• Guys & gals: I’m looking at other Big 12 teams in the Non Con and have a question. I’m hoping I can get some 100% open minded, viewed opinion, and not someone making a crazy statement just because you may not like or can’t stand that team or Coach or not. I honestly want a thought out opinion ok?

    My ques;tion is cause I’m not really sure. but my question is some of our other league teams a little better then what I thought OR is the teams they have played maybe not as good as they have been or usually are?

    Examples for this question: TCU 6-0 with wins over UNLV & Washington. - - Granted not real powers but usually pretty decent schools.

    Example: – KSU losing to Maryland by 1 - - their only loss this year, ya the rest of their wins pretty cupcake but Maryland Coached by our old friend - -usually pretty decent

    Example: Texas maybe not as good this year? - - Losing to Colorado? by 14 - - -only scoring 54 points for the game? - - - -Getting beat bad by North Western by 19 – -only scoring 58? - - long year for Shaka?

    Well let me know just curious - - -what your thinking - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • KSU is BAD. I’ve seen them play. Baaaaaaad. That same Maryland team was getting ran off the floor by RICHMOND before turning it around. KSU with their schedule will be the definition of a paper tiger heading into conference play. They should win their next 6 games too. It would have been like KU scheduling three Rhode Island level opponents in football.

    TCU I am not sure. Dixon is a good coach. Their schedule is pretty blah. Don’t trust the Washington win at all. Washington has lots of talent but they don’t play up to it. If I were betting, bottom half of the league still.

    Texas is ASS. I thought they’d be better. The talent is there, maybe Shaka isn’t a great coach? They will win some games they shouldn’t due to talent, but also drop games they shouldn’t.

    For my money


  • @BShark have to agree about Jamie Dixon. Even though I eat sleep and drink Crimson and Blue, I was really happy to see Jamie come in the league. Like you say he is a good coach KSU I know that Non Con sucks just surprised me they only lost by ONE to Maryland - -but understand a little better now, knew there haad to be some reason.

    Couldn’t be happier about Texas - -never have liked Shaka kind of comes across to me as a aggorant S.O.B - -hell the could go winless in the Big 12 wouldn’t bother me a bit - -Hell maybe Texas fire him too lmao - - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • @jayballer54

    Agree. More good coaches in the league is a positive.

    I really want to add more perspective to just how bad KSU’s schedule is. Maybe because of how obnoxious KSU fans that don’t understand are.

    KSU opp kenpom rankings: 289, 177, 332, 290, 194 and 55 (Maryland).

    So they lost to the only team they played with a pulse. The rest are all worse than UNCA, some much worse. All but Maryland are worse than .500 except BC who is 3-3.

  • @jayballer54

    TCU is okay, they finally have depth and some talented veterans for Dixon to work with. Dixon was a good coach at Pitt and is a good fit in the Big-12. I think he moved them up a few places but we’ll see when conference play comes around. Until they make their home gym a place to be feared, teams will not be scared about playing them.

    As for wins over UNLV- one of the worst well known teams this year and Washington- a notoriously underachieving team that only cares about showcasing guard play and not playing defense. Can’t take much from either as I thought they were expected wins for TCU. But for them its probably good progress.

    KSU- Laughing out loud. Same team as last year, just a year older. They will have an extremely overrated record going into conference play. Maryland is a shell of the team they were the last few years. Trimble and… nothing. They almost lost to Towson and Richmond. Trimble gets a showcase year for the scouts to hopefully convince them he’s a 2nd round pick.

    Texas is a team not playing to its talent. Replacing 4 starters is hard to do. I don’t think Texas has a natural fit at PG, just a bunch of athlete’s trying to play it. They could be a team that comes around if the pieces fit. Until then I’m happy for any loss Shaka gets

  • @BeddieKU23

    Based on early reports out of Austin I expected more out of Jacob Young. I think he is their best chance to be an actual PG, but he isn’t ready this year. Roach, Jones, Yancy and Davis are absolutely not PGs.

