Marshall to the Big 12?



  • Monday. The job will be Marshall’s if he wants it. I doubt he will even listen to Alabama with the total package that Texas can offer with $ and the recruiting in Texas. The big obstacle that might stop him from leaving the Missouri Valley would be the Tea Party Money from the Koch Bros. Although Texas is a football school, Basketball would catch fire if a winner could return to Austin. The Facilities, the draw of a fun city like Austin and the recruiting advantages would make it a destination job for any coach. The kind of drama we went through with Self and OSU will be replayed throughout the days to come. Enjoy the ride. By the way, He would be foolish to leave WSU for Alabama.



  • I think elephants eat wheat.



  • @wrwlumpy

    There’s the rival we always wanted…

    What Marshall doesn’t realize is that a big part of his success relates to his theme of being an underdog. At Texas, he won’t have that card and he’ll have to learn how to defend against it from other scrappy teams… like WSU.

    The jump to Texas for him will be like making half a jump to the NBA. It’s a different basketball world.



  • @wrwlumpy Ive thought a lot about this since the 'Bama rumor broke, and I read that Austin, TX article speculating that if Barnes didn’t reshuffle his staff, or gracefully step down, then UT "should make a run at Shaka or Marshall, or heck ‘make an offer to Bill Self’ ". I found it incredulous that Self’s name would get mentioned, but at least he still has some respect out there, despite what KU fans are saying…(tsk, tsk).

    The ‘Bama offer of $3mil, if true, is big money. That’s top10 coach money. Marshall turned down a $1.1mil offer from UCLA, as that really afforded no raise due to the cost of living in LA, and who wants the pressure cooker of UCLA fan’s/admin’s expectations? Then Charles Koch puts Marshall at his current $1.8mil. Man, does getting bounced in the Sweet 16 merit a raise? Its all relative. KU fans pissed at Self, while Austin journalist dreams of Self coming to UT. KU fans would be pissed at a Sweet16 defeat, while Marshall is about to milk that ‘beat KU’ for all it’$ worth. 'Bama apparently is serious about Mens BkBall, and were even rumored to have “Nick Saban give Gregg a call”, as the rumor had it…

    At any rate, I got the next-best-thing for the WSU chest thumpers (short of KU winning that game), which is asking them if they heard about that offer to Gregg Marshall from University “X”, “Y”, and/or “Z”. Never seen “staunch” fans get so uneasy, so quick! I am loving this little side saga, while proudly wearing my K-A-N-S-A-S gear around Wichita…



  • Deep down, while Marshall beats the drum of “well those OADs aren’t interested in WSU, so I don’t know any of em”…I think he would love to have those guys, what competitive coach/guy wouldn’t? And getting a OAD level talent is a little (or big) “W” all by itself. Self getting overall #1 WiggyBaby was big, just as WiggyBaby going as the overall #1 pick was big for KU and Self. Hopefully we see some dividends. Let’s thank that Wiggins for likely earning Rookie of the Year also.

    You know it would feed Gregg’s ego to land some top recruits. Going to UT would allow for that. Not so sure about 'Bama, although any school can make Tourney noise if the coach is good enough, as Shaka and Marshall have proven.



  • Going to Bama would give him the opportunity to lose to UK every year…



  • I think any decision for Marshall depends on his guards Baker & VanVleet staying or going pro. He’s got a good gig, Frankamp joins he signed a really good recruit in McDuffie who can shoot the ball lights out at 6’8. He returns everyone but Cotton & Carter. Not so sure $ alone is going to get him to leave. He’s also got what his daughter to think about…



  • @Kip_McSmithers Going to Texas would give him the opportunity to lose to KU every year…



  • @nuleafjhawk

    BOOM!!!



  • Baker graduates this may, would he follow Marsha?



  • @nuleafjhawk

    I love ya, man!



  • @wrwlumpy I agree that it would be foolish to leave WSU for Alabama career-wise…only reason would be money…and I think he will get other opportunities for money.



  • @ralster While we always want good competition…doesn’t the prospect of an actual good coach (and as much as I hate to admit it…Marshall has proven to be a very good coach) at UT worry us a little? They will be able to get their share of top recruits based on geography alone. How many conference championships would we have won if UT had a good coach?



  • Gregg Marsha

    Marshall, as he makes clear, is happy at WSU and in Wichita.

