Recipe for WVU

  • Play BAD BALL and protect.

    Also known as the Rule of Tens.

    TOs under 10.

    3ptas under 10.

    Get 10 strips.

    Perry makes 10 FTs and grabs 10 Reebs.

    Kelly goes 10/10.

    Frank drives ten times.

    Hunter plays 10 seconds.

  • @jaybate-1.0 “Hunter plays 10 seconds”=coffee in breakfast. Thanks for a good start.

  • @jaybate-1.0 Does Svi get 10 seconds, too?

  • WVU pressure was finally solved in the last game. With a Field House Whistle, we just have to hit the free throws that take place in the quietest moments inside the loudest venue in the country.

  • Lucas uses his body very well on offense and defense and now he has figured out a way to quit missing the Bunnies.


  • By the way, the paint was wide open for Frank.

    From KC Star


  • I’m not worried about our game with WVU.

    And that has me worried! If I’m not worried, maybe our team isn’t worried and WVU becomes our big trap game this year.

    I’m working up a head of steam… trying to get worried!

    Ah… the “logic” of a superstitious fan!

  • BTW: I can’t brag about my new strategy of jinxing opponents… that could create a reverse jinx.

  • @drgnslayr Don’t worry, the team and Coach do remember that we got beat and Huggy picked up his $25,000.

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  • @drgnslayr

    You got my morning rolling!!! Thx.

    “Jayhawk Worry and Wheel Company. Worried? Come to the Wheel!!!”

  • @wrwlumpy

    love that pic!

    Caption: To Bad Ball!!!

  • @Blown

    You are welcome, sir.

    Strawberry, or raspberry, on the crumpets, sir?

    Or shall I get you some fresh ones?

    Rock Chalk!!!

  • West Virginia’s motivation for this game will be minimized, given that it’s already beaten KU earlier in the season and that it’s likely out of the Big XII hunt. Deep down, nobody expects to sweep KU. There has to be a feeling of contentment amongst WVU players and coaches, especially considering how WVU was down late and traveled its way - and then no-foul-called its way - to victory.

    Part of me hopes Oklahoma beats Iowa State on Monday just to provide a little more incentive for KU to play well against WVU. It sure seems like KU has a tendency to play poorly as soon as things start looking promising in the conference race, both this season and in seasons past.

    KU - 81 WVU - 68

  • @stupidmichael

    OMG, how I hope you are right.

    I won’t be able to stand the tension of going to Norman with 11 years on the line.

    Win it now.

    Win it in Lawrence.

    Bad Ball the Mountaineers into submission. Don’t let Huggie mug us in our own crib.

    Its going to be quite a coaching match up, if the players on each team play to their unique styles.

    Now that I think about it, KU plays Half Court Bad Ball and WVU plays Full Court Bad Ball. KU plays without a back to the basket game. WVU plays without shooters.

    This is one of those meetings of two variations on a new theme that could shape the future of how D1 non-apparent Nike stacks play the game for the next few years.

    Rock Chalk!!!

  • @jaybate-1.0 I just know that I Will not put the Kibosh on the Jayhawks by posting any more Snake Handling pics.

  • @jaybate-1.0 I woke up thinking about Nike/adidas stacks. This is waaay off topic but I’m wondering what are the odds that Coach Self picks up 2 more 5star guys? We have Bragg, he seems like a stud. I really am behind the learning curve with regard to the recruiting information highway. I have heard that we are front runners for at least 2 other guys like Thon and Ingram. Man! KU would be stacked if that happened!

    Ok back on topic. Our boys have an extra day to rest and regroup. Its a tuesday game instead of a monday game.

    Devonte really needs to bring it this time.

    The lid needs to come off the basket for our shooters.

    Our boys better have payback in mind.

  • @wrwlumpy NICE! Where the crap did you get that photo! Thats really cool.

  • @jaybate-1.0 Actually, by way of accident I’ve discovered the coffee-flavored omelet. Goes great with Mozzarella and Egg Whites.

  • I think we will beat WVU. Their pressure will not bother us quite as much at home…it’s tougher at their place with the crowd going crazy. As pointed out, the whistles will be more in our favor at home…just like they generally are. We certainly have the motivation to wrap things up at home… By the way, I know I am getting ahead of myself, but it looks like there is a good chance that there could be a 3 way tie for 2nd…with 6 losses. A quick (maybe accurate, maybe not) look at the tie breakers suggest that Baylor finishes 2, OU 3 and ISU4. In that scenario, we might be looking at Texas, ISU, and then either OU or Baylor. But who knows what will happen…

  • @Blown

    Ah, progress. 🙂

    Serendipity has always a role to play.

  • @wrwlumpy (re: pic of Mason) Great caption!

  • @drgnslayr Haha! I don’t think this team is taking anything for granted from now on. They know to focus on the game. Heck, they are probably getting used to the distractions now, with the Snacks thing, with the Cliff thing. At this point, the only trap to worry about is if they get trapped in the locker room. 🙂

  • WVU will not sneak up on this team. That is not to say that it will be a cake-walk.

    Mason is pretty banged up. We don’t know the status of Alexander. And WVU still has a lot to play for, $25k not withstanding. Huggins’ is a proven and worthy nemesis.

    But we have a lot to play for too. B12 Title #11 and some serious NCAABB History. 32nd straight senior night victories. 18th undefeated season at home, and 5th under Self… The need to get the T-E-A-M executing as a unit.

    There’s a lot riding on Tuesday. It’s like a NCAA S16 or possibly Elite 8 level game, in the nurturing confines of AFH.

