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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Keegan

Louisville poses threat in NCAA Tournament’s Southwest bracket

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First impressions tend to last. Still, it’s always wise to put them under a microscope to see if they stand up to scrutiny.

Example: When the NCAA Tournament brackets were unveiled on Selection Sunday, the Southwest bracket looked like a favorable one for Kansas University. Upon closer inspection, KU still very much looks like the team to beat, but even if the names of the teams don’t blow you away, the star power should.

Hours before the brackets were released, I sent my All-American ballot to the Associated Press. The voting guidelines stipulate that a team doesn’t have to adhere strictly to the format of two guards, two forwards and a center, but does have to be a mix of perimeter and post players, a blend a coach would feel comfortable sending onto the court.

My ballot:

First team: Nolan Smith (Duke), Jimmer Fredette (Brigham Young), Marcus Morris (Kansas), Derrick Williams (Arizona), Jared Sullinger (Ohio State). Second team: Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Ben Hansbrough (Notre Dame), E’Twaun Moore (Purdue), Kenneth Faried (Morehead State), JaJuan Johnson (Purdue). Third team: Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin), Jon Leuer (Wisconsin), Jordan Williams (Maryland), Markieff Morris (Kansas).

Player of the Year: Fredette.

Coach of the Year: Bill Self (Kansas).

That’s six players — the twins, Hansbrough, Moore, Faried and Johnson — playing in the Southwest region, four in the Southeast, three in the West and one in the East. Williams’ Maryland team didn’t get a tourney berth.

No one team in KU’s region is one that, based on matchups, indicates it is built to beat Kansas, but one potential opponent lurks as a dangerous threat to anyone it plays because of its wild style that lends itself to upsets in both directions.

No. 4 seed Louisville has hoisted 829 three-point shots. For comparison purposes, consider the totals of other potential opponents during the sub-regional and regional rounds: UNLV (534), Illinois (566), Purdue (605), Vanderbilt (695), Boston University (721).

The Cardinals can lose to anybody when they’re misfiring (a combined 8 for 39 in losses to Drexel and Providence) from long distance and slay giants (13 for 27 in victory against Syracuse) when hitting. The heavy reliance on threes makes the Cards the region’s most likely team to score an upset against KU and the most likely to get upset before having a chance to face the nation’s No. 2 team.

Morehead State’s Faried, who passed Tim Duncan on Feb. 19 as the leading rebounder in Division I history, opens the tourney against the Cards. The last thing Pitino needs is for Morehead to taint his sterling reputation (five Final Four appearances for three schools, a .745 winning percentage in 47 tournament games), but stranger things have happened.

Comments

100 8 years, 9 months ago

Forget Louisville...

It's whoever we're playing next.

Right now it's Boston U....

"Just do your best.... That is success."

--- John Wooden

Alohahawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Said it all year: One game at a time, Hawks.

Enough of this two, three and four games down the road dodo. There's too many variables to plan that far ahead. Counting Boston U., there are 65 other teams, besides Louisville, which the Hawks may have to play. Is Coach Self going to show game films for any of them to the Hawks before we have even stepped on the floor against Boston U? I don't think so. Are KU's players imagining how they will play anyone but Boston U. right now? I hope not.

Yes, do remember and learn from the past games and teams we played (such as the grief entailed in the lose to UNI, and the exaltation of beating Texas on Saturday) to gain some incentive. But don't assume we have beaten Boston U. Because, on any given day any team can lose to any other team. Remember a few years ago when Chaminade upset, was it Maryland (#1 ranked at the time)and Ralph Sampson, in the Maui Invitational?

Again: One game at a time, Hawks. RCJH Beat Boston University.

Andy Tweedy 8 years, 9 months ago

Chaminade beat Virginia in one of those early season trips half way around the world in Hawaii, although I guess you probably knew it was in Hawaii with a name like Alohahawk!

Alohahawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Yep, short 30 minute flight outer island to Maui. Didn't attend the game, but it made the top headline on the sports page. Not a Virginia or Maryland (or any East coast team) fan so forgot what team it was. Mahalo for the correction.

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm not sure the team was exalted so much as they were exulted by winning the conf tourney and doing it over the one team they hadn't beaten, even comfortably.

You and I showering them with flattering assessments really means less than feeling warm and jubilant on the inside.

