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Monday, March 12, 2012

It takes two: Kansas draws Detroit in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor smiles as teammate Conner Teahan responds to a question about superstitions during a news conference following the NCAA selection show. The Jayhawks, who claimed the 2 seed in the Midwest Regional will take on 15 seed Detroit in the round of 64 teams in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor smiles as teammate Conner Teahan responds to a question about superstitions during a news conference following the NCAA selection show. The Jayhawks, who claimed the 2 seed in the Midwest Regional will take on 15 seed Detroit in the round of 64 teams in Omaha, Neb.

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Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on Sunday told his players to not expect a No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

“We blew that by not performing better in Kansas City,” Self said of his pre-barbecue dinner message to the Jayhawks (27-6).

“We were on the 1 line, all that stuff. We needed to play better against Baylor, and we didn’t,” added Self, whose Jayhawks fell to the Bears, 81-72, in Friday’s Big 12 tourney semifinals in Kansas City, Mo.

Calling himself a “numbers guy,” Self correctly pegged KU’s position in the NCAAs.

“I knew we’d be a No. 2-seed. I just didn’t know where,” he said, not shocked a bit when announcer Greg Gumbel revealed on the CBS-TV Selection Sunday show that KU had landed a 2 in the Midwest Regional.

The Jayhawks will meet No. 15 seed University of Detroit Mercy at 8:57 p.m. Friday at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. The winner will meet Purdue or St. Mary’s at a yet-to-be-determined time Sunday (game time will be announced after Friday’s games).

Two victories in Omaha would guarantee a spot in the Sweet 16 the following Friday in St. Louis. No. 3-seed Georgetown is a possible Sweet 16 foe; former KU coach Roy Williams’ North Carolina Tar Heels are a No. 1 seed in the region and possible Elite Eight opponent.

KU was the highest-rated of the No. 2s, followed by Duke, Ohio State and Missouri.

MU is off to the West Regional, joining KU in Omaha for first- and second-round games with a Sweet 16 destination of Phoenix.

“You could make a real strong case that Missouri’s record (30-4) and their performance through the course of the year would warrant a No. 1 seed,” Self said. “You could make a strong case that Baylor could possibly have been a 2 (instead of 3). When you have six teams in your league (Iowa State 8, Kansas State 8, Texas 11) make it and a 2, 2, and 3 ... the committee showed us some respect. I don’t think anybody in our league would be displeased with that.”

KU senior Tyshawn Taylor said the Jayhawks wanted a No. 1 seed but are OK with 2.

In fact, the only reason the Jayhawks appeared to be somber when the announcement was made on CBS was that there was an eight-second delay on the TV feed.

In reality, KU’s players did cheer after the announcement was made.

“We are exited, man,” Taylor said. “This is a chance everybody (in the country) doesn’t get. We won’t take it for granted at all. We’ll enjoy this time.”

Of the Big 12 not being awarded a No. 1 seed, Taylor said: “I think if the No. 1 seed was going to go anywhere, it should have come here for sure. I don’t think they (committee) disrespected us. If we would have beaten Baylor, we would have got it (No. 1). We put it on ourselves to get that No. 2 seed. It’s not a bad thing. They did what they thought were the best four teams or most deserving teams (UNC, Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State).”

The Jayhawks will open in Nebraska — same place KU started its NCAA title run in 2008 — against Detroit’s Titans, who won the Horizon League tournament and went 22-13 overall.

“You think of 2 and 15 in the past, you don’t see Detroit being on that 2 line,” Self said. “They are very capable. I’ve seen them play a couple times. I know their coach (Ray McCallum, Sr.) well. We recruited their best player (sophomore guard/McDonald’s All-American Ray McCallum).

“They’ve got five guys averaging in double figures, and Ray is good enough to play anywhere. Certainly whoever guards him, Elijah (Johnson) or Tyshawn (Taylor) will have a big challenge ahead of them.

“We’re excited to be where we are at,” Self added. “I don’t know if there’s any advantage at all from being close (to home), but I’d think from a fan perspective Omaha with the potential of being in St. Louis would be good for everybody.”

Self reminded the media that Detroit Mercy comes from “a league that just went to the national championship (game, represented by Butler) the last two years. It’s a very competitive league.”

The Jayhawks will drive to Omaha sometime Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s open practice, set for 5:10 to 5:50 p.m. in CenturyLink Center, formerly known as Qwest Center.

Tough foe: Butler coach Brad Stevens had this to say about Detroit on Twitter: “There may never have been a 15-seed that looks like Detroit.”

Great state: KU senior Conner Teahan, on the fact KU, Kansas State (8 seed in East) and Wichita State (5 seed in South) all made the NCAAs.

“I think that just talks about the universities we have in Kansas and the coaches and players. I think it’s been a great year for not only us, but K-State and Wichita State, obviously. It is really good to see the state of Kansas doing so well. I think all Kansas people should be proud of that,” Teahan said.

Tiger talk: Missouri will meet Norfolk State at 3:40 p.m. Friday in Qwest Center.

“It’ll be interesting to see how we handle that because if you remember in ’08, us and K-State were up there (Omaha) together,” Self said. “That is one time our league kind of bonded, and we cheered for each other, which was good. I can’t really see that happening (with teams in ) two different leagues right now. I guess Missouri is officially out of our league (joining SEC). In all seriousness, I thought Missouri played exceptionally well this weekend (in winning Big 12 tourney). I thought they were a really good team. They had some individuals play at levels that were probably about as high as anybody has played at that tournament, ever.”

Comments

kusportsdotcom 7 years, 1 month ago

No way in hell any of our fans in Omaha cheer for Mizzou. And vise versa.

actorman 7 years, 1 month ago

Ain't that the truth! I will say this, though: I'm kind of torn on the first game, because if Misuse can win that one they will be alone in first all time for tournament wins without having made it to a Final Four. That would make it all the sweeter if they could then get crushed in the second round.

cklarock 7 years, 1 month ago

Excellent point, but a first-round loss would provide maximum schadenfreude for me.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

NAWWW...let them stay tied. Kim English is proving out to be one of the most obnoxious Tiger players without playing dirty in history!!!

Deb Fitch 7 years, 1 month ago

And I think coach has a short memory. I was in OK city last year and watched as the KSU crowd all cheered for UNI and gave them a standing ovation after beating us. No way was anyone cheering for us that night and no way I would cheer for either one of the two in the future.

Alohahawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Ever the diplomat, HCBS would never say anything which would create bulletin board material for the opposition. That's what makes this board so much "Fan fun", because we can speak out and say what might in reality, be on BS's mind. For example: "There are teams like MU that are censored censored censored, Etc. And the antlers are censored and are censored censored!"

In addition, while it would have looked good for KU to receive a #1 seed, I'm happy with how it turned out. (Read my long post on the other seeding blog.)

R C J H G K U !!!

Nick Thompson 7 years, 1 month ago

Tyshawn's comment should be "excited," I hope.

David Leathers 7 years, 1 month ago

No sir! "Exited" it is. He is talking past tense for the future.

Rolland Remmert 7 years, 1 month ago

Interesting to note the arrogance of Meth U apparel. The hats they were wearing yesterday proclaimed MU as Big 12 Champions...2012. The word "tournament" was no where to be found.

Jeffery Barrett 7 years, 1 month ago

It's not called a tournament anymore. Which still irritates me.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

MU = Big 12 consolation prize winners.

MU could never beat a Bill Self team for a conference title. This was KU's down year and this was perhaps MU's best season ever and they couldn't get it done.

Within a year, maybe two at the outside, we will all think of Fizzouri the same way we now think of Mississipi State, Ole Miss, or South Carolina, maybe even like Southern Mississippi outside the SEC. They're just there...perpetually stewing in their own confederate juice.

Just another team in a poor, poorly educated part of the USA that plays mediocre football and weak basketball.

They are what they are.

The only distinction they ever had in hoops came from getting to play (and be beaten by) KU regularly.

Now they just another southern team that never wins anything and that no one thinks much about.

ku_tailg8 7 years, 1 month ago

Come on. At least give it to them for having a decent football program. They are far from mediocre. Give credit where credit is due.

Eric J. Baker 7 years, 1 month ago

Agreed. I HATE hearing all the sports analysts refer to Mizzou as the Big XII CHAMPIONS. No, KU is the Big XII CHAMPION, Mizzou is just the Big XII TOURNAMENT Champion. Mizzou beat 3 teams to get their title, we beat 9 teams, and played them all twice.

142466 7 years, 1 month ago

+100. Post-season league tournaments are an abomination unto all serious, fair-minded NCAA BB fans. Win or lose, in prior seasons, in this season, for all seasons. Rip-off City.

Abolish all league tournaments, at least in the 6 BCS conferences. Also drop 2 early season cupcake games. That will allow 12 team BCS conferences (B12 will soon return to 12, too) to play a complete 22 game round robin regular season schedule. Then automatically award the 6 BCS conference champions the top 6 seeds in the 64 team NCAA tourney.

Restore rightful significance and prestige to the 6 BCS BB regular-season champs. Prior to 1980 (approx.), far too much weight was given to regular league champs, when setting the NCAA tourney field. The current system has gone too far in the oppisite direction.

Come on, NCAA. It's your tournament. You set the rules. Make this one needed change. Properly reward regular season conference play. Yea, I know, everybody already loves the NCAA tournament, as is. Fans will like March Madness even more after elimination of superfluous post-season league tourneys.

The selection committee has awarded KU with a plausible route through the first 4 games. Looks to me that if KU had slaughtered all the animals at the KC circus, the 16 team midwest regional field wouldn't have changed. KU would have been the top midwest seed and Roy's boys would have been #2. That's all. Immaterial.

142466 7 years, 1 month ago

Another irritant from Mizzou athletics: they feature half the school's female student body on some sort of a dance team, pep squad, golden girl outfit, etc. I've sometimes pondered whether that sort of thing appeals to parents of high school females considering enrolling at "Old Mizzou", or not. It always struck me as wierd & innapropriate. Course, that kind of stuff may fit right in with the SEC's local Daughters of Dixie chapters (or whatever euphemism it is that they're using these days).

"Ol' Mizzou". Pretentious puffery. Folks all across this land have heard of "Ol' Miss". I've never heard anyone outside the borders of Missouri refer to MU as "Ol' Mizzou". I once tested the phrase out here in SoCal . No one knew what I meant. They replied, "Are you stupid or something? Don't you it's 'Ol' Miss'?"

Incidentally, UCLA Bruin alums and friends bear great respect for Jayhawk BB history and its current accomplishments. They recognize excellence when they see it.

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I was very stoked to hear DICK Vitale talking about how tough Detroit is and how Kansas can't match up with them.

He picked them to beat us. I hope Coach and the team were watching.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

Yep. Why the capitalization on his first name nuleaf?

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Hmmmm.

Well......

Uh......

I guess because he's a DICK !

Don't censor me LJW - it's his name, I didn't have anything to do with it.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

Did one of the guys on the broadcast say something about the court at Detroit being named for Vitale, or was I dreaming?

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately this is true.

from the UofDetroit Mercy website..

DETROIT-- Five Titans were in double figures as 4,149 fans witnessed Detroit jump out to a 17-point first-half lead en route to a 76-65 win over Butler Sunday afternoon on Dick Vitale Court at Calihan Hall. Junior Jason Calliste led all scorers with 16 as the home team went 9 of 16 from distance in the win.

Teams are always in search of those "season-defining" games. While the win over St. John's on Dick Vitale Court dedication night and a lop-sided win over Western Michigan were nice-- this one may have best fit the bill. A Titan team that needed to reassert itself into the Horizon League race got production in nearly every facet, dominating an out-of-sorts Butler team that normally prides itself on grit.

142466 7 years, 1 month ago

Naturally, Vitale coached at Detroit, college and pro. What better setting for a charlatan to promote his wares.

From what I remember, his college teams embraced all the negative aspects of NBA behavior, especially those of Detroit's. That might explain why the Association welcomed him. Then the Pistons, under his "guidance", were so horrible that the only remaining avenue left was to become a TV clown.

I vividly remember the first time I caught his act. It was an early season Great Alaska Shoot-Out game, for ESPN in the network's early days, around 1980. I turned on the TV when the second half of the game was already underway. I was spell-bound by Dickie. I remember saying, "Who is this loud-mouth? His voice is irritating, he monopolizes the entire program, talking about everything except the proceedings on the court. He claims to know everybody, in and out of sports, including the Alaska governor and the Mayor of Fairbanks. Why don't I know who this freak is? Does his father own the network?"

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Vitale had one claim to fame as a college coach. He had Spenser Haywood, who was a great player that Vitale couldn't get it done with.

Vitale parlayed his brief run with Haywood into coaching the Detroit Pistons. He couldn't turn them around even with flipping Dave Bing.

He jumped to the booth and never looked back, because he knew he was done for as a coach.

