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Originally published February 28, 2011 at 12:00a.m., updated February 28, 2011 at 11:43p.m.

Rodney McGruder and surging K-State top No. 7 Texas 75-70

Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder, right, brings the ball up against Texas forward Tristan Thompson during the second Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, in Austin, Texas. McGruder was the high scorer for Kansas State with 22 points as Kansas State won 75-70.

Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder, right, brings the ball up against Texas forward Tristan Thompson during the second Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, in Austin, Texas. McGruder was the high scorer for Kansas State with 22 points as Kansas State won 75-70.

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Kansas State is surging at the right time.

Texas, the team that two weeks ago looked unstoppable in the Big 12, is slipping at precisely the wrong one.

Rodney McGruder scored 22 points, Jacob Pullen scored 20 and Kansas State muscled past No. 7 Texas 75-70 on Monday night, the Wildcats' fifth straight win and first on the road over a Top Ten team since 1994.

Pullen exemplified the tough, physical nature of the game, scoring 16 points in the second half despite falling hard on his right wrist as Kansas State (21-9, 9-6 Big 12) sent the Longhorns to their second straight loss and third in four games.

"Everybody wrote us off. They cast our season down the drain," Pullen said of the Wildcats' 1-4 start in the conference. "People say we're a good team again but we can't let things like that get into our locker room and we can't let down our guard. Our morale is to the sky."

Texas is heading in the opposite direction.

An 11-0 start in conference play had the Longhorns among the top contenders for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Now they're trying to regroup and not worry about how far they may fall.

"We're better than what we're playing and that's the concern," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "You've got to stay disciplined with what you do. Kansas State did exactly what we thought they'd do and that was try to push us out of our offense."

Texas (24-6, 12-3) met its defensive match against the Wildcats, who held the Longhorns to 34 percent shooting. Freshman Tristan Thompson scored 26 points for the Longhorns but his teammates shot just 14 of 54 from the field. Kansas State shot 50 percent two days after Texas gave up a 22-point lead and let Colorado shoot 53 percent in a road loss.

Curtis Kelly scored 15 points for Kansas State, doing much of his damage in the first half when Pullen was struggling to score. McGruder was 4 of 6 on 3-pointers.

Thompson was the only Longhorn who could match Kansas State's physical play. He grabbed 10 rebounds and had several dunks but got little help on offense. Jordan Hamilton scored 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting and was a non-factor for most of the game. J'Covan Brown scored 11 points but didn't make a field goal until hitting two long 3-pointers in the final minute.

"They pressured us as well, but we just missed our shots," Texas guard Cory Joseph said.

Texas, which was used to blowing out teams at home, knew it was in for a fight when Kansas State's Jamar Samuels, who is 6-foot-7, decked 5-10 Texas guard Jai Lucas in a collision near midcourt in the early going.

But Thompson was the only one who really responded with three early dunks and tough rebounding. He scored 12 of Texas' first 20 points and Kansas State's best counterpunch was the inside scoring of Kelly and 7-footer Jordan Henriquez-Roberts.

Thompson's fourth dunk of the first half put Texas up 29-24. At that point, his six field goals were more than the rest of his team. Thompson's tough shot over Kelly put Texas up by five before a 3-pointer by McGruder pulled Kansas State within 33-31 at halftime.

Kelly made two consecutive baskets over Thompson to start the second, then blocked Hamilton as Kansas State quickly grabbed the lead. Hamilton also rimmed out a 3-pointer, his 10th miss in 11 shots.

"I try to be aggressive," Kelly said. "They're big and aggressive and try to attack me and I go back at them."

Pullen then made three consecutive baskets that put Kansas State ahead 50-42 with 12:06 to play.

Kansas State managed to maintain that lead for the next 5 minutes, but started piling up critical fouls. Samuels and Henriquez-Roberts both picked up their fourth, sending much of the Wildcats' interior strength to the bench.

The Wildcats simply went outside for points. McGruder slipped away from Hamilton for his fourth 3-pointer and a 60-51 lead.

