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The end of the run

Posted: March 21, 2010 in college basketball, KU, NCAA, the Dance
[Disclaimer: This post will be one of the kind.  That’s all that will be said.]

This post had to be done by none other than Stank-0.  My alma mater, the University of Kansas, is out of the tourney.  It was a shock to the system.  See, I’m Kansas born and Kansas bred and a Kansan til I’m dead.  With that comes a few things, such as pulling for the Jayhawks regardless of whether they have 4 NBA first round draft picks or they are recovering from losing them.  It also means that you can be honest with yourself, but never share those feelings with the wider sports world. 

I mean I could talk myself and others into thinking the Jayhawks were championship material, but I always had a few moments of doubt.  It just felt like something was missing.  I believe that championship caliber teams have this eff you gear they hit and KU seemed to lack it.  KU is methodical which is good, but they don’t go all out.  As of today, I believe that Cuse and UK have that eff you gear.  I watched Cuse’s eff you gear against Nova and saw UK’s eff you gear against Wake Forest last night.  It’s when you see the opponent is on the ropes and you just punch him out of the ring.  You don’t knock him out you knock him out of the ring, send him tumbling onto the writers.  You see, I realized our Achilles heels a while back and hoped to Almighty God that it wouldn’t rear its ugly head during the most important month of college basketball.

This year’s edition of the Jayhawks are poor at defending the three.  I saw this flaw during a few trap games and especially during the loss to Tenn and Ok St

And man if God did not hear my prayer.  See I was hoping that we would get UNLV because we match up better with them than a bunch of undersized gunners, but we got the gunners. 

I knew about halfway through the game yesterday they were gonna lose.  Sherron Collins was trying to shoot us back in the game and was having the opposite effect.  See Collins has this habit of trying to take over the game when it is not in his abilty to do so.  UNI’s D was simple, keep the man in front of you by moving your feet and don’t reach!  It’s a very simple concept but it doesn’t happen very much anymore in college or NBA basketball.  Combine that with the taller defenders, Collins was a non-factor. 

I love the Chi-town Killah’s (shout to Ed) game and hope he can latch on in the NBA, but he has been in a slump for about 12-15 games.  His offensive efficiency has declined and he is making needless turnovers. 

I still believe in Bill Self, he’s a good coach.  Remember he took Tulsa to the Elite 8.  The man knows his X’s and O’s, but this year was not meant to be.  So I’ll still watch the rest of the tourney (with lower blood pressure) and hope that Cuse and UK meet on April 5th.  KU you gave us another good season.  See you next year.

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Posted: March 12, 2010 in college basketball, KU

I didn’t want Stank-0 to go overboard in his homerness so I’ll do the honors.  This will be short and sweet.

The University of Kansas men’s basketball team reached the milestone of 2000 wins today.  They have joined some rarefied company, Kentucky and North Carolina.  At this point, Stank-0 would say some foolishness like both of those programs have the names of Kansans on their home courts, which they do.  They are Lou Rupp and Dean Smith, each from the state of Kansas, who studied the X’s and O’s under the legendary James “Phog” Allen which the Fieldhose gets its name from.  Phog Allen learned his X’s and O’s from the game’s creator, Dr. James Naismith.  I have to admit that’s quite a lineage, but in the end. It doesn’t make any difference.
The next on the list are: Duke (1885), Syracuse (1765), Temple (1724), St. John’s (1695), UCLA (1676), Notre Dame (1662), and Pennsylvania (1657).  Not sure how accurate these numbers are.  So I would assume that if Duke averages 30 wins a season they will hit 2K in 4 seasons.  With that same standard Cuse will join the club 6 seasons after Duke joins.  We are close to half of the 2K club before the end of this decade.  

But this is Kansas day, enjoy it until dark, get your mind right for the Big XII tourney and then the Dance.  Best of luck.


Posted: February 23, 2010 in Big XII, college basketball, KU


(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

With #1 Kansasvictory tonight over OU, they have earned at least a share of their 6th straight Big XII regular season title.  With their record at 27-1, they are about to enter into some rare company.  At least record-wise, this team has to be considered among one of the best in KU’s history, and still have games to play.  Now Stank-0 doesn’t believe in hyberbole especially in February, but this team has a chance to be very special. 

As big of a fan of Sherron Collins that Stank-0 is, Xavier Henry is that dude.  Freshman and straight hoopin!  It’s so sad that it’s a very real possibility that he will declare after this season, but that’s a whole ‘nother post right there.

Stank-0 would appreciate a few more trap games to get them prepared for the Big XII tourney and of course the Dance. KU is a 1 seed in the Midwest bracket. LOCK IT UP!

Is KU ready to dance or not?  The floor is yours.

