No matter how bleak it looked for the Kansas Jayhawks when they were taking on Purdue this past Sunday, this rabid Jayhawk fan never sat down and never gave up. Here’s to you five-head KU aisle fan guy…
No matter how bleak it looked for the Kansas Jayhawks when they were taking on Purdue this past Sunday, this rabid Jayhawk fan never sat down and never gave up. Here’s to you five-head KU aisle fan guy…
This was not the Spartans team that was suppose to stand in Missouri’s way to a final four appearance.
Their was not enough alcohol in my house to prepare me for what the Missouri Tigers did to my bracket. It wasn’t that Missouri even played bad, Newman State just played better. Missouri shot 53% from the field, that should be enough to beat a Nixon State. Unfortunately Nehigh State shot 54% from the field and it wasn’t necessarily bad defense by Missouri. Prayers were answered for the Nutterbutterville St Spartans time and time again, with hail mary threes and behind the back board shots too shots that were missed so badly by them they’d get the offensive rebound put backs.
Missouri was obviously not ready for the pressure or a number two seed though. All of those years of making fun of Kansas for losing to no name schools such as Northern Iowa or Davidson came back to bite MU fans in the butt.
Kim English was such a non factory in the game, I clenched my teeth every time he took a shot. English finished the game 1-7 from the field. Seeing him miss shots was more annoying than hearing Marv Albert mis-pronounce Phil Pressey’s name time and time again. ”Phil Pressley with a big shot!”. Marv gave us one last “Pressley” with 10 seconds left in the game, when Phil “Pressley” hit a three pointer to cut the Norfolk State lead to one.
Teams traded baskets the entire game. Every time Missouri jumped ahead by a point I just assumed this was the time MU would go on their run and put Norfolk out of their misery. That wasn’t the case. Every time Missouri hit a big shot, Norfolk answered.
By the five minute mark of the game I was mixing Jeremiah Weed and Pepto Bismol. Nothing could compare me for the final minute though. With the Tigers down by three, Denmon chucks up a desperation three with 20 seconds left on the clock. An ill advised shot.<another chug of pepto> The Tigers promptly foul sending Norfolk’s Kyle O’Quinn to the line where he hits one of two giving them a four point lead. I’m figuring game over and relax a bit. Phil PRESSEY jets down the court and hits a deep three pointer, Tigers down by just one with 10 seconds left!! <another swig of pepto> Tigers are back in this game! Kim English fouls and sends Norfolk to the line where 54% free throw shooter Rodney McCauley makes the first. He then misses the second shot so bad that Pressey and O’Quinn end up fighting for it out of bounds, possession arrow Spartans. <chug the rest of pepto and chuck empty bottle in kitchen> Game over right? O’Quinn misses both free throws giving the Tigers one last shot, down by two with under 3 seconds left. In one last attempt to give me an ulcer, Pressey gets a nice look at a three, but back rims it out.
I did the same move Pressey did after he missed his three, pulled my shirt over my head and watch my phone nearly vibrate off the table after being bombed with text messages. Now it’s time to just sit back and wait for the wraith of KU fan.
Both 6’10, these two basketball mammoths have proven that they are worthy of an NBA lottery pick. But as we are all engulfed in a sports world revolved around the media, there must be a debate. There must be a singular consensus by a certain body of people that distinguishes what player is considered to be better. What do we base this title on anyway? The first criterion must be statistics. So let us compare.Anthony Davis: 14.4 points per game
9.8 rebounds per game ( 4.7 blocks per game)
Thomas Robinson: 18.0 points per game
Clearly Davis takes the advantage on the defensive end, and Robinson can take the advantage on the offensive end. What about things that cannot be measured by statistics? Thomas Robinson is clearly the stronger of the two, but Davis seems to have a lengthier frame. Anthony Davis is surrounded by McDonalds All-Americans whereas Robinson is surrounded by solid players, but none as highly touted coming into college. (I don’t want to take anything away from the Kansas team here because I think Tyshawn Taylor is the most dynamic point guard in all of college basketball and Elijah Johnson is the most underrated guard in the Big XII) I just want to point out that the raw talent Kentucky has been blessed with is aiding in the play and production of Anthony Davis.From the beginning of the season, the weight of the Kansas basketball program has been on Thomas Robinson’s shoulders. He has carried the team several times throughout the season and has admitted to succumbing to the pressure. This is something that Anthony Davis has not dealt with in quite the same capacity. Anthony Davis is, in my opinion, the better NBA prospect. He has not tapped into his full potential being that he is still very young. I believe he is still developing physically and that alone makes him a very worthwhile future professional. But!.. let’s not see his future potential as an advantage in the present discussion. I think this is a very important concept. Thomas Robinson has had a few years to come into his own by maturing both physically and mentally. This has given him an edge to develop and adjust to the speed of college basketball.The conclusion: Thomas Robinson deserves to be National Player of The Year. Anthony Davis has played like a National Player of The Year. Both will be rewarded with honors once it is all said and done. The real title that distinguishes which player is better will be reflected in how they play this March, when every possession can determine the outcome of the entire season.
