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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blast from the past: Tyrel Reed’s prep career filled with fond memories, admiration

Joining Tyrel Reed (middle right) is his mother Debbie (left), his sister Lacie (middle left) and his father Stacy. Reed’s hometown of Burlington was vital in shaping the person and player he has come to be as a senior on Kansas University’s men’s basketball team. The above photo was taken in 2006, when Reed was a junior in high school.

Joining Tyrel Reed (middle right) is his mother Debbie (left), his sister Lacie (middle left) and his father Stacy. Reed’s hometown of Burlington was vital in shaping the person and player he has come to be as a senior on Kansas University’s men’s basketball team. The above photo was taken in 2006, when Reed was a junior in high school.

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The Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team arrived at their hotel in Tulsa, Okla., Wednesday night, and KU coach Bill Self addressed the media. The Jayhawks play Boston University Friday in their opening game of the NCAA basketball tournament.

— The temperature is in the 60s, and an American flag snaps in the wind in front of the small-town high school on Cross Street.

Follow the four-toed, red-painted paw tracks, and you’ve made it to the front doors of Burlington High School — and also to the front doors of Kansas University senior guard Tyrel Reed’s past.

Stacy Reed greets you with a smile and handshake, his kind eyes leaving you unprepared for the deep voice that coached Tyrel through high school.

Stacy, whose son will begin his final NCAA Tournament appearance when KU faces Boston on Friday, is ready to show you around Tyrel’s old school.

Take a left at the office, then a right at the commons area, and your journey through his son’s past begins.

Local legend

Start at the trophy cases on the right, where there’s something interesting about the picture inside the 2004 Kansas State championship trophy.

Then-freshman Tyrel Reed, sitting fourth from the right on the front row, is wearing a different jersey than his teammates. His white, No. 41 jersey has black trim on the neckline — a junior varsity uniform. After playing so well with the jersey early in the year, he told the coaches he didn’t want to switch.

To the left, a girls’ P.E. class walks counter-clockwise around the gym, and one of the few reminders of Tyrel’s record-breaking senior year is on the far wall: a white banner honoring Tyrel as Kansas’ 2006-07 Gatorade Player of the Year.

Above hangs the Wildcats’ scoring records. Tyrel’s 1,710 career points is first in the school’s history, while his 26.4-point scoring average his senior year is second all-time.

It could have been more if Stacy let Tyrel play more than 21⁄2 quarters a game in blowouts his senior season.

Back in the commons area, a smaller board displays other records — one of which Stacy says might be more impressive than any in the gym.

Though Tyrel won a state title in the long jump and holds the school record in the 400-meter dash, his best mark might be in the basketball decathlon — a series of 10, one-minute shooting drills created by Stacy to rate a player’s ability at the beginning of each high school season. Three of the drills included off-hand layups, rapid-fire free throws and three-pointers.

Tyrel — named after a character in Louis L’Amour’s book, “The Daybreakers,” one of the first long books Stacy read as a child — has the top two decathlon scores ever at the school. His score during his senior year was so high that Stacy had to review what happened.

In a high-speed, pressure situation, Tyrel had missed fewer than 20 shots.

And that’s after he’d put up roughly 300 during the 10-minute time span.

Reed the artist

At the end of the commons area, take a right, and you make it to Room 136.

Doug Stewart steps out of class to talk about one of his favorite students in industrial arts.

“He’s just one of those special kids,” Stewart says.

Stewart still remembers times he’d come to the school on a quiet weekend, later hearing noise when he walked toward the gym.

There he’d see Tyrel, dribbling between strategically-placed chairs on the court while making his way through his shooting routine.

When Tyrel wasn’t on a basketball court, he loved woodworking. An entertainment center he made still frames his parents’ TV in their living room, while a wooden bar — so big that it had to be removed from the high school in three pieces — was a gift to Stacy that’s still displayed proudly in his basement.

Tyrel also had another favorite inspiration when it came to woodworking. He created a wooden Jayhawk that he gave to his sister, Lacie, and also constructed a long coffee table that now displays many of his championship rings and trophies in his parents’ living room. His mother, Debbie, helped him paint it.

The table — about three feet long — is a likeness of James Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The coffee table Tyrel Reed made in high school.

He made it before he even committed to KU for basketball.

