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That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:53 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 12:10 am
Did you see that Monday night?

Did you see what Kansas did to Missouri and what Pittsburgh did to West Virginia? I hope you did. Because if you did you'll understand why both schools are probably headed toward No. 1 seeds in next month's NCAA tournament, and why both programs are basketball powers that won't disappear as long as Jamie Dixon and Bil Self are in charge.

Kansas beat Missouri even though its top prospect, Josh Selby, is sidelined with a foot injury.

Pittsburgh won at West Virginia even though its leading scorer, Ashton Gibbs, is sidelined with an MCL injury.

A team playing without a key player typically struggles, at least against a quality opponent (and especially on the road). But the No. 2 Jayhawks looked unbelievably sharp in a 103-86 win over No. 19 Missouri, and the No. 4 Panthers were just as tough as ever -- and way tougher than the Mountaineers -- in a 71-66 win at No. 25 West Virginia. It was impressive stuff and a testament to Self and Dixon's ability to plug reserves (like Mario Little) into key roles and continue without really missing a step.

No Selby?

No problem.

No Gibbs?

No problem.

Kansas and Pittsburgh both turned in the type of performances that enhance the opinions of believers and convert any remaining skeptics. More important, they each added another quality win to their bodies of work -- the type of quality win that figures to help them earn No. 1 seeds on Selection Sunday.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:45 pm

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

KS has looked good againt WHO?  Arizona?  They are ranked after beating up their horribkle conference teams (otherwise wouldn't be ranked).  Mizzou?  Give me a break...They couldn't beat a D2 team on the road.  And that leaves??????  NOBODY

This is the reason Kansas flops out early.  They play a soft schedule, gain a high seed and surprise, surprise...lose to a MO Valley team in round 2.

KS is a good team, but a #1 seed?  If they are in the Big 10, Big East or even ACC, they dont have nearly the same record.

KU fans, enojy the hype and then disappointment come March once again

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:33 am

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

I agree completely.  I am a KU fan, but I am struggling to figure out why any of us would make excuses for that game.  Excuses for losses are just that ...Excuses.  Every game has at least some aspect of uniqueness that would allow some to find excuses and others to find lucky breaks as reasons for their team losing or the other team winning. 

KU got beat by a great Texas team, period.  The reason they were beaten was that texas in the second half used Hill in combo with Thompson inside and played straight up man to man with no help against the twins and dominated them.  I have seen almost every KU game and never have I seen the twins struggle so much as they did against UT.  I give Texas bigs all the credit for playing terrific post defense. 

The only other game that I remember the twins struggling as much was Nebraska at home.  However, that was more about the twins poor execution against the Double team than one or two great post defenders from Nebraska. 

Give Texas the credit we would want if the situations were reversed...    
And they will be some day, im sure. 

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:41 am

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

Who cares if KU lost to Texas?  "Everyone please own up to the fact that texas beat  you on your own floor!!!!!!" KU has one loss to a very good team and should have no shame in losing no matter what the reason.  We will probably see another match up on a neutral floor anyway.  I feel like Tribe Fan needs to refrain from trying to pull down Kansas with petty childess insults.  Kansas is one of the best teams in the country, so is Ohio State, so is Texas and a number of other teams.  Unfortunately, March Madness doesn't always produce the best team as its champion.  So we may never know who is really the best.  It takes a great deal of luck to make it through the Tournament and win the championship. 

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:15 pm

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

Parrish is saying that Pitt and KU looked like No. 1 seeds coming down the road.  I must agree that both teams looked like tough one seeds the past few games.  I'm a KU fan, went to school there, the whole thing.  It's hard to compare conferences like the Big 12 to the Big 10 without much head to head games.  Ohio State is flat out good regardless of who they did or didn't play.  They are really good, but I think they need to lose a game prior to the Dance or the pressure to go undefeated would weigh very heavily on them.  KU struggled against inferior opponents early in the year (see Michigan, UCLA, Nebraska, etc.).  However, since the Texas game they have been playing up to potential.  I think the Texas game woke them up a bit.  I felt leading up to that game that some of the players thought they could always turn up the effort to get a win anytime they wanted.  Texas is good too and they beat KU at KU.  I won't make any excuses about the loss.  Some of it may have been running out of gas, a lot of it was Texas and its defense, some of it was the lack of focus that showed up against aforementioned opponents.  However, you must agree that if KU is as focused through the tourney as they have been the past several games, they will go very deep.  The busch league comments about the fouls is uninformed conjecture. Officiating basketball is very difficult in the modern era.  I think KU got some calls, but there were plenty going the other way.  The Morris' do have temper issues and let emotions get the better of them, but they have been provoked in most situations.  However, their reaction is unacceptable.  The bottom line is that KU, Pitt and Ohio State are all tough teams deserving of a one seed at this point.  

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:49 pm

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

bloodpee wrote....

"By the way, I rate the Big 10 better than the Big 12 this year"

For your info,
1. The Big 12 is 5-0 against the Big 10 in non-conf play.
2. The Big 10 has 5 teams with double digit losses. Big 12 has 3
3. All the top Big 10 teams struggle with the bottom feeders of your conf. Even lose to them.
4. Big 10 2nd place team has 5 losses. Not the Big 12.
5. Purdue (2nd place team) lost 4 out of 7 here recently. Two of those 3 wins were against MSU and Penn St. by 1 point.

Advice to Big 10 teams in the NCAA Tourney.....Avoid major conf teams. We all know that won't happen!

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:09 pm

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

He may not have been ejected, but he was, in effect because Coach Self took him out of the game and he didn't come back, if I remember correctly.

Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:55 pm

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

"Its so easy a caveman could do it" is a "saying" about Kansas? Really? Who says that? What opposing venue does Kansas travel to where the caveman signs come out? I mean, I see the ever popular and over used "You're not in Kanas anymore", but cavemen? Really? It doesn't even really make sense as a put down. Oh, well.

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:45 pm

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

Although, I meant to add, Kansas certainly did get beat by a good team.  But that doesn't mean there weren't other reasons they lost.

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:43 pm

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

I don't think anyone WOULD understand Thomas Robinson's and KU's issue except KU fans.  I know you guys hate KU because they're good but it's okay to have an excuse as to why they lost.  I'm sure most people have a reason why their team lost.  And the excuse sounds quite good to me.  Yes, it's an excuse.  I would go into why KU played well for really only the first 5 minutes of the game...but as I mentioned wouldn't understand due to your dislike of KU.

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:06 pm

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

That is the best reply you can come up with, so you must agree that the twins are dirty and that if it was any other program morris would have been ejected for what he did.  I guess the saying is true about Kansas, its so easy a caveman can do it.  And by the way a great DE can overcome a bad shooting night!!

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