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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dick Vitale predicts KU basketball fifth…in Big 12

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale speaks at Washburn University’s Lecture Series at Lee Arena in this file photo. Vitale has picked KU to finish fifth in the Big 12 this season.

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale speaks at Washburn University’s Lecture Series at Lee Arena in this file photo. Vitale has picked KU to finish fifth in the Big 12 this season.

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The most famous college basketball analyst of all — Hall of Famer Dick Vitale of ESPN — is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Kansas University’s men’s basketball team.

Vitale has tapped six-time defending Big 12 champion KU fifth in his preseason Big 12 basketball rankings.

The prediction comes with freshman point guard sensation Josh Selby waiting to hear if he’ll be eligible to play this season.

Vitale has Kansas State first, followed by Texas, Baylor, Missouri, KU, Texas A&M;, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa State.

“If Josh Selby is eligible, Kansas will be higher than this ranking,” Vitale writes on ESPN.com. He adds: “Kansas State is a legitimate Final Four contender with Jacob Pullen, but the loss of point guard Denis Clemente will be a factor. The Wildcats also still have Curtis Kelly, who will be a positive force on the baseline. Texas coach Rick Barnes has a lot of young talent. Cory Joseph will have the ball in his hands while running the offense. Tristan Thompson will have an immediate impact, too. Jordan Hamilton must step up and live up to his potential. Baylor’s prediction is based on the return of LaceDarius Dunn. Missouri, with Kim English, will also be tough.”

Vitale has predicted a Final Four of Duke, Michigan State, Villanova and Ohio State, with Duke winning its second NCAA title in a row.

Meanwhile, KU, which has been picked No. 7 nationally in preseason polls of the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today, checked in at No. 3 in polls of both Rivals.com and the Sporting News’ Mike Decourcy, which were released late this week.

Rivals.com taps Duke No. 1 and MSU No. 2, while KSU is sixth.

“With Selby, Kansas would be the favorite to win the Big 12. Selby is a do-it-all point guard, with tremendous athleticism. Team him with underrated forward Marcus Morris, and KU would have one of the best inside-outside duos in the nation,” Rivals.com writes. “But while coach Bill Self has said he thinks Selby will play this season, the NCAA hasn’t officially ruled on his eligibility. Without Selby, KU is good — but it wouldn’t be this good.”

Rivals.com college basketball editor Mike Huguenin sees KU as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with Duke, Michigan State and Ohio State. He has K-State as a No. 2 seed.

Decoucy ranks Michigan State No. 1 and Duke No. 2. Kansas State is ranked fifth and Wichita State 24th.

“The team’s profound personnel departures still left behind multiple first-round prospects and a coach who finds ways to win,” DeCourcy says of KU, adding, “If point guard Josh Selby loses all or a significant part of his freshman year, the Jayhawks will miss a difference-maker.”

KU will meet Emporia State in an exhibition at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse.

— Gary Bedore compiled this report.

Comments

Kye Clark 11 years, 7 months ago

I'm shocked to read this and not find one comment about North Carolina thrown in there. I didn't think he could mutter more than a sentence or two without trying to turn the focus of any conversation to good ol' Roy. What a clown. Even without Selby...5th?

hailtoku 11 years, 7 months ago

Look closer icthahawk, Vitale is at Cameron Indoor in the photo to this article.

PLKaws23 11 years, 7 months ago

Word is that Dickie V tried to pick Duke to win the Big 12 but ESPN wouldnt let him.

yates33333 11 years, 7 months ago

Not only hilarious but probably accurate. Vitale was once just a clown, a rich clown at that, but now he is an old, mostly out of touch clown, overpaid and over praised. He should be all alone in the Loud Mouth Hall of Fame. Well, maybe not all alone.

James Findley 11 years, 7 months ago

I agree, Dick Vitale is the John madden of college basketball..

Jeremy Bloom 11 years, 7 months ago

Love it. I'm not sure we're actually hearing the words of the real Dickie V. I think that Madame Tussauds has created a "wax" Dickie V, which is the "man" we see on ESPN. Not sure how they have the voice down, but I'm sure there's enough voice impersonation talent out there to do the job..

basketball122009 11 years, 7 months ago

i actually like this because that gives us more reason to go harder in practice we haven't ever won the ncaa championship being ranked #1 overall.

