Friday, March 22, 2013

In sharp focus: Veterans keep Jayhawks on task

The Jayhawks react to a missed dunk by Justin Wesley as they entertain the fans at the end of their practice on Thursday, March 22, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

The Jayhawks react to a missed dunk by Justin Wesley as they entertain the fans at the end of their practice on Thursday, March 22, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.


— Kansas University’s basketball team, which won the NCAA title in 2008 and finished runner-up in 2012, is known for its tournament excellence — as in a 23-8 record in the 10-year Bill Self era.

Of course, Self’s Jayhawks also are recognized for some early stinkers, like first-round losses to Bucknell (2005) and Bradley (2006) and a second-round setback to Northern Iowa in 2010.

“It gets mentioned,” KU senior center Jeff Withey said of some KU shockers in past NCAAs. “We don’t want to be known as one of those teams that loses to a lesser name, you’d say. We’ve already lost this year to TCU. Baylor was a bad loss. We’ve lost badly to teams.

“I mean, we know we have to come ready every game. It’s possible to lose. I don’t think it’s going to happen this year. I’m not going to let it happen this year. We’re going to come ready every game,” added Withey, who said he’s raring to open the 2013 NCAA Tournament against Western Kentucky (20-15) approximately 8:50 tonight in Sprint Center.

No top-seeded team ever has lost to a 16 seed.

“I mean, we hear it every day,” senior Kevin Young said of some past KU early-round losses. “We try not to buy into all the stuff about it. As players, we realize we’ve got to take everybody serious, focus on everybody and take it one game at a time.”

The Jayhawks open the tourney with four senior starters plus red-shirt freshman standout Ben McLemore.

“We know what it takes to get to the championship game. We were there last year,” noted Withey, who along with Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford started for the team that placed runner-up to Kentucky in the 2012 NCAAs. “You can’t look down on your opponent at all. I think that’s something in the past we didn’t have four seniors to control the team and kind of take us to the promised land. I am really positive about this team. I think we are going to make a run for it. We know not to keep our guard down at all.”

If No. 1 seed KU (29-5) survives Western Kentucky of the Sun Belt Conference, it would meet the winner of today’s 6:20 p.m. game between North Carolina and Villanova on Sunday in a third-round tourney game.

Withey believes the Jayhawks learned a valuable lesson in this year’s 62-55 loss at Big 12 cellar dweller Texas Christian on Feb. 6.

“We weren’t tough at all. Our defense was horrible,” Withey said. “Coach prides himself on having tough teams, tough kids. That night, we weren’t us. We couldn’t score for the longest time. We were stuck at two points. Everything wasn’t going our way. That’s in the past. Like I said, we have a lot of seniors, and we’re all excited for this tournament.”

Point guard Johnson entertained the media Thursday by describing what the seniors bring to the table in terms of leadership.

“It’s so weird. We’ve got a chain reaction going,” Johnson said. “I know how to calm Travis down. Kevin knows how to calm me down. Jeff knows how to calm Kevin down, and Travis knows how to calm Jeff down. But those routes don’t mix. I don’t go to Jeff to calm Jeff down, but it’s something I expect Travis to do.

“Not many people try to calm me down. One person who has never hesitated to try is Kevin. We open our ears to each other.”

Like Withey, Johnson loves the fact the seniors bring experience to the table tonight.

“You’ve danced on the biggest stage, no need to be nervous, no need,” Johnson said.

A media member reminded Johnson his next loss would be his last in college.

“If you think like that, it’s possible,” Johnson said. “I don’t think like that. It’s the first time that has even gone through my ear.”

“Sorry man,” the media member responded.

“It went out the other one (ear). Don’t worry about it,” Johnson said with a smile.

“I respect them as a program,” he added of Western Kentucky, which has double-digit scorers in 6-4 sophomore T.J. Price (15.3 ppg), 6-6 sophomore George Fant (12.9) and 6-3 senior Jamal Crook (12.0). “I don’t underestimate them. They can come in here and beat us if we are not focused. I’m fully aware of that, and it keeps me focused.”

