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Jesse, thanks for a fantastic interview with a player. Priceless tidbits of information, and also a glimpse of how bright and articulate these young representatives-of-KU are, as well as a peek at their inner motivations and passions. Would love to see such an article on each of them. For example, I learned Mario Little was on the Dean's List his senior year of high school, so I am curious for what exact reason he chose a juco instead of some D1 program? (doesnt seem to be academic reasons, but I have no data...) Thanks again--strong work! RCJH!
Talk about offense for KU next season Jesse. Cole, Sherron, Xavier,CJ,Elijah,Thomas, Jeff Withey plus the other guys. I smell preseason #1
Bruce Feldman, senior writer with ESPN The Magazine, recently wrote an article, College football's top workout warriors. No KU players made the top 10, but Arist Wright, Kansas, LB & Jake Sharp, Kansas, RB just missed the cut.
What are the chances that we see a similar article about KU players? Would Wright and Sharp finish at the top of the list after an internal investigation?
Jesse, thanks for giving us good Jayhawks Flashbacks. It reminds me of the game, played in the Field house with the visiting OSU on 5 March 1995. In that game the OSU All-American 'big country' Reeves was held to 0 point, and Ostertag was a factor. You may want to write on that game too.
Jesse, Do you ever get stats on the distribution of plays/game for members of the OL & DL? It seems like they are rotating players a lot more this year than in the past. I'm hoping that it is a matter of the overall quality being better, but guessing that it really pays off down the road late in games against quality conference opponents.
I thought the play of both was the most encouraging part of the UTEP game. It will be nteresting to see what that 4.? stat from UNC is for this game. Already know I love the increased # of sacks.
Great job today, Jesse. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.
Jesse I just saw something on CBSsportsline that confirmed something that I had been thinking might happen to the Jayhawks and the other #1 seeds. According to their bracket projections the 4 #16 seeds are going to play the last four into the tourney.
I see names listed as last four like Michigan State, and a few other higher up mid majors, and Virginia I think.
So the reward for earning the #1 seed will be playing a much better team than the #2 seeds will have to play in the first round. This is preposterous. The play in game should be to #16 seed worthy teams with the last four in getting 12 or 13 seeds. This is so illogical it makes my blood boil. Maybe you could address this in a blog as when fans on Sunday see the brackets they're going to be hotter than lost year when our supposedly highest seeded of the #1's had a very tough draw.
are you guys going to do more spodcasters for this next stretch of the tournament? i was listening to the 2008 coverage and i really enjoyed hearing all of the background and behind the scenes coverage.
thanks! rock chalk!
Love your stat analysis. You hit on the two issues that I think are central to this year's upset AND KU's upsets dating back to Roy.
HCBS talked about the team needing to be loose, but he was wrapped way tight.
Now more importantly, I think you are just the guy to do the analysis on my hypothesis -- nearly all our bad upsets were caused by 3 point shooting by the underdog (not just getting outplayed in general, as in the Syracuse NC game). Not rocket science you might say.
However, I believe that collapsing on dribble penetration is THE reason for KU's crucial losses. The underdog gains confidence, and the "fear of losing when we should win" kicks into hyperdrive.
We lost to VCU and UNI because of it (can't remember about the Killer B's). Roy's teams used to get upset because of it (McNamara, Cuonzo Martin, etc.)
IT IS NOT HARD TO GUARD 3 POINT SHOOTERS!!!
All we have to do is guard straight up, stay on the outside guys, and not allow them to simply spot up, wide open. It's not like we don't have bigs down low to intimidate those who drive and don't kick it back out.
I believe if you look at the box scores (and hopefully film) of the classic KU upsets, you'll find that either an invidual or the underdog collectively "went off" for a bunch of threes (perhaps above their own norms).
This is important analysis because I think it can prevent future upsets. I really do. Thanks!!
Hi Jesse. Thank you for all your hard work. I was wondering if you had heard anything regarding D. Daniel's timetable for announcing his decision. And do you think we've slipped to second behind duke at this point.
Hi Jesse. I just saw the MU lost to OSU. Could we get a league standing update graph as a semi-regular piece? I think we are 2 games up right now, but not positive.
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This poster that uses the name of "formerly jhwkfan162515" continues to use the F-bomb in several of his posts.
The ISU Live Game posts would have him saying "F _ _ k someone or something" at least 5 or more times.
I am sickened to read such trash and it is an embarassment to this message board. I VOTE that "formerly jhwkfan162515" be BANNED from the the KU message board.
I am curious if there is some statistical analysis that can be done on Elijah Johnson and his 3 point percentage? It's not just that he is missing most of his shots but he is taking a ton. I can't remember another player that shoots that poorly taking anywhere near that many shots. Any chance you could do a blog about it?
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