Sam Constance 7 years, 1 month ago

Two things:

1) Dick Vitale wasn't the only "Richard" on that show. Reece Davis referred to Kansas as (paraphrasing, since his exact words escape me) 'one of the most upset-prone programs in the tournament'. For starters, how do you say that about a team that--in the past four years--has finished in the Sweet 16, Elite 8 and as National Champion? KU is the only team that has been a part of the tournament the last TWENTY THREE years and is the only team from a "power six" conference since the UCLA dynasty to win eight straight conference titles...

...but we're the "most upset prone team" on ESPN while Kentucky gets poetry (albeit BAD poetry) written about them by Stuart Scott for going undefeated in the SECraptastic. When did Kansas surpass Syracuse for the most high-profile "upset prone" major team? Oh wait--why would I expect ESPN to be critical of Boeheim's program when they can't even bring themselves NOT to interview a guy who has displayed himself to be a piece of human trash TWICE in the past year?

At the end of the day, Kansas will never be respected to the same degree as other similarly-accomplished programs because we live in what I like to call the ESPN void--that area between the coasts, just south of Chicago and north of Texas. The only reason we ever get any halfway decent recognition is because Kansas' plethora of accomplishments stands up and screams "LOOK AT US!"

2) Dick Vitale is senile. At the end of Bracketology, he had this weird moment where he stood up and made some random bunch of comments ending with some sort of prayer. To which the crew responded with those awkward "who wants to tell Uncle Fester to stop embarrassing us in public" looks, followed by one of them saying "time to turn off Dickie V's mike"

He probably doesn't even know that only four times in 27 years has 2-seed been upset in the first round.

[snaps back to reality]

...Whoa... um, ah... where am I? I started thinking about Dick Vitale and ESPN and Bracketology and seem to have lost the last 30 minutes...

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

good points marchphog88 -

I, too, don't get the lack of respect for Kansas by most of the media.

We're practically the Smithsonian of college basketball. Good article from 3 years ago if anyone wants to check it out - http://espn.go.com/espn/thelife/news/story?id=3937886

Anything important that's ever pertained to basketball either started here or is currently here.

WTF?

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Of with their heads, the whole lot of them. :-)

ku_tailg8 7 years, 1 month ago

Because 4 of the last 7 years KU has lost to a team that was 8 seeds lesser than themselves. No wonder nobody in the nation really takes us seriously. We DO NOT hold up our end of the deal when it comes to the tourney. Its the truth.

addlime 7 years, 1 month ago

I hate to say it, but I agree. KU gets "upset" so often because they are overrated so often. This team is well coached, and has a tradition of giving it all every game. So they tend to overachieve in the regular season. Plus the incredible fan base adds to the hype and the best home court advantage in the country pads their stats even more. No way this team is a one seed based on the eye test. Mizzery played better all season, split head to head, won the conf. tourney, and is a lower 2 seed. Makes no sense really. KU doesn't have another gear to step up to in the tourney like other lower seeded teams, and the pressure of constant expectations makes it that much harder for them to come out loose and get hot. That being said, I believe they can do very well this March, but they better not overlook Detroit. Toughest 15 I can remember. RCJH

Alan Braun 7 years, 1 month ago

Pukie V didn't get a single final 4 team right last year. Don't pay attention to him.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

There is a reason he was alone on a live feed from wherever he was instead of being with the other talking heads....he isn't credible!

ku_tailg8 7 years, 1 month ago

Because Vitale was in a room at the arena or hotel after he finished calling the ACC tournament game. He couldn't get to Bristol to be with the other guys. Happens every year. Just stating a fact.

KANSTUCKY 7 years, 1 month ago

Eye witness report. Every year. Thanks.

Tuskin 7 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, but you've got to admit that last year's Final 4 was pretty weird. Not a single #1 team made it in?

Only one person in our office pool correctly picked a Final 4 team - Connecticut. And he had them losing to Syracuse (who actually lost in the 2nd round).

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

Just counted. Only two teams in the tournament starting with "B". Baylor and Belmont (in our bracket!) Hard to imagine scenarios where we would face either one.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

Touche'. V does rhyme with B, however. So, the stigma lives! Thankfully, there are no teams with initials UNI.

chalked 7 years, 1 month ago

Actually, about 1/2 the field starts with UNI, i.e. UNIversity of Kansas. Just sayin'.

RJ King 7 years, 1 month ago

don't forget the UNI-brow of Kentucky

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

If I am allowed to nominate on Jaybate's behalf:

F-PHOF

lurkerhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I could see Belmont reaching the Sweet 16, which would match them with us.

JD Roth 7 years, 1 month ago

I like Belmont and head coach Rick Byrd. He had a fond appreciation for Allen Fieldhouse when Belmont played there a couple years ago.

JacquesMerde 7 years, 1 month ago

He was alone because he did the color on the UNC v. Florida State game. The game where FSU finally got honest calls and beat UNC. Vitalis, which he used in the 1950s when he had hair, was probably cheering for Duke during the game.

Why do the talking heads always say that the Big 10 is the best BB league in the country this year? I haven't kept track but it seems like they haven't done well in the NCAA tounaments the last several years.

The idea that the second four teams are as good as the first four teams isn't a bad generalization. I noticed the ESPN talking heads seem to agree on that.

Micah Mandy Haase 7 years, 1 month ago

I don't know why but I feel comfortable as a 2 seed... I even want the rematch with North Carolina so I can see us beat Roy again. I told my wife that if we lose in the Big 12 tourney it will end up being a good thing.

Now we need T.T. to put that chip back on his shoulder and lets win this thing!

RCJHKU!!!

flyingfinn 7 years, 1 month ago

I am excited as we have tickets for the tournament here in St. Louis. Now come on Hawks play serious ball and make it to the Gateway City. NO MORE one and done!!!!!

Brian Skelly 7 years, 1 month ago

I dont feel comfortable or uncomfortable being a 2 seed. I know that guard from Detroit can play. If I remember he was a pretty sought after player outta HS, and wanted to stick around and play for his dad. Which is pretty cool, but I dont think he's a typical Horizon League guard by any stretch.

If we play hard and respect our opponents we'll be in good shape. Our guys didnt take VCU seriously last year and it cost us. Dont wanna see a repeat.

Hawkeyekaw 7 years, 1 month ago

I hope the boys have their heads right for the tournament...they can't play like they did against Baylor and win a tournament game ....or they are one and done

REHawk 7 years, 1 month ago

YES! We receive the Kiss of Life from Dick the Mouth Vee!

