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I guess you’ll want a little something about the fine contest Sunday between the hooping fives from Missouri and Kansas, played in Lawrence Sunday. A little something is what it will be, indeed.

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A couple basketball links to get Friday started. This first is a classic feel good story that helps balance all the crap we have to deal with as sports fans.

Amid the grieving, a rare act of sportsmanship

Something else was on Dave Rohlman’s mind when he asked for a volunteer to shoot two free throws awarded his team on a technical foul in the second quarter. His senior captain raised his hand, ready to go to the line as he had many times before.

Only this time it was different.

The second came via my friend Wyn. It is one person’s take on how college basketball would look this year if there had been no early entries into the NBA draft the last three years. It’s a little suspect because, if you read through the comments, you’ll see he left out some important players in his initial list.

And while it’s fun to imagine these kinds of things, it’s an imperfect exercise. For example, I think KU was much better last year without Julian Wright than they would have been with him. You can go through each team’s roster and think about potential when adding back in NBA players, but that doesn’t mean those teams would necessarily be better than they are. Some of these teams would be stacked, in theory, but would the guys who stayed have developed as much if the older guys had not left? Would there be enough shots? Would they have been able to subvert egos the way KU and Memphis did last year, or would there have been internal strife?*

* Which is rumored to have been the case at KU during Wright’s last year in Lawrence.

Still, fun to read and think “What if?”

What Could Have Been

Here’s a link to a very interesting article from Michael Lewis that appeared in last weekend’s New York Times Magazine. One of my goals for the year was to learn more about advanced stats, the statistics that are being used to redefine how we view baseball. Lewis was instrumental in bringing these stats to the mainstream with his best seller Moneyball in 2003.

Now he looks at how NBA teams are beginning to look at ways of using advanced stats to better allocate their salary cap dollars. His focus is on the Houston Rockets and Shane Battier, a player who despite an impressive basketball pedigree is viewed by most as barely hanging on to his roster spot. Yet, he not only starts most of the Rockets’ games, but he plays a major role in determining each game’s outcome.

The No-Stats All-Star

“I hate being out on the floor wasting that time,” he said. “I used to try to talk to people, but then I figured out no one actually liked me very much.”

That’s the best way I can describe last night’s KU-MU game. The Jayhawks just forgot to win. Of course, Mizzou had a lot to do with that, as did both Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins operating on fumes the last four minutes. There were a few dicey calls, including a classic “Horrible Call That Only Happens When KU Goes To MU.” But those didn’t cost KU the game. They pissed away a game that was in the bag in Columbia last night mostly by themselves.


KU’s Tyrel Reed makes good on his promise to eat his jersey if KU lost to MU while Leo Lyons displays the Tigers’ current winning streak over the defending National Champions following Monday’s 62-60 win.

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