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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Scene of the crime: Hostile Hilton awaits KU

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson pulls up from the top of the key for a three-pointer against Iowa State during overtime on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson pulls up from the top of the key for a three-pointer against Iowa State during overtime on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

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Kansas guard Elijah Johnson pulls up from the top of the key for a three-pointer against Iowa State during overtime on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

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An Iowa State fan is restrained by police after charging at Kansas head coach Bill Self after the Jayhawks' 108-96 overtime win on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

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Iowa State students watch with dismay as seconds remain in overtime on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self fondly remembers the day a slump-ridden Elijah Johnson exploded for 39 points in an 108-96 overtime victory at Iowa State.

“It obviously ranks up there with some of the very best individual performances we’ve had since I’ve been at Kansas,” 11th-year KU coach Self said of the senior guard’s effort on Feb. 25, 2013.

The 39 points, in fact, were most by a KU player in the Self era, most by any KU player in a Big 12 game and most overall by a Jayhawk since Terry Brown dropped 42 against North Carolina State on Jan. 5, 1991.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a guy get 30 in a half. Not only did he get 30 in a half, but 20 in a four- to five-minute stretch. We’d have had no chance to win that game unless he was unbelievable,” Self added of the Las Vegas native, who scored 25 of KU’s last 36 points.

Johnson, who now plays professionally in Poland, hit 13 of 22 shots, including six of 10 threes and seven of seven free throws, and was good for 30 points the second half and overtime.

Self, whose Jayhawks (11-4, 2-0) return to Hilton tonight for an 8 p.m. clash against ISU (14-1, 2-1), was asked if unexpected performances like Johnson’s make him “love college coaching.”

“I love coaching because I love trying to get five guys to act as one,” Self said, not buying the premise. “Certainly, Elijah was the guy that probably caught the most heat from everybody last year, fans and all, because he’s point guard at Kansas. It was great to see him play well in a situation like that.”

Johnson angered Iowa State’s fans by dunking the ball on a meaningless final possession. That play, which led to objects being thrown on the court — combined with KU’s two other victories over ISU last year — should have the building in a frenzy again tonight.

KU, which forced overtime on a banked-in Ben McLemore three, beat ISU, 98-89 in OT, on Jan. 9, 2013, in Allen Fieldhouse. McLemore exploded for 33 in that contest. KU also stopped the Cyclones, 88-73, in a Big 12 tournament semifinal on March 15, 2013, in Sprint Center. Perry Ellis had 23 in that rout.

“The fans have been waiting for this game, so I can’t wait for tomorrow. It’s going to be great,” ISU sophomore forward Georges Niang said on Sunday.

“We should take the cameras over and ask the people who are camping outside of Hilton now,” Niang added of asking fans what they think of the Big Monday matchup.

“They are all waiting to get electric, just like the Iowa game (85-82 ISU home win), the Michigan game (77-70 ISU win), the Baylor game (87-72 ISU win). It’s about to be insane, especially the first day back on campus for all the students. It’s going to be great. Everybody’s going to love it,” Niang added.

There’s a good chance security will be tight tonight after last year’s game in Ames in which a fan, later identified in the media as ISU booster Melvin Weatherwax, confronted Self on Self’s way to the locker room. A police officer was close by to tell the fan to stop yelling at Self.

“Is that the guy I became buddies with after the game last year? We never really talked. It was more of a one-sided conversation if I recall, but I never had a chance to respond. He was talking the whole time. I couldn’t get a word in,” Self said, smiling, when asked about Weatherwax by a media member.

“This will probably be as good an environment as we play in all year long. Last year we beat them three times. Two of them we actually basically lost the game and somehow won it on the scoreboard, on freaky, fluky plays. They’ll be hungry for us. They lost a tough one today to Oklahoma (87-82 on Saturday). They know how important this game is to them just like it is to us. I’d think it will be the most emotional game we played in so far this year.”

ISU senior point guard DeAndre Kane (16.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 6.1 apg) suffered a severe ankle sprain late in Saturday’s OU game and is listed as a game-time decision tonight.

Senior forward Melvin Ejim averages a team-leading 18.0 ppg and 7.2 boards. Niang contributes 15.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, while junior forward Dustin Hogue averages 12.3 ppg and 9.3 boards.

