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Kansas won the free throw battle (by a lot)

It’s tough for anyone to win a basketball game when the opposing team attempts twice as many free throws. That was the case for Kentucky tonight as Kansas attempted 47 free throws in the game — a whole hell of a lot more than Kentucky’s 22.

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Kansas took 29 fouls shots in the second half and overtime, when the game shifted the Jayhawks’ direction. That’s more than Kentucky attempted in the entire game.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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36 Comments for Kansas won the free throw battle (by a lot)



  1. Rixter
    10:25 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    But all kidding aside – one of the best 5 on 8 games – EVER



  2. Kat4Life
    10:26 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    …..of course they were kind enough to miss 17 of those free throws, but point taken………we got jobbed by the home cookin’ at times……but I always assumed we would……….



  3. Megan
    10:31 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Okay, it was a factor, but not the deciding factor. Wouldn’t you say WE were more responsible for the loss than the refs were? Have a little more class and stop blaming the refs. Blame our inability to stop drives. Blame our inability to execute an offensive play in OT.

    I tell you, for all the good Jamal does, he seems to hurt us almost as much. Let’s talk about that, shall we?



    • rainman
      10:41 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      +17 at the FT line!
      Not the deciding factor? You do know math don’t you?



    • Long Dong Silver
      11:21 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      You are are an efftard, Megan.



  4. fussky
    10:31 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Seldon has a career game, 3 of our players foul out, Briscoe and even Ulis cramping, 47-22 free-throws and we lose a game we should have won in OT. I truly hate to lose but feel damn good about our team after that game!!! Go Cats
    However, I have never seen a game between two teams of that caliber with that much of a free throw discrepancy.



    • catdaddyd
      12:44 pm January 31, 2016 Permalink

      If your players are fatigued they have a tendency to reach and not move their feet.



  5. mobile2
    10:32 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Regardless…hit a few more FT’s and UK wins. Don’t complain about refs when UK still has a chance to win in regulation.



  6. bballfan85
    10:33 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Maybe KU shot more FT”s because UK fouled a lot more? Sorry, just trying to bring logic here…my bad.



    • WeareBBN
      10:40 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      Don’t use logic. Every time we lose it was the refs fault, just check this site and you will see that.
      The fact is we did settle for jumpers, 3’s and last second shots alot in the 2nd half and KU drove to the hoop hard or offensive rebounded. They made a defensive adjustment at half to stop our guards from penetrating and, while it did not work every time, it worked alot and we had to take forced shots with almost no time on shot clock. They adjusted and we did not. Congrats to POY as he was the only player to show up on the defensive boards, may have won if we don’t give them 14 extra chances. Usually an O board means they are going back up right near the hoop and we are not in position which also causes fouls. Proud of the fight, wish we would have got a shot at the end of regulation, had no chance in OT.



    • david8577
      10:49 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      Hey look! It’s card fans trying to get over their catastrophic game today by pretending to be UK fans talking sh1t on KSR.



    • bballfan85
      10:54 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      So being logical instead of crying like a baby, blaming only the refs for a loss is talking sh!t?….Okay then…and people wonder why people can’t stand UK fans.



    • WeareBBN
      11:04 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      Thank you bballfan85 appreciate a fellow logical fan, seems hard to find on this site.
      I am a troll who has UK football season tix, goes to the Ladies games a couple times a year {I live over 3 hours away or would make more love MM and that team}, go to at least 4 mens games a year, was at last years Loserville and Cleveland tourney games, even make a couple baseball games and volleyball matches a year. KSR has become a joke as anytime you say something that does not blame others for our short comings you are a troll or bashed.



    • BigBlueBoom
      11:10 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      Uh yeah… About that… We didn’t foul more, we just got whistled more. Did you even watch the game? They literally would smack us in the face and the refs wouldn’t call it. Could we have won anyway? Yes. But saying we fouled that much more is just not accurate.



    • david8577
      11:27 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      bballfan85, crying like a baby, WTF are you talking about? I don’t even care that we lost; I expected it. I expected biased officiating, and that is what happened. If the game had been at Rupp it would have been biased as well, in UK’s favor. Do you watch sports?



    • bballfan85
      12:11 am January 31, 2016 Permalink

      David, not you… just people in general are crying. Blaming the refs over and over again and not accepting any part of a loss is crying. Blue room….UK CLEARLY fouled more in the 2nd half. UK started settling for jumpers in the 2nd half and KU kept driving to the hoop just like weareBBN already said. Notice how KU fouled a lot more in the beginning of the game? It’s because UK was DRIVING to the hoop. The refs aren’t going to call fouls when you are just shooting jump shots. You do realize that Poythress said this himself right?:

      “We just gotta learn how to play without fouling. That’s something we’ve been struggling with all year,” Alex Poythress said



    • damage_control
      6:29 am January 31, 2016 Permalink

      Seriously ironic considering in the cardchronicle game threads 99.9% of the comments are whining about refs- go look at the UK game thread. It’s hilarious



    • bluetide
      11:31 pm January 31, 2016 Permalink

      WHY IS IT that it’s called whining when someone speaks truth? Calling poor foul calling for what it is is NOT whining. It just calling out the facts.