Country-wide tour

Continue down the hall, and you make it to Room 134, where home ec teacher Tammy Hanson has a story about Tyrel.

Hanson, wearing a denim jacket over a red shirt with “Jayhawks” spelled out in sequins, works with two boys at the high school that came from foster homes.

While in junior high, the two boys weren’t the most popular, and they would sometimes get teased at the local rec center.

That is, until the best high school player in the city, Tyrel Reed, overheard what was going on and made sure the group knew that the bullying wasn’t going to be tolerated.

Tyrel and the two boys later became friends.

Following a right at the hallway and then a left, you make your way to the black sign with white lettering: “Room 124 Mr. Reed.”

Above his desk, all sorts of photos are scattered across the blue wall: Tyrel running during the state track meet; Tyrel on a recruiting visit to KU; photos of the family together; a shot of Tyrel on national signing day.

Nearby hangs a map of the United States, which each year draws puzzled looks from students, considering Stacy teaches American history and government.

“I thought I’d throw in some geography,” Stacy says with a laugh. “It doesn’t really fit into World War II, but it’s one of those things.”

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Stacy Reed stands in front of a United States map in his classroom that shows each location he's traveled to watch basketball.

The map is covered with pushpins. The locations marked are each of the places that Stacy has been to watch basketball games over the last few years, whether to watch his son, Tyrel, or his good friend, former KU assistant Ben Miller — now the head coach at Div. II UNC Pembroke.

The blue pushpins indicate nonconference games; the red ones, Big 12 games; the white ones, NCAA Tournament games; and the clear ones, other Div. I games.

There are more than 35 pushpins already and still room for one more.

Just this week, Stacy added a white pushpin to Tulsa, Okla., where the Jayhawks will open the NCAA Tournament against Boston.

Houston, the site of this year’s Final Four, remains as an unmarked location.

Off-the-charts commitment

Take a right out of Stacy’s room, then a left down the hallway, and you come to Room 144, the library.

Tony Furse doubles as the school’s librarian and a high school sports radio broadcaster on 97.7 FM, The Dawg.

Furse can still rattle off, with impressive detail, an important moment of the 2004 state championship game, when, with time winding down in the third quarter against Minneapolis, Tyrel set his feet from some 35 feet away — straight on — and heaved a shot.

When Tyrel swished it, Furse — who likes to avoid clichés — couldn’t help himself.

“Well, folks,” he broadcasted over the radio, “Tyrel Reed is not a freshman anymore.”

Two rights out of the library, and you’ve made it back to the front entrance, where Burlington High School principal Jim Kuhn welcomes you into his office, along with athletic director Dallas Scothorn.

Kuhn, whose son, Taylor, has been in Tyrel’s class since junior high, essentially watched Tyrel grow up during fishing and camping trips, afternoons spent at the golf course and countless basketball games — something Kuhn almost felt spoiled by over the years.

“If he scored 26 or 28, it was like, ‘Well, he always scores,’” Kuhn says. “That’s what he’s been doing since he’s a seventh-grader.”

Scothorn was there during many of the open gyms at 6 a.m., when Tyrel would shoot around for college coaches, who weren’t allowed to speak to him because of NCAA rules.

Barry Hinson, a current KU assistant who was head coach at Missouri State at the time, was one of the attendees, along with then-Kansas State coach Bob Huggins and Missouri coach Mike Anderson.

The workouts were intense, too, as Tyrel would set up his chairs around the gym before going full-speed through his shooting drills.

Scothorn didn’t remember Tyrel missing an early-morning shooting session.

“I’ve never seen another kid in my 31 years with that kind of commitment,” he says.

Scothorn always was just as impressed, though, by Tyrel away from the court. No one in his class seemed to have animosity toward him. When Tyrel grew in fame his later high school years, he always made the time to sign autographs for children.

The A.D., who lives next door to the Reeds, still sees the same from Tyrel today. Whenever Tyrel’s car appears in front of his house, Scothorn notices all the neighborhood kids gather in the Reeds’ driveway to shoot hoops on the family’s rim.

Sure enough, a little while later, Scothorn will see that Tyrel is outside, shooting alongside his young fans.

Achieving his goals

Just across from the library, you come to Room 120, where English teacher Devra Parker has pulled out four folders: two yellow, one green and one blue.

