Advertisement

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Jayhawks soak up Sweet 16 in Indy

Kansas players Sherron Collins, front, is followed by teammates Brennan Bechard, Matt Kleinmann, Chase Buford and Brady Morningstar as the team leaves the bus upon arrival outside the Omni Hotel in Indianapolis Wednesday, March, 25, 2009.

Kansas players Sherron Collins, front, is followed by teammates Brennan Bechard, Matt Kleinmann, Chase Buford and Brady Morningstar as the team leaves the bus upon arrival outside the Omni Hotel in Indianapolis Wednesday, March, 25, 2009.

Advertisement

Videos

KU vs. Michigan State

video thumbnail

Complete coverage of KU's third NCAA match-up of 2009.

Feature

2009 Bracket Challenge

Get yer bracket on! Browse all brackets, check out out KUsports.com staff brackets, and check to see how your bracket's holding up after each match up is complete.

— Police sirens blared at 6 p.m. on Wednesday as Kansas University’s basketball team bus pulled up to the front door of the Omni Severin Hotel.

Coach Bill Self led the parade of players and coaches into the lobby as the defending national champions prepared to settle in and make final preparations for Friday’s 8:37 p.m. (Central Daylight Time) Sweet 16 battle against Michigan State at Lucas Oil Stadium — located a stone’s throw from KU’s team headquarters.

“I’ve not seen a more impressive building ever while driving in,” Self said of the brand-new home of the Indianapolis Colts. “We’re looking forward to getting in there.”

The Jayhawks (27-7) will hold a shootaround in the massive 63,000-seat facility from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., EDT, today.

First on the players’ agenda Wednesday in Indiana’s Capital city was devouring a quick team meal, then rushing down the block to Conseco Fieldhouse where Brandon Rush’s Indiana Pacers were taking on Mario Chalmers’ Miami Heat.

“It is cool Mario and Brandon are here,” Self said of two players who helped KU win the 2008 NCAA title.

“Our players love Brandon and Mario. It’s great they are able to go over there to support those guys. I want to watch them as well, but it’d make too long a night.”

On tap for Self on Wednesday night was watching tape of Friday’s foe — Michigan State.

“I’ve got to watch the first Michigan State tape two or three more times,” Self said of the Spartans’ 75-62 victory over KU on Jan. 10 in East Lansing, Mich.

“There are a couple possessions I can’t remember exactly what happened,” he joked.

He brought plenty of tape of the Spartans (28-6) with him to Indiana.

“They’ve played 22 games since we played them. There are still some things I’ve not seen,” Self said.

“I’m one of those guys if you are not watching tape, you are going to miss something.”

Self said he didn’t wish to show disrespect to North Dakota State and Dayton, two teams the Jayhawks defeated last weekend in Minneapolis, but that Michigan State was a different type of animal, so to speak.

“We get the opportunity to play the best team in the Big Ten,” Self said of Tom Izzo’s Spartans, who went 15-3 in league games. “The bottom line is we had a knot put on our head by Michigan State. The final score was 12 or 13 (points). It felt like 20 to our guys. We tried hard, but didn’t execute a flip offensively.”

KU did show some guts that game, slicing a 19-point deficit to nine with four minutes left.

“That game did help us a lot. We were behind a lot in games in our conference season and never panicked,” Self said.

Self noted that the Midwest Regional has four outstanding teams still standing. Arizona will meet Louisville in Friday’s other semifinal.

“We’ve got two coaches — Izzo and Pitino (Rick, Louisville) — who have coached in eight or nine Final Fours and have a couple national championships,” Self said.

Indeed, Izzo has reached four Final Fours and won the 2000 NCAA title; Pitino has advanced to five Final Fours and won the 1996 NCAA crown.

“The other two coaches — Self and Pennell (Russ, Arizona) were on the same staff at Oklahoma State fighting to see who was going to get coach (Eddie) Sutton’s laundry or dry cleaning,” Self cracked.

On a serious note, Self said the Jayhawks had a productive practice before leaving Lawrence on Wednesday. He reported no cases of illness or any new injuries.

“Everybody’s fine,” he said.

He said it would not be a challenge in killing time before Friday’s late tip.

“We don’t have a ton of time here,” Self said. “It’s a Big Monday game that starts an hour and 40 minutes later. The worst thing about playing 9:40 (EDT) is for the winner. It will not make that big a difference Friday. It’s Sunday (in regional final). After finishing media obligations (after Friday’s game), coming back to the hotel and having dinner, the players being exhausted, they won’t be down until 3 a.m. The same for Michigan State. The winner of our game will have a big challenge.”

