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Night Court: Jeff Withey: CBB's most improved

Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:16 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 11:45 pm
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By Matt Norlander

Here’s everything you need to know about Monday night’s miserably slim pickings worth games. Being the good/smart fiancé that I am, I chose Night Courty tonight so tomorrow I’m totally, absolutely, undeniably free. Veteran move. Borzello will be tracking Tuesday's games, so there you go.

Game of the Night: Anyone not in high school right now remembers when Kansas State had a bad basketball program. The Kansas-Kansas State rivalry had approximately no national appeal. Thank God for Bob Huggins and Frank Martin getting the program back to relevance, because the games have been pretty great for the past half-decade. The two went at it again in Manhattan, Kan., tonight, and for the 22nd time in the last 24 meetings there, Kansas emerged victorious, 59-53.

It's certainly a big brother over little brother ordeal with these two programs, but at least K-State puts up a good fight. I always want to see how K-State brings it, even if it's normally the same result. What concerns me with the Wildcats now is, I'm not sure this team has the makeup to make a tourney run. It falls tonight, and now it gets Baylor and Missouri on the road. It's a 6-9 Big 12 team by next Tuesday night most likely, and so then it'll have to win out, finish 9-9 and get at least a Big 12 tourney win to have hope. Tall task.

Win to brag talk about: You think Syracuse wants to brag? It was its first win over Louisville in eight tries. The first home loss to Syracuse since it joined the Big East in 2005. Boy was it ugly, though. Just brutal basketball. Lots of bad shots. Scoop Jardine was 0 for 8. Gorgui Dieng was 2 for 9. Chris Smith was 3 for 11. Dion Waiters was 3 for 10. Kyle Kuric was 1 for 8.

This game felt like it was played on a court with pot holes and in the rain and with half-pumped tether ball. No flow and neither team deserved to win, but someone had to. Winning ugly adds another character trait to Syracuse, though it’s one few teams every really want to embrace. Win’s a win, though, and this cements — barring a three-game losing streak at some point — Syracuse as a one seed in the East regional next month.

Player who deserves improper benefits: It’s Jeff Withey. Eighteen points, 11 boards, NINE BLOCKS. First guy with that kind of stat line in three years. This junior is transforming into prototypical Reliable and Forceful White Kansas Center. I didn't see it coming. He's genuinely awesome and fun and unpredictable to watch. His play makes me believe Kansas can make a Final Four run and not have it be a fluky thing. Love Withey. Gotta get Withey on the phone. Gotta get Withey to tell me how to live my life. Incredible turnaround. He's the most improved player in hoops this season.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Royce White is the player with pro potential for Iowa State. He’s a matchup problem for a lot of teams, but Baylor isn’t one of them. The Bears won at home tonight, remaining undefeated against teams who don’t have “MIZZOU” or “KANSAS” sewed onto their jersey. White had seven turnovers and hurt the team in some needed spots. He did manage 14 points of 7-of-12 shooting. It wasn’t awful, but we’re dealing with a light slate here.

A quick note on Baylor. I heard’s Andy Katz mention he thinks this team will do better once it’s out of the Big 12 and playing in the NCAA tournament. Maybe. But who says it can’t continue to pick on all the other teams? I’d be very intrigued to see what happens to a five-loss Baylor team that only fell to Kansas and Missouri. Where would they get seeded? The argument for the 3 is legitimate.

Another player who does not deserve improper benefits: K-State's Angel Rodriguez was a killer, also getting way too Bill Gates with the ball. Seven turnovers, 0-of-8 from the field, zero points.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 48. Belmont defeated Stetson 107-93 Monday night. It was the 48th time this season a game between two D-I teams had one squad score more than 100.
  • 6. Louisville fans want a reason to be positive tonight? Under Pitino in the Big East, Louisville doesn’t always pull off six-game winning streaks in the Big East. They did this year, and in the prior two times, Louisville made the Elite Eight (2009, 2008).


  • Due to school rules, Kevin Foster of Santa Clara has been suspended for the remainder of the season.
  • Hats off to Stetson's Aaron Pegg, who went out and had himself a night, scoring 31 in the Belmont game.
  • Mississippi Valley State's now 13-0 in the abysmal SWAC. Delta Devils have a good chance of returning to the dance.
  • I'm going sunflowers over roses tomorrow. I suggest you do the same. Roses are more stale than last Wednesday's bread.


Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:13 pm

Night Court: Jeff Withey: CBB's most improved

No lie, Jeff Withey has become a beast.  When I watched him last year, I was thinking "Dude, you look lost out on the court".  I think Danny Manny and Bill Self have some input intio the makings of this new SkyHawk.  If Robinson can get just slightly adjusted and Young can continue to improve, then the inside game for Kansas will be horrible for opponents in the NCAA tournament.  If Taylor and the guards can keep someone hot on scoring from the perimeter, they could become unstopable. Look out Mizzou on that delicious treat of a game on 25 Feb in Lawrence, then off to KC for the Big 12 post season tournament and beyond to the NCAA as a #1 seed in the Midwest.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:53 pm

Night Court: Jeff Withey: CBB's most improved

Withey is in full blown beastmode, no doubt about it. This guy has dominated 3 of the last 4 Kansas contests.  Where did he come from? Who F'in cares.!! He's got all of JAYHAWK NATION throwing up their hands like a volleyball block!!! FEED THE WITHEY!!!!!!!!! 

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:01 am

Night Court: Jeff Withey: CBB's most improved

It's Adam Pegg, not Aaron Pegg. I realize the A-Sun isn't exactly in CBS's wheelhouse, but it helps to fact-check before publishing stuff.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:11 am

Night Court: Jeff Withey: CBB's most improved

Matt, Withey had 18 points, 20 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots the game before, against Oklahoma St. FEED THE WITHEY!!!!!!

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:48 am

Night Court: Jeff Withey: CBB's most improved

dont gethow he can be blasting su when uk won the exact same way to vandy(way worst then UL) and that makes them look like a title contender. Won with defense, holding them with out a shot in the final mins while making a comeback in a true hostile envrioment, it always hard on the road.... allthings we here about when uk stuggles. In reality vandy wasnt a hostile enviroment it was nearly half uk fan and all I am saying is that when uk exits early and su is standing tall at the end, maybe more people would have seen itif they took off they mock draft goggles and werent so onesided and delusional.

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