Posts Tagged KU

Episode 78 – SDST Uh Oh Plus K-State Star Trek Funzies

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by jayhawktalk No Comments

The guys are back to talk about South Dakota State, K-State’s Star Trek-Jayhawk fiasco, and Memphis. They break down the game from Saturday and provide their perceptions of what the loss means for the state of the program. They also discuss how K-State needs to learn how to own their jokes and spend far too long breaking down the particulars of the K-State formation. Last, they preview the Memphis game and talk a little bit about the Big 12.

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Episode 63 – Overreactions, ORLANDO, and some Svi Love

Posted on: November 26th, 2014 by jayhawktalk No Comments

Come on in and have a listen to the best above average KU podcast on the entire internet. The guys talk a little UK overreactions, some Rider real reactions, preview the Orlando Classic, and play angel and devil regarding Clint Bowen as the next head coach. They also spend ample time talking about a #PerryDunk and their #SviManCrush.

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Episode 62 – Preview UK and UCSB, Goalposts, and Final Fours (with guest George Barrett)

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by jayhawktalk No Comments

In this the 62nd episode of the Jayhawk Talk Podcast, the guys get together to talk a little UCSB and Kentucky. They are joined by friend of the podcast, George Barrett, to help preview the Kentucky game and talk a little Champion’s Classic. The guys also talk about goalposts coming down because KU football.

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Episode 60 – 50 KU Football Coaching Candidates!

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by jayhawktalk No Comments


We bring you 50 options. One of them is right. At least we think.

Come on in and hear about all the candidates. We bring you the favorites. We bring you the long shots. We bring you the young up-and-comers and the old, retread has-beens. We turn over every stone so you don’t have to. Sure, some of the candidates have only played coaches on TV, but who cares. They’re still on the list.

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Episode 47 – KSU Recap, Marcus Smart, KU Olympics, and Interview with voice of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Brian Hanni

Posted on: February 13th, 2014 by jayhawktalk No Comments

The fellas get together to talk a little Sunflower Letdown, give their thoughts on the Marcus Smart debacle, provide a little insight into the sports our guys will be playing in the future, talk some more technical fouls, and are joined by the voice of Texas Tech radio, Brian Hanni. Brian discusses the impact of Tubby, gives his insight into the whole Marcus Smart–Orr battle, and talks a little Big 12 Hoops. Come on in, grab a beer, and enjoy yourself a little Jayhawk Talk Podcast.

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Also be sure to clear your calendars for Tuesday, February 18th. We will be hosting the second Jayhawk Talk Podcast Watch Party at Johnny’s Tavern (P&L downtown KC) for the Texas Tech game. Game starts at 7:00 PM, so get there early. Giveaways, 20% off food, plus some great drink specials!


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Episode 29 – KU-Rice Recap, Weis Concerns, Cliff Alexander

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by jayhawktalk No Comments

The guys get together to recap Andrew’s on-sight reporting of the Rice game. We also voice our grievances with Charlie Weis and ask whether he really is the guy to lead this program to the next level. We close with some basketball recruiting talk, including Cliff Alexander and JaQuan Lyle.

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Episode 25 – Andrew Wiggins Arrives, NBA Draft, KU Boobs, and Catfish

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013 by jayhawktalk No Comments

In this the 25th installment of the Jayhawk Talk Podcast, Kevin and Andrew get together for a special offseason edition. The guys talk NBA Draft, Jerrance Howard, Wiggins’ arrival to Lawrence, NCAA reprimands, KU football recruiting, ESPN3, and KU Boobs. Come on in, have a beer, and enjoy the Jayhawk Talk Podcast.

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For KU, confidence is key

Posted on: March 3rd, 2013 by jayhawktalk No Comments

By Taylor Erickson

Exactly one month ago today I confessed my jealousy of Oklahoma State.  Markel Brown and Marcus Smart were flexing, taunting, and back flipping all over Allen Fieldhouse.  For that seven day stretch, beginning with Oklahoma State and ending with Oklahoma, with a TCU debacle sandwiched in between, we were broken mentally.

If our performance on the court the last few weeks hasn’t been convincing enough, there was only one image needed from Saturday’s game to signify we had fully regained our swagger.

Elijah Johnson elevated in a fashion that left any doubt as to the health of his knee, and threw down a “SportsCenter  Top 10″ type alley oop…  Foul…  And one…

And then it happened.


Yes, Elijah went TOO STRONG.  And he knew it.  After the game when asked about the flex, Elijah said it happened spontaneously when he realized the dunk was in fact, “Too Strong”.

Confidence can have an amazing impact on anyone, in any situation, but most especially in sports.  A confident Elijah Johnson gets to the rim at will, regularly knocks down 21 footers, and flexes after posterizing a Mountaineer.  The Elijah Johnson lacking confidence a month ago couldn’t execute the Bill Self “weave” without dribbling the ball off his foot.  I think I speak for everyone when I say I’ll gladly take the former.  The most telling sign of the change in Elijah’s attitude is the way in which he impacted the game.  It wasn’t by dropping 39, but instead by dishing out 10 assists and facilitating the offense through the best talent in the NCAA, Ben McLemore.

Ben McLemore, yeah the same guy who scored seven points at Iowa State on Monday night.  He was simply unbelievable on Saturday, and you could see it coming.  There was a difference about his game, an increased sense of agressiveness early.  It almost felt like after his story was told in the USA Today article earlier in the week, there was a weight lifted off his shoulders.  A feeling as if Ben was just out there playing ball, without a care in the world.  Monday night will be without a doubt Ben McLemore’s last game in Allen Fieldhouse, and it needs to be.  In his words, it’s time for a big house for his mom, where they can eat all day.

