There have been a lot of highs and lows this season. To me, the highs outweigh the lows by a considerable margin. BUT - I desperately want Frank to cut down the nets this year. A lot of people probably know that I (and many others) had a man crush on Perry Ellis last year, but (sorry Perry) Frank takes that to a whole nuther level. He works so dang hard, he never loses his cool, he almost never makes stupid mistakes - he is the embodiment of what I want every Kansas player to be.
Green would seem the obvious choice since at 6’-7" can match up better with our wings. Poyser would be the other player with the potential to have a career game; he is 6’-4" so one would think that KU should be able to defend him well, but then, we have had short players like Phil Forte and Keiton Paige go nuts on KU before.
There’s a lot of mouths to feed on these team and its clear its going to be impossible to give them all the right balance. Self cares about playing the guys he trusts and right now that number is 7 or 8 depending on if you count Greene.
You could argue that when Self has too much depth, what us fans see as the better player(s) and what he sees as the better player(s) are completely different. Maybe having depth isn’t good for him?
I believe he knows Bragg & Diallo are better players than Lucas or Jamari but until they show it he’s going to let them learn the Self way. Other than missed layups I couldn’t see why either of them didn’t get to play more. They played hard on defense and when they were in, the pace was great and they contributed to the lead on the court.
Where’s the ± for this game?
Besides the minutes fiasco, this team didn’t play that well. It was basically a continuation of the Loyola 1st half where we were content to let an over-matched team stay in it for a while. This team has a lot of growing to do still and most of it is still predicated on being a better defensive team. We’ve seen when they really want to guard that they can, but there’s too much of a slip in the consistency. We’ve seen offensively that when perimeter shots are made, the ball gets up and down the court and guys are unselfish that this team can beat anyone. But we’ve also seen at team that is struggling at the FT line, struggling to make the simplest shot- a layup and at times just runs offense with no purpose. Exactly how games like Saturday stay close…
It is amazing listening to broadcasters talk about stuff like the Diallo situation. They could have read a newspaper or listened to a Self press conference. Their information was so random and all over the place.
They kept talking about the core work was not approved by the NCAA, except others from the same school were cleared. They never mentioned Kansas having 2 independent curriculum experts refute the NCAA’s conclusions.
They also kept talking how Self did not say much about it until very recently. Self told us he did not have to, heck Vitale was chanting Free Diallo on one of our first games. Self said this, he would not have to lobby, everyone else would…Broadcasters are so terrible.
@nuleafjhawk my bill went up in sept by 40 bucks. I called and said I couldn’t afford it. They said some promotion I got a year earlier had expired, but they would look and behold there was another special and they reduced it back down lower than before.😱 I asked how I could keep this special and they said next sept I need to ask for specials. It also helps that I was a long time customer-so they said. In other words if you don’t complain they NEVER tell you there are special promotions. It’s such BS! I love getting all the early KU games and pre and post game interviews along w/other KU events.
Now that’s a great link. Thx for passing that along!!!
But again, the global ROI ain’t there, so why are they spending so much on football?
This is the key point.
It’s obvious why they write big checks to a soccer team that markets well to the Crown of Great Britain’s Commonwealth–the 3rd largest economic entity on the planet. Slam dunk.
What are they buying in a college game parked in an American cultural cul de sac?
It’s challenging for persons to think flexibly about this sort of stuff.
They either want to think locally, or globally, but struggle with scoping between both.
There are vertical and horizontal dimensions to political, economic, military and logistic activity and they simultaneously have local and global dynamics. It’s not an either-or, or even a both, world of analysis. It’s an “all” world simultaneously.
You’ve got to get comfortable with it to keep from shutting out the most interesting parts.