Four days and counting. Saturday afternoon the battle is on, so let’s kick off the Missouri Tigers v Kansas Jayhawks thriller off right. It’s a game for the king of the Big 12 as well as possibly being a game for a #1 seed in the NCAA tourney. I’ll make several posts in the upcoming days to get us even more pumped up for the rivalry game this weekend.
Here’s a video of Thomas Robinson going Blake Griffin all over the Oklahoma Sooners
Subject 1: KU at MU: One of the best rivalries in all of the land. I halfway have to call MU a bitch for running off the SEC. That would have a better chance in any and all sports programs staying in the Big 12 -? I’ve said it before and I will say it again. MU will be the cell bitch of the SEC football and basketball, who gives a shit about baseball and all the other sports. This will be one of the final meetings of these two. Who will respective KU and MU fans hate on now? If you go to any social site there is more shit talking when these two play than a Maury Povich show and five way DNA test. None the less today’s matchup in Columbia will be one that I am watching. I have given shit to MU all year for playing a soft schedule. Beating Baylor on the road gave them some street cred, if they can take care of business today it will give them even more. KU is doing better than I expected them to do this year, and can’t really talk too much smack about them, it’s a rebuilding year. Anytime though I see the arrogant Lawrence faithful have a bad year or loss though I can’t help but giggle. Today’s game will give me a chance to giggle even more….MU by 6.
Subject 2: Kentucky at South Carolina: I sense a disturbance in the force. This really feels like a trap game. Kentucky never plays well at South Carolina. While Kentucky is not the best team in the nation, they will win the national championship this year. Today though I really fear that the Big Blue Machine is going to drop one against the Game Cocks. Say it with me Game Cocks…that mascot ranks right up there with the Oregon State Beavers and the Wichita State Shockers. One big happy perverse group of mascots. If Kentucky can go into SC and blow the Cocks off the floor, call it lights out…the Big Blue machine will be for real. If they lose or its close, it just shows that Calipari’s philosophy or recruiting one and dones is flawed and most likely 7 years from now Kentucky will be on probation for recruiting violations and Calipari will be on to a new program to mess it up after he is gone. I don’t like the smell of this Cock fest. South Carolina by 6.
Subject 4: The Super Bowl: I really did not want to see this matchup. It’s a reminder how the Pat’s got screwed out of the perfect season in 2007 and we have to listen to Don Shula and the 72 Dolphins crap about how they are the best team of all time, even though the Pats did win more games than they did. I still think Eli Manning should be MVP this year; he has played consistent all year and has done more with less. Without him the Giants would not be in the Super Bowl. RGronk is out, but I think Tom Brady can still make stuff happen. Congrats to Ochocinco on his first Super Bowl. The Giants defense has been playing at a wicked rate through the playoffs. This truly will be a good game. Until today I thought the Giants would probably win, but I think I’m going to take the Patriots by 3, and I have a feeling we may see overtime. Other picks for the Super Bowl. Madonna will suck. The over/under on social site comments regarding the Super Bowl has been set 1 million. The over/under on commercial comments have been set at 2million. 500 people will get STD’s at Super Bowl parties. 200 people will get knocked up. 700 people will puke from drinking too much and Rug Doctor Rentals will go through the roof late Sunday Night/Early Monday Morning. Tim Tebow will mentioned 300 times during Super Bowl coverage. I will be passed out by 11pm, no puking.
I don’t know, but we are about to find out. After dropping both conference games to an Oklahoma team that many had marked as the “gimmees” on the basketball schedule, everyone is wondering what to make of this year’s team. K-State (15-5, 4-4) currently has all the pieces to the puzzle in the wrong places. They’ll get a quick flash of what the overall picture is about the time someone decides to move their piece.