Nonetheless ...

“We are excited,” Self said. “It’s been a pretty intense year. It seems now we are so close, yet so far away (from Final Four). A majority of the best teams (in country) are still playing. We’re excited to be one of them.”

Comments

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 10 months ago

Why were the police sirens blaring? Is that some ritual for the defending National Championsip team? Or, was it just another day in downtown Indy?

indianajayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

would like to say that its for the national champs, but lately its probably just another day

jsmith725 10 years, 10 months ago

All the teams in the tournament get police escorts between airport/hotel/arena. Must be something the NCAA insists on as part of the deal to host a site.

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 10 months ago

sounds to me like it's just the pomp and circumstance of sweet 16 teams arriving at their new homes. Kinda like when the KU bus had their police escorts during Orange Bowl week.

Joshua Hann 10 years, 10 months ago

Wow. I live in Indianapolis too. Before everyone goes and gets a bad idea about this city, this is not St. Louis we are talking about. Downtown Indy is very clean and very safe. I'm not saying that's the whole city but man IndianaJayhawk, way to take some pride, especially since it's in your name. Was probably an escort from the airport to downtown. Rock Chalk...

Jeremy LeMaster 10 years, 10 months ago

They did the same thing for all teams at the Big 12 Tourney.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 10 months ago

Hey, Royaljayhawk, watch that downtown St.Louis crack...our downtown is clean and safe. Since the Cardinals aren't playing yet, there's no one down there!! :}

Taylor Mermis 10 years, 10 months ago

Royaljayhawk- Love the St. Louise crack. If your name suggests being a Royals fan, we will never forget '85. Wiki says "According to Morgan Quitno's "America's safest/most dangerous cities" report,[1] St. Louis has ranked among nation's worst three in per capita crime - 3rd in 2000, 3rd in 2001, 1st in 2002, 2nd in 2003, 3rd in 2004, 3rd in 2005, and 1st again in 2006."

Not to mention it is in the awful state of MissouRAH!! So is my beloved KC but I would never live on the Missouri side and it does have our wonderful state in the name of the city.

cearle23 10 years, 10 months ago

I also live in Indy and had the opportunity to go out to the airport and welcome the team plane for work. We are handling the team's transportation for the week, so I got elected to go out and be a part of the welcoming comittee and the sirens were most definetly the police escort. The team got a warm reception in the Omni lobby as well!! Rock Chalk!!

bisjay6 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm travelling to Indianapolis this friday, are there any other team related events (pep rally) or practices that we can go to watch besides the game?

Matt Kenton 10 years, 10 months ago

I went to the Indy 500 a few years ago and got a police escort. I think it's just what they do there.

d_prowess 10 years, 10 months ago

I was in Indy for the Insight Bowl this year and was lucky enough to watch the game at the restaurant that the Indy Alumni Chapter meets in. Everyone was great and could not have been nicer. Hopefully they will all be out there in force showing the out of town Jayhawks a good time!

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

Nick Krug is amazing. He has a sixth sense about photography. This picture captures the essense of how I feel about our team going into the game against MSU. There is the toughness and experience of Collins followed by the self-less commitment of Kleinmann leading younger men who cannot quite realize just how intense and violent this game is going to be. It is a cold and hard world they walk through on the way to the arena. Every picture of his is beautifully composed and tells the essense of a story all by itself. Frankly, I've never seen a professional photographer who can consistently make each picture a story on this level. And I hear Krug is young. The KU basketball visual record is in good hands while he is on the job. I hope all these photos remain archived and eventually granted their own web pages. Their chronology through any season combined with the stories that accompanied them would make for a magnificient online museum of Kansas Basketball. Hey, Lew, get the rights, or at least shared rights, to these pics if you can.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Out of curiosity, how does the team get to go to an NBA game without breaking any NCAA rules? I'm certainly no expert on NCAA rules violations (although I don't think anyone is anymore....), but I'm guessing that Mario or Brandon couldn't give them tickets (Alumni giving a gift to a player), and it doesn't seem like Coach Self or the athletic department could buy them for the players. Did the guys have to pay for them on their own? Or does the NCAA allow things like this during the tourney? I'm definitely not suggesting that the team did anything wrong; I'm just curious how something like that is done.

Gary or Jesse, either of you know?

