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Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: K-State rolls; Mizzou falls

I watched the MU - OSU game last night on ESPN. So far, this season, I thought the Jayhawks have been especially bad at the free throw line (and they are really bad!). OSU and MU were not good from the line either, though their numbers were in the high 60% level (better than the Jayhawks)...they both seemed equally bad, especially with the game on the line at the end. As a KU alumnus, I was pulling for OSU. Have to admit though, the refs were favoring the Cowboys with their whistles. The Cowboys had 43 free throws, according to the box score, not counting the shots they could have had if they had hit the first shot of those stressful one and ones. Must be a Big 12 thing (not making free throws). Is the line further back in the Big 12? Do Big 12 teams only practice the crowd pleasing dunks in practice while rationalizing away the importance of free throws? Maybe we should call them something else in the Big 12, like "attempts from behind the line" (sounds much more difficult than "free throws").

February 3, 2011 at 3:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

5 names to keep in mind for KU football recruiting class

You would think that with all the sports writing Tom Keegan does, he would at least be able to spell Lubbock, Texas correctly. Lubbock has 2 "Bs", Tom, not one. My freshman English teacher at KU probably would have flunked me on this write-up for that error, especially in a day where we have spell check!

February 3, 2011 at 7:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Selby sits and other Kansas basketball notes

Josh has a long way to go in order to be considered NBA material. If the kind of competition he is facing now, versus his high school competition, causes him to turn the ball over the way he has been, you can just about multiply his turnovers by 2 or 3 in the NBA. It will be interesting to see how he develops when he achieves that kind of anti-turnover discipline.

January 16, 2011 at 10:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Freshman Selby has fairy-tale beginning

With KU favored to win this game by 20 points, you have to ask why the actual differential was only 2? Was it "chemistry"? After all, Selby is new to the mix. Was it the referees? Though USC could have pitched at tent in the 3 second zone violation area, the calls seem to have been fairly well distributed on both sides. Or (my belief) was it the same old "hold on" approach we have seen for years in the second half when playing mediocre teams? That means....Jayhawks gain a reasonable lead and begin playing "hold on to the lead" rather than going for the kill. Yes, it is tough going for the kill when you are averaging less than 60% from the charity stripe, but still! Not a lot of "playing smart" near the end of games ...a mantra of so many Jayhawk losses over the years. I keep thinking the coach will make corrections to this "disease", but so far, no progress has been noted.

December 19, 2010 at 9:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel might not play in Rams game Sunday

"0-10" with Croyle starting...and the Chiefs hope by starting him in the 11th game, things will change. Obviously, they don't teach history classes in the NFL. With a loss to the Rams (which now seems very likely), the Chiefs might as well "kiss this season goodbye". It is their own fault for not having a respectable "plan B" as a quarterback.

December 15, 2010 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jeff Francoeur joins Royals; Cliff Lee, Phillies reach agreement

Once again, the Royals (Glass and Moore) sign another player experiencing a doomspiral in his career. Francoeur, at least, has an occasional string of good hitting, followed by even longer spells of sub-.200 hitting. Cabrera is a plain and simple jaw-dropping horrible acquisition. I contend that whoever is reading this sentence right now is more suited to signing MLB players than Moore of the Royals. I feel sorry for anyone who shells out real money to attend Royals' games next season.

December 14, 2010 at 10:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU joins Champions Classic with Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State

This is great news! Will definitely erase any charges of KU not gutting it up and playing more competitive teams (though they have been). Are you listening...Baylor, KSU, ISU and Missouri? These guys have to be tired of beating up on senior high school teams during their respective pre-seasons, year after year after year.

December 8, 2010 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU sophomores Elijah Johnson, Thomas Robinson make most of minutes vs. Memphis

ditto edjayhawk's comments. Making the Sweet 16 this year will mean making huge improvements at the free throw line and stopping the turnovers (aka, gifts). The Tigers scored 29 points on the Jayhawk's 21 turnovers last night. Factor that fact in and KU would have won by at least 20. Hopefully, this season will not end with interviews citing the "would have", "could have" and "should haves" in summary of the last game of the season.

December 8, 2010 at 8:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jayhawks lucky to survive off night

KU was favored to win this game by 14 points. Ironically, KU missed 14 free throws (out of 30 attempts). If they would have made even half of those misses, the blown call at the end would have received "0" attention. At that rate, KU will not make the Sweet 16. When 2 good teams meet, the game is typically decided during the last 2 minutes of the game....at the free throw line. 53% just won't cut it. Do the Jayhawks practice free throws or do they practice "one upmanship" showing off fancy jump shots? The inbound play (to Reed) with 18 seconds on the clock had no "plan B" (i.e., now that you have inbounded the ball, what do you do?). Reed's decision to throw the ball waist high across the paint was not a good one ...led to Honeycutt's 3-pointer. Sorry, but I have to blame coach Self for the poor (or lack of) plan on that play. Again, you are in the "red zone" (final 2 minutes) of a basketball game. This is where coaching skills are magnified. Not very impressive.

December 3, 2010 at 9:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach challenging in-state tuition rates for undocumented students

Whenever a KU volunteer calls to ask me (an alumnus) for a donation, I simply state the school's policy as it stands now (see the above article) as the main and only reason I stopped giving to KU. If my son has to pay out of state rates to attend KU while an undocumented child of an illegal immigrant only has to pay in state tuition, then KU really doesn't need alumni donations. In all cases, KU volunteers have accepted my reasoning. I have asked them / KU to stop calling me for donations until the law has changed.

November 21, 2010 at 11:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )