Basketball: Kansas game thread

FINAL SCORE: Kansas 78, Cal 63. Markieff Morris scored 21 points for the third-ranked Jayhawks (11-0) while Josh Selby and Tyrel Reed each scored 18. Gutierrez had 15 for the Bears (6-5) and Sanders-Frison had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

2:11 2nd H: Sorry for the detour — late-night print-edition deadline beckons. KU leads 76-58. Crabbe and Gutierrez have 11 each for Cal, MSF has 10 points and 12 rebounds. Markieff Morris has 19 for the Jayhawks, and Selby and Tyrel Reed each have 18. 

8:47 2nd H: Two FTs by Markieff Morris and its 63-49. A 13-2 run by Kansas.

11:43 2nd H: KU leads 54-47. Kamp is out with three fouls.

15:27 2nd H: After a double-technical vs. KU’s Robinson and Cal’s Gutierrez (his fourth PF), Cal got within 47-41 on a 3-pointer by Franklin with 16:02 left.

1723: 2nd H: The KU lead reached 47-30, but MSF scored on a putback, and

Crabbe made a 3-pointer. Then Marcus Morris was called for a flagrant foul against Kamp and was ejected. Kamp made both free throws, cutting the margin to 47-37.

18:19 2nd H: KU has opened with a 7-0 run and leads 45-30. Montgomery just called timeout. Morningstar scored uncontested on a drive through the lane, Marcus Morris made a layup and Selby scored on a hard drive and FT for the Jayhawks’ largest lead of the game. Cal needs to respond or this will be over in a hurry.

HALFTIME: Kansas 38, Cal 30: Brandon Smith scored on a spinning drive to the basket, then forced a turnver and made the first of two free throws, pulling Cal within 36-30. The Bears butchered their final possession of the half, despite two shot attempts, then Kamp fouled Markieff Morris, who made two FTs with 2.6 seconds left. Markieff Morris and Selby each have 13 points for KU; no one has more than six for Cal.

3:47 1st H: KU leads 32-25. Selby has 11 points on 4 for 4 shooting, including 3 3-pointers. Markieff Morris has nine. Kamp and Gutierrez each have six for the Bears. Kansas appears able to get whatever shot it wants and may be letting the Bears hang around by settling too often from the perimeter. The Jayhawks are now 6 fo 14 from deep. Bak Bak into the game for MSF, who has two fouls.

7:04 1st H: Selby just make a step-back jumper from just inside the 3-point arc and KU leads 25-17. Cal is drawing fouls, but missing FTs — just 3 for 7 at the line. The Bears’ FG percentage is down to 37.5.

10:13 1st H: These guys are pretty good. Markieff Morris just scored on a layup and a 3-pointer — KU is 5 for 8 from deep — and the visitors lead 23-13.

11:16 1st H: KU leads 18-13 after a second 3-pointer by Selby, who appears to be the real deal. Franklin answered with a layup for the Bears, who are shooting an even 50 percent from the field. But they have six turnovers and the Jayhawks are 4 for 7 from the 3-point line.

12:28 1st H: KU leads 15-10 after back-to-back postup baskets by Markieff Morris, who is having his way with freshman Richard Solomon. Gutierrez just hit the deck after apparently taking an elbow from KU’s Thomas Robinson after the play. The refs are looking at the video replay, and just called an intentional foul on Robinson. Gutierrez made one of two. It’s 15-11.

15:29 1ST H: Cal leads 6-5. Both teams shaky. Cal is 2 for 6 (both from 3-pt) with three turnovers. KU is 2 for 5 with two turnovers. Josh Selby just entered the game with 17:29 left, immediately forced a turnover, then committed one.

CAL RESPONSE: The Bears took the court a couple minutes after KU to an appreciably louder greeting. But the Jayhawks won’t feel alone here.

LINEUPS: Cal will start its usual group — Harper Kamp, Markhuri Sanders-Frison, Allen Crabbe, Gary Franklin and Jorge Gutierrez. Kansas will go with Travis Releford, Marcus Morris, Tyshawn Taylor, Brady Morningside and Tyrel Reed. That means Marcus’s twin brother Markieff will come off the bench for the second straight game. And it means super-freshman Josh Selby — ineligible for the first nine games — also will come off the bench in just his second collegiate game. Bet that doesn’t happen much longer.

KU ARRIVES: The Jayhawks just took the floor for their final pregame warmups to more than a smattering of applause. There is a healthy contingent of KU fans on hand.

UNVEILING THE BANNER: Cal just unfurled its 2010 Pac-10 championship banner from the rafters.

WELCOME: Cal (6-4) faces No. 3 Kansas (10-0) tonight in the first meeting of the schools in Berkeley since Wilt Chamberlain’s sophomore season of 1956-57. Cal expects a crowd of 10,000-plus, but they are a little slow to arrive. Will be back in a few with starting lineups.

Jeff Faraudo

  • K1W

    During the stretch where Cal closed to within either 2 or 3 (after being down a bunch), the Bears were playing “crazy” defense. Crazy in a GOOD way. It looked like last year’s team, whenever they were playing great D. If they can learn to play with that much energy on defense all the time, yet still play a controlled and patient (NOT too “crazy”) offense to score points consistently, Cal will win a lot of games in the Pac-10. I think the coaches will make very good use of that game footage. “Look at what you did to the #3 team in the country with your CRAZY-ness.”