As to the more important things, I'm not sure I could be more pumped up for Friday night.... or for any of these games, honestly. This should be a great weekend of basketball.

Rock Chalk.

pmohr13 10 years, 10 months ago

Don't know if it is the same thing. But Carmelo from the Denver Nuggets gave tickets to OJ Mayo last year. Caused a huge media drama bit, but in the end the NCAA ruled it to just be a gift from a friend.

100 10 years, 10 months ago

Mark Shlabak (espn) just completely disrespected KU.

Out of the 16 teams, he ranks KU as #11...

Has he seen KU play when Marcus, Taylor, Morningstar & Reed are...

TANKED UP???

Our young guys need to eat, sleep & drink Gatorade for the next 36 hours...

It's all about defense boys...

It's all about D...

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

Theutus,

Thanks for that thoughtful response on another recent thread. Thought I would post here in hopes you would see the response.

I agree we have had some luck and have gambled this year.

I would disagree that there is something wrong with gambling and luck.

Great leaders, especially military strategists and certain coaches, understand that the worst move you can make is to follow a low risk strategy requiring force superiority that you lack.

Asking this green team, with only two legitimate players that can create on offense with the advantage of a mismatch (at least much of the time), to play a low risk, diversified offense would be to concede defeat at the outset. This team just does not have sufficient talent for that, and early on did not have sufficient experience, to play on a diversified Okie Baller offense with a different guy stepping forward every night. Self, to his credit, was a realist about this from the beginning. He did not become a prisoner of last season's experience and success. He changed the scheme.

Could he have switched to a stretch and ball screen offense a la Memphis, or go totally Princeton, or go motion and tried to compensate that way? Yes. But those offenses are not consistent with his philosophy of how to play the game. He chose instead to adapt his Okie Baller philsophy to his material. He did the something similar with Wayne Simien's team. Okie Baller philsophy has always allowed either diversified scoring responsibility, or asymmetry of scoring responsibility. It just depends on how you string the Okie Baller bow. (Note: for that matter, any offensive scheme can be run diversified, or asymmetrically.)

Is relying heavily on a player like Sherron to carry so much of the load, to create so much, to do so much, plus on Cole to do so much of the rebounding, and inside work, a gamble? Yes. But it was a calculated one.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

Relying heavily on Sherron and Cole, allowed Self to exploit the one potential advantage that this green team could come with against most teams: good outside shooting from the trey. Relying on Sherron and Cole heavily allowed Self to get by playing a freshman like Tyshawn for his aerial game, and horizontal types like Brady and Tyrel big minutes for their guns.

Even after all these years, people do not really appreciate what an edge three point shooting gives a team over the course of a season. If you have guys who can make over 40-45 % of their treys, well, it means that you can't do better in the mid range and you can only do better scoring close in when the outside shooters keep the defense from packing it in. Inside game and outside game are heavily mutually reinforcing in the age of the trey.

Self can't do better than having Morningstar and Reed in for big minutes, so long as they are not being burned alive defensively and produce 40-45% trey accuracy. They allow Cole and Sherron more room to do what they do. And Self, being a great defensive coach and a former none too quick guard, knows how to at least keep guys like Morningstar and Reed from being burned. He was clearly surprised that Brady would turn into his best defender, but that is luck sometimes.

Would it be better to have Brady and Tyrel shoot more of the treys than Sherron, because they make a higher percentage? Strictly in statistical terms, yes. But Sherron's effectiveness at getting to the rim hinges on defenders fearing his trey. To make them fear his trey, he has to shoot it and often. Frankly, the more often he shoots it, the more often he can blow by them to head to the rim where one of three good things almost always happen. He scores, he gets fouled and is a good FT shooter, or he dishes to a big. The team has to have this backbone dynamic. So: Brady and Tyrel shoot as many threes as Sherron does not need to take to keep his defenders honest. They act to leverage up Sherron's 38% shooting percentage to a level high enough to allow Self to use him in the way that he has; that is the strategic way to think about what Self is doing.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