    “I’ve said how content and happy I am at Wichita State over and over and over, and we are,” Marshall said Wednesday. “It could be the last job I ever have, I could retire from there. But at the same time I don’t bury my head in the sand if a tremendous offer comes along, we look at it as a family and that’s been something we’ve dealt with for 17 years.”

    He often says he doesn’t want to go to a rebuilding situation. He long ago reached the point where he prefers winning 30 games and sipping champagne on chartered planes after NCAA wins to struggling for an NIT bid. Alabama, for what it’s worth, went 19-15 this season, 32-34 the past two seasons and 117-85 in former coach Anthony Grant’s six seasons. Grant made three NIT appearances and grabbed an NCAA berth in 2012.

    Home-court advantage also includes an athletic director and administration that Marshall is comfortable with and the knowledge his sport is the priority.

    Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/sports/college/wichita-state/article16480985.html#storylink=cpy



  • @Hawk8086 Good point. But I think we then go back to the old phrase /wisdom? of saying a weak conference doesn’t prepare us for the Big Dance as well as a tougher conference would. Well…after this season’s tough BigXII teams have all been bounced out of the Tourney, I don’t know what philosophy to believe. TX has always gotten top recruits. The joke is that Self could win the BigXII if he was given Texas’ entire team, almost yearly.

    I think I’ll go with the “top competition brings out the best in you” line, though. Those KU vs TX games when TX had Durant and Damien James were heavyweight battles. Its those games where Mario’s Miracle was born. And it really took the entire KU team to beat Durant’s. Rick Barnes’ Final Four season of 2003, as well as his 2008 Elite 8 season shouldn’t be forgotten. Problem with Rick Barnes’ teams is they struggle to stick to an identity. Thus, those teams crack under adversity. Same issue KU had this season, but ours was due to youth and inexperience, imho…



  • Must also mention, that a BIGGER BigXII disappointment than KU’s loss, was the 1st round exit by IowaSt. Their ranking was almost identical to KU’s, yet they get majorly upset by UAB.



  • @ralster satisfying because they got beat by a KU favorite!



  • @ralster bring on Marsha! As long as we don’t have to cater to WSU, I welcome playing against the slime ball. I think his time is passing by.



  • @Crimsonorblue22 Every college graduates this May.

    Oh - you mean Baker the dude.



  • @drgnslayr :eyes: :heart: :sheep: (close as I could find to a ewe) 2 - brah!!



  • @Crimsonorblue22 Well, if he says he’s happy and content at WSU, that settles it. Once a coach says he loves a place, he’s there for life.

    How did Ol’ Roy do last night ???



  • There is strong rumor from a recruiting insider that if Marshall were to leave WSU, that Ron Baker has strong consideration of playing his last year with Kansas (if not pro (which is still more likely )). Thought this was interesting tho.



  • I’ll toss this out here … I’ve seen some of the Gregg Marshall bashing this week. I don’t get it. I see @Crimsonorblue22 calling him a “slime ball” and “Marsha.” While I do appreciate the humor in the “Marsha” stuff … I really do … Marshall has produced more at WSU the last three seasons than Self has here. And the guy is most definitely not a slime ball.

    What has Marshall done wrong? Called us chickens? Good for him. We are chickens for not playing WSU.

    To numbers, has Self ever gone undefeated in a regular season (for those that value the regular season so much)? And Marshall has done more with far less – and that is important to remember, really the most important point. He kicked our ass with a bunch of unranked guys (or low ranked). He just didn’t beat us, he embarrassed us.

    All of those who want to say we did what we did against a tougher schedule – that argument was destroyed in 40 minutes in Omaha. WSU was just better. I’m guessing folks might not mock the MVC quite as much now, particularly since Self coached teams have been knocked out prematurely by three of them – UNI, WSU, and Bradley.

    The Marshall bashing to me is embarrassing also. There is the tendency to nit pick and trash folks that get the upper hand on you. We see it all the time with Calipari. Calipari is doing something, quite frankly, that our coach can’t. And what’s worse, our coach has taken the bait and has now diluted his own program with the OAD stench. All Calipari does is win. But he’s a devil for winning. I don’t see that any of his players had to sit out this season due to an NCAA inquiry.

    Back to Marshall – If all we have to fall back on is the history of our program, that’s nice, but that doesn’t get you a national title in 2015.

