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Friday, November 5, 2010

Threes falling for Markieff Morris

Kansas forward Markieff Morris (21) swipes at the ball as it's pulled down by Washburn forward De'Andre Washington (2) in the first half of the exhibition game, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Also pictured are Washburn guard Nate Daniels (33) and Kansas guard Brady Morningstar (12).

Kansas forward Markieff Morris (21) swipes at the ball as it's pulled down by Washburn forward De'Andre Washington (2) in the first half of the exhibition game, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Also pictured are Washburn guard Nate Daniels (33) and Kansas guard Brady Morningstar (12).

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The tallest available player on Kansas University’s basketball team was the Jayhawks’ most effective three-point bomber Tuesday night.

Power forward/center Markieff Morris, who stands 6-foot-10 and weighs 245 pounds, knocked down two threes in two tries in the Jayhawks’ 92-62 rout of Washburn in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I feel like I shot it pretty well in pre-game. Coach doesn’t get mad at me for shooting them, so I let it fly,” shrugged Morris, who said his stroke “feels the same,” as a year ago when he hit 10 of 19 threes for 52.6 percent.

“There’s just more of a green light to shoot them,” added Morris, who once hit 10 treys in a game during the 2007-08 season at Apex Academy prep school in Pennsauken, N.J.

Morris — he made just three of 16 from beyond the arc his frosh season at KU before heating up his sophomore season — has proven to his coach he can stretch the defense, even past the 20-foot, 9-inch stripe.

“He’ll shoot more threes this year because he’ll play more,” KU coach Bill Self said of Morris, who averaged 17.6 minutes a game last season.

“He doesn’t need to fall in love with it. There was a time last year he was shooting 60 percent from three. That balances out over time. He’s a very capable three-point shooter,” Self added. “If he’s in there with Marcus, you could almost post your guards because they would be two of your best perimeter shooters.”

Markieff’s brother, Marcus, iced one of two threes Tuesday on a night the twins made three of four to their teammates’ one of 15.

“Kieff did great,” Marcus said of his twin who finished with 12 points off 5-of-8 shooting. “We know he can shoot. We know he’s a good player. “He always played behind Cole (Aldrich). Cole was an All-American and a great player. He’s never had a chance. This year I think he’ll prove a lot of people wrong and step up to the challenge,” Marcus added.

Markieff had eight rebounds, coming mighty close to a double double in just 22 minutes played against the Ichabods.

“For sure,” Markieff said of his goal being a double-double every game. “If I don’t get double-doubles every game, I think we’ll lose the rebounding stats. It’s important I get them.”

Self agrees Morris must rule the paint.

“He has become more of a post player to me,” Self said. “He understands he can score on the block, uses his body, has a nice body. He has some things that are really hard to guard from a move standpoint and a size standpoint. I think he’s finally understanding how to use his body in relationship to what he’s got.

“He’s got a good butt. That sounds bad to say, but I mean it’s hard to get around. He’s learned how to utilize that body better than years past,” Self added.

Markieff has lost out to his brother — a preseason all-Big 12 pick — in the publicity department thus far in 2010-11.

“I think Marcus to me has been a little ahead of ’Kieff in people’s minds throughout his basketball career. We’re talking a smidge,” Self said. “When you have Cole as a starter, you probably will play somebody a little more versatile or a truer four man, so to speak, and that’s what we did (last year). ’Kieff is good and his attitude has been unreal. Because he hasn’t played that many minutes, this year you’ll say, ‘That kid is really talented.’’’

Markieff threw a scare into the fieldhouse fans in the second half Tuesday. He collapsed to the floor in obvious pain, not because of injury, but a cramp.

“I had a sleeve on it (calf), which made it hurt 10 times worse than it really would have otherwise,” Markieff said. “It’s a shin protector. I’m done with it,” he added, with a laugh.

As far as his quick comeback from Oct. 21 hernia surgery, Morris said: “Rehab went pretty fast. I’m still not 100 percent, but good to go.”

Self knew Markieff’s rehab would go well. He and Marcus have emerged as two of the hardest workers on the team.

“From a work ethic standpoint of the twins ... we had to adjust some things throughout their first year here, just to make sure they could finish,” Self said. “Now they are at the point they have become leaders by example as much as voice.”

