Archive for Friday, March 16, 2007

No way, not this year,’ Jayhawk fans say

Loss would be third consecutive

March 16, 2007


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— When Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon in its more than 4 billion year history, millions of people worldwide knew that they'd been witnesses to one of humankind's greatest achievements.

Dan Chandler doesn't expect Niagara to make such a statement tonight, when the Purple Eagles take the floor against top-seeded Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

"What is it, 88-0?" Chandler asked with a rhetorical flair Thursday, during KU's low-key practice at United Center. "Someday it's going to happen, but not this year."

Since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, never once has a team seeded No. 16 managed to topple a No. 1 seed. With top seeds North Carolina and Ohio State both winning Thursday, the survival streak now has stretched to 90.

Of course, after losing in the first round during the past two tournaments - as a No. 4 seed last year and a No. 3 seed in 2005 - Kansas players are finding themselves answering plenty of questions about their prospects for notching the wrong kind of impact on hoops humanity.

"It's not up to us to make history," guard Russell Robinson said Thursday, asked about the possibility of losing three consecutive first-round games. "We control our own destiny. We've got a talented team, and we've just got to go out and do the things we need to do."

Adrian Romero, a Lawrence native who now lives and works in Chicago, brought his 3-year-old son, A.J., to Thursday's practice to see a team that he considers being on track for a national title.

Lose tonight?

"No way, not this year," said Romero, who took a few history courses during his early days at KU. "They're gearing up. The close games they've pulled out. They've got the can't-lose attitude for the first round. They know what's happened in the past, and they don't want it to happen again."


Sharon Roullins 10 years ago

Win or lose, I support the Jayhawks. They have a lot to be proud of.

machiavelli 10 years ago

The chicken hawks are going to get their ass whipped, and then Bill Self is going to get ridden out of town on a rail.

karmaxs3 10 years ago

Hey Self Haters....did you see the Duke game last night? Gosh, Coach K got outcoached and should be fired for losing in the first round!

karmaxs3 10 years ago

I think Arizona is done whuppin' a$$ for the time being as well. Gee, another great coach that should be fired for losing in the first round. Poor Lute.

Bring on Tubby and Ashley :)

Alison Roberts 10 years ago

Machi-- are you insane? I love ignorant people that call them "chicken hawks" get something original--and sorry, they arent losing today.

Linda Endicott 10 years ago

I don't think KU will lose in the first round this year. They're a totally different team than last year, play-wise.

And ummm...I think it's a given that 32 teams have to lose in the first round...

But I'm not a math expert...

Confrontation 10 years ago

machiavelli: I'm not sorry that your purple pussycats didn't make it. Your Missery team didn't go anywhere.

weedwacker 10 years ago

Why do you automatically think if someone calls a Jayhawk a chickenhawk, that they are from Manhattan. There are a lot of non KU fans right here in Lawrence, Kansas, doesn't make you a K-State fan automatically. There are many other teams that Lawrence residents root for!! Oh, and by the why, I'm not a KU fan or a KSU fan, but a Texas fan. I would also note that KSU will be tough for everyone next year, so just hold on to your hats!!

machiavelli 10 years ago

I am a KU fan...of the Roy Williams era.

Ironic, though, that KU will, tonight, be tasting the same thoroughly bitter substance that they tasted exactly 10 years ago against Arizona when they were a number one seed.

It's called "ass whip."

Confrontation 10 years ago

Ahhh, you're one of Roy's Toys. Figures.

Weedwacker: Who assumed that anyone is from Mancrappin? I'm from another area of KS that is polluted with KSU fans.

Confrontation 10 years ago

Hey machiavelli, where are your comments now? KU's up by 35 points. Where's the "ass whip" you mentioned? Perhaps you meant that KU would be giving an "ass whip." Maybe you're getting yours whipped right now.

Confrontation 10 years ago

107-67, just in case you were curious

EXks 10 years ago

"Ironic, though, that KU will, tonight, be tasting the same thoroughly bitter substance that they tasted exactly 10 years ago against Arizona when they were a number one seed......"

I have a nice slice of crow pie I'd like to cram down your pie hole!!

Alison Roberts 10 years ago

"the roy williams era" is over.. youre not a ku fan, and you never were.. the coach doesnt win the games.. its a team effort.

and wow, that sure was a lot of "ass whip". Get over yourself and just accept that KU is gonna be good without Roy.. besides, HE'S the one who left KU.. his choice.

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