REHawk 7 years, 1 month ago

If the striped antlers get in a bind, we can join their unbridled enthusiasm, chanting SEC, SEC, SEC!

Rolland Remmert 7 years, 1 month ago

They barely attend home games, why would anyone think they would travel well?

Oklahoma_Hawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Hi everyone, this is my first post ever. I have been really enjoying reading posts here. I have been a Jayhawk for about 10 years ^__^ and sadly I am now living in a Sooner state ...

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

Why did you wait so long to post a comment?

Oklahoma_Hawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I think you guys are more insightful than I am haha!

Mike Kendall 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey---it's always good to have another Oklahoma perspective! Welcome aboard!

Ryan Shelton 7 years, 1 month ago

Welcome. It's nice to have Hawks down here! Of course in my town in Northern Oklahoma, it's not uncommon to see Jayhawk license plates. Every once in a while I drive north to the border just to smile...

Micah Mandy Haase 7 years, 1 month ago

Well welcome to the boards!! I am in the same boat as you raised in kansas all my life and I followed my job to Norman, Ok!!! I get poked fun at during football season but doesn't stop me from wearing KU all year round!

Alohahawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Aloha Oklahoma_Hawk, and welcome to the board.

Sooner or later thoroughbred Jayhawks join up. Look forward to your insights.

BTW, turn some of the red Oklahoma dirt to crimson, and KU's alumni will have the Sooners and Cowboys singing the blues. And there you'll be, amongst the Crimson and Blue once again.

HiloHawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm a thoroughbred Jayhawk [since my mother took us to see Clyde Lovellette in Topeka in 1951 when I was 10] whose loyalty hasn't been diluted by 40 years in the Land of Aloha. But I just this year got brave enough to try this new-fangled technology stuff. It's kind of fun! Next, I'm going to try completing an online bracket. Whee!

Mike Kendall 7 years, 1 month ago

Holy smoke----

I thought I was computer challenged!

Nice to hear from you, Hilo.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

The more publicity Detroit gets, the better it is for Kansas!!

Guys, just set back in the weeds and let the Titans and Vitale blow off steam...then come game day, turn the Titans into Tinies.

bjejayhawk69 7 years, 1 month ago

KU has pretty decent draw overall. If we make the Elite 8 vs. Carolina the pressure is on them not KU. KU has to respect every opponent - something we have not done in the past this year and previous years. That is the angle Self has to use with this team.

MethU has a few pundits picking them for the final 4 - I think this is good. They are like a fat girl - all they ever wanted is to be liked by someone - no underdog card to play. Plus Michigan State is always tough even in down years with Izzo in the tournament and they have a good team this year. Besides Kensucky they are the other one seed I would not want to face.

Mike Kendall 7 years, 1 month ago

Dick Vitale has them going to the Final 4. I was screaming at my TV--"Dick, you don't know Mizzou's history in the NCAA's. As soon as he did pick Mizzou, Reece Davis humbled Vitale and reminded him that Missouri has the most wins of anyone in the Tournament without a Final 4 appearance. I rest my case!!!!!!!!!

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

Oklahoma_Hawk, welcome to the site, however, all new posters must pass a test of qualification for further postings:

1] Name the worst city in America. [Hint..begins with a "C" and has a o, l, u,m, b. i. a. as part of the name.

2] Name one good thing about the state of Oklahoma [Hint.."nothing" is considered a legitimate answer]

3] Have you ever finished a complete eight part post by Jaybate [Hint..most of us haven't either.]

4] Answer this three part question: a] Kansas is the Motherlode of Basketball b] Allen Fieldhouse is the greatest venue in the history of man. c] Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest basketball player to ever live. Your answer choices are YES or YES

Oklahoma_Hawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I never hate Misery that much until this year .........

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Part I

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jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Part II

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jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Part III

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jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Part IV

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jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Part V

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jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Part Vi

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jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Part VII

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jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Part VIII

OakvilleJHawk is my architect, but even I wouldn't buy one of his buildings designed during basketball season. His concentration just wouldn't be on the job. :-)

(Note: Kidding aside, of course I would buy one! But I would insist he not design on game days.)

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

LOL........+8 JB, well done!!

PS You're so right about "game day design!!!"

prusso25 7 years, 1 month ago

I would say that Columbia and Lexington are tied for worst cities in America... But hey they have the Thunder down in Oklahoma! Closest thing we have to an NBA team in this state.

Oklahoma_Hawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I haven't had a chance to go see the Thunder, at least I can go cheer for Nick Collison and Cole!

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

Man, this is like that Woody Allen movie "Sleeper". you've awoken in the year 2012 just in time for March Madness!

Jeff Coffman 7 years, 1 month ago

An acceptable answer to #2 is "It isn't Missouri".

Mike Kendall 7 years, 1 month ago

Oakville---You're awesome! If I had a wish before I ever pass on, it would be to meet you in person some day, kind sir!

FultonHawk 7 years, 1 month ago

i created an account for 2 reasons, i'm a die hard Jayhawk fan and my ancestry ties back to that of Amos Lawrence, the man that the great town of Lawrence, KS was named for and I live 20 minutes from columbia, MO and fell over laughing at your first question.... for real, that town is horrible. RCJH

Ron Franklin 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm looking for some websites that show complete stats men? Can anybody help? Not just basic stats, but efficiency stats also.

Thanks in advance.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

Call Bill James...he still lives in Lawrence or Google college basketball statistics for 2011-2012..the internet has all the answers...right??

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Have you tried www.statsheet.com? it may not have exactly what you're looking for, but there's a lot of good info there.

ku_tailg8 7 years, 1 month ago

<p>statsheet.com had everything I was looking for and I was looking for some serious stats. Ncaa.org has good team stat. But the former has a listing of wins vs top 50, 100.

Robert Greenwood 7 years, 1 month ago

We started the 2008 title run in Nebraska? Great! I think we started the 1988 run there too!

Kye Clark 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey, where's that jhawkrulz guy that for like two weeks was shouting to anyone that would listen (paraphrasing) - "trust me, Mizery will be a #4 seed. Dan Beebe, the Big XII representative will put give them the shaft"? I told you that was ridiculous and I was going to call you out when the brackets were released. So come on...where ya at?

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

He'll still bitch that they got the shaft by not getting to St.Louis...... icthahawkfan316, you're just not gonna win with this guy!! :)

7 years, 1 month ago

Well, one poster you won't be receiving a reply from anytime soon is our buddy IrishCharlie. It appears he has gone the way of IrishDaddy, KSA, and so many other trolls before them. Perhaps a moment of silence would be appropriate.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Here is my silent moment.

