“Nice to SEC #1 and #2 in the polls! Just like football!”
Mike Kelly, voice of MU football and Basketball, as Kentucky and Mizzou were ranked first and second in Monday’s NCAA Men’s poll, Twitter
GH: Mizzou isn’t waiting until July to don the SEC garb. Tiger fans chanted “SEC! SEC! SEC!” following their bowl game win. Now Mike Kelly is tweaking The 12 with the Tigers lofty spot in the latest poll. Kansas, that team I left for mostly bleeding and unconscious weeks ago, is ranked fifth. What more could we here in KC ask for than their final hoop
dance be a tango rather than the waltz we witnessed in football?
“If you think this is going to fix what was wrong – it is not. Don’t think of this as; ‘We
are in the SEC now, everything is going to get better.’ There might not be another time in the next 20 years that Missouri basketball is ranked number-two in the country!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I believe one of KK’s greatest fears is that Mizzou experiences success in their new SEC conference. Another fear might be what you could refer to as “spousal.” Read on.
“It’s like a new girlfriend, guys – don’t expect her to be a better wife than your ex-wife.”
Kevin Kietzman, in a warning to Missouri fans who are excited about marrying the SEC, 810 AM
GH: There but for the Lovely Jessica goes KK’s alimony payment. Do I detect some buyer’s remorse here in KK’s comment about expecting your new girlfriend to be a better wife than your ex?
“As much as Kansas hates Missouri for breaking up the Big 12, that [Big 12 basketball]
tournament will take a hit once Missouri leaves. It will take a hit.”
Frank Boal, 810 AM
GH: None of us know how the attendance numbers will change once Missouri is no longer part of the Big 12 tourney here at Sprint Center. Much of it will depend on the future success of Kansas and Kansas State. Those two schools can carry the tourney with their rabid fan bases. But a drop from the top 25 by either will create some echoes inside
Sprint for a number of sessions.
“Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas has plans to expand the conference beyond the current 10 members to 14 or as many 16 members. Neinas believes that with
selective expansion the Big 12 could give the SEC competition for the best college football conference in the country while securing the future of the league. … ACC football schools such as Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Maryland and BC have spoken with the Big 12 over the past few months about switching leagues despite the buyout the ACC added last fall to curtail such moves.”
Honas Sneed, a West Virginia Mountaineers blogger for EERinsider.com
GH: I have no idea what sources Honas Sneed has in regard to this post but it is getting some play nationally. Can you imagine how wickedly good the Big 12 would become if these ACC schools joined our fly-over conference? I don’t know how you would fit them all in or what kind of schedules it would produce but I like the thought even if it’s
“Dude, A&M getting after KU–this is embarrassing– this is what KU looks like when Tyshawn doesn’t go for 28.”
Doug Gottlieb, during the A&M/KU game when the Aggies were trading leads with Kansas, Twitter
GH: Gottlieb has stated all season he thinks the Jayhawks are no better than a top-15 team. Gottlieb is a stubborn fellow. Despite their fifth-place ranking, he continues to downplay their status. Read on.
“Yes–two guys and a bunch of guys–have played above their level before today.”
Doug Gottlieb, responding to being asked during the A&M game if Kansas is overrated, Twitter
GH: But those “two guys” are POTY candidate Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor. How many do you need to be an elite team this season?
“[Tyshawn] Taylor is so freaking talented–he is as good off the ball as on it, shoots better off the bounce through.”
Doug Gottlieb, Twitter
GH: Gottlieb might not be too impressed with Kansas but he loves TT.
“Nobody has worked with Taylor’s shot. Elbow flies out and his footwork is inconsistent. Only a few CBK coaches teach shooting!”
Tom Penders, Twitter
GH: Penders often comes off sounding like the old man bitching about the kid’s ball landing on his side of the fence but he has a point here. Tyshawn’s jumper often looks like he just jumped off a diving board and changed his mind about the dive in mid leap.
“[Jared] Sullinger has been a much better offensive player than T-Rob and nearly his equal on the glass. He also has more help, carries lighter load. So it’s very reasonable to say you prefer Robinson, but to say it’s clear is, in my opinion, not correct. Unless dunk
Andy Glockner, of SI.com, arguing with CBS’ Goodman about his statement that Thomas Robinson is the clear player of the year in college basketball, Twitter
GH: Dick Vitale all but christened Robinson as the POTY with his stream of accolades during the Baylor game. I think the award is his to lose. Is he the best player in the country? Who knows? But I like him at least as well as Sullinger. Let’s wait another month and see what happens.
“I’m telling you, write it down, Kansas isn’t going to be any worse than 15-3 [in the Big
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Nothing would make KK happier to be wrong here – except maybe another new girlfriend.
“[Kansas] has not played on the road against any of the next four best teams [in the Big
12]. At home they have only faced two of those four. The question that I think to Jayhawk fans is now that the bar has been raised, what is now a successful season?”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: What town does petro live in? The bar for Kansas basketball was never lowered. KU fans expect a Big 12 title every year – and why wouldn’t they? Self delivers more consistently than Jimmy Johns.
“I don’t think that’s all that negative if [Kansas] goes up there [to Iowa State] and
loses this Saturday.”
Kurtis Seaboldt, 810 AM
GH: Seaboldt made this comment more as a compliment to the Cyclones than a slight to KU. Losing in Ames is not an issue – unless you’re a Kansas fan – especially since Mizzou has won there this season. Saturday’s game in Ames will be fun to watch.
“You guys may know this, but Danny Manning never won in Ames.”
Fran Fraschilla, while talking to The Border Patrol, 810 AM
GH: I like Fraschilla. He is so much better and more prepared than the way-past-his-bedtime Bob Knight. But Fran, don’t treat Kansas fans like you would Texas fans. We know more about our local schools here in Kansas City than any national announcer is ever going to want to know.
“Students at KU don’t care about Self: They chanted Home of the Chiefs louder than ever. Too bad.”
Gary Bedore, after Self publicly admonished the KU students for their Arrowhead-like anthem ending, Twitter
“Bill will shake that off but Roy would be livid during his postgame press conference.”
Tom Penders, responding to Bedore tweet above, Twitter
GH: I miss Roy Boy’s postgame pressers. Nobody had an ego like Roy – not Carl Peterson, not Mark Mangino, not Jason Whitlock and not even Big Lew…well, now that I think about it, maybe Lew was pretty close.
“Bill Self goes all Frank Martin, he just does it in practice.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Doing it in practice is called coaching. Doing it on the sideline on television is called Pelini.
“I’m comfortable enough with [Jordan Henriquez] that he will be at practice today. After
we practice I’ll decide if he’ll travel [to Texas Tech]. Jordan is a phenomenal kid. Jordan is one of my all-time favorites. Jordan had lost sight of some of the things that he had done to make him a great player on our basketball team. Based on his words, I am comfortable that he is ready to be the player we need him to be.”
Frank Martin, after having dismissed Henriquez from the K-State team last week, 610 AM
GH: I almost always root for the players in these situations. I’m glad it looks like Henriquez is getting a second chance. If his coach thinks he deserves it, that’s good enough for me.
“I’d like to see younger pictures of Holly Rowe. It’s hard to see her ever being cute.”
Carrington Harrison, Twitter
GH: Harrington is young – as in just out of college [or maybe still should be in college]. He will soon learn that every hot chick eventually succumbs to Holly Rowe status. Some, like Holly, dine before their time and begin to resemble swine.
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