KU coach Self only speaks of positive things this time of year.

“It’s our most experienced starting five with three fifth-year seniors and a fourth-year senior. One thing it should do because we’ve seen the highs and lows of the tournament is, our guys will be well aware you can’t take anything for granted, any possession, anything for granted,” Self said, adding, “that sometimes is a tough lesson to learn.”


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Looks like Georgetown maybe given this game by the referees.


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Not surprised KSU tanked, but still shocked at Okie State.


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Andy Enfield.

Remember this name.

FGCU is upsetting Georgetown.

They beat Miami this year.

This guy has done a great job with this team.

He assisted for Self's Okie State mentor Leonard Hamilton for five years.

He's been an assistant in the NBA for several teams before that. Started as a free throw shooting coach.

Played at Johns Hopkins. I didn't even know that Spook U had a basketball team. He was an academic AA at Spook U.

Fast track.


sawman3333 1 year, 1 month ago

We must dominate tonight. No playing around. No letting them in the game. Do not let them think they even have a chance at halftime. Be serious.


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Florida Gulf Coast is going through their getting mugged phase.

I hope these guys beat the dick out Georgetown.


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Wow, John Thompson 2.0 sent them out flat and he's got a problem on his hands.


hawkmoon2020 1 year, 1 month ago

Way to "represent," KSU and OSU. Big uglies. Thought we were better than the Pac 12. We'll see after today. The upside, KU will be ON GUARD!!!


Randy Bombardier 1 year, 1 month ago

Didn't 2008 start in the Sprint Center, too?


ParisHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

All the real upsets help Gonzaga! They play a 9, then either a 12 or a 13. Then Harvard in the Elite 8?

Why is KU's region the last one to play, always? Don't they know I have an early bedtime?


coloradojayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

We need to take a lesson from OSU and KSU that we can't just show up and teams will roll over for us. We need to show up to play each and every team. If the Big 12 winds up 6-4 in the tourney, but it's because KU won the tourney, I'll still be happy.


Phoghorn 1 year, 1 month ago

I am feeling a bit crummy about the Big 12. I hope that there is not a bad moon on the rise for KU.


sawman3333 1 year, 1 month ago

Well--looks like it will be up to us to represent the conference again. Thanks alot, OSU and KSU! LaSalle doing a beatdown on the Cats...


Kye Clark 1 year, 1 month ago

Did Cincinnati get the memo they only had to wear those Adidas-Camo eye sores once and then they could go back to their regular uniforms? Their game with Creighton just started, and while not as bad as some (UCLA, Notre Dame), I still haven't warmed up to them.


Ethan Berger 1 year, 1 month ago

Couple observations.

I remember in the 2010/2011 season we played Colorado State. They kept talking about a kid from Kansas who was pretty good. Well that kid led his team to victory over that laughable trailer park across the border.

Travis Ford is a great recruiter and an average coach. He did not plan very well against Oregon. He was trying to press a fast break team, and they were destroying the full court press. Worst part was, Travis Ford didn't adjust. They played a sloppy mix of zone/man that was useless. It was a Scott drew type performance. They have two top 10 recruits starting and couldn't beat Oregon. Oregon is a good team, but if Ok State had someone who could gameplan, then OK state should have won easily.

Pac 12 is better then I thought. I watched every single game almost and must say they looked good. Oregon, Cal and Arizona were all well coached and could tell they knew what they were doing. Cal didn't let Bennett own the middle, Oregon didn't let OSU get in their half court O and Arizona used their athletes to defeat a good shooting Belmont team.

Last thing, it was confirmed yesterday that the path for the Hawks will not be fun. Michigan started off shaky, but dominated the second half. They looked real good and will be a touch match up. VCU, my o my. Good news is that if they beat Michigan, KU will have revenge goggles on. And KU plays well with those goggles.

