Tuesday, February 12, 2013

KU firing on all cylinders. A rare sports entry.

Alright, I mostly post about legal articles and accidents and general interesting things happening in the legal world.  However, this time I am going to write a little bit about our team the Kansas Jayhawks. 

After KU's recent implosion in which they lost three in a row, which you are most certainly aware of and the fact that a three loss skid hasn't happened since 2005, which you are also almost certainly aware of since every sportscaster in the world has brought it up about 5 times each since the Oklahoma loss. 

KU comes out and absolutely blows the Staters out of the field house.  The K-State game was an absolute destruction.  The funny thing is K-State really didn't play all that bad. They had only one more turnover than KU.  They shot 42% from three. (Which was better than KU)  They shot over 70% on free throws.  The fact of the matter is they really didn't play all that bad. 

K-State shot 40.6 % from the field. 

Oklahoma State shot 40.6% from the field when they beat KU.
TCU shot 37.2% from the field when they beat KU.
Oklahoma shot 42.3 % from the field when they beat KU.

So the teams that beat KU didn't exactly shoot the ball far better than K-State did against KU.

What KU did do this game was:

1. Shoot far better free throw percentage.

Collectively over the three losses KU shot 65% from the free throw line.  Against K-State, KU shot 86% from the line.  (Which translated into 19 points)

2. Rebound way better.  

K-State +19 Rebounds

Against all three teams KU lost to...they were an average +3 rebounds.

So KU had 16 more opportunities to do something with the ball against K-State than they did on average over the other three team they lost to.

3. Shoot the ball better... but not as much as you would think.

Kansas vs K-State (Kansas Shot 45.5%)

Oklahoma (Kansas Shot 43.5%)
TCU (Kansas Shot 25.3%)
Oklahoma State (Kansas Shot 41.9%)

Even though KU did shoot better it just goes to show you that the fundamentals mean soo much when it comes to getting the W.  Extra rebounds and making your free throws can win you a lot of games.  This Jayhawk fan was just happy to get a win in what has been a very frustrating couple of days.  It also goes to show you how spoiled we are to by KU fans.  Three losses in a row is just doing business as usual for most of college basketball.  For us.. to say it bluntly...we were freaking out.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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