“They are terrific,” Self said. “Kane’s great. Niang is probably as tough a matchup as there is in our league. Ejim could be first-team all-leaguer. Fred (Hoiberg, coach) does an unbelievable job of exposing mismatches, a lot of NBA-type thinking and stuff. They are good, and they are better defensively. They are very deserving of where they are in the rankings (No. 9).”

Hoiberg returned the compliments No. 18-rated KU’s way.

“They were impressive against Kansas State (86-60 victory on Saturday). They just absolutely ran away with it,” Hoiberg said. “Physical, hitting shots … they are playing with a ton of confidence. It makes them a very dangerous team when facing anybody. They are playing as well as any team in the country right now. We’ll have to be at our very best to have a chance to win.”

Niang on KU’s Andrew Wiggins: “He can jump out the atmosphere. He’s a great player. Everybody kind of knows about him with all the publicity he gets. He had a real good game, 22 points (against KSU). We kind of all are doing our personal homework on him. He has an all-around game, very aggressive, very athletic. We have to keep him off the glass, just doing what we’ve been doing.”

KU’s Tarik Black on the matchup: “I watched the Baylor game and they looked really good. They have a lot of talent. They are going to be putting up shots. We are going to have to get out and defend the three-point line. If we can keep our field goal percentage defense down we’ll have a good game.”

Naadir Tharpe on the atmosphere tonight: “I hope not as hostile as last year. It got a little too out of control. Going out there and playing and competing will be fun. It will be us against them and the fans. We’ve got to make sure we have a tight huddle. It’s going to be a fun game.”

Stats, facts: KU leads the all-time series, 173-59, dating to 1908. KU has won 16 of the past 17 meetings. ISU’s last win was 72-64 on Jan. 28, 2012, in Hilton. ... KU is 23-19 in Hilton. ... Self is 19-3 all-time versus ISU, 18-3 while at KU. Hoiberg is 1-5 all-time against KU.... Hoiberg averaged 17.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in nine games vs. KU in his Cyclone career (1992-95), going 4-5 overall. ... Hoiberg scored 32 points (17 straight in the second half) in a 69-65 win over KU on Jan. 14, 1995, in Ames. Hoiberg hit six of 12 threes that day. ... KU is 49-16 all-time on ESPN’s Big Monday (27-1 at home, 22-15 on the road), including 30-8 under Self.

Comments

Steve Zimmerman 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Hoiberg will be a great candidate as Self's successor.

Michael Leiker 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Not sure he would cone but I've thought the same thing for a long time.

Jim Erickson 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This implies that Self will leave, which is a reality I'm not willing to accept until 2040.

That being said, if that unthinkable time actually did come, we may have capable alumni to replace him: Jacque Vaughn, Jarrod Haase, Danny Manning, and Mark Turgeon may all be able to make a case. <>

Joe Joseph 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not a fan of the it-has-to-be-a-KU-alumn argument. In my opinion, none of those guys have proven themselves capable of succeeding at major collegiate institutions. Vaughn has no collegiate coaching experience and Turgeon is yet to get much going at Maryland. Way too early to deem Manning a great college coach either.

Finding the best coach should always be the priority. NOT finding the best coach who also happens to be an alumn of the University.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I will say though that I wouldn't complain if Tad Boyle took over after Self. What he's done at Colorado has been very impressive so far. I agree in principle though that I want the best coach available regardless if they have ties to KU. If I recall correctly, Tom Izzo was seriously considering the KU job when Self got hired and that was less than a full class past his national title. KU is one of the programs out there that when they call, coaches will listen no matter what current program they're at. Not necessarily accept, but they will listen because KU is one of the 3 best jobs in the country.

Benz Junque 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Tad Boyle and Bill Self are the exact same age. My HOPE is that Self does not leave Kansas until he feels that he is at an age where he does not want to coach any more. At that time, Boyle would likely be in the same boat or close to it.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 1 week ago

I'm still not convinced Bill Self won't give the NBA a shot in a few years at the end of his career. He's been on record in the past saying he doesn't want to coach past 65 and by the time Tyler's out of KU, that'll give him about a 10 year window to try and win an NBA title. I'd take an approximately 55 year old Tad Boyle if he's still as successful then as he is now.

Benz Junque 9 months, 1 week ago

My theory is "Why go and be the next ex-coach of some random NBA franchise when you can stay where you are, get standing ovations on a nightly basis, make a ton of money in a town where it doesn't take much money to live VERY comfortably and go down as a legendary figure at one oof the most legendary programs in the sport?"