Parker, wearing a gray zipper jacket with the word “Jayhawks” down the sleeve and a white- and blue-beaded KU bracelet, has saved many of Tyrel’s papers from her Comp. I, II and Intro to Literature classes.

Inside you find Tyrel’s résumé, dated Nov. 7, 2006, where accomplishments include a 4.0 grade-point average, the No. 1 academic rank in a class of 64 and Emporia Gazette Basketball Player of the Year.

His objective on the résumé: “To further pursue a post-secondary education while playing Division I basketball.”

“I’d say he did that,” Parker says with a smile.

In another paper dated Sept. 11, 2006, Tyrel thanks his mother, sister and father for helping him become the person he is. He says Stacy “has been a father first, teacher second and coach third all of my years.”

Parker still remembers the day in high school when Tyrel signed with KU, as he would have to leave early from her class to attend the ceremony. Parker had figured he might just not attend the class at all.

Not only did Tyrel show up, he was able to earn a “Participation Dollar” — a reward in Parker’s class for contributing positively — before he left to sign that day.

“He’s reaping what he’s sown,” Parker says. “He deserves all the accolades he’s gotten.”

Jaydreamin’ Reed

Stacy hops in the passenger seat of your car and guides you two blocks from the high school to his house on Rim Rock Court.

In the driveway, the black three-point line he painted is still there, along with a rain-weathered orange rim.

Stacy heads downstairs to his bar, pulling out the memorabilia he’s gathered over the years. He takes out the Dasani water bottle Tyrel threw to his mother right after the 2008 NCAA title game and also a ticket stub he had Charles Barkley sign during a game at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

There are two frames downstairs that are most dear to Stacy, though.

One holds a blue national championship T-shirt, with each player on the team signing over his jersey number. All the coaches and other members of KU’s staff have scribbled their signatures across the shirt as well.

The other frame is just to the left, and Stacy calls it his pride and joy.

For his birthday in December, during Tyrel’s first year at KU, Debbie surprised Stacy with a large print of “Jaydreamin’.”

In the famous lithograph print, a young boy sits on a basketball while staring up at Allen Fieldhouse in the distance.

Stacy takes a second to look at the painting before speaking.

“My kid,” he says, his voice slowing, “is living the Jaydream.”

Just above the boy in the photo, a bit to the right, is an extra touch not found on any other Jaydreamin’ print.

In black lettering, the signature “Tyrel Reed” appears in black marker — right there on the green grass between the young boy and Allen Fieldhouse.

Comments

DrPepper 8 years, 5 months ago

Nice. Very nice. Go get 'em,. Tyrell!

100 8 years, 5 months ago

Troll below.... This poster has shown several times he is a KSU fan. Conveniently every time there is a KSU loss, look who doesn't post for a day or two? KSUA_21_3503....

Ron Franklin 8 years, 5 months ago

You've really outdone yourself.

Not only are you clearly a racist, but your insinuation that people from small towns cannot be smart, educated, and articulate clearly displays even your worst deficiencies.

Ed Brown 8 years, 5 months ago

Why waste your breath on this wierdo. You only see new issues popping up with every post. We should all take up a collection and get the help he/she needs.

RCJH

PhoggieFever 8 years, 5 months ago

The key phrase here is "what I don't understand". That's says it all. YOU don't understand. You don't get it. Are you kidding? Farmville, USA? What a derogatory comment to make about his hometown and the people and family that support him. Plus, countless others that hail from small town America. His father is a TEACHER. Do you understand that this man has at least a bachelor's degree in some field of education from a university? Plus other hours to maintain certification?

I believe that you meant this as a slur toward Morningstar, and I don't know all the specifics of his background, but I would view middle America as privileged. Privileged that most are educated and have strong, work ethic values. Do you?

kcglowboy 8 years, 5 months ago

C'mon people. Don't waste your electronic ink on this garbage.

lildorthyinbama 8 years, 5 months ago

As another student of 'Farmville, USA's" high school, I am honestly, quite offended at this statement. Are we from a small town in the middle of nowhere? Yes. But, did we have great teachers, sports programs, and community? YOU BETCHA! We are educated, articulate, and were taught manners. Morningstar is also a great player and person. Sadly, you are the uneducated one. But, obviously, you didn't need me, another kid from "Farmville USA" to tell you that. Why don't you GO to Burlington, our hometown, and see how articulately we all speak, and how nicely we all treat you. Burlington is a great community, and Tyrel is a great representation of that.