Kevin John 11 years, 7 months ago

Dickey V is a complete idiot. That is why he is no longer a coach. Then next season he will be riding St John's n u t t z all season, and doesn't he rember what happen to texas last season?

waywardJay 11 years, 7 months ago

The one that surprises me is Missouri ahead of us in Basketball..... That's a slap in the face.

K-state i can accept. Baylor I can accept. Texas HAS been good, but their coach CANNOT alter in game. But Mizzou, Gimmick defense. Inconsistant in Offense. Often swapping players, never allowing a rhythem established.....

I think We could beat Mizzou out for 4th without Marcus and Tyshawn.

ku_tailg8 11 years, 7 months ago

“Kansas State is a legitimate Final Four contender"? What? Come on, Jacob Pullen (great player) is going to drop off b/c he doesn't have Clemente shooting from 30 ft out. Teams will focus on Pullen and I think he will drop off a bit. Dick Vitale....Who cares what he thinks! He doesn't leave the ACC at all so what makes him an expert on anything west of the Appalachian mountains? Whatever he says for me falls on deaf ears.

Michael Luby 11 years, 7 months ago

Didnt he pick KU to win it all last year? I think he did. Maybe he is just underrating the Jhawks on purpose this time... either that or he has completely gone bonkers.

REHawk 11 years, 7 months ago

A real slap at one of the nation's most consistent winning coaches who has posted a tremendous conference record with a wide variety of seasonal playing styles. STEP UP, JAYHAWKS! Reveal Dicky V for the mushbrained jackass that he is!

yates33333 11 years, 7 months ago

"Mush brained Jackass," truer words were never spoken

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

Excellent response to the Bald Domed Whore.

REHawk 11 years, 7 months ago

(As a sidenote, it irritates me that LJW can't produce these posts precisely as submitted. In my previous post, STEP UPJAHAWKS was submitted all in caps.)

Jeffery Barrett 11 years, 7 months ago

They don't do all caps anymore. I went through same thing a month or 2 ago.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 7 months ago

When did espn open an alzheimers unit? With Dick Duke and that guy that needs a spit sucker that always picks ND during football season. . .

Keith Kienzle 11 years, 7 months ago

Hey, if you're talking about Lou Holtz, take it easy.. Lou's the man. Way more with it than Dukie V.

Ron Franklin 11 years, 7 months ago

Who cares what Dickie V or any other media outlet says or predicts.

KU got all the publicity last year, and what good did that do them?

None.

They had a bullseye on their back the entire year. Not only that, but the players lost their edge and passion because their heads were too big.

By being called an 'underdog' in the National Media Outlets is a much better motivational tool then being told your number 1 all the time.

Maybe this underdogging will create an edge for this team that last year's team never really seemed to find.

Robin Smith 11 years, 7 months ago

dude, last year was amazing. KU was the best team not named Duke BY FAR!

it's a single elimination tournament so anything can happen and does. it has nothing to do with inflated egos or lack of motivation. a loss in the tournament doesn't negate the quality of the season.

Michael Pannacciulli 11 years, 7 months ago

agreed. everyone at KU moans about Dickie V. i don't get why anyone cares. he does give props to KU at times...he's no worse than anyone else (Digger, Bilas, etc.). i mean, who cares, if KU wins games, then that is all that matters. there will always be critics anyway, whether Dickie or someone else so get used to it. As much as i hate it Duke by the way, will be very good...so, let's just try kicking everyone's butt and let the wins speak for KU.

Michael Pannacciulli 11 years, 7 months ago

agreed. everyone at KU moans about Dickie V. i don't get why anyone cares. he does give props to KU at times...he's no worse than anyone else (Digger, Bilas, etc.). i mean, who cares, if KU wins games, then that is all that matters. there will always be critics anyway, whether Dickie or someone else so get used to it. As much as i hate it Duke by the way, will be very good...so, let's just try kicking everyone's butt and let the wins speak for KU.

Jacobpaul81 11 years, 7 months ago

So... does this mean we don't have to listen to Dickie V's terrible announcing this season cause we're only no. 5 on his list? That woruld be the greatest thing ever!

Mark Lindrud 11 years, 7 months ago

5 is a bit low even if Selby isn't with us, but that just pushes us harder. Taylor and the twins want to prove themselves already to be leaders so here is where their leadership can come out.

