“[McGruder] is going to get a lot of attention now for [Big 12] player of the year. I think it’s going to come down to a three- horse or a four-horse race. The one guy we’re not mentioning guys is Marcus Smart and I believe he is the leader in the clubhouse.”
Dave Armstrong, who named Smart, McGruder, Withey and McLemore as his four favorites as the Big 12 player of the year, 810 AM
GH: McGruder’s last-second miracle shot at Baylor emptied the Wildcats’ bench onto the court in a wild post-game celebration as the Baylor Bears once again hung their heads after a tough loss. While most of the talk after this game was about how Baylor lost it, McGruder and his mates deserve props for yet another tough road win as they remain tied with Kansas for the Big 12 lead. The quest by the Cats to win both the Big 12 football and basketball conference crowns this academic year continues.
“Headed to Manhattan for Kansas state game. Why is no talking about Bruce Weber for coach of the year? He should be in the conversation.”
Rich Zvosec, @CoachZZ, Twitter
GH: Weber and his Cats are the quietest great team in the country. Why? Read on…
“It’s just another K-State team that’s lost twice to Kansas.”
Kevin Kietzman, on why he thinks there isn’t more excitement about K-State being atop the Big 12, 810 AM
“Based on what we saw Saturday, Baylor doesn’t even deserve to play in the NIT.”
Bob Fescoe, after Baylor was knocked off at home on a last-second three by K-State’s McGruder, 610 AM
GH: Baylor is the opposite of Kansas. They lose almost every close game due to questionable coaching strategy and decisions. Kansas has Bill Self. Baylor has Scott Drew.
“I don’t know why everybody is so hard on my guy, Scott Drew. Scott Drew is a fantastic coach.”
Carrington Harrison, on the much-maligned Baylor basketball coach, 610 AM
GH: What Drew has done at Baylor since he was hired to repair one of the most broken programs in the history of the sport is remarkable. I don’t think I would label him as “fantastic,” but he is far more successful than most critics will give him credit. Kansas will have to play well in Waco next Saturday to wrap up their ninth straight Big 12 title.
“We gotta get ready for a hungry Arkansas team. … I’m very attached to the University of Missouri so it’s going to be emotional, but once the ref throws the ball [up], it’s ball game.”
Laurence Bowers, on Mike Anderson’s return to Mizzou Arena this Tuesday night, SEC Network
“It will be interesting [to see what kind of reception Mike Anderson will receive from the Mizzou crowd Tuesday night]. I would say – knowing Missouri people – it would be maybe a 70-30, meaning 70% solid. I really do. Mike did a great job here.”
Jon Sundvold, SEC Network
GH: I thought Jon knew Missouri people better than that. I don’t think even 30% of Tiger Nation is going to be “solid” in showing Anderson any manners. This is the same crowd that had stuck the head of a hog on a stick into Nolan Richardson’s face as he headed into the Hearnes Center. I wonder if Nolan, Norm and Jon will all be inside Mizzou Arena on Tuesday to take in this crazy night.
“But in the coaching business if you leave someplace, at night, in the dark, on a flight – it’s just how this business is. You really don’t get to leave anywhere in a nice way.”
Jon Sundvold, on the unpleasantness that might await Mike Anderson inside [or outside] Mizzou Arena, SEC Network
“I would expect an absolute woodshedding against Arkansas on Tuesday.”
Gabe DeArmond, predicting a Mizzou blowout win over the Tigers’ former head coach, Mike Anderson, on the Hogs trip to Mizzou Arena, 810 AM
“I want to wish Nate [Bukaty] a happy birthday. I was going to sing to him but Nate, you already got a pretty good gift in Ames on Monday.”
Gabe DeArmond, having some fun with The Border Patrol’s Kansas alum last Friday, 810 AM
“[Missouri] is one of the better offensive teams in the country.”
Gino Gaudio, SEC Network
GH: Mizzou looked like a Final Four team against LSU on Saturday. They have the pieces to beat any team in the country. Is Frank Haith finally getting his point guard to settle down enough to take advantage of all that talent on the floor? Mizzou will be a fun team to watch in the SEC tourney. Their play in Nashville next week should give us an idea of what to expect in the NCAA tourney.
“Somebody probably told Jazz some BS that was entirely false smh…”
Michael Dixon, @M1keD1xonJR, Twitter
GH: It doesn’t sound like Mike Dixon is considering furthering his college education.
“Creighton drew 18,613 fans to the Missouri Valley Conference title showdown against Wichita State Saturday in Omaha. The Bluejays regularly draw 17,000 and rank sixth nationally in attendance. The majority of the departing Big East Catholic 7 schools would love to average that attendance. And this is exactly why Creighton is the favorite to be the 10th team when the league is formed with Xavier and Butler.”
Andy Katz, ESPN.com
GH: Most college basketball fans think of the state of Nebraska as a college basketball wasteland – and rightly so when you consider the Cornhuskers have NEVER won a game in the NCAA tournament. But Omaha is home to the Creighton Blue Jays where fans have flocked to their downtown arena for Missouri Valley games since before Eddie Sutton was their head coach.
“WATCH: 55-foot buzzer beater wins [New York HS AA) state title bit.ly/XNUDDw.”
@41Action News, Twitter
GH: Read on for more about this incredible, incredible state-title-winning toss.
“Trailing 60-58 with 2.9 seconds on the clock, New Rochelle’s Khalil Edney inbounded the ball from under his own basket. The pass was picked off around mid-court and a player from Mount Vernon threw the ball into the air. With the heads-up play, Khalil Edney stepped forward to intercept the ball and hoisted a 60-foot shot as time expired. It went in. New Rochelle won. The crowd went nuts. The last time New Rochelle won the Section 1 Class AA title was in 2005. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was their point guard.”
Tim McGarry, writer, USA Today
GH: How long is that kid who intercepted the inbounds pass going to have to live with that blunder? How does forever sound?
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