Alohahawk 8 years, 9 months ago

I stand corrected. No typo, just my semantic mistake. Appreciate being corrected, so I don't make a fool of myself over the same mistake again. Although, I do think the crowd exalted the Hawks. Mahalo. :-)

LAJayhawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Understandable take. However, I don't think Keegan wrote this article for the coach or the players. He wrote it for the fans who are allowed to look at any match up they want without it affecting the teams concentration. We can look ahead, because we, as fans, do not play.

Certainly the crowd in Tulsa needs to be in the game and cheer on our boys, but beyond that, it makes no difference what we are all thinking about. So, it's perfectly fine for us to discuss possible future match ups and difficulties in our region. Those sort of discussions are a big part of what makes this tournament so fun for those of us who watch and don't physically participate.

Definitely one game at a time for our players. I, on the other, will continue to look ahead (while hoping our players aren't).

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

100,

Thanks for continuing to post the Wooden quote. It is one of my favorites of his. John, if you can hear me up there, Bill's doing it his own way, but I know you'd be proud of him.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 9 months ago

My all-time favorite Wooden quote is:

"Failure to preprare is preparing to fail" John Wooden

tis4tim 8 years, 9 months ago

Goodness gracious! Sakes alive! That's a good one.

kesmithstl1 8 years, 9 months ago

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts!

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

~Kieff deserves first or second team AA.

Look at the players Keegs voted ahead of him.

Anyone of them post any numbers comparable to his on a 30 win team with as diversified of scoring as KU has? Nope.

Kieff not being on the first or second team is a classic case of herd-think by professional journalists trying to fulfill preseason hype.

Kieff is being stiffed, because he got no preseason media hype and because he plays on a team with diversified scoring.

All the guys Keegs put ahead of Kieff either got preseason hype, or played on teams without as diversified scoring as KU.

I mean, imagine the kind of numbers Kieff would have put up at Morehead State, or Purdue, or Zona. He'd have hung 25-30 ppg at Morehead State for sure. The coaches of these other schools don't scheme diversified scoring, because the talent isn't deep enough.

Either way you look at it, Kieff is easily better than some of those picked ahead of him. Either Kieff would have turned way bigger numbers than some of those picked ahead of him had he played at their schools, or KU would have been a weaker team were some of those picked ahead of him substituted for Kieff on KU's team. Period.

~There appears an unwritten rule in professional journalism. When in doubt, fulfill the pre-season hype. KSU in. CU out. Marcus in. Kieff out. Duke Number 3 at 30-4, SDSU number 7 at 32-2.

~Its very unpopular to do this, but...Jimmer Fredette is not the great player he is hyped to be. If KU plays BYU, KU has four perimeter defenders that can hold him well under his average and two--TT and Elijah--that could lock him down.

Tim Bingaman 8 years, 9 months ago

Yes, Keef is under the radar from a national perspective... Although I'd love to see him come back, I am more hopeful that his awesomeness will be widely known by April 4th!

Great point on the herd think at this time of year, with Players of the Year, Tourney Selection, etc.

I watched the UT Championship game in a place with no sound. It was pretty refreshing not to be "educated" by ESPN.

Rock Chalk!

Vroo 8 years, 9 months ago

I think people compare Markieff to Marcus more than they compare him to other players.

Markieff leads the Big 12 in double doubles. He's #8 for FG% in the NCAA. Nothing bad about Marcus here but Markieff is a great player. I'm glad he's a Jayhawk. F.O.E. No days off. :-)

One game at a time...

Dirk Medema 8 years, 9 months ago

Very happy to have 'Kieff on the home team, but to slam Johnson/Purdue with the comment that there is a huge difference is way off base. And TRob might be able to put up the R'ing #'s at Morehead, but 'Kieff certainly hasn't shown any indication of providing that consistent R'ing dominance to approach NCAA records.

Definitely agree that there are plenty that are hype by the media, but some of the examples are off base.

Hank Cross 8 years, 9 months ago

"Anyone of them post any numbers comparable to his on a 30 win team with as diversified of scoring as KU has? Nope."

Nice job of begging the question. BTW Kawhi Leonard of the 30 win SDSU has a higher scoring and rebounding average than mkm. It's speculation that Kief go off for 30 every night if he played on team on which he was the no. 1 scoring threat. Maybe, maybe not.

