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marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

I was annoyed by last night's game because once again, KU got bullied and didn't really have a response. This team does some things very well, but they rely heavily on their offense (which is a problem when shots aren't falling) and they don't really have anyone on the team with the mentality necessary to come out on top in a rock fight.

Sadly, the way officials are calling the game this year, lacking that type of mentality is a death knell for having sustained success, especially in road games. And that's not to say that officials are calling games lopsided against Kansas--they aren't. But they are allowing defenses to do whatever they want to impede offensive players on and off the ball, and unfortunately for us, that's a big problem for *this* particular Kansas team. I would invest some hope in the idea that whistles will tighten up when we get to the postseason, but teams that have gotten by all year on heightened physicality aren't going to adjust on a dime, and our FT shooting woes mean that taking advantage of tighter officiated games will be difficult.

All that said, there's nothing quite like the chicken little histrionics in this comments section to serve as a good antidote to feeling down about the team/game. My favorite is the completely unhinged suggestion that we need new "leadership" aka, head coach. Calling for that after losing two projected tournament teams, on the road, during the middle of a stretch where they have to prepare for 4 games in 8 days is, frankly, insane.

Anyway, stay classy.

marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

LMAO. Never change K-State.

I don't even have a memory of any team that KSU has ever lost to in a specific tournament game.

marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

"I currently live in B10 country no one is talking about the B12"

This is flatly untrue. You can find multiple places online where it is being discussed with just a casual internet search.

FWIW, I also live in Big Ten country. I just think it's weird to flex that as some kind of credibility as to "what people are talking about", since there are millions of people living within the conference footprint and I'm interacting with, at best, hundreds (maybe thousands) of them.

marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

I don't pretend to be an expert, but I think people need to move on from the idea that Kansas' future fortunes are tied to our on-field athletic results.

That kind of stuff is great for fans to bicker and argue about, but that's not what is driving all the realignment talk.

I get the impression that Kansas has genuine potential to the Big Ten. We are an AAU school (which matters from the standpoint of earning competitive research grant money), we have an athletic program that has sizeable revenue generating potential, we have a nationally-recognizable (read as: national television audience) brand in one of the two revenue dominant sports. And we bring all that to the table without the Big Ten having to take on the hassle of looney travel schedules (for revenue and non-revenue sports). Oh, and a market in which the Big Ten currently lacks a presence.

If anything is going to be the downfall of KU's potential to land somewhere suitable, it will be the Kansas Board of Regents and having the Jayhawks and Wildcats tethered to each other. KSU does *not* have any of the benefits that KU does, in spite of having a better on-field product in football over the last couple decades.

marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

"If KU was in the Big 10 today we would be 10th out of 15 schools in overall revenue."

And that's not even accounting for the fact that the B12 revenue sharing pie is $20mm smaller than the Big Ten revenue pie. On an even playing field, KU would be the 6th largest athletic department revenue generator in the Big Ten... and that's with a terrible bottom-feeder of a football program and a relatively small media market.

Kansas' football program makes this a slightly trickier question than it would be otherwise, but the reality is that KU is actually a decent prize for a conference as long as the conference in question isn't expecting a Texas-sized addition.

KU's biggest risk right now is the potential need to drag KSU along with us, since my understanding is that the Board of Regents would have to approve the schools separating into different conferences.

KSU just doesn't have anything that the Big Ten would be looking for.

marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

An ego thing?

He was a highly touted recruit with 1-and-done potential coming out of high school. After struggling to deliver on his promise at Mississippi St, he came to KU and finally showed why he had a reputation coming out of high school at one of the highest pressure places to play in all of college basketball.

Not only that, but he went on to be the primary reason that KU won another Big 12 tourney and reached the Final Four, with his 22 ppg on 54% shooting (54% from three).

He would have improved as a player with another year, but the idea that his draft stock would have been higher next year is pure fantasy. He did exactly what a SG is supposed to do on the biggest stage.

Even though he didn't get drafted, you better believe his tourney performance was a huge factor in him being one of the first signed players, post-draft. Faster than many of the second round draftees.

marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

This rule should have been in place a long time ago.

There is no helping the athletes who stay in the draft despite all evidence to the contrary that they aren't going to be drafted. They will always exist.

But at least this rule gives a counterpoint to the huge list of family, friends and other people who have zero say in whether a player gets drafted. If you wanna listen to your friends and family over the NBA, more power to you. But at least now players are hearing the NBA's voice.

All that said, I think Diallo will earn an invite to the Combine, and I think in that kind of a situation--where he can showcase is raw, physical abilities and his relative inexperience playing basketball is less of a liability--he will probably do well enough against other prospects to be a projected first-round pick.

marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

"Planning" to go deeper in the tournament is a fool's errand.

The idea that there is some secret formula to tournament winning that is different than winning regular games is absurd.

marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

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What I don't understand is this idea that Self was outcoached by Wright. So Wright had a strategy to blunt KU's attack. He focused his defense on Perry Ellis and lucky for him, it worked. Of course, if we shoot from the perimeter like we did all season, that gameplan backfires, as it allowed quite a few open looks from three that we couldn't convert. Considering that it was a closely contested game where neither team managed to generate a double-digit lead and came down to the final 15 seconds, I'd say Self's coaching job was pretty impressive considering the way his best players executed.

Focusing on his Elite Eight record, while frustrating, when he has an opportunity next year to tie the record for consecutive conference titles with one of the most dominant teams of all time, in an era where parity reigns supreme, seems to be missing the forest for the trees.

marchphog88 (Anonymous) says...

What David Robinett said.

I don't login/comment around these parts much anymore because I get sick of reading all the entitled whining from so many people who carry the label of "fan".

But I guess I was compelled to do so today as part of processing the end of the season. This game (and this year's tournament) are perfect examples of why it's so foolish for people--not just KU fans--to hinge on the results of the tournament while simultaneously looking at regular season outcomes with relative indifference. We look at the excitement that comes with the unpredictability of the tourney and mistakenly use that excitement level as a surrogate for significance. An analogy, if you will: a half-court shot is exciting, but you wouldn't judge the quality of a shooter based on his percentages in half-court (and longer) bombs. Playing in the tournament is a similar affair--yes a good team is going to have a better chance to go far (much like a good shooter is going to have a better chance to hit that half-court shot), but other factors come into play.

Things like who you play and when--does anyone here think Villanova was, not only a 2-seed, but the "worst" 2-seed (as we should have been playing as the overall 1-seed)? I don't. But it is what it is. The tourney committee does questionable things with regards to seeding, matchups and geographical placement every single year. Look at Kenpom.com right now. Who is sitting at the top of the ratings with an offensive efficiency of 4th overall and defensive efficiency of 7th? Villanova.That was a title game caliber matchup last night and we (and Nova, truth be told) had the misfortune to be playing in it two games too early.

Things like whether the officials are on point on a given night or not. The crew for our game against Nova was atrocious. Like most college officiating these days. And I don't even mean that they favored Nova. They were mostly inconsistent in their calls and while, on balance, I think Nova got the end benefit, but by a margin so thin that it's something you have to expect and play through. But that kind of thing becomes magnified when a team has an off night.

Things like two of your best players having off nights. If either Ellis or Selden had shot the ball marginally better, it's very likely we're winning that game. Considering all that went against us in that game--including the execution by our best players, it's astonishing that it was a one-possession game until the final few seconds.

(to be continued)