After last year's attention and the debacle at the end of the season I would be more than happy to fly under the radar for most of the season while the team figures itself out and positions itself for greatness.

bocktar 11 years, 7 months ago

What a moron. I still wish Brown would have stayed in '89 just long enough to make that loser clean the floor with a toothbrush.

REHawk 11 years, 7 months ago

Dicky probably read somewhere that Cole, Sherron and X had departed the team, so he scratched his pate and shot off a blindfold prognostication. He probably remembers that there are a set of up and coming twins still in Lawrence, but has no recall or insight into the fact that one of those kids was the most consistent player for the Jayhawks last season, even as a green sophomore tucked into a lineup with All-Americans and NBA lottery picks. Or that a couple of other returning team members once played essential roles in U18/U19 summer world championships. Or that the Jayhawks are coached by an 80+% winning mentor who just might be laying plans for occasional "outside the box" strategies for 2010-11...in order to head into the Madness of March with a squad positioned somewhat higher than #5 in the Big 12 conference.

AverageCitizen 11 years, 7 months ago

KU finished just once in 5th place in the Big 12. That was under Roy William in 1999-2000.

Robin Smith 11 years, 7 months ago

I remember us being predicted to finish 7th in the Big 12... I can't quite recall how that turned out... oh yeah, that's right, we won it and then won five more in a row :)

loyal2thephog 11 years, 7 months ago

As a KU fan... this isn't something I would ever concerned over. Vitale's predictions are worthless, as is he. He is the most annoying voice in college bball. Anyways, it's nice not to have a bulls-eye on your back every game. We know we have a team that is going to compete and be competitive, (hopefully) with, (maybe) without Selby. The head scratcher for me is Texas and Baylor. Texas, who was absolutely awful last year, lost three of their most productive players to the draft. With Baylor... Vitale ranks KU fifth with Selby pending but ranks Baylor third with Dunn pending. Where's the logic in that?

This is the same guy, who last March predicted a Kansas,Kansas State, Villanova, Kentucky final four, with Kentucky beating KU in the finals. Vitale the prognosticator.

mikehawk 11 years, 7 months ago

Unlike football, there are no computers. Just games, and let's play. While Marcus is underrated nationally, that won't be for long.

addlime 11 years, 7 months ago

Wow. I've always tried to take it easy on Dickie V because I remember in the mid to late 80's that he was one of the few guys in the national media that really got excited, and focused on college hoops. As a college hoops fan myself, I liked him then (although one might argue that I was a naive child). What was sincere then, has become a gimmick, as you all point out. I'm not sure if he's trying to be controversial or what, but the champs are still the champs until they're beaten. This team has overachieved in conference year after year in my opinion, and to pick them anywhere below third is insane, Selby or no Selby. The Baylors, K-States, and Mizzous of the world may suffer from the lack of one superb player, but the elite programs like KU are DEEP! What a disrespect to the other guards on the KU roster. This team's ultimate success will be determined by how well they play AS A TEAM!

addlime 11 years, 7 months ago

Maybe KU fans should come up with this season's rankings for college hoops commentators. I'm thinking 5th out of 12 would be quite generous for Vitale. Billy Packer might be the only person he could beat.

nohohawk 11 years, 7 months ago

Just watched the highlight of two dunks by Ben Mclemore from this weekend. They were definitely impressive, but I don't like the cockiness after. Act like you have done it before. I guess that's why I have always been huge fans of people like Wayne Simien and Danny Manning because you didn't see this type of attitude cockiness when they did something special. It seems to me that these kids that go to the Oak Hill Academy's of the world may be talented but they are also lack a lot of maturity. Saw the same thing with TT.

http://hoopmixtape.ning.com/video/ben-mclemore-gets-two-posters-1

Joe Baker 11 years, 7 months ago

Noho- Did you see who fed Ben that last dunk? Quinn Cook! At the end of the vid, Cook was wearing his dook garb and said something after his "DC" shoutout. Cook said, "...I'm going to dook next year...I don't know where he's going, sky's the limit!"

Ben! Your D will earn the 3 spot!! We'll need you when Little, Brady, Reed and possibly Mc Morris and Selby are gone! That spot will be wide open and you'll win that spot with tenacious D!! However, who needs to set up for the trey when you guys fill lanes on a fast break. You guys would be much like the '08 NC team.

