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ROYC75
03-07-2008, 10:12 AM
OK boys and girls, last game of the regular season games before the madness begins.

Is KU on a roll ? Can Turg & aTm slow down the Hawks ? I haven't seen aTm much this year, only once and was some what impressed with them against ISU. But it was ISU, so that says alot.

The confrence / co-confrence title is on the line. Do we win ? What say you ?

This game is not on ESPN, or part of the ESPN package, I may not get this game, it's on CBS and I haven't looked at the regional coverage to see if it is.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU :KU:

Mr. Plow
03-07-2008, 10:13 AM
Depends on which A&M team shows up tomorrow.

Reerun_KC
03-07-2008, 10:19 AM
Depends on which A&M team shows up tomorrow.
That aint no lie, will they score 10 points in the first half like they did agianst OU or come out hitting every pray they chuck up like we have seen agianst KU oh so often?

I say KU runs them by 15+......

Oh I was in Wichita on Wednesday, I came across this plane, so I thought I would share it with my KU friends... I dont fly the KU jet, I am a co-pilot on a fleet of BeechJet 400A's out of Wiley Post in OKC.... thought I would share some picts from my office....

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t179/Reerun_kc/200803051505_00035.jpg
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Skip Towne
03-07-2008, 10:20 AM
aTm beat Texas at home by 17 and lost at Oklahoma by 27. Go figure.

Mr. Plow
03-07-2008, 10:33 AM
Sweet pics Reerun

Reerun_KC
03-07-2008, 10:35 AM
Thanks Mr. Plow....

sure beats sitting in a office with no windows...

SithCeNtZ
03-07-2008, 10:39 AM
This game is not on ESPN, or part of the ESPN package, I may not get this game, it's on CBS and I haven't looked at the regional coverage to see if it is.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU :KU:

It's a national game, so you get it.

Mr. Plow
03-07-2008, 10:57 AM
Thanks Mr. Plow....

sure beats sitting in a office with no windows...


As I look over my desk in my office to no windows.......

Reerun_KC
03-07-2008, 12:11 PM
As I look over my desk in my office to no windows.......
And I just got told today, that I have 3 trips coming up and they are all to the cayman islands and back....

Damn the bad luck...

Lzen
03-07-2008, 03:18 PM
Little early for a game thread. Oh well, here is a Sasha Kaun story. Just for you, CoMo. 4321

Sasha’s journey

By Jason King (http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/expertsarchive;_ylt=AldFKwXVS19xNyXfHCfuvDHqz4x4?author=Jason+King), Yahoo! Sports


