I think the defense proved today that they are without question better than last year, they gave up a good chunk of yards but only let up 26 points. 17 of which were short fields for Baylor’s offense. As I said on the game thread if you only let 26 on the road in this conference, you should have a chance to win unless your offense sucks.
KU can always play De Sousa until conference play starts and by then, if there is any eligibility concerns, it can sit him during conference play. Winning the Conference Tournament gives KU an automatic berth to the Tournament even if all the non-con games are taken away and KU can still go and win the NCAA without him without any risk.
@FarSideHawk Who are the others in the top 5? I’m guessing they aren’t playing anymore!
CBS did a rating of the 20 starters in the F4. DG #2, MN 7, SM 9, UA 13 and LV 14. He said it was based on the entire season but he acknowledged moving MN up because of his past 3 weeks. (I think LV would get a boost too.). Brunson 1, Bridges 3.
@drgnslayr I seem to remember that being a factor and being a big reason KU ended up so low on the list. You’ll notice Duke isn’t even on the list. It would be easy for someone to argue that teams like KU, Duke, UNC don’t top that list simply because they get favored everywhere.
I’ve been trying it a different way this season. I have been interweaving the metaphor of Guadalcanal through intermittent references to The Canal in a succession of posts.
This regular season has so far been the six month campaign on Guadalcanal–trying to get ashore and fight without the necessary man power and with the needed reinforcements of the short handed team that is already ashore and trying to simultaneously hold Henderson Field and fight their way through tall grass and jungle with attrition of personnel. Think General Vandegrift trying to wage the first phase of a Soloman’s campaign with a skeleton crew green Marines and Army that can barely get resupplied because the troops and supplies keep being delayed off shore by the NCAA.
I have carried the metaphor up to the coming visit to Morgantown being this team’s apparently decisive Battle for the Tenaru River that culminated ultimately in hand to hand on a sand bar.
If the team were to prevail in this encounter with Huggins’ mashers, then the rest of the season looks like a Solomon Island Campaign island hopping up the slot to try to cut off Rabaul by taking both Bougaineville and New Britain and part of New Guinea, during the remainder of the front nine of the B12 campaign; then moving on to Tarawa, Guam/Saipan, for the Back Nine of the B12, then into post season Iwo and Okinawa, where the impossible will take a little longer.
Alas, if the team gets massacred on the Monogahela in Morgantown, then it maybe time to look for another metaphor.