Kansas State seemed to have the game wrapped up when McGruder dunked on a fast break with 47 seconds left. Brown's two long 3-pointers from the right wing gave Texas some life before Pullen and the Wildcats put the game away from the free throw line.

"Some of the breakdowns are baffling to be honest with you," Barnes said. "I can't tell you why because we've proven we can be really good defensively and offensively."

Comments

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow. It's amazing to think that UT had a 2 game freaking lead on us in conference and just blew 3 games to B12 opponents. I had pretty much accepted that we'd not get that 7th straight B12 crown. Now it's ours to lose! Crazy....

waywardJay 3 years, 10 months ago

It's amazing to think they were 11-0 in conference playing essentially 5 players who are quality D1 players..... and Dogus Balbay.

wangmene and Hill are interrseting pieces but shoudl not be counted as for skils as they posess little.

Honestly, this team comes down to outlasting them ( which we did not have the stamina in which we faced them )

Brianna Zaleski 3 years, 9 months ago

Were you drunk at the time of this posting? Because your spelling would suggest so

KU_FanSince75 3 years, 10 months ago

With Texas losing, who are the four #1 seeds? I figure Ohio State, KU, maybe BYU----would Pitt get that last #1 seed?

Nice to know the Jayhawks can control their own destiny. Win out, and you win the League. Rock Chalk!

kureader 3 years, 10 months ago

Probably Pitt, yes. They lost yesterday and actually moved UP a spot in the polls. Given the Big East bias with the sports media, it's a wonder the Big East doesn't get all four #1 seeds.

waywardJay 3 years, 10 months ago

yOu are ignoring the big blue monster on the horizon..... It's likely Ohio State, Kansas, BYU and.... Duke.

Pitt would have to win the Least Conference, and I expect that to fall very similiar to that SEC conference tourney a couple years ago when Georgia won it in Atlanta with an under .500 record in conference. I expect the least to completely Blow up the bracket..... You can make the case that any of the top 8 seeds could win it. The 11th best team has the best guards in VIllanova. St. John's ( 4th seed ) has the Best coaching and possibly the best player. Anyone below Villanova at 11 shoudl be out of the conversation...If i had to pick a winner right now it would be Uconn the 7th seed, because they have the BIggest "star" in Kemba.

Ben Kliewer 3 years, 9 months ago

Big Least...love it.

Also, I would like to paraphrase the LA Times sports writer at this point.

Clearly Texas is the best team in the country...

waywardJay 3 years, 9 months ago

It's not mine originally... not sure where i saw it first... just borrowing...... Thought it was the most accurate description of 16 teams and none of them worth more than a mid level draft pick in a down NBA draft.

Craig Colgin 3 years, 10 months ago

Just beat the aggies guys, that's the task. Stay focused on beating the aggies, nothing else matters right now. We believe in you Jayhawks!!! Rock Chalk!!!!

John Myers 3 years, 10 months ago

That's exactly my thinking.. Forget EVERYTHING right now except the next game..

Linda Daxon 3 years, 9 months ago

Yes, we don't have cream puff teams ahead. Focus. Focus. Focus. Take'em one at a time and we will be Okay. Get ahead of ourselves and we're doomed. There is still lots of room to improve on our part. RCJH

Adam Evans 3 years, 10 months ago

How long until this article brings out the troll 12Steps? haha. Thank you KSU. thank you thank you thank you.

kureader 3 years, 10 months ago

I'd prefer to say that Texas lost ... why give K-State credit for winning?

Will the Tarheels take care of business when Duke comes to town this week?

I've got 100 bucks that says the NCAA will put Duke or North Carolina in our regional ... seems like they always do.

Ron Franklin 3 years, 10 months ago

Why not just admit that Frank has KSU playing great ball right now?

They have won 6 of their last 7 and the loss was by a millisecond to Colorado.

