February 18: Our Daily Threads
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##Embiid: TXTech and Beyond -@truehawk93##
I’m sure Embiid is fine and thankful there is no structural damage. We’ll need him a whole lot more down the back stretch of the season. Let’s not jeopardize a crucial piece of our chances to win the conference and a deep run in the tourney. Embiid is a huge key to that run.
###Feb 17: Wiggins Highlight video and other freshmen as well - @wissoxfan83 ###
Interesting to me is there are no jump shots for Wiggins. All drives to the hoops, several not terribly impressive in my view. I watched Parkers highlights, he had a bit more substance to his, although his top play was in a blue-white scrimmage, so that shouldn’t really count. Of course being ESPN, maybe they can even control these vids to make one look better than another.
Man alive… Who do I single out for the FLOOR BURN AWARD on this one? Perry Ellis had a MAN NIGHT! 32-points, 8 rebounds (4 offensive), 5 assists and 2 steals! And he proved he can be a threat from the perimeter, nailing two 3-point shots. It will be nice (moving forward) to exploit that option!
Andrew Wiggins… played a solid game. He’s staying busy and on the move. He managed 17-points and just took what was given to him.
###Feb 17: On Brandon and Bill - @jaybate###
Brandon Rush came home yesterday and his jersey is still not hanging in the field house. Rush and Self had not seen each other in two years and his jersey is still not hanging in the field house. Bill Self says Brandon Rush is the greatest defensive player he ever coached and his jersey is still not hanging in the field house. IMHO, Brandon Rush is still the best freshman basketball player Bill Self has ever coached at KU and his jersey is still not hanging in the field house.
After reading article after article I’m beginning to wonder? We all have heard and read about how great Wiggins, JoeJoe, and Seldon are. These three have disappointed and wowed us with what they can do on the basketball court. I think we can all agree if these three are on their game KU is almost impossible to beat. However I wonder.
It seems to me there is a sleeping Giant in our mist. A player that can rebound, a player that can dunk, a player that has a mid range shot, a player that can shoot the three, and finally a player that can create his own shot.
BMac had a great dunk tonight with the help of Shaq. Unfortunately there was a Wall in his way.
HA! Billl Self’s take regarding the latest of team disciplinary actions, this time involving Brannen Greene, benched for the TCU contest. I don’t know the apprehensions of other posters who have followed closely the freshman season of young Mr. Greene, but since his summertime vehicular incident and subsequent ill decision, I have kept my fingers crossed that Brannen’s inclinations might not succumb to further ill fated actions and consequences. Since this benching appears to be only a 1-game punishment, evidently the slippage is not of severe caliber. Unfortunate for the freshman, just when his minutes seemed to rise to the threshold of much sunnier horizons…Kaboom! I’ll keep my fingers crossed until midApril.
###Feb 15: Hoops housing rejected: round up the usual suspects -@jaybate###
Here is where board rats post who voted against the basketball housing and why. Time to understand the politics of basketball housing.
Our man Tait, over at KUSports has posted a story on our 3-point proficiency to date. And while Matt isn’t quite the stat-grinder Jesse is, we appreciate his efforts in shining the light away from emotional views to hard facts. Thank you, Matt!
The season has played out long enough now that we can look at hard numbers and form a strategy around them. Might players play up or down as the season progress? Yes, of course… but then it is good to factor in recent games to estimate future proficiency. Players (and teams) go hot and cold… that’s what Las Vegas counts on… there is enough variance in the game to keep things unpredictable around their point spreads, creating a 50/50 jump ball where they net 10% on the overall wash.
###Feb 13: Is There a Bounty on KU OADs? - @jaybate###
Today is my day for asking an irreverent question, I guess.
Self said Selden was injured early and some times his uneven play hints that his injury recurs intermittently.
Just a short topic here but I’m curious to hear who our NC picks are right now and why on earth is Syracuse the dominant zone team in the country year after year? I am resolved to the hawks not making the FF, and along that thought, I’m also deciding on Billy D as my favorite coach and Florida winning it all this year. Looking forward to your opinions.
###Feb 13: Tight Calls, Less Injuries/Loose Calls, More Injuries? - @jaybate###
Increasingly, this season seems to be segmented into two seasons.
The first season was when fouls were called very tightly inside and out and there was next to no butcher ball.