  7. shendo
    10:33 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Refs were awful for sure but we were in the game until the coach sat Murray took the ball out of Tyler’s hands and stubbornly went to an injured Briscoe to try and drive the ball with one good leg over and over. It was obvious he couldn’t move from the opening tip of OT. A shaky free throw shooter already but low chance of success with the leg. He also injured his back trying to defend on the bad leg. Then he threw the players under the bus for ‘not making winning plays in the post game. Just like the Wisconsin game he blew it with poor late game coaching.



    • bluetide
      11:33 pm January 31, 2016 Permalink

      PLEASE don’t forget that we don’t even GET late game opportunities to win if Calipari wasn’t our coach! The results he keeps getting us are better than any other UK coach has gotten us in the same amount of time. I can live with any bad late game coaching decisions for the trade-off. No other coach is gonna get us to the records, Final Fours, Title Games, and Title that he has.



  8. Wildcat Sheli
    10:34 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Sirmons was a ref in our last game vs. Wisconsin and Whitehead officiated our game vs. UConn in 2011. UGGH!



    • WeareBBN
      10:45 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      So it was Whiteheads fault we could not make a basket in 2011.
      It was Sirmons fault we tried to hold the ball and force bad shots vs Wisc. instead of just letting the guys play and control the game like they had been. Also Sirmons fault for us not playing the most talented players the most minutes vs Wisc. We lost a game most thought we would, this would not be a big deal had we beaten the horrible teams like OSU and Auburn or the average teams like UCLA and LSU.



    • BigBlueBoom
      11:11 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      It’s still not a big deal. We’ll be fine.



    • Wildcat Sheli
      8:20 am January 31, 2016 Permalink

      Google the UCLA loss to Kansas in 2010 and Sirmon’s controversial role.



  9. gcat4496
    10:43 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Free Throw discrepancy was 37-11 in favor of Kansas in the 2nd half and in overtime. Now you can’t say with a straight face that you would find that kind of stat in any college basketball game for that stretch of game against two equally balanced teams. Unless, there is a little home cooking.



    • WeareBBN
      10:49 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      Sometimes it is the way the teams played, like in this case. KU adjusted, took away our guard penetration several times in the 2nd half and how many times did we have to force a bad shot at the shot clock or turn it over. At the same time on their offense they were driving the ball hard right at us, that is why the 2nd half was so lopsided. Also they got 14 offensive boards, normally means going back up near the hoop where fouls occur. That and the last 8 or so free throws was ones we gave at that end. Geez, UK fans always blame refs in a loss, it is the worst part of being a BBN member.



    • BigBlueBoom
      11:15 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      Pointing out how terrible the refs were doesn’t mean we’re blaming the refs for the loss. We had opportunities to win despite the lopsided calls, so we can take that blame. But saying they didn’t foul us more than called is laughable.



  10. david8577
    10:45 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Home team always gets more calls, though this one was a bit extreme. Would have been cool to win, but I’m pretty proud of the team actually.



  11. bluebew
    10:52 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Calipari once said: “If your team doesn’t have post presence, you’re a fraud.”



  12. cayts23
    10:59 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t want to blame the refs but they made sure from the tip they were going to control the game. I do wonder why Mulder didn’t play he hustles and crashed the boards, and I feel more comfortable with him shooting than Dominique (even though neither one can get one to fall).

  13. Test: 😂



  14. thelexcat
    11:06 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Question: What needs to happen to prevent 47 ft attempts by our opponent? Because that many attempts we should have lost by 20…



  15. runningunnin.454
    11:35 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    speaking of math the difference was actually 25. AND, four UK guys fouled out, Kansas shot nearly 50 ft’s, and in overtime Bilas was still worried about Perry Ellis’s 3 fouls. He is a moron; I would take Dick Vitale any day; I would rather listen to Bill Walton call a game.

    how many ft’s did Kansas shoot in OT? Did they make a bucket in OT?

    And, you people that don’t think 47-22 FT difference doesn’t ruin a game; you’re bigger morons than Bilas!



  16. 2thepoint
    11:40 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t forget Pat Adams was the other ref. The comments about them driving was reason we fouled is true, but when we drove we got fouled hard every time, but rarely called. Even so we almost won. I didn’t think we would win because of officiating even before they were announced. I felt Selden would go off on us. I felt we could control Ellis and beat their guards, but I was unsure if we could bring it all game long. We passed the test so I feel we should be excited about the rest of the season, because the players are playing hard now.
    Let us also congratulate Skal for further improvement.
    Go Cats!