Should be a great day, make sure the rest of the world knows that KU is the team to beat in the south. No one is picking, make an example out of WKU.

O and Mizzery still sucks!


MizzouBest 1 year, 1 month ago

Oakville! You old scoundrel......still going at it on here, eh? Good to see the old rogues still battling it out. And you a Missourian as I recall??

I see Jaybate is still at it.......mocking MU. Well.....we deserve it.


Steve Gantz 1 year, 1 month ago

Man, I hate these first round games as a #1 seed! They're usually not very competitive, kind of dull to be honest, and if they are competitive, then there's no fun in watching because you know, we should be killing this team.

It's a little puzzling to me to see Western Kentucky as a 16. A few years back they were striking fear in the tourney as a tough out, ask Drake and Illinois, both 5 seeds. Even last year they were underseeded. They won the 16 seed playin game, and then lost by 'only' 15 to Kentucky.

So this game could turn into one of our nightmares, even when we win. Ask Gonzaga about the headlines today about their 'fraudulent' first seed as I read somewhere. Since KU wins more by our stout defense than our clicking on all cylinders offense (which was in fine form last week in the conference championship) we run the risk of appearing fraudulent as well.


Kye Clark 1 year, 1 month ago

Hey, how great was it yesterday that after a whole year (and seemingly every game) with Holly Rowe as the sideline reporter we had a little eye candy with Rachel Nichols yesterday?


kennethst 1 year, 1 month ago

So.....I spent 20 minutes this morning with my 3 year old daughter looking out the kitchen window at cardinals and bluejays......and listening to her explain to me how and why each one looks like Baby Jayhawk.

Best 20 minutes of the week for me.......easily.


William Blake 1 year, 1 month ago

You know you are ready when you come out and get dogged the first 5 minutes of the game and down by 10... and you don't panic, you take a time-out and you tweak your game so you can still be up at halftime.

The above scenario is the test you have to pass. Because if you feel ready for a game, lots of confidence and a game plan... you still can come out and fall behind. How you react on the scenario will tell everyone if you are really ready for March.

At some point in this tournament we will get punched in the face. If we choose to stay down or stand up and remain a big target, we will go home early.

CS defines "toughness" when we have to reach down and bring something extra.

This doesn't mean we don't prepare for a game and are over-confident in thinking we can dig ourselves out... because if we do that we'll come out and fall behind in most games and try to fight our way back.

The way to prepare for a game is to consider every possible scenario, and resolve it before walking on to the court. That's the way to feel good, even when down by 10, that a come back is possible because we don't panic and we have several good tweaks to turn a ballgame around.

Come out loose, confident and with an "all scenario" plan.

And last... come out with a killer attitude. Consider every game a street fight. If you have seen many street fights you know that if you punch a guy down and don't finish him off, he'll rise up with plenty of adrenaline and he'll kick your backside.

Relentless thrashing! 40-minutes of complete brawl! Non-stop!

Take no prisoners!

No remorse...


jayhawkinATL 1 year, 1 month ago

Posted this late yesterday. Cool story about Ben:

Rock Chalk


IrishHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Posting at 30k feet somewhere between SF and Atlanta....can't concentrate on anything other than the tourney and tonight's matchup.

This team has surprised me all year long, so wouldn't be shocked to see us find another gear at Sprint Center. HCBS has them believing in what they do, and honestly Baylor/TCU only serve to make this great group of seniors that much more focused now that the tourney is upon us.

More excited to sit back and watch this group this year than any I can recall over the last several years.

ROCK CHALK, Let's go take Game 1 of 6!!!!


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

WKU Coach Ray Harper is clearly a coach you do not want to get on the wrong side of as this Nick Krug photo suggests.

Photo by Nick Krug

Photo by Nick Krug by jaybate


Phil Leister 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm not sure KU has had such a well-spoken, eloquent guard as Elijah in a long time. You can tell just from the things he says how much of a leader he is.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 1 month ago

GOD..I wish I could have had all of you in my car this morning listening in on the radio to the Tiger fans moaning and crying and bitching about their team. It was pure entertainment.

