Here is a link to all the McDonald's All-American teams . Tony Guy was 1978. Interesting enough on that 1985 team was Quin Snyder.
Posted 31 January 2014, 8:03 a.m.
I love the "I am Crimson, I am Blue, We are the Phog" campaign. That will go perfectly with ESPN's Home Court week where they are highlighting the bests home courts in the country. One thing I might add to the list is I hope every professor is showing the backflip in class to the students this week. We are going to need a rowdy bunch. I would love to have the atmosphere rival the Georgia Tech game or even better the last Missouri game. Those two games were out of control insane. It will be paramount that the fans do their part Saturday to help and rattle Smart and company, because I do think that Nash is capable of being distracted by the fans.
Posted 15 January 2014, 8:12 a.m.
Eybea great point. I was about to make that argument. Yes we have 4 losses. By the way I would wager there are probably 300 or so other teams in Division 1 who would gladly trade places with us today if we allowed them to. Of those 4 losses two were on last second threes that if shot ten times probably are only made 2 - 3 times. The Florida lost should have been a blow out but this time showed toughness and battled back to make a game of it. Which brings us to this most current loss. The ball wouldn't go into the basket at all. San Diego State had a lot to do with that, but once again when they clock is winding down there we are with multiple chances to win. The hardest part for a young team to learn is to close out games. They will get there. These young men are extremely talented and humble and it will happen. But for us fans to call them "weenies" or say they aren't tough is ludicrous. These kids are busting their hump representing the University of Kansas. They have not had any off the court issues so far this season other than Brannen Greene's issue in the offseason. I saw one poster who made reference to the NIT and was baffled. When I was in elementary school we did a play called Chicken Little and sometimes when I read this message board I get flashbacks to Chicken Little running around yelling how the "Sky is falling!" It is almost like we have been spoiled by the 9 straight conference championships. Someone else made a comment regarding the Thomas Robinson/Tyshawn Taylor lead team being better than this one. Well I would like to present a case against that using the facts. That team had 3 losses after the non-conference schedule was concluded to our 4. With this schedule being much tougher. But it turned into a pretty amazing ride for that team. This team has a much higher ceiling and the number 1 RPI. Which makes me think a more accurate comparison is to the way Tom Izzo usually schedules at Michigan State. He usually has a top 5 RPI will struggle sometime in December and kind of fall of the radar as he is molding his team and then come March while everyone else is falling apart his Spartans are ascending and putting themselves in line to compete for both conference and national championships. And I would argue it's a pretty good formulate he has going over there with all this Final Fours. This team will be fine. Our "shooter" on the bench that everyone is pining for are no good to us if their turnovers and defensive liability give up more points than their 3 pointers will bring us.
Posted 6 January 2014, 8:30 a.m.
I understand that. But give it time. Frank I believe has everything needed to become the leader. He reminds me of Trey Burke. We have to put ourselves in his shoes. He was easily the lowest rated recruit from last year, including several fans on this site blasting Coach Self for signing him. So I believe he just needs the time to grow into that vocal leader. Perry doesn't have that personality and while Tharpe tries to do it and does a good job mentoring and coaching I believe Frank is the man who will be playing the most minutes and have the ball in his hands during crunch time. Hopefully Coach will stay with him starting and allow him to grown into that leader role so that by conference season when the games really count we are ready to go.
Posted 8 December 2013, 10:30 p.m.
I guess my biggest issue is with the fans. I think if people would look back at the predictions in June and July everyone said this team would be a work in progress in the non-conference. We see this every year with our freshmen. Heck look at Perry last year. Struggles early and then clicks in March. We are one of the youngest teams, loaded with talent, but still made up of freshmen and we are playing the toughest schedule in America and somehow we are two Hail Mary three pointers away from being undefeated and the number one team in America. This team is scary good, because even when they don't get it they aren't getting blown out, they are making mental mistakes which eventually go away typically come the conference season. Some days I think they people on this site also are the same folks on Doomsday Preppers.
Posted 8 December 2013, 9:42 a.m.