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State the case

Posted: January 29, 2010 in college basketball, KU, State the case
This was born out of a chat conversation between myself and M0yo.  Hopefully this becomes an on-going thing.  Think of it as the sports version of Crossfire (no John Stewart).  We will each take a side on a college player regardless of gender and/or sport. We will start with Kansas’ own Sherron Collins.  [Disclaimer: in the interest of transparency, Stank-0 is a KU alum (c/o ’03!) and loves Kansas basketball dearly, but not to the level of a homer.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
Stank-0 believes that Sherron Collins has NBA bonafides.  The only real knock Stank-0 can see is his lack of a typical NBA body, however, that never stopped Muggsy Bogues and Earl Boykins from making it in the league. 
Collins clearly can lead.  He stepped up last season and took the reigns of a Kansas team that was dealing with departure of their championship team.  That team overachieved last season getting to the Elite 8.  Aldrich might be the engine that makes Kansas go, but Collins is the facilitator for that offense.  Think of him as the oil for the engine.  Even now with Xavier Henry and all the other young talent on the team, they defer to Collins. 
Collins also has that chip on his shoulder that seems to be standard for Chi players, ie Isiah Thomas.  Not to say that Collins is Thomas that would be blasphemous but he has that same attitude.  He’s fearless.  He has gone against some good point guards over his KU career.  He’s outplayed and been outplayed, but he doesn’t hesitate to go out there.  
Should Collins get into the NBA by draft or free agency, Stank-0 doesn’t not see him as a starting point guard anytime soon.  Collins would be a very capable bench player, a better shooting version of Jacque Vaughn.    
Up next, M0yo with the other side.

More manna from heaven

Posted: April 4, 2009 in college basketball, KU, NCAA
God must truly be smiling on Kansas right now.  First, Chiefs GM Pioli grabs Matt Cassel as the Chiefs starting quarterback.  Then Broncos QB gets in his feelings about almost being dealt for Cassel and forces his way out of town.  Lastly, the lowly Royals are seemingly in the start of an uptick.  Now Xavier Henry, the #1 rated high school basketball player, wants to sign with Kansas after de-committing to Memphis due to Calipari movin to Kentucky

So Coach Self, gift baskets are in order.  To John Calipari for blowing up a truly one of a kind class that Memphis was expecting.  Henry and Tyreke Evans in the same backcourt?  That would be scary.  Assuming that Evans doesn’t got in the draft. 

To add insult to injury, Henry’s brother, a walk-on at Memphis, wants to transfer to Kansas to play with his brother.  All this comes via Henry’s father. 

So Kansas can reload while bringing back everyone from the Sweet 16 team this year

So again thank you John Calipari for gift wrapping another guard for the Jayhawks.  Much obliged homey.

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It just feels so good

Posted: March 8, 2009 in Big XII, KU
AP Photo/Orlin Wagner

The Jayhawks have claimed another regular season Big XII title, via an assist from Texas A&M.  That good readers is 5 in a row.  Maybe they should rename the title the Jayhawk trophy. 
Texas is 0-9 at the Fieldhouse, but they usually play Kansas pretty tough and this game was no exception. 

Kansas and Texas have had some memorable games in recent years, most of those tight, high-scoring shootouts with high stakes. 

This one was no different.

Trading shots like it was a game of H-O-R-S-E, the Jayhawks and Longhorns combined to shoot 15-of-28 over the first 10 minutes, changing leads eight times.

Stank-0 is trying to rank the titles, and this one is up there because this was supposed to be a rebuilding year.  Even Stank-0 doubted the Hawks.  The best title has to be when KU went 16-0 in the Big XII.  That was a magical ride. 

Now we want OU.  Bring on B Griff.  KU needs to face OU for the tournament title.  ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK KUUUU!

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Driver seat!

Posted: February 24, 2009 in Big XII, KU, OU
Cole Alrich & Willie Warren US Presswire

That’s exactly where KU is right now, after taking down OU.  Stank-0 is actually NOT happy about this game.  Stank-0 is unhappy because KU did not get OU at full strength.  The young guns need to tighten up on D.  They were gettin wet up from range. 

How clutch is Collins?  He was shootin from Tishomingo he was so far out.  Big XII Big Monday games are always good.   

The only thing left is to put the deathlock on Mizzou at the Field House.  BEWARE THE PHOG! 

Stank-0 would never wish a player to get hurt and hopes that Griff gets better soon. 

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Soooo close

Posted: September 13, 2008 in college football, KU
The Kansas football team snapped defeat from the jaws of victory.  After bein up 20-3, South Florida stormed back to win on a late field goal. 

This one hurts, because now the pundits will cast doubt on last season’s magical ride. 

Reesing went 34-of-51 for 373 yards and 3 TDs after a career best 412 yards last week.

The Hawks can and will bounce back. 

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I’z is so sorry

Posted: September 6, 2008 in Darrell Arthur, KU, Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur have agolopized (apologized for the uninitiated) for being caught with reefer. Actually, they denied having any weed on their person.

Management then left to get security, which used its own key to enter the room minutes later. Once inside, security found Chalmers, Arthur and at least two women, sources told Broussard. There was a strong stench of marijuana in the room, and one person was in the bathroom with the door locked, repeatedly flushing the toilet, sources said.

The police were called to the room, which they searched, but neither marijuana nor drug paraphernalia was found. Representatives from the players’ association were also on the scene by that time, sources told Broussard.

Now they are each working on their image, community service, foundations, etc.

Good move, gentlemen, but it should have been done sooner.

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Ya big dummy!

Posted: September 6, 2008 in Darrell Arthur, KU, Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur, members of National Champion men’s basketball team, were both thrown out of the NBA’s rookie transition program. Each was caught with marijuana and will have to do the program again.

Stank-0 wonders just how dumb you can be? Super Mario, you were the hero of the 2008 NCAA but that don’t let you slide on mary jane.

Darrell, you have bounced around like a journeyman and you are only in your first year. Might want to fall back on the non-sense.

Mario’s heroics from the 2008 National Championship game. This got him drafted.

Mario Chalmer’s Shot, filmed at Allen Field House

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