Doke Out First Weekend?

  • I don’t know if it’s just scuttlebutt, or what, but my friend that seems to know these type things is saying Doke will not be ready to go.

  • Well now I feel great about picking SHU. Suuuuucks.

  • @BShark Make sure you tweet that out to Devonte. We need all the motivation we can get.

  • I guess it was greg gurley saying that he doesn’t think doke will play.

  • KUSTEVE said:

    I guess it was greg gurley saying that he doesn’t think doke will play.


  • I think we will absolutely need Doke for the 2nd game if we beat Penn.


    Coach Self was interviewed and said Doke is ahead of where doctors thought he would be and he will likely be ready for Thursday but the doctors and trainers have the last word. I am sure there is a video of it available by now.

  • @BShark Not a necessity. Would be a great help.

    I rewatched that SHU vs. Nova game again. Nova should have won that game by 15. They missed shots that you watched them make all season long and the refs let it be a very physical game. SHU is 96th in 3pt defense and that game Nova couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. Perfect recipe for an upset.

    KU should be able to get theirs vs. either NC State or SHU. As long as someone unexpected doesn’t go for 30, I’m not that scared of either team.

  • @Kcmatt7

    On a related note, last evening at dinner with friends, one of them who is pretty savvy and originally from Philadelphia and a big Nova fan indicated that Nova is a pretty “thuggish” team (his words) and woul be a good matchup for equally thuggish West Virginia. Interesting observation from a Nova fan.

  • @joeloveshawks Our good buddy @KUSTEVE already mentioned it was just him hearing Greg Gurley. So, non-news for now.

  • @JayHawkFanToo If I was coach, I would certainly say days before the game that Doke should be back whether he was going to be or not. I’m sure he wants our opponents to have to game plan for him. I couldn’t imagine there would be any reason to play him on Thursday, and if Doke is actually out, it would make no sense to announce he was out until a few hours before Saturday’s game. Gurley is saying there’s no way he plays.

  • @BShark Gotcha.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Bill doesn’t say much in between now and game time. I would want the opponent to remain in a guessing game.

    Rock Chalk.

  • @BShark I hope he can play.

  • @KUSTEVE Not sure how much Gurley really knows.


    I would think this if he does not play it could be more related to not really needing him and allowing for more recovery time. KU should be able to win the first game, MSM claiming this could be the year this #1 seed, i.e KU goes down notwithstanding, without too much problems with Doke sitting. This would allow two extra days of rest which cannot be underestimated.

  • BShark said:

    I think we will absolutely need Doke for the 2nd game if we beat Penn.

    Didn’t need him against West Virginia to play devil’s advocate.

    I hope he plays Saturday if he can in a reserve role in case of foul trouble.

    In Silvio we trust…

  • I say rest him on Thursday and play him Saturday. Could he be a little rusty? Maybe, but why take the rest against the 16 seed? Let him heal even more and play against either Seton Hall or NC State.

  • @HawkChamp I say plan on keeping him out unless absolutely necessary on Thurs. Then - SHU or NCS won’t know WHO to prepare for Sat. Then again Sat - same thing, play limited if we can so Sil gets reps plus the sweet 16 competition has to prepare for different options at the 5 spot. This situation really could work out to be an advantage for us if we can use it that way & simply try to play the hand we’re dealt. Kinda like the situational zone that Self throws out occasionally. Just a wrench to throw out that causes unexpected confusion. IMO

  • I would be shocked if he played thursday but more so if he didnt play against NC State or Seton Hall.

  • Interesting how things work out. Does DeSousa fit this team, and it’s style of play better than Doke? No doubt, I’d rather have both. But with DeSousa and Mitch, that’s quite a few degrees away from Doke and his game (not 180 degrees, but maybe 90?).

    Pretty impressive three game stretch this last weekend without Doke. Things sure seemed to click.

    Perhaps not having the Doke option creates a better flow, a better on court chemistry? I’m not totally sure. Again, I’d rather have both. But it is interesting.