Too many people jump to the shiny thing. Look at Albert Pujols. He would have been a LEGEND for one of the Top 3 franchises in the sport. He would have had a lifetime income built in if he stayed in St. Louis. Instead he took a contract purely because it was for an extra year or two and is now just another overpaid player for some random team.

Greg Popovich isn't going to be an NBA legend and he has won FOUR NBA titles. Self would have to lead the Lakers, Celtics or Knicks to a pile of NBA titles to have the type of lifetime legacy impact that he could have by staying at Kansas. And those spots couldn't be more insanely opposite of where he is now. Ten times the cost of living, if not more. No control over who your players are. Dealing with multimillionaire jacka$$ players. Etc... Is it really worth leaving one of the greatest jobs in college basketball to MAYBE win an NBA title?!?

Joe Joseph 9 months, 1 week ago

As fans, I think we tend to overvalue the allure of Kansas. Sure, any of us would be be more than content to coach at the University of Kansas, but that doesn't mean that has to be the ultimate goal for all.

Both levels of coaching (NBA & NCAA) have plenty of pros and cons. You might have to put up with more personalities and relinquish some control at the NBA level, but you don't have to grind it out on the recruiting trail all year long. Or worry about rebuilding your roster every year due to OADs.

Though I would be disappointed, I would respect Self's decision to leave for the NBA because (I'm assuming) it would purely be for the opportunity to coach and coach against the best talent in the world.

Benz Junque 9 months, 1 week ago

I'm sorry but I disagree. There have been EIGHT head coaches of Kansas basketball in their illustrious history. Every profession has destination jobs. I understand that there are a few people that might stay where they are instead of taking a job like KU or UK or Duke or Carolina but not very many.

I understand the allure of the NBA as well, but Self has been at this long enough to understand ALL that is involved in the job at every level. It's great to say you want to coach the best athletes in the world, but what is the average length of stay for an NBA coach? SIX coaches were fired after taking their teams to the NBA playoffs last year, including the coach that won the NBA Coach of the Year Award. Are you really going to walk away from KANSAS so that you can most likley get canned in 2-3 years?

Like I said, I understand the allure. I just get the gut feeling that Self is with us until the end of his career.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 1 week ago

The NBA is the premier basketball league in the world and has the most talent. The allure of coaching the best players in the world is something many coaches strive for. At this point, there is no college job that will lure Self away from KU, only the challenge of winning a championship in the best basketball league in the world.

Benz Junque 9 months, 1 week ago

I agree that IF Self were to leave Kansas, it would only be to go to the NBA. If he didn't take the Okie State job, he isn't taking any other college job. I just question whether it's really a step up from Kansas. Anything less than one of the premier NBA jobs isn't, in my opinion. Quality of living alone is light years better in Lawrence.

There's a 9,256 sq foot house for sale in Lawrence, 6 bedrooms, 6 bath on a 1.86 ACRE lot for $2.5 million. That amount of money MIGHT get you a nice 1,500-2,000 sq foot condo in LA, Boston or New York. Self can live like a friggin' king in Lawrence.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 1 week ago

Bill Self is a competitive guy who likes to challenge himself. Let's say he wins another national title before Tyler graduates (I can't stress how much I hope this part happens), what's the next challenge for Self? The next step is the NBA where the best players in the world play and trying to win a championship there. Bill Self will always be looking for the next challenge and one day, that challenge very well could shift from winning another title at KU to trying to win an NBA championship. Pitino, Calipari, Larry Brown, Lon Kruger, and Brad Stevens along with a list of others have all accepted that challenge of the next level so don't be shocked if Self one day also decides to challenge himself against the best players in the world.

Benz Junque 9 months, 1 week ago

We can continue to pile on this but it's pointless. There are good reasons for both. Who knows what is in Self's mind? Just him and his wife. Every year is a new season and a new challenge. Losing all five starters has proven that you don't need to leave your current job to find a new challenge.

Benz Junque 9 months, 2 weeks ago

He (and virtually every other coach on the planet) would take the job if offered. He isn't stupid. Personal rivalry means nothing when it comes down to your profesion. There are dozens of coaches that have coached at teams that are rivals of where they started coaching or playing.

