins made his last bucket driving all the way to the hole with three guys going to the hardwood and no call, he lost his shoe. I assume that Bill Self was yelling "Get BACK!!" because Collins just grabbed it, started running to the defensive end, and chucked the shoe at the scorer's table as he flew by. He then defended a three on the other end.
It's nice to see IMO Mike Anderson inject some new life into what should be a great rivalry.
My pic wasn't so great, but I was in the nose bleeds. :)
Posted by Scott James at 9:10 AM