When you don't give credit when it's due, you seem no better than 12steps.

squawkhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Give credit where credit is due. KU now has the chance to be the sole Big 12 Champs thanks to KSU.

jayhawkjed 3 years, 9 months ago

Credit is due to the Jayhawks, not the wildcats. When it comes to conference championships giving credit is easy... You give credit to the team that wins more games.

BigAl 3 years, 9 months ago

Yes. Give credit where credit is due. All of the credit for KU being in contention for Conference Champs is totally on KU. Kansas is 12-2 in Big12 play. Period. This is based on a season full of games. Not one or two.

Ron Franklin 3 years, 9 months ago

agree 100% jedi. as far as championship goes, you are right. I'm just a College BBall fan, and watch more than Kansas. Kansas is my favorite, but I still try to make objective statements, and not emotional ones based on the quality of a team.

ksu is on the uptick, and ut is spiraling out of Barnes' hands.

doctor_h 3 years, 10 months ago

What's amazing is amidst tragedy (TR's losses), injuries (TR, Selby) and suspensions (TT) coupled with one bad half in head to head competition, Texas is annointed as the "clear-cut" favorite in the Big XII? Well I guess the lesson to be learned is don't piss off CU, NU and the surging Mild cats, after all with a resume of losses like that I guess I can see why UT is..., or correction was number one in the Big XII. By the way, I, like many of you, watched the UT game and what I came away with was an athletic team with unrealized talent, but moreover I saw a Jayhawk team that echoed the results 1997 against Arizona and/or 2003 against Melo (12/30 from the line). The bottom line....if you don't hit open shots (like they didn't against UT), how will you hit them when they are guarded. Let's not kid ourselves, the Hawks did more to lose that tilt in AF than UT did to win it. I guess what I'm trying to say in the end is Mizzou still sucks.

Benjamin Piehler 3 years, 10 months ago

guess kstate will have to release another dvd lol..... anyway its good for the conference and a 7th strait title wouldnt hurt....

Kye Clark 3 years, 10 months ago

+1! Another "instant classic" for that program for sure!

squawkhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, if only we had beaten Texas instead of getting our a$$s handed to us. Maybe that win last night is worth a dvd.

3 years, 9 months ago

squawk ~

Who are you referring to when you say “our” and “us”? You are not a KU fan, so quit trying to masquerade as one. You admitted in a previous post:

“I’m a K-State fan…”

http://www2.kusports.com/news/2009/nov/20/what-if-ku-stuns-texas/#c1057027

If you are going to troll, at least have the common decency of doing so in an upfront and honest fashion.

khekhen 3 years, 10 months ago

'gotta admit, pullen delivered on his promise of "not playing in the NIT". he's playing like a man possessed. big 12 is ours to lose at this point.

waywardJay 3 years, 10 months ago

He gets nothing but respect from me in that regard. He deserves a lot of Player of the year nods, i doubt he willget them at this point as it appears this conference PoY is going to Marcus, but No doubt Pullen has been nothign short of amazing this year.

Makes you wonder if He and Sherron haven't had a few heart to Hearts this year.... His play lately looks really famaliar.

riverdrifter 3 years, 10 months ago

"Kansas State is surging at the right time." Agreed, since they had absolutely run out of time after pretty much sucking the first two months of the season. KSU will will be a tough out in the NCAAs but they will be an out.

Pwnage 3 years, 9 months ago

There are 67 'outs' in the 'NCAAs' so that's not much of a prediction. They'll join KU in watching the championship from the sidelines.

bad_dog 3 years, 9 months ago

The Hawks may be watching from the sidelines, but hopefully they'll be the ones located courtside in Houston.

Kye Clark 3 years, 10 months ago

Blogger Eric Sorrentino had Rick Barnes as his Big 12 coach of the year just a couple of days ago. I posted that I thought given the circumstances surrounding this KU team - losing 2 lottery picks and the winningest KU player of all time & undisputed leader the past 2 seasons, missing players due to suspensions, injuries, & tragedies and never having our full complement of players available for even one game this season - that should KU even share the Big 12 crown Self should be the hands-down pick for the award. He posted a response, saying that "Self would be a good pick" if Texas slips up (note: he didn't even have Coach Self as being still in the running at the time), but that if they shared the title his vote would still go to Barnes.

He had Tad Boyle as his coach "still in the running". I will admit that he has done a great job this year, and as a former KU alum I always will root for him and wish him nothing but success. However, he did inherit this team from the previous regime. Should he really be anointed with that award despite having nothing to do with assembling the team? Recruiting is such a major part of every coaches job, I wouldn't give it to Tad this year. Also, while it has nothing to do with the job he's done this year, if I had a vote I'd be hesitant to give the award to someone who's on his way out the door (of the conference).

Anyway, I know it has become "old hat" for KU to win the conference, but to have this team positioned where it is I think Self has done one of his better coaching jobs this season. Hopefully people recognize this and don't just think "well of course KU won the league again. They're supposed to right?"

waywardJay 3 years, 10 months ago

ICt..... If Tad ran anythign similiar to Jeeff Bzdelik, I woudl agree with you. but he does not. Not only did his team beat TExas in Colorado but was in a apossesion of Beating Kansas with essentially no post players of conseqwuence.

Tad Boyle's the OCach of the year this year, possibly just in front of Martin.... The resurrection the last 3 weeks IN Manhattan is nothing short of Amazing. They looked Dead.Defeated. Withered. Some how they came together, and they are no long NIT fodder. Kudos to Both of them. Think about what K-state is really missing here.... Two Post men Who quit on them. Curtis Kelley is NOT the player he should have been, MacGruder took 3 months to long to develop into the player he always should have been ...... and jacob Pullen's gotta be a tired tired man for pulling that team that far. All the while Frank has pushed buttons, some ineffective initially.... But you cannot argue with the results...... K-state was 2-5 in conference on January 29th. They lost 1 game in February, by a total of two points on the road.

Bill Should get some credit here also, but let's be honest.... No one will appreciate the job Bill does at Kansas they way they should, we never have down seasons under him enough to remind us how low the valley's could be. Bill';s worst COnference Record at Kansas is 12-4. Yeah, won 75 percent of his games, in his Worst Conference season ( we did it twice ) We've never finished worse than 2nd in conference under Bill Self. We are one win from winning our 7th consecutive conference title. Two wins from winning 4 of 5 Conference titles without sharing them. Bill worst total season at Kansas recordwise was 24-9. How many teams would be able to say that's their BEST Season? We have had 6 consecutive seasons over 25 wins. 3 of the last 4 seasons were 30 wins seasons, and we are 3 wins from making that 4 of 5 also. Most "coach of the year" awards go to teams that improve dramatically, and Steve LAvin willget my vote Nationally, but there IS an award for all Around greatness.... It's called the hall of Fame, and If Billself isn't amassing a Hall of Fame resume You can call me Miles Davis.

Kye Clark 3 years, 10 months ago

waywardJay - again, not taking anything away from the job Tad has done. Making Colorado relevant is astounding. I just think he should have to do it with his own players before heaping the ultimate praise on him. It's not like he is suddenly getting so much more from Burks and Higgins than Bzdelik was. They were already very good players. Tad has taught them how to win, installed a system that puts them in a good position to win, but let's see if he can recruit well enough within a BCS conference to compete at a high level.

As for Martin, they were picked to win the Big 12. Hard for me to give him much credit for underachieving. Maybe those were unrealistic expectations, but I think even the most skeptic of people wouldn't have had them any lower than where they are right now. So digging themselves a hole and all of a sudden playing good basketball...not really what I'd call COY material. As for some of the things you pointed out - Kelly not being the player he should have been and MacGruder taking 3 months to develop - a lot of that has to be on the coach.

I agree Self generally is under-appreciated, but he was national coach of the year in '08-'09, and while this team hadn't lost as much from the previous year as had that team, it's still impressive. He probably won't win the award, but more than anything the point was to get people (like Sorrentino) to not simply take for granted Coach Self, particularly this year. Normally, if it weren't for the injuries, suspensions, and the tragedies I would agree that it should have been expected. But when taking those things into account - none of which Self had any control over - he's got to be in the discussion. At worst runner-up.