Selby?/EJ/Nadir Woolridge BMore/Releford Mc Morris?/TRob/Cho Mk Morris?/Withey

Priest Fontaine 11 years, 7 months ago

that kid is just having fun. not everyone needs to play the game like Brady Boringstar with zero emotion. cut the kid some slack. you should start a frontal lobotomy league and set records for good behavior.

Michael Bratisax 11 years, 7 months ago

I just wish the NCAA would get off its ass and clear Josh.

Rock_Chalk_NYC 11 years, 7 months ago

Dick Vitale is a complete moron. He's a great motivational speaker but knows little about WINNING when it comes to the game of basketball, just go look up his record at Wikipedia... His bald head is so far up Coach K and Roy's rears he needs to carry Q-Tips with him just to clean his ears out...

That said, I love this prediction! Motivate our boys and let our talk take place on the hardwood! Rock Chalk!

Austin Bergstrom 11 years, 7 months ago

wonder what the chances of lou holtz, dickie v, joe paterno and brett farve all retiring this year are? time to move on fellas..."old" good things must come to an end!

Jack Wilson 11 years, 7 months ago

One thing to consider .. why is Vitale predicting us to finish so low?

Let's not be too upset .. there are some objective reasons to say 5th aside from Selby's lack of eligibility.

1) Taylor as the leader in the back court, 2) No established 3 man, 3) very questionable three point shooting, 4) Morningstar in the rotation, 5) Withey unable to remain healthy, 6) the loss of 3 big cogs, 7) the loss of 3 big cogs from a team that yacked in the NCAA tourney, 8) the thought that we might be "due."

But, then again, there is one big item that trumps the rest .. Bill Self is our coach.

Joe Baker 11 years, 7 months ago

Elite- I see your point and it's a great one to consider, however, this year the "true" 3 spot will have to be Little/Releford. I was and am really concerned after the Washburn game. I was expecting more from these two in terms of shooting. The entire team shot poorly from the arc, except Kieff.

I think Withey will overcome the injury issues and be a huge factor. He'll be ready for January. I don't think he'll be needed too much between now and December. Marcus, Kieff and TRob will pickup the slack. Don't under estimate Wesley either. This kid was extremely athletic and looked pretty good for a walk-on. He also has some size too.

January is going to be a huge month for this team!! I really think their December play will tell us so much as to our March chances. Can all the "cogs" come together as a smooth running machine? We'll see! It's another exciting KU b-ball season. Let's hope they can start peaking around late January and into Febuary!!!

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

Question: How many persons might bet wrong online and in Vegas and Atlantic City, for how many games, were an influential broadcaster sharply (and conspicuously contrary to logic) to under rate KU, pick KU to finish 5th in its conference, and were the gaming industry to set odds accordingly?

Answer: Maybe quite a few, but who can say for sure?

Greg Lux 11 years, 7 months ago

Vidull is getting more senile every year. He as always be a total Big East, ACC guy, but this year he must have been drunk to think KU would not be better then 5th in a league. UNBELIEVABLE Dickhead. KSU will be lucky to be in the top 20 by January. While KU will be in the top 5 easily ( baring injuries God forbid ). Why? The obvious that you never seem to understand. Home Court, Coaching and Talent. KU has all the intangibles that many team don't. This program is in the top year after year because we have those intangibles and I don't see it changing anytime soon, thank God. Sorry Dicky you blew that one bigtime.

Rock Chalk

CasperCorps 11 years, 7 months ago

I haven't commented in a while but I have to now... Fifth?.. Bill Self must have whooped up on Vitaley on the golf course or something for Dickey to disrespect him like that.. Thank God we have decent radio announcers so we don't have to listen that guy blow wind..

Gil Ek 11 years, 7 months ago

Makes me happy to see Dickie V. pick us low. Just like when Jim Cramer tells me to sell a stock that I own, because I know it will go up. Dickie needs a night at The Wheel and a couple Wang Burgers before he'll ever be any good at predictions!

Jack Wilson 11 years, 7 months ago

That's not fair on Cramer .. I followed his advice on FCX (Freeport McMoran) a few months ago and that baby has banged way up. Vitale is washed up. With Cramer, you have to filter and investigate.

dynamitehawk 11 years, 7 months ago

I'm going to start a blog. I am thinking that the name should be:

Dick Vitale loves girly boys that use hair gel, sheep and most fuzzy farm animals, Arabian amputee hookers, but most importantly the way Mike Krzyzewski looks from behind.