Pray with me.

(long pause for silence.)

Heavenly father, please let these cretins be swallowed by the hell mouth and burn for eternity.

Amen.

7 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for that heartfelt and poignant entreaty, jaybate. We can only desire the same fortune for current and future trolls alike.

Amen indeed.

Phoghorn 7 years, 1 month ago

Ire-ish Charlie had a history of nasty comments. I wonder what finally caused site staff to push the Big Red Disappearededeededed Button?

7 years, 1 month ago

Most likely due to his over-the-top crass comments he has been posting lately, particularly ones directed to icthawkfan316 over the weekend. Not unusual for this to happen to trolls. They often try to push the limits without going over, but usually can't control themselves when challenged.

Dan Harris 7 years, 1 month ago

While I hope irishcharlie has been banished to the backwoods, I'm curious as to what prompted you to post this? How do you know?

7 years, 1 month ago

While reading a comment thread from a couple days ago, I noticed all of his comments and any replies attached to them are gone now.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

(Note: this post is for those that say I never go short.) :-)

Attendance is down.

They have to get some of the lost revenue back through TV.

They shafted the Big 12 with low seeds and packing KU with a bunch of bang ballers before playing UNC, to increase the probabilities of teams that can hold eyeballs in the Eastern Time Zone go deepest.

Fortunately, emergent complexity usually screws up this kind of rigging.

Next.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

You all know why Missouri and SLU didn't get to St.Louis?? Hotel rooms.

SLU fans can drive 45 minutes back to the suburbs and Mizzou fans can drive 2 hours back to Columbia.....no overnight fans, no hotel rooms, no meals, no entertainment, no tourist's taxes.

Why have these fans take seats away from free spending out-of-towners!!!

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

This is a good hypothesis.

But I didn't think MU fans actually slept in doors.

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

CRAP!

I hate snorting coffee through my nose.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Repeat after me:

Read. Laugh. Drink. :-)

Not drink. Laugh. Read. This works for me with your stuff.

Seriously, glad I got your funny bone.

Getting a laugh out of another comedian means something.

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

You get a lot of laughs, my friend.

Also a lot of "wow - I wish I could think/write like that".

Keep up the good work!

RCJH

Sam Constance 7 years, 1 month ago

They do. But when a Missouri fan says "in doors" he means it much more literally than most do.

In other words, Joe Misery Fan sleeps under a lean-to built out of doors he found at the scrap yard.

Brendan Connolly 7 years, 1 month ago

The only problem with that theory is that most of the Mizzou fans have had their licenses revoked.

Brak 7 years, 1 month ago

Drinking/doing meth and driving is also illegal and yet that doesn't stop them.

Rolland Remmert 7 years, 1 month ago

M. U. Football coach being exempt from regulations that others live by.

Ludwig Supraphonic 7 years, 1 month ago

West coast dealers were hoping to provide cover for Meth transport.

FLJHK 7 years, 1 month ago

I think this year's tourney is as wide open as ever. UK and UNC certainly are the most talented on paper, but UK is young and UNC is, as always, vulnerable to any team that hits them in the mouth. It's a year void of expectations, a tourney where lots of crazy upsets are as possible as all high seeds making the Final Four. Anything can happen.

This Kansas team is the type that Self loves. Scrappy, not very deep, overlooked, underappreciated but tough as nails. Brimming with character. I don't expect games of beauty, but when the clock runs out I figure KU to have more points than their opponent.

It's there for the taking guys. Rock Chalk!

bradynsdad 7 years, 1 month ago

Am I the only crazy one who could have Kentucky out in the second round? Uconn is a loose canon and on the right day could point all that talent on Kentucky and fire away. Also Royce white could give Davis fits not to mention Kentucky doesn't defend the three well at all and Iowa st is full of 3 point shooters. Babb is probably the best defender in the big 12 and could realistically shut down Kidd-gill. Maybe I'm just underestimating UK. Then again after that it's either Indiana, wsu or vcu. Still not gonna feel bad for UK DRAW.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

I haven't seen UK for a month, but Davis is not the real problem for most teams.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the guy no one in the country has a match for.

KU can play UK's bigs straight up.

But as good as Travis is, even when healthy, this guy Kidd-Gilchrist is a once a decade player at his position.

KANSTUCKY 7 years, 1 month ago

Who was the last team to beat HCBS twice in the same season?

Benjamin Clay Jones 7 years, 1 month ago

"'We are exited, man,' Taylor said."

Man, I hope that's not what he said. KU has been "exited" enough in the tournament in recent years, with early exits suffered at the hands of Bucknell, Bradley, VCU and others.

Ludwig Supraphonic 7 years, 1 month ago

Except for Duke over UK, we had the same final four and, of course, even in fantasy, I enjoyed the result.

FLJHK 7 years, 1 month ago

Too cool! I ended up with a final four of Indiana, Ohio State, Mich State and Kansas. Kansas over Indiana for the championship. (In my real bracket I have IU losing pretty early).

Almost as much fun, my bracket shows Mizzou losing in the 2nd round.

Jeff Coffman 7 years, 1 month ago

Indiana without their PG will be a lot different than the team that made it to that seed.

Steve Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

donkey thank you.

What fun, guess I valued experience as I have WSU upsetting Kentucky. not a chance.

My bracket shows Kansas as national champs over Michigan State who beat MU Tigers. Duke over Wichita State, Syracuse over Ohio State and Kansas over UNC.

Nice idea. If you haven't done it, try it.

Gregory Newman 7 years, 1 month ago

Two wins thats it? All because of EJ and REL not forcing their man to play defense. If they dribble drive to the hoop for pull-up 7-14 mid-range jumpers. That opens up for lobs to T-Rob and Withey. Plus that takes away the freshness of the legs of good shooters that they have to defense. As of now offensively theres only T-Rob and TT.

Those three pointers are equivilent to playing horse in the backyard. Sometimes a make most times a not. Its a shame the fastest group of guards in the Nation and only one punches the gas and takes pride.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

Since KU and Mizz. will be in Omaha at the same time anyway, how about a scrimmage just for fun? Our team will consist of the same players who played in the Legends game. Mizz can field a team of their choice from current and/or former players. First to 100 wins!

