Originally Posted by Saul Good
I would shoot threes and try to get Withey out of the lane. Even when he doesn't block the shots, he makes the shooters look stupid by throwing up ridiculous trash hoping to avoid the block.
It really is weird watching teams attack him. Maybe he just doesn't look that imposing on the court. Maybe it's because he's white. Whatever it is, guards continue to attack him, and they lose that battle almost every time. When they do actually score over/around him, it generally looks like a lucky shot just happened to fall. It's never something that you watch and think, "they should keep attacking because that shot is there". It's more like, "he got away with one there".
For the most part, ISU and OSU did that in the games they played (well except when Smart took it to the rim and dunked right on Withey...but that only works if you're ridiculously built and athletic like Marcus Smart). Both shot a ton of threes and tried to get Withey out of the lane (and for the most part, it worked...they both made a lot of shots).
It's really the only way to play Kansas. I don't quite understand why teams like Baylor and KSU haven't picked up on that. Might be the coaching or it might be that players are just too undisciplined on a lot of these teams to do it. Also, I guess you've got to have the right personnel as well (some bigs just aren't comfortable playing on the perimeter offensively, which is necessary to bring Withey out).