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Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 7:18 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

The weekend's marquee game became something less Saturday when college basketball fans learned the CBSSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year would not participate because of back spasms. You wanted to see Jared Sullinger vs. Thomas Robinson. I wanted to see Jared Sullinger vs. Thomas Robinson. Instead we got Evan Ravenel vs. Thomason Robinson. And, with all due respect to Ohio State's backup big, that's just not the same.

So 14th-ranked Kansas beat No. 2 Ohio State 78-67.

Consequently, the Buckeyes have been eliminated from the group of undefeated schools.

But what does it really mean?

Honestly, nothing.

It doesn't mean Ohio State isn't the team that beat No. 12 Florida early and routed No. 7 Duke two weeks ago, and it doesn't mean we should reconsider what we think we know about the Buckeyes. They're still awesome. They're still the best team in the Big Ten. They just need their dominant big to, you know, get healthy, and that will presumably happen in time. Then OSU will get back to pounding people. I promise.

As for Kansas, again, good win.

Seriously, it was nice.

But I do sort of feel bad for the Jayhawks because they were in a bit of a no-win situation once it was clear Sullinger wouldn't play. Win and who cares? Lose and it's a bad loss at Allen Fieldhouse. Knowing Bill Self, I'm confident he wanted Sullinger on the court, confident he wanted to see Thad Matta's team at its best. But it didn't happen. So it is what it is. And what it is is a double-digit victory for a KU team that entered the season with lots of question marks but is slowly erasing them one by one.

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Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:18 am
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

"PLEASE show up in March for once.  We would LOVE to have you in our Bracket. "

Congrats to tOSU on their Final Four berth last year. Oh, wait, my bad. They went out in the same round as Kansas.



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:19 am
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

And kaiser, I just re-read your most recent comment and realized that arguing with you about anything, much less a medical condition is like dueling with an unramed man, so please spare any additional idiocracies that shoud buzz in your head. Even Jeff Whithey out played Patrick whatever his name is from Fluke.



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:08 am
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

kaiser-In all your rebuttals (excuses for relevance of loss) you suggest I have used words like scared, afraid, etc., yet the post actually said, "maybe he didn't want TRob to steal his thunder & just punked out." Try apprensive, that would be a more similar description, yet still not correct. If you put your own words in someone's post you can blow all the crap about it you can imagine. That's what you are doing, along with the author...imagining that a loss doesn't matter. These guys go head up, & someone's going to get the L, so maybe he "ducked" out, ya think? Not a possibility? Why is his Dad saying one thing & team saying something different. Plantars fasciitis is inflamtion of the heel & arch due to the achilles tendon not streching properly across the heel, likely causing bone spurs to develope if not corrected. Not a pleasant diagnosis for NBA personnel to explore, ya think? POY status? #1 pick out the window? Who knows? Back spasms sounds much less debilitating to GM's instead of potential foot surgeries. That can ruin anyone's career, heaven forbid a gazillion dollar athlete. Certainly you have no knowledge of any of this, you can't even remember what you've read, yet are copping deuces faster than a jack rabbit on a date. Since you've such a vivid imagination, imagine blowing on.......go ahead & make up the end pal, we know you can do it.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

I notice when, "PUKE" lost to Ohio State by 20 plus, it didnt need, "CONTEXT."
That's because Duke's best player didn't miss the game with back spasms.



Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

Kansas Fans are truly idiotic.  Yes Sully was afraid of Robinson even though he already outplayed Patrick Young.  WOW.  He "punked out".  The difference in Tyshawn's injury and Sully's is that Tyshawn knew he was going to get fixed right after the game.  If Sully  had the same options he would have played.  He didn't.  Only rest and time can help him heal and it's a process.  It's not a surgery date you idiots. 


And please tell me if Robinson doesn't play, In Columbus, while Sully does, that you don't get beat  by 20+ points.  Yeah, you weren't good enough to beat Dook who we ran smack dab over like  a HS team, but without our best player we only play to your level.  That makes perfect sense that Sully wouldn't have mattered.  HAHA  Right.  Your fans are embarrassing themselves.  We'll see who gets a #1 seed.  Only Kansas fans are stupid enough to dismiss Sully and tOSU.  PLEASE show up in March for once.  We would LOVE to have you in our Bracket.   



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

KU losses are Puke and UK.  Both ranked top 5 at the time.  Stick to football/tattoos OSU.

PS Script Ohio is awesome! 



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

"Ease up, Jayhawk fan.. our best player was out.. add his points and presence into the lineup and we win.. this doesn't hurt us at all.. still in line for a #1 seed.. we lost to a ranked opponent, away and without our player of the year candidate.. didn't expect to go undefeated this year, but atleast our loss is to a ranked team, unlike yourselves...."

"but a tleast our loss is to a ranked team, unlike yourselves"? Which of our two losses were to unranked teams, the Kentucky loss or the Duke loss? 

"Add his points into the lineup and we win"? Our point guard PLAYED with a torn meniscous and sprained MCL (put off surgery until after this game) and still had his career high in assists with 13. Since your playing "Fantasy What IF", put TAYLOR in healthy and he might have had 20 points and 18 assists. Even one legged, he pestered Craft into his worst full game of the year (games with more than 30 minutes played).

The second Sullinger wussied out, Kansas was in a lose-lose situation. They were either going to lose at home to a team without their best player or get a win that has an "but" tied to it. Of the options, KU get the better of it. KU fans are fine with the win and it is pointless to try to tie any "what-ifs" to it. We won and on we go to the next game. Better than a loss.



Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

Ease up, Jayhawk fan.. our best player was out.. add his points and presence into the lineup and we win.. this doesn't hurt us at all.. still in line for a #1 seed.. we lost to a ranked opponent, away and without our player of the year candidate.. didn't expect to go undefeated this year, but atleast our loss is to a ranked team, unlike yourselves....



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:44 am
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

Yes, the Duke loss didn't need context, because they got straight up whooped and everyone can see that. You make contradictory points in your comment. 


Of course Kansas can only take this win with the caveat that Sullinger was hurt. Can't deny that.  



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:38 am
 

Nice win for KU ... but it needs context

I notice when, "PUKE" lost to Ohio State by 20 plus, it didnt need, "CONTEXT."
I m sick of the east coast homers in the media.  ESPN leads the way with their endless worship of PUKE, the Yankees, Red Sox ETC.
Kansas practically invented the game of basketball!!



 


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