That being said, the twins can't really be measured using the standard metrics. Their combination of skills and the way they play with each other make them the most unique weapon in CBB. It's too bad the twins cannot be jointly awarded Player (not Players) of the Year.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

P.S: I agree with Tom on Louisville being a freaky good team prone to upset teams and prone to get upset, because of streaky good trey shooting.

Tim Bingaman 8 years, 9 months ago

Agreed! Streaky shooting 3's are about the only thing that can up-end us in this regional.

kesmithstl1 8 years, 9 months ago

don't forget the senior leadership either!

joeloveshawks 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm not concerned about Louisville at all right now. The very last thing I can think of is who we play next. Not after what has happened in years past and also because our potential 8-9 game if we take care of BU is no joke. Two teams that have played tough schedules and will not be afraid or intimidated by Kansas. I hope for the best and as I usually do I have KU winning it all in my bracket this year...this time against Duke. Can't think of a team I would rather beat and we can do it if we just take one at at time.

Tim Bingaman 8 years, 9 months ago

I agree that the team can't worry about little Pitino right now, but I can. It is fun and I have a lot of friends in Louisville.

It will be so fun to beat them on the way to another National Championship!!!

Rock Chalk!

murph 8 years, 9 months ago

It's always fun to contemplate smacking Pitino around again. I was at the game in Allen when the Hawks laid 155 (or thereabouts - it's too late/early to go look it up) on his Kentucky squad. It was a wonderful game, and his temper tantrums were epic. It's possibly my favorite game all-time even in that hallowed building.

Ben Kane 8 years, 9 months ago

I have Louisville losing to Morehead State.

point is, which previous posters have said, anything can happen and you just need to take it one game at a time. (but scout ahead).

FarSideHawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Luke Winn has us losing to Louisville also.

Can't wait for Friday!!!!

BCRavenJHawkfan 8 years, 9 months ago

I thought the same thing about Louisville. It made me think about UNI from last year. So I dug into some of those stat websites myself. It appears that Louisville does not have the interior defense that would be needed. Even though they are good from the three it appears that their point total compared to the number of possessions leaves points on the floor. Chuckberry32 could be very correct, because if Louisville goes as cold as a witch's tit, they lose to Morehead State.

Hank Cross 8 years, 9 months ago

I think you are right. Although their perimeter players are faster and more athletic than Reed and Brady, they don't have anything in the interior that can stop the twins. If you can't shut down the twins, you can't stop KU.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 9 months ago

Morningreed did fine against UT and are the least of our worries in the tourney as well.

Hank Cross 8 years, 9 months ago

Hamilton didn't have a problem with him in the 1st half.

Chris Bruning 8 years, 9 months ago

I've watched a combined total of about 30 minutes of Louisville ball this year. Preston Knowles was my favorite non jayhawk player after watching them. I have never in my 30 minutes seen that guy miss a 3 ball, including a 29 footer at half time buzzer which was not heaved but smoothly shot. I don't see how the jayhawks lose this game even if Knowles is hot, but the whole team plays well when knowles does. RCJH!!!!

SDSurferFan 8 years, 9 months ago

  1. JayBate- first time where you sound like a homer. Not refuting your pts entirely but...just saying.
  2. UNLV is not good. They couldn't hit water if they.... QThomas is horrible. He is emotional (gets Ts), has no hands, and I'm glad KU dumped him. He probably left KU cuz he couldn't get minutes (on the scout team).
  3. Louisville. I think Ku matches up well. We can control their fast guard with great D
  4. Luke Winn is a dork! I like reading statistical analysis and technical basketball speak but his stuff is over the top. He doesn't like KU.
  5. BYU jimmers- if a team has strong rebounders (nmex/SDSU) then they are vulnerable. Especially now with Davies out. If they play a guard dominate team, then Jimmer will be on SportsCenter later. Ku has both, so would fair well. What would concern me is Ku gives up a lot of open 3s. Their whole team shoots well. He is the great player he is being hyped.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

First time you sounded like a blow dryer. Can't refute my points entirely but...just sayin. :-)

jayhawkinATL 8 years, 9 months ago

SI's Luke Winn thinks KU gets upset by U of L and be the only top seed not to make the Final Four.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

Slayr,

Ricky Pitts' is one of the few coaches that really understands what he is doing, really has deep method to his madness, the Way Self does. His philosophy is: Set tempo to shoot threes as often as possible and play lots of pressure D. I could write a treatise on Slick Rick's philosophy and methods the same way I have about Self. But that is the essence.

