“Hey, it’s less than 48 hours until the Sunflower Showdown and there’s absolutely no anger on my twitter timeline. Don’t be slacking.”
D. Scott Fritchen, @DScottFritchen, two days before Kansas traveled to Manhattan, Twitter
GH: With KU ranked third and K-State at eleven, this game is a rare January treat for us Midwestern ballers. Read on.
“A lot of people are looking at this and saying, ‘How did a game like this end up on regional television?’”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Yeah, what gives? This game is on 38 the Spot tonight in Kansas City. I sure hope they have wiped the petroleum jelly off the HD camera lens for tonight’s game.
“I have not received one email about Bruce Weber.”
Danny Clinkscale, refuting Kevin Kietzman’s claim that Kansas fans hate the new K-State basketball coach, 810 AM
GH: Weber was probably more unpopular with K-State fans than KU fans before he knocked off Florida and his Cats went on an 11-game winning spree. But one sure way to get the Jayhawks’ fans’ anger directed toward Weber is for KSU to beat KU. That could very well happen tonight.
“I don’t think at Kansas they’re talking about first place in the middle of January.”
Greg Gurley, on Bruce Weber’s comments about tonight’s game being a battle for first place in the Big 12, 610 AM
GH: Kansas fans are more amused by Weber than angered by him. It’s hard to get worked up over that screech of a voice.
“This is a game where K-State may be able to attack Kansas bench.”
Doug Gottlieb, 810 AM
GH: Kansas has looked downright awful at times on the offensive end. At KU this conference season it’s pretty much been; “McLemore & Withey – then pray the D holds ‘em to fitty.”
“They go through some stretches where they don’t run offense and they shoot it too quickly.”
Doug Gottlieb, on why Kansas sometimes has trouble scoring, 810 AM
“I think [Kansas] won a couple of games last week playing poorly and I think that’s a good sign.”
Fran Fraschilla, on KU’s tough win home over Iowa State and an ugly road win at Texas Tech, 810 AM
“[Naadir] Tharpe seems to be surprising but all that’s been done against teams with inferior talent.”
Doug Gottlieb, 810 AM
GH: I was not a big fan of Tharpe’s until this past month. The KU point guard is playing with a sense of confidence I do not recall him displaying. I don’t believe his trey is as good as it recently has appeared, but he runs the floor under control and with an ability to finish.
“Rodney McGruder is one of the best I have seen at moving without the ball. Similar to Steve Alford when he was at Indiana.”
Rich Zvosec, @CoachZZ, Twitter
GH: Mac has four – count ‘em – four Big 12 POTW awards already this season. This is the guy Matt Doherty had questions about his athleticism. I know plenty of questionable athletes. McGruder ain’t one of them.
“What’s going to win or lose this game for Kansas State are the other guys. McGruder’s going to get his.”
Greg Gurley, 610 AM
GH: Does K-State have the offensive firepower to beat Kansas? No…not outside of Bramlage. But this one is inside the OOD – where all things are possible. I still like KU tonight by a sliver.
“They won’t storm the court tonight if they win, will they?”
Nate Bukaty, speculating on the reaction of the K-State fans tonight at Bramlage, 810 AM
GH: This court storming business seems to be a strong concern for many Kansas fans. A Jayhawk would never storm the court at Allen Fieldhouse…although I’ll bet it crossed some Crimson & Blue lobes after that comeback win over Mizzou last March. Gone on, Gavin, admit it. You wanted to go all barnyard and tackle Baby Jay, didn’t you?
“I’ll bet you they do if they win it.”
Dave Armstrong, on whether or not the patrons inside the Octagon of Doom will spill out onto the court after a Wildcat win over KU, 810 AM
GH: I’m with Jack Buck on court storming – “Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!”
“When I got to K-State, those three guys actually thought the draft order was going to be Michael Beasley number one, Bill Walker number two, and Jacob Pullen number three. Then as the season progresses, these guys realized this is going to be harder than I thought.”
Frank Martin, whose South Carolina Cocks will be at Mizzou Arena in the 6:00 PM appetizer on ESPNU, 810 AM
GH: I have talked to high school freshmen who could crack their school’s starting lineup who were sure they were headed to the NBA in a few years. I truly think it is an issue in the black culture. I have seen too many black kids who don’t have a realistic plan to go with their dream.
“If you took Ole Miss’ team and put them in New York, people would be saying they’re a Final Four team. That’s how good I think they are.”
Frank Martin, lamenting the lack of respect that SEC basketball gets nationally, 810 AM
GH: Is Frank talking about realignment again?
“The biggest myth in the world is that I scream at everybody. That I’m the biggest meanie that walks around and tries to deflate everybody from their lifelong dream.”
Frank Martin, when asked by Kevin Kietzman about his coaching style of verbally breaking down players to then build them back up, 810 AM
GH: Manti Te’o is going to be happy to hear this. #myth
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