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Lzen
03-17-2008, 10:00 AM
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Rick Dean
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Your family physician couldn't have written a better prescription or wellness plan. Not unless his name was Dr. J, that is.

Kansas got exactly what it needed in winning the Big 12 Tournament on Sunday at the Sprint Center. Recovering quickly from the flu-like lethargy of Friday's first-half sleepover against Nebraska, the Jayhawks played five halves of fiercely contested hoops that should leave them battle-tested, their competitive edge well-honed, heading out on what they hope will be a three-week journey through Omaha, Detroit and ending in San Antonio. Sunday's electric "it didn't feel like a 10-point'' win over Texas was a perfect case in point.

Both teams made the runs you routinely see in tournament games.

KU had an 18-5 run early. Texas got the next 14. The two teams then traded baskets evenly in the the last 8 minutes of a 46-45 half that left even the 19,000 spectators needing a break.

Talk about a tournament atmosphere.

In a 20-minute period in which the two teams combined to hit 17 of 26 triples, the KU home-crowd noise threatened to blow out the Sprint Center's panel-glass enclosures. (Picture Atlanta after the storm.) It would be easy to say it was the loudest the new place has ever been, though it was rocking pretty good when the thunder first rolls during Garth's concerts.

Texas made one last run, an 11-0 spurt fueled by three 3-pointers, and turned a 64-56 deficit into a 67-64 lead. But KU had the last words with a 14-3 close that invoked memories of Jim Ryun's closing kick, mixed methaphors notwithstanding.

It's good that this one ended when it did. Leave something for The Dance, fellas.

"If we'd played three more minutes, they may have gone on another 11-0 run,'' said coach Bill Self.

Still, the grit the Hawks showed in holding off strong, gutty efforts by the Texas invaders, A&M in the semis and the Horns in the finals, should serve KU and the Texans well in the upcoming weeks.

"These kind of games are tournament-like games grind it out, one- or two-possession close games where you've got to take care of the ball every time down the court,'' said KU's Sasha Kaun. "These are the kind of games that get you ready for the tournament. This is really good for us.''

Added super reserve Sherron Collins: "We'll take a win either way, but playing close games like this can be better. It prepares us for the tournament when we're facing teams we've never seen before. At this time of year, I'd rather play closer games than blowouts.''

Rick Dean can be reached at rick.dean@cjonline.com

BigChiefFan
03-17-2008, 10:07 AM
If they aren't ready by now, they'll never be ready. Kansas should be in the final four at the very least.

Sure-Oz
03-17-2008, 10:09 AM
They are playing as well as ive seen them all year, good timing.

ROYC75
03-17-2008, 10:21 AM
San Antonio ....... That game yesterday could have fueled Texas enough to make a trip to San Antonio for the FF. That would give them a good home state crowd as it did to KU in 1988 vs OU. :eek:

BigChiefFan
03-17-2008, 10:39 AM
San Antonio ....... That game yesterday could have fueled Texas enough to make a trip to San Antonio for the FF. That would give them a good home state crowd as it did to KU in 1988 vs OU. :eek:

KU pretty much had home field advantage all weekend long.

Reerun_KC
03-17-2008, 10:42 AM
KU pretty much had home field advantage all weekend long.
The games coudl be played in Aferica ROFL, some one seriously might go for 50 and KU would still have a home field advantage.....

Sure-Oz
03-17-2008, 10:48 AM
KU pretty much had home field advantage all weekend long.

They had 16k fans i heard or something, must've been nice, but im sure in the tourney it almost doesn't matter. Teams step up and compete even more during that period than just any other regular season game.

ROYC75
03-17-2008, 11:05 AM
KU pretty much had home field advantage all weekend long.

I wasn't cry'n, why are you ?

It's the B12 Tourney, when it is in Dallas,All Texas teams have an edge, same with OKC and allof Oklahoma.

The KC area has a large following of KU, KSU and MU fans, it could be said that a good following of NU fas as well......

I was just stating that I wasn't aware the FF was in SA, TX, Texas could well be there in the end.

Props Texas fans on a fine season that could onlyget better.