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Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.

Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:40 pm
SAN ANTONIO -- My position for more than a month has been this: At its best, Ohio State beats anybody. That was my position because I hadn't seen a team that could play with the Buckeyes, if the Buckeyes were on their game.

I saw that team Friday night.

Kansas is really, really freaking good.

Now, I'm not back-tracking on the Buckeyes. They're still, to me, the best team in the country. But the gap isn't what I thought it was. And the gap might not exist at all. Maybe I'm biased toward the Buckeyes, familiarity breeding appreciation since I've followed Ohio State all season from my home a few miles down the road. Maybe, given my blind spot for Buckeyes basketball, Kansas is Ohio State's equal.

Anyone wanting to make that argument picked a damn good day to do it.

Kansas defanged a really prickly Richmond team 77-57. The Spiders play a weird offense, they play a weird defense, and they play really hard. They did all of those things against Kansas on Friday -- and it mattered not even a little bit.

Kansas hit 3-pointers, Kansas grabbed rebounds, Kansas protected the ball and Kansas defended the perimeter. Those are not easy things to do, any of them, but Kansas did them all on Friday.

And this wasn't even Kansas at its best.

Marcus Morris, Kansas' All-American, had 13 points and seven rebounds. Markieff Morris (five points, six rebounds), Kansas' second-best player, played just five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. When he left the game, Kansas led 10-7.

Kansas then went on a 27-7 run.

See what I'm saying?

Kansas manhandled a slippery Richmond team, and did it without either Morris twin playing his normal game. Brady Morningstar (18 points, four assists) was awesome. Thomas Robinson (12 points, 14 rebounds) was even better. Everyone else in a Kansas uniform, though, was merely decent. And still, this was a blowout.

What happens if Kansas plays better than this -- and it's obvious, Kansas can play better than this -- against Ohio State? I'd pay good money to watch that one. Or I'll watch for free and thank my lucky stars I have such a cool job.

And also be thankful that Kansas fans are so willing to forgive, um, this story here. Yeesh.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 8:38 pm

Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.

yup, too soon.<br />

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 4:09 pm

Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:25 pm

Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.

VCU played like crap but FSU was not an offensive juggernaught! FSU can play defense but thier offense blows! I think Kansas will dominate all game and when this by 20-25 points

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:38 am

Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.

I've always thought there was a brain somewhere inside that patch of baldness,and I was right. Doyel finally watches a KU game. Admits he is a Big Ten homer.  Like most other deluded Big Ten homers,he thinks the best team in the world is always the one that wins the Big Ten. KU has been the best team in America the last 2 years, and has the most wins of any team in America the last 5. We stunk it up against Northern iowa last year, or we would be going for 3 national championships in the past 4 years. The hardest thing in the world last year was to watch an inferior Dook team we know we could've beaten badly cut down the nets. Well, this is our year.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:28 am

Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.


Yeah, Richmond was so scary that Kansas thumped them hard from the beginning and didn't let up for 40 minutes.  I figured something like that would happen.

It's just icing on the cake that everyone's beloved Buckeyes fell on their faces too.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:38 am

Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.

Yeah, but KU is playing great.  Sure they may not have been tested greatly but that's clearly not on them.  What is on them is the fact they have blown out all those teams.  We shall see what happens down the road.  By the way out of the 7 remaining teams to choose to play if  I am one of the teams still in, VCU would be my last choice.  There is just something very George Mason/Butler last year about them.  They played crap in the 2nd half and still beat another "BCS" team.  If KU spanks them that will be impressive regardless of their 11 seed.    Also, big ups to Doyel for admitting wrong.  Nice.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:37 am

Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.

Mr. Doyel, you should of never doubted in the first place. This is this year, not last year.  I'm glad you see that you made yourself look foolish.  Dont forget your KU Championship 2011 hat this summer so your head doesnt burnSmile

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:07 am

Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.

So the only 1 seed left has played a 16,9,12, and have an 11 seed left to get to Houston ?

Granted, and in their defense, they have soundly beaten anyone put in front of them - but the level of team that has been put in front of them is questionable.... Great?  A bit too soon for that Doyle.

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:49 am

Kansas wasn't good. Kansas was great.

So Doyel, what happened to the "apology to OSU" speech? What happen about that you apologize that OSU will win it all, and all the mumble gumble speech you made? Same thing with Garry Parrish (His Imaginary Thoughts) preaseason speech about "if you don't pencil down Michigan State to the Final Four, then you're dumb", all full of it.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:41 am
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