Thanks, Tom - enjoyed the behind-the-scenes take. IMO though, when the real seeding takes places, I don't see this team any lower than a two-seed. They'll be better now down the stretch and most everyone else has been inconsistent.
Posted 15 February 2013, 7:03 p.m.
Easy re: Florida....kenpom.com has them at overall #1 - KU is #6. Florida #1 Def - KU is #3; #2 Off - KU is #18.
Posted 28 January 2013, 2:21 p.m.
and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!
Posted 3 January 2013, 6:23 p.m.
Sorry, true...but Parker's comments were no dumber than someone referring to a person from Poland as a fish.
Posted 25 April 2012, 12:43 p.m.
No mystery why Coach Self would want Mark Lyons...go to the 1:46 mark -
Posted 25 April 2012, 12:39 p.m.
Re-assembling an AAU team seems antithetical to Coach Howland's history and style of play...unbelievable. I guess this kid Parker saw Josh Smith and said, "yep, that's who I want to look like!"
Posted 23 April 2012, 4:11 p.m.
Thanks Jesse... I appreciate your sense/warning that their losses were to top 10/ranked teams - conversely, it seems their only (signature) win against a ranked team was at Michigan (fwiw - they're now gone). Their Big 10 wins were against the bottom half of the Big 10...and rest of wins from a soft non-con schedule...meaning, they haven't beaten ranked teams. National media saying Painter is a top defensive coach - couldn't tell by this team. Nonetheless, Hummel will be a tough cover. His only weakness seems to be his ligaments. If this was a boxing match, they have a puncher's chance.
Posted 17 March 2012, 2:05 p.m.
Thanks for the video...at 33 sec in, it looks like O'Quinn takes it on himself to walk across the court to hug PPressey who sort of stayed on that side of the court. Super classy move by O'Quinn (and he was funny with Sager, too). Denmon's really-thoughtless shot/miss early in the shot clock was epic in an epic loss. Thanks are due to KU fans there who supported Norfolk State.
Posted 16 March 2012, 7:19 p.m.
First of all, I believe we will all agree with TK that Coach Self deserves Coach of the Year (no need to apologize for being a "homer" here) and that this season will rank among his finest when its all done.
But to characterize Calipari as a "magnificent coach"? It's early here on the west coast but I know this comment is going to draw massive incoming fire and IMO, rightfully so. The dribble-drive offense he runs was not his invention (it was Vance Walberg's) - I guess Coach Cal deserves credit for recognizing that it is the perfect offense to pander to the one-and-dones he collects annually. Oh yes, there are those two vacated Final Fours...that's distinctive, not magnificent.
As for Boeheim's "brilliance" - he's been unaware of: (1) a sexual predator - allegedly - on his staff and among his closest friends for 30 years; and (2) a ten year period of - allegedly - rampant drug violations among his players, including periods - allegedly - when ineligible players played. It's possible that the 2003 NC could be vacated because of their play.
Kansas is fortunate to have a legacy of great coaches from inception to present. Congratulations to Coach Self - as an alum, I'm proud to have him at the helm of the most storied program in history.
Posted 7 March 2012, 1:07 a.m.
1. Congratulations to the players for this recognition...and for such a great season to date (I have a feeling it's just going to get better).
2. re: AP COY...so many good posts and comparisons above (I look forward to seeing more), esp Marchphog re: SOS. If you have a need for an operational definition of "cupcake schedule," look no further than MU's non-con this season. Coach Haith really is co-COY, sharing with his AD who put together that schedule. The only team missing was NJ Institute of Technology.
3. Beat writers dissing Coach Self? Despite his considerable charm, I see him as man of great pride and those writers will likely get some significant payback for this frank (sorry, couldn't help it) disrespect.
Posted 5 March 2012, 1:44 p.m.