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 5 months ago

@ jwliddell---- I like a guy who doesn't beat around the bush and gets right to the point.

Alohahawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Another great human nature story, LJW.

Reed has improved each year at KU, thanks to his tremendous work ethic and KU's excellent coaching staff. Those Jayhawk fans who doubted his abilities (admit, I was one) never realized his tenacity and determination to win. A real junkyard dog that won't allow a foot injury to stand in the way of his competing. This story substantiates why Tyrel is loved and appreciated so much by the Jayhawk Nation, his family and all his acquaintances. And, makes one hope all the more for the Hawks to go all the way and succeed in their quest for the NC.

Sic 'em, Tyrel. Our junkyard dog will put the BU Terriers in the doghouse. RCJHGKU

jhox 8 years, 5 months ago

I need one of those coffee tables.

Clarence Haynes 8 years, 5 months ago

Yeah...that was pretty much to scale! Market it Tyrel!

Jared Grillot 8 years, 5 months ago

Totally. That seriously needs to be licensed, because there'd be more than a few living rooms, dens, family rooms, and basement man-caves that would be sporting one of those pretty quickly. Mine would.

jakejayhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Jayhawksbiggestfan, I know others have expressed this but I would like to say it myself. Thank you for making it so easy to vote for Tyrel. He has obviously earned this honor, and you have obviously made a positive difference in getting out the vote for him! RCJHGKU!!!

Ken Easthouse 8 years, 5 months ago

I have a confession to make: I didn't think Tyrel would make it at KU.

I was working part-time covering area high school sports for the Emporia Gazette; heck, Jesse was one of my bosses (although Mike Ashford was the sports editor at the time). They told me about this kid from Burlington who had signed with KU, and taking the box scores each night from his dad, he seemed like a standout. I was looking forward to actually covering a Burlington game.

I only saw him actually play one game, though. I generally traveled around school to school, watching whatever the "best" game of the week was. Since Burlington was just a bit better than the other schools, there wasn't much competition (much like Lebo's girls team, I might add).

But the one time I DID get to see him play was - to me - underwhelming. I wish I could say I remember every detail, but I don't. It was a close game and I do remember him making a driving layup towards the end to seal it, but nothing wowed me about his game. It was fundamentally sound, but not quite as quick or "flashy" as what I expected a KU commit to be. I quietly questioned if Tyrel would be the "token Kansan" on the team for a while, and left it at that.

What I didn't see was a kid willing to work his tail off to prove to everyone he would belong. I'm sure I wasn't alone in my assessment, and I suspect Tyrel heard a bit of it every day. He set out to prove the doubters - myself included - wrong. And he's done it. Well done, Tyrel.

KU79 8 years, 5 months ago

What a great young man, and a neat family. I'm glad he's living his Jaydream, and hopefully that includes one more ring. Thanks, Tyrel, for working so hard to make it happen. Simply put, you're one of the great Jayhawks of all time -- as a person, as a student, and as a player. If I have the right to say this -- you make me proud to be a Jayhawk!

Jeremy Bolinger 8 years, 5 months ago

I would never, ever doubt a kid that is offered by this coaching staff. Period. No scholarship player at KU who has played under Coach Self has not shown that he didn't merit that scholarship.

Jared Grillot 8 years, 5 months ago

Two words. Micah Downs. Otherwise, I'm with you.

KGphoto 8 years, 5 months ago

Haha. Tyrone "Charlie Murphy" Appleton.

Man I had almost forgotten those guys. It seems like a long time ago.

Tim Bingaman 8 years, 5 months ago

Sorry Tyrel, but not only did Lacey get the best name in the family... she got all of the looks! (and skin pigmentation)

You, however, will have to rely on your amazing blend of talent, smarts & incredible work ethic! Now go take home the National Championship for your family and school!!!!! You've earned it!

Rock Chalk!!!!!

PhoggieFever 8 years, 5 months ago

Well, Tiny Tim, I think Tyrel is fine name. And I don't know that your personal, subjective opinion about someone's looks and skin pigmentation is worthy of discussion for a basketball message board. I think Tyrel looks fine. And against what or whom are you comparing him? Yourself? I know that personally, myself, I would need to see a color photograph of you to make an assessment. However, seeing that I am eating breakfast, I think that I will pass.

