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Old 02-26-2013, 01:12 AM   #1186
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Johnson dropped 20 in the final 5:32, which was more than his previous season high of 18. His 12 points in overtime alone would have matched his best effort in Big 12 play. His 39 points were more than his last four games combined.

Thirty-nine points from the man who went 9-for-37 in KU’s three straight Big 12 losses.

Then, it felt like that unbelievable title streak was nearing its end. Now, the Jayhawks have a great chance to extend it.

“It’s a direct reflection of coach,” Johnson said back at Big 12 Media Day when asked about KU’s streak. “People who were doing that eight years ago are now doing it now. He’s still there. I feel like that has to mean something. He’s doing something right. I just appreciate the fact that he tries to shed the light on us and make it look like it’s us who’s doing it. When all of us know who it really is — the head honcho.”

On this night, sticking by Johnson paid off. Next month it will be Johnson who will determine whether the Jayhawks have another run in them or not. It’s almost inevitable. Self has no other choice but to stick by the streakiest player he has ever coached. KU will either live or die by Johnson in March.

And Johnson, willingly, will play scapegoat or hero.
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