    Let’s go 'Hawks!

  • @wrwlumpy Great pics!!! Thank you so much! I have really enjoyed your post all season.

    “It was Dentyne, Coach.” HILLARIOUS, I chuckle every time I read that.

  • @jaybate-1.0 You know, the concept of BAD BALL may have solidified it’s self on our trip to West Virginia. There is a quite large gypsy population in that state. I bet somewhere in the backwoods of the Appalachian mountains there is a crystal ball with the number 10 floating inside. 🙂

  • @Lulufulu

    It is always important to reiterate that the apparent Big Shoe talent stacks observed at handful of programs remains only a hypothesis.

    Big Agency could be driving this apparent phenomenon, alternatively, or in combination.

    Personal charisma could be driving it, as some argue.

    It could even be random asymmetry that will quickly disappear.

    But what is crucial is that SOMETHING has to explain the phenomenon, if it proves real, rather than simply apparent.

    Both the phenomenon and the mechanism triggering it have yet to be fully documented by any relevant authorities that I recall so far.

    At most, we fans can say, well, it looks like duck from our vantage point.

    And, further, even if it were a random phenomenon, those looking after the game seem like they ought to be thinking about whether or not it were good for the game for UK to have randomly 10 reputed OAD/TADs and Duke to have randomly 9 reputed ones, where as KU randomly has only 3, and some other elite programs randomly have the same or fewer. Would this sort of randomness be desirable in the game, or ought it be instituted out?

    If KU joins the 10 reputed OAD/TAD roster club, it would be good for us, but it would only mean that talent were even more heavily concentrated in a few programs.

    The real casualties of this recent, acute talent asymmetry are the major schools like OU, ISU, and OSU that are making every effort to compete seriously in basketball and increasingly cannot even sign one reputed OAD/TAD, or what used to be called a difference maker. OU has no Blake Griffin now.

    I mean, it used to be that if one could sign just one difference maker to a D1 program, one could be a serious threat.

    Recall when Texas signed Kevin Durant. They were an instant threat, just as OU was threat with Griffin.

    Now, imagine if the next Kevin Durant were to come along and sign with say, Arkansas, or Alabama, in the Soft East Conference, where UK were to have 10 reputed OAD/TADs. Even a Durant lead team would appear to have little chance of winning the conference title against UK with 10 reputed OAD/TADs.

    There have always been teams with more talent and others with less. But there has always been a chance for a program that signs a difference maker to compete for a title and make a run at a national championship, also.

    When Larry Bird dropped out of Indiana, in part reputedly because he was overwhelmed by how much talent Indiana had, and in part because he was not used to the big scale of IU, and Bloomington, after French Lick, and went to Indiana State, he lead his team to a conference championship in a lesser conference and made it all the way to the national finals, before running into an MSU team with Magic and more good players across the board. It was still a good game.

    That kind of asymmetry is what we ought to shoot for as tolerable. IMHO.

    But letting concentrate so much talent on a couple teams, so that they become overwhelming favorites not only to win their conferences, but dominate their regions and the Final Four before the season starts just doesn’t make sense to me. And this collateral effect of sucking the mere majors and the mid majors dry of difference makers REALLY concerns me.

    Time will tell if this is a brief, random phenomenon, or the new normal.

    But it is worrisome to me, regardless of what triggers it.

    This is why I want the powers that be to approach this not from the POV that anyone is breaking any rules, because I doubt that they are. But rather from the point of view of what is best for achieving a desirably competitive degree of levelness in playing field.

    Pursuing blame and punishment seems a waste of time IMHO. If something really illegal were going on to produce this phenomenon, it might suggest a kind of corruption that might be beyond being held accountable, or it wouldn’t have gone as far as it already appears to have gone.

    What we need are enlightened participants recognizing that a more level playing field is probably better for the game and the post season tournament over time, and so better for their and all of our enlightened self interests.

    Rock Chalk!!!

  • @wrwlumpy

    Yes, one must be very careful how one intervenes in the folding and unfolding holomovement that physicist David Bohm described at least metaphorically for we laymen once upon a time. 🙂

    Any imagery involving archetypes has to be handled with greatest discretion in order to manage unforeseen consequences… 🙂

    Rock Chalk!

  • We will clinch the Big 12 title with our win Tuesday, as the Clones will have all hands on deck trying to avoid losing three in a row. We will beat the Hillbillies, as the human chessmaster carefully crafts his plan to keep the game score as close as possible while still winning. KU by 3.

  • @KUSTEVE I can’t handle another 3 pt game! How 'bout a clear the bench game?🙏

  • @Crimsonorblue22 Self has heavily invested in cardiac defibrillators in the state, and is on a recruiting drive…

  • @wrwlumpy said:

    WVU pressure was finally solved in the last game. With a Field House Whistle, we just have to hit the free throws that take place in the quietest moments inside the loudest venue in the country.

    Not sure Frank’s wheels are up to the pressure. He was lame by the end of the game and I’m betting he isn’t moving worth a hoot today!

  • @Crimsonorblue22 said:

    @KUSTEVE I can’t handle another 3 pt game! How 'bout a clear the bench game?🙏

    It would be nice to win by the 3 rather than win by 3.

    That said, maybe I shouldn’t get picky: A win by 3 is a win, and that’s the key.

  • @Lulufulu

    I am beginning to think that Thon never plays college; he either continues on the post-graduate program where is attending school now, or more likely he goes to play in China like Mudiay.

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