Sam Brockert 8 years, 5 months ago

He just didn't want to come out and say he thought Tyrel's sister is hot...

flowmaster 8 years, 5 months ago

My gf said she'd leave me for Tyrel, given the chance. "HE IS SO HOTT!!!" :( Apparently Timmy's opinion is just that... An opinion...

Tim Bingaman 8 years, 5 months ago

Phoggie:

Just ran upon this after a few days. I apoligize if I offended you with my attempt at humor. If you read far enough in my 2 sentence response, I love Tyrel and have the utmost respect for him.

Clearly this is a kid who spends all of his time in the weight room and gym and is not out tanning. It was a joke, sorry.

We can agree to disagree with me on his name, but unless you are "Stacy" his father, I don't care if you think it is a fine name as I understand that you don't care if I don't like it. If you are Stacy, I apologize for calling the Reed families' names into question. They are just jokes people.

This is a Basketball message board that includes lots of low hanging fruit for a lifelong class clown. I hope you can forgive me for my classless post.

Tiny Tim

cmm889 8 years, 5 months ago

Great story, love the details.

Rock Chalk Tyrel, you're a serious inspiration

Theutus 8 years, 5 months ago

I think it's awesome that a kid who once dreamed of being a Jayhawk has come through and raised the bar on what it means to be one...

He gives everything he has, he never complains, and he's a class act. I'm going to miss seeing Reed next season, i can only hope that he goes out with a NC to wrap up his amazing career here.

Waylon Cook 8 years, 5 months ago

Its going to be a very fitting end to his story when he is the winningest(hell I don't know if I spelled that right) college player in NCAA history.

There is a huge differance in a kid from smalltown Kansas and smalltown other states. Work ethic goes a LONG way.

GO GET EM B TOWN BOMBER!

REHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Jaydreamin'. Very, very nice. Traveling north out of the bizarre grand nation of Texas Monday I lodged at a motel which offered overnighters a free copy of USA Today. Posted in the upper right corner was a collage of players representing the four #1 seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament. Opposite superfrosh Jared Sullinger of Ohio State was our very own quiet standout Tyrel Reed. Another fitting tribute to a hardworking intent smalltown Kansas kid who has given 4 years of his life to Jayhawk basketball.

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 5 months ago

REHawk---I know the copy of the USA Today you're talking about. My same thoughts and sentiments. Rock Chalk!

Bruce Brock 8 years, 5 months ago

My favorite Jayhawks are generally the players who may or may not be the most naturally talented athletes on the court, but who clearly get the most out of whatever talent they have been blessed with. I'm not including Danny Manning in this list, as he's a category unto himself.

These are the guys I have most enjoyed watching, the guys I'm proudest of although I obviously had nothing to do with their development as players and people. These are the glue guys, the quiet leaders who give everything they have on the court and seem to live their lives right off of it; the hard-core scrappers who will very politely hand you your head if you happen to be suited up against them; the guys who can stand up to the pressures and honor of epitomizing the the most powerful athletic tradition in America: Darnell Valentine, Mark Turgeon, Jerod Hasse, Kirk Hinrich, Michael Lee, Russell Robinson.

Tyrel Reed, welcome to the club.

Justin Carlson 8 years, 5 months ago

Jhawk252!! Very nice list I would add Wayne S!

Chris1955 8 years, 5 months ago

Am I alone in thinking that we're possibly commenting about a future Head Coach of the Jayhawks in 15-20 years?

jlauf 8 years, 5 months ago

Just further proof to me of the fact that Tyrel is an example for young men and boys in a world with seemingly fewer and fewer good examples.