  • @BShark All I can say is - - -WOW knew it was bad but had no idea THAT BAD - - can you say job security for BRUCIE? or as my favorite announcer say - - cupcake city BABY lmao - - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • @BeddieKU23 YA I guess that must be what I’m thinking for TCU, wasn’t sure about the opponents, was just thinking about Dixon a better Coach and then in the past these were games I’m sure they wouldn’t have won. - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • Hard to say with KSU, I watched a few minutes of their game against BC. They have trouble scoring the ball and will do as Iwandu (spelled wrong) does, they think they have a bruiser in DJ Johnson but only until he meets Doka, they can guard pretty well. I’d pick them 8th or 9th in the league. TCU has looked pretty decent, Trent Johnson actually got some good talent to come their Shepard and Co, but couldn’t put it together. They could be a sleeper to get in the dance this season. I’m shocked at how bad Texas looks to this point, haven’t got Smarts textbook defense going and cant score thus far. ISU is solid and if not for Zaga shooting the lights out they would have beaten them. WVU is always hard to judge based off of their defense, if you can break it, it leads to easy buckets most the time. I also feel if the touch fouls and weak ass fouls we have been called for this season are called on them, they foul out half the team.

  • Can’t seem to post a “new topic” for whatever reason. Sorry to jump into this one. But damn did the volleyball ladies ever get shafted tonight 😠

  • @cragarhawk yes they did – I call BULLSHIT - - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • Bruce Weber is not a bad coach. He seems to find unranked talent but he cannot seem to hold on to it, and then there is his voice, that gadawful voice that sounds like Mickey Mouse on helium that is worse than nails on chalkboard.

  • @cragarhawk look under hey guys

  • @JayHawkFanToo Recruiting is a big part of what makes a coach good and Weber is a terrible recruiter. You cannot be a good coach when you suck at half your job.

  • @Texas-Hawk-10 said:

    @JayHawkFanToo Recruiting is a big part of what makes a coach good and Weber is a terrible recruiter. You cannot be a good coach when you suck at half your job.

    This guy gets it.

    Also, Foster is a legit player, but who else has Bruce got that you wouldn’t mind at KU? Maaaaaybe Dean Wade?

  • @BShark but isn’t foster the kid that left?

  • @Crimsonorblue22 said:

    @BShark but isn’t foster the kid that left?

    Yes. Also a strike against Bruce.

    Trying to think of others he recruited that I wouldn’t mind at KU. Whiffing.

  • Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, and Oklahoma St. are the 4 best teams in the Big 12 I’ve seen so far. Scott Drew’s defense tends to be more effective in the nonconference because a lot of teams don’t see a zone very often. Baylor’s defense is less effective in the Big 12 because everyone has a long history of scouting against it. They should be a top 4 team and make the NCAA tournament this year, but they’re not special.

    ISU and Texas look like tournament teams, but nothing special.

    TCU will good in a year or two and will be a difficult game, but they’re not tournament good yet. KSU will be bad thus year when they play some good teams.

    I haven’t watched Texas Tech or Oklahoma yet, but Texas Tech will probably finish last and OU should still be solid because Lon Kruger is a really good coach and have OU in the mix for an NCAA tournament bid.

    I think the Big 12 can still get 6, maybe even 7 teams in the NCAA tournament this year although KU, Baylor, and WVU look like the only 3 teams that can make it past the weekend.

  • @BShark they all got caught smoking on trips

  • @cragarhawk Its in football and other sports. I think about 5 of us post there lol

  • @BShark

    Obviously KU and KSU do not go after the same players so it would be unlikely that a KSU recruited player, with a couple of exceptions, would get playing time at KU.

    Like I said, Weber is a good X and Os coach and he has done relatively well with what he had at hand. I agree that his recruiting is sub-par but recruiting to Manhattan cannot be easy.

  • @JayHawkFanToo Weber killed the Chicago pipeline to Illinois that Self took full advantage of while there and any competent recruiter could have kept going, that’s how bad a recruiter Weber is.

    Weber is a great mid major type coach where recruiting is much less important, but at P5 schools where you have to recruit to survive, there’s a reason why Illinois got a little worse basically every year and why KSU has fallen off a cliff. Even most KSU fans hated the Weber hire so when KSU fans are smart enough to realize Weber was a bad hire, that’s saying something.

  • @Texas-Hawk-10 replace OSU with the cryclones and those will probably be the top four teams

  • @HawkChamp OSU finishes top 4 this year. Underwood is a great coach and OSU has enough pieces to finish top 4 in a down league.

    ISU is Monte Morris this year and when they play teams that know them, they’re lack of depth will be exposed.

  • @Texas-Hawk-10

    Tbf, Weber is a huge dork, would you want to play for him? 😏

  • @BShark

    Interesting they thought Young was a PG. I thought he was a scoring guard much in the mold of his brother.

