“Kansas has won 4 straight regular-season games over ranked teams. Last team to win 4 straight vs. AP Top 25 teams is North Carolina (1997).”
“Kansas looks to me like a basketball team that could win a national championship in early April inside house that Jerry built in Dallas. Then again, Kansas looks to me like a team that could get knocked out in the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament. It just depends on when I’m watching Kansas.”
Bob Lutz, columnist for The Wichita Eagle, Kansas.com
GH: Yes. And yes. The Big 12 looks all but over with Kansas throttling their gauntlet of a conference schedule by opening with a 5-0 run through OU, KSU, ISU, OSU and Baylor. Damn. That is impressive even if your name is Kevin Kietzman.
“The only team is Kansas State that can say, ‘Okay, we’re still right there with them.’”
Dave Armstrong, on KSU still in the Big 12 race with KU, 810 AM
GH: KSU’s blowout loss at Allen Fieldhouse left us with little to like about the Cats’ chances of catching Kansas. But the same thing happened last season (twice) and KSU still grabbed a share of the Big 12 crown. KSU has a HUGE week on the road with Texas tonight and then at Ames on Saturday. If they can stay fairly clean before their February 10th rematch in Manhattan maybe this Big 12 race will retain some sense of mystery. But for now KU has stripped the conference naked and removed all the sexy from the season.
“Baylor gonna …. Nah. No shame losing to Kansas in the Phog. Especially when the out-of-bounds lines don’t apply to the home team.”
Pat Forde, @YahooForde, on the blown call that allowed Wayne Selden to step over the out-of-bounds line to make a spectacular diving save and land in the KU crowd, Twitter
GH: Forde is a Mizzou grad and he often pokes his pen at the Jayhawk faithful. This was one of those times.
“This is true. RT @CWil07 @YahooForde hey, at Mizzou he would have landed in empty seats.”
Pat Forde, @YahooForde, Twitter
GH: Kudos to Forde for recognizing a worthy Twitter response from @CWil07 and rolling with it. See, this rivalry doesn’t have to be bloody at all times.
“Brady Heslip on Wayne Selden being out of bounds: “Maybe he deserved it, because that was great hustle.”
Rustin Dodd, @rustindodd, Twitter
GH: Opposing players have little or no chance of being popular people when they step on the court at Allen Fieldhouse – or any place where the other team has a raucous fan base. But Heslip’s comment here and his nod to Selden’s hustle is really a very cool thing about athletics – and something we see far too often at every level.
“Great win (over Oklahoma State) for Kansas but Wiggins was a total no show. This was a man’s game and he wasn’t ready for it.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, after Wiggins was held to three points and limited playing time at home against the Pokes, Twitter
GH: Wiggins took one shot after the 9:26 mark of the first half. That is not what you expect from the best basketball protégé since LeBron. Okay, we all know that hype was wrong. But any player who is expected to be a lottery pick – let alone the next Danny Manning – cannot disappear in his team’s biggest conference home game at Allen Fieldhouse. Bill Self called Wiggins an “alpha dog” before the season. But against OSU he resembled only half of that description.
“Rule #1— don’t let them sing — #KU wins…”
Doug Gottlieb, @GottliebShow, after the Cowboys’ furious comeback fell short but it was enough to hold off the “Rock Chalk” chant, Twitter
GH: Gottlieb just didn’t go to OSU, he played there. Is it okay for members of the media to openly root for their former team and school? Yeah, I think so. It taints their perspective though when it comes time for analysts like Gottlieb to breakdown the Pokes. I just don’t believe anything he says about them.
“I don’t know. I think it would be too overwhelming for me right now. I’m not sure I’m ready.”
Joel Embiid, when asked if he is considering the NBA draft after his freshman year, ESPN.com
GH: This quote from Embiid has KU fans and college basketball buzzing. Would the best player in the country really stay in school a second season? Can the rest of the Big 12 hate Kansas anymore than they already do?
