Tag:Thomas Robinson
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:27 am
Edited on: February 5, 2012 12:42 am

Night Court: Kansas-Mizzou delivers the goods

That is a 'Breaking Bad' reference for those who don't get it. (Getty Images)
By Matt Norlander

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday night’s light slate of games …

Game of the Night:  It was Kansas-Missouri, of course. It couldn't be anything else. Parrish was there, and he'll have reaction/column on the experience shortly. As for my thoughts on the Tigers' 74-71 win, I thought the game was marred by officiating, but rarely does that bother me. The refs blow calls in every game, and at this point, unless it's particularly brutal -- like, among the five worst calls in a season -- I just consider it another turnover. I think it's a damn shame that could've been the last time Kansas takes the bus to Columbia for a game, though. Missouri wanted nothing to do with the Big 12, and now the rivalry is set to die after the season. Too bad.

Win to brag about: The Northern Iowa buzzer-beating win at home against the Valley's best team was bodacious. UNI is fighting to be an NIT bubble team, but it mucked up the MVC race by getting such a sizzling victory.

Loss to hide from: A lot of teams don't have wiggle room. Nevada was 19-3 entering the day, but it was a soft 19-3. It lost to 12-11 Idaho at home. The Wolf Pack now can most likely only afford to lose in the WAC finals if they want an at-large.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Thomas Robinson one-upped Jared Sullinger, scoring 25 and getting 13 rebounds after Sullinger had 24 and 10 earlier in the day. What's particularly egregious: Robinson didn't get a touch on the final three Kansas possessions. I checked the tape. The Jayhawks could have made it happen.

Another player who deserves improper benefits: The man who blocks. Anthony Davis, who set the SEC freshman record for blocks in a season, passing Shaq's record for more than two decades ago. Davis' eight swats today put him at 116 for the year. Davis will likely put this record beyond orbit by the end of February.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Chace Stanback's two points in 20 minutes in UNLV's loss at Wyoming was pretty glaring. I still am very high on Vegas, but I'd like to not see Stanback disappear like this again. He's the wrinkle that makes UNLV hard to contain.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 12. The MAC East beat the MAC West 12-0 this week. On the year, the East leads the battle 21-3.
  • 25.1. That's Damian Lillard's points per game average, tops in the nation, and stays that way thanks to 35 tonight against Northern Colorado.
  • 40 and 40. The Summit League's two best players, Nate Wolters and Dominique Morrison, both played 40 minutes and led their team to wins tonight. DoMo had 36 and Wolters had 31.

Other notable results

  1. Dayton is now 4-5 in the A10 and 14-9 overall. I'm embarrassed to have ever put this team in the Power Pyramid.
  2. For the first time since being coach of Indiana, Tom Crean got a road win in the Big Ten against the team that wasn't named Penn State. 78-61 over Purdue is just what the doctor ordered for IU. Purdue seems destined to play in Dayton in the First Four.
  3. The game will be a bit of an afterthought on this day, but UNC struggled on the way to an 83-74 win at Maryland. Tyler Zeller was again spectacular, putting up 22 points and seven rebounds.
  4. Important game in the CAA saw George Mason beat Old Dominion 54-50. Mason (19-6) remains in a tie atop the league at 11-2 thanks to the win. Playing its way to an at-large if it can win most of the rest from here on out.
  5. Iowa State 77, Oklahoma 70. Iowa State now 7-3 in the conference and, yeah, this is a tournament team.
  6. Boy, oh, boy did Alabama need to avoid losing at home to Ole Miss -- and it did. But it took two overtimes. A 69-67 Tide win. If it can win at home and just get by in the SEC Alabama will sneak in to the field of 68.