By no means is this a time to panic and get tight. Let’s look back to just last year when K-State was in a similar situation. K-State ended the month of January with an ugly 24pt lose in Lawrence to fall to 2-5 in the conference. K-State fans couldn’t have been more down after being picked by the coaches as the favorite to win the Big 12. The Cats would go on to win 8 of their next 9 to finish regular season play with the one lose being to Colorado, who should have made the NCAA tournament.
Fast forward back to this year. Rodney McGruder has showed he can take over a game the way Jacob Pullen did last year, but he without a doubt needs his teammates to pitch in. Will Spradling is due for a big game as he has certainly had his struggles. Spradling has missed all of his last ten 3pt attempts and is just 4-23 (17%) going back the past five games. Jamar Samuels put on 30lbs this off-season and has done very little with it. Samuels needs to become a force inside, start finishing around the bucket and STOP shooting 3 pointers.
K-State has a great opportunity to get the train back on the tracks by getting a win on the road at Iowa State tonight. The Wildcats will tip off at 8pm against a Cyclones team coming off a big home win against Kansas on Saturday. These two teams appear to be jockeying for 4th place in the league, as the top three have set themselves apart.
My 3 keys to a K-State win. 1, limit Royce White. Shocking. This will also mean fewer times the TV audience will have to hear him referred to as “Rolls Royce.” 2, Rebounds. Outside of Royce, no other Cyclone is crashing the boards. Offense rebounds and second chance points will be huge. 3, Mental mistakes. K-State needs to stop giving the ball away on offense and start making better in game decisions.
Early strong moves to the basket set the tone and rhythm for a scrappy Iowa State squad. They took advantage of the KU bigs early in the game which led to effective short range jumps shots and an early first half lead. KU would go on a run to cut the lead to 2 going into the break in front of the amped home crowd.
Early in the second half KU had seemed to find a bright spot amongst the bigs in Jeff Withey. The KU center came out the gate blocking shots and making his presence known in the paint. Iowa state continued to feed their staple big man Royce White and the battle down low began to rack up fouls on KU’s Robinson and Withey midway through the first half.
With the Kansas duo in foul trouble the Hurricanes ran wild under the bucket. KU attempted to sub at a feverish pace to find an answer, but the answer did not come from the bench.
With the lack of a solid bench performance, the hawks could not right the sinking ship against a salty Iowa State rally late in the second half. The court was stormed by a sea of yellow after the final buzzer sang with an Iowa State upset 72-64.
It was hard to miss that with the physical play down low, the lack of depth was a glaring factor down the stretch for KU. The Kansas bigs found themselves in early second half foul trouble and as a result had to play careful defense. That toned down defense would lead to Iowa State outrebounding KU and halting Kansas’s offense attack.
As the big twelve rolls on, it will be interesting to watch and see if other teams begin to successfully expose the lean Kansas bench. Iowa State did a perfect job of continuing to feed the inside and either drawing a foul, getting points or both. There were several possessions in the second half when a guard would have an open shot only to turn it down and pass to the rim for a closer, higher percentage look. This type of team play is refreshing to see and only shows that Iowa State under its new leadership is going to be a factor to be recon with down the road in future big 12 matchups.
With all that said, the sky is not falling over Lawrence, Kansas. This year’s squad is a mixture of athletes who have been waiting in the shadows, not quite battle tested, but hungry for what has seemed to be just out of reach. As the games go by, lessons are being learned. The coach is coaching and the body of work at the end of the season may just be his finest work yet. Time will only tell.
KU will meet Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.
The #22/24 ranked Kansas State Wildcats moved to 4-3 in the conference and 15-4 overall, by taking down a struggling Texas Tech team on the road by a final of 69-47. K-State was lead by Martavious Irving who came off the bench to score a team high 16pts. Rodney McGruder pitched 13pts going 6-13 from the field.
Jordan Henriquez was back, from what turned out to be a one game suspension, for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Martin showed that he was in no rush to get J.O. on the court, waiting until there was 2:59 remaining in the game before substituting him while Tech shot free throws. J.O. did manage to get on the board by knocking down a couple free throws and grabbing a rebound.
