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Monday, March 18, 2013

KU men’s basketball open practice set for 5:10 p.m. Thursday

Kansas center Jeff Withey dunks during warmups prior to tipoff against Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas center Jeff Withey dunks during warmups prior to tipoff against Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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The Kansas men's basketball team will have its open practice from 5:10-5:50 p.m. Thursday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., in preparation for Friday's 8:50 p.m. NCAA opener against 16th-seeded Western Kentucky.

The practice is open to the public.

Here is the full schedule:

Practices (open to the media and general public)

Noon-12:40 p.m. — Ole Miss

12:45-1:25 p.m. —  Villanova

1:30-2:10 p.m. — Wisconsin

2:15-2:55 p.m. — Kansas State

4:25-5:05 p.m. — North Carolina

5:10-5:50 p.m. — Kansas

5:55-6:35 p.m. — Boise State / LaSalle winner

6:40-7:20 p.m. — Western Kentucky

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Phoggy_Jah_Hawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Anybody know if they will sign stuff at all? Like to take my boy down to watch and get some Herbie Hancocks.

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hornjo 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't see TCU or Baylor on the schedule. At least the scheduler's have a sense of humor. -- In bracket, Williams (sound familiar), VCU did not we not lose to before somewhere, Michigan did not we play last year...Confidence my friends... I wonder what Georgia is like @ this time of the year? Don't you! No Misery (Mizzou) or Bucknell on schedule either! This year parity is here. Get hot Jayhawks & hopefully have no girlfriend problems?....

ROCK CHALK!

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Every one overlooks possibly the most important driver in randle's decision making. It is what I now call the X driver.

The X driver is the driver that forces a player to wait weeks or months after his last visit to decide.

What goes on.

It's almost like they are weighing increasing bids in an auction game.

But what could be the increasing bids, since no one cheats by giving cash?

Hypothesis: the player is fielding competing agency contract terms and benefits to be triggered by the players eventual jump. These could be complicated enough to take weeks to analyze.

Just a thought.

Let's root for old agency u Sis boom bah!

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Every one overlooks possithe most important probable driver in randle's decision making. It is what I now call the X driver.

The X driver is the driver that forces a player to wait weeks or months after his last visit to decide.

What goes on.

It's almost like they are weighing increasing bids in an auction game.

But what could the increasing bids, since no one cheats by giving cash?

Hypothesis: the player is fielding competing agency contract terms and benefits to be triggered by the players eventual jump. These could be complicated enough to take weeks to analyze.

Just a thought.

Let's root for old agency u Sis boom bah!

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colreader 1 year, 1 month ago

Does anybody know if the team will stay in Lawrence or in KC this weekend?

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Brianna Zaleski 1 year, 1 month ago

Does anyone know when we would play (time and channel) on Sun? Assuming we win Friday of course. I'll be out of town and on the road Sun evening and I'd like to be able to set my DVR. Thanks for any help!

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JayhawkRock78 1 year, 1 month ago

Actually Global I remember the General Patton quote differently. In the movie, a voiceover (George C Scott) described a Roman General returning home in his chariot at the head of a large parade to honor his victory. The crowd chanted his name and cheered him on as he passed. Standing behind the General on the chariot was a slave who whispered in the General's ear; "All glory, is fleeting."

No doubt Randle will have a great NBA career. I also believe where ever he lands, he will always look back at his college year/years as very special, and very fun!

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 1 month ago

If JR wants to learn an unselfish, team first game at his next level, and beyond doubt be part of a program with consistant deep NCAA tourney voyages each & every year and superior coaches with proven results, then there is one clear choice. If not, then he needs to go to UK, NCS, or somewhere other than Kansas. The choice is such of a OAD kid, and the potential allure of the big money beyond. The older anyone, even young adults becomes, you realize your best years by far are usually those which fly by the fastest. Even the incomparable General Patton once said,"Victory is fleeting." So remember these things as you make your decision JR, fully enjoy your youth while & where you can, it's gone before you even know it.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 1 month ago

Several points points worth mentioning regarding Julius.

1] For what it's worth [and it may mean nothing at all], he has struck up a strong twitter relationship with the incoming KU Idaho twins, Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez.

2] Let's not forget one very important word..."HUDY".

3] Bill Self is a #1 Seed and John Calipari is not.

4] Cal did himself no favors with the mothers of recruits when he threw this season's players under the bus.

5] Julius is not afraid of a challenge but at UK, it will be for playing time...for Kansas it will be the pressure of being the "Main Man." Something tells me JR would more than welcome that challenge at Kansas.!!

6] Ashley Judd vs Olivia Wilde....who would you rather have at courtside??

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Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 1 month ago

A quick update:

A particular rumor on twitter at the moment by a UK blogger is that Randle told Self today that he's choosing UK. According to the Shiver's Matt Scott, this is untrue and Matt has had direct contact with Randle about that question. Take it or leave it for what it's worth on all points.