LAWRENCE, Kan. – If only they’d given him more time to talk. Maybe then, Kansas forward Sasha Kaun would’ve told the rest of his story.
Perhaps he would’ve discussed that night 10 years ago, when his father was found dead – murdered, some believe – in the corner of a cold parking garage in Kaun’s native Russia.
Kaun could’ve mentioned that emotional moment three years later when, at 16, he wrapped his arms around his mother at the airport, knowing that the hug would be the last they’d share for more than a year.
Or maybe Kaun could’ve explained how he blossomed into a top post player for one of the country’s most storied programs just a few years after playing organized basketball for the first time.
“When you look at all the things that happened that led Sasha to this point … it’s an unbelievable story,” KU coach Bill Self said.
Yet it’s a story that can’t be told in three minutes, which is the time Kaun was allotted for his Senior Day speech Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. Still, at least he got to say thanks.
Thanks to his coaches. Thanks to his teammates and fans. And thanks, most of all, to Olga, who waved to her son from Row 8 as he stood in the middle of the hardwood, clutching a microphone as a sellout crowd of 16,300 watched and listened.
“When I look at him running around the court during games,” Olga said through an interpreter, “I see this grown-up boy – this man!
“I can’t believe this is all real.”
<hr align="center" size="1" width="40%"> Shortly before midnight – as he raced through his neighborhood to comfort his mother – 13-year-old Sasha Kaun could see the lights from the ambulance flickering against the dark sky.
Minutes earlier he’d answered the phone and heard Olga sobbing.
“It was terrible,” he said. “She was in hysterics.”
Kaun said his mother told him she’d become concerned when her husband, Oleg, failed to come home from work, and that her search for him had ended at the family’s single-car garage a few blocks away.
Olga entered and found Sasha’s father on his knees and unconscious. His body faced a wall, his torso sloped forward and his right hand was behind his back.
“A strange, awkward position,” Sasha said.
<!-- {PHOTO BEGINS} --> http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/tools/med/2008/03/ipt/1204862044.jpg
<!-- {PHOTO ENDS} --> Paramedics attempted to resuscitate him knowing there was little hope. On Jan. 16, 1998 – in the biting, unforgiving cold of Tomsk, Russia – Oleg Kaun was dead.
There were no clues, no witnesses. Instead of opening an investigation, Sasha said Russian authorities cited “gas poisoning” as the cause of his father’s death and moved on.
“We’ve never thought it was a suicide,” said Sasha, now 23. “He was a happy person. He wouldn’t have done that.”
Instead Olga believes Oleg was killed, and that the murder was somehow related to his job as a computer programmer for one of the largest banks in Russia. Not only did he create the programs used by the bank and all of its branches, but it was also Oleg’s responsibility to prevent hackers from getting into the system.
A few weeks before he died, Oleg told his wife that he was “having some problems” at work and that someone had broken into the program and was stealing money.
“Russia was very unstable during the 1990s – especially the banking system,” Olga said. “My friends and I have come to the same conclusion: Someone just got rid of Oleg so he wouldn’t cause any problems.
“Oleg was a very good person, very goal-oriented. Everyone loved him. He was handsome and he was respected as an expert.”
Throughout his college career, Kaun has chosen not to speak publicly about the death of his father, who he described as “very private.”
But earlier this week, as he reflected on the tragedy during an interview at Kansas’ Burge Union, Kaun was open and matter-of-fact when discussing Oleg’s passing and the way it shaped his future.
“I didn’t cry much when it happened,” Kaun said. “But after the funeral, at the reception, all these people came up to me and paid their respects. People started talking about the different things he’d done in life. That’s when it really hit me. There were a lot of things I didn’t know.”
One man told Sasha about the actions his father took to benefit the community. Another mentioned Oleg’s impeccable reputation as a computer programmer, adding that he was regarded as one of the best in Russia.
“I was sad that I’d never get the chance to find those things out on my own,” Sasha said.
Kaun reaches into his backpack and pulls out his billfold. Inside is a black-and-white picture of Oleg taken from an old passport. He’s wearing a sport coat and has mangy, black hair. Once or twice a week, Kaun looks at the photo says hello to his father through prayer.
Just like Oleg, Sasha has plans to become a computer programmer when his basketball career is finished. Despite the Jayhawks’ rigorous schedule, Kaun has managed to earn Academic All-Big 12 honors three times and will graduate in May.
Kaun puts away his dad’s picture and smiles.
“I definitely think I’m making him proud,” he said.
<hr align="center" size="1" width="40%"> As painful as Oleg’s death was emotionally, it also caused a change in lifestyle for Sasha and Olga, who was left alone to raise her only son.
“All of a sudden,” Sasha said, “it was just the two of us.”
Olga, though, was confident they would persevere because of a comment Sasha made moments after he arrived outside the garage on that dreadful January night.
<!-- {PHOTO BEGINS} --> http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/tools/med/2008/03/ipt/1204862601.jpg Kaun, left, pressures Florida Atlantic’s Xavier Perkins. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

