“KU wipes out KSU. Who’s going to stop them from getting 10th straight Big12 title? Short answer, no one.”
Frank Boal, @realfrankboal, Twitter
GH: Can things be this different one weekend into the Big 12 basketball season? On Friday I was all prepared to call KU’s first five conference games successful if they could navigate a 3-2 record. One game into the conference and it looks like KU could put a death grip on their tenth straight Big 12 title with a win in Ames tonight. Just as it was hasty to predict the Jayhawks demise, it’s equally too early to hand the crown to KU as well. But…the stars are sure lining up for Bill Self’s boys.
“Kansas may have caught a break when Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane sprained his ankle in the Cyclones’ 87-82 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon. Kane, a transfer from Marshall, entered Saturday averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists, leading Iowa State to a 14-0 start before its first loss.”
Rustin Dodd, Kansas City Star
GH: All Kane has done so far this season is place himself as the favorite for the Player of the Year in the Big 12. His ankle injury in the final seconds of the Clones loss at Norman could not have come at a better time for Kansas.
“I think Kansas is going to get Iowa State’s best shot tonight even without Kane.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: How? There is no way ISU gives KU their best shot with their best player in street clothes or playing on one ankle. That’s just crazy talk. Iowa State will play hard and be juiced but they’ll miss one of college basketball’s best players immensely.
“The ease with which they hammered Kansas State was both stunning and impressive.”
Kurtis Seaboldt, 810 AM
“It’s tradition,” Wiggins said of beating K-State.”
Rustin Dodd’s game story in The Kansas City Star
GH: The way Kansas dominated K-State has me reevaluating the entire Big 12. Oklahoma State lost at K-State and they now appear to be nowhere near as formidable as earlier suspected. The season-ending injury to Michael Cobbins and the arrest of Stevie Clark has them looking very beatable – as did their one-point win this weekend at West Virginia.
“Time to clean the garage. Worst “rivalry” ever.”
Kevin Kietzman, @kkwhb, in a tweet during the KU win, Twitter
GH: Kansas fans hate the Sunflower Showdown during football season and K-State fans hate it during basketball season.
“People say he’s one of the best freshmen so it’s always fun to match up and see where you stand.”
Andrew Wiggins, on guarding K-State’s Marcus Foster and holding him to seven points and a 3-for12 shooting game in Lawrence, Kansas City Star
GH: It appears Wiggins responds to a challenge. His defensive play against of the best scorers in the Big 12 was stifling. It made the Cats appear lost on offense when their leading scorer was shut down. I really don’t think KSU is as bad as Kansas made them look. So how good then is Kansas?
“I think I’m just having fun. Like Coach (Self) mentioned today in the locker room, we’ve got eight more games left to play in Allen Fieldhouse, so I’m just trying to enjoy every one of them.”
Andrew Wiggins, Kansascity.com
GH: If Wiggins and Wayne Selden continue to “enjoy themselves” as they have the past couple of games, this Big 12 race might be over.
“I took a little flyer on KState +10.5 at KU. Feels like too many.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, prior to the game, Twitter
“It wasn’t anything that would cause any damage but it was a cheap shot.”
Nate Bukaty, on the intentional and flagrant elbow to the face that Joel Embiid threw at K-State’s Nino Williams and caused him to be ejected from the game, 810 AM
GH: What? If Gipson had connected with the exact same intentionally thrown elbow at Embiid’s face at Allen Fieldhouse the locals would have gone all Weatherwax on him.
“Is it wrong to say this? I like the toughness it showed.”
Aaron Swarts, on Embiid’s ejection, 810 AM
GH: Bukaty quickly told Swarts he was wrong to think this showed any signs of toughness. What this showed is that Embiid is a young player who has a lot to learn in how to handle rough play. You can bet he will be seeing a lot more of it after he showed he lacks composure.
“Kansas State’s Jevon Thomas may be the best, small, quick player in the country. Super-fast. Can really play.”
