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Wow.  7 out of 8 teams in the NCAA.  Amazing.

Kansas State
Iowa State
Oklahoma State

All in the tournament. 

Kansas State Basketball / All that's missing is a Massa Self - Bravo Tommy
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:25:33 AM »

After seeing him play in person Saturday, I can say this scene perfectly symbolizes Andrew Wiggins' season as a Jayhawk. Anytime he does something, he effortlessly does it with breathtaking talent-even answering media questions. But we often wonder why we don't see him display this prowess at a higher frequency.

Last week, I saw one of those NBA Draft forecasts on Sportscenter. I was baffled that Wiggins, who'd been pegged the best prospect since Lebron James before he stepped foot in Lawrence, was now pegged to go third overall.

Thus, when I went up to Lawrence, my view of the game was pretty myopic because I mainly focused on watching Wiggins. I wanted to see what he was doing to merit the sudden stock slippage.

I came away even more bewildered.

Never have I seen a more gifted college basketball player who continually made my jaw drop. Scary thing was it all appeared so utterly effortless.

Shockingly, Kansas really didn't too much to highlight his talents. There were few screens run for him, plays drawn for him.

Watching Wiggins play for the Jayhawks almost has the feeling of seeing someone on probation.

On offense, Wiggins would often linger over in a corner, confined to a small area of space to maneuver around in. On numerous possessions, he never even got to touch the ball.

When he'd get the ball, he could easily beat any of the defenders TCU put in his vicinity off the dribble. He could get the rim anytime he wanted to in a lithe, smooth, yet powerful fashion.

But rarely would Wiggins do this. He'd pass up shots he easily could make to get his teammates better looks.

During the occasions Wiggins did aggressively attempt to score, it was like watching a concert pianist perform. He'd glide to the rim off the dribble and score in the paint. He'd use his pretty stroke and athleticism to get off a solid mid-range look. Additionally, he drained a three with 18 seconds left in the first half to give Kansas a seven point lead.

Name a way to score, Wiggins displayed it on Saturday.

Then, of course, Wiggins provided his patented, highlight reel moment of the day five minutes into the second half. Wiggins' head was almost hitting the rim as Ellis' alley oop pass sailed slightly behind him. Wiggins was able to readjust his body easily at such a high elevation. In total control of his body, he reached back to get the pas and brought it all the way forward in one motion to finish off a powerful slam.

These offensive moments didn't come close to telling the whole story, though.

During the first half, TCU's Kyan Anderson torched the Jayhawks with 21 points. In the second half, Wiggins was sent to guard him on several possessions. Anderson, who stands 5-foot-11, couldn't get anything remotely going against Wiggins. Wiggins blanketed him, flustered Anderson with an impressively long wingspan. Somehow, the 6-8 Wiggins was able to guard the speedy little guard with relative ease.

On the night, Wiggins finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Every time he scored seemed like an event and left me wondering how he was featured so minimally on offense. When other famously celebrated freshmen such as Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, and Carmelo Anthony were taking the nation by storm, they had the green light nearly all the times. They had offenses catered to their strengths.

Wiggins, arguably more talented than any of them, doesn't have that luxury. Sadly, he is getting penalized unjustly for it.

This season, Wiggins is surrounded by numerous other underclassmen in a complicated system. They're competing for a national title, and Wiggins' selflessness and restraint while agreeing to be on a tight leash is somehow getting strictly scrutinized.

He's a stellar teammate and handling all of the insanely high expectations and criticisms leveled on him with a smile.

Part of me feels slightly jaded. Part of me wants to watch Wiggins get free-reign to wow me continuously for 40 minutes. Wiggins playing for the Jayhawks feels like Prospero agreeing to give up his magical powers in Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

Still, I feel lucky to have had a front row seat to see Wiggins at this stage of his career. He truly lived up to the hype.

I'm fully convinced any team that passes on him will feel like Portland did after picking Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan and Greg Oden over Kevin Durant. Although his talents are a tad hidden in Lawrence this year, he's learning about winning and the importance of fitting into a team enviorment. The fact this could scare NBA brass seems ludicrous to me.

This season, the state of Kansas is getting glimpses of Wiggins' magic. But it won't be until the NBA when we'll get to see it at its zenith.

its not even fun for him anymore?  I get it.  We are.  But, what other possible reason could the guy be so steadfast in his support of Waters.  Very odd.  The guy was burning the keyboard in his defense of Waters and questioning BS on even using Sams for any playing time...

kevin kietzman [email protected] 15h

Hall of Fame coach. Can't say more about how great he is. Deserved to lose both games he lost this year.


kevin kietzman [email protected] 15h

Another time for the football disabled..... When 15 is in... Pass the ball.
kevin kietzman [email protected] 15h

One more time for all the slow learners. When Snyder figures out what he has in Jake Waters, look out.

kevin kietzman [email protected] 16h

Why stop throwing?

kevin kietzman [email protected] 16h

Alright, let's pick a qb. Nobody wins splitting time. Make a commitment.
kevin kietzman [email protected] 17h

Two things killed KSU in 1st half. Kicker didn't recover fumble to start and Snyder just can't see that his passer is his beat shot.

kevin kietzman [email protected] 17h

I give up. Pick a quarterback and commit to what you are.


Kansas State Basketball / More cause for hope?
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:20:02 AM »

Kansas State Basketball / You want cause for hope?
« on: March 31, 2012, 05:05:37 PM »
Gottlieb is a twitter machine and on the biggest day in hoops he has been completely dormant.