They're ready to tar and feather Phil Pressey and ride Heath out of town on a rail!! I was laughing so hard, I had to pull over to a gas station so I wouldn't crash because my eyes were watering so badly.

But three cheers for the St.Louis Billikens, my second favorite team. [Numerous family alumni]


1 year, 1 month ago

It is time for our team to out shine all the rest.


Ryan Zimmerman 1 year, 1 month ago

I love Dooley in the pic above... he's so stoic :)


KansasComet 1 year, 1 month ago

Hopefully tonight we come out with intensity. Survive and Advance!


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

By the mirroring composition and hue of colors used in Nick Krug's pics, one can tell its March Madness time.

Last season Nick shot a similar shot with Coach Self walking left to right in front of the young men practicing.

The recurrence of this kind of shot reveals this time of year and this moment for the players resonates in Nick for some reason.


Ben Kane 1 year, 1 month ago

Sweep the knee boys!

our bracket has me more nervous than i have been in recent years but perhaps our overconfidence had been our weakness.

we are going to come to play every game and that should always translate to the defensive end. That means in a worst case scenario we should always still have a chance in the end.

In Self I Trust


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

The TCU loss is good to recall against WKU.

But the only losses that really matters over the entire season are those to Faylor and MSU.

The loss late to Faylor and early to MSU proved that KU can get psyched out by size inside and a good point guard. It is not that KU cannot beat this type of team. It is that if KU takes to long to probe for such a team's weakness, the big opponent inexorably forces KU out of its hot spots on offense, and takes away KU's transition game's capacity to create the usual half dozen easy baskets KU uses to win games on lackluster nights.

Fortunately, WKU lacks the size and KU has seen a 4-guard motion a half dozen times; so no surprises today.

If EJ's knee is sound, then KU will handcuff WKU's good PG, Withey will take away their inside game, Kevin will disrupt them and dunk on them with alley oops. And Ben and Trav will hurt them from everywhere on the floor. And when the starters need a blow, the ball goes straight to Perry and he score 3-4 times on the low blocks, and Dir penetrates and dishes.

There is only so much Ray Harper can do with a 6-7 post and 4 dwarves.

WKU could be road kill even on a no amp game. More likely though, we'll see the usual laboring seen frequently during KU's no amp performances.

Its going to be similar with UNC, only controlling the scoring of UNC's more and better runts will be more of a chore.

Likely as not, though, Villanova will beat UNC. Nova will bring some muscle and size and Jay Wrong's jerk effect.

The point here is that KU, after this weekend, is going to see almost nothing but size and good point guards.

So: KU has to love the sting of battle. Its that simple. They are not physically strong enough to over power such teams, so they have to run and jump them to death both in half and transition game, and like taking punishment. If they are willing to dish out enough punishment, and so have to take enough punishment, they are a Final Four team.

But if any member of the team gets fatigued by size, the MSU and Faylor losses are going to have been the miner's canaries of this team's Achilles Heel.


Jack Wilson 1 year, 1 month ago

Their fans scream bloody murder when their own player steps out of bounds, sure that the ref moved the line. Ignorant fans, they just don’t know any better. Their all-male fan grouping, the Antlers, sit around and giggle about making phone calls to opposing players' rooms .. it's their calling card, after all ... all the while spending lots of time together, in hotel rooms .. not sure what the antlers are for; don't want to know. They revel in heckling opposing players .. great pastime. Their favorite lines involve bringing up that a player’s brother is disabled, or referring to one of their body parts and a player’s sister, or simply yelling obscenities with no logical end. And MU security permits it .. all in good, clean fun. Their explanation? All colleges have fans like this. Of course, there was some drinking with coach Eustachy .. Natty light, I hear. Has a school every had major success yanked away at the last moment like this pathetic institution? The NU football "kicked" TD (“flea kicker”) in the last seconds as fans run onto the field, thinking they had won. Tyus Edney. Did you hear me? Tyus freaking Edney! And, of course, a 5th down to defeat vs. Colorado . We have Ricky Clemons, and jail, and Carmento Floyd, and taped phone calls and ATVs, and broken ribs. Beautiful. A #1 football ranking only to get punked by a real football school. Then, the following season was to be THE season, but it crumbles without a Chase. A quarterback that digs deep in his nose, on national TV .. much like Spalding. Their “best football season ever” resulted in a trip .. to the Cotton bowl. They are unsure of what BCS really means. They were outmaneuvered (again by KU) for a BCS bowl, in large part because “their fans don’t travel like KU’s.” It’s a conspiracy.