    Bill Self couldn’t figure out how to beat an undersized WSU team. If he could have, he would have faced another very undersized team in ND. And we would be playing UK today to really achieve something this season. Instead, KU fans are getting up this morning, finding a conference title t-shirt, and watching other programs do what we should be doing.

    @Family-Hawk On your rumor, Ron Baker would be absolutely nuts to consider coming to Kansas. Goodness. He was in a system where he could highlight his qualities. That just isn’t happening here. I seriously doubt that Baker was ever benched for shot selection. I watched 6 WSU games this season. Never once saw it. If Baker is graduating and can go where he wants, he should follow Marshall.



  • @HighEliteMajor

    Thanks for stating your honest opinion… in what can now be considered “anti-Marshall” territory.

    I’ve respected Marshall through his efforts at WSU. I like good basketball, and I seriously doubt he does anything illegal or unethical when he turned pumpkins into princes.

    What turned my stomach about Marshall was how he handled the Alabama rumors. I do believe that was felt by his troops. There is a sort of typical response a coach makes when put in that situation and Marshall didn’t make it. He should have said this isn’t the time for that and he is more than happy at WSU and he loves his players… yada yada yada. But instead, his response was he would consider it. I do believe this is the reason WSU lost to ND. The Shocks have another gear they kick into, and they didn’t. I have to admit, not sure I would kick into 110% mode if I played for him and he came out with a horrible reaction like he had. I suddenly felt like a sucker for believing in the guy. At that point, he lost all my respect.

    The book is still out on Calipari. It may takes years, but it is very possible that something will be exposed. How he is able to sign 9 McDs AAs and have them all happy-like while sitting half the game on the bench and no one shows an ounce of alpha-dog goes way way way beyond logic. If it is just Calipari’s salesmanship that is able to do that, it still doesn’t make it right. Those kids should all be spread out playing for other teams and playing a major role right now in March. I look at a kid like Marcus Lee and I see nothing but a waste of talent. He could have had a couple of years of full-time play and development and converted into some level of alpha-dog had he done the right thing and gone somewhere else. Calipari is exploiting these kids to the max. And so they all get a gold ring out of it… big deal. If they don’t win it all, they will all be the biggest laughing stocks ever to set foot on a college basketball court. That is their “chip”… trying to prevent the entire nation from laughing at them!

    What Calipari has done is create hatred by the entire college basketball nation outside of Kentucky. If they run through the tournament and win it all, and trash another great team in the finals… was that entertaining basketball to watch? Really? Then lets put these Kentucky clowns up against an NBA all-star team and watch them get pummeled by 50. Wow… how exciting!

    Even if Cal is not doing anything illegal… is it ethical to have such an approach to basketball? He has way beyond depth. And in order to get that depth he had to convince some 5-star talent that playing half a game would be the best thing for their careers. Most of the clowns on that team I will never respect. They are cowards for teaming up like that and doing that to college basketball. Gutless wimps. Cowards without an ounce of man in them to venture out and have to really fight for a championship. Total cowards.

    I’m saying all of this… but I’m not making excuses for Self’s performance. In reality… I believe the only team he has had that really overachieved was 2012. Not a single McDs AA and we made it to runner up. I don’t want to take anything away from our 2008 team, but seriously… they should have won! We were the stacked team in that tournament, and it still took a miraculous comeback to win it all. That was awesome, and I love those guys… but I think I put the achievement of TRob’s boys ahead of them. That was truly over-achievement.

    So Self has been to the tourney how many times now? And even if you want to say 2008 was an over-achieving team… that is only 2 teams he has had that has overachieved in March. Not a great record. And this isn’t just because us fans expect too much.



  • @drgnslayr said:

    Most of the clowns on that team I will never respect. They are cowards for teaming up like that and doing that to college basketball. Gutless wimps. Cowards without an ounce of man in them to venture out and have to really fight for a championship. Total cowards.

    You have never been accused of holding back your opinion!

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Gregg Marshall or John Calipari worshiper at all. I’m usually not like this, but I admit that it will be a great moment if UK loses without the national title. I’m kind of thinking it would be best in the NC title game … have it taken away in the last moment. That’s all this tourney is about now.

    I was watching sportscenter this morning. They had a graphic with the UK NBA guys … Cousins, Davis, Noel, Wall, and Prince – all having huge games last night.

    Why should Kansas chase the UK blueprint, when that recruiting standard is unattainable? Isn’t a different approach more warranted? And look, this UK team is beatable. And a Bill Self type team is the exact type of team to beat them … if he had the pieces for his system.



