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Will anyone challenge KU hoops for Big 12 title in 2011-12?

Eric Sorrentino

It doesn't require much of a memory to recall the last seven regular season Big 12 men's basketball champions. Kansas, Kansas, Kansas, Kansas, Kansas, Kansas, Kansas. (Note: Three of those years, KU shared the regular-season title with Oklahoma [2005] and Texas [2006, 2008], but you get the point. It's a ...

10 observations from NCAA Tournament leading up to Final Four

Eric Sorrentino

Ten observations from another wild weekend in the NCAA Tournament that produced a most improbable Final Four, featuring No. 3 seed Connecticut, No. 4 Kentucky, No. 8 Butler and No. 11 VCU: **1. jra004 leads the KUsports.com [bracket challenge][1] with one weekend left.** It appears no one predicted more than ...

10 bracket-buster observations after first weekend of NCAA Tournament

Eric Sorrentino

[My NCAA Tournament bracket][1], like many others on KUsports.com and across the country, is running on fumes after the first weekend of basketball mayhem. A top seed is already done, two schools that call Richmond, Va. home are in the Sweet 16 and four double-digit seeds still have their dancing ...

10 NCAA Tournament bullet-point observations: Big 12 pairings, upset possibilities

Eric Sorrentino

Because America's workforce slacks off this week in the holy quest to fill out the perfect NCAA Tournament bracket, here are 10 bullet-point observations leading up to the Big Dance. If this blog entry takes you away from work, the Conference Chatter blog apologizes in advance (hey, that rhymed). **1. ...

Big 12 tournament hoops preview: Storylines, observations and a prediction

Eric Sorrentino

http://www2.kusports.com/users/esorrentino/photos/2011/mar/6/209364/ A glance at this year's Big 12 tournament bracket triggered the following thoughts regarding the path to the championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo: • **If I'm a Kansas fan, I'm looking at the bracket thinking Texas has an easier path** to the title game. Which team ...

Big 12 observations: Who's in, who's not; looking ahead to Monday: Texas or K-State?

Eric Sorrentino

It's going to be difficult to fill out my NCAA Tournament bracket this year. Three more teams ranked in the top 5 of the Associated Press poll faltered over the weekend, leaving no overwhelming favorite presiding over the college basketball world. Top-ranked Duke, No. 4 Pittsburgh and No. 5 Texas ...

Early All-Big 12 basketball first and second teams

Eric Sorrentino

With three games remaining on the schedule for Big 12 basketball teams, the dog days of the winter season are coming to an end. Will Texas (22-4, 12-1 Big 12) hold on at Colorado, vs. Kansas State and at Baylor? If so, the Longhorns would clinch the Big 12 regular ...

Big 12 teams hitting massive road blocks; main difference between KU, K-State: post men

Eric Sorrentino

Distinct tiers have separated Big 12 Conference basketball teams this season. Let's call tier 1 the elite: Texas, Kansas. Tier 2 — NCAA Tournament hopefuls: Texas A&M, Baylor, Missouri. Tier 3 — NCAA Tournament bubble teams: Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas State, Oklahoma State. Tier 4 — Thanks for playing, come again ...

Next up for KU: Iowa State; catching up with Fred Hoiberg and Diante Garrett

Eric Sorrentino

Yes, Iowa State takes a 1-8 Big 12 Conference record into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday to take on a Kansas team that it hasn't defeated in the past 10 meetings. No, the Jayhawks shouldn't have any trouble at home, and anything less than a victory would be considered a disappointment. ...

KU most balanced team in country by wide margin in one measure; Next up: Missouri

Eric Sorrentino

I've come away with a common thought after watching the last three Kansas University basketball games on television. If the Jayhawks keep shooting like this, it's going to be mighty difficult to pick against them in March. You've all seen it. The balance is remarkable, the crispness is refreshing, the ...

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