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Pullen playing mad?

Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 4:44 pm
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Posted by Eric Angevine

Sure, Jacob Pullen was a bit off-base when he compared his redemption story to that of Michael Vick.

However, his self-motivational tactics seem to have worked. Pullen came back and scored 24 points in a rout of Savannah State on Monday. More encouraging, he dished the ball five times and turned it over just once. Sure, he did it against one of the worst teams in DI, but a look back to December 6 shows that he managed six TOs against Alcorn State of the SWAC, which is a comparable level of competition.

Pullen has historically been at his best when he has something to prove. His three battles with fellow Chicagoan and former KU point guard Sherron Collins last season were entertaining displays of one-upsmanship. Nothing this season has brought about the same focus.

The Wildcats got spotty contributions from guards Nick Russell, Will Spradling and Juevol Miles while Pullen sat. If you don't think he noticed, made a gut check and resolved to remedy the situation when he got back on the court, you haven't watched the senior play.

This is Pullen's last go-round in the Big 12, and the season kicks off at Oklahoma State on Saturday. After that, it's Colorado and Texas Tech at home before the tough stuff starts with a trip to Columbia, Missouri to face Mike Anderson's speedy Tigers. If the senior can maintain his focus through the yawn-inducing portion of the schedule, he may finally be in the right headspace to deliver on the promise implicit in K-State's preseason top-5 ranking.

Jacob Pullen should be playing mad. Mad at himself. Mad at anyone who comes into the Octagon looking to knock him off course. Mad at the haters who will wave signs and chant reminders of his indiscretion when he's on the road. Mad at the impending end of his college career.

Angry Jacob Pullen will forestall that final game as long as he can. Those of us who watch the games will share in the fun.
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Comments

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Pullen playing mad?

I thought the comparison to last years' meetings with Collins was funny because, yes he played well against KU last year, BUT KSU did lose ALL 3 of those games.  Not quite what you want when trying to show how great he is/was under pressure!!  I(being a KU fan) thought KSU was overrated this year, and now thing so even more, but I don't want to hate on them.  They are a great team, and remind me a little of KU several years ago.  They have the potential to beat anyone, and yet there's the fear that they could also lose to anyone.  I agree with a previous poster that Pullen is NOT a point guard.  If they want him to lead the team in scoring, they need a true point.  From the start of the season I knew that would hinder him and the team.  Clemente was underrated last year as far as his affect on Pullen and the team.  Without a true point this team will struggle.  But they still has the talent to embarrass KU if they play well.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:11 am
 

If it was about KU you wouldn't be whining.




Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Pullen playing mad?

Not to be a hater or anything, because I want to see KSU succeed on the court - just not against KU - but where have we seen this scenario before? A team that few people know anything about makes a surprisingly deep run in the NCAA Tournament, has the media and fans singing their praises, and then in the next season isn't as good as they were the year before. I seem to remember Georgia Tech, a team that was awesome in 2004, going all the way to the national title game, and then in 2005 they faded down the stretch. I hate to say so, but this year's edition of K-State reminds me a lot of Georgia Tech. The way KSU has been playing lately, I just don't see them making as much noise in the Big 12 as they did in 2008 and 2010. Nor do I see them advancing past the Sweet 16 in the NCAAs.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Pullen playing mad?

Watch out.  Jake scores 24 against a team with 3 wins.  Give me a break.  Let's wait until he has to play in a real game to see how "motivated" he is.
The point about not having a point guard is really key.  Will Spradling looks like he is going to pee his pants when he gets a defender within 2 feet of the ball.  Clemente really was a key to last year's run and unfortunately he's gone and KState is in trouble.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Pullen playing mad?

How is this featured among the headlines of CBSsports.com? 

I realize it is just a blog entry and therefore shan't be scrutinzed as a true piece of journalistic insight.  Yet, I see ESPN.com featuring the polished blogs of professionals such as Andy Katz and Joe Lunardi.  Meanwhile, the "Blog Post" I am commenting on is just flat out bad writing; a piece plagued by passive language and mired by several fragments (the last two paragraphs tally more fragments than complete sentences). 

That is not to say the stylistic flourishings of unconventional writing styles often seen in blogs, both professional or otherwise, can't or shouldn't be featured on a major website.  As the consumer of several blogs spanning several sectors, I don't have my nose buried in my updated AP Stylebook.  What I am stuck-up about is solid, entertaining writing.  And this clearly misses the mark.

The only reason I vent on this poor Eric Angevine, who surely must be trying his best, is because I have assigned a standard to the content featured on CBSsports.com (see the always riveting Gary Parrish).  To feature this on the front page of the College Basketball page is to guarantee that a few poor saps, myself included, who follow CBSsports.com will undoubtedly read what amounts to a mildly worthwhile piece that would be buried in the CBB Message Board - where there is a strong forum community that churns out more compelling pieces by the hour.

Truly Yours,
DC-Demon


bluegray213
Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:36 pm
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