About: needisaymoore

C.J. Moore is the Lead College Basketball Writer at Bleacher Report. He is a University of Kansas grad and a basketball nerd. You can follow him on Twitter @cjmoore4.

Disrespecting Kevin Young is messing up KU’s high-low

Fred Hoiberg’s defensive game plan against Kansas last week was built on what should be an obvious observation to anyone who watches Kansas on a game-to-game basis: Kevin Young cannot shoot. There is a reason Young, according to hoop-math.com, has taken 81 percent of his shots at the rim this season....

McLemore’s Miracle

Bill Self went to old reliable on Wednesday night. The Mario Chalmers’ play. Except this time with a twist and a kiss. Ben McLemore’s banked 3-pointer with a second left brought back a lot of memories for Kansas fans. Not only did it send the game to overtime, just...

Closing Time

There is an assumption that at some point this season the best freshman Bill Self has ever coached at Kansas will turn into the closer for Kansas. Ben McLemore does so many things so well. He glides across the court, rises without effort, has a jumper that makes scouts...

Big 12 basketball preview — reuse, recycle and repeat

I’m about to go on one of these over-the-top endorsements that you hear from color analysts on ESPN. Hold on, let me channel Dan Dakich… The Watch ESPN app is the greatest thing invented since the peach basket. I get on planes and bust out my iPad and watch...

Nate Wolters: College basketball’s best indie show

Nate Wolters was in Kansas City on Thursday night and I went to watch him play at historic Municipal Auditorium along with a couple buddies. We were joined by players’ families, a high school band, cheerleaders, dancers and a handful of guys who go watch UMKC basketball just so...

The real Naadir Tharpe has arrived

This summer I watched a scrimmage before KU took off for Europe and came away believing the most improved player on the roster was Naadir Tharpe. Bill Self always has a guy or two go from bench-warmer to contributor each season. It’s the natural process of the machine he’s built, and...

The top 10 stats from KU’s holy trinity of domination

I’m not really sure what to make of KU’s last three games other than the fact that all of the Jayhawks are playing really flipping well. All three wins have come against teams that aren’t great but good enough that the coaches kids didn’t figure they would actually work...

Two games, two incredibly efficient performances for the Jayhawks

It is difficult to imagine that the Jayhawks could play any better than they’ve played the last two games. They have faced two teams that will likely be in the NCAA tournament, and they have sent them home hoping that amnesia will set in at some point along the...

Breaking down KU’s ball-screen defense and scouting the Buffs

The eight-day break in the schedule between Oregon State and Colorado could not have come at a better time for the Jayhawks. Bill Self was not pleased with KU’s perimeter defense against Oregon State, and he had a right not to be pleased. I went back and watched every...

Oregon State set up to duplicate San Jose State’s pack-the-paint stategy

If I’m writing Bill Self’s pitch to the college basketball hall of fame someday, somewhere in my opening I would mention that Self coached a team that shot 21 percent from the 3-point line over its first five games in the NCAA tournament and still reached the national championship...