Their fundamental difference on tempo is Rick dictates tempo. Self takes tempo.

What they share most is an axiom: maximize your FG percentage and minimize their FG percentage. All purpose and method pursues these two ends. Period.

Scoring Philsophy (note--all teams take some 2s and some 3s, so we are talking emphasis here on one being trey team and one being a two team): Rick says the effective FG percentage of good trey shooting can equal the actual FG% of 2 point shooting on a third of the nights, exceed it on a third of the nights, and fall short of it a third of the nights. Self probably agrees, but they differ on how to scheme to exploit this expectation.

Defensive Insert: Both agree that pressure defense and disruption can get you through at least half to 2/3s of the 1/3 bad shooting games, depending on how stifling and disruptive your team defense can be.

Continue Scoring Philosophy: Their fundamental difference on scoring is this: Rick will trade the losses on the off shooting nights that trey dependence triggers for the "unbeatability" that trey shooting assures on the on nights. Why? Slick Rick believes the season is preparation for going as deep in the tourney as possible. He doesn't care if he loses 6-7 during regular season games, because of bad shooting nights. It takes his teams out of the drivers seat, but ensures them of a bid and a 2-3 seed, which he views as practically irrelevant to a 1, because MUAs of seeding matter way more than 1 seed advantage. The lower seed makes his players hungry. It reduces fan expectations on him. And the season losses help him teach his players certain things. Of course he would prefer 3-4 losses, but his scheme tolerates up to 6-7.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

But most importantly, Slick Rick sees the tourney as a six game season that his trey dependent teams can reduce to a four game season, simply with having more talent and playing pressure defense. So: Slick Rick logically bets that his trey shooting teams can, at least a third of the years his teams make the Madness, and will get hot and stay hot for four games and so beat anybody that they play and win a ring. The philosophy is sound and logic valid IMHO. But it is not the only Tao that is sound and valid. So is Okie Ball Self Style.

Self say he can win more often playing a more diversified scoring game, because diversification capitalizes on exploiting individual MUAs and the fact that some bad shooting nights there about half the bad games still 1-2 players shooting well despite the broader slump. Self's system is set up to operate at as high of a level of offensive efficiency one can achieve on the bad nights, rather than rely solely on defense and disruption to compensate for bad shooting nights, whether those are due to cold hands, or bad MUAs.

So: Self is in effect willing to trade off some ceiling height on the good nights for some higher combined ceiling on the middling and bad nights. He thinks that a slightly higher combined ceiling on the bad nights, though it probably only buys you a few more points, is a good deal, because on the bad nights you hunker down, reduce the trips, grind it out and play defense as a religion, not just a duty. Self rightly figures this approach will get you through maybe 3/4s of your bad nights, not just a half to 2/3s of them that Pitino's Tao does.

In turn, Self figures this approach reduces the troughs in the six game season, too, and so gets you through more bad games in the Madness, which happen more often because of neutral courts and fouling being ine effect permitted.

And Self believes that his diversified teams can get hot just as often as Slick Ricks trey driven teams can, and so that dilutes the statistical advantage of a trey dependent team.

In short, Slick Rick prefers to take the opportunity of certain advantage of winning every thing when on a four game hot streak, even against a Self team, to playing it closer to center of the shooting probability distribution, as Self does.

Self prefers to stay closer to the center of the distribution and devise ingenious defenses and situationally improvise offensive wrinkles that upset the statistical effective shooting percentage edge Slick Rick holds on a hot streak with trey dependence.

In the regular season, Self's Tao is better than Rick's Tao and Self's career winning percentage makes that clear in comparison to Slick Rick's.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

But in the Madness, each man has won one ring his way, so the jury is out on which method is more suited to win rings.

Coach Consonants, who has always believed in cheap shotting when ten down (when 3 down against deliberate teams) and cheating any way he can get away with, has the most rings, so cheating and cheap shotting coupled with Knight's version of Okie Ball are clearly the most effective means of winning rings with top talent in use today.