 :ksu: :ksu: :dunno:

Kansas State Basketball / Drop. Off. Pass.
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:39:06 PM »
Just wanted to say good fight by EMAWs tonight.   Jamar was awesome. 

TSC'ing my ass off the rest of the way.

Kansas State Basketball / Thomas Robinson = Manny Dies -- Doug Gottlieb
« on: January 17, 2012, 01:05:59 PM »
Doug Gottlieb not a usual baiter.  You guys missed on this one.  Even raised my hackles.

Kansas State Basketball / 'Grats on the win. Soak it in....
« on: January 07, 2012, 04:27:09 PM »
I was TSC'ing like crazy while flipping from KU/OU.  Proud of you guys.  Please recap the Big 12 chant?  What time and what was said?  Anything we should improve on when we kick their ass in Allen?

Kansas State Basketball / Would you mind pointing me to the meltdown? TIA
« on: January 04, 2012, 09:24:18 PM »
 :bait: :driving: :driving: :bait:

Kansas State Football / So I have not been here in months....
« on: October 23, 2011, 09:35:32 AM »
When did you guys become "tardville now with sarcasm?"

You seem to have lost your identity.  Success good for cats=bad for goEMAW?  Steve Dave to the purple phone please.  Steve Dave to the purple phone.

Kansas State Basketball / BitB - Owns Tiger fans today....
« on: March 21, 2011, 02:28:18 PM »

They are so confused.

Kansas State Basketball / Now that its over I can admit something...
« on: March 19, 2011, 11:50:43 PM »
This is my favorite non-KU big 12 basketball player ever.

I absolutely love this kid....awesome.  You guys were lucky to watch him.

 :emawkid:  :doom:  :emawkid:

Kansas State Basketball / Be Careful on February 12th - DANGER
« on: January 10, 2011, 09:35:40 AM »
On February 12th the Cats travel to Boulder, Colorado.  Apparently that city has a really high elevation as high as 5400 feet.  THAT IS MORE THAN A MILE HIGH!!!

That high elevation creates difficulty breathing.  The air is thin and can create problems if you are competing in a sporting event if you are acclimated to a lower elevation.

Case in point please review this hard hitting piece from the Kansas City Star (credit deserved to Mike DeArmond who first pointed this out) regarding Mizzou's latest trip to Boulder.

There is really no explanation for why the Buffs stomped the Tigers – but they did – leading at one time by as many as 18.

As it turns out, the altitude may have contributed to the loss. Missouri presses constantly. That usually works, but in this case, it definitely did not as Colorado only had 10 turnovers. Prior to CU, only one team had less than 16 turnovers against MU this season (Illinois, 13). MU only played seven people double-digit minutes and they eventually wore down.

Its downright dangerous.  Luckily as author (Mike DeArmond) points out this is one of the "traitor schools" who will be leaving our conference.  DANGER!!   :runaway: :runaway: :runaway:

Kansas State Basketball / This video is for stevedave...
« on: January 05, 2011, 08:24:28 AM »

Thought you would enjoy!   Merry New Year.

Push through the first 30 seconds or so....

Kansas State Football / Looks like D.o.D. was actually a 3xD.o.D. ?
« on: October 13, 2010, 08:26:09 AM »
Chris Harper

"When I was growing up it wasn't too much of a rivalry,just an in state game because K State had won like 30 straight or something crazy. "But its turned into a rivalry with them beating us a few times in the last years and getting better:

As a guy who was at KU during the heart of the D.o.D; I can relate.  It did seem like 30 in a row.







Kansas State Football / Well, I guess Ben doesn't like me...
« on: June 30, 2010, 08:54:29 PM »
Your stalking of me is quite alarming.  Calling me out on JayhawkSlant and Phog?  Strange.

Dear Ben,

I compared Gill to Ron Prince not because of their skin color.  I compared them because their recruiting is eerily similar.   I have very fond memories of teasing catfans about the crap kids they were signing.  It was fun when Ron Prince signed players that had offers from Louisiana Lafayette and Georgia Southern.  Now the joke has turned on us.

You probably could have gotten an answer by asking me here, but thanks for stalking me on 3 different websites.  P.S.  I am banned/restricted on so you are not getting an answer from me there.


9 kids in and here are the competing offers for them....

East Carolina
Tulsa (3 different kids)
Louisiana Tech
New Mexico (2 different kids)
New Mexico State
Southern Miss
Wyoming (2 different kids)
Colorado State
Florida State
Georgia Southern
Louisiana Lafayette

Incredible.  I can't imagine even being about to find 9 kids willing to commit that don't have ONE SINGLE OFFER from another Big XII school.  Is this scary smart or what? 

What do I get to read about?   How T.Gill and Co. are much better judges of talent.   If he wouldn't have gobbled these guys up now they would have gotten "big time" offers.   Blah Blah Blah.


I am deeply concerned.  Thanks in advance for your answer.

We are one step away from rabbit ears.  I see them coming soon.

Kansas State Basketball / Remember when you used to sweat the bubble?
« on: March 14, 2010, 12:55:30 PM »
Isn't today more fun without that concern?  Which 1 seed do you want?  I think KSU would dominate duke.  Your perimeter d is too good for them.

Frank has earned/gained a fan this season.  He has done an incredible job.  I will be rooting for you in every game in the tourney (unless we face each other for our 4th game)

Easy to root for and a great team.

Also, glad both teams got out of that healthy.

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