    The loss of Taylor was a big hit, one that seemed to be swept under the rug. Watching Texas, they don’t have chemistry with all the young players and as you mentioned guys are being forced to play a position they don’t excel at. I also think this bunch isn’t that great defensively other than Allen’s ability to block shots. They want to play Shaka style defense but there doesn’t seem to be 5-6 guys that have bought in. West Virginia makes them look like an AAU squad trying to pressure.

  • @kjayhawks

    Good thing you mentioned West Virginia. Definitely the same squad as always just less talented. Temple tried to give them the game and they still couldn’t win. I don’t see a guy on their team that consistently wants to score unlike last year where you had Devin Williams & Paige who stepped up for them. They lack that guy this year and it will show in games.

  • @Texas-Hawk-10 I disagree but we will see

  • I will go a bit counter grain here: I think KSU is FAR better than last year. I know its early, and maybe this number will regress to its true avg for the season as the season grinds on: but this year KSU is 44% trey, while last year for the season, they were a dismal 30%. Last year they looked fugly on offense. We knew they were a scrappy team, that wont change.

    But watching a couple of their games, they honestly look a TON smoother (in the 2 games I saw), were pass-pass-passing around the perimeter quickly to beat a zoneD, and even Iwundu and DWade hit open 3s. They were 7for8 on 3s in just the first half of that game.

    Personally, IF (big IF), they can play that disciplined and defend like they do, they may be battling OkieState for top 4 in conference. I have KU, IowaSt, as top 2.

    I almost started a new topic about KSU and how impressive they looked, but didnt only because I havent seen enough of their work this year. It’d be premature. They do return a ton of guys from last year, guys who will do what Weber wants, and he is a fundamentals type coach, but is no better at recruiting than Gregg Marshall. So, be wary of KSU just like you’d be wary of WSU.

    Jamie Dixon is a MOST welcome addition to the Big12, now at his alma mater of TCU. They will contend right away mid-pack. Not cellar dwellars. Maybe even a better purple, as they are in football.

    Brad Underwood is also a very respected addition to the BigXII at OkieSt. He is a KSU grad (and KSU fans really wanted him in place of Weber), under the excellent lineage stemming from Jack Hartmann, and is a contemporary of Lon Kruger, who is doing well at OU, but has a major re-load going on at OU this season.

    Jack Hartmann was a football and basketball player at OklaSt, learned under Henry Iba, then went to KSU to coach. Also learning from Iba was Eddie Sutton at OSU, whom Bill Self then played for. Know that the lineages are linked, and when you see tough playstyles, I do try to consider and credit where that playstyle is coming from. For example, why does Self coach the way he does? What exactly did he learn from Sutton, L.Brown, and from other styles like Izzo’s and Krzyzewski’s and Roy’s? The OklaSt footprint is heavy in the BigXII right now.

    Stated another way, I expect worthy adversaries and great basketball out of OU, OSU, TCU.

    It remains to be seen if Shaka Smart’s style will translate into bldg TX into a top contender, same applies to TxTech.

    Prohm at ISU’s accomplishments remain to be seen against tougher foes. And I do think KSU will be a better, more capable opponent this year.

  • @ralsterIf you go to the ESPN site - - pull up the Men’s basketball, go under teams & pull up K-state under stats - -it shows them shooting right at 38% on 3pt shooting - - tied for 5th best in the big 12. - other stats on them - - 8th in scoring - - 7th in rebounding - - -7th in asst, - - - -5th in steals - - tied for 7th in to’s - - tied for last in free throw% - - that to me is not a good recipe for winning or improved - - that will not cut it in the big 12 - -and definitely NOT TOP 4

    Also have to disagree with Iowa St being 2nd - -they play NO DEFENSE what so ever- - -just like always they only want to play one end of the floor. I think going to be more like KU , Baylor, W Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Okla St, KSU, Texas TCU, Texas Tech. - - -you could easily turn around W Virginia and Iowa State maybe Texas and K-State switched but definitely feel it’s KU - - Baylor this year. - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • @jayballer54 Oh yeah, great point. That was my impression last week, but as the season goes on, I completely agree with your rankings: KU, Baylor (really caught my attn), WVU, ISU/OSU/OU/KSU, then TCU/TX, then TxTech.