DaNeille Dani Davis 8 years, 5 months ago

Great article. Brought tears to my eyes. Of all my years being a KU fan and watching every game that I can catch on TV, I'm going to miss this year's team the most. There will never be another Tyrel or Brady or two like that at the same time on another KU team unless BS finds two more diamonds in the rough from the great state of Kansas. I know there have been many critics of Brady but he will be sorely missed next year. I am so happy to see him finding his rhythm again with the tournament starting. He and Tyrel are a huge success to this team. Without them, we would not be where we are today. The twins are great but Tyrel and Brady make them look better just like the twins make T and B look better! I love the twins and hope they return. They have been fun to watch. But Tyrel, will be the most missed! He is everything KU basketball stands for. I hope Bill can find another player like him!

hwetz 8 years, 5 months ago

Awesome story, Jesse!!! Hope you're doing one about Brady too!!

hawkfan30 8 years, 5 months ago

If I'm not mistaken a win tomorrow would make Tyrel the winningest Jayhawk in history!!! I'm glad such a classy guy, not to mention a Kansas native, will hold that distinction.

UncleMiltyN 8 years, 5 months ago

Having Kansas natives like Reed, Simien, Turgeon, and others not only come and play but contribute so much to the program is certainly something special.

I'm sure they probably appreciate the experience more than most.

I know we have plenty of banners hanging from the rafters, but some kind of special recognition for the local guys might be in order.

Joe Baker 8 years, 5 months ago

Dang I'm proud to be a Jayhawk

RCJHGOKU

Justin Carlson 8 years, 5 months ago

I will be honest, I am a 38 year old man and father of 4 young Jayhawk girls! It really chokes me up to read this article and see how the Reeds have raised their son! He is a poster child for every facet of life!

It is my hope that my girls acheive everything they strive for and that I continue to be the best father I can be for my girls!

Reeds you did it the right way!

Tyrel Reed #1 "Complete" Jayhawk of alltime!!

Thanks for giving my family and I the chance to watch you grow into an amazing athlete, man, student, and a Jayhawk!

Thanks from the Carlson Girls!

jaybate 8 years, 5 months ago

JNewell,

You are developing a recognizable, distinct sentence cadence. My compliments.

And you are getting the hang of paragraphing in a way that reinforces the cadence. Touche.

Now, keep getting better.

Distill both to diamond hardness and...

Think more consciously about story structure reinforcing sentence and paragraph cadences. Its tricky, but its the last piece of the puzzle. You can do it.

You're on the right path.

Rock Chalk!

rmshawk67 8 years, 5 months ago

WOW what a story!!! WOW what a kid!!! Go KU!!!

dustfan 8 years, 5 months ago

Great story about Tyrel "tenacity" Reed. Now its time to finish off this story the right way. Hoist it!

KU 76 - 75 OSU

PhogAdvisory 8 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the great read, Jesse. Fantastic article about a fantastic player. It's amazing how far Tyrel's come, and how hard he's worked to get here, too.

Man.

I really want to watch this guy play six more games.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Gosh Dang it! I'm 0-2 in these last second buzzer beater games. Arkansas Little Rock and Old Dominion gave those games away. I got Penn State against Temple and looked good early, but we'll see.

FarSideHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

I'm right there with you. I had ALR winning. I had Old Dominion winning. And I have Penn State beating Temple.

I had Louisville beating Morehead St., but to be honest not really that bummed about that one ;)

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

I know farside! If Penn State loses I could be 0-4 in buzzer beater losses with ALR, Old Dominion, Penn State, and Louisville. GRRRRRR! But I love it!

Alohahawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Having grown up in Kansas, I can relate very much to this article. No, I didn't compete as an athlete for KU. But I did play high school basketball and participated in intramural basketball at KU. I supported the Hawks in the best way I could. I never missed a home game (football or basketball), never leaving before the last tick of the clock..

Usually, I read the articles and work my way through the posts. If there is something I feel was left unsaid or is worth commenting about, I will add my two cents. Later, I'll come back and read the newer posts which have been added, again adding comments I feel are needed. It all adds to the comraderie on this board. It's been nearly 36 years since I graduated from KU, but in my heart, I've never left. Once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk.

But I rarely read the entire article more than once, Just re-scan for highlights relating to the posters comments. This article was different. I got up this morning and felt compelled to re-read the entire article. Somethings make you feel good and make your day. I've got a feeling I'll be reading it again.

bradyboy 8 years, 5 months ago

LOUSIVILLE IS GONNA LOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FarSideHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

And Dickie V. already lost his final four pick. How cool is that?!

I had them losing in Sweet 16 by the Jayhawks, but I'll take it.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

I know, right? Awesome! Dicky V is a clown!

