Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 3/26/13
Two words ought to inspire trepidation in the heart of any player driving to the basket: Jeff Withey. Kansas’s senior center is the defensive stopper for the Jayhawks, the last line in a defense that often doesn’t allow opposing offenses to get that far. But when they do, when an opposing player reaches the rim, he has Withey to deal with. And it’s no picnic. Withey has blocked 141 shots this season and holds the Kansas and Big 12 records for blocks in a season and for his career. His shot blocking ability was on full display in the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament as he accumulated 12 blocks total in wins over Western Kentucky and North Carolina. However, while Withey is the headline-grabbing shot-blocker, the Jayhawks play great defense as a team. They are ranked fifth nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency by Ken Pomeroy and hold opposing teams to 39 percent 2-point shooting, the best in the country. "Withey, obviously – that’s a big part of defensive field goal percen...
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