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RE: Liberace Game Thread
Silvio is quite the lightning rod. All the talk in the press seems to be about him rather than the K-State players. This is not fair.
It is definitely his fault for taunting after the block. The technical foul was fair. But the physical altercation was instigated and escalated by K-State players-- multiple individuals.
In the video, what I see is KState players running to confront Silvio. One of them pushes him. I see Silvio brush that push away and another player pushes him and he begins to push away and back at the same time (look closely-- his hands are not clenched; they are open to deflect the aggressors.)
There are at least two pushing him, maybe three. Meanwhile, everyone around Silvio is telling him to stop because they are all KU fans. It looks to me like he’s trying to not over-react for a couple of seconds while the K-State players have no one holding them back. Then the third guy lunges and pushes Silvio down and he comes up swinging.
I think it’s important to look at Silvio’s body language in those early moments. He is not trying to fight at first. He gets provoked and then all hell breaks loose. The stool incident I see as an instinctive act… and one that he fortunately is able to overcome with help of those around him.
Silvio is justifiably being called out. But he should not be singled out. The players from K-State who were responsible for the escalation and the first physical acts should be equally called out.
As is often the case when there is great disparity between two forces, the smaller power can’t win with the traditional rules, so they resort to guerrilla tactics to get the bigger power to do something uncharacteristic. Silvio bit on the bait.
RE: I love KU basketball
No one who is here is a fair-weather fan. I appreciate that.
Everyone on this site during the season has followed the team with its incredible comebacks and it’s painful letdown losses.
Today was very disappointing, and we fans are going to have to endure a lot of grief from giddy, over-zealous WSU fans for a long long time.
I appreciate being a part of a community of fellow fans who appreciate the team and carve time out of their schedule to share thoughts and emotions with each other.
Have a great off-season, and Rock Chalk.
Paul Pierce sounding more and more like a coach...
Paul Pierce in a post-game interview sounding like a coach…
“You can learn a lot of lessons from losses, but you also learn lessons from winning,” Pierce said. “Hopefully we have better urgency on defense as this stretch comes up. We got Phoenix, Chicago, and of course New York and then our [Western Conference] trip. So we got to build better habits before this trip.”
For just a moment, I wondered what if Pierce was an assistant to Self in a few years… hmmmm.
RE: GOOD NEWS THE WUG BASKETBALL GAMES WILL BE BROADCAST BY ESPNU
When will this team be properly referenced as:
RE: Espn is neat.
Just imagine if Duke had secured their 13th straight conference title…
The 30minute preview show leading up to the game would have been a retrospective…
We would be watching the 5 part series tonight – it would already be in the can, ready for broadcast – built from the materials they started developing 8 years ago when the streak was 5 games long and they already deemed it the single greatest accomplishment in sports history. Interviews with the players over the years… and interviews with coaches…
Think I’m exaggerating? If Grayson Allen had tripped someone tonight, there would be a special report tomorrow and a special piece on Duke’s struggles ready for the weekend games.
Data sez: Bill Self is frickin awesome
The chart shown here will captivate you for a long, long time.
But this is just another piece of evidence that reinforces what a HOFer Bill Self is.
He is world class.
Frank Mason III is the Gold Standard
We witnessed a historic year in Kansas Basketball. It didn’t end exactly the way we wanted, but we’ll look back on this year as a watershed moment – HC Bill Self named to the HOF, Frank Mason III named POY (first in KU history), tying the NCAA record for consecutive conference championships (13) and setting the NCAA record for consecutive appearances in the Tournament (28), among other things.
I believe next year will be tough for us because expectations have been set at an extremely high level - without achieving the FF/NC goals.
In particular, our PG next year (and for many years to come) will be compared to Frank. Whoever takes over the PG role next year will be in a tough position. We now know great PG play when we see it. Anything less will be disappointing but less is almost certain.
So this is just a precautionary note to manage those ‘sky-is-falling’ feelings next year when they come. It will feel natural to pick apart the guard play and backcourt, but that’s because 2016-17 was the new benchmark for excellence.
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RE: Big12 expansion
I don’t think MU, CU, Neb or A&M would return to the B12. I think the move was a clear win for CU in almost every way. Nebraska won’t leave. It would be unprecedented for the B10 to boot them, and that’s the only way they would leave. MU and A&M might have some motivations to leave the SEC (like A&M to flip the bird to Texas one more time), but there is no better financial situation for them anywhere, so that idea is just a muse.
I don’t see many of the current/new B12 schools as targets for a power4 conference with the exception of KU and WVU (and maybe ISU). A case could be made that these two (or three) fit naturally into a P4 conference geographically, culturally and/or academically. The ones that just moved up to the B12 are not going to get a whiff at the P4. The remainders (OSU, KSU, TT, TCU, Baylor) don’t have a chair in the P4.
If I had to guess, here’s what I think will happen (BTW, I haven’t really been right about how any of this has actually gone down, so this probably won’t be reality, but hey, it’s fun to speculate!):
First, KU will sit tight and let the new B12 stabilize. For the next couple years, despite the weak football program, KU will have an opportunity to be the esteemed leader of the conference. A few years later, when the TV contracts come up for renewal, KU (and maybe one or two others) should have an opportunity explore a possible exit. Depending on how lucrative the contract is for the new B12, KU will have to decide whether to be a big fish in a little pond, or move to and become a little fish in a big (but more stable and more lucrative) pond. If KU leaves (and I think they should if they can), at least some of the remaining B12 will merge with the Mountain West, which has 11 members right now.
With all of that transition, the B12/MountainWest will lose its status as a power conference. Nearly all of the P4 conferences will have 16 teams and can easily form a balanced elite college league and milk a huge contract for their conference and league playoff championships.
The music will have stopped at that point. There will be those on the inside and those on the outside and homeostasis will be reached.
RE: Big12 expansion
The conference is bonded by the most tenuous of connections… even more tenuous than when OU and Texas were a part of it.
By that, what I mean is that there is no cultural, geographic or historical connection among the majority of this group. It’s a composite held together only by financial aspirations.
My gut says that KU and WVU will jump if/when given the right opportunity.
RE: Well getting close I'm ready believe it or not. Are you ?
UCF, BYU, Cincinnati and Houston are going to receive Big12 invites.
RE: Self Has Covid
Well, we’re in a giant dystopian experiment where about half of the population think that those who get a vaccination are likely to either die or otherwise come to some unfortunate end, and the other half of the population think that those who don’t get a vaccination are likely to die or get seriously ill --possibly permanently.
If you could place a bet on one of these two outcomes, where would you place your money?