That said, I think the NBA is going to come calling for Hoiberg very soon. I think at some point he will believe that he has gotten his beloved Iowa State back to a healthy spot that a successor can continue and he will take an NBA job. My gut is that this will happen in the next two years.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 2 weeks ago

If/when Hoiberg leaves Ames, it'll be for an NBA coaching gig. I do enjoy his team's style of play though.

Bryce Landon 9 months, 2 weeks ago

So you're cool with players flopping? cough, cough Georges Niang cough, cough

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 1 week ago

Because KU has never had anybody flop under Bill Self? Every time a KU player has gone to the floor due to contact, it's been legitimate with no acting involved correct?

Steve Zimmerman 9 months, 1 week ago

There's always talk about NBA is ready to nab him. I personally like how his team doesn't need #1 #2 recruits, but still performs at high level.

Yonatan Negash 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The Indomitable Lion will have a huge game tonight.

For that matter, our big men should all have a huge impact tonight.

As noted by Niang "We kind of all are doing our personal homework on him". Translation, ISU will be all over A. Wiggins. What else is new? That's every teams game plan.

Covering and focusing on Wiggins should open up opportunities for Selden, Tharpe and others to make plays.

I personally can't wait for this game to start.

Michael Leiker 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Stars are beginning to align again, as with Durant, Griffin, on down the line if Kane is out tonight my theory that somebody somewhere sold their soul keeps seeming more like reality. Thanks again to that someone

Benz Junque 9 months, 2 weeks ago

If someone would please sell their souls for easier POSTseason matchups due to crazy timed injuries to star players, I would appreciate it.

Suzi Marshall 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Playing in Ames will be like riding into the Little Big Horn with Custer. Somehow the Hawks pulled it out last year and hope the Hilton magic continues to come our way.

As for Kane, I expect some kind of Willis Reed (NBA 7th game vs Chamberlain's Lakers) emotional performance to lift the Cyclones. Reed was not expected to play then just before the game started, he showed up in the tunnel at Madison Square Garden. He didn't play alot but provided a huge emotional boost to the team with Frazier and DeBusschere doing the damage.

It will be an exciting opportunity for the Hawks to provide a huge statement with a win.

Rodney Crain 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Mercy, a Custer reference today ;) ? Custer could have learned something about defense from Self by the way.

First 5-10 minutes will be key, if we hang in there and don't get rattled, make a few shots it could be interesting. I am expecting everything and the kitchen sink from Fred and his team tonight. Will be interesting to see if we have really turned a corner against a very tough test.

wow I sound like any K-State coach playing at AFH, now I am doing it.

Benz Junque 9 months, 2 weeks ago

KU just needs to see the ball go through the bucket and remind themselves that they play in one of the loudest arenas all the time. Honestly, KU isn't great at communication on defense anyways; not being able to hear won't really change much. Just avoid silly fouls, take smart shots and drive to the rim and draw fouls.

Nothing quiets a crowd like a stoppage of play. When the crowd gets crazy, just drive and draw a foul. KU should make it a point to live at the line, just as SDSU was able to do against Kansas in a similarly loud environment. It constantly forced the crowd to lull back a bit and gave them a chance to see the ball go through the hoop.

Ultimately, anything can happen in a road conference game, especially with such a young team and such a hostile crowd. Make no mistake, it is going to be a ZOO over there. Fans are going to be out of control, fueled by booze, a national tv platform and the nasty taste of last year's results. On their fan message boards, they have threads asking if Bill Self has made his payments to the refs yet. They are wound up and ready to exact a measure of revenge. KU will need their best game of the season tonight to win this game.

Jim Stauffer 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Hoiberg is a good man and good coach, but he does not coach enough defense to ever coach at KU.

Ron Franklin 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't recall Roy coaching defense either. I agree Fred isn't a candidate, though.

Greg Lux 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Embiid aka LionKing will need to be huge tonight Niang likes to shoot 3's. I don't know why but I have a good feeling about tonights game. Our team is playing with a lot more poise and confidence since conference started so I expect a close game with KU pulling away in the second half. Team please try and block-out PLEASE.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This will probably be the most hostile environment this team plays in all year, moreso than Gainsville or Boulder were and more than Manhattan will be. The biggest positive for KU is that ISU isn't the best defensive team out there so that should help KU. Also, Niang is only shooting 30% from 3 this year so that's definitely not a strength this season.