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Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 1 month ago

KU Pros:

  • 3 NCAA Titles Including one with current coach Bill Self

  • Self runs a Hi - Lo offensive system that is centered around getting the ball into the hands of bigs and letting them score in a variety of ways

  • Self, although not in the same conversation as Cal, is one of the top recruiters in the country

  • Self has shown an especial penchant for developing big men. He's seen most of the bigs that have played significant minutes for him drafted

  • Self has also seen several raw bigs develop into lottery picks including the Morris Twins and Thomas Robinson

  • With only Landen Lucas remaining on the roster as a true F/C, there is prime PT available for a blue chip of Randle's caliber

  • Self has shown unparalleled consistency and winning capability regardless of the make up of his team in his tenure at Kansas and will likely have another contender on his hands next year

KU Cons:

  • Although Self has had lottery picks most of the years he's been here, he's never had a number one overall pick, although that could change with Ben McLemore

  • Self hasn't produced a real star on the next level either

  • Particularly disappointing is the Josh Selby story with regards to Self's recruiting past

Again, there are rumors flying all over the place and I'm not going to get too worked up about them. While I think there should be a clear interest for Randle in landing at KU, I can see the UK appeal, but I think the only way it will work out for them is if Wiltjer and Cauley are forced out over the off season (through transfer and the draft, respectively), and I don't think that will work out well for either of those. I still like our chances. I think a lot of the Randle fervor on the part of UK fans can simply be chalked up to how poorly their season has gone (by blue blood standards). At this point, a pleasing myth that could turn out to be true might be the best thing they feel they have to hold on to. Or maybe they really do know something. Similarly, KU fans comparative lack of chatter the other way may be because we have better opportunities for our team in the here and now. Either way, we find out on Wednesday.

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Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 1 month ago

The Julius Randle sweepstakes are certainly heating up with less than two days until he announces. There have been rumors floating around twitter that Randle has already told Self that he's in. There are also rumors that Randle gave Calipari the verbal back in December and that he just wanted to see the sites, but remains committed. UK fans, to date, have been the ones making more noise, though. Personally, I think they're both bunk as does Jason Jordan, the USA Today reporter that's been closest to him during the process. I do believe it will be a genuine reveal come Wednesday and everything else is just wishful thinking one way or the other. The only consensus that does exist is that this recruiting battle is down to two schools: KU and UK. With that in mind, I feel compelled to do one more pro/con comparison:

UK Pros:

  • 8 NCAA Titles including one with current head coach John Calipari

  • Cal has had unparalleled success recruiting with top rated classes 4 years straight

  • Next year's UK class may be the best ever assembled and is certainly the best since UofM 1991

  • With returning players, UK will almost certainly be a title favorite in 2014 and will stay in the national spotlight

  • Cal has had the first pick in the NBA draft on 3 separate occassions: Derrick Rose 08, John Wall 10, Anthony Davis 2012

UK Cons:

  • Even if Randle is the best of them, the UK front court is already crowded for next season, especially if one or both of Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley return

  • Cal's offensive system is designed to highlight elite point guards not bigs (hence UK's trip to the NIT this year when lacking such a guard). It's not inconceivable that playing with Aaron and Andrew Harrison would mean ceding ground with regards to the draft.

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clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 1 month ago

is kusports doing the bracket this year?

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Adam Tyler 1 year, 1 month ago

In the South Region, there are 10 coaches with Final Four experience. In all of the other Regions combined...there are only 8 coaches who have made it to the Final Four. Talk about stacked...

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FarSideHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I hope EJ is reading all the experts citing 'no point guard'as their reason for leaving Jayhawks out.

He needs to put his shoes on and prove to them in Atlanta on the final night, what we already know: He is too strong!

I believe in EJ!

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 1 month ago

I watched several A-10 games on cbssportsnetwork this year & St Louis whooped butt when I saw them. Think they are by far the class of their league but VCU still gives me jitters.

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 1 month ago

I'll be square in front of the HDTV & not downtown-local propane truck just left & dropped a $600 bill on the wallet. Only good thing is I get my last years fixed price & won't need another fill till about Jan 2014 or later. Costs alot of money to live this close to the metro even though I'm still zoned rural. I clearly remember the VCU debacle in 2010. It snowed that Sunday & after the game I got out some artllery & drove a truck out to the pasture to pop off some caps & steam. Is only about 30 mi to Sprint but I won't even go to the free open prctices if the weather is that bad. Had about 3ft snow in the drive for about 10 days after the last couple of storms. Don't mind colder springtime but snow is waaaay too much work for even younger pups. May have to hunker down again by weeks end. Hope nobody's quotin' Yogi Berra a week from today-Heaven forbid!

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 1 month ago

My new two favorite Jayhawks, Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez, the incoming Twin Twin Tower Idaho guard Ladyhawks who have established very, very strong twitter relationships with one Julius Randle....more details as they become available!!!

C'mon JR..potatoes are good for you!!

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JayHok 1 year, 1 month ago

More fuel for the fire. From Sporting News.

"Softest region: South. This starts at the top with the weakest of the No. 1s, Kansas, no matter what absurdity the committee is pitching."

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 1 month ago

Brokers foundered on tickets last night & I found single game prices going up 300-400% within a couple of hours. Just ridiculous to allow this legal scalping. Some seats just at face value were over $900. CC companies gotta love suckers who pay that much for game tix.Weather is looking awful for the weekend too. Unlike last week, be nice to set in front of the fire for this one. Hot toddies maybe better than cold beer too. Hide the wife & children, get the dogs tied up, & keep the brandy handy JHawk fans, it's time to ratchet up that swag!

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