  • Mentioned that Creighton loss above. Wichita State won at home over Indiana State, which means WSU and Creighton are tied atop the Valley. The two play each other next Saturday.
  • Middle Tennessee State was another unbeaten-in-conference team entering the day. No more. Fell at Denver 75-60. If it was a five-point and not a 15-point loss, that'd have been much better. Blue Raiders are a bubble team, but barely now, and they have no BracketBuster opportunity.
  • I've never seen a basketball stanchion just go to sleep like this after a dunk. 
  • Crazy to know that Texas A&M was picked by league coaches to win the Big 12. Aggies fell 64-53 at K-State and are now 3-7 in conference.
  • Apparently it's rumored UNC and Kentucky will not play each other in the non-con next year. Would be dumb for both teams to opt out of that.
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:58 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 2:44 pm

Thomas Robinson explains his fantastic season

Robinson has played beyond expectation. (Kansas Athletics)
By Matt Norlander

Kansas' Thomas Robinson, the man who's consistently been perched atop our Player of the Year rankings, went on Jeff Goodman's Sirius/XM radio show this afternoon and explained away why he and his team have been so good.

The junior, to-be lottery pick ran down the reasons of what he had to prove, how he improved and his new understanding, his new role. He was a sixth man last year, remember.

Robinson said his improvement is due in large part to the way Danny Manning's been able to get him into a multi-faceted, domineering player. You notice how take-charge Robinson's been this year? He said that's "all coach Manning and the gametime experience. With everything changing, I had to prepare myself. I knew, coming into the season, the ball would be thrown to me. With our team not being so deep this year, I really had no choice. But he (Manning) has almost everything to do with teaching me."

The show, Inside College Basketball, is something -- sorry, going to bloviate on a colleague here -- Goodman's actually halfway-decent at. He and co-host Bruce Pearl (it sounds so formal; of course you know who Pearl is) are the best at bringing on some of the biggest -- F it, the biggest -- names in college basketball on the show. It's a gem of a listen two times a week. He didn't push me do to this, but it deserves some pub.

The reason why it works is because Goodman and Pearl are able to discuss things, I don't know ... in a way where it's natural and they have the respect/familiarity with their guests that allows them to loosen up. The interviews don't feel like chores.

Listen to the T-Rob segment here. Jim Boeheim came on today as well. Goodman and Pearl's show is on Mondays and Thursdays, from noon to 3 ET, on Channel 91.
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:02 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 10:50 am

Wakeup Call: Here's to you, Mr. Robinson

Yes, this photo, via KUGameday, will absolutely be in the best-of January post. Get that framed, Mr. Robinson.
By Matt Norlander

This is an enrapturing first-hand account of a woman who friended her rapist on Facebook. // Surprised it didn't come to this five years ago. Burger King will soon deliver to your home. // Costa Concordia cruiseline shipwreck photos seem fake. Of course, sadly, they are not. // I have just discovered Texts From Bennett. It is a day-maker. // It's 19-year-old Kanye, rapping ...

★ Here's Goodman's column from last night in Lawrence.

★ This flew by my radar but I think it’s important. The NCAA is supporting a freeze extending the length of the basketball season, which is need. In reality, teams should probably be playing no more than 28 games before conference-tournament play begins.

★ And coaches will get the summer school/practice-with-players rule they wanted. As they should have.

★ UNC fans won't like this. Historically, when UNC loses by more than 20 points in a season, NCAA tournament success does not follow.

★ But Roy Williams has masterfully kept the conversation going about getting his players prematurely off the court. Players except the walk-ons, whom he apologized to.

★ In terms of where they are from, not where they play, here are the best players from each state. This is cool!

★ Borzello’s in the background of this video. That's all I got. Insanity workouts don't look like they've kicked in yet, BROSKI.

★ Robert Parrish, you're out.

Seth Davis' Hoop Thoughts is my basketball equivalent to running three miles. I just feel so damn worthwhile after I finish.

★ Our fantasy sports platform appears to be quite a game-changer.

★ Which team lost its leading scorer for the rest of the year yesterday?

★ Crazy to think, fair to ask -- will Louisville make the NCAAs?

