Thank you Jayhawks for another great season and eleventh straight Big XII championship. Frank Mason, you were the rock and MVP of this team. Keep your head high and come back stronger next season.
No surprises there. The real interesting battle now is for positions 6 through 9. I think here is the pecking order, with 9th person getting less than 10 minutes and not playing in tight games. 6. Andrew White III (backing up Wiggins and Selden) 7. Jamari Taylor (first big off the bench - experience counts) 8. Joel Embiid (Has to play - will continue to take minutes away from both Jamari and Black as the season goes) 9. Frank Mason (Greene is the more talented player, but need a ball handler to spell Tharpe for a few minutes. Naadir will log 30+ minutes this season.)
To coach Self (in my best Rick Pitino impression): Bill, Wayne Simien is not going to walk through that door. Cole Aldrich is not going to walk through that door. Thomas Robinson is not going to walk through that door.
This team is not going to win inside, and forcing it to do so is confusing not only their offensive identity but sapping their energy out on the defensive end as well.
I don’t think the coach is listening to me. Barring a change of heart for coach Self, this team’s ceiling is Sweet Sixteen, floor is the first game. And it is closer to the floor than to the ceiling at this point.
Win or Lose, I’d rather do it with program guys committed to the university for multiple years, instead of OAD. Even if Selden doesn’t improve one bit next year (though I’m hopeful he will), I would still not trade him for a Newman or a Brown.
@FarSideHawk Ha, I drove for Pizza Shuttle one year. Crazy/fun job that destroyed my Chevy Chevette as I tore around Lawrence trying to make as many deliveries as i could to make more money!
Man, I worked in the kitchen for a couple of summers. I believe the summer of 95 and 96. Long hours but fun times.
@FarSideHawk Man, where’d you come from? I don’t recall seeing that young Larry Brown avatar for quite a while.
Man, I’ve been on an expat assignment to Dubai for the last couple of years so it’s been hard keeping up with my Jayhawks. Makes up for a lot of really early mornings to watch the games. Still try to come on here once in a while to lurk and especially look for your game post-mortems.
We’ve had best teams in the field before that didn’t make it. Why not the other way around in our favor this time.
I didn’t believe in this team midway through the season. Thought it would be a miracle if we win the big12 and any victory in the tourney would be a bonus.
Never have been happier about being wrong!
From USA Today: Villanova’s national player of the year, Jalen Brunson, and Kansas’ Big 12 player of the year, Devonte’ Graham.
From SI: Villanova’s pair is wholly among the top-five players in the country, according to kenpom.com’s rankings, with Brunson second and Bridges fifth. Neither Graham nor Mykhailiuk are rated that highly…
Let’s just hope the trough is still two games away.
I am on an expat assignment out of the country since last year, so barely kept up with KU games, let alone the rest of the field. Woke up at 3am to watch my Jayhawks last night (so worth it!) But I’m not sure who to root for now for next week’s matchup. Clemson or Auburn? Who would be a better matchup for us? Appreciate everyone’s Feedback!
Thanks and Rock chalk!!