  • @HighEliteMajor Speaking of Self’s “pieces for his system,” I notice that he is looking at a tall graduating player who retains a year of transfer eligibility. Unless this Alexander Eligibility Issue is quickly and finally resolved, I look to see KU head into another season w/o optimum pieces in the fold.



  • @nuleafjhawk said:

    @Kip_McSmithers Going to Texas would give him the opportunity to lose to KU every year.

    Yes this would give him the opportunity but Marshall has yet to lose to Kansas. UK on the other hand has bounced him.



  • @HighEliteMajor

    I’m every bit as frustrated as you are in our March performance… and I’m lost on if we are going in the right direction. It shouldn’t be that way.

    I have to admit I’m an Izzo fan. At least the fans at MSU know the direction of their team. Izzo would probably like to get more 5-star players but he hasn’t sold his soul out to do it. I’m mixed on Self… if he has sold out for the OAD. I don’t know what kind of pressure he is under. We all can see the fan base is unhappy about March… but one can only wonder what pressures he faces behind closed doors.

    I really hope we aren’t following the Kentucky blueprint, but all indications point that way. Calipari is now reaching his goal of “perfection” and the ultimate prize for taking his strategy of bringing in the best players possible at 9 or more positions. I’m sure he’d like to recruit 12 McDs AAs for the ultimate “perfection.” None of that is what college basketball is about. Recruiting is important, but like all things in life… too much of a good thing turns something into bad.

    On record… Calipari can complete “perfection” and go down in the records as matching the '75-'76 Indiana Hoosiers season of undefeated and a NC. But there is no comparison to those teams. Knight had 3 AAs… not anything near the team of 9 McDs AAs that Calipari has. Most likely, Cals boys would put the stomp on that Hoosiers team. And they would do it with their marginal effort. But when I define “perfection” Calipari and this Kentucky team won’t be anywhere on that page… this Hoosiers team will be at the top! They had some talent, but it was their team effort and execution that made them special. 7 of the guys went on to the NBA, a few having long careers. May and Buckner received a few extra accolades in the NBA but Cal’s boys really shine at the next level and I doubt it will be much comparison later.

    The real threat with Cal isn’t this team. The real threat is that this team is merely the blueprint for his future teams. Does anyone really think this is it for Kentucky? Are people thinking all 9 of those McDs AAs are entering the draft? Cal will lose maybe 3 or 4… maybe 5. All of those will be replaced with similar talent and he may even go beyond 9 next year.

    The day Kansas signs 9 McDs AAs is the day I turn off Kansas basketball from my life.



  • @REHawk If I were HCBS, thankfully I’m not cause I couldn’t handle all the bashing from this site, the Alexander issue would already be resolved with a hand shake and best wishes in the league. Case closed.



  • @brooksmd I wonder if that hasn’t already happened…hence the push for Diallo.



  • @brooksmd I hope Cliff has been told goodbye as well. But I’d just as soon have an OAD–with the outside possibility that he stays for at least one additional year–as have a grad transfer that is for sure gone after one season.



  • @Wigs2 Trading one year of a OAD for one year of a grad student might be a good deal since the OAD probably has somewhat more skills. The downside is that the OAD will probably take 1/3 - 1/2 of the season to learn what it takes to play D1 ball. Let alone the skills, generally defensive, that go along with it. An additional advantage of the grad is that you have tape (shows how old I am) of him playing for 3 years against D1 competition. For the OAD you generally have tape of dunk after dunk against far inferior competition.



  • @HighEliteMajor perfect dual point: If we had the pieces…



  • @sfbahawk The “grad” transfer player may still take 1/2 season to be able to assimilate w/team. Tarik Black perfect example, and he was 100% motivated, intelligent young man. My worry is a grad transfer is not as chemistry-enhancing as Black. We got lucky with him.



  • Barnes canned. I’ll be Shocked if Marshall is not their new head coach.



  • @DanR I wager that the Texas job will be filled by Tuesday night, probably sooner. Gregg Marshall has got to be at or near the top of those being considered. Longhorns should become a power house with a guy like that.



  • @HighEliteMajor Agree totally. I often just shake my head at the “other-bashing” on this site. Especially ‘others’ so close to home–Marshall, Weber, Barnes, etc. The gloating over a rival’s losses–I won’t go so far as to say embarrassed, but I certainly find it distasteful, and I know how you feel. Just seems small-minded to me. I’d hate to be in a foxhole with some of these guys and find out we went to different high schools.

