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Dear Gary (on Kansas, UNC and Hansbrough)

Posted on: October 20, 2008 8:02 am
Edited on: October 21, 2008 7:51 pm
 

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Do you honestly think North Carolina can go undefeated? Do you not remember Tyler Hansbrough's embarrassment in the Final Four? He got virtually shut down by a freshman. There is no way. How about (ask yourself) if Kansas can repeat with the up-and-coming superstar in Cole Aldrich and a great guard in Sherron Collins? East coast bias at its best.

-- Matt

I'll address your questions one at a time, you angry idiot.

Question No. 1: Do you honestly think North Carolina can go undefeated?

Answer: I think it's possible, yes, and I explained why in the column on the Top 25 (and one).

Question No. 2: Do you not remember Tyler Hansbrough's embarrassment in the Final Four?

Answer: Yes, I remember it. I was sitting courtside. But keep in mind, Hansbrough still finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in that game, meaning his "embarrassment" was career numbers for most people. All BS aside, here's the truth: Hansbrough will go down in modern history as one of the most consistently dominant players in college basketball. To discount that guy is just silly.

Question No. 3: How about (ask yourself) if Kansas can repeat with the up-and-coming superstar in Cole Aldrich and a great guard in Sherron Collins?

Answer: The odds of Kansas repeating are somewhere between slim and no-chance-in-hell because, you know, Bill Self pretty much lost his whole team. Ask Billy Donovan how easy it is to win when you lose your whole team. Or ask Thad Matta. Both those guys lost the cores of the teams that played in the 2007 national title game and ended up in the 2008 NIT. So though I'm not exactly predicting a similar fate for Kansas, I think it's fair to suggest an NIT title is much more likely than an NCAA title.

(PS: By the way, Matt, I live in the south and have always lived in the south, which is why I do not have an east coast bias or west coast bias. If anything, I have a Mississippi Delta bias, but that affects my taste in music more than basketball. So that's probably something you should remember going forward.)

Comments

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 12:56 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas, UNC and Hansbrough)

Hey dude,

 

I will enjoy last years win.  rock chalk JAYHAWK   KU

too early to be squirley

I LOVED-I JUST LOVED WHEN KU DESTROYED UNC.  HA

We won and watch out this year.

We will come up and jay---hawk any team when it counts. 

Just Watch dude.  Think positive. 




Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2008 2:34 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas, UNC and Hansbrough)

Gary, you have been cracking me up.  I would have to agree with you, even though a Kansas follower that it will be a rough couple of months until Coaches Self and Manning have them all playing good D.  East coast bias is a pretty large blanket comment which you answered nicely.  My question to you:  why do all the best musical acts end up leaving the Delta for Chicago, LA or NYC?

--KC from KC




Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 12:08 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas, UNC and Hansbrough)

Matt, Why would anyone take what you say seriously when you called Cole Aldrich "Cole ALDRDIGE". Your knowledge of the game and fanhood are questioned when you don't even know the names of the players on the team you support.




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2008 12:30 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas, UNC and Hansbrough)

Speaking of biassed! Sheesh, Matt.

Although there were a few plays where Aldrich had Hansbrough by himself, Tyler had 2, 3 and sometimes 4 ( very notable pic, btw ) blue jerseys around him and 4-6 hands trying to block his shots. Still had 17.

I do believe that Bill Self is aware of fans like yourself, who are a bit unrealistic in their expectations. That's why he pointed out during "Midnight Madness" how all the "fresh faces 3 years ago" were able to do great things last season - and that you have a lot of "fresh faces" coming in this year. He noted that they could do great things in another 3 years.

Of course, you do have that weak in-conference schedule this year. Kansas will not play the best teams twice.

UNC embarrassed? Yes. Tyler? No.

That being said, I don't expect UNC to go undefeated either. That would be an "unrealistic expectation" from a die-hard fan like myself.

Thanks for the good work, Gary.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2008 11:20 am
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas, UNC and Hansbrough)

Matt, trust me, you need to be more realistic about this.

After our 2005 championship, I had no expectations for 2006.  Making the NCAA tournament that year seemed undoable, and I would've been satisfied with an NIT.  Luckily, Roy did some magnificant coaching and our freshmen stepped up big time and went to the 2nd round of the NCAA's. 

Kansas can absolutely do this, but my advice is to set your expectations at a rational level.  If they're exceded, it makes it all that much sweeter. 

 




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2008 10:52 am
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas, UNC and Hansbrough)

The only bias that I see here is coming from Matt. Kansas just lost 5 draft picks. Even though Aldrich and Collins may be studs, there are any number of teams with at least as much talent than that standing between the Jayhawks and another National Title. Methinks they won't even be the favorite in the Big 12 this season.

Matt, a word of advice, keep enjoying last year's victory. They don't happen all too often.

 



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