<!-- {PHOTO ENDS} --> “On that cold winter evening, his first words to me were ‘Mom, don’t worry. From now on I’m going to help you with everything,” Olga said. “That was the end of his childhood. He became very serious, very grown up.”
On nights when he used to hang out in the streets playing soccer, Kaun now found himself shopping for groceries. He’d clean the apartment between homework assignments and often cooked dinner for his mother, who had to work extra hours to pay the tuition fees of Sasha’s private school.
The routine worked well until high school, when Sasha fell into the trap that threatens so many children in single-parent homes. With so much freedom, Sasha said he became lazy and blew off homework assignments. His grades begin to slip right along with his work ethic. Luckily, the problems didn’t last long.
The summer before his sophomore year, Sasha received a call from a friend who’d just graduated from a high school called the Florida Air Academy.
Located in Melbourne, Fla., the boarding school had long been lauded for its efforts in attracting foreign students. Kaun’s friend said the school wanted to add more Russians to its student body and suggested he enroll.
“I looked at the situation and realized I could be doing a lot better in school,” Kaun said. “Going to the states was like a wake-up call. It was like, ‘Hey, you have this chance. Take it.’”
The only problem was that the situation would pull Kaun away from the mother with whom he’d experienced so much. But Olga Kaun knew an American education had more value than one obtained in Russia, where diplomas can be purchased off the street.
So she borrowed about $2,000 from her parents for a plane ticket and a Visa. Just like that – without knowing a word of English – Sasha was on a plane bound for Florida.
Years later, Kaun couldn’t be more appreciative of Olga’s decision. It’s one thing for a parent to send a child to a new high school on the other side of town or even a college in a different state.
But for a mother to allow a 16-year-old son to enroll at a school in another country shows how eager she is for him to succeed.
“It wasn’t all that tough for me,” Kaun said. “I liked challenges and experiencing new things. But it was difficult for my mother. I kept telling her that, if I didn’t like it after a year, I’d come home.”
But that never happened.
Kaun went 18 months before returning to Russia. Instead he and Olga talked twice a week on the Internet. In the meantime he was earning good grades in school – he aced Calculus as a sophomore – while continuing to learn more and more about computers.
“He was chasing his dream – just like his daddy,” said Aubin Goporo, a faculty member at Florida Air Academy. “The first time I met him I asked him what he wanted to be and he said, ‘A computer engineer.’ I asked him what else he may want to do and he said, ‘I don’t know, maybe own my own business.’”
Goporo pauses and chuckles. There was another reason he’d called Sasha into his office that day.
“Did you ever think about making a living playing basketball?” Goporo asked Kaun.
No, Sasha said. Never.
<hr align="center" size="1" width="40%"> From the day he arrived on campus, everyone at Florida Air Academy knew Sasha Kaun. At 6-foot-10, he was easily the tallest student at the school – and the ironic thing was that he had never played organized basketball.
Kaun’s inexperience was glaring during his first few weeks on the court. He said he felt “lost” when the team tried to run plays, and the fact that he spoke little English made it impossible for him to understand Goporo, who is also the school’s coach.
Physically, Kaun, then 175 pounds, didn’t have the strength to match up against anyone in the paint. One day in the weight room, he said he attempted to squat 135 pounds but fell over as soon he lifted the bar from the rack.
Kansas assistant Joe Dooley remembers watching one of Kaun’s practices during his sophomore season.
<!-- {PHOTO BEGINS} --> http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/tools/med/2008/03/ipt/1204862143.jpg Kaun dunks against Miami (Ohio). (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

