“I don’t think you could ever predict with Rodney [McGruder] out two minutes into the game, Will [Spradling] breaks his nose in the first and we are up 19 at half. Overall a great team effort.”
Bruce Weber, on KSU routing Texas 83-57 at Bramlage, Kansas City Star
GH: Take a deep bow, Kansas State. The Wildcats are putting together one of the more impressive football / basketball seasons in the history of the Little Apple. In a restructured Big 12 Conference that was built by Texas to be dominated by Texas, the Cats have shown all other corn-fed schools that the big bad bully is mostly bull. Way to go, Cats.
“We own Texas.”
Chant from the Kansas State crowd Wednesday night
GH: And how about that win the Cats have over the Florida Gators at Sprint Center? Bruce Weber’s team dominated the same Gators who drubbed Frank Martin’s South Carolina squad 75-36. Frank can’t be enjoying being treated like a high school coach again in the SEC.
“BREAKING – Majority owners of the Longhorn Network, Kansas State, have decided to change the network’s name to the Longface Network.”
Johnny Coltrane, @Chief_Wildcat, Twitter
“Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder has signed a new contract worth $14.75 million over the next five seasons. Snyder’s salary will rise from $2.2 million to $2.75 million next season and increase $100,000 each year.”
Kellis Robinett, writer, Kansas City Star
GH: Best bargain in college coaching. I hope the old man lives to be 100 and dies of a heart attack while dancing after winning a national championship.
“Been suffering through an Oklahoma State game and only now catching up on scores. So let me say what needs to be said: Jesus, Missouri.”
Mick Shaffer, @mickshaffer, after Mizzou lost 73-70 at LSU, Twitter
GH: Shaffer expressed the perfect sentiment for many. Read on.
“Somehow [Missouri is] a team that relies on the three-ball that most of us who have watched would say is not a good shooting team.”
Jon Sundvold, 810 AM
GH: Simply stated but bull’s-eye accurate.
“Missouri has become Arkansas North. Too frazzled on the road to beat even a bad team like LSU.”
Joe Walljasper, @JoeWalljasper writer for Columbia Daily Tribune, Twitter
GH: Great – so we have Mike Anderson infecting two SEC basketball teams this season.
“Bowers back and a loss at LSU. Tough night for the Tigers. This one will linger for a LONG time.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter
GH: Mizzou losses like this are like Christmas for Fescoe and Kansas fans – with Phil Pressey playing the role of Santa.
“Guys are tending to do their own thing when the game’s getting tight or there’s adversity, and we’ve got to somehow become a better listening team.”
Frank Haith, following MUs disappointing 73-70 loss at LSU
GH: Haith never mentioned Pressey by name in his postgame comments but he did everything else to point his finger at his point guard. Pressey once again turned in a fabulous but flawed game – with what Haith referred to as “horrendous” shot selection in the final minute. He is a polarizing but mesmerizing talent. I can’t recall another college athlete who so often thrills to such highs and disappoints to such depths – even in the same game.
“Either [Phil Pressey] doesn’t have the confidence in his other guys or he’s not allowing these guys to have a role in the team.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: I don’t think it is nearly that complicated. Pressey simply remains in schoolyard mode once the game gets tight. He plays the game with little or no nod to whatever offense Haith has implemented. It works because he is incredibly quick and able to almost always find space. It doesn’t work when he feels the need to shoot the three – because he’s an average shooter at best.
“Haith said there’s nothing structurally wrong with [Keion] Bell’s shoulder but Bell said it hurt too bad to play.”
Steve Walentik, @Steve_Walentik, Twitter
GH: Has Keion being hanging with James Franklin?
“This week last year Mizzou landed DGB and beat Kansas. The last 52 weeks have been complete sports shit.”
Jack Nowland, @jacknowland, Twitter
“When does spring training start?”
Dan Neollsch, @TigerDan4, Twitter
GH: This is how bad it has gotten for Mizzou fans – even the Royals look good to them.
“1 very cool thing about KU women’s games: #KUbball star Ben McLemore almost always here, often alone, & he loves to sign autographs for kids.”
Matt Tait, @mctait, writer for KUSports.com, Twitter
GH: Amidst rumors of antler nasal spray and make-believe dead girlfriends, this is a feel-good story about a soon-to-be All-American athlete. Read on for another example of the Bizarro World of big-time college sports.
“Don’t you know who I am? I am an All-American.”
Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona’s All-American running back, when he was asked to sit down at a recent UA game at the Wildcats’ McKale Center, Arizona Daily Star
GH: I have followed Carey’s football career since his freshman year of high school. A good friend of mine in Tucson made me aware of his routine 350-yard games as a high schooler. He also informed me that Carey was a nightmare off the field. We both wondered if he would mature in college. He has not. While his game is as great as ever –his act is still a joke. Read on.
“Arizona Wildcats All-America running back Ka’Deem Carey was ejected from Thursday’s UA-UCLA basketball game at McKale Center following an argument with a police officer, according to a UA Police Department report obtained by the Star. … According to the UA Police Department report, event staff asked both men to leave the Zona Zoo student section four times because they were double-seated and sitting on the backs of chairs, reports stated. When they didn’t move, a UAPD officer was called. Carey told the officer that he and his cousin were sitting there because they couldn’t find their seats, according to the report. When the officer asked both for their tickets, Carey responded with an expletive and said, ‘Don’t you know who I am? I am an All-American,’ the report stated.”
Daniel Berk, writer, Arizona Daily Star
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