Wooden's was the most effective of all time though.

If Self and staff will stay at KU, and if they can keep competing against check book recruiting, and with Self's limited embrace of cheap shotting, muscle, hand checking, and so on, I believe he is in position to prove the case that his approach can begin to win several rings.

But that's a lot of ifs.

Rock Chalk!

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

Wooden's was the most effective of all time though.

If Self and staff will stay at KU, and if they can keep competing against check book recruiting, . . .

I don't often see you contradict yourself from one sentence to the next. The college game may see another John Wooden –– it will never, however see another Sam Gilbert (unless Obama becomes director of NCAA).

Jared Grillot 8 years, 9 months ago

Ummm... who exactly is "bodog.net" again? Even their website doesn't say. Not that I'm arguing, of course, but this is a free online poker website. Is this all it takes to make national publication? Where are the odds from www.JGfromPK.com? If I set up an online bridge game will the NY Times print my tournament picks?

Totally agree, if they start listening to their own hype, our guys have the potential to come out of the gate flat and struggle. If they listen to their coach and avoid the media mess, things should go better.

slowplay 8 years, 9 months ago

Jimmer Fredette is a scorer. Kemba Walker is the whole package. Keegan doesn't even have him on the first team much less MVP.

Here's a nice bracket breakdown showing KU as Champs. (if you are into bracket startegies.) http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/14811774/highrisk-bracket-take-jayhawks-over-buckeyes-in-final

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

The only thing "nice" about that bracket is putting KU on the last line –– one of only five or six deviations from 'choose the higher seed' startegy, which is, I guess, different from finishegy? ;-).

I do like most of his 'disqualifier' considerations because they are simply common sense. Evidently, the seeding committee doesn't disagree to any large extent.

Scott Oswalt 8 years, 9 months ago

Peyton Siva scares me. He's made a few game winners this season. If we do end up playing them, I hope Tyshawn/Elijah will get in front of him to eliminate the drive. He can usually get to the basket at will.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ds1ERiDTKw

Although, I'm focused on BU. I hope we throw an early round knock-out-punch to send a message to the teams in the SW region.

jayhawkinATL 8 years, 9 months ago

Hope he doesn't turn into this year's Ali Farokhmanesh!!!

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

Much more of a score-in-the-paint type player than strictly a rainmaker. Relying on help defense lets him kick it out to trey guys, so it really is important to front him on his drives.

We can defer those concerns to next week, y'no?

jayhawkinATL 8 years, 9 months ago

Oooops...sorry, thought you were referring to a guy from BU.

legendzero 8 years, 9 months ago

Siva's multiple drives at UCONN were just as impressive. In that game he left Walker standing still several times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BCR7iJA5L4&feature=related

tis4tim 8 years, 9 months ago

I'd love a shot at Notre Dame. Taking down both Hansbrough brothers, albeit in different tournaments, would be sweet.

tis4tim 8 years, 9 months ago

I hope we get a shot at Notre Dame. To take down both Hansbrough brothers, albeit in different tournaments, would be sweet.

tis4tim 8 years, 9 months ago

Sakes alive! Sorry for the double post.

JayHawkFanToo 8 years, 9 months ago

Icing on the cake...Withey dominates Hansbrough, much like Aldrich dominated older brother.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 9 months ago

young Hansbrough is a guard. But I guess Withey could block his shot three or four times anyway.

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

Doubt we see Jeff playing much perimeter defense ... now, 5 or 6 minutes of Releford could be chocolate frosting, for sure.

Kristen Downing 8 years, 9 months ago

What scares me about Louisville is their ability to get steals. Our guards have to really protect the ball. Good luck with that.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

Agreed. In any game of Self Ball versus Pitino ball, where both coaches try to win the Disruption Game, different ways, ball protection is important.

But, that being stipulated, Self's genius has courageously this season begun to let his take what they give us philosophy into the issue of the disruption game, also.

KU has begun, especially late, to run into an series of teams that has tried to beat KU at the disruption game--to over commit to winning at the disruption stat.

The amazing thing here is that Self, after first responding with, okay, we can have a better disruption stat than you guys, has now begun to go with it and say, ok, if you're willing to focus everything on the disruption stat, then we'll take what that gives us elsewhere and beat you with that instead of the disruption stat.