More perspective on Jim Boeheim tying Adolph Rupp in all-time wins.

► Came upon this video early yesterday, then a few folks went out and made some posts on the background to it. Check out the story.

♬ It snowed outside my apartment last night. This is one of many tunes that remind me of falling flakes: Modest Mouse's "Bankrupt on Selling."

Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:43 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 11:54 pm

Kansas to be taken seriously after Baylor win

By Jeff Goodman

LAWRENCE, Kansas -- There were those prepared to anoint Baylor as a national championship contender if Scott Drew's Bears could remain undefeated with a victory at Phog Allen. 

This was the ultimate test for a team that had beaten Kansas State in Manhattan and waltzed into Lawrence with a 18-0 mark. Instead, it was Bill Self's Kansas squad, one that was basically written off as a Final Four contender after a loss to Davidson down the road in Kansas City, that showed it may have a shot to do something come March. 

Self has, at the moment, the nation's top player in Thomas Robinson. Unlike earlier in the season when he forced the issue and attempted to do too much in a loss to Kentucky, the 6-foot-9 sophomore was spectacular against a Baylor frontline that is as deep and talented as any that doesn't reside in Lexington, Ky.

But the difference on Monday night was the play of senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor. 

Taylor has been an enigma throughout his entire career, but he was fearless in Monday night's 92-74 victory, knocking down clutch 3-pointers and also attacking the Bears big men with determination. 

Robinson finished with 27. Taylor did him one better, scoring 28 points, while three other Jayhawks -- Jeff Withey, Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson -- all finished in double-figures. 

There's no shame in losing at Phog Allen. It's a brutal place to play, right there with Cameron and Rupp. It happens to just about everyone -- and fourth-ranked Baylor became the latest victim. 

However, the concern with the Bears is toughness - or lack thereof. And Drew's team didn't show itself all that well in that regard. Kansas imposed its will on Baylor, dominating the Bears on the glass and scoring virtually at will on a porous defense. Perry Jones III, along with most of his teammates, pulled a disappearing act after the first 15 minutes of the game. 

Baylor has fallen and now just two unbeaten teams remain: Syracuse and Murray State. 

Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:44 am
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:19 am

Wooden Award Midseason Ballots

By Jeff Goodman

The deadline for submitting the 25 names for the Wooden Midseason List was last night. Gary Parrish and I figured we'd share our lists with you, so you can make fun of us, demean us or do both. Mine are on top because, well, they are superior. Check Parrish's below and then go ahead and make fun of him. Have no problem putting two guys on from Kentucky and North Carolina, but a pair from Seton Hall?  I just couldn't do it. 

Jeff Goodman's Top 25

  • Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
  • Will Barton, Memphis
  • William Buford, Ohio State
  • Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
  • Jason Clark, Georgetown
  • Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • Marcus Denmon, Missouri
  • Draymond Green, Michigan State
  • John Henson, North Carolina
  • Kevin Jones, West Virginia
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
  • Perry Jones, Baylor
  • Jeremy Lamb, UConn
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State
  • Scott Machado, Iona
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Mike Moser, UNLV
  • Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
  • Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette
  • Thomas Robinson, Kansas
  • Mike Scott, Virginia
  • Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
  • Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall
  • Dion Waiters, Syracuse
  • Cody Zeller, Indiana
Gary Parrish's Top 25
  • Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
  • Will Barton, Memphis
  • William Buford, Ohio State
  • Trey Burke, Michigan
  • Jason Clark, Georgetown
  • Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • Marcus Denmon, Missouri
  • Draymond Green, Michigan State
  • John Henson, North Carolina
  • John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
  • Kevin Jones, West Virginia
  • Perry Jones, Baylor
  • Kris Joseph, Syracuse
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
  • Jeremy Lamb, UConn
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Mike Moser, UNLV
  • Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
  • Herb Pope, Seton Hall
  • Thomas Robinson, Kansas
  • Mike Scott, Virginia
  • Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
  • Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall
  • Cody Zeller, Indiana
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:37 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 8:38 pm

KU's Robinson hyperextends knee in practice

By Gary Parrish

Kansas junior Thomas Robinson hypextended his left knee during Thursday's practice. The severity of the injury is unknown, but KU coach Bill Self said "hopefully" the 6-foot-9 forward will not miss any significant time.

