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NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

Go to the KU Athletics website where you'll find a streaming link at 2:00 PM. I posted the link earlier but it has been removed.

NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

Now is the time to play to win, not play to avoid losing. There is a difference. Letting Providence hang around is playing not to lose. Sticking it to them early, and often, is playing to win. I don’t like ugly wins this time of year!

All that said, the Hawks must treat every possession like it’s the last possession. On offense, if open, shoot the ball. On defense, no open looks for the Friars. Play defense like the TCU game in Kansas City! (3 forced shot clock violations)! Rick Chalk!

NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

Realize that Ochai does a lot of other things off the ball. He doesn't just stand around waiting for it to come to him And since the other teams key on him (usually their best defender), it opens up CB, DM, JW, and DH/RM. Och is also a great defender himself, so even when he's not doing as well offensively, he's defending as well or better than anyone else.

NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

There are three head coaches still in the tournament with NC's, Coach K, Jay Wright and Bill Self. There are 48 coaches with at least one NC in the history of NCAA Men's basketball. Only 15 have more than one NC, Jay Wright has two, Coach K five. Of the coaches with most NCAA Tournament wins, Bill Self is Ninth. He's been pretty good as a coach in the Tournament.

NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

Wayne Simien was a McDonalds All-American, but had committed to KU in the 8th or 9th grade, and played 3 years for Roy Williams before Bill Self came along. The Morris twins were four star recruits. Thomas Robinson was a Fourth team Parade All-American in 2009, and was ranked 24 (Scout.com), 31 (Rivals), 40 (ESPN). Mason was a diamond-in-the-rough found by Coach Townsend. And Devonte de-committed from Appalachian State by playing a post-graduate year at Brewster Academy before choosing KU over UNC and UVA. Kansas beat out all the other Blue Blood schools to land Udoka Azubuike, who was highly recruited.

The key point is, each of these P-O-Y's played alongside McDonald's All-Americans, and other highly ranked recruits, who undoubtedly helped these young men become the Player of the Year. Coach Self (and staff) does extremely well at recruiting and coaching talent, both top 25 and just plain good.

NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

Really? You think the committee actually chose to put KU in Ft Worth playing a Texas school because they lost all four games they played in Texas this season? If the committee really had it in for KU, they would have put Kentucky in the 2 spot.

NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

Way to go Jayhawks! Hard fought, well deserved win!

NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

Playing three hard fought games in five days almost certainly had an effect on the KU players. Ochai also played more minutes than any other KU player in all three games. 37 at TCU, 38 at home vs TCU and 39 last night. Add in a warm indoor temperature 73 at the start, 80 at the finish (I know, all players suffered equally).

NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

Watching the second half. This officiating crew has been a thorn in KU's side this season.

NavyHawk (Anonymous) says...

I too, was thinking about the 1988 National Championship. One difference between that game and this one, was that KSU didn't try to slow the game down in the second half. Where this years' team needs to be concerned is, defending against a team that decides to play slower. At times, this team has played brilliantly on defense, and at other times, horribly! In one game, there were several possessions by the opposing team that KU defended terrifically, right up until giving up an easy bucket as the shot clock expired.

Self, through most of his years at Kansas, has cherished good possessions over numbers of possessions. That differs from Roy Williams, who tended to cherish total possessions, figuring the team that had more possessions was likely to score more points. There are advantages to both, except one would think maybe Self was right, at least in the Final Four game against UNC in 2008.

This team is definitely better when playing up-tempo while the ball tends to stick when playing a grind-it-out game. That said, as the season winds down, and Coach makes fewer substitutions, the players on the court are less afraid to shoot when open, rather than passing up the shot.