The Fizzouri games are case studies. But there are other recent games also. Self just seemed to say screw the disruption stat in the second Fizzouri game. Even screw protection. His logic has seemed to be that teams trying to take away KU's usual disruption stat (strips to TOs) advantage, leave KU an opening to play a more wide open, sometimes more free wheeling game, certainly a game with more dribble penetration and more higher risk passing. We saw quite a lot of this in evidence in against CU and Texas, even some against OSU, but Self was determined to turn the OSU game into a grinder.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

Frankly, and I am a huge advocate of the disruption stat as an indicator of how Self wins games on the bad performance nights, Self and his players have found a way to win with a bad disruption stat, just as they have also found a way to win when a team commits everything to controlling the rebounding. Self has done the unthinkable and figured out how, by playing take what they give us, to win with a large minus in rebounding, or a really bad disruption stat. I never believed it possible, but he and this team have done it...and a couple times, so it can't be a fluke.

Of course the key is Self can probably only do the above against a team that is over committing to rebounding, or over committing to winning the disruption stat.

If a team has the talent to play KU even up, then KU darned well better win, or play very close on the rebounding battle and the disruption stat, or else expect a loss.

Joe Ross 8 years, 9 months ago

Training myself.

See "jaybate",

activate scroll.

tjg1 8 years, 9 months ago

Ya I trained myself a month ago. Sometimes it can be interesting but other times I just think to myself this guy has way too much time on his hands.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

jross1972. Its easy to do. It took something this short by you for me to finish. Your like so many spoiled brats, regardless of your age, when you can't get your way. Deal with it. :-)

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

I hope your getting you're way, jay. :-)

Sorry I couldn't work "yore" into that sentence, but nothing came to mind . . .

kureader 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't think jross1972 is a spoiled brat at all. And, he can express himself in less than 1,000 words. Try it some time.

waywardJay 8 years, 9 months ago

Curious how this post wasn't removed... It has nothing to do with Sports in general. It's jsut someone trash talking another poster.... If his moniker was Jayhawk in Nebraska he would have been banned form the site.

TenaciousD 8 years, 9 months ago

Jaybate - You could'nt be more right-on regarding Keiff. The only difference between he and Marcus is playing time during their fresh and soph years. Mark would be right there with him if he had similar opportunity on the court. As it is, they are only a whisker apart now.

I differ with your Jimmer opinion, though. Yes, TT and Elijah could slow him down... BOTH of them at once. Any team can slow him down, but they play 3 on 4 for 40 minutes. The entire year, defenses have been designed to stop just him. Most teams try to put a physical guard on him and try and bang him. The dude's so tough that it doesn't stop him. It does slow him down a bit. Then he will show his defiance by taking two steps across half court and knocking down a three way beyond NBA range.

I'd love to see Brady get after him. He would have as good a shot as anyone slowing Fredette. Hope we get to see the matchup. It would be fun to watch.

Go Hawks!!

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

I will watch Fredette more closely. You sound like you know your stuff.

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

I agree Brady would do as well as most. Not on-the-ball, but by limiting his touches.

Armen Kurdian 8 years, 9 months ago

"Conan, what is important in the tournament?"

"Crush your enemies, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the cheerleaders."

Scott Smetana 8 years, 9 months ago

I'll be in Denver to watch Louisville v. Morehead St. on Thursday. All I need is to find a Morehead St. fan store to buy a T-shirt. Tons of 3's... good thing we're deep at guard. (IF we get that far, of course).

Joe Ross 8 years, 9 months ago

If Kansas concerns itself with Louisville's being a threat in the Southwest bracket, Boston, UNLV, or Illinois will most assuredly become one.

Joe Ross 8 years, 9 months ago

If Kansas concerns itself with Louisville's being a threat in the Southwest bracket, Boston, UNLV, or Illinois will most assuredly become one.

hawksfan08 8 years, 9 months ago

Completely agree and I honestly think those three teams (well hopefully not Boston) pose a greater threat than Louisville. There is no need to "get up" for Louisville, you're already up. Louisville also lost Buckles, 6'9" do it all PF, to a season ending ACL injury. This means they start 6'5" Kyle Kuric at the 4 who is a very good player. He's athletic, and he can shoot the lights out. But Marcus will score 50 points against him. After that Notre Dame is a less athletic version of us, and Purdue ended the season poorly. Win the first two and sail through.

waywardJay 8 years, 9 months ago

I love alot of the player son Illinois, but really they need a coach that gets them prepared for the season..... Tisdale and Cole have the tools to slow and stop the morri's but none of the size....after 4 years of college they still look like college freshmen. Demetrei McCamey may be one of the Best guards in College Basketball, but he makes Tyshawn Taylor look like a basketball SCholar with impeccable focus.

