LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas coach Bill Self has a way of motivating his players. Center Jeff Withey got the message loud and clear.
Unhappy with his seven-footer's effort level a few days after going scoreless in the biggest game of the season at Missouri, Self excused Withey from practice. He had a new assignment.
"I didn't get a rebound or something and coach was kind of mad so he said go touch every stair in the building," Withey said. "So I went and statred running up every isle. Ever since then, I know coach depends on me and my teammates depend on me to play great. "
The results are nothing short of amazing. Withey was a non-factor in a 74-71 loss at Missouri, taking just one shot and grabbing just four rebounds in 23 minutes.
But a day after his sightseeing tour through the Allen Fieldhouse stands, Withey had a career-high 25 points in 29 minutes to lead the Jayhawks to a 68-54 win over No. 6 Baylor on the road.
Three days later, the junior had 18 points, 20 rebounds and se...