Loud building: ESPN the Magazine this week ranks Allen Fieldhouse the loudest arena in college basketball, ahead of Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“Not only does Kansas welcome a high percentage of campus kids, it keeps them close to the action, too,” ESPN writes.

“Notice the seats. They have no padded backs to absorb the crowd clamor. The Phog is filled with aluminum bleachers that are made for stomping, not to mention reflecting the eerie strains of ‘Rock Chalk Jayhawk’ after yet another home ‘W.’

“Unlike most modern domes, the fieldhouse roof is fairly flat and hangs relatively close to the floor. Plus, there are no sound panels attached to the ceiling. So sonic booms bounce around rather than getting swallowed up,” the magazine adds.

Comments

Otownhawker 11 years ago

With about 6 minutes left to go in the game is when it starts to quiet down

Michael Pannacciulli 11 years ago

Hahaha...yes, so quiet you can hear the sound of defeat.

KU_FanSince75 11 years ago

AFH----As Tina Turner would say, "Simply the BEST!"

In regard to Marcus----"He has to rule the paint," Self acknowledged. What happens if Marcus gets into foul trouble against a good team? Bring in Withey? I guess we will see what happens. And Markieff coming off hernia surgery----that is amazing how fast he recovered. Rock Chalk!

Michael Bratisax 11 years ago

Maybe Robinson will be ready to step up. He lacks a little height but his body should make up for that.

KUbsee69 11 years ago

I believe that HCBS was talking about Markieff, not Marcus, on ruling the paint.

Martin Rosenblum 11 years ago

Hey ESPN The Magazine, thanks for the honors!

BTW, it wouldn't matter if the seatbacks had padding, the majority of seats have no backs anyway. Plus, there are never empty seats to be an issue regarding sound absorbstion! Always bodies in the seats. A sold out venue means sound is absorbed by the fans. So, that creates an even more awesome reason to honor AFH, the fact that a sold out crowd absorbs sound and still is able to be the loudest arena in college basketball.

Wait till Selby is on the floor with this year's team. Loud will go to a higher level!

Michael Bratisax 11 years ago

So would an empty AFH be even louder?...j/k

Kurt Eskilson 11 years ago

Deafening. But there'd be no one there to know! j/k2

Derek Conway 11 years ago

There are hardly ever bodies in the seats because we are standing up screaming and cheering most of the time haha

Jonathan Allison 11 years ago

Self knew Markieff’s rehab would go well. He and Marcus have emerged as two of the hardest workers on the team.

“From a work ethic standpoint of the twins ... we had to adjust some things throughout their first year here, just to make sure they could finish,” Self said. “Now they are at the point they have become leaders by example as much as voice.”

Oh how far these boys have come since their freshman year. They are well on their way to being a couple of favorite sons of the KU basketball program. These guys are a terrific pair and make a great team. Here's hoping they play together as seniors in 2011-2012!

yates33333 11 years ago

I don't know about now, but when I was a student and the stomping started you could feel the hard, wooden bleachers creak and groan and the building shake. It was scary. No wonder I disliked referees in those days. Their bad calls put my life at risk, or so I thought. Of course, many changes have been made since then.

REHawk 11 years ago

From what we read during the offseason, combined with what fans saw Tuesday night, it appears that the twins each will fill the stat sheet with double-doubles. Nice that Kieff now has the opportunity to shine after the departurture of Cole. Shooting and rebounding look to be rock solid. Now that butt must be utilized to defend and control the paint. Next time we match up against Izzo's bruisers, the twins can offer up a double dose of Hudyized mayhem.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years ago

Ku's memorial stadium ranked quietest in the nation. The rubberized track absorbs what little sound being made by the ever shrinking number of fans in attendance.

jaybate 11 years ago

Simple technical solution. Install the speakers rock bands use in quadruple the number, feed the fan noise into the sound system, amp up the sound system, voila, loudest football stadium in the country. :-)

ShawHawk 11 years ago

Our football fans? Aren't these, by and large, the same people? Are there people out there who love KU football but don't like KU basketball? I've never met these people if there are.

Sam Constance 11 years ago

Don't take your frustration with KU's football team out on the fans.

Fans are fans--to be the boisterous, raucous, home-field advantage-creating mob that they are supposed to be, they need something to cheer about. No one is going to sit there yelling their lungs out while watching a team allow 90 consecutive unanswered points.

I seem to remember the fans putting forth a decent effort in the two games in which KU has been competitive.