Bryce Landon 9 months, 2 weeks ago

As far as Niang goes, the only thing I'm worried about is that if he flops this time like he did at the end of regulation last season, the officials will call it a charge.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 1 week ago

Do you even know who any of the other players on ISU are?

Tony Bandle 9 months, 2 weeks ago

OAKVILLE ODDITIES:

Please allow me the opportunity to make a total idiot of myself and make a case for KU to go 18-0 in the Big 12 this season.

1] OKLAHOMA - Already beat them there, will take 'em in Allen. Result 2-0.

2] KANSAS STATE - Bill Self will never lose to Bruce Weber.....E-V-E-R!!! Result 2-0.

3] IOWA STATE - No matter what they say, star player will be compromised tonight and Hilton Magic dissipates just about at 23rd street. Result 2-0.

4] WEST VIRGINIA - Huggy Bear fails to collect his bonus for beating KU...again. Result 2-0.

5] TCU - Revenge...and more revenge. Result 2-0.

6] TEXAS TECH - They couldn't beat us with the Knights..no way they beat us now. Result 2-0.

7] BAYLOR - PULEASE!!! Unless they change coaches. Result 2-0.

8] TEXAS - Same coaching issue as Baylor but at least he's a much nicer guy. Result 2-0.

9] OKLAHOMA STATE - Tough break losing key player, still a tough team, however. Two close conference battles but billionaire de facto university president goes home crying again. Result 2-0.

See how easy that was? We've all got enough reality around us already....fantasy is more fun!!

Suzi Marshall 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I need to totally agree with such well thought out and sound logic. I'm good with 18-0 but raise you 9 more to cover the Big 12 and NCAA....27-0.

Steve Swart 9 months, 2 weeks ago

^ Can you say Cry-Clowns one more time?... :s)

Bryce Landon 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh come on, I thought he was actually pretty clever and creative. I LOLed. :D

Bryce Landon 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Course, now that the LJW deleted it, our responses don't make sense.

Bryce Landon 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Johnson angered Iowa State’s fans by dunking the ball on a meaningless final possession. That play, which led to objects being thrown on the court — combined with KU’s two other victories over ISU last year — should have the building in a frenzy again tonight.

Don't forget the racist tweets directed at EJ after the game. And considering that Iowa was a Union state in the Civil War that's pretty sad.

Kent Richardson 9 months, 2 weeks ago

If pigs fly tonight it may be tough.

Top three D1 Teams in Iowa: 38-10. Top three D1 Teams in KS: 40-8

Bryce Landon 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh, and hopefully Mr. Weathermax will be banned from Hilton Coliseum the way that Pistons fan who provoked Ron Artest to go into the stands is banned from the Palace in Auburn Hills.

Lance Cheney 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah right, he'll probably have front row seats at half-court.

Jonathan Allison 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm very surprised how little time Kansas is getting in the national media this weekend following the Sunflower beatdown. Everyone was talking Sunflower showdown Saturday before the game. No one talking afterward.

Wiggins didn't even make the SportsCenterU (that's SCU, not even the real SC Top 10) Saturday Top 10.

These is some talk about the ISU game today, but it all centers around Kane. The set-up is clearly there for the media to turn this game into a win-win for ISU. If KU wins they can take the Jared Sullinger angle and say but Kane was not 100%. If KU loses, then look out, there's a new sheriff in town!

I feel like every game is a statement game for KU right now. In November it was all eyes on KU. Then the team struggled a bit. Now this team is finding its swagger, but somehow they've managed to lose the media's attention and they need this win in order to get it back.

Yeah, I know that there is no flying under the radar. But if media attention affects recruiting, then we're gonna have to take care of business this week and get some love in the polls it seems before we start getting the time of day from the big talking heads.

Lance Cheney 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I watched SportsCenter for an hour and a half on Saturday night, waiting to see highlights of it, and they said nothing about it. Wiggins' dunk did make the Top 10, but that was it. It showed up on the ticker thing on the side, but then it disappeared.

Benz Junque 9 months, 1 week ago

Even the national media understands that no matter how good KSU is, how many games in a row they have won and how highly they are ranked that KU still owns them and will grind them into a mushy pile.

It was hilarious to hear all week about how Weber was working to get KSu ready for the loud crowd and crazy atmosphere and then after the game to here EVERY KSU player that was interviewed talk about how the crowd really rattled them.