Dyrk Dugan 7 years, 1 month ago

well, here we go again...that time of year where every KU fan has a decent feeling about the team's chances... and the queasy feeling that we definitely could lose to anyone we play.

that being said, i'm glad we have a team like Detroit. they have one really good player and some decent bigs...they are a team, that could definitely beat us...and it's believable. and i think that's good, because the focus will be there.

and coming off a loss to a team that we just beat twice earlier in the season by an average of 16, HCBS will have their attention.

i still don't like the time slot. why are we playing in the late, late game that day? We're a two seed...we should have the most rest. this happened two years ago...exact same scenario...and it didn't work out well. We'll see about this year.

a KU-KSU FF, and a KU-MU national championship game...that would be a blast. and the ultimate bragging rights in any sort of ways. Let's just do our part to make that as close to a reality as possible.

Go Jayhawks!

Steve Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

It used to be the higher seed got the early evening time slot, only fair that way.

NCAA should stand up to CBS and say deal with it. If they need a late night game go to the west coast.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

lighthawk,

It is very difficult for the NCAA to stand up, when they have been tight corseted and tied hand to foot bent over a side horse. :-)

jchief40 7 years, 1 month ago

Wait time out time out. While we're predicting the future:

Ben McLemore, Shabazz Muhammad, Elijah Johnson, Perry Ellis, Jeff Withey

Key Bench: Tony Parker, Travis Releford, Andrew White, Naadir Tharpe, Kevin Young

Any takers?

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

Given his choice, HCBS will always play his 5 year senior..besides, Konkeydong is correct. Shabazz is either Duke or wait till the 2013 draft.

RJ King 7 years, 1 month ago

If ever there is a time to stay in the (one shining) moment, it is NOW. With all the HCBS recruiting bashing going on 9-10 months ago we ought to be enjoying and celebrating the achievements so far of THIS year's team. It's Christmas Eve and we shouldn't be wondering what's gonna be in our Easter basket.

Tom Wilson 7 years, 1 month ago

If Bill Self is going to set KU up for a possible loss prior to each game we play in the NCAAs (e.g., proclaiming how tough Detroit U. will be), I won't be reading any more game previews during this tournament. Detroit was given a 15 seed for a reason. KU was given a 2 seed based on the same logic as well.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

It's OK...part of Head Coaching 101 is to proclaim every opponent the next coming of the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers thus keeping all bulletin boards clean.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Detroit is the best team in the history of team sports since 1300 BC. :-)

Sally Presson 7 years, 1 month ago

MU fans are really upset they were the #4 of the # 2's. AND that at the Big 12 Tournament there were no MU shirts---None. Guess the vendors thought they were already at the SEC the way the fans kept yelling it at every game they attended.

I'm glad coach Self has given the guys hard food for thought. Detroit is not a given, they are tough and good players. Actually we've got to be "UP" for every game, there are no easy matches.

We've got so much to look forward to in the tournament. Hope they play loose.

Justin Carlson 7 years, 1 month ago

The Upset Special!

Can our guards bring it on the offensive end?

Our guards are the key to winning or shooting us into an early exit!!

A look at our losses back to the Bucknell vs. 2008 NC

2005 (Bucknell loss) Gaurds 28% Miles, Lee, Giddens and Langford 9% from “3” Bucknell 26% From “3”

Bigs 68% Big Dub, Moooooody and Giles

2006 Guards 42% Chalmers, Rush, Robinson and Hawkins 39% from “3” Bradley 52% from “3”

Bigs 64% Wright, Kaun, Giles

2007 Guards 33% Rush, Chalmers, Robinson, Collins UCLA 47% from “3”

Bigs 47% Wright Kaun Arthur Jackson

2008 Guards 47% Rush Chalmers Collins and Robinson 25% from “3” (2 for 2) with under 2 to play Memphis only 27%

Bigs 64% Arthur, Kaun and Jackson

2009 Only anomaly Guards 55% Collins Reed Morningstar Little, STILL 25% “3” not good! Difference is 13 turnovers from our guards! Michigan ST 33% from 3 Bigs 33% Morrii, Aldrich (only loss where bigs shot a lower %)

2010 Guards 29% Collins Taylor Reed Henry Morningstar 26 % from “3” Northern Iowa 35% Huge one late! Bigs 70%!!!! Morrii and Aldrich wow!!

2011 Guards 29% Taylor(67%!!!) Reed Morningstar Little Selby (14% 3 of 22!!!) from “3” 9% ouch!! VCU 48% from “3”

Bigs 42% Morrii Robinson did not shoot!

Just some stats that scare the crap out of me about our guard play in big games!! On positive note I think TT will lead us and tear up the NCAA’s in his final push at a final 4 and a 1st round draft choice. By the way EJ,CT, and TR may for force be with you!!

Dear basketball gods please remember to bless these four young souls with a pure stroke and find the ball going through the net on at least a 45% clip.

Thank you

Your Faithfull Son of THE Phog!!

JCAR

Curtis Stutz 7 years, 1 month ago

JCAR, you have to consider that all of those games are L's except for Memphis, so not indicative of how the guard play has been in all "big games" as every tourney game is big.

Some stats I like, UNC is the only 1 or 2 seed with a losing record against the Sagarin top25 at 3-5 Records against 4seeds or better: Michigan 3-5 Georgetown 2-3 UNC 3-4 KU 5-4 (all 3 seeds or higher)

Some I don't like MW has a total of 8 conference titles from the multibid leagues, most of any region, West has 6 East has 4, South has 3

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Copy/paste on the looking at the losses.

The danger of all inquiry is biasing answers by what you choose to study.

But regarding the Sagarin stats, versus UNC, they are reassuring, because UNC is not a bang ball team.

But Michigan and Georgetown like to put the wood on ya, while they are running the Princeton.

And in the whistle-marginal Madness, the most muscular and deepest team with the roughest style tends to get deepest on the least talent.

KU simply has to praise god that most of the 3, 4 and even five deep bang ball teams, like MSU and Wisconsin and Syrexcuse, will not have to be dealt with until the Final Four.

The only game that prepared KU for Detroit, Purdue and Georgetown--their likely opponents before UNC, was the second KSU game, because they refs "let 'em play" in Manhattan.

But I expect it to be a much more physical contest vs. Georgetown this time. Without whistles, teams like Georgetown just go at it with the gloves off for a full 40 minutes.

In the pre conference, Georgetown had to worry at least a little about foul trouble. Not in the Madness, though.

And right now, we only have Tyshawn and Thomas that have actually operated under whistle-marginal Madness basketball conditions.

2 is better than none, but we still have to see how Jeff, Elijah, and Travis hold up to this next step up in warfare.

KY and Justin are, frankly, apt to get completely overwhelmed the first weekend.

