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Jayhawk report (Dec. 22)

  • Published Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 11:41 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 9:02 a.m.

Saturday’s box score

Kansas 74, Ohio St. 66

KANSASMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Young331-14-101-10336
Withey345-124-53-101314
Johnson324-85-60-22313
McLemore368-173-31-62022
Releford384-52-40-41111
Tharpe152-20-00-0345
Adams00-00-00-0010
Traylor71-21-21-2103
Ellis50-20-01-3110
Totals20025-4919-3011-41141674

Percentages: FG .510, FT .633. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (McLemore 3-6, Tharpe 1-1, Releford 1-2, Johnson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Withey, Traylor, McLemore). Turnovers: 19 (Johnson 4, McLemore 4, Young 3, Releford 3, Withey 3, Ellis, Traylor). Steals: 2 (McLemore, Young). Technical Fouls: None.

OHIO ST.MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Thomas384-115-63-61416
Thompson263-101-21-3039
Ravenel190-23-41-3113
Craft372-91-22-5347
Smith, Jr263-130-00-2246
Scott255-124-73-64215
Ross91-52-30-0014
Williams202-32-24-8046
Totals20020-6518-2617-37112366

Percentages: FG .308, FT .692. 3-Point Goals: 8-31, .258 (Thomas 3-7, Thompson 2-5, Craft 2-6, Scott 1-3, Ross 0-3, Smith, Jr. 0-7). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Williams 2, Ravenel). Turnovers: 13 (Craft 4, Thomas 3, Ross 2, Smith, Jr., Williams, Thompson, Ravenel). Steals: 8 (Thompson 3, Scott 2, Smith, Jr., Craft, Thomas). Technical Fouls: None.

Kansas

373774
Ohio St.353166

Att.–19,049. Officials–John Higgins, Mike Sanzere, Terry Oglesby.

Thomas trap

Kansas coach Bill Self devised a pretty simple plan for defending Ohio State leading scorer Deshaun Thomas. Step one: Put senior guard Travis Releford, a lockdown defender, on Thomas, a powerful 6-7 forward with touch from the outside. Step two: Send center Jeff Withey over to trap if Thomas came down into the post.

The plan was mostly successful as KU took down Ohio State 74-66. Thomas finished with just 16 points – four under his season average – and made 4 of his 11 shots.

“I wasn’t really worried about him taking me inside, because I’m kind of strong myself,” Releford said. “And then I had Jeff behind me to help out and eliminate him posting me up. So coming into the game, I wasn’t too worried about that. I was just more focused on making him take tough shots and making him force a lot of shots.”

Releford said he could sense Thomas getting frustrated as the game wore on.

“You could see it,” Releford said. “Not just in him, you could see it in the team; their coaches; throughout the bench.

“Once they wasn’t getting what they wanted on the offensive end, everything like broke apart for them.”

Worth noting

Kansas improved to 44-24 against ranked teams under Self.… The Jayhawks will return to the floor against American on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. They will then wrap up their non-conference schedule against Temple on Jan. 6 in Lawrence.

— Rustin Dodd

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