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Kansas defeats Colorado, 94-74

  • 3 p.m., Feb. 20, 2010
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Sunday, February 21, 2010

‘X’ a factor again

Henry helps KU throttle Buffaloes

Kansas forward Xavier Henry is fouled by Colorado forward Casey Crawford on his way to the bucket during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Xavier Henry is fouled by Colorado forward Casey Crawford on his way to the bucket during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas defeats Buffaloes, 94-74

The Jayhawks took down Colorado Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU vs. Colorado postgame

Coach Bill Self addresses the media following KU's victory against Colorado on February 20, 2010.

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Reader poll

Whose offensive game were you more pleased with following the Jayhawks' 94-74 victory over Colorado?

  • Cole Aldrich (17 points, 6-for-8 shooting, four offensive rebounds, no turnovers) 28% 587 votes
  • Tyshawn Taylor (17 points, 6-for-7 shooting, six assists, three turnovers) 69% 1432 votes
  • Undecided 2% 50 votes

2069 total votes.

Carl Henry sat stoically in his bleacher seat 20 or so rows above the visitor’s basketball bench, watching intently as his son Xavier exploded for a game-high 24 points in Kansas University’s 94-74 victory over Colorado on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Though he didn’t show it on the outside — rarely cracking even a smile — Carl Henry, a former Jayhawk small forward, was feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside following Xavier’s best overall performance in a dozen Big 12 games, all victories.

“I’m real pleased with his season. When things weren’t going so well, he still hung in there and played. He hung in there. That’s all you can ask,” proud papa Carl said after watching Xavier hit nine of 16 floor shots, including four of seven threes.

“He’s letting the game come to him,” Carl Henry added. “Basically, he isn’t trying to force anything. When he does try to force it, it doesn’t come out good.”

Xavier Henry, who has scored in double figures in four straight games — he had 15 against Texas, 16 versus Iowa State and 12 against Texas A&M — appears officially to have put to rest talk of a slump that had the 6-foot-6 wing totaling just 31 points off 11-of-36 shooting (5-of-22 from three) in five games.

“I just tell him, ‘Good game’ after every game,” Carl Henry said of good times and bad. “Every time he comes off the floor, I say, ‘Good game.’’’

Accentuating the positive certainly helped Xavier shake his personal skid.

“Everybody always encouraged me because they know I’m a positive kid,” Xavier said. “They won’t say anything to bring me down. My family just kept me thinking positively, and I kept doing the same things I was doing.”

Henry, who stroked three quick threes in helping KU open an 11-7 lead over the Buffs, said he never felt frustrated during his personal dog days of the Big 12 season.

“Not really, because I knew eventually it was going to fall,” Henry said of his shot. “It happens to everybody. Everybody has off games. Mine just came three or four in a row. I worked harder every single day with our shooting coach, coach (Joe) Dooley. We got extra shots up and everything like that. They are starting to fall again.”

KU coach Bill Self encouraged Henry to keep shooting when open during the rookie’s dry spell.

“I think with shooters, they are a little quirky maybe,” Self said. “You worry too much about your shot as opposed to worrying about just playing. There’s some guys on your team that’s easier to go in funks because they need to make shots to play well. Some guys, there’s actually no pressure because they don’t have to make shots to play well. Certainly there’s more pressure making shots than any other part of a basketball game. With Sherron (Collins, 13 points on a day he tied Raef LaFrentz, Billy Thomas and C.B. McGrath as winningest KU player of all time) or with X, that just kind of comes with the territory.

“The last four games, he’s been as good a player as we’ve had on our team,” Self added of Henry.

The Jayhawks are certainly happy to see Henry emerge recently. He’s an upbeat player who has fit in well.

“You can ask the guys. I’m always smiling. I always have a smile on my face,” Henry said.

Tyshawn Taylor, who erupted for 17 points on a day five Jayhawks scored in double figures, had Henry grinning after the game.

“He coulda had 30 if he’d made some more threes,” Taylor said.

“I’ll answer that for him ... yes,” senior team leader Collins cracked, butting in when a reporter asked Henry if his 24-point outing came as a relief.

To Xavier, the 24 points really seemed no big deal, considering he always has been a scorer — both playing for dad Carl’s Athletes First AAU team and at Putnam City (Okla.) High School.

“I’ve been working on it,” Henry said of taking the ball to the basket. “It’s a different way of scoring. I work on all ways of scoring. Nothing comes foreign to me. When you’ve got a wide-open shot, take it. If somebody is crowding you, you go ahead and take it to the rim.”