Rex Chapman, @rexchapman, Twitter
GH: High praise from Chapman. Bruce Weber has some nice recruits on his team. They just don’t seem to play well against Kansas. He should have never buried the memory of Bill Self when he was at Illinois.
“Big thx to @RobRiggle for coming by The Wheel and @thesandbar The register balanced but where should we send your W-2?”
The Wagon Wheel, @TheWagonWheel, famous tavern in Lawrence, where Riggle playfully tended bar for a bit on Saturday following the K-State game, Twitter
“Jabari Brown traveled AND was out of bounds on the last play. No call. Missouri hangs on. Good lord…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, as Mizzou pulled out a 70-68 win at Auburn, Twitter
GH: Mizzou fans rightfully considers their Tigers the most jinxed athletic program in the country. The list of atrocities that have befell them are well known. But things may be changing since the Tigers moved to the SEC. Brown got away with one of the dumber plays of the season when he grabbed the ball and ran out of bounds on Auburn’s end of the court with at least .6 of a second on the clock. Mizzou rarely gets this call and no team gets this call on the road. For some reason the officials never blew their whistles and then never looked at a replay. Maybe the Tyus Edney curse can be finally put to rest.
“Apparently you have to ‘pay your bills’ to keep your radio license so you can’t listen today but we’ll be broadcasting on the WAC network.”
K-Roo Sports, @KRooSports, tweeted out Saturday afternoon before the Roos game against Chicago State, Twitter
GH: I have no idea what this tweet was about but it sure sounds serious. Somebody get me an update on the Roos Radio Network and their financial woes.
“People judge before knowing what happen. Let’s not judge me for what happen and don’t saying anything to me to try and bring me down.”
Dorial Green-Beckham, @DorialGB5, after he was arrested over the weekend for being in a vehicle in Springfield that was found to contain a pound of marijuana, Twitter
GH: We will know eventually what DGBlunt’s role was and was not in this incident. What we do know is this is his second arrest with where marijuana was involved – and he’s only been in school for three semesters. Like it or not Dorial, you be judged.
“You don’t phase me.”
Dorial Green-Beckham, @DorialGB5, in another tweet following his arrest, Twitter
“Grown men attacking the grammar of kids on Twitter is one of the more pathetic things I see. Times have changed, old dudes.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, Twitter
GH: I get that DeArmond covers DGBlunt for PowerMizzou and he probably likes the kid. But a sophomore in college should be smart enough not to tweet in Neilbonics shortly after being arrested. If old dudes take to Twitter to make fun of him, let’s hope that’s the worst thing that happens to DGBlunt the remainder of his college career.
“My retired reporter father: I’d tell Kaepernick to reverse that hat or I’m not doing the interview.”
Kris Burke, @KrisLBurke, Writer at ALLGBP.com , Co-Host Packers Talk Radio Network, after Colin Kaepernick appeared on network television with his ball cap backward and askew for a postgame interview, Twitter
GH: This seemingly non-incident touched off a bit of a Twitter war Sunday afternoon. Read on.
“Kaepernick. Always so media friendly. Turn your cap around and act like a professional quarterback.”
Sal Maiorana, Buffalo Bills beat writer for Rochhester Chronicle, @salmaiorana, Twitter
GH: I watched Kaepernick’s interview live and when I saw his Hip-Hat act I smiled and thought of how each new generation has their own style. I sure didn’t think the reporter should have knocked it from his head and chastised him for his unprofessional behavior.
“Andrew Luck looks like Tom Hanks halfway through ‘Castaway’ at a press conference, but Kap is unprofessional for a backward hat?”
Matt Miller, @nfldraftscout, Twitter
“I mourn a more innocent time when quarterbacks missed practices because they were hung over but gosh dang it, they knew how to dress.”
Doug Farrar, @SI_DougFarrar, Twitter
GH: Farrar was poking fun at the Hip-Hat Scandal but it reminded me that even the old days had some QBs with questionable clothing choices. I remember Joe Namath wearing pantyhose and a gaudy fur coat. You can bet the old surly reporters of the ‘60s were just as outraged over the youngsters of their day.
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