Expecting them to exhibit the same enthusiasm for a terrible team as they do for a competitive team is to deny human nature. And for the record, I'm not saying that a team has to win to deserve fan effort, just be competitive. When a 28-16 loss (that was 28-9 until the final 2 minutes) is lauded as an improvement in competitive effort (based on how bad the previous 3 games were), your team isn't very competitive on the whole.

Sam Constance 11 years ago

Ah yes, the myth of the "real fan". I get so tired of fans like you who find the need to condescend to other fans, as if there is one correct way to show your support.

You mention all the teams you've watched with "richer football history" without for a second considering the fact that said "richer history" is a factor in how those fans support their teams. It's much easier to support a team through the lean times when there is a precedent for past success.

The fact that KU has been a laughingstock in football (as recently as 2001) makes fans much less patient to sit through completely embarrassing performances. I don't think for a second that KU basketball fans would behave that way if the team came upon some difficult times, because they understand that the difficulty is likely fleeting--just like all those "superior" football fans about which you rave.

That also brings me to my second point--how many of those "richer tradition" football schools have gone through a "bad season" that was this bad? How many of those teams went through a streak of allowing 90 unanswered points, for example?

Again, it's not the losing. KU could be 1-8 at this point but still be holding fans' interest if they were making competitive showing in the games. It's about ranking 112th and 100th in points scored/allowed out of 120 FBS programs. It's about a stretch of games being outscored 187-40.

But maybe I'm just not a real fan. Whatever.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years ago

Enough with the crazy talk you two. Next you'll be installing flatscreens infront of recliners that have umbrellas to protect you from the elements while a wait staff is there to serve you.

REHawk 11 years ago

plasticJ, ditto your last paragraph. If the twins should finish their four years at KU, they will go down as a pair of the more memorable Jayhawks of the Bill Self era, and among the finest of All-time. Already, they have come further than anyone but perhaps the coaching staff could have imagined. Their seasonal progress seems to leap forward exponentially. Is terrific that their mother resides in Lawrence to provide the support, good meals and love to help maintain their even keel and share in their rise to Jayhawk prominence.

James Miller 11 years ago

They were ranked fairly high in high school. It should not be surprising that they have developed. The potential was always there. If these guys were a little more explosive, they would be potential lottery pick type of talent.

Brett Forreal 11 years ago

The Twins are special and momma has kept them in line especially after the airsoft gun incident when they first came. Hope they stay for their final year.

Quin Cook to Duke reports ESPN. Hope we hear Ben M. to KU soon!

hawksince51 11 years ago

I was a freshman Wilt's last year. When he dunked or blocked a shot the stomping would cause the whole building to vibrate. An Architect student friend told me that if vibrations reached "harmonic resonance," the whole building could collapse. He was always on the verge of flunking out so I ignored him. And 50+ years later AFH is still standing so either he was wrong or it has not yet reached "harmonic resonance."

jaybate 11 years ago

I used to worry about harmonic vibration too. I never have understood why it has not triggered a catastrophic failure. One thing I noticed at the game I attended last season--the first in many, many years: the foot stomping seems to have declined. I was at the KSU KU game last year and I don't recall any foot stomping. Maybe someone told the fans to stop?

Dirk Medema 11 years ago

Jumping could possibly develop harmonic resonance, but stomping is not likely to achieve it. The floor is dampened by foot that is planted on it while the other foot provides the impact. Not to mention dampening resulting from other components of the building.

The other obstacle to creating resonance is orchestrating the wave of forces. Otherwise, the inputs are too random.

hawksince51 11 years ago

Your explanation stands the test of time so I'll go with you over ol' Pete. You probably did not flunk "Strength of Materials" twice like he did.

Dirk Medema 11 years ago

Also, there are NO KSU KU games around here.

Just KU - KSU games, regardless of any ignorance by journo's, and occassional fluke games.

Maintain the order and faith.

Tony Bandle 11 years ago

If I may. harmonic resonance tends to be magnified best in the horizontal direction i.e. seismic vibrations, wind shear, etc. on tall buildings, long-span bridges etc. Due to the rectangular seating arrangement of the Fieldhouse, the force generated by foot stomping is somewhat contained and negated by forces running the opposite directions to each other. Shear resistance is created by the very nature of the force-generated configuration.

