Weber showed his team a video of last year’s victory over Kansas — complete with the court-storming — as motivation. “I said, ‘You can have your own special moment,'” Weber recalled.
The 5’11” Tharpe is averaging 30 minutes, 8.9 points, and 5.1 assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from deep, and 82 percent from the line.
Jim Larranaga’s team has had a banner season, but they’ll likely have to beat Duke for a second time this season — this time with Ryan Kelly — to reinforce their potential to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.
Early aggressiveness may be the key to victory Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where Kansas seeks a more consistent effort versus a Michigan State squad trying to regroup from a loss largely due to a slow start.