But this is about going ashore and fighting for a beachhead first, then taking the fight to the enemy.

One step at a time.

Robert Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

This may have been answered but if MU is the 8th overall seed, why aren't they in the same bracket as the #1 seed? I think MU got a very easy draw.

As for KU, playing close to home hasn't always worked well for us. I am more concerned about getting past the first weekend than I am about getting to the Final Four.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 1 month ago

Your last sentence is profound. It needs to be on a sign and hung over the locker room door at AFH as well as our locker room in Omaha.

Kye Clark 7 years, 1 month ago

Because the selection committee doesn't use the S-curve. They favor putting teams closer to home rather than matching the teams up fair. As such, Duke got put in Greensboro, and then Atlanta. Ohio St. goes to Pittsburg, then Boston. KU goes to Omaha, then St. Louis. Mizery also goes to Omaha, then Phoenix. By this logic they simultaneously get to put MU close to home, but then shaft them with the most travel the second week of the tournament.

Robert Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

Could have just as easily kept MU in Omaha and then ship them to wherever Kentucky plays? On paper MU got an easy draw. Maybe Michigan State is better than I think.

Kye Clark 7 years, 1 month ago

They could have, but then that would have meant shipping Duke cross country to Phoenix. Since MU was the last of the #2 seeds, travel dictated they go out West.

Not saying I agree with it, but that's the committee's logic.

Dan Harris 7 years, 1 month ago

Mine ended up With Kentucky beating Kansas while not the perfect ending I would take it based on how I felt this team was going to be at the beginning of the year

texashawk10 7 years, 1 month ago

Here's the list of the broadcast crews for all of the opening weekend games. Looks like the broadcast crew for Omaha is Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, and Craig Sager. It'll be fun to see what jackets Sager wears for the games. I've always enjoyed listening to these guys do NBA games and I'm glad they'll be doing KU's games the first weekend.

Hank Cross 7 years, 1 month ago

The things I looked at were defense, RPI, and how balanced the team was. I honestly thought I had picked UNC or Cuse in the final.

DaNeille Dani Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

Well now, I'm scared. I'm just now getting to watch the Baylor game (replay). I love TRob but what the hell is wrong with that boy?! His glares and bumps into other players like he's trying to prove he's tougher is not helping him any. As far as I'm concerned, Davis has outplayed TR and will be the POY. If TR doesn't get back into beast mode and play aggressive like we know he can, we won't make it past the first round (again). He was lazy during the Baylor game and was not aggressive. The boys need to get in his face and hit his chest just like they did Withey to get him to start playing. We need TR to be a beast and act like he cares a little bit. He looks like he just wants to get this season over with and move onto the NBA. Just please help us win the NCAA first! When JW, TT, and TR are playing to win, we're unbeatable! I hope they can prove to the naysayers that we won't get beat in the first round!

Jackhawk1979 7 years, 1 month ago

Pretty sure that there is no shortage of "material" or reason for the boys to be up for a nice run. Not a big fan of cracking some kid for running his mouth, but Mr. Holman up in Detroit really might want to reconsider his choices for answering questions.

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/2012/story/_/id/7675265/midwest-region-breakdown-2012-ncaa-tournament

Pretty sure T-Rob has pretty well "boy-ed" pretty much every player that has matched up against him this year (hence the ridiculous per game stats he has put up all year long).

On a totally different note, can't tell you how much I would really like to see another KU smacking Mizz-who for the NC. That would be the best send-off to the SEC I could possibly think of.

All this being said, I hope that the boys are taking notes of the "respect" that they are getting (oh wait, they aren't in the ACC or SEC so nm), and come to do work. Would be a fantastic time for a 6-0 run. Either way, it's been a great season and I appreciate the work they've put in. RC!

Alohahawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I read that earlier this morning and hoped TRob would be made aware of what Holman said. Talk about bulletin board material. Come on, TRob, make him eat those words.

And if TRob gets double/triple teamed just find that open man and get an assist. If TRob gets 10 assists and 10 points, it's still a double-double, which would add to his season total. Would be even better if TRob got a triple-double.

Alex Resnik 7 years, 1 month ago

Here's a little bulletin board material for us to beat UDM....

"Detroit also has a 6-foot-10 center (Eli Holman) who began his career at Indiana. Asked Sunday evening about stopping KU's Thomas Robinson, Holman told the Detroit News: ""Robinson? I can handle Robinson. He has to handle me.""

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/2012/story/_/id/7675265/midwest-region-breakdown-2012-ncaa-tournament

I live up here in Detroit and I've had the chance to see these guys play a couple of times. McCallum is really good and Holman plays like a thug. Withey will have to be tough down low and hold his position. Was it just me or did Acy push him around all game? It seemed like Withey could never make an aggressive move at the basket. He was trying to go through Acy instead of over or around him..

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Something a lot of board rats are forgetting--even me sometimes--is that when the refs throw their whistles away for March Madness, in some games this is going to help KU, too.

KU has five solid starters with a wing who needs to foul to stay with his man, and a couple of back-up bigs that can just barely keep from fouling out in the regular season.

In the Madness, Conner is going to get to foul almost at will, so long as he's not going after a star.

Same for KY and Justin--they get to foul anyone who is not a star as much as they want.

And of course the same goes for the five starters, too.

So: for March Madness, KU is really not such a thin team anymore.

It is an eight man team and the bench can foul anyone they want that they cannot keep up with.

But Self has to tell them to ramp up the aggression and fouling, or they will get busted in the chops so many times they won't make it out of the first round.

I am looking for KU to get pretty nasty in this tournament.

Bully for them.

REHawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I just hope that Marv, Kerr and Sager can stay on track, tell us who is fouling, who is rolling up double-doubles, etc., rather than going off on Kobe's sore nose or the three decade recent history of Duke/North Carolina hoops. That is a talented crew, if they can remember to broadcast at least somewhat in the manner of great radio announcers.

championhawks 7 years, 1 month ago

Fizzou was sent out west b/c that was the closest the NCAA could get them to this... http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_20096845

Their fans should be thanking the NCAA, no?

danmoore 7 years, 1 month ago

I firmly believe that in order to win a national title you need some degree of luck. No matter how good you are there is going to be a bad matchup that will give you problems and it helps if some of your competition is beaten for you. I’m not taking anything away from Missouri but in the conference tourney they did not have to face K-State, Iowa State or KU. This team is good enough to win it all but there are a number of other teams also capable of cutting down the nets. We have upperclassmen which I think is huge and hopefully we can stay healthy. My concern is our lack of depth which I think is what cost us the title in 2003.