###Feb 12: Post Latest Scuttlebutt on When Jam Tray Will Be Back Here - @jaybate###
###Feb 12: Welcome to Hedge Row Country - @jaybate###
Eisenhower assaulted Normandy with the most awesome military force ever assembled, but no one was certain the invasion would succeed. Weather could easily have wrecked the plan, but it did not. The inability to get many of the glider and paratrooper forces to their intended destinations followed by their inability coordinate into effective fighting units in the darkness could have wrecked the plan, but instead their own chaos caused so much confusion among the Germans that they did not know how to capitalize on the chaos. The Germans could have wrecked the plan by bringing their Panzers up immediately, but they did not. The miscalculations at Omaha that cost so many lives could have wrecked the plan by exposing a weak flank that those at Utah might not have been able to hold, but it did not. Montgomery’s left bogging down could have wrecked the plan, but the Germans did not amass enough force soon enough to exploit the situation. So: inspite of all the SNAFUs, the Allies, the greatest single amphibious invasion force in human history established a successful foothold and primed to begin to grind down their enemy with overwhelming ground and air force, plus staggering logistical advantage.
But then things ground to a halt in hedge row country in the American sector.
It is always a tough loss in the Little Apple because, to be quite frankly, it rarely occurs!
I was not overly-optimistic about walking out of the Octagon with a win this time because we count on too much production from freshmen.
Rest him now get him healthy for the stretch run, and is a 1 seed everything? I’ll take a two seed and a rested Joel for the tournament run, over a slowed and hobbled Joel and a 1 seed any day.
What stood out the most last night was the obvious reality of having a bunch of freshmen on the same team visiting a hostile environment. Everyone makes such a big deal out of the Hilton… I’d rather go play at ISU than KSU… any day of the week!
Wiggins is only 18. When I was 18 I popped more zits than long ball jump shots. All of our team is filled with kids. I think I’d make an exception on Tarik… he seems to be the lone adult.
###Feb 10: The NEW Rupp Arena! - @jaybate###
Since the University of Kentucky is having problems recruiting quality players to their basketball program, they thought an update to Rupp Arena might help!
Yikes… maybe we can pawn “the rules” and add some glass and metal to AFH!
###Feb 10: FLOOR BURN AWARD: KU vs WVU - Feb 8 -@drgnslayr###
This was a lot tougher game than many fans were prepared for. Two months ago, we would have viewed this game as a sure thing, but Bob Huggins has shown us, once again, why he is a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame someday. WVU has several talented offensive weapons, one sticking out above the rest, Juwan Staten. Staten showed all day how easy it was for him to cut through the Jayhawk backcourt like it was warm butter. It has been realized for quite some time now that KU’s backcourt defense needs improving, especially at the PG position.
Staten gave Naadir Tharpe fits all day, and it didn’t take too long for Coach Self to make the strategic move to pull Tharpe off of Staten, if for no other reason than to save Tharpe from foul trouble.
###Feb 10: Smart: not so smart. -@REHawk###
The Cowboys’ (All-American?) guard quickly sliding into depths of despair. Time for Sports Illustrated to solicit a personal interview.
I left my viewing of KU’s methodical win today wanting more – wanting more from our point guard, Naadir Tharpe. The question is whether Tharpe is bumping up against his talent ceiling? We’ve seen Tharpe be near spectacular shooting the ball. We’ve seen him drop 12 assists against zero turnovers. We’ve seen Tharpe be the best player on this team at times. But many times, we’ve seen him play at a pedestrian level as a whole, and subpar in some of the other parts of his game. Today, to me, was downright frustrating.
Five areas I want more from Tharpe…
###Feb 8: JIE: Warning–WVU Dangerous - @jaybate###
jaybate intelligence estimate
RE: WVU THREAT LEVEL–HIGH
Bob Huggins team last season was one of his rare bad ones. He rebuilt his team this season and it looks like he designed it specifically to beat KU. Three combos and two bigs. The combos play a lot of minutes. The bigs are two deep. This WVU is modeled after SDSU and Florida and to lesser degree Texas. It is big, brawny, deep, and has long and strong guards. Couple this with Huggins thug ball and this means the threat level for an upset of KU is HIGH, I REPEAT HIGH.