Ever the coach, Carl Henry was asked if his son should be proud of his play of late.

“He should,” Carl said. “Actually, he should work a little bit harder.”

Comments

jayhawker_97 4 years, 10 months ago

glad to see X played effective game like this. but i'm with papa Carl on “Actually, he should work a little bit harder.” we're ONLY shooting 54%. Taylor should have a spotlight on this site - he earns it. ;)

James Miller 4 years, 10 months ago

We are hitting on most cylinders and I am really digging this team.

jhox 4 years, 10 months ago

I do like Henry's attitude...always smiling, even during his slump. It would be petty easy for a guy who probably went into the season with the mind set that he would be a lottery pick at the end of the year, to start to show bad body language, and maybe even be a bad teammate. It's a credit to him that he's stayed positive, and seems to be enjoying being with his teammates, and enjoying his team's success. He will be a lottery pick, but probably not quite as quickly as he hoped.

Self has done a great job of recruiting guys with good personalities who genuinely seem to like each other. That's a big reason he's been so successful.

John Brown 4 years, 10 months ago

I thought it was interesting comment that its easier to give good kids encouragement. It is also great to have good kids on your team to encourage. I want X to do well because he is a good kid. Looking at Kentucky, or John Wall's team in comparison, the focus in on one guy all of the time. Kansas has many good players who all shine together. SC can have a bad night and either team defense will win or Aldrich, X, Morris or Taylor will have a good night. Sometimes the pick-up will come from Reed hitting a 3 or Morningstar shutting down the other teams best scorer. Whatever the situation, X is a good fit for KU.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

jbrownjib--- Totally agree! Cole had his usual good game. X is coming around. He hasn't totally matured yet but he's getting there. With X having a good game, opponents have somebody else to worry about. Then, there was Tyshawn Taylor's game! He had a chip on his shoulder. He played with passion and was on a mission. The game yesterday showed that when KU plays close to its best, how can anyone beat them, even Kentucky. SEC, btw, is no where close to the Big 12. Tyshawn's game elavated KU's game. Coach Self, (man, he knows how to motivate) said they didn't play their best---"there's so much other areas we can work on." With Selection Sunday three weeks away, KU is definitely on the upswing and they definitely have an upside right now. Hope it continues---Rock Chalk, Jayhawks---go get Oklahoma!!!!!

Steve Brown 4 years, 10 months ago

Loved watching Carl play years ago...I say we need more legacy's he he...Roger did his part where is the Kivisto, Stallworth, Knight kids, come on Simeon starting having some boys...

Back to reality, it is nice to have parents club active in Lawrence and mom's featured on the TV of the games, it does take a community given all the temptations and distractions. Don't know how many parents move to Larry town, but it seems we are getting more and more and that has to be good thing.

UNC v. FSU 2.24: may determine who gets to 2,000 1st.

ParisHawk 4 years, 10 months ago

Lighthawk says "UNC v. FSU 2.24: may determine who gets to 2,000 1st."

Agreed. UNC needs two more wins to get to 2000 and it has two more home games, of which FSU is the toughest. They lose to FSU and they will probably be at 1999 at the end of the regular season. If KU wins out, we get to 2000 against Missouri.

Funny thing: imagine both teams are at 1999 at the end of conference play, and that both teams win their first conference tournament game. In that case, look how close it could get : KU would play for win 2000 on March 11th at 11:30 CST. UNC would play at 11 CST if they are the 9th seed, later if they are 10th or worse. So it's conceivable that who gets there first could boil down to the tournament schedules and ACC tournament seeds !

Kye Clark 4 years, 10 months ago

ralster - ESPN certainly has looked past the Carolina blue...only to see the Kentucky blue they are fixated on now. Understandably after KU wins at home against a Big 12 bottom feeder and Kentucky wins on the road at ranked Vanderbilt that UK would be getting a lot of coverage last night/today on TV and their website. However, it's been a season-long love-fest, from their hyping of John Wall as POY, to columns on their website creaming themselves over Calipari, to the re-emergence of Ashley Judd, and on and on. The only way it could be worse is if they had a TV deal for more of the SEC games.