You think it will work?

Tom Wilson 11 years, 7 months ago

Still no word on Selby (!?!?!?!?!?), The NCAA has to be ashamed of itself for taking so long on making this decision. Months ago, I predicted that the NCAA would declare Selby eligible....in the year 2018. Tough to argue that prediction considering the amount of time they have taken so far. If my company took that long to make a decision, heads would roll!

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

Vitale is Italian for annalingus.

Just looked it up.

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

Erratum: I was mistaken. It was not Italian for annalingus.

Eric Schneider 11 years, 7 months ago

Does he not remember '08-'09? We lost 7 of our top 9 scorers, and Cole was a non-factor in most games. And all we did was win the Big XII, had an outside shot at getting a 1 seed before blowing it against Baylor, and made it to the Sweet 16.

Joe Baker 11 years, 7 months ago

96- He doesn't remember much b/c his age is getting the best of him right now. I don't understand his logic. His motivational explanation of the team's position is no indication of their huge potential. We bring back so much minus Collins and Aldrich. He dismisses most of an experienced team that is so full of talent, experience and physical development. I don't know any other team that has worked as hard as KU to prepare for a win last year and this year.

We all know he has a love affair with dook and coach k. He looks no further than The Mighty Mississippi (save Texas) to make his so called predictions. As most have said, I'm not too worried b/c Self and Co will prove so many wrong this season. Dick loves the ACC and partcularly dook and the tarheels. We all know they love Dick! (wait a min, did I just say that?)

He did predict KU would cut the nets down this past year and KU really did let a lot of people down. Maybe he's using reverse b-ball coaching psychology- who really cares? But to predict dook to win it all again is quite bold when anything can happen. Guess that just sealed dook's fate! That prediction may have just cost them another NC. My prediction is anyone but dook...perhaps KU, why not?

FairgroveJayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

that's okay. the more irrational predictions he makes, the shorter his lifespan in the media becomes.

Chris Bruning 11 years, 7 months ago

approx......you and Lou holtz are idiots....Lou Holtz is NOT the man and he isn't way more with it than dick.

Steve Gantz 11 years, 7 months ago

Henny Penny the sky is falling, Vitale picked us 5th. Lighten up Jayhawk nation. Didn't you ever learn sticks and stones?

Tony Bandle 11 years, 7 months ago

The first haiku of this season:

dickie calls us fifth

eyes blinded by the darkness

head is up duke's ass.

Gene Jackson 11 years, 7 months ago

If he is the "analyst" on a basketball game that I am watching, I have to mute the sound. It is time for the networks to move on and hire someone else. Words to describe his voice and comments are - annoying, irritating, blabbing, . . . .

Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 7 months ago

Why listen to Dick? I’m looking forward to his “It’s over!” moment.

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

"jaybate Forecast in Six Haikus"

Haiku's are now back Treys will soon begin to Fall Vitale wrong again

KU wins B 12 Beats Caligulapari Beats UNC-Duke

Self gets second ring Vitale gets indicted twice Sports gambling complex

Naismith, Phog exhale Game saved from whores yet again Rock Chalk Old KU

Basketball mafia Sent to Leavenworth for life Watch Jayhawks in cells

(Note: All fiction except for KU winning conference and beating Calipari, Roy and Coach Cheap Shotski, if KU meets them. No malice.)

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

Okie Baller Dana Altman has walked into an interesting gig in Eugene, Oregon. He gets a new arena with a striking new floor, plus the Numero Uno football team in the country. Can't say as I love it, but here's a link to view what the floor will look like. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Oregon-s-new-arena-features-a-memorable-basketba?urn=ncaab-283060

I'm wondering how long it will be before the floor itself is a video screen radiating upwards into the arena. There's no real reason why one of the new paper thin video matrices could not be laminated onto a wood floor, then clear finished over the top of it. Imagine the possibilities. During play, it has wall paper that is a traditional wood floor, or parquet, or whatever a school wants to call its floor. At time outs, the graphic fireworks begin. Imagine turning the lights down in an arena and the floor itself radiating light upwards!

I know. The traditionalist in OakvilleJHawk will not want to go here.

But the architect in him that likes to work with new materials in new ways will have to admit to be at least partially intrigued.