The final score along with who K-State’s leading scorer was gives a pretty good indication of how the game went. Tech is looking for any positives it can find right now in Big 12 play after falling to 0-7 with yet another lose. K-State was able to create 24 Tech turnovers, work the ball around on offensive and was never in a big rush to get a shot up. 11 players got in the scorebook for K-State, but oddly enough not Jamar Samuels who started and played 14 mins.
Texas Tech coach Billy Gillespie didn’t even bothering with raising his voice at his players, while Frank Martin opposite burned 1,000 calories just scowling. Tech somehow only had four players score and two of them were starters. Yes, only two starters scored. That includes two players who logged 36 and 28 mins. Ugh.
Kansas State is back in action on Saturday hosting an Oklahoma team who beat up on K-State already in Norman. OU gave Baylor all they could handle on Tuesday night before eventually running out of gas in the second half. The Cats are in a 5 game stretch where they will play the bottom half of the Big 12 standings, before turning right around to face the top 3 consecutively.
Monday night the Jayhawks met up with a hungry Texas A&M squad fresh off a top 5 national poll ranking and a big road win over Texas. Much like driving your grandfather’s classic car the evening began smooth and exciting. Early on it seemed that battle tested Jayhawks were to make an example out of the undermanned Aggies who limped into the contest. Then, as it often does with a young squad, Ku experienced a few bumps in the road. More like a few land mines.
The early dominating play set a tone that had you thinking halftime may be time to switch from the game to your favorite late night sitcom rerun, but hold that remote. Just as the Jayhawks seemed to be dominating on both sides of the court, the Aggies began to get open. Get open and make shots to be exact.
Ku led just under the 15 minute mark in the first half 11-0, only to see that margin escape them over the next several minutes. In fact, the Aggies took an 18 to 15 lead just under the 10 minute mark.
Kansas seemed to sputter on offense and be quite lost of defense to close out the remainder of the first half. Instead of feeding the inside scoring machines that have been there all season, they began shooting open jumpers. This kept the game within reach for Texas A&M who escaped into the visitor locker room with a 2 point halftime lead.
Only the players and staff would hear what was on coach Self’s mind during the halftime intermission, but even the commentators commented on the tongue lashing the KU squad would most certainly be receiving. The old Fieldhouse was surely rocking in the home locker room.
The first 5 minutes of the second half wasn’t much better. The guards were not penetrating the lane or finding the bigs. You could sense the Aggies daring the Jayhawks to pull the trigger on 3 point shots. They seemed to be open much like the first half, but the shots were not falling. Texas A&M was successfully dictating the speed of the game and had a 2 point lead with just under 15 minutes to go.
From that point on though, Kansas began to settle down and feed the paint. The guards began to penetrate the lane and force fouls. Kansas took an 8 point lead with just over 5 minutes to play and never really looked back. The final bell would sound with Kansas up 10, but the overall body of work left many with a bad taste.
And so it goes for these young Jayhawks this year. Very talented and at times the look of a veteran team, but in all actuality, still a body of work with rough edges. There will continue to be bumps in the road as the season continues, but when they get it right how far can this group go? Time will only tell.
The Jayhawks next face a scrappy Iowa State Saturday 1pm at the Hilton Coliseum.
Just when you might of found yourself being sucked into the hype of a KU basketball squad being strapped for shooters, loss of bench players and lacking for overall talent look again. This year has proven that hoops is a team game and with the right chemistry between players and coaches the sky is the limit, or at least it seams to be at KU.
Forget about the name of the program for just a minute. Let’s think of them as just a basketball team. Now let’s begin by taking 4 starters away from an accomplished squad from a year ago. You are loosing 4 of your top scorers, top rebounders, top defensive players, top three point shooters, needless to say the list goes on and on. Take all of that statistical body of work away and what remains? Well for good reason ones subjective mind gravitates towards a true rebuilding year. A year of grabbing what is left at the bottom of the barrel and molding those individuals into a new squad. More emphasis being on what they will be next year and recruiting would overshadow a lack luster record that goes along with a typical rebuilding year. For the most part this line of thinking would be correct, but we all forgot one little thing. This is KU.
Bill Self is the catalyst for what in the beginning seemed impossible to actually be quite possible. The ball coach knew what was lurking in the shadows. He could see the potential that we were all looking past. From day one this squad has definitely been out of character in many ways, except one, winning.