<!-- {PHOTO ENDS} --> “Anyone who says they saw him as a sophomore and knew he was going to be a good player is lying,” said Dooley, an assistant with New Mexico at the time. “But with big kids you can never tell. You never know how they’re going to develop.”
Still, even the ones who improve rarely do so as rapidly as Kaun, who began logging extra hours in the weight room and gym. Kaun might have had an advantage when it came to size but, even today, he credits hard work – and not natural ability – as the main reason for his success.
“He’s one of the most disciplined kids I’ve ever coached,” said Goporo, who counts Florida’s Walter Hodge among his proteges. “He doesn’t say much, but he pays attention to everything that goes on around him. You won’t find many players smarter than Sasha.”
After just two years of organized basketball, Kaun began excelling on the summer AAU circuit. A standout performance at the Boo Williams Invitational catapulted him near the top of college want-lists across the country. In the end, Kaun named Kansas, Duke and Michigan State as the finalists for his services.
Not that the Blue Devils and Spartans ever stood much of a chance.
Goporo, who had become Kaun’s mentor, had long been infatuated with KU coach Bill Self when Self was coaching at Illinois. Goporo traveled to Chicago to listen to Self speak at clinics. He had an Illini backpack and subscribed to the school’s newsletter. When Self came to Florida to visit Kaun he noticed Goporo had a picture of him on his screensaver.
“I tried to hide it but it was too late,” said Goporo, laughing. “College basketball has become such a business. It’s hard to find someone who’s going to put his career aside and take care of you as a human being. But I knew that’s what Sasha would have with Coach Self.”
Kaun averaged 8.2 points while starting all but four games as a sophomore. His scoring average dipped to 5.9 a year ago, when nagging injuries stymied his progress.
Still, Kaun, at 250 pounds, has developed a reputation as one of the Big 12’s strongest players in the paint. Rarely does he get outmuscled, and right now he’s on pace to achieve season-highs in both points and blocks despite losing his starting job to Darnell Jackson.
Self said Kaun is having his best season ever for the 27-3 Jayhawks, who can clinch their fourth straight Big 12 title with a win Saturday against Texas A&M.
“This is the healthiest he’s been,” Self said. “He’s was prepared to come in and have a good year. He hasn’t had lower body problems like he’s had in the past. There were two summers in a row where he couldn’t work out because of health reasons.
“In my mind he’s a starter. Since he hasn’t been starting he’s playing at a higher level and Darnell has been playing at a higher level. So in the long run the move has helped our entire team.”
<hr align="center" size="1" width="40%"> Back at Allen Fieldhouse, Kaun is standing at center court, still clutching that microphone. He begins to address his mother and then cuts a joke.
“She probably won’t understand half of what I say,” Kaun said, “because she doesn’t speak much English.”
Olga doesn’t mind. She and Sasha have spent plenty of time together the past few months. Because she wanted to be present for all the big events during her son’s final semester of college – Senior Day, the NCAA tournament and graduation – Olga has been living in Lawrence since December.
Each and every night she sleeps on the couch in Sasha’s living room. He also doesn’t mind that she cleans his dishes, does his laundry and occasionally cooks pelemeni, a Russian ravioli.
“I am proud that my son did not fail,” Olga said. “I’m proud that he showed manhood and patience and is getting an education here – just like his dad. I think the tragedy that occurred in our family helped form my son’s character and helped him fight against everything to reach great accomplishments.”
Kaun will graduate May 18 with a degree in computer science. Beyond that, he’s not sure what’s next.
An NBA scout said last week that Kaun – because of his size, strength and intellect – might be selected in the second round of this summer’s NBA Draft. If that doesn’t happen, he could almost certainly earn solid money playing basketball overseas.
Kaun isn’t thinking that far ahead. On Tuesday, he couldn’t stop talking about the Big 12 title race, the NCAA tournament and Kansas’ chances of winning the national championship.
But most of all he kept bringing up the emotions of Senior Night, the ovation he received and the sense of love he and his mother felt inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Lawrence may be thousands of miles from Russia. Still, now more than ever, Sasha Kaun couldn’t feel more at home.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/news?slug=jn-sasha030708&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Mr. Plow
03-07-2008, 03:21 PM
And I just got told today, that I have 3 trips coming up and they are all to the cayman islands and back....

Damn the bad luck...


I hope you get sunburned. Bad. Real bad.

Lzen
03-07-2008, 03:36 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/luke_winn/02/05/jackson0211/


A Time To Heal

After a series of horrific family tragedies almost caused him to quit school, former backup Darnell Jackson has made himself a frontcourt force for Kansas

Posted: Tuesday February 5, 2008 11:00AM; Updated: Tuesday February 5, 2008 11:34PM

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Jackson, the Jayhawks' most imposing forward and most tortured soul, still wears his emotions under his sleeve.
David E. Klutho/SI