It is cruel, isn't it? MU is a school that still longingly harkens back to its confederate civil war history, that has such little tradition in any sport, that can’t ever really win anything, and that has an inflated self-image, born from latent insecurity .. but deep down, they know. They know. In the end, Missouri will always shoot themselves in the foot. And they will always wish they were born a Jayhawk.

Give a jeer for Mizzou's Tigers!

A big game loss each time we play.

Give a jeer for Mizzou's Tigers!

And our Tigers will go down to defeat today.

We've got the team that flames out each time;

We've got the team that knows defeat!

Give a cheer for Mizzou's Tigers!

And our Tigers will lose today!

Give a jeer for Mizzou's Tigers!

And our Tigers will lose today!

Grrrrr Tigers.


Jack Wilson 1 year, 1 month ago

Missouri has their “greatest basketball season ever” in 2011-12. They don’t even win the league. They achieve not a number 1 seed, but a number 2 seed in the NCAAs – greatest season. MU then suffers the most humiliating loss in NCAA tournament history .. a loss by a 2 seed to a 15 seed. As a note, KU fans did not buy Norfolk St. shirts. We were busy marching to another Final Four. And they march to the SEC, to finish 6th in basketball and 5-7 in football, 5th in a 7 team division – all in a year they proclaimed they would compete to win both titles. That’s competing, Missouri style. Now MU fans think they might want to come back.

A lack of real identity caused MU to be known as a softball school for a time, and they continue to emphasize their school of journalism. Point well taken -- that is absolutely wonderful. Something south of a debate national championship, though. They are so sure about their existence that they lobbied the legislature to keep Missouri State from becoming " Missouri State ", preferring the less threatening Southwest Missouri State . Their basketball arena and football stadium are split by Champions Drive , yet has there ever been a real "championship?" I’m sorry, did you know that MU did win a national championship … in indoor track .. in 1965. That’s as real as it gets in Columbia . As real as the gas station robberies, violent crime, and crime index areas that rank 11 out of 100 .. that’s right, 100 is the safest, and 11 is “Escape from New York ” .. in Columbia . Their police chief, outside of his normal duties, scuffles with KU fans that simply have a banner stating “Allen Fieldhouse East” .. the KU fans are booted out of the arena and arrested. Of course, our fans were later cleared by a Columbia police internal investigation. But no apology.



Jack Wilson 1 year, 1 month ago

Didn't get to pull this out all year, so in honor of our Border War rivals who have exited early once again:

Ask yourself this .. how can a team play college basketball for over a century and NOT make it to one final four? The answer is only in Columbia ---- Dartmouth , Duequesne , Colorado , Holy Cross, Baylor, NYU, Wichita St., NC -Charlotte, SMU, Drake, Dayton , Iowa St., Seattle, and for goodness sake, Santa Clara , have all obtained Final Four immortality. But Missouri ... well, they haven't. They watch it on TV. Rooting against their rival. One wonders how, in 112 years, there can't be at least one fluke? Incompetence can outweigh odds if it is significant. Heck, didn’t the entire tournament only have eight teams at one time? Oh, that’s right, they had to win the conference to get in. The Tigggers have attained immortality, all right, but in a way only Missouri can.

