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KU-Texas A&M pregame

February 15, 2010

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Jesse Newell:

64-60 KU.

And my ballot for Big 12 coach of the year (if I had one) would look like this: 1. Frank Martin; 2. Mark Turgeon; 3. Bill Self; 4. Scott Drew.

Jesse Newell:

Another student section with newspapers. I'm beginning to wonder if any fans in the Big 12 don't incorporate newspapers.

number1fanfromillinois:

ku-79
am-68

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

How's the atmosphere Jesse?
Is T-Rob playing tonight?

Jesse Newell:

number1 — Atmosphere is pretty good so far. The students have shown up in force, and it looks like it will be sold out (remember, that's not a given in places other than the Fieldhouse). Already we're getting the "Beat the hell outta KU" chant from one side of the students or the other. And for your second question, I think T-Rob was out there earlier, but I'll let you know for sure when they come out again.

Jesse Newell:

There's a guy dressed up like Waldo that is helping to lead the A&M cheers. I just lost him, though. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

number1fanfromillinois:

Awesome! Thanks for the update. You have the best job in the world!
Any sighting of the "Texas girl" behind our bench?

Jesse Newell:

Yep, T-Rob is warming up and looks fine.

Jesse Newell:

Nope, no sign of "Texas girl" yet. I'll be interested to see if he/she does indeed show up.

melrank:

I think the COY should generally be from the team that exceeds expectations the most. I don't remember specifically where KSU and TAM were predicted to finish in the pre-season polls for the Big XII but I've got to think Turg and Martin's teams have performed beyond expectations so far.

To be sure, Self is the best coach, but everyone expected us to be where we are, so it's hard to give him the COY award IMO.

I'd go with Martin.

kufan1993:

leading scorer?

KU08:

Could you get Krug to take a picture of "Texas girl", because I have no idea what everyone's talking about?

Jesse Newell:

melrank — Looks like your ballot would be a lot like mine above.

Jesse Newell:

kufan — I'll go with Collins. Expect him to get some open threes, and KU won't be cold from long range two games in a row.

number1fanfromillinois:

93-I'd go with Marcus, although thats a cop-out pick in big 12 play, but it's gonna be a physical battle down low, especially for Cole, so as long as Marcus stays outta foul trouble, I hope he drops about 25

Jesse Newell:

KU08 — See this thread:

http://boards.kusports.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=1663359&an=0&page=3&gonew=1#UNREAD

From what I heard, a Texas A&M student (male) was going to dress up like her for tonight's game.

denverjhawkfan:

Texas girl? I must have missed something. The only girl I can remember anyone talking about on here is Tyrel's sister. Haven't seen her in awhile!

denverjhawkfan:

KU 78
A&M 71

Moderator:

number1 — 25 points would be a career high for Marcus. That would definitely be a good game for him.

melrank:

Of course, if we run the table and end up winning this thing by 5 games, I'd give it to Self expectations or not.

Jesse Newell:

melrank — Good point. If KU goes 16-0 in Big 12 play, it goes to Self. End of discussion.

Godisajayhawk:

http://deadspin.com/5468714/longhorn-girl-arielle-angelovich-a-lesson-in-instant-internet-fame

if you want to learn more

Jesse Newell:

Texas A&M students are unlike any others in the Big 12 with their group cheers. KU's players just got hissed as they made their way off the court. Marcus Morris cracked a smile as he was running off.

denverjhawkfan:

It's a tough call. Removing my bias and for HCBS, I'd have to (OUCH this is painful!) go (OWWEEEE!) with (AAARRGGHHH!)) f-f-f-frank (whispering AND struggling to form the words) m-m-m-martin as COY. YYYYYYYUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!

that was painful

Jesse Newell:

One of Texas A&M's women's basketball players just came out and thanked the students for being the Aggies' "12th man" tonight. Yes, football is always on the mind in Texas.

Jesse Newell:

And Nebraska, too. I did a radio interview with a radio station in Omaha today. The topic? Spring football.

KU08:

This is a really tough choice that requires a lot of thought. If I really must choose, I'm going with Tyrel's sister over Texas girl.

Seriously, the only way Frank Martin doesn't win COY is if the Jayhawks run the table in the Big 12. What Martin's done is unprecedented, but going 16-0 in the number one rated conference by RPI is special and deserves recognition.

Jesse Newell:

Texas girl is here!

whitey45:

I saw a picture of A&M version of Texas girl and it is awesome... how close is he (she?) to the KU bench?

Jesse Newell:

She (he) is in the student section on the baseline toward KU's bench. She (he) just went up to Self, and the coach pointed at her (him) and had a long laugh.

melrank:

With all due respect to Tyrell's sister, there's no way you don't go with Texas girl and I want photo evidence, Jesse.

kuerb:

Is it better for KU if the officials call a close/tight game, or if they let them play? I always say let them play, but I'd like to hear the KU nations thoughts.

denverjhawkfan:

Looking like Nova is going DOWN! Down 9 with 2:30 to go.

whitey45:

There is a picture of him on one of the A&M message boards... you can see him at the following link:

http://www.texags.com/main/forum.reply.asp?topic_id=1580269&page=1&forum_id=7

not sure if it is ok to link other sites here, if not feel free to delete this message

Jesse Newell:

OK, I'm closing up here. Thanks for the chat. Be sure to check out the game blog for analysis, polls, photos and more.

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