Jayhawk444 3 years, 9 months ago

I was just saying this about Martin yesterday. If K-state had simply finished 4th in the Big 12 this year by scattering their losses throughout the season, we would all think K-state had underachieved and nobody would be giving Martin any COY love. So how come when they play some incredibly underachieving basketball in January and then string some wins together to climb their way back into 4th place at the end of the season do we think he's doing such a great job? Yeah they've had some adversity, but I think most would agree that K-State's standing in the conference right now is a disappointment.

squawkhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Give credit where credit is due. It is easy to talk about how great KU is and what a great job Self does every year when he gets the cream of the crop every season. What would Self had done if he were in Martin's shoes this year? Do you think he could have done any better...I truly doubt it. Yes, KSU was picked (overly optimistic) to be a top 5 team this year but for a lot of reasons that never happened. Honestly, I never thought they would be that good after loosing Clemente and being as young as they are. With all the adversity they had this year Martin has done an amazing job bringing them back from the dead. Just like last year he has them ready at just the right time. Personally, I hope KU doesn't have to play them in the Big 12 tourney because they very well could beat us again.

Lastly, how can you say that Self is "under-appreciated"? He probably gets more credit than what he is actually due because he has so much talent to work with year-in and year-out. He gets more press and accolades than most other coaches out there.

Kye Clark 3 years, 9 months ago

"Give credit where credit is due". That's what I'm trying to do. You say Self get's accolades. Aside from his national coach of the year in '09 he really hasn't gotten any, and it took winning the Big 12 the year after winning the national title and losing 8 players off that team.

As for Martin, I have no doubt that K-State would be in a far greater position if Self was their coach. You claim that Self gets the cream of the crop every year, that's in part because he recruits well. Obviously being at Kansas helps attract a lot of kids that won't consider K-State, but Self has recruited better than Martin at Tulsa and Illinois. Who is the best player Martin has recruited? Beasley, Clemente, Pullen...all committed to Huggins. So...Rodney MacGruder? Wally Judge? Henry Enriquez-Roberts? Coaching is not only about what you do with the team you have, it's about assembling that team through recruiting.

Lastly, hoping we don't play them again in the Big 12 tournament? Really? At KU I'd hope we wouldn't want to dodge anyone because we were scared. Anyone, anywhere. I'd personally welcome the opportunity to avenge the losses to both Texas and KSU.

tdub 3 years, 9 months ago

Dude, you were already outed. You don't have to pretend to be a KU fan. And how are you measuring your team to be young? Out of 150 potential starting spots (30 games x 5 players), exactly half of those starting spots have been occupied by juniors or seniors.

waywardJay 3 years, 9 months ago

Squawk... I just don't see it. Self is largely ignored in the coach of the year ballots after 3 players left for the NBA, and now We are at this point on pace for last years record, with little added to this team than was already here ? Cream of the Crop are you serious ? We got Selby and he's a stud, but the last "great' class we got In 2006. We've had very solid classes and we've had some amazing players GROW here, but alot of that is not on the initial recruitng as much as the coaching into our system..... Our BIgs who grow through Danny, our conditioning program and our incredible defensive coaching. bill gets alot of love from NOn-ACC pundits ( read Not Dick Vitale ) specifically from Bob Knight BECAUSE of Self's Intent defensive leaning but I cannot speak to the voting for his coaching year in and out.... Would be happy to see him named 5th on the ballot this year, considering we lost Cole, Sherron and Xavier last year, and our record could be better.....

As for Martin, Yeah, We gotta pencil him for some of the fault witht he players and their record pre-February.... Alot of this goes to Pullen's flat out Owning the month of February, but give the Devil his due.... Other than Boyle who do we give credit too for their superb coaching.... No one in the south Merits CoY talk.... Turg's been the best coach down there and he's doing it largely with smoke and mirrors. Anderson deserves some love but they cannot win a road game. Consider how close Frank Martin was to losing these kids, and look at them now. Frank Deserves some love, beyond the blame for where they started..... he admited to mistakes along the way and sometimes that's the best coaching you can give your kids....