Just as Self gambled using Chalmers and RR last year to wreak havoc on an opponent's offense, Self is gambling on using Sherron to wreak havoc on an opponent's defense. Self understands how difficult Sherron's wreak havoc offense makes it for teams to defend the rest of the KU team. Everytime Sherron puts it on the deck and goes hard, the opposing defense must begin to react and help. Defensive mistakes follow, whether or not Sherron succeeds in getting to the rim gracefully. Everytime Sherron pulls up unexpectedly and pops the triceratop, even if he misses it, he is stressing the defense. My guess is that many of the shots you call bad shots, are precisely what Coach Self is hoping for. Self seems to have told Sherron to shoot when doing so would disrupt a defense trying to get into position--maybe not always but often. This runs counter to traditional low risk offensive strategy. It is kind of like a guerilla offense. Guerrilla warfare strategy and tactics do not require victory at every engagement. The point of guerilla tactics is to engage the enemy with superior force in ways that create asymmetric costs, not necessarily decisive victories, so the superior force enemy cannot get into a rhythm to destroy you. Sometimes, Sherron is just disrupting the flow of the game to try to break the rhythm of the game into another cadence where KU can attack more effectively. But sooner or later in guerilla tactics, the lesser army has to come down out of the mountains for decisive encounters. And that is exactly what KU tries to do. Self may never admit it, but he would be an awesome leader of a guerrilla army; that was why he could win at ORU and Tulsa. That is why he can win in a rebuilding year. But he can't overcome all odds all the time. No strategy can. But if he can some how with luck get this team to the Finals, say, the same way LB coaxed the '88 team to the Finals, a calculated gambler always has a decent chance to win one game.

Self signalled to everyone early what kind of a team this was. He compared Morningstar to Jeff Gueldner on the '88 team and said that team won a ring with a guy like Gueldner. Brown did not hesitate to try to win a ring with a Manning, after failing with a magnificiently well rounded team earlier. Self is an old guard, just like John Wooden was. Wooden did not hesitate to try to win a ring with a guard dominated team in the early 60s. Self decided not to hesitate to win a ring again with a great guard backed up by a possibly exceptional post man. But he's betting all the marble son the guard.

Theutus 10 years, 10 months ago

I don't disagree that we need the 3, I just don't like to see a majority of our offense relying on it....

As to your point about Cole and Collins being the only producers.... Thats a double edged sword. I think Taylor would be leaps and bounds above the level he is currently at, if he had more opportunity to score. Fact is, Collins hardly ever passes the ball. There will be a set play to move the ball, where Taylor will get a touch, but once it comes back to Collins, he never passes again.

Not to say thats such a bad thing, but what I think the fact that Collins keeps the ball so much has actually been a detriment to our younger guys developing on the offensive end. The same way Collins is cold and shoots through it, we would probably see some offensive power-houses step up given the opportunity... They simply don't get one.

At this point though, lets face the facts: Nothings going to change until next season. Here's to hoping for the best come Friday.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure he has seen our Jayhawks, 100. Let's be realistic and say that there have been some bumps along the way....some pretty big ones. Michigan St. was one of those. But you are right about the "D". I think if we play as hard in this game as we did in the Dayton game, we will have a shot...but only a shot. Michigan St. is the best rebounding and hussle team in the tournament. This is going to be a dog fight.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

Is relying on Sherron a gamble? Yes, a huge one. He has lots of off nights, as do all players. Does it always work? No. Is it the kind of scheme you'd run if you had a ton of talent and wanted to maximize your changes of the best record possible and of winning it all? No.

But great leaders play to win with what ever they have and if winning requires gambling that's what they do.

One of the great historical examples of this in war was the Battle of Midway in which USA naval leaders from Nimitz on down gambled almost everything on a single advantage in the face of long odds. They could read the code of the Japanese and gambled they Japanese had not discovered this and had not begun feeding them false information. They had a smaller surface fleet and could not hope to win by traditional low risk strategy and tactics. They knew they had only one possible advantage a bunch of carriers that the Japanese were unsure of the location of. The US Naval leaders gambled everything on this advantage, rather than waiting a year for war production of ships to equalize the odds of a great encounter. It was one of the greatest gambles in military history. It worked.

Do gambles fail? Ask Robert E. Lee? His entire southern strategy was a gamble. Early on most times his gambles succeeded with some lesser failures. His forcing of the Gettysburg battle was a gamble. It became a decisive failure.

The lesson seems to be: gambling can acheive great victory if it is not to be relied upon perpetually.

Gambling requires luck, but then all strategies make use of luck and can be undone by its inadequate supply at key moments.

jayhawkcsg 10 years, 10 months ago

I don't understand why Gary Bedore insists on letting the world know what hotel the team is staying. What good does that serve the readers? Next to nothing. What bad can it do to the team? All sorts of mischief is possible.