In my mind this squad is asserting itself as a true blue collar smack you in the face group than has been at KU for several years. They aren’t going to beat you pretty, but they may beat you ugly. There will be few teams that I would consider battle tested in the way KU has been from its early season scheduling. Another testament to if you want to be the best you must first beat the best attitude. This rebuilding group is flat out beating good teams at home, and on the road.
New recruits are in the background watching what they will get to be a part of very soon. At Kansas you don’t turn it around as an incoming player, you merely contribute to what is already there. Next year there are guys coming in contribute. And the year after there will be more being asked to capitalizing on the legacy of this program in whatever way coach self asks of them.
A team who is truly greater than the sum of its parts is beginning a run for yet another big 12 season title. We are just left to shake our heads and reflect on how nice it must be to be rebuilding after losing basically everyone relevant. Rebuilding as a top ten nationally ranked team and leading the Big 12.
In Monday night’s NCAA basketball nightcap, the Kansas Jayhawks find themselves in an unfamiliar role at Allen Fieldhouse: underdog.
At the turn of the century, college hoops fans would see “Baylor” on their team’s schedule and mark one in the “win” column. Prognosticators annually picked them to finish at the bottom of the league. Their fan-base hadn’t seen their team’s name on an NCAA Tournament bracket since the 1987-1988 season. The Baylor Bears were the basement-dwellers of the Big 12.
Allen Fieldhouse, on the other hand, was the epitome of “college basketball”. It had the names, banners, atmosphere: the tradition. Kansas teams were considered perennial contenders for the national championship, and the standard preseason consensus was that the conference’s regular-season title would run through the streets of Lawrence.
Fast-forward to 2012, and Big 12 basketball is a case of, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Baylor head coach Scott Drew has single-handedly turned the Bears basketball program around since taking the reins in 2003. He’s led them to two NCAA Tournament appearances, one Elite Eight, and his current squad remains undefeated midway through the 2012 season. Although Drew has had his share of prized recruits in recent years, his teams have acquired a reputation for underachieving; this group, led by Perry Jones III, is looking to change that by ending the Jayhawks’ dominance.
Coming into the season, Bill Self’s Kansas resumé boasted a 237-46 record–including 129-7 (95%) at home–seven consecutive Big 12 titles, and one national championship. The league’s preseason coaches poll ranked the Jayhawks as co-favorites (alongside Texas A&M) to finish atop the conference, despite having what is arguably Self’s least talented squad.
Tonight’s game is going to serve as a barometer for both teams. Kansas is ranked #7 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, but they’re behind rival Missouri (#5) and tonight’s opponent, Baylor (#3). However, Scott Drew’s 1-8 record against the Jayhawks assures that he’ll spend every waking moment preparing.
On paper, the Bears and Jayhawks share a lot of similarities: dominant big men, athletic backcourts that excel in transition, and point guards that can create shot opportunities for their teammates, but are also turnover-prone. Ultimately, two factors could potentially dictate tonight’s outcome: Kansas’ success against Baylor’s signature zone defense, and Baylor’s ability to take the crowd out of the game. If Tyshawn Taylor forces the Bears’ zone to collapse by penetrating and freeing up his teammates on the perimeter, Baylor will likely revert to man-to-man which will ease the pressure on Thomas Robinson in the post. However, if Baylor jumps out of the gate and quiets the rambunctious sixth man, they could leave the storied venue with a “W”.
Stats and predictions aside, one thing is for sure: this will be fun.
MONDAY MORNING HANGOVER:
So I’m a day late…..wanted to get the BCS Championship Game in the mix…
Dear Upset LSU Fans,
You can say you had one more win than Bama. Doesn’t matter. You can say you won the first game…doesn’t matter. If you take the scores of the two games and put them together the final score was 27-9. Bama wins…now shut up…next year could be your year.
The guy that thought LSU was going to win but glad that Bama did.
Congrats on your shutout last night. While you were setting bowl history with the first ever shut out. I shutout a 20pk of Miller Lite. We were both on fire last night. Your defense was stiffer than Jerry Sandusky watching Nickelodeon. I said at the beginning of the year you would win the championship and I must admit I had my doubts there for a moment. By the way the BCS trophy looks like something my grandmother would have kept in her curio cabinet.
The guy that has never been molested by Nick Saban in a shower but would let him for some cash and booze.
If you are not going to give us playoffs, can we at least request that Bret Musberger never announce another college football game? He is annoying at best. I don’t even think he is still alive…I think the networks have some kick ass CGI. It’s like listening to Dick Clark announce a football game. Many times last night I put the game on mute.