Has a school's fans ever held a higher opinion of themselves for no apparent reason? This school hired Quinn Snyder over coach Self. MU is kind of a “mousse in the hair” school. Their previous excellent hire, Larry Smith. He didn’t have “an internet.” This school forced Norm Stewart to leave, for Quinn Snyder. Who they hired instead of Coach Self. Has anyone ever referred to the Missouri coaching tree? More like a shrub, or weed. This school rests in a state with highways in shambles, major cities are mired in urban decay, and banjos play relentlessly further south, for those seeking deliverance from misery. Canoe trip anyone? This school prides themselves on their civil war history in the border war .. as a slave state. They pride themselves on the fact that they tried to convince Kansans, by murder and mayhem, to leave ranks of free states and join the Confederacy. And its basketball arena, first known as the "Paige" Sports arena, was named for a college student who attended USC, and who paid a student to do work for her .. allegedly. Now it is simply Mizzou arena. Very original. Perhaps they could have harkened back to their basketball heritage, and pulled a name worthy of recognition ... word is they tried. They may still be trying. Some think they may name it after their best player of all-time ... Doug Smith. Right, Doug Smith. Mizzou fans are known to "storm the court" for wins .. in January .. against Oklahoma . They've been known to start the season in the top 5, only to finish in the NIT. But just making the tournament is success. Heck, just making the NIT is success. Their favorite March past-time is rooting against their rival. And their March tradition is buying and wearing t-shirts of schools that beat their rival, in the tournament that they aren’t in. But this is a school that had to run “deals” to get their basketball tickets purchased. This is a school that defines its existence by their rival’s failures. And this all makes sense to them.



FearlessJayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Don't super analyze, it will paralyze. Go out relaxed and have fun. Play your game and don't let the other team dictate the tempo. It would hurt to have chip on your shoulder for not winning it all last year. Play with intensity, but at the same time use common sense; don't play scatter-brain basketball. Hold on to the ball and don't make dumb mistakes. Go get em!


FarSideHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I think this will be a closer than we would like game, but we should pull through with ease at the end.

Next round will be tougher, but I'm happy that it will be a big-name university either way, so team would be amped.

Sweet 16 - against VCU or Mich - would be extremely tough, but Coach Self having a week to prepare with possible revenge against VCU, we should be ready!
I said numerous times before the tournament that I didn't want VCU in our side of the bracket, and I still think they are more dangerous for KU with their style of play than Michigan, but I take comfort in the fact that we have time to get ready for them this time.

Anything goes once we get to Elite 8.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 1 month ago

This could be a great week on the court..UK and Misery lose in their first rounds and KU goes to the Sweet Sixteen!!! hooo hooo!!


Justin Carlson 1 year, 1 month ago

Sorry to bug you guys! I have been out of town for a week on spring break! I know the hawks play tonight at 8:50pm TNT.

I just found out I have special meeting Sunday flipping evening. Does anyone know what time the hawks will play Sunday AFTER they win??

Please help I need to know if I have to call in sick after taking 5 days of vacation!!

thanks in advance!!



Ron Franklin 1 year, 1 month ago

From team stats, I found the following point totals for the three seniors that have been here 4+years.

Withey: 893

Releford: 916

Elijah: 919

I"m pulling for them all to get to a thousand, especially Travis. Unfortunately, we are going to need Six games to get it done.

Let's roll up on to a thousand each and we'll know we had a decent run!


tis4tim 1 year, 1 month ago

A little motivational song for our boys. Sung to the tune of "Put on a Happy Face" from Bye Bye Birdie

Hey, guys, we're gonna D-up, Put on a Withey face! Beat down all comers and cheer up, Put on a Withey face!

Bucknell and Bradley and Northern Iowa That's not our style. So snuff out a shot and thwack the rock to the fifteenth aisle!

Pick out a guy to re-ject Stick out that noble chin, Wipe out potential two points Slap on a Withey grin!

T-shirts and trophies all over the place, just Put on a Withey face!


