Letters to the Editor

Letter: KU hindsight

February 18, 2014


To the editor:

Why the loss to Kansas State? Because they shot much better, had more assists and simply wanted it more. KU did outrebound them by 14, but when you make your shots like K-State did, there is nothing to rebound!

Numerous times, it looked like KSU was in the pregame layup drill and KU was watching it all. KU defense was very woeful. Seems to me like a three-man zone about six to eight feet from their basket could have prevented a few too-easy shots. A couple more free throws made could have won it, too — in regulation. I know that they say about hindsight being better (true as it is), but if I were paying someone $5-$6 million a year to coach, I’d like to think he might have some foresight or at least some game-time sight.

Mr. Williams was quoted in the Journal-World the day after KU’s lost to Syracuse by three points as saying “I never worry about free throws” in a game in which KU made 12 of 30 shots only to lose by three points for the championship. Huh? What a shame. I’d have kept quiet.

When KU beat Oklahoma for the national title in 1988, Mr. Brown said in the paper, “I tried to get them to slow down, but they wouldn’t listen to me.” I can’t see anything bad about Danny and crew doing it their way and winning it all after they had done things his way and lost to Oklahoma two or three times during the season. Just another time I’d have kept quiet.

If KU can’t do it, more power to the Shockers!


Abdu Omar 4 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps this is the time you should keep quiet. A loss is sometimes good for a team even if we don't like it.

Rob Chestnut 4 years, 2 months ago

This is a team that is 10-2 in the best conference (by RPI) in the country. The schedule is favorable for them to win the league, and I expect them to do it as they have the last 9 times. K-State is looking to break into the Top 25 again, and Texas is now No. 19.

What happened Monday night? K-State played harder. This is pretty common during league play when you have 18 games and everyone wants a piece of you.

The non-conference losses this year were against teams now ranked No. 2, No. 6 and No. 9 in the country along with Colorado who was in the Top 25 until they lost their best player.

While I would love another 30 win year (which is now the expectation based on our average over the last 10 years), sometimes the schedule just doesn't line up. Timing is everything, and the youngest team certainly I can remember got to play the toughest schedule in the country.

This will be a team that people will want to avoid in NCAA play. Hopefully, we will be ready for the challenge.

Go Hawks!

Brian Mellor 4 years, 2 months ago

Why on earth would you take the time to write an LTE about the coaching in a basketball game?

The team that wanted it more got it, as they usually do when skills are comparable. And sometimes, it is simply impossible to want it more than your opposition.

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