I'd like to see KUSports.com change its ways on that.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

A calculated gamble upon Sherron and Cole has produced about what one would have expected, assuming a usual amount of good luck. The one big fluke of luck was Griffin being injured at the key moment that allowed us to win the conference outright. But then KU had bad luck in the form of injuries to Little, Cole, and Sherron's arm. So, right now, I would say this team has not been overly lucky. It just has had some very timely luck.

Are the odds of a gambling team winning it all high? No.

But sometimes they do. Valvano gambled and won with NC State once upon a time.

Frankly, John Wooden gambled and won with his first ring team by electing to go small and play Topeka's Freddy Slaughter as a 6'5" postman in the era of the great big men.

Do gambling teams win often? No.

But great coaches know that you have to take calculated gambles when the alternative is certain mediocrity.

People forget that Self gambled on the passing lane defense scheme against UNC last year to get that win. A good case could be made that UNC had the better team and material. And even with the great success of the early gamble on defense (the gamble that playing strip and run could disrupt UNC into a 20 point deficit), KU had to hang on for dear life to beat UNC when they came roaring back.

Its quite fair to say that gambling on Sherron being a player who can take you all the way on his back is much riskier than gambling on Danny Manning, or Wilt Chamberlain. It is much less likely to succeed. But the fact is: Self has figured out a way to get KU to the Sweet 16 in a rebuilding year. The gamble has paid off handsomely. It may blow up at any moment. But to argue for a more diversified offense from this team seems to me to argue for a strategy that did not fit the material and would not have gotten us even this far.

Self is, like Larry Brown, and Wooden, and Bob Knight, and Coach K, a huge calculated gambler when no other path makes more sense, and even some tactical gambles with a superior team when they give the element of surprise. They would rather not gamble. Everyone always wants the deck stacked in their favors. But they do not hesitate when a gamble is the only weapon that promises advantage against the best.

not_important 10 years, 10 months ago

Schools are allowed to take the team to a game, movie, amusement park, etc. as entertainment when a team is on the road. I believe the restriction is how far you can travel to get to the entertainment, i.e. it must be close by to be considered okay.

The hotels for the teams are public information. Anyone in Indy would know what the team hotels are, so noting this information is really not a big deal. If you are selected as a team hotel, the amount of security required should deter any possible problems anyway. In San Antonio, you could not even get into the team hotel without having a hotel key or knowing someone staying inside and having them come down and get you. It isn't like walking into a Super 8 or Best Western where the only person on site is at the desk.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

not_important,

Thanks for the answer regarding the players attending the NBA game. Makes sense.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 10 months ago

I can't believe I am posting this but wouldn't it be awesome if KU, Missouri and Oklahoma all made the Final Four with KU winning it all of course by beating them both!!!!

Of course the odds of that are about as long as monkeys flying out of Nancy Pelosi's butt......although, you never know!!

Scott Smetana 10 years, 10 months ago

Oakville, I'm like you... I'm going to have a VERY hard time rooting for Mizzery tonight. I wouldn't, except I can't stand Memphis.
I like OU and hope they make it to the final 4. I like the twins and their fans are almost as classy as us.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

OakvilleJHawk,

Hey, there's a first time for everything.

I've been saying for awhile that the Big East is overrated. I think this is the round we begin to see their teams drop. I'm expecting only one of them to make it to the Final Four. I don't see how KU can beat a six big man rotation at positions 3, 4, and 5 with what we have to counter, but then I'm not sure they have an answer for Collins and Aldrich, if Aldrich is healthy. My concern as always against MSU, is that KU come out pushing and shoving and mixing it up to the max. I they don't, KU players are going to get hurt.

Regarding Speak of the House Pelosi, she engineered the corrupt Bush Administration out the surest way she could to put the Democrats in total control. I would like for her to have strong armed the inquiries and impeachment proceedings necessary to compel the evidence necessary to put Bush and Cheney in prison for war crimes before they left office, but it would have required the sacrifice of the Democratic Party's control (it would have been a political donneybrook to the end) to get them. So: she learned from the Democrats "getting" Nixon, and the Republicans "getting" Clinton. both parties were initially bouyed by doing the getting, but also sewed the seeds of their own demise by having done so. She played it like the wise old politician that she is. She contained Bush and Cheney as much as possible, let their lies and crimes destroy the Republican's chances in 2008, and shepherded in total Democratic control of both House, Senate and White House. It was morally bankrupt not to bring them to justice, but morality is not practiced in real politiks much. Certainly, George Bush and Dick Cheney found no time for morality, except when some rhetoric energized a Christian fundamentalist voting block for a brief time. Now the problem Pelosi and the Democrats, especially Obama, who she is also containing, so far, face is: they didn't get the bad guys, and now they have to deal--almost certainly unsuccessfully--with the mess the bad guys left. This won't sit well with voters either in due time. You can't fix the mess and you can't punish the guys who were on watch and enabled lots of it? What good are you Democrats? And then the Republicans will put the foxes back in the hen house. And so it goes.