KansasComet 7 years, 1 month ago

This is going to be one tough matchup for us. Detroit is motivated and they have studied us all year. If we have weaknesses, they will be exposed. Now is not the time for anyone to play scared. We must play to our full potential. We cannot overlook this game.

That being said, we have the talent to get it done. We must play our best players, and steal minutes when we can and stay out of foul trouble. I think Tyshawn will be the difference in this game.

No matter the outcome of this weekend. I am most proud of this Jayhawks Team. We have accomplished so much, now let's take it to the next level. We are Kansas, and it is time for us to give a team our best shot!

HiloHawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm a thoroughbred Jayhawk [since my mother took us to see Clyde Lovellette in Topeka in 1951 when I was 10] whose loyalty hasn't been diluted by 40 years in the Land of Aloha. But I just this year got brave enough to try this new-fangled technology stuff. It's kind of fun! Next, I'm going to try completing an online bracket. Whee!

Alohahawk 7 years, 1 month ago

LOL!!! Jaybate got hooked. And lined. And sinkered.

And this board hasn't been the same since. ;>?

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

"Some Ways We Know CBS Is Broadcasting March Madness Again"

~Clark Kellog promos starting with Clark saying, "Hnksh, t''isiash kddkl cvndje. nnnmmwnwnls szialskjdha dksl csllaososo," which translates to "Hi, I'm Clark Kellog with CBS. Be sure to tune into March Madness."

~ESPN's Holly Rowe has really started chowing down now that she doesn't have to be on camera till next season.

~Brent Mussberger seen walking around wearing a Terry Malloy T-shirt at ESPN commissary muttering, "I coulda been somebody. I coulda been a contenduh...instead uh just a bum listening to Knight, which is what I am."

~Reese Davis admits that he and Seth Davis were married in a secret ceremony in Barcelona 12 years ago.

~Greeks bearing gifts keep asking, "Hey, when are we going to get to see Spero Dedes?

~Reports increase of Verne Lundquist being reanimated with long wave radiation.

~David Aldridge keeps telling friends, "Really, I do care about basketball. It just looks like I don't."

~Bill Raftery goes in for a final tune-up at Betty Ford this week.

~Greg Gumbel says, "Forget Bryant. My brother was too stuck up to make the kind of money I'm making."

~Leslie Visser is on the cover of People this week in a story entitled "The Cougars of March Madness."

~Jim Nantz over heard telling colleagues that if he had had to do Madness with Billy Packer one more time he would have poisoned him with arsenic and fed him to the Florida Gators' mascot.

~Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr, taping a filler sequence on shooting, get in a fight over who had the best trey percentage for a career in D1.

~Tracy Wolfson admits to growing body hair on full moons during March.

~Charles Barkley laughs about making more money for working the tournament than Bob Knight makes at ESPN for working an entire season.

~Marv Albert stops wearing Kiki de Montparnasse accessories under his sports coats to protect the integrity and tradition of the NCAA tournament.

~Tim Brando admits that at least once each Madness he wants to wear a torn white t-shirt and jeans and shout, "Stella, hey, Stella!!!" at Craig Sager.

~Lots of CBS cameramen trying to remember where to put the cameras for a basketball game.

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

texashawk10 7 years, 1 month ago

How do you leave Craig Sager's jackets out of this, especially since he's doing the games in Omaha?

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

~Sager found electrocuted in one of his solar powered sports coats after stepping in a snow cone thrown at him by fans shielding their eyes.

:-)

BCRavenJHawkfan 7 years, 1 month ago

Not that this means a hill of beans but here is something I notice about the top 8 seeds (four # 1's + four #2's).

I looked at who each team played specifically looking for how many teams they played during the season (including conference tournaments) that are now in the tournament. Call it the NCAA RPI, meaning, the more teams you played that finally made it in this tournament the better your NCAA RPI. (My secret reason for doing this is for those that say Kentucky has a tough region I say I agree but the reason is their schedule was soft!, So they need to prove what they get against some real compitition).

So, again for the top 8, how many opponents during the season made the Dance:

Kentucky = 13 Michigan St. = 15 Syracuse = 14 North Carolina = 15 Duke = 12 Missouri = 13 Ohio St. = 16 KANSAS = 18

Take from this what you want, but KU played more tournament teams over the season with only Ohio St. coming close.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

It means a Mount Everest of beans.

It means the Himalayas of beans.

We are the most combat hardened team out there.

We come into hot zones and we cut the head off the enemy so the body dies.

We have learned our lesson against MU about not putting the enemy down.

Otherwise, our losses came early, when we were even greener than Kentucky, or late, when it did not matter.

We will enfilade the enemies' starters and their benches.

We will fight them on the lane, at the three point line and at the rim. We will fight them in half court and in transition. We will fight them when the whistles are swallowed and when they are not. And we will never surrender.

Jeff Coffman 7 years, 1 month ago

Did some additional research Kentucky - 11-2 MSU - 10-5 SU - 12-2 UNC - 10-5 Duke - 7-5 MU - 10-3 OSU - 10-6 KU - 12-6

It should be noted that UK, SU, KU and UNC were the only teams that didn't lose to a team that wasn't in the tourney. UK - None MSU - Northwestern, Illinois Syracuse - None UNC - None Duke - Miami MU - Lost to Ok State OSU - Illinois KU - None

I'm not overly bummed about not having a #1 seed, but I am disappointed because regular season champs (outright) and no bad losses should amount to something. MSU is actually the only team on this list with what I would classify as 2 bad losses, and KU is one of four teams with 0 bad losses.

Rolland Remmert 7 years, 1 month ago

Hope some of you saw the long article on Yahoo today giving a blow by blow account (in some cases this appears to be a literal translation) concerning the Ponzi scheme guy and the U of Miami. 70+ jocks named (including both FB and BB) and the 1.6 million funneled through for the direct benefit of players. As the little snake's girl friend admitted...wheather it was cash, food and booze or getting laid, they got what they wanted. The illustrious HCFH, currently of Mizzou was prominately named and photographed throughout the story. He of course won't admit to anything including being th HC of U of M's basketball team. Still wondering where the NCAA is on this case and why pressure isn't being placed publicallyto get to the bottom. After the penalty handed to UNC FB program today, you would only think U of Miami would be looking at the death penalty and Haith would be in a parallel universe with the ass't coach fron UNC...........one can only hope.

sawman3333 7 years, 1 month ago

I can't wait for this to get started!

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