    All this talk about “Wait til he gets in a big conference, then we’ll see the emperor has no clothes, blah blah blah.” Why not just give the guy his due–he’s done a great job with a lot less talent than KU.



  • @KUinLA In a league a lot less talented and competitive than the Big 12. Gotta be said.



  • @KUinLA

    “I’d hate to be in a foxhole with some of these guys and find out we went to different high schools.”

    Not sure where that one came from but enjoyed it!



  • @drgnslayr

    The reason he can get 9 Alpha Dog’s to do whatever he wants is because Cal is the Alpha Dog above them all. His influence in the public, in the NBA, is what separates him from almost any College Coach. You want to believe Marcus Lee doesn’t want to be apart of a 40-0 season instead of playing at another school where he’s probably already in the off-season. And his exposure playing for UK is higher than anywhere in the country. He’s probably on NBA radar’s for that alone, not including his limited actual game.

    Why do you think so many Top recruits haven’t signed with teams? Because they all want to go to UK and want to know how the rosters shake out. That’s how much Cal has impacted the game, he’s single handily changed recruiting. Whatever people want to say about him, he has a system, he’s made it work more times than not. The one year he didn’t he failed miserably, the others he’s lifted the UK brand above all in the game.

    Coach K is the same. He can bring in 3-4 All-American’s and blend them into the team and get them to play bigger than their age. Winslow, Jones, Okafor don’t play or act like freshman. He’s done this year after year after year. He’s used to it, he has a system in place for players to shine. He will continue to do what he’s doing.

    Self. well this style of All-American’s isn’t new to him but he doesn’t change either to blend them in. They either adapt to his ways or not, call it stubborness, call it being the Alpha Dog whatever it is Self doesn’t budge for 1, or 2, players. He does things his way, he’s done more with players that develop over a career than showcasing a 1 year talent. Because KU is an elite program he’s adapted maybe his own preference to keep churning kids into the NBA regardless how many years it takes them. You could say that Self is still learning how to mesh OAD’s with his typical 4 year players. Maybe he’s not that great at, maybe his system doesn’t want an individual to shine.

    We are simply spoiled, it’s not enough to just make the tourney or have great regular seasons anymore. We need more, we need deep tourney runs, we need the KU name in the spotlight for validation. What will Self do to get us back there?



  • Marshall is a great mid level coach. Just like Greg McDermot of Creighton aNs at Northern Iowa.

    But he couldn’t recruit top tier players to Iowa st. He had a very nice senior led team at creighton for its first year I. The Big East, but, it’s not looking good for his recruiting now to bring in top tier players to stay competitive in te Big East.

    Marshall might have that same problem. Go out and get kids who might ride te pine at a major school or walk ins and get them to buy in to the program and the little brother role and you win.

    What will he be able to do at Texas? He has no ties to top tier players, programs and well even though we all know Texas is fine being average,Marshalls average players he gets at WSU won’t make the cut at Texas and the Big 12 not day in and day out year after year.

    Sure get them up to play the big brother once a year is easy. Get them up to play the bully twice a year is t that hard, but to do it day after day week after week??

    I can’t see him making it at a major program.



  • @KUinLA The reason for the bashing? A part of it might be that folks are threatened by his success. Threatened by what they really know. Threatened by what we saw this season. And perhaps a bit worried. This team can only win one way … it’s either the only way Self will let it win, or the only way Self can win. Either way, if we don’t have the right personnel for his system, we now know we’re out of luck offensively … regardless of how good the talent is overall. He won’t adjust to fit his talent.



  • @JRyman Gee, while I recognize that there appear to be a lot of Marshall haters out, is there any doubt he is really good coach? What he has done, in a relatively short time, at WSU is remarkable. They have 150 wins over the past 5 years - second to UK. Sure, he wouldn’t have had nearly that many in any of the power 5 conferences, but WSU has consistently beaten good team out of conference and in the tournament - and he has done it without elite talent.

    No, he hasn’t proven himself as a recruiter, but if he ends up at Texas, he will undoubtedly get access to better talent than he has been able to attract to Wichita. IMO, even if he doesn’t recruit the top tier, if he is able to get consistent good talent to UT, I think they will be a formidable opponent year in and out. Does anyone out there really believe that he wouldn’t deliver more than Barnes has over the past 7 years?