Yup, Tad did nothing more than completely overhaul the way Colorado Played, and how they attacked teams. Completely changed their culture,Made them believe they could win games not just at home. he got Fans into the building not there for Cheap Jayhawk Tickets. He didn't take a princeton Offense team adn turn them into a run and gun scoring threat in a matter of mere months.... And when looking at Colorado's Star players, your right... Alec Burks isn't a better palyer because of Boyle. he just got the OK to push it more. Boyle didn't turn Higgins into a solid second scorer and combo-point.

What About Levi Knutson though, Up 13 minutes per game.... Up 9 points a game..... shooting 20% better from the field.... Shooting just under 90 from the stripe.... Shooting 47 percent from three up from 36 last year... Surely this wasn't the work of Boyle's offense, or the confidence he has infused with this program with ???? If Bzdelik's system was so D8mned great for BUrks and Higgins last year, why the H*ll is knutson 4 tiems better the player from his junior to Senior season.

waywardJay 3 years, 9 months ago

Because Tad Boyle's shown us in his first year he is a very capable coach. Tomlinson's improved, relphorde is improved, Dufault's better.... The team plays better in his style, that doesn't guarantuee he will recruit amaznigly, nor does it guarnatuee he will complete this turn around.... but these are all very strong indicators that COlorado will be able to from day 1 compete in the wack-10-11-12 next year.

Jim Roth 3 years, 10 months ago

KU has had a lot of off-court issues this year, resulting in suspensions, legal troubles, etc. Does that count against Self in coach-of-the-year considerations? Or does the way he has handled those issues (with consistent discipline) count in his favor?

tis4tim 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't buy into that "but it wasn't his players" stuff. If it's all about the players then why couldn't Bzdelik win with his own guys? It's the same argument people had about Roy when he won his first title at NC. Detractors said, "Oh, they were Daugherty's players." Sure, but Roy won with them when Daugherty couldn't.

Don't get me wrong, I think Bzdelik is a good coach, but it speaks volumes about Tad that he can come into a program with guys not necessarily geared to his particular system or style and win.

waywardJay 3 years, 9 months ago

Especially kids who aren't his players. It's funny those players appear to be much better fits for his system than Bzdeliks

justinryman 3 years, 9 months ago

Why is that the best team in the Conf. gets coach of the year? Shouldn't Kansas be expected to be good? Why should Barnes get credit for having all that talent? They should be winning games.

Why not look at Tad Boyle at Colorado and what he has done, or Doc Sadler at Nebraska for what he has done this year???

Martin flopped from thier preseason mountain, so he is out, Balor under achieved, Tech is terrible, A&M is ok but not good, OK st and OU are pretty much dudds and well MU dosent diserve anything EVER. The Mayor in Ames might be coach of the year next year when he actually turns that program around.

But HCBS as deserving as he is, I can't see why though, he has a deep bench, you can get through a lot in a season with a deep bench and all that talent.

Plus he will get coach of the decade with 6 straight conf titles and on the verge of 7!!!!

Kye Clark 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for proving my point. KU is supposed to be good, so let's not recognize Coach Self's accomplishments. Not like he recruited all that talent for the deep bench.

I've covered Tad Boyle in multiple posts. No point in repeating that. As for Doc Sadler - a losing record in conference and 8th place at the moment. Are we really going to start handing out awards for raging mediocrity?

justinryman 3 years, 9 months ago

fan316, I agree about Doc, but most of those loses were close, no not all of them but a lot. No he dosent desserve it this year, but compared to where they were last year, and the year before I think he's done a very good job at a non-basketball school. let's face it, basketball at Nebraska is like Kansas with football, except that KU football has actually won a BCS game, oh wait the Husker football team hasn't either, just like thier poor bball team never winning an NCAA game, good thing that got that NIT title back in the 90s.