</td></tr></tbody></table>D-Block would always say he was all right and give his teammates a smile as wide as it was hollow, as if its charm could put all their worrying about him to rest. He got his nickname from his fellow Kansas Jayhawks as a freshman for exhibiting penitentiary-worthy bullishness in practice -- acting like Deebo from the movie Friday, they said. That was an entire season before he put his insides on lockdown, posting a two-word sign at the gate: I'M FINE. "You left the practice court in tears, D-Block." I'm fine. "You keep hanging your head, D-Block." I'm fine. "You want to talk about it, D-Block?" I'm fine.
But Darnell Jackson, who at 6' 8" and 250 pounds was the Jayhawks' most imposing forward and most tortured soul, knew the truth. "I was falling apart," he says. He felt so down that on Jan. 5, 2007, halfway through his junior year, he left the KU campus in Lawrence in the middle of the night and drove home to Midwest City, Okla. It was there that he told his mother that he was quitting. In his depressed state, Jackson had rationalized that Kansas didn't need him (the Jayhawks had three post players, Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur and Sasha Kaun, higher on the depth chart) whereas his mother, Shawn -- who was still partially immobilized from a horrific May 2005 car wreck and was struggling to support her two younger children, Ebony, now 18, and Evan, 16, while the family finances were locked up in insurance-company battles -- needed him badly.
Darnell had been living in a world of ever-mounting sorrow. In his eighth-grade year his absentee father, James K. Howard, had been shot to death by Oklahoma City police after he attacked a jogger. As a high school senior Jackson had come upon the crime scene of a classmate's murder. When Jackson went away to college, the tragedies continued. His close friend Glen Davis was shot in the head and killed by gang members with a semiautomatic weapon while stopped at a traffic light in Oklahoma City. His paternal grandfather, Willie James Howard, died in July 2006, and one of his uncles was beaten to death with a hammer. Worst of all, his maternal grandmother, Evon Jackson, with whom he was so close that "it was like we lived in the same skin," he says, was in the car with Shawn that day in Las Vegas when a drunk and drugged 18-year-old celebrating his send-off to the Marines swerved into them and altered the course of their lives. Evon died a week later as a result of her injuries. "It seemed like everybody I knew was dying while I was at Kansas," says Jackson, "and I thought, Maybe if I gave it all up and came home, I could make it stop."
Shawn's brother, Edred, from whom Darnell had received his middle name, left work at his wood-finishing business to meet him at his mother's house. They took a drive, stopping at Evon's gravesite, which Jackson hadn't visited since the funeral, and Edred said to him, "Do you remember how proud she had been that you went to Kansas?" Later Shawn apologized to Darnell for having pushed him back to summer school at KU after the accident, perhaps stunting the grieving process. But, she told him, "you're not helping me if you leave Kansas -- you're letting me down. Let me heal to the point where I can walk, and I'll be there for you during your senior year."
Jayhawks coach Bill Self and director of basketball operations Ronnie Chalmers took an evening flight to Oklahoma City, intent on meeting with Jackson after he failed to show for that day's practice. Jackson brought Self outside Shawn's house to talk, and it was then, while hugging his coach in the front yard, that D-Block finally cracked. He hadn't wanted to quit, he said. He was just trying to be the man of the family.

CONTINUED.....

Lzen
03-07-2008, 03:38 PM
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2008/writers/luke_winn/02/05/jackson0211/p1_shawn.jpg
Jackson pays tribute after free throws to Evon and Shawn (above).
David E. Klutho/SI



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First game, first half, first free throws of 2007-08, and before Jackson stepped to the line against Louisiana-Monroe in Allen Fieldhouse, he spotted his late-arriving mother wearing her right-leg boot, being helped to her seat. Shawn was in the middle of a multiweek stay at the on-campus apartment Jackson shares with teammate Brandon Rush, giving Darnell what she calls "his mama time" by hopping around on her one good leg and doing the cooking and cleaning.
She blew kisses to him from the stands; he shook his head in playful disapproval of her tardiness. Later in the half Jackson threw down a fast-break dunk so impressive that, Shawn says, "I had to stand up and make sure that was mine, number 32, and not double zero" -- the digits worn by Arthur, a sophomore with a far more athletic reputation.
Jackson missed just one field goal attempt in the Jayhawks' opener, scoring 21 points in 18 minutes off the bench, from which he had been toiling in various degrees of frustration for his whole career. He scored in double figures two more times, and by the sixth game of the season he had supplanted Kaun in the starting lineup. There he has remained, becoming Kansas's leading rebounder (7.0 per game) and second-leading scorer (at 12.8 points per game) during its 22-1 start.
Wright's decision to enter the NBA Draft as a sophomore last spring (he was taken 13th overall by New Orleans) affected Jackson more than any other Jayhawk. His minutes have jumped from 15.3 per game last season to 24.8, and he evolved from KU's most enigmatic reserve into arguably its most valuable starter. On a balanced title contender stocked with NBA prospects, that breakthrough is no trivial achievement. After the Jayhawks beat Oklahoma on Jan. 14 to improve to 17-0, Jackson, who had 17 points and eight rebounds, called Shawn and said, "Can you really believe this is happening?"
Jackson's teammates have tried to push him past the awed phase: During a timeout late in Kansas's Jan. 23 win over Iowa State, Rush pointed Jackson toward the scoreboard, where there were 21 points and 11 rebounds listed next to his number. "Don't think you aren't good, D-Block," Rush said. "You're a star for us now."
Self knows what made Jackson's late bloom possible. "For the first time [since he's been] at Kansas," the coach says, "he's at peace with himself."
**************
The nightmares that began haunting him as early as grade school all centered on the same chilling subject. "I always dreamed that I was going to die -- that I would get shot in the head, or that a car I was in would crash into a gas station and I'd burn," says Jackson. He would awaken in a sweat, crying, and he'd go to his grandmother's bedroom.
"She'd say, Put your head on my stomach," Jackson wistfully recalls. "She'd pat it, and tell me I was going to be all right, that God would come and save us all, and my pain would go away."
Evon was the matriarch, Darnell the grandmama's boy; they were best friends. It would have been fitting for Jackson to have a glorious sophomore season -- the first one after the accident -- in her honor. Instead, that season began with a crisis: a nine-game suspension levied by the NCAA for accepting $5,000 in impermissible benefits from a Kansas booster.


CONTINUED.....

Lzen
03-07-2008, 03:40 PM
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2008/writers/luke_winn/02/05/jackson0211/p1_jackson2.jpg
Since moving into the starting lineup Jackson has become KU's top rebounder and second-leading scorer.
David E. Klutho/SI



Jackson was a spectator at one of future Jayhawk J.R. Giddens's high school games in Oklahoma City in 2002 when Don Davis, a KU-educated engineer, introduced himself, and their relationship began. Davis became a genuine friend to the Jackson family, but his well-meaning aid -- ranging from rides to games to help in refinancing a car loan while Jackson was in high school -- was in glaring violation of NCAA rules. In November 2005, Jackson was ordered to donate $5,000 to charity to regain his eligibility; every month since, $100 has been taken out of his KU stipend for that purpose. It's money that otherwise would have gone home to his mother. Shawn is still unable to work, with 10 surgeries behind her and more looming. Whenever Jackson heard reports of unpaid bills or a nearly empty fridge, he would wire Shawn cash either from his Pell Grant or his stipend -- what was left of it, at least.
As a sophomore Jackson began performing an on-court tribute to his deceased grandmother, his injured mother and Davis, his disgraced friend: three thumps to his chest with a closed right fist after made free throws. He told his cousin Lee Tibbs, now a senior offensive lineman at Iowa State, about the gesture. Tibbs had become a long-distance confidant whom Jackson, increasingly withdrawn from his Kansas teammates, would call in his worst hours of sleepless depression. Better to talk -- about anything -- than reprise morbid nightmares that kept coming true for others in his life.
Tibbs visited Jackson last season, and they were at a Kansas City mall when something odd happened: Six strangers -- from teenagers to a man in his 40s, Tibbs says -- recognized Jackson and triple-tapped their chests. Local newspapers had carried stories of his tragedies, but Jackson hadn't realized how many people truly cared about him. Tibbs told him, "You've become a role model."
"Darnell doesn't understand the joy he's brought to Kansas fans," Self says. "They love him because they identify and sympathize with him. Everyone has gone through pain, but at 22, he's already been dealt enough for a lifetime."
**************
Jackson came to know suffering far too early, and basketball nearly too late: He played football from the ages of six to 15 and "thought I'd end up at [Oklahoma] -- and then in the NFL -- as a tight end," he says. In the summer of 2000 he was assigned 60 hours of community service at McKinley Park recreation center (now the Oklahoma County Boys and Girls Club) after he was with some friends who were caught smashing school windows with rocks. The sports director there, Corey Colbert, made the then 6' 6" Jackson his project, drilling fundamentals before "throwing him to the wolves" -- into pickup games with gang members and ex-cons at the gym. Colbert's persistence kept Jackson at the center long after his 60 hours were fulfilled; there he developed some of the toughness that helped earn him his nickname.
It was not until this season, though, that Jackson became a consistent, complete force. Thanks to a summer of grueling workouts at Oklahoma City University, and an education in footwork and positioning from new KU assistant (and '88 national-title-team star) Danny Manning, Jackson ranked fifth in the nation in field goal percentage at 65.9 through Sunday, after shooting 55.0 percent (and averaging 5.5 points) as a junior. He has flirted with so many double doubles -- coming within a single point or rebound five times -- that Manning calls him Trick. Regardless, Jackson has put himself in position to help his family; he is projected as a second-round pick in the next NBA draft.
His winsome smile is genuine now, as Kansas makes a run at Big 12 and national titles. The nightmares have dissipated, but those who know him best, like Shawn and Edred, still closely watch Darnell's body language. Even in good months, says Edred, "there can still be bad days."
Jackson broke down again, out of the blue, outside the tunnel at halftime in Boston College's Conte Forum on Jan. 5. He had scored 15 points in the first half, and the Jayhawks were leading 47-29. As the rest of the Kansas players took the floor, fans peering over the railing could see Jackson welling up, and Chalmers embracing him, asking, "What's wrong, D-Block?" Through tears, he answered, "We're having such a great year, and my grandma's not here to see it."
He scored 10 more points in the game, for a career-high 25. KU's first two points of the half came on Jackson free throws: two makes, both followed by a clenched fist, thumping his chest. Once, twice, three times, getting on but never letting go.