Weber just plain hasn't gotten it done without Bill's kids....

Illinois's players have proven this year time and again, they have little in the way of intestinal fortitude. They should have had a lot better record in their conference than they did. Too many seniors, too much unrealized talent. ON the COntrary that's pretty much all of what UNLV has, Heart and players who will out work you.

I woul dbe very surprised If we see Illinois in the Round of 32.

Steve Gantz 8 years, 9 months ago

Agreed on Illinois, McCamey has been a total mystery. He regressed this year unlike anything I've ever seen. He went from talking about being a national POY candidate to probably the 3rd or 4th best guard in the Big 10. I too would be surprised to see them win against UNLV.

Scott Smetana 8 years, 9 months ago

This just in.... all teams in the tourney pose a threat, especially in the Sweet 16.

That said, it's all about matchups. We're big, but not that big. Especially if Keif is in foul trouble. I'll play a team that depends on 3's anyday over a team with lots of bigs like Okie St, KSU, and Ohio St.

hawksfan08 8 years, 9 months ago

Ohio St.'s most effective lineup is craft 6' lighty diebler buford all 6'5" with sullinger 6'9" at best. Lauderdale 6'9" starts but only plays 5-10 minutes a game. That's why every osu fan crapped their pants seeing 3 huge teams in their bracket with kentucky north carolina and syracuse.

Scott Smetana 8 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the great reply. I really haven't watched OSU much, and assumed they were 'big' with Sullinger. I agree, OSU sure got a tough bracket for being the overall #1. Why wouldn't they get the crappiest 2 seed of all time... Florida??

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

BTW, what kind of size does Boston U have up front?

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

Does Boston U have athleticism on the inside?

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

What kind of percentage does Boston U shoot from behind the arc?

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

Does Boston U use much full court pressure?

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

Does Boston U ever go to full court pressure?

John Randall 8 years, 9 months ago

Is Boston U primarily a zone team on defense?

waywardJay 8 years, 9 months ago

Their biggest guys are 6'7-6'8.... they have some of the size but I would imagine none of the quickness/ athletcism needed to beat Kansas.

They have one guy who shoots the ball near 40 from the season and another who shoots slightly below.... I think they are 330th in college basketball in shooting percentage.

Not Sure what defense they will employ against us, I would image they will sag in a zone as much as possible because it's their best chance to limit our half court. They have alot of upperclassmen but it appears not enough talent to keep this game close.

JayHawkFanToo 8 years, 9 months ago

Here is some information I gathered on Boston University (Fox Sports):

COACH: Patrick Chambers, two years at Boston University, first time in NCAA tournament.

HOW THEY GOT IN: Automatic bid (America East tournament champion).

GO-TO GUYS: America East Player of the Year John Holland is the Terriers' meal ticket. He scored four points in the first half of the conference title game before he erupted for 23 after the break, going on a personal 14-0 run, and then hit four free throws down the stretch to clinch BU's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002. After the game, Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell was asked how many of his guys he tried on Holland: "Too many, and none of them seemed to really be effective on him. He's so big and he's athletic. He scores from the free throw line. He makes free throws, so we tried everybody on him, from Preye (Preboye) to Chris Martin to Dave Coley. He's beaten us all year -- he's beaten us three times. I'm very happy he's graduating."

X FACTOR: Holland is the best player in the conference, but swingman Darryl Partin often forms the back end of a 1-2 punch. He was the club's second-leading scorer and had 12 points in the title game despite going just 3-for-11 from the floor. He had four 20-point games in the last five games of the regular season before averaging 10.3 points per game and going just 8-for-29 from the floor and 3-for-12 from 3-point range during the conference tournament.