“(I researched the history of big men and the draft) and I was curious because I want to be great, I want to be the best at my position one day. I’m trying to learn everything and what other people did. All of the great big men went to college at least two or three years. I think it’s a big factor. I don’t know if it will always work, but I think it’s the best choice.”
Joel Embiid, ESPN.com
GH: We are not even to February and we have all but handed KU their tenth straight Big 12 crown. If Embiid comes back, well, you know the drill.
“WSU, Shockers Ron Baker, Cleanthony Early and Nick Wiggins – Andrew’s older brother – got some face time and talk time on the ESPN broadcast. Sideline reporter Holly Rowe essentially asked the Shockers’ players how WSU would stack up against Kansas. They did a great job of side-stepping the question. Nick Wiggins mumbled something before Early said something like ‘basketball is basketball’ and Baker chimed in with a take that KU being good is a good thing for the state. I was hoping for a Richard Sherman moment when one of them said something like: ‘Yeah, we’re better than Kansas. Kansas, they’re sloppy. We’re not sloppy. We’re ready to play these sorry guys now, after this game is over. We’ll make a call and get Fred, Tekele and the rest up here. We’re ready to go.’ A Wichita State-Kansas dream matchup will have to wait for the NCAA Tournament.”
Bob Lutz, Kansas.com
GH: I was really impressed with the Wichita State players during their live interview with Rowe. First, they appeared on camera in a group hug that told the sports world, “We are brothers!” I told my wife while we watched this exchange that there is nothing like being a teammate. It’s different than family and love relationships. Not better, but different. I still smile every time I get an email or phone call from my old teammates. These three kids from WSU will do the same in 40 years. I love that thought.
“God bless the KCS for giving all the local college teams equal coverage. Not here! If you’re games suck – we’re not going to talk about it.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I hear from local college fans who demand more even coverage for Missouri during basketball season Kansas during football season…but Soren is right as far as what makes sense. The Kansas City Star needs to cover all of the teams, even when they are bad or just named UMKC. Sports talk radio and blogs do not.
“In the first 13 minutes of the 1st half, #Creighton outscored Nova 47-19. In the first 13 mins of 2nd half, Creighton outscored Nova 34-9.”
Dirk Chatelain, @dirkchatelain, after Creighton destroyed Villanova by 28 at The Palestra, Twitter
“OSCAR ‘S pizza must taste gr 8 in Peyton Manning’s fav city OMAHA-NEBRASKA hoops capital tonight-Creighton routs Villanova-HUSKERS over OSU!”
Dick Vitale, @DickieV, after Creighton’s big win and Nebraska beat Ohio State in Lincoln, Twitter
GH: Dickie V might not know that Nebraska is located in Lincoln but he was close enough for the Midwest. What a winter it has been for my hometown, Omaha.
“Did anyone catch the Countings Crows song ‘Omaha’ on the way into the last commercial break after Broncos touchdown? Good stuff.”
Drew Brees, @drewbrees, Twitter
“I didn’t like the (Richard Sherman / Erin Andrews) interview. So what if I didn’t like the interview? Why are we who didn’t like the interview (being criticized)?”
Henry Lake, on Richard Sherman’s interview with Erin Andrews, 610 AM
GH: This interview is going to take a lot more time to discuss than I have space in today’s OTC. Maybe we can get to it later this week. In short, 1) Fox blew it big time by cutting the camera away from Sherman just as he was warming up. 2) Andrews looked absolutely lost and out of place. She was not prepared for what Sherman brought and that is all on her. 3) Sherman is being vilified for his egotistical rant as if he was Satan. Would I want my son to act like Sherman? No. But Sherman exists in my life merely as entertainment. And I was definitely entertained.
“QB Alex Smith & Derrick Johnson named to the Pro Bowl as replacements for Tom Brady & Navarro Bowman. That makes 10 for KC.”
TWC SportsChannel KC, @TWCSportsKC, Twitter
GH: Ten Pro Bowlers and the Chiefs still have zero playoff wins. Talk about your Polar Vortex…
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