Dear KSU, we are going to punch you in the mouth. It is going to be with this hand right here and it is scheduled to happen at this specific time. They knew it was coming and they still stood there and took it full force right in the face. So fun.

RJ King 9 months, 1 week ago

The rest of the country (and media) was engaged in football - New England, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Seattle on Saturday, and San Francisco and Denver yesterday - representing just about every region in the country. The last part of the Niner / Packer game drew over 50 millions viewers. FIFTY MILLION. When it comes to TV ratings (and media attention), football rules.

The big news in college basketball is Arizona's unbeaten streak, Syracuse breathing down their necks, and the fall of Ohio State and Duke. Hardly anyone outside Jayhawk (or Cyclone) nation remembers (or even watched) last year's games.

I'm a diehard fan, but even though we are chomping at the bit for this game, the story of this game from a national perspective really is how well ISU has performed so far this year, their loss to OU, and the status of their leading scorer and point guard.

Jeff Kilgore 9 months, 1 week ago

The top 11 watched sporting events last year was the NFL, and it wasn't even close, though Wichita State / Louisville was in the top 20.

Lance Topeka 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey! How come the LJW deleted my parody? :(

Rodney Crain 9 months, 2 weeks ago

just my 2 cents here, from the user policy section - You acknowledge and agree that LJWorld may edit, remove, modify, publish, transmit and/or display your User-Generated Content and you waive any rights you may have in having such User-Generated Content being removed, altered or changed in a manner not agreeable to you. So there's that...

Lance Topeka 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Well yeah, but what about my parody violated LJW terms and conditions?

Rodney Crain 9 months, 1 week ago

That's the beauty of the above section, it is their site, what they allow anyone to post is up to them, it is not a right. Makes sense.

Eric TheCapn 9 months, 1 week ago

Perhaps it was your endorsement of mass suicide.

Ryan Shelton 9 months, 1 week ago

ISU actually went up a spot in the AP this week after losing to OU. By that logic I guess that means that they will skyrocket when we thump them tonight!

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/rankings/_/year/2014/poll/1

Rich Hetherington 9 months, 1 week ago

Ha... that is funny, but in all seriousness, they beat down Baylor last week, who was #7 at the time. I don't think they have another top 10 team to beat this week to balance out their loss to us. They will surely go down, but with Kane being out or at least compromised, even a loss today may not hurt too much.

Benz Junque 9 months, 1 week ago

Kansas has two games against teams in the AP Top 10 this week, including tonight's at home. A pair of winsd would send KU right back up the rankings. It will be tough but it's possible. I'd love to see KU get a big road win tonight. Every conference road win is gold.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 1 week ago

Game plan for tonight needs to be attack, attack, and attack some more. ISU only goes 7 deep and with Kane not 100%, that hurts their depth even more. Wiggins and Selden need to stay aggressive and get the ISU players in foul trouble. Don't be surprised however to see ISU play quite a bit of zone tonight because of their lack of depth. If KU can get ISU in early foul trouble and live at the free throw line tonight, KU could win this one relatively comfortably. Don't get ISU in foul trouble and settle for jump shots like KSU did, and KU could easily drop this one.

Jake Waddle 9 months, 1 week ago

Done working for the day... Off to that crappy town of ames!! ROCK CHALK! Who's coming with me??!!! (They are taking some 360 degree pic tonight before the game, so it would be nice to have a bunch of Blue in there!)

Tony Bandle 9 months, 1 week ago

Anyone notive how open Elijash was on the photo above. It almost looks like the whistle had blown and the Cyclones were going back to their bench...HILARIOUS!!!!

Nick Rushton 9 months, 1 week ago

Security might as well restrain Weatherwax RIGHT NOW because he is in for another rough night!!! RCJH

Tim Deegan 9 months, 1 week ago

Wow, I just saw my favorite play of the year so far in a replay of the Kstate game that some kind soul uploaded to youtube. At 11:30 into the first half, there was some really pretty passing going on and then... about five feet back from the top of the key, Wayne fires this perfect, no-look pass to Joel right near the basket who slams it home with authority. I keep playing it over again and it just looks prettier on each look, like a well oiled machine. Wow.

If they play like that tonight...

Talena Bauck 9 months, 1 week ago

Mr.Zimmerman, while I afree Coach Holberg is a fine coach, chances pf him coaching at KU are about as good as the chamce Danny Manning or Mark Turegon would ever want the ISU job...

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