So I say "Stomp Away", you wild Jayhawks!!!

KANSTUCKY 11 years ago

As long as there sin't any Wabash Cannonball going on we have nothing to worry about then. Maybe KSU will knock down our house over there. (Hawktagon)

Martin Rosenblum 11 years ago

OJH -

Aren't buildings engineered like bridges to compensate for the movement? I've heard that hi-rise structures must withstand from several inches to feet of sway depending on the height, etc. I recall the Hyatt Regency disaster in KC in the 80's where "skybridges" in the atrium of the hotel collapsed due to some harmonic phenomenom. Glad to hear you encourage the stomping at AFH with the confidence that it won't cause damage or injuries.

100 11 years ago

We've got the biggest steel beams in the country on that thing.

Phog made sure of it, practically shorting our American military of steel during ample operations overseas for the American troops!

That thing is a masterpiece.

Today's buildings would fall throughout the city if Wilt Dunked the ball off a perfect alley oop feed from Danny Manning amongst Allen Fieldhouse fans in a modern arena.

Way too much steel in Allen; the thing was made to withstand small tornados, lol, the agreement upon being built & partially paid for by the State, was that it would be also used as a Miltary space if need be and also an emergency shelter in case of the worst case scenario.

Which made it all the more ironic that "The Day After" was filmed there.

Zeus, Doc Naismith, Athena & Phog still look down from Mt Olympus occasionally & smile at the one building in the history of the earth humans built right.

Tony Bandle 11 years ago

YIKES!!!! A 6'-10", 50% plus three point shooter!!! This would present the ultimate mismatch for every team in America!!

If Markieff continues to progress at this pace, the twins will stay together, alright .......right as they declare early for the NBA draft!!!!

Actually, no matter what happens, I think the Twins stay all four years, unless we win a NC, then they may bolt if the opportunity is right.

Dirk Medema 11 years ago

The heights and percentages may differ slightly, but it sounds a lot like Perkins (Celtics), Atchley (UT) to name a few centers that have started stepping outside more so than just posting up.

The derriere development, etc is just another testament to the Manning Influence, as much as it is to the players determination.

Sam Constance 11 years ago

Did you really just say that Perkins has being stepping outside?

I think you might be confusing names or roles, because if there were a list of skills that Perkins doesn't have, jump shots would be at the very top.

I think the prototype for the big man with an outside stroke is Dirk Nowitzki. He plays PF for the Mavericks, but he's a true 7-footer and has range for days.

Ron Franklin 11 years ago

If Kief and 'Cus switched their jerseys just before pre-game, how many of us think we could tell them apart by their performance alone??

jaybate 11 years ago

“If he’s [Kieff] in there with Marcus, you could almost post your guards because they would be two of your best perimeter shooters.”--Self

While everyone is talkin' meth ball (i.e., outrunning opponents) this season, Self seems to be thinking creatively.

So far he has said posting LIttle and putting Marcus on the wing on the offensive end is in the works.

Now he hints he could post his guards, too, and let Marcus and Kieff pot the triceratops.

Opposing teams are apparently going to find out just how topsy turvy Self can turn things this season.

Posting guards: the season of inversions.

Scott Smetana 11 years ago

Keiff... plenty of defensive rebounds. Then outlets to the point, trails up the court like most of our past 5's. The point then usually dumps it off to the 5 at the top of the key to start the offense. Huge difference this year.... He can then nail the 3!! No one ever guarded Ostertag, Collison, or Cole. The defense will have to defend him closer opening up the middle. Nice!!!

Most under-radar player on this year's team: Keiff

Dirk Medema 11 years ago

Eric Pauley

It goes back a ways, and he might not have been from 3, but he was a great trigger near the top of the key.

KGphoto 11 years ago

It's very cool that he can hit the three. But even at 50% he'll never be considered a threat from beyond the arc over the course of the season. He just won't get enough attempts. It does garner some respect and opens the middle a little, but what's more important to me is his improvement posting up. I would love to see him use that stroke at the FT line 8 or 10 times a game, and knocking down 80+%. That's what we'll need in March.

Tony Bandle 11 years ago

"...meth ball..."???? As in "high on"...??!! Hilarious!!

f8 11 years ago

That's exactly what I thought.

Benjamin Piehler 11 years ago

good article, however I thought we struggled a bit with the long shots on tuesday. plenty of time to get better though....