But who knows?

The market is almost back up to 8000 and KU is in the Sweet 16!

OU, MU, and KU in the Final Four is not impossible. Just improbable.

What the heck! We didn't get Bush and Cheney, but we might get MSU!

Andrew Moore 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm not so sure you know what you're talking about with regards to Nancy Pelosi.
I don't appreciate her finger pointing. Did she ever offer a viable solution to any of out foreign and domestic policy problems? (...no...) Maybe if democrats in congress didn't pressure banks (Community Reinvestment Act modifications in the 90s) into giving loans to people who "needed them" who couldn't afford them, we wouldn't have the current economic mess. Perhaps if Dodd and Frank had noticed that Fannie and Freddie were offering insanely low adjustable rate loans, they should've known that the interest rate risk was astronomical (risk it increases) when they offered the loans. Fact is, this mess left blood on ALL of governments hands. Both parties should share the burden.... I don't think either deserved election/re-election. Pelosi is a narrow minded tool that acts/reacts in a manner to get elected.

I'd like to think that because this is a sports website, maybe you should limit the political garbage and talk KU basketball.

Jaybate, I really appreciate your opinions with regards to KU basketball, however far fetched some may be. But your political opinions... not so much.

kufankam 10 years, 10 months ago

Theutus,

What games were you watching this weekend? Collins continued to kick the ball to open shooters OVER and OVER and OVER again. They kept missing and he KEPT PASSING. Your obvious biased distaste for Collins blinds you in your assessment. Self said this week that Sherron was phenominal all weekend in getting others involved. He pointed to how Sherron had 8 assists in game 1 and could have had many more than that in game 2 had anyone made a shot. Sherron shot 19 shots against Dayton... and seeing how he made better than 50% of them, I wouldn't have had a problem with him shooting more. Self would probably agree as he has said all year (though haters seem to forget) that he wants Sherron putting up around 22 shots a game. You don't like Sherron, we get it. But don't let it blind you to the point that you cannot even see a guy putting in so much effort to try and involve his cold shooting teammates. Credit him for not doing what a lot of "selfish" players would have done and thought, "to hell with these guys, I am done passing because they can't hit water from a boat. Sherron's performances this weekend were a great balance of a scorer with a killer instinct and a leader keeping his team involved. If you disagree, that is fine, but I would recommend you go listen to any press conference with our Nat'l Championship coach speaking and he may have something contrary to say about it.

Lance Hobson 10 years, 10 months ago

These guys stay in nice hotels. It must be a blast to be a bball player at a school like Kansas. Or just about any other school for that matter.

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I would actually like to see monkeys fly out of Pelosi's butt. it might make the next presidential address more exciting.

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Butt then again, it would all be smoke and mirrors.

John Randall 10 years, 10 months ago

[quote]All the teams in the tournament get police escorts between airport/hotel/arena. Must be something the NCAA insists on as part of the deal to host a site.[/quote]

That's something Mangino should have thought of for Armageddon I. If our bus got to stadium on time, we might have had a better first half. :)

Phil Perry 10 years, 10 months ago

Regarding Speak of the House Pelosi, ... And then the Republicans will put the foxes back in the hen house. And so it goes.

Take this S#&% somewhere else.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 10 months ago

Just have to start this off-subject convo. It's halftime for UofM and MU.

We all know how wrong it is to even pretend to pull for those Tiggers from Columbia.

I will admit to one thing tonight and tonight only. I want Memphis to go down to a Big 12 team so badly even if it means Mizz. wins a game. The 3/4 court, end-of-half buzzer beater was a thing of beauty. Also a thing of beauty was the missed dunk by Memphis late in the first half.

GO BIG XII !!

Dan Harris 10 years, 10 months ago

The tigers are beating the Tigers by 13 at the half, Not rooting for Mizzu but against Memphis!

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 10 months ago

It's awfully quiet here in Memphis!

64-40 15:30 to go !

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

i'll root for any big 12 team in the tournament when we are not playing. it makes for good conference business.

also nice to see puke loosing

Commenting has been disabled for this item.