    Lets see how the stats accumulate in the next month. That 38% may exactly be that “regression to the mean”. Of course, as everyone knows, I really dont want to see KSU-Weber contending for anything, haha…

  • 1- KU




    5-OKIE ST

  • Quick and dirty assessment of the other 9 Big 12 schools.

    Oklahoma - 4-1 with no impressive wins and a loss to Northern Iowa on their record. UNI is usually solid, and they have only two losses on the season (both to a very good Xavier team due to a strange scheduling quirk). OU looks like a middle of the pack type of team that will probably be holding their breath on selection Sunday.

    Oklahoma State - 5-1, but got blasted by UNC. Granted, UNC is probably one of the five best teams in the country, but they still got beat by 30. They will probably also be holding their breath on Selection Sunday, but I think they are better than Oklahoma right now.

    West Virginia - 4-1, very good defensively, had an impressive comeback against Temple in their only loss (down by 20, lost by just 4). I think they will have trouble scoring all season, but their defense will keep them in lots of games. They are a tournament team.

    Texas - 3-2, no identity right now. Smart is pushing his defensively philosophy, but doesn’t appear to have buy in from his players just yet. They should be better than this, but they are not. They have talent, so they could always figure it out. I need to watch them again to get to the bottom of this. Right now, they are not a tournament team.

    Texas Tech - 5-1, no wins of any note. Only loss is to Auburn, a team that is probably going to be pretty good this year under Bruce Pearl, despite their loss to Purdue (a Big 10 contender). Tech has been building depth and talent. They should be back in the dance this year again.

    Kansas State - 5-1. I am taking a wait and see approach with KSU. I need to see how they handle the game at Saint Louis before making a judgment. Hanging with Maryland got my attention, although I am still not convinced the Cats are any good.

    Iowa State - 5-1, and as good as that record would indicate. They could have knocked off Gonzaga, and they have a convincing win over Miami, too. They are a tournament team unless Monte Morris goes down. Probably a top 5 seed.

    Baylor - 6-0, this is potentially Scott Drew’s best team in Waco. Wins over three ranked teams already, it’s arguable that their resume is better than KU’s at this moment (beat Oregon and Michigan State by double digits, came back to knock off Louisville). That Xavier game over the weekend should be interesting. They could be a top 3 seed.

    TCU - 6-0, with a rematch with Washington looming. TCU could be .500 in the conference this year, which likely makes them a tournament team. Big congrats to Jamie Dixon on getting this team over the hump. They look like a serious team and they have more talent and depth than ever.

    Predicted conference finish:

    1. Kansas
    2. Iowa State
    3. Baylor
    4. TCU
    5. Texas Tech
    6. West Virginia
    7. Oklahoma
    8. Oklahoma State
    9. Texas
    10. Kansas State

    The crazy thing is, I think that 9 of those teams still have at least a chance to go to the tournament. Probably only 7 teams will go dancing, but just about everyone will get a shot entering conference play.

  • If KSU finishes ahead of Texas in the conference that is the biggest indictment of Shaka that I can think of.

  • @justanotherfan Baylor is definitely a legit final four contendor, though I would argue the 2009-10 Baylor team with Ekpe Udoh, Lacedarius Dunn and Tweety Carter was his best.

  • @HawkChamp

    That team was salty af.

  • But as I recall Baylor has a coach who looks like a deer in the headlights any time he plays us or other top notch competition.

  • @justanotherfan Good analysis I agree with it.

  • @wissox Yes as I have stated before I’m just not sold on Scott Drew getting them to the next level of play.

  • The above variations in people’s top 4 or top 5 rankings tell us how much fluctuations we may have, as there’s many unknowns from coaches, to buy-in, to new players, experience.

    I really think TCU could be a force under Dixon, but when?

    Im interested to see what OU is like down the stretch, they lost a lot, probably the most, but their coaching and system are stable, and fundamental based.

    Weber’s team has the benefit of returning chemistry and some improvements in the players individually. They didnt seem to labor much against an opposing zone D in the stretches I saw, and their own D was typical for them. Their offense looked like they have been working on it as a team effort. Lets judge them against better foes.

  • The dangerous thing about Scot Drew or Baylor, is if their most experienced players, or even Drew himself, simply get motivated or ticked off about the conf season fade-outs. But just as someone posted above, the BigXII is well-rehearsed against Baylor’s version of zoneD, which is nothing like Syracuse’s version of it. Self’s teams, ever since the 08 guys, specialize in busting zones, and are usually well-equipped to do it, from a playstyle, personnel, and philosophical standpoint.