Steve Gantz 11 years ago

Good thing Self's not the women's coach and said one of the girls had a good butt.

rxjayhawk 11 years ago

I like the fact that ESPN Magazine named AFH the loudest venue, but I feel the fans are becoming more reserved. They only get crazy at certain parts of the game instead of staying loud throughout. There is still room for improvement and we could easily increase the volume, let's separate the gap between us and Cameron Indoor Stadium even more!!!

honk_for_hawks 11 years ago

tell the people sitting on the sides to make a little more noise then. The students (including me) don't sit down the entire game. I personally am hoarse after most games. I was at the Arizona game that went into OT the year we won the championship and I was incredibly disappointed that the people on the sides were, for the most part sitting down during the last minutes of regulation and overtime. Maybe it was the fact we had lost to Missouri the day before, but it was still plenty disheartening.

BearfishRob 11 years ago

Common Dicky V, i think we deserve a little more credit that this:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/dickvitale/news/story?id=5752033

well at least we know we're not "expected" to win, give our boys more reason to go get it.

KuKain 11 years ago

lol, I was just about to post that. It is beyond me why ESPN still lets this guy talk.

Ron Franklin 11 years ago

problem is....with Dick, he appeals to the ACC fanbase....and that is huge for the bias of the eastern sports programming network (espn)

this is the best bulletin board material Bill Self could ask for.

KUbsee69 11 years ago

A couple years back, Dicky V (a.k.a. motormouth) had throat surgery. I believe that during that procedure, the surgical team went ahead and completed his lobotomy, removing essentially all of his remaining basketball knowledge.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years ago

You would think the execs at espn would realize that hoops nation is tired of this guys act. I'm supriesed he didn't have an all acc final four.

I clearly must be looking through my jayhawk glasses because I don't see pullen being so dominate. Without Clemente freeing him up and teams keying on him he becomes an average player.

beware0fph0g 11 years ago

I'm sure they know that nobody really cares for Dick. Problem is, he still draws numbers. He gets more people to visit the site, comment on a heinous article, and watch more ESPN. You could even draw a parallel between Dook getting a gold-paved road to the final four last year, because Dook is a very polarizing team. They are the Yankees of college basketball...you love them, or you hate them. No in-between. That, also, is what brings in viewers, and hence $$$.

As far as Pullen, I too am curious to see what he does this year. I will definitely give credit where it is due, and for a guy that averaged 19+ points last year, and never scored less than 10, I have to give him the benefit of the doubt. I think he is going to be very good and very consistent, but in the end, just won't be enough for the wildcats to go as far as they hope.

jaybate 11 years ago

"TPIF (Thank Phog Its Friday):"

~Finally got a look at the USA 2Day issue with the media market come-on, er, basketball preview in it. With KU ranked 7th nationally, Dick Vitale, apparently on loan from ESPN (or is it the same god that loans us Rush Limbaugh?), reached a new nadir in his sustained under-reporting of KU by not even mentioning the 7th ranked Jayhawks once in either his main story, or his conference summary side bar, so far as I recall.

~Vitale also apparently failed to mention KU's super recruit--Josh Selby, by name. Selby's the Number One rated recruit in the country by most tallies.

~Which is Dick? Incompetent, or a news biasing whore regarding KU? Or both?

~How can high schoolers not notice that if you sign with KU, Dick Vitale, the reigning abassador of college hoops, is going to under report you in major media outlets all season long, eve before you get to Lawrence? This probably keeps KU from getting even more of the top players than it already gets. "Hey, kid," the recruiter says, "Go to KU and Vitale will keep you off the radar screen for sure. You want the Derek Rose/John Wall treatment, or the Josh Selby treatment? Wise up, kid. KU is a media black hole." A few blue chips would probably fall for such negative recruiting.

~When Vitale comes for game day, how about everyone in the stands holding up signs that read: "Report us fairly, or quit!"

~Imagine last year Vitale not mentioning UK's John Wall, who had to sit out some games, the way he didn't mention Selby in USA 2Day, who also appears likely to have to sit out some games.