STRENGTHS: Chambers became the first BU coach to win 20 games in each of his first two seasons. He essentially did that with two different rosters. Holland and Jake O'Brien were the holdovers from the old regime and BU lost O'Brien, its third-leading scorer, for the season after 14 games. BU was at or near the top of the conference in most categories, including first in free throw percentage (the Terriers went 24-for-29 from the line in the title game). BU has won 11 in a row and allowed 55.8 points per game during the run. Holland can beat you in many ways, on both ends of the floor, as he is about to break the school record for career steals. Guard Matt Griffin shoots over 46 percent from 3-point range.

WEAKNESSES: The loss of O'Brien diminished the depth Chambers had at his disposal and also hurt the team's rebounding, leaving the Terriers vulnerable against a bigger team. BU is prone to long stretches where it seems to lose its rhythm on offense, showing that in the league title game with three points in the first 12-plus minutes. The Terriers are also prone to high turnover counts against full-court pressure defenses, posting 406 turnovers to go with 335 assists for the season.

legendzero 8 years, 9 months ago

"Capable of slaying GIANTS like Syracuse"? Is the author of this article aware that UofL finished ahead of Syracuse in conference play, went further in the conference tournament, has won 7(SEVEN) STRAIGHT against Syracuse and has outperformed them since joining the BEast in 2005? I'm a Louisville fan but I think Kansas is the team to beat in this tournament. I was just slightly offended by the Syracuse being Giants thing insinuating that Louisville is a little guy. Louisville does have twice as many final fours as Syracuse.

Good luck to Kansas, I think a match-up of our two respective teams would be one the best in the tournament.

Steve Gantz 8 years, 9 months ago

Well that's strange, we get a few fans from Kentucky who stop by our site here and are annoying as all get out.
EVERYBODY, here's a fan from Kentucky who appears to have a brain and some manners! Maybe there's a few Wildcat fans like that, but we haven't seen any here! Good luck to you too. I always think College basketball is better when Louisville has got a good team

legendzero 8 years, 9 months ago

That's because I'm not from KY, I'm from Louisville. A little joke we Louisvillians like to tell. UofL fans are very gracious and respectful. We have learned how not to act from watching big sister down the road.

legendzero 8 years, 9 months ago

Capable of slaying GIANTS like Syracuse? Is the author of this article aware that UofL finished ahead of Syracuse in conference play, went further in the conference tournament, has won 7(SEVEN) STRAIGHT against Syracuse and has outperformed them since joining the BEast in 2005? I'm a Louisville fan but I think Kansas is the team to beat in this tournament. I was just slightly offended by the Syracuse being Giants thing insinuating that Louisville is a little guy. Louisville does have twice as many final fours as Syracuse.

Good luck to Kansas, I think a match-up of our two respective teams would be one the best in the tournament.

Benjamin Piehler 8 years, 9 months ago

I had louisville beating us for awhile in my bracket. but I changed it to notre dame...

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 9 months ago

I know this has been said many times, but we take this one game at a time! And Senior leadership. Tyrel and Brady----glad you are in charge of our underclassmen.

Chris Bruning 8 years, 9 months ago

the games i've watched of Louisville, preston knowles is the guy to watch out for. The guy is as sharp a shooter as tyrel reed if not sharper.

William Weissbeck 8 years, 9 months ago

Shooting 3's well can beat anyone. It's not something that is easily defended if a team has more than one shooter and gets a fair share of the offensive rebounds to allow additional shots. Looking back at NIU, the key may have been our poor defensive rebounding. Purdue is the team that worries me simply because KU does not have a true defensive stopper. Once you get to the later rounds, it's a lot easier to win if you can shut down the other team's scorer, rather than banking on your own offense exceeding it's averages.

Stan Unruh 8 years, 9 months ago

Ricky P is going home early!!! Cards are losers in the first round! Rock Chalk

Jaminrawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Looks like Louisville is out of the equation. Thanks for jinxing them Keegan.

BCRavenJHawkfan 8 years, 9 months ago

In the words of Dicky V One and Done Baby.

murph 8 years, 9 months ago

Good riddance - but I hope no one is feeling too smug. Anybody can win the basketball game on any given day. Remember Mr. Farokmanesch? I just read that he's playing pro ball in Italy this year. Respect EVERYONE.

On the other hand, Pitino going home with his tail between his legs is one SWEET image!

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