As far as the Vanderbilt-UK game goes, Vandy played incredibly undisciplined. They scrapped and fought, but they were 2-20 from beyond the arc, which was over a third of their shots. At one point they were 1-18, they hit one to tie it, but down 2 again following a timeout they decided their best bet was to hoist up another one? And Cousins had 4 fouls for a decent bit of the home stretch of that game, yet they didn't try and attack him to get him to pick up his 5th. If that's the second best team the SEC has to offer (some could argue Tennessee), then it's clear that conference is far below the Big 12, Big East, & Big Ten in terms of competitiveness and in preparing teams for the NCAA tournament.

BrockIII 4 years, 10 months ago

Here are the '09-10 stats for the wings KU recruited last year before finally landing Henry... Snaer 9 PPG, 3 RPG Stephenson 12 PPG, 5 RPG, 2 APG Cheek 5 PPG, 3 RPG.

Despite Henry's frosh struggles, I think KU got the most well rounded ballplayer out of that group and was the best fit for team, in terms of play and personality. If he can get his stroke going and keep attacking around the basket, KU will be in great shape come March.

kubirdfan75 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm not one to rag on another team but I have a few things to say about a couple of teams. Starting with Roy Williams ; You left a good JayHawk team a few years back for the OTHER guys, lets make it clear it was for the money, with that said JayHawk Nation Thanks you. When you left you opened the door for one of the best Coaches if not the best in collage basketball. Yes you won a couple Championships good job but nothing i mean nothing was better than Cole shutting down your Golden Boy Hansbeen opps Hansbrough, to go on to beat the other coach i will bring up next...... and now you might get knocked out of the tourney by the Noles how sweet good luck making the NIT. Now for the other coach Caliparii and the KUntuckey Wildkittens the great player Wall is great on a ok team yes we lost to the Vols that was ranked but not to an unraked SC gamecock nice i hope your Wildkittens stay with one lose so when we meet in the Finals I hope Cole swats Walls week driving layup into the upper deck. We beat your real good team from Memphis as we will beat your KUntucky team. GAME ON BOYS GAME ON.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

icthawkfan316--- "If that's the second best team the SEC has to offer (some could argue Tennessee), then it's clear that conference is far below the Big 12, Big East, & Big Ten in terms of competitiveness and in preparing for the NCAA Tournament."

Duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SEC is not that good, folks!!! I have watched too many SEC games to know that this conference is like the USA conference that Memphis competed against in '08. Come Tourney time, I would love to see Kentucky get bounce out by a halfway decent team.

Steve Gantz 4 years, 10 months ago

Nice to X get off the shnide.
KUBirdfan75 have to disagree with a few points. I don't think Roy left for the money. He went back home. Sure we beat him down in 08. Course last year after the round of 16 we watched him win his 2nd championship. He's a great coach. If he wasn't why were we all so upset when he left? Finally, I'm of the opinion, good SEC/bad SEC doesn't matter, Kentucky is a scary good team. Should we face them in the final 4, (probably with seeding #1's, we couldn't see them til the NC game) that it would be no shameful thing to lose to them. I think we're a better team, but is anyone else better than them? We'll see. Go Jayhawks.

Steve Brown 4 years, 10 months ago

goal to get 7 Big 12 teams in tourney we'll need OSU to win in Austin or COllege Station most likely...as they are headed for 8/8 season with one more W ...it helps recruiting, $$$ and conf. reputation to get the most teams in the NCAA from the B12.

come on Turg. do it.

boy did longhorns go over the N. Falls or what?

kubirdfan75 4 years, 10 months ago

I do see your point wissoxfan83 but as a fan i get tired of hearing all about these other teams that are so good just like NC and Memphis when we won in 08. I think that sense we are a one sport school and we are for the most part future years will be different I hope. I think two much time is spent on KU s bad days and not on the good ones unlike those Sur Orange guys and the KUntucky wall studs

kubirdfan75 4 years, 10 months ago

I do see your point wissoxfan83 but as a fan i get tired of hearing all about these other teams that are so good just like NC and Memphis when we won in 08. I think that sense we are a one sport school and we are for the most part future years will be different I hope. I think two much time is spent on KU s bad days and not on the good ones unlike those Sur Orange guys and the KUntucky wall studs

KURocksChalk 4 years, 10 months ago

ESPN has already compared Henry and Wall and no doubt this will be even more prevalent during the tourney and will be the main topic if we end up playing Kentucky. My disclaimer is that I do not know either player, but just looking at them, the attitude comes through. I think the X-Man will win out in comparison because of attitude. It shows. The smile, the twinkle in the eye. He looks like he is fun to be around, but has the character to not get into the wrong kind of fun. Like I said, this is from a distance, but that is my perception. Therefore, success or failure in the short run will not nearly affect him as much as it will Wall it appears. The movie Chariots of Fire comes to mind. X-Man is Eric Little and Wall is Abrahams who just has to win or it would destroy him.