And since flat screen technology in computer screens and phones is reputed, according to a few to be imbedded with the capability of being a camera looking outward, as well as a viewing screen (note: can't confirm this yet, but one rumor has it that the NSA and the high tech jv folks decided that two way screens would be a good capability for the intel world to have to be able to turn on and off when national security issues arise), imagine the new angle for game coverage--the floor cam! It generates a picture of the game from underneath the game!!

Technology. The ride has just begun!

Tony Bandle 11 years, 7 months ago

au contraire, mon ami.......I love it!!!

Think of the possibilities.

The view from the floor up to a bunch of cheerleaders in short skirts going commando.

The genitals of every team mascot in America.

Looking up to the surface of the ocean above filled with sharks and barracudas.

Mirror images of basketball players to confuse the opposition.

A map of America...include state capitols, the state birds and flowers and list the state motto....distractions for the visitors..educational for the home team.

Paint a full court MC Eshner illustration and confuse everyone.

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

OOOOOOH, I like the Eschner court. A strip leading into a TO leading into a strip leading into a TO...

Gil Ek 11 years, 7 months ago

Hey Dickie VEEEE, Where is Duke? Rank College Wins Losses Winning percent 1 Kentucky 2023 638 .760 2 North Carolina 2004 720 .736 3 Kansas 2003 796 .716 4 Duke 1912 822 .699 5 Syracuse 1783 811 .687 6 Temple 1740 966 .643 7 St. John's 1703 884 .658 8 UCLA 1686 744 .694 9 Notre Dame 1674 920 .645 10 Pennsylvania 1664 971 .631 11 Indiana 1651 930 .640 11 Utah 1651 875 .654 13 Illinois 1630 868 .653 14 Western Kentucky 1623 793 .672 15 Washington 1617 1057 .605 16 Texas 1610 955 .628 17 Brigham Young (BYU) 1608 1000 .617 17 Oregon State 1608 1198 .573 19 Louisville 1607 844 .656 20 Purdue 1594 933 .631 21 Arizona 1584 873 .645 22 West Virginia 1581 979 .618 23 Princeton 1574 995 .613 24 Cincinnati 1572 931 .628 25 North Carolina State 1554 940 .623

[edit] References 1.^ Winningest teams through 2009-10

pinkie 11 years, 7 months ago

Does no one here remember that Dickie got into his head that Coach Self (along with many others) was against admitting him into the Hall of Fame? Vitale's never forgotten, holds an enormous, festering, wrong-headed grudge. Trust me folks, he will take this to the grave. In the mean time, he never gives Kansas its due, takes his pettiness out on our kids. Some role model, huh? Hall of Fame indeed!

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

If Self opposed Vitale for the BHOF, then Self, who is all ready high in my esteem, just went stratospheric.

KULA 11 years, 7 months ago

The 7th ranked team in the country is only gonna finish 5th in the Big 12? OMG our conference rocks!!!

tis4tim 11 years, 7 months ago

Like an old hound dog, Dickie's world has shrunk to the point he doesn't know and doesn't care what lies beyond the back door.

My guess is he'll rescind the standing ovation he once gave Nick Collison before it's all said and DV is done.

Ozarkace68 11 years, 7 months ago

To the best of my recollection the game of basketball is still played on the court and not in Dick's mind. I do not know anyone who watches a game because he is part of the broadcast team. I do know several who turn off the sound if he is part of the commentary. He lost his novelty appeal long ago.

I would just prefer the NCAA quit screwing around with Josh Selby's career and resolve the issue if there is one. With or without Josh, this is a very good basketball team, and the lower prognosticators like Vitale rate them, the more motivated they should be. Then again I cannot help but believe Bill Self coaches his teams to draw their motivation from within themselves and from their team mates.

Rock Chalk

steamboat 11 years, 7 months ago

When Vitale had throat surgery last year doctors' must of cut off oxygen to his brain. Hey I'll take the underdog role!!!!!!! It will be ours to prove on the court. Let's lace 'em up and I'll still take KU for the Big 12 title..........again

Greg Lux 11 years, 7 months ago

Dicky is smiling from ear to ear ... he knows KU is better and he knows how avid the KU fans are about our teams. He is just throwing gas on the fire to watch the blaze. His opinion is just ahead of Pelosi's Zero - 100

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years, 7 months ago

I thought Rush Lardball had already proven that just because one is loud and obnoxious does not make one right. I mean correct.

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