I looked for the photo of the Traylor block that was so awesome that it almost rendered Jay Bilas speechless. All he could mutter was "that's big time. Big time." I had to settle for this photo of Traylor posterizing this hapless Spartan defender on this follow dunk.
After watching this game, I am not disappointed in the least. We have some electric young players, especially Mclemore and Traylor that will make this season fun to watch as they develop.
We gave up the lead late because Mich State's guard play overwhelmed us at the end. That Gary Harris kid was awesome in the last 5 minutes. Ellijah Johnson's line, 14 points, 2 assists, 4 TO, not to say I told you so, it not the line we want a KU point to have. He either needs to be more of a distributor or someone else needs to seize the moment. It appears we have a couple of natural points in next years class already, which is larger, so maybe we'll be primed then.
Perry Ellis vanished a bit in this game, getting pushed around a bit by the MSU bigs (and they were big). Self seemed to prefer Traylor's defense presence with the game on the line. Withey also, predictably was solid, but couldn't dominate.
Never count out an Izzo team. That guy can flat out coach. Great composure and battle from those guys. We looked out of sync and leaderless in the last 4 minutes. I think in the end, we are going to be looking at putting the ball in Mclemore's hands more near the end of the game.