ArrowheadHawk
03-07-2008, 03:52 PM
If they win tomorrow the seniors will have won the big 12 every year, except for case who finished tied for second his freshman year. :thumb:

ROYC75
03-07-2008, 10:52 PM
It's a national game, so you get it.

That's great, I hardly ever get a KU game here unless it's ESPN or full court.

ROYC75
03-08-2008, 08:14 AM
Bump for the game today ........

Skip Towne
03-08-2008, 10:47 AM
Just be warned Billy Packer is calling the game. What is the over/under on Duke - UNC references?

doomy3
03-08-2008, 10:53 AM
Depends on which A&M team shows up tomorrow.


No, not really. It really depends on which KU team shows up. If both KU and A&M played their best games, KU wins by 15. The problem is if KU isn't agressive and A&M plays well.

kstater
03-08-2008, 03:06 PM
Anyone else not getting any announcer sound on the KSU/ISU game. I just get the crowd noise.

Sure-Oz
03-08-2008, 03:09 PM
nice travel haha

Guru
03-08-2008, 04:19 PM
All of those rivalries and no KU-MU shots? sacrilege.

BWillie
03-08-2008, 04:21 PM
Alright, this is enough. Brandon Rush has got to QUIT shooting those gay little floaters and jump shots with a guy in his face. He is a spot up three pointer or can be utilized for a dunk on a fast break and that is about it. When are the coaches going to realize this? He has other intangibles like his defense and rebounding but why do we have to have Rush be the guy shooting all the time.

Mr. Laz
03-08-2008, 04:24 PM
arthur,jackson and Rush all on the bench with fouls

Mr. Laz
03-08-2008, 04:29 PM
kaun and aldrich don't actually look too bad in there together.


if we actually had some offense plays they could probably even score some.

BWillie
03-08-2008, 04:36 PM
Another ugly floating brick from the ballhog, I mean Brandon Rush

Lzen
03-08-2008, 04:41 PM
I thought that floater by Rush a few minutes ago was supposed to be an alley oop to Arthur. It was either that or he was thinking about doing that and then changed his mind. In any case, the team is playing well today.

Lzen
03-08-2008, 04:47 PM
Ha ha ha, nice flop, dumb ass.

Bearcat
03-08-2008, 04:50 PM
Looks like UCLA is going to lose.

Lzen
03-08-2008, 04:56 PM
Looks like UCLA is going to lose.

Or not?

Bearcat
03-08-2008, 04:59 PM
Wow, Cal must have really screwed that one up..... up 4 with 30 seconds to go, and UCLA missed two shots in the final 30 seconds.

BigRock
03-08-2008, 05:05 PM
Wow, Cal must have really screwed that one up..... up 4 with 30 seconds to go, and UCLA missed two shots in the final 30 seconds.
The refs handed them another one. 2 in a row now. A UCLA guy made a crazy shot at the end, but it was a screwjob nonetheless.

BWillie
03-08-2008, 05:11 PM
The refs handed them another one. 2 in a row now. A UCLA guy made a crazy shot at the end, but it was a screwjob nonetheless.

I would have to agree but UCLA just seems destined this year though.

CoMoChief
03-08-2008, 05:43 PM
Congrats to the back to back to back Big 12 Champs KU Jayhawks.

Reerun_KC
03-08-2008, 05:49 PM
Congrats to the back to back to back Big 12 Champs KU Jayhawks.
Damn that is like what? 52 in 101 years?:eek:

ROYC75
03-08-2008, 05:52 PM
Nice game Hawks, a good defensive effort. aTm was pretty cold with shooting, too many dry spells.........

On deck : B12 Tourney time........

In the hole : NCAA Tourney .........

ROYC75
03-08-2008, 05:53 PM
UCLA has been lucky 2 games in a row ...........