    Beating WVU’s press is also requiring of a certain playstyle and attn to detail and some caveats to avoid. Mostly, KU has it figured out. The Wiggins45KUloss reflected a very young (frosh + soph) KU team. If WVU has ANY dropoff from last season, that game is 2-3 times easier for KU compared to that Wiggs season. And what we do to WVU’s offense with our own D, will be just as key, if not more so.

  • @wissox

    I would have agreed with you, but that comeback against Louisville (a good team with a HOF level coach) has me wondering if that is an old opinion that isn’t necessarily valid anymore. If you’re going to cave in, a neutral site game against a top 15 team when you’re down 20 seems like the best time to do that. Baylor didn’t, so that’s either a testament to some great coaching, or its a testament to having an overwhelming talent advantage over a top 15 team. Either premise is scary.

  • @wissox As much as Drew is fun to make fun of, he is a very solid coach that has had that Baylor program in the top 25 the majority of his tenure there. And what he took over, well it was probably one of the worst gigs in CBB at the time. On probation, 7 scholarship players and recruiting restrictions… He turned THAT into Baylor’s first NCAA tournament bid since 1988. And has taken them 6 times, soon to be 7. Or, rather, more times than all other Baylor coaches combined. And he has done it in only 13 years compared to the 60 years other coaches have had.

    Scott Drew IS Baylor basketball. His job should be damn near as secure as Bill’s.

  • @Kcmatt7

    He’s really good, but also appears to have a ceiling (EE) so it’s possible that Baylor could get big for their britches and look for better. That said, they care a lot more about football and they could EASILY end up like KU football after we fired Mangino (Drew level football coach imo).

  • @Kcmatt7 is Linsey their starting pg?

  • @Kcmatt7 I’m not an expert on coaching, and really not qualified to seriously judge Scott Drew’s coaching ability, so my comment was a little snarky. So would it be safe to say that Scott is a great recruiter? I’ve always thought he was anyways. I’ve always been of the impression that talent is responsible for their relative success more than his coaching.

    I do admit that Scott has turned Baylor into kind of a Wisconsin of the south. Longtime laughingstock turned into something respectable. I remember with great shock the first time they beat us down in Waco (sometime around the early 2000’s) and just being in shock we’d lost to Baylor. Not even sure if Scott was coaching Baylor then, may have been the guy who lost control in a bad way, Bliss I think?

    So anyways, yes, Scott has done some good things, thanks @justanotherfan for pointing out the same.

  • @Crimsonorblue22 Lecomte, a Belgian transfer from Miami. sat out last season. Putting up very solid numbers. He’s a little quick guy. Like 5’11 in shoes. 13 ppg and 6 apg. Only 2 turnovers per game.

    The thing they have, as usual, size. Motley is an animal and Lual-Acuil seems to be the surprise of this season. He is averaging 4.2 Blocks per game.

    Biggest disappointments have been Lindsey and Wainright. Wainright shooting absolutely terribly. Lindsey not getting many shots off.

  • @justanotherfan I’ll stay with mine lol. Until Iowa State can show that they are interested in playing defense for the full 40 minutes instead of just scoring, until then I’ll stay with Baylor over them for sure. As far as K-State is concerned I also caught my eye with them losing to Maryland only by one BUT was brought to my attention they are a shell of a team ( Maryland ) to what they have been in the past. Soooo and that’s the ONLY team that’s come close to any resemblance of a team - -their non-con is a JOKE. Oklahoma is some what a mystery to me at this point - -still think they will get it straightened out TCU I agree I think Jamie Dixon was a really good catch for them as a Coach, have always liked him - - their Non Con has been so so, BUT UNLV and Washington are teams they would of been incapable of beating last year - - so showing progress for sure, they are going to do fine -a lot better then in the past. - - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • @wissox I actually think Scott isn’t THAT BAD of a coach - -what hw walked into is kind of like what Beaty walked into for Ku football. - - It was a disaster. - - Scott has had them winning I believe over 20 for multiple season now, getting good recruits - -& getting better - -Motley is an animal. He HAS turned their program back around, we will have to contend with them this year for sure- - for sure NOT saying they will take it from us but the game in Waco ought to be special. I think this year again will be tough in the Big 12 maybe not like last year BUT again think it’s going to boil down to who can steal, some wins on the road, looking forward to it - - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

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