Monday, February 13, 2006

KU’s Case inspired

Oklahoman eager to play dad's school


— Jeremy Case takes extra incentive into tonight's Kansas University-Oklahoma State men's basketball game.

Case, KU's sophomore guard from nearby McAlester, Okla., will be trying to claim bragging rights over his dad, Win, who played at OSU in the 1980s.

"I wouldn't necessarily say it's a battle, but I find it more rewarding if we beat my dad's alma mater," Jeremy Case said.

Win Case won't be in the Gallagher-Iba Arena stands for today's 8 p.m. battle. He will be coaching Eastern Oklahoma State College's basketball team against Arkansas-Fort Smith in Wilburton, Okla.

Case's mom and several other relatives will be on hand, however.

"It will be exciting. It's probably the loudest place we play. The fans feel like they are right there breathing on your neck," said Case, who two seasons ago scored two points in seven minutes in KU's 80-60 loss to the Cowboys.

Case said it was a tough call deciding which was a bigger game -- playing Oklahoma or Oklahoma State.

"Probably Oklahoma, just because I grew up watching them and went to a lot of their football games. I watched OU a lot more," Case said. "But I wouldn't say it's a lot more, because my dad also played at OSU."

Win Case was a teammate of KU coach Bill Self during the 1983-84 and '84-85 seasons.

"Actually, I have one video tape of when they played Kansas and Danny Manning was playing," Jeremy Case said of Manning's freshman season at KU. "I think Danny might have actually gave me that, and I've got it at home. It was fun to watch my dad play.

"He looked good. I think he had about 20 points, actually. He always talks about how much better he was than me, but I just tell him that's not right."

What did Manning have to say about his dad's game?

"He said my dad was a great shooter -- and that's what he was. All his points were off jump shots," Jeremy Case said.

He offered an opinion on KU coach Self's game on the same tape.

"Coach Self just looked tough out there. He looked like the coach Self that's here. He was willing to take charges and stuff like that," Jeremy Case said.

Oklahoma State didn't heavily recruit Case, a sharpshooter at McAlester High, about a two-hour drive from both Stillwater and Norman.

"I got letters from them, but of course you get letters from everyone," Case said.

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