"The results from the MRI were positive for Thomas," Self said. "He will take a couple of days off to let it calm down."

Robinson is a CBSSports.com First Team Preseason All-American.

He should be the star of the Jayhawks now that the Morris Twins are in the NBA.
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:03 pm

KU's Robinson still dealing with mother's death

Posted by Eric Angevine

The expression “when it rains, it pours” is a cliché for a reason. Quite often, it’s true.

Look at the life of Kansas forward Thomas Robinson. During the 2010-11 season, he lost his grandmother and grandfather within days of one another. Then, in late January, his mother, 37-year-old Lisa Robinson, passed away from an apparent heart attack. Somehow, Robinson played through the rest of his sophomore season despite a crushing burden of grief that would have laid a weaker man low.

Quite a bit of sympathy and concern coalesced around Robinson’s half-sister, seven year old Jayla Paris. Strangers from around the nation contributed to the Lisa Robinson scholarship fund, which should guarantee that Jayla has a bright academic future. College is still a decade away for Jayla, however, and a more immediate decision must be made on where, and with whom, the second-grader will live.

J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star discovered the details of Jayla’s current living situation, which is anything but settled.

Jayla, now 8, is living with her father, James Paris, in Paris’ sister’s home in Southeast D.C. James Paris completed a five-year prison sentence for distribution of a controlled substance on Dec. 13, 2010, and is now on parole.

On March 2, Lisa’s older step-brother, Willatant Austin Jr., and his wife, Carrie, filed a verified complaint for custody of Jayla in the circuit court for Prince George’s County in Maryland, according to documents obtained by The Star.

Custody battles can cause a lot of pain, most of which settles on the shoulders of the child in question. This is the sort of scenario we see played out on television dramas, where lawyers and doctors debate morality and points of law and wrap it all up in under an hour. In reality, it’s not so cut and dried.

It’s easy to look at James Paris as a parolee and say “unfit”. But, according to McCollough’s article, Jayla’s natural father has provided “documents that show that Jayla’s grades have improved and that she received an ‘A’ in work habits; medical records that show Jayla is receiving medical care through a health-care program in Washington D.C., including dental care and counseling to address the emotional trauma resulting from Lisa’s death; and Jayla’s birth certificate, which features him as her father and her last name as Paris.”

The Austins counter with the following: “they have been married for 33 years, raised two children of their own and two sons of Willatant’s deceased cousin and frequently cared for Jayla. The Austins assert that they would provide a ‘stable and loving home’ for Jayla.”

It’s a game of he-said/they-said that doesn’t offer any easy solutions. Unless the court sees proof that James Paris is unfit, it seems unlikely that a judge will automatically assume that a paroled offender cannot parent. Even the very likely fact that the Austins may provide a more stable alternative probably isn’t enough to sway the verdict in their favor without some evidence that Paris is negligent. Finding proof would seem to be a matter of long-term investigation and observation.

It seems likely that Thomas Robinson will be called to give testimony should there be further proceedings in this custody suit. Making sure his sister is taken care of is a priority that is likely well above thoughts of basketball in his life right now. It’s quite a burden for a 20-year-old college student, but even more so for an eight-year-old who doesn’t even know where she’ll be allowed to attend third grade next year.

If Robinson can somehow see this through and play well next season, don’t look for him to stick around for a senior year at KU. If an NBA career awaits, and it likely does, the money Robinson can make would instantly give him the leverage and resources he needs to take charge of his life, and the life of his sister. If you need someone to root for next season, keep Thomas and Jayla Robinson on your short list.

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:51 am
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