Hank Cross 4 years, 10 months ago

Where are the people who were saying a couple of weeks ago that X was a bust and Brady was a better starter than TT? This starting 5 is as good as any in college b-ball, and will probably be favored to win the championship. Brady, Reed are not starters or closers, but are now free to fulfill their true roles as quality minutes in relief.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

Ralster ---- the last sentence that you said---really funny!!!!

Cole & Marcus will eat Cousins for lunch. Along with our help side defense, Kentucky's bigs will be schooled, if we played them. The major thing I would be concerned about (if we meet them down the road) would be John Wall. We wouldn't want him to have an All-Star night against the Hawks. That's where Tyshawn and Sherron would tag team on Wall and wear him down and get him frustrated. It makes for an interesting match up, that's for sure!

BTW, if you haven't heard, #3 Nova went down today. Big East is beaten each other up. They may get the most teams in the Dance, but after their PS Tourney, a lot of the teams will have tired legs, IMO.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

oxcaljayhawk--- Uhh, that was not me. It's a humbling experience when one has to eat crow!!!!!

Steve Brown 4 years, 10 months ago

Early December KY beat UNC by 2 and next game beat UCONN by 3. DO we need to see those tapes, no we don't.

Late in both halfs use all of TRob and JW fouls to hack Cousins, sending his tired arse to the line... Calimari, Wall join Lebron at the NJ Nets next fall.... to avoid NCAA sanctions and crazy KY asylum. (for coach Cal the grass is always greener) The national media will get Calimari to not give a flip about the Nets and his team won't be able to get head on right.

All this won't matter as Cornell bounces them in 3rd round.

Syracuse, Dook, WVirg, Nova, BYU & Mich State matter more than the kids from KY.

Steve Brown 4 years, 10 months ago

Oxcal: picking on TT and down on X was so January...

100 4 years, 10 months ago

Google Search: "John Calipari to New Jersey Nets?"

Unbelievable. Man that's a lot of articles.

Well as fun as it's been this year, Lebron showing up contiually in Lexington finally makes complete sense.

Well, here's the deal: it will clean up the college game if he goes & as much as I don't like the money side of it as it came from running away from a violation, he'll make twice as much money in New Jersey off of marketing with Wall & Lebron (& heck Cousins if they trade up).

Jersey is gonna be good. And wealthy for several years. And Cal is gonna be one rich man, thanks to Derrick Rose & Wes Anderson.

I can't believe it is happening this fast, but I guess it makes sense if you look at the recruits Cal did have (past tense) coming in for the 2010-2011 season at the college level (next to zero).

His wife Ellen must be happy this is moving forward, I know she has a lot of good friends there from a few years back & it is nowhere near the crazy fishbowl Cal put them in Lexington (still can't believe the house they chose, talk about paparrazi central, that's not any easy gig considering their house was right by the fishfood & new scale outlet stores).

100 4 years, 10 months ago

Drgnslyr,

google it. Kentucky Kernel article makes it official -- Cal's team is in contact with Nets & is considered by the New Jersey front office as "the candidate".

100 4 years, 10 months ago

Do it without quotes. There's several stories/ blogs etc.

The Kentucky Kernel is a newspaper out of Kentucky that's confirming Nets are in contact with Cal.

okiedave 4 years, 10 months ago

UNC slide down the ACC rankings demonstrates that basketball coaches are not any better than the players they are able to recruit. For this reason you will rarely see a coach go from a top tier program make a move to a lesser program -- even for the money. History shows that when they do the great coach does not look like a great coach any longer. This is exactly why Bill Self turned down the OSU job, but Roy was able to make a lateral move to his roots at another top tier school.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

100, drgnslayr, ralster--- I know you all know this--- this is why the Big Dance is so much fun! In years past, there is always a top seed or two that bites the dust. With so much parity in college basketball this year, the tournament should be extremely suspenseful and full of drama. Of course, hope the Jayhawks don't make it too suspenseful getting to Indy. I will have several teams circled in RED that I hope will lose early before the Final 4:

KENTUCKY DUKE SYRACUSE MICHIGAN STATE (Only because they beat out the Jayhawks last year!) NOVA WEST VIRGINIA GEORGETOWN TENNESSEE {Notice who I have at the top of the list!!!!}

One can only hope that one or more of the above teams will bite the dust before the Final 4. Come Selection Sunday, the pieces of the puzzle will come together.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

100, drgnslayr, ralster--- I know you all know this--- this is why the Big Dance is so much fun! In years past, there is always a top seed or two that bites the dust. With so much parity in college basketball this year, the tournament should be extremely suspenseful and full of drama. Of course, hope the Jayhawks don't make it too suspenseful getting to Indy. I will have several teams circled in RED that I hope will lose early before the Final 4:

KENTUCKY DUKE SYRACUSE MICHIGAN STATE (Only because they beat out the Jayhawks last year!) NOVA WEST VIRGINIA GEORGETOWN TENNESSEE {Notice who I have at the top of the list!!!!}

One can only hope that one or more of the above teams will bite the dust before the Final 4. Come Selection Sunday, the pieces of the puzzle will come together.

Luan Do 4 years, 10 months ago

wichita mid-continent airport aka icthawkfan316, you hit the nail on the mothereffing coffin. the sec is so weak even kstate could win that league. who the hell wins by 2 when the other team is like 1-50 on threes? foxsports.com just posted a poll showing fans think kentucky is playing better than ku right now. that's it i'm not letting my special ed class vote on online polls anymore. just jiving.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

I must be pushing the button twice or something--sorry for posting twice again. At least I'm not wasting paper!!! Or am I?

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

asn_snsation--- What can we continue to say? The SEC is weak!!! I think it was 1 of 20 or so, from threes, for Vandy---still pretty freakin' bad. I think Texas A&M or Baylor could win the SEC. K-State, definitely. Foxsports.com? I get all my sports right here, thank-you very much!

100 4 years, 10 months ago

Drgnslyr,

Listen we all know business on this site, it's a pretty clear thing that the Nets are looking at a boatload of money if they are trying to pull these strings. I'm talkin being in the black for the first time in years. Like bigtime.

Yes they'll have to fork out money to get it rolling, but obviously worth it for a 10 year run in the NBA.

All I know is a Kentucky paper is reporting it & Kitty Cats fans don't seem too pumped about it.

Let's put it this way: if you were GM &/ or owner of the Nets, the losingness team in basketball, wouldn't you be in contact with Calipari (an ex Nets coach), considering he has a great relationship with Lebron, Wall & Cousins, not to mention Rose?

As my grandson says, "Just sayin"....

One year.

I know it's hard to believe but it looks like those Memphis fans were right.

oldalum 4 years, 10 months ago

I wonder what top seed is going to draw Cornell. Man, I hope it isn't us again. Once was enough if they are still playing the way they did in Lawrence.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

slayer---March is a week from tomorrow, btw. Texas just lost Balbay for the season, right? They had to carry him off the court. I believe it was torn ACL, but I hate to speculate. That's has to hurt their team depth.

UCONN will get beat by a mid-major---it seams to happen a lot. The Big 12 will probably get seven teams in---would love to see the Big 12 do well in the Big Dance.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 10 months ago

oldalum-- Rest assured, if the Hawks don't fall flat on our faces, we should be the overall #1 seed. Cornell will be playing someone else. I could see them playing a K-State, though. I would love to see that game!

100 4 years, 10 months ago

Drgnslyr,

This is business at this point for Cal.

I guarantee you Lebron & his conversations are not about college ball anymore.

When he's telling his players to call Lebron, Tyreke Evans or Derrick Rose (he does) for pointers, it makes it pretty easy to see what he thinks his next job will be.

He failed in Jersey once, true.

But he had no players. And no money. And no NBA offense.

But the Nets staff loved Cal, at least that was their public statements 10 yrs ago.

Give Cal some players & money in the NBA & see what happens, especially two of the best in wall & lebron.

I seriously think he's gone, otherwise there'd be actual signed uk recruits for next year.

bnet0000 4 years, 10 months ago

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Steve Brown 4 years, 10 months ago

a few weeks ago when it was leaked a rumor about Coach K Dook talking to Nets, I said to a pal, how funny, that was leaked by Calimari agent...as a red herring. He's gone something is rotten in Lexington.

UMass then Memphis just as well hope KY gets the final four banner up and then taken down as misery loves company.