~Recall Vitale hyping illegal Memphis and illegal Derek Rose, who, among other Memphis Tigers, was then reputed to have, and later reputedly found to have, had someone take SATs for him and others and so caused KU to have to beat a flagrantly illegal Memphis team hyped greatly by Vitale, to win KU's 2008 National Championship. You didn't look professional doing it then, Dick, and hiding 7th ranked KU now doesn't make you look any more so.

dynamitehawk 11 years ago

"TPIF (Thank Phog Its Friday):" = Excellent. Thank Phog indeed.

jaybate 11 years ago

~Note also that for Vitale's 32rd straight year of broadcasting, Vitale (and everyone else in Dick's defense, to prove Jayhawks are a fair bunch) has so far failed to point out that KU remains the only university in college basketball history ever crowned National Champion five times without flagrant reputed hiring of players (Sam Gilbert reputedly buying UCLA unparalleled talent perhaps for 6-8 championship seasons), proven point shaving by players (UK reputedly at least two seasons), physical abuse of players (Indiana reputedly dismissed Bob Knight, who won four rings, for chronic anger management issues with players, assistants, students and Pan American Game officials, etc.), or apparently flagrant XTREme Cheap Shotting in a championship game (Duke apparently in 2010).

(Note: Baja KU aka UNC might be able to lay claim to sharing the honor, but Frank McGuire's NYC under ground rail road kind of makes me wonder about UNC's '57 ring. And I detest UNC so much, that I would not wish to waste time looking up the dirt underlying their records, anyway.)

~Dear ESPN: Please either instruct Vitale to cut out his unfair and biased reporting of KU, or fire him, or retire him. This alias, for one, has run out of virtual cheeks and virtual patience.

~Dear Dick: KU will still be playing winning basketball the right way long after you are as forgotten as Billy Packer, another maestro of media bias against KU.

~"Report us fairly, or Quit" signs? Ten or 15 thousand of those signs in the stands would be very tough for ESPN to conceal from viewers. And what the heck! When he hides us in plain sight now, talks only about illegal Memphis after we beat the illegals for the '08 ring, under reports us ever since, and doesn't mention us when we are 7th ranked and have the nation's numero uno recruit, I say, let's counter-message on him for a change. Jayhawks of the world unite. We have nothing to lose but Dick's unfair reporting.

REHawk 11 years ago

Dicky V the Braying Donkey, C- basketball brain and A+ motormouth of the ESPN Hopscotching Freak Show. I wonder how Jay Bilas or Fran Fraschilla would respond to a direct public inquiry into their opinions of Dicky's Big 12 2010-11 season projections. Or even Redneck Bob the Knight.... Bill Self will squeeze considerable psychological advantage out of the posting of Dicky's drivel. I picture him slapping it on the wall midJanuary when the conference race begins to heat up. Or perhaps eyelevel above the lockerroom urinals.

KGphoto 11 years ago

Hah. Wow!

I just read the Dick predictions. Geez, I'm just now coming around. I needed to step outside for a minute to gather myself.

No way he picked us 5th in the conference we've dominated since it's inception. I wonder if there is a purpose to this. He can't really believe it. If KU finished 5th they would voluntarily shut down the basketball program in Lawrence. It would be like accidentally killing your parents, and subsequently feeling the need to off yourself amidst the overwhelming guilt.

If KU finishes 5th, the student body will be walking around like zombies come March. "Where do I go? What do I do? Who am I?"

Oh wait, that's what Dick mumbles these days.

KGphoto 11 years ago

Easy Maxi.

You seem to be forgetting yourself.

In 2008, KU dominated inside with perhaps KU's toughest row of bigs. They were the most tenacious defensive team I've ever seen. The guards played defense and shot high% from 3.

Self is one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history and he got there by being tough. You need to take your pills and relax. Self wins games. He wins conference titles. He has already won Lawrence, and he'll prove you're a fair-weather fan by February.

Kenn Woodard 11 years ago

All we hear down here in Wichita is how great K-State will be and how the Wildcats will dominate the B-12! I, for one don't believe KU will just roll over and play dead! And that loudmouth Dick Vitale? That is all he is a LOUDMOUTH! Vitale knows as much about college basketball as Bobby Knight knows about soul music! I'll make this prediction! KU will STILL win the B-12 and K-State will come in THIRD! Why do I say this? Jacob Pullen may act cool and aloof but when it comes to playing under pressure he'll break. And where he goes so goes the Wildcats! Look for Missouri to slide into second with Texas at fourth. T-A&M rounds out the top five at fifth! That's my prediction and I'm sticking to it!!!!

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