The guy that would rather listen to Steven Hawking announces a football game.
Dear MU Fans,
Told you so.
The guy that watched K-State expose you for the fraud you are.
Dear Rick Pitino,
What the hell is going on over there at Louisville? Your team is coming apart faster than the GOP Race. Notre Dame? I figured you guys for a Final Four team this year. Guess not.
The guy scratching his head
Dear Tim Tebow,
F*!k You…That is all.
You had one good game but you are still a fraud
I have always loved you from afar. This week I pledge my allegiance to you and all thing holy in the Boston area. Please put an end to the Broncos and Tebow. I can’t stand another week of Tebow mania on ESPN. I would rather watch a Steel Magnolia’s marathon than watch anymore coverage on that hack quarterback.
The guy that will be eating lobster and New England Clam Chowder Saturday Night.
Dear Romeo Crennel,
You are on a tight leash with me. Better make it good fat man, I’m impatient. Any signs of Cleveland like leadership I’m gonna be on you like you on a Ryans Buffet on seafood night. Go tell your boss, the Tony Soprano look-alike, to draft lineman and spend some money in free agency.
The guy that is watching you.
The Kansas State men’s basketball team (11-1) wrapped up non-conference play with a drubbing of Howard by a final score of 92-46. With students still on semester break, Cats fans still made their presence felt to cheer on the #25 ranked Wildcats. Rodney McGruder led the Cats with 14pts going 4-4 from down town while Will Spradling chipped 13 pts in going 3-6 from behind the arc.
K-State now heads into 2012 and Big 12 play with a lot of momentum but with a major pick up in competition. K-State tips off conference play this coming Wednesday against in state rival #18 Kansas in Lawrence. The Jayhawks have shown their vulnerability after falling in Kansas City, essentially a home game, to Davidson.
For K-State to be in this game, expect intense perimeter defense on KU’s guards to force with them into what has already been a season of high turnovers. Thomas Gipson and J.O. will most certainly have their hands full with Thomas Robinson, but will just need to limit his production. On the offensive end, K-State shouldn’t panic if they get out to a slow start. The Cats have shown for the most part they are second half team. If the Cats come out hot to start the game, the Jayhawks better look out.
After Kansas, the Cats will then host two of the countries remaining undefeated teams in # 8 Missouri, on Jan 7th, and #7 Baylor, on Jan 10th. The Cats are going to need the most from their fans in attendance when Mizzou rolls in, as much of Wildcat Nation will be traveling home from the Cotton Bowl. If you have tickets for the Missouri game and will not be able to attend, please find a fellow Catbacker to fill your seat and fill Bramlage Coliseum.
Here is a bit of advice to the Kansas Jayhawks…..Grow the hell up! The billboards you have purchased in Missouri that say “We are KANSAS City” and your front office tweets are truly showing what type of institution you are.
“Missouri forfeits a century-old rivalry. We win.” – Official KU Twitter Account
The bottomline is that college athletics go where the money is. Money in college athletics is found within every school football program and the best football in the nation just happens to be played within the Southeastern Conference. Hey KU, it all adds up, there actually is a legitimate reason MU left the Big 12. Missouri’s football program is better than the Kansas program and the overall record (58-56-9 in favor of Mizzou) really doesn’t show how much better of a program Mizzou has been in the Pinkel era. Go ahead and talk about the bogus Orange Bowl victory you had after Mizzou manhandled you a few weeks prior and then played in the Big 12 Championship. You know that Orange Bowl bid was probably part of that illegal weight equipment package that Lew Perkins was involved in before he so eloquently resigned his position.
You might say, “What about the the basketball program?” Ok, so what about it? Basketball comes up well behind football in importance to a university….except at KU, where it becomes the talk of the town after week two of the football season. KU fans talk about how much better the Big 12 is in basketball; however, they can continue to talk about how good they are in a weaker conference. The proof is in the stats as the SEC has won 10 championships compared to the three championships the Big 12 can claim. The so-called strong conference doesn’t do KU any favors as it seems that KU cannot match up against mid-major teams. This is getting too easy.