But if I had a vote I would vote Boyle first this year.

oldnongrad 3 years, 10 months ago

I watched the Texas - KSU game tonight and surely wonder how the outcome wasn't determined by the loss of Kelly and Henriquez to fouls. I think that they do have some other really tough people and that without the dead weight they got rid of they will be very tough in the tournaments depending on Pullen's injury.

Now that Texas has proved all those pundits wrong all we need to see happen this week is two Hawk wins and I fully expect to see that happen. The twins are playing so well since the K-State game that only sickness or fouls will let the other teams win. I think that the Hawks are about as focused as K-State seems to be and that is all they need to win that next championship.

Hank Cross 3 years, 10 months ago

Looks like UT decided to avoid the March rush and started their usual dive now. Both they and Villanova look like they're going into the tourney falling apart.

RockCaCO3 3 years, 10 months ago

After watching last nights game, I now know Martins "secret" to coaching; you glare at a player who f'd up until the player glances back at you. Then, when the player looks at you, you scream "encouragement" until your blood vessels are about to explode. Coaching at it's finest.

Chicago_JHawk 3 years, 9 months ago

I loved that. I thought Spradling was going to melt under that stare!

ltljim64 3 years, 9 months ago

I am all for Pullen for Coach of the Year. Seems to me the rest of K-State has bought into Pullen's 'system' more than Martin's.

Varlo52 3 years, 10 months ago

Looks like another case of going from Texas Hold 'Em to Texas Fold 'Em

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 10 months ago

Ok. Alabama gets into a little hot water over showing a potential football recruit on the jumbotron (sp?) at a home basketball game.

Now

Someone tell me how espn (who is in bed with UT) can show and mention future UT recruits on TV to a national audience.

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 9 months ago

K-State could make it to the Final Four.

If we play them again and don't play our best game, they will whip us again.

They are tougher than we are and they are so focused it is scary.

Justin Carlson 3 years, 9 months ago

Ok folks I know it is KSU and the color purple makes me dry heave but........Wow what a hard fought game by the kitties. Defensively was outstanding and the effort throughout the game was incredible.

Mark my words if Pullen fully recovers or has no lasting hand/wrist injury they will make to the elite 8 again.

We may want to look at the "EFFORT" that KSU played with in the 2nd half and apply it to our second halves when we lay eggs. If that happens Houston get ready for some crimson and blue!

By the way! Thank You Cats for putting us in line for a 7th straight title!!

Kendra Stevenson 3 years, 9 months ago

Great game CATS! What a come back from a season that looked to be basically over to winning 5 in a row! Keep up the good work! Oh and to all you Jayhawks, you are welcome!

Brett Arnberger 3 years, 9 months ago

KSU owed us anyways. If it wasn't for KU getting bigheaded and losing focus after being announced #1 that week (or day), KU probably wins and KSU continues their slide and never turns things around. We'll call it even...deal?

squawkhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow, that is a little arrogant, don't you think? KSU schooled KU but only because KU lost focus? And KU fans wonder why they have the reputation they do for being spoiled, unappreciative fans who don't know how to lose. But then again, football season is right around the corner.

Brett Arnberger 3 years, 9 months ago

I'll give credit where credit is due. KSU is playing good ball now, but with a comment like "oh, and to all you Jayhawks, you are welcome!", I respectfully disagree. We were tied atop the big 12 with no thanks to KSU (since they beat us handily), now we owe them something? I guess I answered 'arrogantly' to a 'foolish' comment. Agree to disagree...

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 9 months ago

Of course you do know we still win the title if you lose that game. All you did was give us the ability to present to trophy after the game if/when we beat aTm.

xfitter 3 years, 9 months ago

Pretty much a pointless comment since the series is split so far this season with both teams having wins by quite a sum, so what's the point? either way we were tied with Texas at the top of the league before this loss and they still have to travel TO baylor. So thanks for making a pointless comment that shows why KSU fans really don't look at the big/whole picture of sports.