    And there is no doubt that DeSousa is the superior rebounder.

  • @HighEliteMajor

    Thought the same things actually.

    Silvio high points the ball and goes after it. Even when he didn’t get the rebound he seemed to affect the other team from getting it. If Silvio can play foul-free basketball for stretches he looked like the best option with our perimeter. It was just a 3 game sample but a hell of a sample as well.

    Not having Doke seemed to have the greatest impact on Newman among the starters.

  • @BeddieKU23

    Probably the best 3 game stretch all season. Hopefully it means the team is peaking at the right time.

  • I would actually sit Doke against Penn, then have him ready for Round of 32. An extra couple of days to get right can’t hurt.

  • As much I would want Doka to play. If he can’t get to 100% or close? Then I say don’t play him. First and for most his health should be the most important deciding factor. Yet remember hearing or reading that they have made a special knee brace for Doka. Not sure if that is a game changer or not.

    I do like @justanotherfan view on the topic. Let him set the first round and bring him back for the round of 32. A couple more days of rest wouldn’t, couldn’t, and shouldn’t hurt.

  • @HighEliteMajor You hit on something there. Sil does seem like a better fit.right now. So who could gripe about having an “Ace in the hole” like Doke? Darn sure not me.

  • This has been a funny season in many ways.

    If you asked me at the beginning of the season if we could win the Big 12 with Vick averaging at or around 10 points a game in conference play I would have said absolutely not.

    If you asked me 1 month ago if we had any chance to be a 1 seed I would have said absolutely not.

    If you asked me if we would win the Big 12 Tournament by 10 points in the final game without Doke I would have said absolutely not.

    If you asked me 10 days ago if De Sousa could put up 20 and 10 against WVU I would say absolutely not.

    Now, we have what everyone is calling the “hardest region” in the NCAA tournament and I am finally feeling like we could and even should make a run. If Doke comes back healthy and close to his pre-injury level of play we will be much tougher down low than before. The new and improved De Sousa / Doke will be a bigger load to handle than previously thought. I can’t wait to see how it all shakes out.

  • Newman needs a big who can play away from the basket to open the lane up for him. Doke is not that player unless he’s screening for Newman and on the receiving end of lobs.

  • We beat a really good West Virginia team without Doke. We can certainly handle Penn without him. Neither Seton Hall or NC State compare to West Virginia. Sweet 16 bound!

  • @Jayhawk-in-OKC Seton Hall is better than WVU imo.

  • I thought our team looked better with DeSousa in the lineup over Doke. I think the reason for that is our offense flows through our guards, and our game plan isn’t to feed Doke. Still, the big question for me is… can DeSousa keep Angel Delgado from doing whatever he wants down low? That big body of Doke would lean on Delgado a lot better than either DeSousa or Lightfoot. Even if Doke is a go Saturday, will he be so limited that he becomes a non-factor? Steph Curry took two weeks to recover from the same injury, and Steph is a much smaller guy than Doke. Still, I think having to truly rely on the 4 out, and getting all four of our guards into the offense is our strongest play, so the injury may turn into a revelation, and a blessing.

  • BShark said:

    @Jayhawk-in-OKC Seton Hall is better than WVU imo.

    Eh I doubt it. Probably equal.

  • We dont need Doke. Lets rest and heal him for maybe game 2 and on…May not need him for game 2 either. The more rest, more healing, and better he plays down the stretch.

  • Matt Tait ‏ @mctait

    The Jayhawks arrived at the team hotel in Wichita about 20 minutes ago… Self said Lightfoot will start Thursday & he hopes to have Azubuike available in an emergency capacity. Udoka was on court the last 3 days & ran today… #KUbball

  • @BShark really not a good sign. Going to have to get past this weekend for him to be able to be effective whatsoever.