MikenDahl: As for your teams I would agree, like '88 let some quality teams fall before we play them, except Huggy Bear West Virginia, fun to meet him in elite eight game.

Cornell likely be a 11/12 seed and could upset some 5/6 seed on a given night.... could happen.

newyorkjayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

wissoxfan83 got me thinking... i've commented on a few blogs about a few teams, namely KY and Cuse, but who is the "other" best team in the nation behind KU? I've written before that KY has obvious maturity issues (Vandy got in their head, and almost provoked them to lose their cool and the game the other night), free throw nightmares, and a less than jolly assist/TO ratio (besides, Callipari is terrible in-game). meanwhile, i've also suggested that Cuse lacks a true center and point guard, is an even worse free throw shooting team than KY, and has minimal depth. Cuse and Kentucky each have their strengths, though. UK has some outside flash between Bledsoe and Wall (just some natural athleticism and skills that can't be coached), and some undeniable strength on the post between Cousins, Patterson, and Orton. Meanwhile, this year is the best 2-3 zone Cuse has had EVER, while they also have a very gifted Wes Johnson, great field goal efficiency between Jackson and Onuaku, and Rautins is the perfect glue man (think Morningstar with a more depended-upon role, due to lack of depth). Either way, i have determined that the Jayhawks can wax both of'em.

I honestly feel that the second best team in the nation is split between these two. If they would face each other, it'd be a heck of a game to watch. And i'd be biting my nails from start to finish if Kansas had to face either one. Other teams to worry about, in my mind are Duke, Mich St, and Texas. I believe Purdue, Nova, WVU, and several others are a tad over-rated. Meanwhile, Texas is in a terrible slump, but their true talent combined with their depth still makes for a terrifying team come tourney time. Duke has something special brewing, and Mich St is simply a VERY well coached team, with solid balance, and an ability to play several styles of ball.

Anyone else have an opinion on who the second best team in the land is, behind our beloved Jayhawks, other than UK or SU?

jaybate 4 years, 10 months ago

People are struggling too hard with this story about Cal and the Nets.

If you've done any business with big change on the table, you know that everyone at the table thinks about deals multidimensionally.

By this I mean every big deal is not only about the deal and the change it would bring about, but it is also about the leverage the potential deal creates for perpetuating the status quo at an enriched level for the players involved.

Bill Self did not just go to talk to OSU, because it was waving T. Boone Pickens money at Self, though that was certainly one motivator.

The other motivator was what going and talking to OSU would do to motivate KU to offer more money to perpetuate the status quo.

The truth was that Self would have gone to OSU, if Pickens money were sizeable enough to create net benefit for changing schools.

The truth also was that Self would have stayed at KU, if KU were willing to create enough net benefit for him to stay.

The same dynamic is at work with Cal, the Nets, and UK.

He really could go to the Nets.

Or he really could stay at UK.

It depends on which one can create more net benefit for Cal.

Everyone involved in Cal's situation understand that's how it works.

Everyone in Self's situation understood that was how it was bound to work.

Greatest net benefit is not always only about money. It is a reconciation of many costs and benefit.

Cal may not have any recruits, because this is a weak class and he can't pay cash under the table because the NCAA is watching him like a hawk.

Or Cal may have recruits, but has decided not to sign them yet to try to put UK in a situation of desperately needing to keep him at UK, in order to avoid having the cupboard bare.

We can't know.

But what we can know is that if Cal did have a lot of players promised, and if he could get them to not sign until things clarify, Cal would probably do exactly this.

This is bidness.

Now look at it from the Nets POV.

They need a big infusion of talent.

They don't care how it comes. They only care that it comes fast and in large, dominant quality.

The Nets don't care about Cal.

The Nets care about locking in talent.

Once they lock the talent in, they can try Cal, or fire him.

Cal knows this.

This is why this deal is tenous.

But a deal is a deal until it can't happen.

This deal with the Nets could still happen.

Therefore, it is still being used by Cal, the Nets, and UK not only to explore the net benefits of change, but also the net benefits of perpetuating the status quo.

Steve Brown 4 years, 10 months ago

slyr: NCAA history is to rule and enforce sanctions (if any) after not during a season.

slyr if his magnetic personality attracted Lebron, a free agent, then that combo would attract other free agents, plus the likely high draft choice in the lottery.

time will tell...end of the day, KY nation got what it wanted. High proflie coach.

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