“After two yrs of losing OU has lost their BBall fan base to the Ok City Thunder! OU used to be sold out for Billy Tubbs and Kelvin Sampson.”
Tom Penders, @TomPenders, on the dwindling crowds at Lloyd Noble Arena, Twitter
GH: I tuned into the Texas/Oklahoma basketball game Tuesday night and was shocked at the sparse crowd. This is one of the great rivalries in the country but you would never have guessed it from the glut of empty seats. All those hoops fans in Kansas City who clamor for an NBA franchise at Sprint Center, be careful what you wish for. I don’t think KC’s population base is large enough to support both the college and pro games. The OKC Thunder might be the reason KC retains the Big 12 hoops tourney even after Mizzou bolts for the SEC.
“[Texas Tech] trashed its sports programs over a few bruised egos. It went from
competitive to mediocre in football and mediocre to cellar dweller in basketball. A&M trashed its historical rivalries due to a raging case of little man syndrome and had the most disappointing football and basketball seasons in the nation this year. In the meantime, UT has gone from national powerhouse to also-ran for no apparent reason other than apathy. It’s time to clean house in Texas. I guess Baylor will hold the line…”
dustbowlin_daddy, after A&M defeated TT by the anemic score of 48-37 last night, in Comments section on ESPN.com
GH: 47-38 was the final score. The 85 points matched the point total from last season’s football game between these two Texas schools. The Big 12 is building a very respectable football conference with the additions of West Virginia and TCU – but Mizzou’s basketball team will be missed in this basketball wasteland of a conference. Only KU, MU and Baylor have ranked teams near the end of this regular season. Kansas has made it very clear they do not need Missouri on their future basketball schedules. I am not so sure. With the addition of Mizzou, the SEC looks to be the stronger basketball conference of the two next season. Who would have thought that?
“I still think this [K-State] team has a run in it.”
Doug Gottlieb, 810 AM
GH: K-State travels to Baylor and then Mizzou for their next two games. Both appear to be very difficult games. They finish with three home games against ISU, A&M and OSU – which is where Gottlieb must think their run is coming. Frank Martin and his team have their work cut out for them the next two weeks. I think they are in real trouble of
slipping behind Texas and missing the NCAA tourney.
“I say [Kansas State] loses the next two games and then they win the final three to get in
[the NCAA tourney]. I say K-State and Texas both [are in].”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: There are a lot of mediocre teams vying for one of the 68 spots. That country-wide mediocrity is the Big 12’s best friend right now.
“I would go Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Marcus Denmon and Royce White. And then it would be between Perry Jones III and Ricardo Ratliffe. If you look at Perry Jones’
numbers, they’re pretty good.”
Nate Bukaty, on his picks for the Big 12 All-Conference team, 810 AM
“If everything holds serve right now, I would go Denmon, Ratliffe and then the
three KU guys.”
Aaron Swarts, on his picks for the Big 12 All-Conference team, 810 AM
GH: This is a fun debate – and it is often tinged with favorite-team bias. Do not forget Texas’ J’Covan Brown, who leads the conference in scoring. Has the Big 12’s leading scorer ever NOT made the all-conference team?
“Nobody lays it on more about Kansas basketball than me in this town. I’m telling you, there is a lot to love about the way they play the game and their success.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman went on this verbal KU lovefest in response to what he called negative comments from Kansas fans to him and his show. The problem with pretending on the radio is that you are at times asked to back it up.
“[Baylor] has handled their business you could say even better than Mizzou. Mizzou has
lost to a team [Oklahoma State] that is below their station. KU has lost to a team [Davidson] that is below their station. Every team that [Baylor] has lost to is either better than them or equal to them.”
Mike DeCourcy, 810 AM
GH: Interesting thoughts from DeCourcy. While MU and KU have swept Baylor both home and away, it can be said that the Bears only lose to good teams.
“I think what Missouri has done is astounding – nothing short of astounding.”
Mike DeCourcy, 810 AM
GH: Think back to December and the empty seats at Mizzou Arena and the MU players complaining on Twitter about fan support. As someone once said, winning cures all.
“Thomas Robinson has earned the right to punk some people. … The world is lucky I’m not elite at something because I would be the biggest bastard there is. I would have no friends. Let me be Johnny Dare on a national level and know that nobody could kick my ass.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright just continues to endear himself to those who listen to him.
“I don’t like the one-and-done rule but it’s the rule. The issue is, every kid thinks he’s
John Calipari, ESPN Radio
GH: Kim English almost declared himself eligible for the NBA draft after his junior season at Mizzou. A junior season that was bordering on awful. College basketball players — like no other sport I know – have an unrealistic sense of their worth. My favorite story is Mark Turgeon’s, who when asked by Roy Williams what he was going to do after he graduated said, “Play in the NBA.” Williams told him he was wrong and that he should consider coaching as his future career.
“Looking at the talent coming back in the Big 12 [football], I think TCU’s got a chance to
win this thing. I think they’ve got a legitimate chance with the weapons they’ve
got coming back to win it the first year they’re in the Big 12.”
Dennis Dodd, after the Big 12’s 2012
football schedules were released on Tuesday, 810 AM
GH: The Horned Frogs just made the news this morning with an on-campus drug bust. Read on.
“TCU Police Chief Steve McGee said the students were considered drug dealers, selling
prescription and illegal narcotics to undercover officers both on and off campus. The investigation began 6 months ago. McGee said the students were parts of multiple loosely tied groups. The university confirms 4 members of the Horned Frog football team were arrested. … The university said any student who was arrested and found in violation of distributing drugs would be expelled.”
Ryan Crowe, reporter, on the Wednesday morning drug bust at TCU, CBSDFW.com
GH: The old Southwest Conference continues to haunt the Big 12.
“Read that new teams will join Big 12 at partial share for first few years. Color me
SHOCKED the conference would have uneven setup. SHOCKED!”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, Twitter
“I’m eager to see how West Virginia does [in the Big 12] now that they are out of the [soft]
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: The Big 12 is the best thing to happen to West Virginia since Jerry West. They cannot believe they have been rescued from the burning shack that was the Big East.
“[My] quote was more like this, “in the big 12 you get 2 bye weeks… The normal bye week and the week you play kansas.”
T.J. Moe, @TJMoe28, MU wide receiver, Twitter
“Mizzou on Sept. 29: Open date. Kansas on Sept. 29: Open date. Juuuuuuuuuust sayin, guys.”
David Ubben, @davidubben, Twitter
GH: Maybe the two school’s Lambda Chi
fraternities can schedule a flag football game that afternoon.
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