“But….But….Mizzou left and told the Kansas City economy to stick it!” Not so fast, KU fan! MU made it clear that they would like to continue the rivalry between the two programs and would likely continue the football game at Arrowhead, but KU removed MU from their websites schedule. “But…But….the Big 12 Championship game and Big 12 basketball tournament will no longer be in Kansas City and that is all Mizzou’s fault.” Wrong again! Because of Kansas City’s rich basketball history the tournament will remain in Kansas City according to the Big 12 Conference committee. Well…that backfired didn’t it Kansas? So now, who’s hurting the Kansas City economy? Hmmm, that would be your very own Jayhawks. They could easily make a huge deal of a KU/MU rivalry game and bring more money to the Kansas City.
So as a Mizzou fan I say to Bill Self, continue to wear your gold MC Hammer pants and tell the media “You Can’t Touch This” when it comes to MU playing Kansas again. Your making yourself look like the little brother who didn’t get his way. To the KU front office, that continues to give the green light to the ridiculous tweets and billboards, if you listen to Kansas City radio you would find out that your own fans think it’s childish. Finally, to the cardigan-wearing fat asses that claim to be KU fans, maybe you’ll get your way for the next few years until the unstable Big 12, wait….it’s 10 now, goes through this same mess again. Then you will be lucky to find anyone to play with you. Rock Chalk!…….whatever the hell that means.
Guard Nik Cochran and the Davidson Wildcats defeat the No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks 80-74 tonight at Kansas City’s own Sprint Center in what looked like a repeat of their 2008 Elite 8 match up.
Thomas Robinson once again led the Jayhawks with a powerhouse performance, scoring 21 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. Guard Tyshawn Taylor added 15 points and 7 assists along with Elijah Johnson’s 15 points and 6 assists.
Wildcats Cochran finished the game with 21 points after shooting 5-6 from the field, 4-5 from the 3 point land, and 7-8 from the free
throw line. Guard J.P. Kuhlman added 15 points and two clutch late game free throws. The team managed to commit 0 turnovers the entire second half.
The Jayhawks tied the Wildcats four times throughout the entire game but never managed to take the lead. They stayed within single digits the entire second half until the final twenty seconds when the Wildcats pulled away with their excellent performance from the free throw line.
The intensity picked up at 5:00 after a steal from Davidson’s Jake Cohen leading to a transition bucket to place the Wildcats lead at 65-56. Travis Releford proceeded to capitalize on 3 point play after being fouled on a well aimed jumper to put the Hawks down by only 3 points with four minutes to play.
Jawhawks’ Connor Teahan’s sluggish performance late in the game hurt the Hawks chance at making a comeback. His foul on Nik Cochran, a 94% free throw shooter, gave the Wildcats a 5 points lead, 66-61, with 3:04 left to play. Teahan commits another foul after Tyshawn Taylor’s made jumper which put a halt to their momentum after cutting the lead to three. The Hawks next offensive possession is wasted after an off-the-mark three pointer from Teahan.
The game was neck and neck until the final minutes when Cochran drained a 3-pointer with no time left on the shot clock to put the Wildcats up by six, 71-65, with 1:36 left. An accidental foul by Jayhawks’ Tyshawn Taylor sent Cochran to the free throw line to put the Wildcats up 75-68 with under a minute left to play.
The Wildcats shot 9-10 from the free throw line in the final minute of play solidifying their lead. Hawks’ Teahan’s 3-pointer with :16 left and Elijah Johnson’s 3-pointer with :07 left were only enough to bring them within six as the clock wound down and the buzzer sounded. The Davidson Wildcats stunned the No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks
Thomas Robinson scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to help Kansas take down former undefeated Ohio State 78-67 in tonight’s game at Allen Fieldhouse. It was the Jayhawks 47th consecutive non-conference win.
Freshman forward Kevin Young came off the bench for the Jayhawks to add 14 points, and Senior guard Tyshawn Taylor had a selfless 13 assists to help the Jayhawks achieve a high-profile victory after recent losses to No. 1 Kentucky and No. 7 Duke
The Buckeyes William Buford had 21 points, scoring 17 of them during the second half. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas added 19 points due to an excellent performance from well behind the arc.
The Buckeyes played without their preseason All-American forward Jared Sullinger. Sullinger averages an astounding 19 points and 10 rebounds per game. Not only would Sullinger had helped out the Buckeyes offensively, he would’ve placed more pressure on Jayhawks’ Thomas Robinsons lights out shooting and powerhouse performance in the paint.
The Jayhawks 59.3% shooting shattered the Buckeyes 39% from the field.
Robinson owned the inside without pressure from the absent Sullinger. He scored all 7 of his first half points during the Jayhawks early run.
The Buckeyes spark of life showed towards the end of the first half. Thomas hit back-to-back 3-pointers well beyond the perimeter, putting a small dent in the Jayhawks fast paced offensive attack. The Buckeyes went into the locker room at half time down by only six points.
The Jayhawks started off the second half showing no remorse. Guard Elijah Johnson hit two 3-pointers and Forward Travis Releford hit a 3-pointer of his own to put Kansas up 47-37 early in the second half.
Buford led the Buckeyes four minute run scoring all five of the Buckeyes field goals , which cut the Jayhawks lead to single digits late into the second half. Unfortunately the run fell short once the Buckeyes were within four (62-58). Back-to-back turnovers by Thomas and Jordan Sibert set the Buckeyes offense back.
Robinson capitalized on a three-point play on a putback with 2:40 remaining in the game. His free throw solidified their double digit lead that carried on for the rest of the match up.
The Jayhawks remained calm late in the game and managed to shoot 65% from the foul line.
Kansas defeats the defending Big 10 champs in their first meet up since December of 2000. This was Ohio State’s first game on the road and their first loss of the season.
Missouri Tiger’s head football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested last night by Boone County sherrif deputies for a DWI. Pinkel was pulled over in Columbia around ten o’clock last night. He posted the 500$ bail. He was pulled over for lane and signal violations. Chief Deputy Tom Reddin said Pinkel’s name didn’t appear on Boone County Sherrif Departments report due to a computer glitch. How convenient. Pinkel must have had one too many after seeing the murder’s row of teams he’ll soon be facing in the SEC.
You Can’t Be Serious
Where do I begin with the Penn State child sex abuse scandal? It is a tragedy and a travesty. The ball has been dropped so many times you’d think the federal government was involved. Here we have a “man”, Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with approximately 40 counts of serial sex abuse of minors including seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, and several additional charges. We also have an iconic figure in college football who has been relieved of his duties as head football coach. We have an institution that has lost its honor, integrity, and dignity. Most importantly, we have countless victims who will never have the chance to be everything they could have been because of the horrors inflicted upon them.
Let me see if I have this correct…
While under investigation for inappropriate conduct in 1998, Sandusky confessed to the mother of a victim (and later, in an interview with detectives) that he showered with her 11-yr old son and admitted he was wrong. Despite the confessions and evidence in place, the district attorney, Ray Gricar, informed investigators that no charges would be filed. As a result, the case was closed. In the fall of 2000, a janitor named James Calhoun witnessed Sandusky, in the showers, performing oral sex on a boy between the ages of 11 to 13. He informs other members of the janitorial staff including his supervisor, Jay Witherite. Witherite informs Calhoun of the proper authorities to notify. Calhoun never makes the report. In March of 2002 a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, witnessed Sandusky engaging in anal intercourse with a boy who is approximately 10 years old. He calls his father. The next morning, he called Joe Paterno, met him at his home, and informed him of what he witnessed. The next day Paterno called Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and reported a version of what McQueary told him. Later that month, Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz met with McQueary and said they would investigate. As a result, Sandusky was relieved of his locker room keys and The Second Mile, an organization he founded to help at-risk children, was notified of the incident. In the spring of 2008, Sandusky was barred from the school district of a high school in Clinton County after the mother of a freshman reported the sexual assault of her son; an investigation begins in 2009. On November 5, 2011, Sandusky is arrested and arraigned on 40 criminal counts. On November 9, the Penn State Board of Trustees fires President Graham Spanier and head football coach Joe Paterno, effective immediately.
Keeping in mind that this is an abbreviated timeline of the events that occurred from 1998 to the present, it’s not hard to see that several people in positions of authority, quite simply, screwed up. Let’s look at the facts. We have:
According to USA Today, the Missouri Tigers have officially been named new members of the SEC Conference, effective in July 2012. On Sunday, Missouri curators, SEC presidents, and the Big 12 board of directors made the announcement. Mizzou becomes the 14th member of the SEC and now leaves the Big 12 with 10 teams. Focus will now shift to Missouri’s long-time rival the Kansas Jayhawks to see if they will continue one of the longest rivalries in college football, known as “The Border War”….or if you want to be politically correct, “The Border Showdown.” There is a possibility that this move will affect the Big 12 Tournament being played in Kansas City as well.