BigAl 3 years, 9 months ago

KSU did no more for KU than what Colorado or Nebraska did. KU being the front runner for the Big12 championship is based upon what KU has done. Kansas has put themselves in this position. If someone wants to challenge them, win more games.

Scott Smetana 3 years, 9 months ago

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

It's the annual Rick Barnes Slide!

kcglowboy 3 years, 9 months ago

This is fun ... getting back to last year's sensation of having two of the best teams in the country from our much-maligned, sparsely populated state. And make no mistake about it ... K-State is playing at a Top 10 level. Now, let's cheer for Tad Boyle's Buffs to win their next two games and our conference, in its farewell tour, will send half of its teams to the Tourney -- with four of the six teams having Kansas connections.

RockCaCO3 3 years, 9 months ago

Beat A&M. Give Turgeon an unwelcome home.

RCJHGKU!

Redlandsjhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Headline: Kansas deploys secret weapon to regain control of Big XII-- Rick Barnes.

Chris1955 3 years, 9 months ago

Great line! I actually laughed out loud!

Kye Clark 3 years, 9 months ago

All the K-State love is a little nauseating. Thanks for beating Texas. That's all they deserve.

BigAl 3 years, 9 months ago

I agree. Kansas with their 12 wins put themselves in this position. Yes, KSU beat Texas. So did Colorado and Nebraska. All three teams unranked.

Right now, Kansas is winning the Big12 conference because they put themselves in position to do so. Period.

justinryman 3 years, 9 months ago

  "First of all I'd like to thank J'covan Brown for being the worst team mate ever.  I couldn't imagine us being anywhere but here without our worthless coach Rick Barnes, who has a history of letting his teams fall apart.  I would like to thank Matt Hill for not having any basketball talent except being really tall and lanky.  Oh I can't forget to thank the other players on this longhorn team that put themselves ahead of everyone else and think they can win the game all by themselves.  I'd like to thank the ball boy, he was the only one who threw the ball to me.  I'd also like the thank all the assistant coaches.....Oh please don't play the music I'm almost dune....back to the assistants who think that defensive drill and cardio don't win you games.

 "I believe with everything that we at Texas do, that this will happen year in and year out, and I believe that a run in the Dance this year past the second round would be AWESOME!!!!  But then again I and the rest of my team mates might just go to spring break after the first game.

    "Thank you, thank you thank you all!!!!!"

From and unknown Texas Longhorn Bball Starter

Ron Franklin 3 years, 9 months ago

Curtis Kelly gets off the reefer and all of the sudden he's a new player.

who'duv thunkit

JayDocMD 3 years, 9 months ago

nice link.

In addition to talking about his use of magic to dazzle recruits, this is the most interesting line to me: “I would have cared 10 years ago,” he said of critics questioning his 19-18 N.C.A.A. tournament record. “This is not the most important thing in my life. It’s what I do, but it’s not the most important thing in my life.”

Did he mention that its not the most important thing in his life? Seems like he could have squeezed that in the quote a few more times. "Its what I do." Now that's Passion! I just can't understand why he hasn't taken that elite talent from year after year to the next level. Can you? I mean surely he doesn't expect his players to have a greater devotion than this, does he? "We were going to play a full 40 minutes at Nebraska and Colorado coach, but 20 is good enough, right? I mean, this isn't who we are. Its just what we do."

I'm all for perspective and priorities and all, but maybe let your fan base know that winning it all at least ranks close to your aspirations of becoming a full-time magician.

junctionhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Hey fellow hawk fans. My family recently purchased tickets for the big 12 tourney and got session four assuming we'd finish in 2nd place we'd be the 6:00 game on thursday. Now that texas is blowing the conference lead im worried that we'll be the one seed and be the 11:30 game which is session 3. I love the fact that we could win another big 12 regular season title but am a little worried about the ticket situation. At first we didnt know anything about different sessions, we just assumed that if we had tickets for thursday we could go to all games that day, now we are trying to figure out what to do. Would greatly appreciate any info or insight on situation

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