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Morehead State! I'm not the only guy who will say, but I love More-Head!!!! My bracket is already screwed up and I love it!!!!!

Brianna Zaleski 8 years, 5 months ago

Yes!!! our bracket just got a tad easier. Shades of 2008 when Davidson did some of the dirty work for us!!!!

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

This Penn State/Temple game is phenominal! Fantastic Game! Come on Penn State!

FarSideHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

And I'm on the wrong side of the draw for another buzzer beater. Damn you, Temple!

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Congrats! Must be a great feeling being on the right side of all these buzzer beaters.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Farside: This is unreal! I can't believe this! OMG! You and I are both 0-4 on these buzzer beaters. My bracket is destroyed yet I am loving all this madness. I hope the Jayhawks are taking notice of all this.

ParisHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

So should we root for Richmond next? I'm not sure...

FarSideHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

I know man. Would have loved to be on the right side of these like Claycounty, but oh well. This is what makes these two days the greatest for college basketball fans.
The Kentucky game is going close also. I wouldn't shed any tears, if I have the wrong pick there as well.

ParisHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Frankly, I'd rather Ohio State have the toughest possible opponents. No upsets in the East, please, just in the Southwest :)

FarSideHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

You have a point, but anything that adds to our all-time win total and stops the pussycats, I'm all for it. Also, Ohio State is too far down the road to think about right now.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Parishawk: I had Richmond beating Vandy! LOL! At this point, even though I picked Kentucky I want Princeton to win. Come on Princeton!

tis4tim 8 years, 5 months ago

I picked Louisville, but this shouldn't be much of a shocker to anyone. In nine years under Pitino, their record in the tournament is as follows:

1 Final Four ('04-05)

2 Elite 8 Appearances ('07-08; '08-09)

2 Second Round Defeats ('02-03; '06-07)

2 First Round Defeats ('03-04; '10-11)

2 NIT Berths ('01-02; '05-06)

FarSideHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

I really thought Louisville would win it, even after they spotted the first 10 points. I know Morehead was playing with a lot more energy and getting transition buckets, but in half-court sets they were relying on one guy in the post and the other 4 were just hanging around the perimeter. I was sure Pitino would calm his team down and overtake the game. But credit to Morehead, they made the big shots.

KU needs to be in attack mode for 40 minutes for all their games, otherwise...

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Come on Princeton! The Miller kid is playing phenominal for Kentucky. I wouldn't have expected that.

Hank Cross 8 years, 5 months ago

C'mon Princeton, beat the BSers of the Bluegrass. Calipari is getting out-coached, he's letting Princeton walk it up.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 5 months ago

under a minute to go and princeton has the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead!

Hank Cross 8 years, 5 months ago

UK has good talent and can execute fairly well, but they don't have a weapon like the twins. Princeton hit a cold stretch and miss some quick (for them) shots. A better team probably would've beaten UK.

ParisHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

4th and 5th seeds GONE in our half of the region!!!

ParisHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Perfect scenario: all higher seeds advancing in other brackets to give the 1 seeds a hard road, all underdogs winning in our region. Just beat BU!

jchawkfan 8 years, 5 months ago

I had no idea that Tyrel and I had the same English teacher? I wonder how Tyrel did in his mock interview that went along with his resume assignment? Ahh I'm sure he nailed it.....the young man has ice water pumping through his veins. Let's get one more ring for that table. RCJH!!!!

REHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Cheers galore for Dukie V! You showed yer fanny again, Baby! Now who are you pickin' to win the Jayhawk Regional? Akron?

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 5 months ago

Jesse, I know this is your kind of story (Tyrel Reed) to give to Jayhawk Nation. This is your second fantastic piece (the other one was on the Twins) that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Keep 'em coming. Again, thanks for another good read! Talk to you on line tomorrow!

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Farside: We're doing a little bit better now in our bracket. I need UCLA, KSU, and Mizzou to win tonight. The Old Dominion and Penn State losses killed me.

FarSideHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

I'm hoping tomorrow goes better than this. I had Michigan St. going to Elite 8 (another buzzer beater loss for me today!) and St. John getting to Sweet 16, plus Mizzo winning one game. All are gone! Let's see what tomorrow brings.
Rock Chalk!

KGphoto 8 years, 5 months ago

After looking at that picture for a while. I wonder how tall their mailman is.

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