The interesting part to McLemore’s game is whether he can build on that performance away from the comforts of Allen Fieldhouse.  I think that he will.  I think Elijah’s confidence is going to radiate throughout the rest of this team, as it should, and it will benefit Ben as much as anyone.

Finally, during our three game skid when it felt like the sky in Lawrence was falling, the trump card KU nation had in our back pocket was Bill Self.  I said it, and I heard it from different people everywhere.  “It’s alright, we’ll be fine… we have the best coach in college basketball.”  I believed it, or at least I thought I did, but there was always that sliver of doubt.  Like what if this year is different, and we don’t live up to expectations?  We’ve been on an roll for nearly a decade, winning at a clip without a down year… that just isn’t supposed to happen.  What if this year is our hiccup?

My confession:  Sorry Bill, it won’t happen again.

Not only has Coach Self coaxed KU fans off the ledge, but he has our team peaking at the perfect time.  We’re five wins away from all but guaranteeing a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, and a date the first weekend of the tournament in Kansas City.

Confidence is the key, and this team appears to be flexing it’s muscle right at ideal moment.

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College Gameday isn’t the only show in town on Saturday

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 by jayhawktalk 1 Comment

(Editor’s Note: The following blog post comes courtesy of @CrimsonBlueKU, a huge KU fan and fairly recent graduate. Also a good follow on Twitter. We’re excited that he’s joined the Jayhawk Talk team and look forward to more from him.)

Now that Kansas State is in the rearview mirror we can focus our attention on the big Saturday that lies ahead.

I know you’re all thinking: how can it be any bigger than College GameDay?

Come on, really? College GameDay in Lawrence is like Kansas winning the Big 12. It just happens every year (OK, the GameDay part isn’t, but you get the point).

You have to think bigger.

Mario* Chalmers’ jersey retirement?

Closer, but still not it.

*I also may be in the minority when it comes to feelings toward Mario. I think he had a great career at KU and he’s become a hell of a glue guy for Miami. Don’t get me wrong, his shot that sent the title game to overtime will be eternal, but I think he gets too much credit for it. Had it not been for the events that happened in the earlier 2:03, we never would have gotten to that point. I digress.

The big thing that’s happening on Saturday is a recruiting visit. And not just any visit.

Julius Randle (No. 2 by Rivals) will be in the building in what will be his final official visit before he makes a decision.

The Jayhawks, who currently have the second rated class behind Kentucky, have commits from four-stars Joel Embiid, Conner Frankamp, Brannen Greene and Wayne Selden. Those four alone provide much needed depth at the one, two, three and five. This class is only missing a stud and a power-forward, both of which Randle could provide.

Randle is so important because Kansas loses Withey and Young to graduation. I love the motor of Traylor and think he just needs time. Ellis has the skill set, but he needs to get comfortable with Self’s demands for toughness. And he needs to learn how to play pissed off. Wesley…let’s just say I hope he’s graduating because he has hands of stone. The only thing he does exceptionally well is jump (and reblog on tumblr).

The Phog needs to be just as amped as it was Monday night to show that this is where Randle needs to be. The fans need to shower him with love and show that he is wanted. With this being his final visit, he could very well commit to Bill Self and the Jayhawks (though I think he’ll take his time).

On the other hand, Andrew Wiggins (No. 1 by Rivals) just trimmed his list to four Tuesday morning: Kansas, Florida State, UNC and Kentucky.

I still say he ends up at Kentucky, but the way BBN has played this season and with Nerlens Noel injuring his knee against Florida, who knows what could happen. Calipari could send eight to the NBA or none at all.

Wiggins will visit KU on March 4, but it’s hard to say whether KU is a true player.

As I’m sure you know, we’ve seen this story before. Self is in tight with a Top 10 recruit until the very end and then something changes and he isn’t in Lawrence the next season (I’m looking at you Sean Miller and Kaleb Tarczewski).

Wiggins is icing on the cake, while Randle is the important first piece. One is nice, two is even better, but I can see KU end up with neither.

Either way, help Coach Self and show Randle some love this weekend.

He could be the difference between a good and great team in 2013-14.


KU-OU Postgame Notes and Podcast

Posted on: January 27th, 2013 by jayhawktalk No Comments

LJ World


This was the 800th game played in Allen Fieldhouse, and like many others before it, KU emerged victorious. Oklahoma was held in check for most of the game, and while the Sooners pulled within a couple baskets a few times, this one never really felt in doubt. Kansas has won an NCAA-leading 17 straight games.

Player of the Game:

My player of the game was Jeff Withey. He finished with 13 points, 9 boards, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. He was a game changer on the defensive end the entire day and was efficient on the offensive end. McLemore ended up with 18 points on just 10 shots, but Withey made his presence felt on both sides of the court.

Not Player of the Game:

Elijah. Just two assists against 4 turnovers. He was in foul trouble early and just never got in the flow of the game.

Water Cooler Conversation Tomorrow:

The offense once again was not stellar. This is now 5 games in a row the Jayhawks have failed to score 70 points. Luckily, this team has been extremely solid on the defensive end and has consistently outrebounded opponents. That said, the offense has not been great, especially in the half court. Today there was a dedication to getting the ball inside, which I think is a great start. We established the post early and often, which led to more open looks on the outside. The Jayhawks were 6-11 from 3 in the second half. Hopefully this will be a start to better scoring outputs. One of these days we’re going to need it.


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Next Game:

We’ll see you on Big Monday when the Jayhawks match up against Huggy Bear and West Virginia.