  • @HighEliteMajor and there it is. The inevitable correlation with the Patrick Ewing Theory. When you take a dominant big man out for whatever reason and your team plays better do you mix up the rotation on arrival back or keep it the same rotation that brought you success before. Interesting question. The numbers are undeniable that that Silvio may already be our best rebounder, but Doke is our best offensive weapon when the 3s we jack aren’t falling. Someone smarter than I should deep dive this conundrum and give us a opinion.

  • @BShark the move to stick with Mitch is a classic Self move that may never change, despite his recent change to coaching styles recently. Going with the more experienced player over the superior new comer. I, for one, think starting Silvio the first game of the tourney is so ballsy and would love to see it happen.

  • @SkinnyKansasDude I want Doke back. I like the idea of Self matching to our game situation. We are better with Doke than without. But we’re better with DeSousa being the weapon we thought the hologram was going to be. I liked the way we looked with DeSousa.

  • BShark said:

    @Jayhawk-in-OKC Seton Hall is better than WVU imo.

    I am curious why you think Seton Hall is better than WVU.

    Ranking for WVU an SHU:

    • AP - 15 and 38
    • Coach’s - 14 and 38
    • Sagarin - 9 and 26
    • Pomeroy - 13 and 26
    • Massey - 15 and 35
    • Versus top 25 - 4-6 and 3-5
    • Versus top 50 - 14-9 and 5-7
    • SOS - 8 and 32
    • Seeding - 5 and 8
    • Conference - Big 12 is #1 Big East below that.

    I don’t find any ranking, computer or human, that has Seton Hall even close let alone ahead of West Virginia.

  • @HighEliteMajor of course I want Doke back, but it is a very interesting to see how well we played considering. I think Dokes injury, I’m sure we can all agree, excellerated Silvios dvelopememt. Would we be a better team without his injury? I think the clear answer is no… We improved while he was out and will be better when he comes back. Maybe that’s the theorie in a nutshell. The possessions usually tossed in the post are all the sudden divided amongst the rest of the team and thus the reps improve the player making for a better finished product. Individually improving every player for make the team better overall. I love basketball.

  • Just watched the hawks arrive in Wichita, Self had a brief interview. Doesn’t sound like Doke won’t play Thursday but maybe suited up just in case. Self he wouldn’t have practice by Thursday so he not in favor of playing him. Sounds like he said he’d like to get some pt Saturday for sure but seemed hesitant on how much. I’d expect him out Thursday forsure now and probably not start Saturday, will probably depend on how things go on how much he plays then.

  • @JayHawkFanToo Matchup-wise, I think we are a bad matchup for WVU. SHU will probably play us tougher than WVU did. They attack our weak spots better, imo. Delgado is legit on both ends. WVU doesn’t have an offensive threat in the post like him.

    WVU is very easy to guard really. SHU guards are talented and can drive the ball as well as shoot the 3 well enough that you have to respect it.

    Just not a great matchup for us really. But if we play like we did this weekend, it shouldn’t be an issue. When we shoot the ball well, not sure we can be beaten.

  • @JayHawkFanToo Ranking mean absolutely nothing in the tournament, don’t care which ones you look at.

  • @Kcmatt7 Delgado would have a field day if Doke can’t go.

  • SHU are quick, they run the whole court, Delgado is a beast inside, and their guards can shoot the 3. They are going to be tough to beat, but we can beat them.

  • kjayhawks said:

    @JayHawkFanToo Ranking mean absolutely nothing in the tournament, don’t care which ones you look at.

    Hyperbole much? Of course ratings mean something. Granted they don’t mean everything but they do mean quite a bit. If ratings have no meaning then the NCAA should get a bingo cage and draw teams at random instead of going through an elaborate procedure that looks at rankings among other parameters to determine seeding and pairings. The NCAA ranks team from 1 to 68 to seed teams; I am sure they would disagree that ranking mean absolutely nothing.

  • @JayHawkFanToo Does the better seed always win? No further questions your honor.

  • @kjayhawks

    No, and this why it is called an “upset,” right?

    What you are saying is that since upsets happen rankings don’t matter? I don’t know how to even answer that.

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