  • @DCHawker Exactly … Marshall has proven he can take inferior talent and beat top talent already. Has Self ever had to play a season here with roster that looks like WSU?

    Or heck, try Notre Dame – they played seven players. One guy 6’10, then three 6’5" guys, one 6’1" guy, and a 6’5" and 6’8" off the bench. All with players ranked #38, #86, #97, #105, #108, #128, and #145. They should have beaten UK. We should have just stayed home vs. UK.

    You don’t want to see the non-rankings of the WSU players. Heck, we complain about Traylor and Lucas, but those are the kind of guys that other programs have to win with.

    Bill Self’s consistency is amazing – the consistency at getting amazing talent. I wonder how Self would do against Marshall, Brey, or many other coaches right now if he had the exact same talent?

    Realistically, I think he’d do fine. I think his system raises the floor. I just don’t think that we should poo-poo other coaches that succeed.



  • @DCHawker and @highelitemajor I’m not a Marshall hater. What I’m saying is when youlook at recent track records or a coach in a similar situation such as McDermott it’s hard not to point out the similarities.

    Creighton was the king of the MVC for years, even beating WSU. I’m not saying either are bad coaches or inferior. But recruiting could be a tough pull. Yes Texas has a cash flow that never stops along with facilities that are top notch. Barnes had the pick of the litter, Aldridge and Dirant for starters, he couldn’t cosch his way out of a wet apart bag though and it showed.

    If Marshall ends up at Texas, he will or should be able to recruit. The question then becomes can he get top players to work hard for him? Not saying he can’t. Just asking if he can.

    I think other Big12 schools are trying to up their basketball programs to keep up with KU and Self. Look at the hires at OU, TCU and Tech recently. It might not be to long before OKst and Baylor make changes from recruiters of talent to cosches or players.

    Iowa St. could be in need of a top cosch as well if Fred heads to the NBA this summer. Might be coaching Mr Wiggins.

    Sorry I went off the rails during this post, but my mind just went wild and I let it out.



  • @HighEliteMajor I agree we shouldn’t be bashing other coaches that are over achieving. But I also think it’s unfair to think that Self couldn’t have done that with inferior talent at a smaller school. He did overachieve at other schools with lower ranked talent. For some reason it seems like at Kansas we are just unable to develop that chip on the shoulder that Self teams of earlier years had. Maybe they are just too afraid to lose and Self hasn’t been able to properly motivate them. It will be interesting to see what Marshall would do when he has the top talent and is expected to win every year.

    And P.S ND deserved to win. They got robbed. Was so hoping that desperation three would have gone in.



  • @nuleafjhawk Well, he kicked our talented and competitive butts.



  • @HighEliteMajor I try not to bash the other coaches. But, I think Marshall did bring some of it on with his chickenhawks comment. Bashing in response to that, is, my view, warranted to a point. Also, some people just see it as fun…their right I guess… Now, come on, Weber has left himself wide open with some of the things he has said and done…



  • @HighEliteMajor Those are all good point, but I have been thinking…Is the talent level gap all that great? Certainly, WSUs experience level is part of the equation. I think our talent level is greater…but maybe not as much as we might think. During WSUs little run in the last 3 years they have had Early, who is an NBA talent. Will Baker and VanVleet play in the league? Probably. Of course, if their talent level is closer to ours than people think that also is a complement to Marshall…if he identified and developed talent that others didn’t identify.



  • @FarSideHawk @JRyman Ah, and those are really good points. What will he do with better talent, different dynamics, bigger expectations, more pressure? Waht will he do on a bigger stage? Has he ever had to deal with a player that knows, before he sets foot on campus, that he will eventually make more money than his coach does? You can slay the giants in one game settings here and there (though Marshall’s #1 seed in 2014 got bounced early), but how do you do day in, day out. Thus the good McDermott example. Self has proven that he can win at every level. ORU, Tulsa, Illinois, Kansas. You mentioned the smaller schools – Self’s Elite Eight with Tulsa.

    @Hawk8086 You’re hitting on the point of raw talent and developed talent. The Cliff Alexander vs. Thomas Robinson. The Kelly Oubre vs. Travis Releford. The Andrew Wiggins vs. Andrew White. The Stephen Zimmerman vs. Tyler Davis. Yes, I’ll take make chances with developed talent.


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