Kent Richardson 1 year, 1 month ago

All season we faced good teams playing their hardest against us, massive effort every time. We are tempered and honed and expect nothing less. We can go very deep with this group. Disappointing lack of team play from Ok St with Smart and Nash looking to display their wares for the next level. Les Miserables. MU looked like crap. I don't expect Krueger to let his less talented group play as poorly and expect K-State to at least play very hard and hope to hit some 3's. I-State will spread out ND and The Mayor can adjust and motivate. Don't want to see his boy cry again. Kudos to the Shockers, looked like an SEC team with that D.


Jason Keller 1 year, 1 month ago

Rebounding out of our 4 guy is the key for this team in this tournament. We need a guy who can steal us extra possessions when shots aren't falling. Everything else held constant, rebounding at the 4 could send us home early or bring us another title.


nuleafjhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I've said this before, but this year's team has the ability to beat ANY team in the tournament.

They also have the "ability" to lose to any team in the tournament.

BUT - if these guys just go out and play to win - NOT play not to lose - we will be bringing more hardware back to Lawrence in a few weeks. Nobody can play with these guys when they are focused and having fun and playing defense.


Jeremy Paul 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm not sure what was better: Missouri losing, or Missouri playing in front of 800 people.


RJ King 1 year, 1 month ago

Just witnessed #12 Cal defeating #5 UNLV. Anthony Bennett looking like, well - just a big freshman. Then #13 Montana getting blown out by Syracuse. (If Montana is a 13, then Cal is a 1.) Syracuse cannot be that good. Montana (without their leading scorer) looked like a juco team.

Parity this year is creating seeding havoc. We should be wary of everyone.

Many Okie State fans leaving the San Jose Pavillion in tears / uber long faces. Not great showing so far by Big 12. (Good thing Mizzou no longer represents.)

C'mon Kansaaaasss . . . kick some!


stm62 1 year, 1 month ago

Hopefully we will shoot better than we did last year in the tournament. But, like some of our players have said, DEFENSE is what gets you to the Final Four. The Jayhawks know how to play defense.


Joseph Bullock 1 year, 1 month ago

I have no problem with all the good teams in our bracket. That just means that more of them will be gone sooner. As long as we stay focused, I truly believe we will be the last team standing, just like I thought last year (and I think if we played them again,we would beat them, too). But this is now, and we are going to stay in the moment, and kick some tail. Another Kentucky team goes down in the first round tonight. Rock Chalk baby!


Dirk Medema 1 year, 1 month ago

A media member reminded Johnson his next loss would be his last in college.

EJ - Remind him that the last might already be behind you. Play to win. Rock Chalk.


Ryan Lee 1 year, 1 month ago

All you youngster hawks laugh now. You will be old soon too! But the love will never leave. Harvard and KU have the proudest alumni. No Joke.


Ryan Lee 1 year, 1 month ago

Someone deliver me a #6 from Burrito King to an oil rig in North Dakota.

I need to wake up next to a half eaten burrito and a giant hangover. Dear God I'm 37 years old and I MISS LAWRENCE, KANSAS!!!!!!!!

Love ya Larry...I'll be back soon.


phogphan2000 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm glad to hear the guys are focused, but I also hope they enjoy themselves. There was no joy on the team in the TCU and OU losses. In order to compete their hardest, these guys need to enjoy what they're doing. Compete with everything you've got and you'll hear the sweet cheers of Rock Chalk Jayhawk. Get it done the next 2 games and you'll be the kings of KC.


nostradavid 1 year, 1 month ago

Play with INTENSITY! (and have fun :) Rock Chalk Jayhawk !


!!!!!!!!!!! by nostradavid


okiedave 1 year, 1 month ago

KU has a tough road to the national championship -- Likely have to defeat NC - Mich - Fl - Indiana - Louisville. It just means that the championship is earned.


djchawk 1 year, 1 month ago

No mercy, men. Take it to 'em. Rock chalk.


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