“I don’t know that we could play any better than we did tonight. We played almost perfect. We couldn’t have played any better on both ends of the court.”
Frank Haith, Mizzou head coach, following MU’s 87-49 win over Oklahoma, 980 AM
GH: The question that persists with Haith’s senior-laden Tigers is how good are these Tigers really? Are they worthy of comparisons to Norm Stewart’s best teams? There are reasons to question Mizzou’s top-10 ranking but none were in evidence Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena…accept maybe the opposition. Read on.
“You have to wonder just how good the University of Missouri is because they played the 250th ranked schedule. … Missouri’s really good but Oklahoma is terrible too. They are a
really bad basketball team. You don’t paste somebody in your own league without
getting a little bit of help from the other side.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: I wonder if any Mizzou fans sent Mike Anderson a Christmas present for his scheduling work for this season’s non-con. Coach Anderson has his own worries. His Arkansas Razorbacks lost to this same team of Sooners…by 15!
“Oklahoma’s one of the worst teams in the conference but that doesn’t take away from what Missouri did.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: Is Oklahoma that bad or does Mizzou just do that to a lot of teams? Remember how the Tigers made Notre Dame and Cal look like NAIA schools back at Sprint Center in November?
“It appears their confidence is really high and we didn’t damage that tonight.”
Lon Kruger, Oklahoma’s head coach, after his Sooners fell 87-49 at Mizzou, McClatchy Newspapers
“I don’t think Mizzou could possibly be getting enough credit. I don’t care about the quality of their opponents. When you play a four-guard lineup, if you are leading the country in field goal percentage, I don’t think you understand how difficult that is to
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Think about that fact. MU is leading the nation in field goal percentage while playing four guards who fire a lot of threes. Unprecedented is not a strong enough word. Ridiculous fits better.
“Coach Haith says we should never have to take a contested shot because we have so many weapons and so many veteran guys and such a good unselfish lead guard.”
Kim English, Metro Sports
GH: When the defense is forced to guard four shooters on the perimeter, it gets pretty difficult to stop open threes from every half-court set. English’s play this year has been like a present left under the tree from two Christmases ago.
“I’m going to say it is Kimmie’s finest performance as a Tiger.”
Jon Sundvold, on Kim English’s 23-point, 9-rebound effort against OU, Metro Sports
GH: English stands out because his play is so unexpected this season. Marcus Denmon had an almost identical game against OU with 20 points and 7 boards. Yes, these Tigers have some serious weapons.
“It’s a heckuva way to start the conference, isn’t it? I was looking at the Big 12 schedule and I saw Kansas State at Kansas and I thought it was a misprint. I don’t want to be the team that is playing its toughest game on the road the first game of the season. I
think that’s a hard thing for K-State to do. You’d much rather have a nice little lay-up drill like Missouri had last night to get your feet wet.
Mike DeCourcy, on the Cats visit to Lawrence tonight for a 7 PM tip, 810 AM
GH: How does a game this good not rate a better broadcast station than 38 The Spot? Texas/ISU is on ESPNU – why? I thought Dan Beebe had been fired.
“Kansas State plays very physical and a lot of their games turn into foul-fests. Kansas cannot afford to get into foul trouble.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
“The whistle doesn’t blow as often as before conference play.”
Jon Sundvold, citing the more physical play in Big 12 games, Metro Sports
GH: College hoops needs to adopt the NBA rule of six fouls per player. I’d like to see HS basketball do the same. Who wants to watch the best players sit on the bench due to foul trouble?
“This is one of my favorite KU teams to watch because you never know what you’re going to get. You never know who is going to step up each and every night.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: This is one of my least favorite KU basketball teams. Thomas Robinson is spectacular but the rest of his team is at times an undisciplined mess. They are far too inconsistent for me.
“Thomas Robinson is playing at a Kevin Durant, [Michael] Beasley, Blake Griffin level.”
Frank Martin, 610 AM
GH: Yeah, it might be coach-speak from the opposition but it is damn impressive coach-speak.
“I almost feel like this is as close to a must-win as a first game can be, because you’ve got to win your home games, right?”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: This is crazy, stupid, love talk from a Kansas fan. There are 18 conference games this season. 18! There are no must-win games in January or February.
“The way we practiced [Tuesday], that probably told them we have no chance to win. If we’re as bad as we practiced today, we’ll get ready to take a whuppin’ like no K-State team’s ever taken. If we play like we practiced today, the game will be over 10
minutes into the game.”
Frank Martin, who was visibly upset with his team in a Tuesday press conference, KSHB TV41
GH: This is definitely coach-speak. Very entertaining coach-speak but about as meaningless as a win over Howard.
“[K-State] plays the best three teams in the league right off the block! That’s really hard! If they could get one out of three, that would not be a bad result. If they could get two out of three, that would be spectacular.”
Mike DeCourcy, on KSU facing KU, MU and BU in a six-day span, 810 AM
“Listen to what Frank Haith has to say – there is nothing more important in basketball or in life than ball security.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
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