It is much easier to hit jumpers, hit 3's, and make your FT's when you jump out to a 29-9 lead on your opponent. The win was never in doubt when Kansas beat Richmond. They shot 47.6% from the floor, shot 47.4% from 3, and shot 80% from the FT line.
It is much more difficult to hit jumpers, hit 3's, and make your FT's when you are down early and your opponent is raining 3's all over you. Not to mention that you are the heavy favorite, the team with more tradition, the team that is supposed to blow teams like VCU out of the water, the team that is supposed to win National Titles, etc... So yeah... All of the pressure in the world was on KU's shoulders and their players all of a sudden couldn't make a shot to save their life. The Morris twins were missing bunnies under the basket, Morningstar and Reed couldn't throw a ball into the ocean from a boat, etc.....
It was the classic choke job. Kansas had far better talent at every single position on the floor then their counterpart. Kansas had far better talent sitting on their bench then what their counterpart had. Kansas had a far more experienced coach and staff sitting on their bench then their counterpart did. There is a reason that Kansas had a 35-2 record heading into that basketball game after playing a much tougher schedule then VCU. Kansas was the better team without question. VCU played a great game there is no doubt about that but to look at the body of work that Kansas put on display in that game it is impossible to say anything other then Kansas felt the pressure and absolutely choked.
More wins in the last decade? With their inflated annual seeding, KU is almost guaranteed two gimme games in the tourney, and even they can screw that up. Heck, even this year the NCAA gave them what should have been a cakewalk to the Final Four. The lowest seeded team they played was a 9. A 9. Pretty easy to dominate the dojo Kramer style when you are stacked with McD's AA year in year out and you play schools that people have to ask "where are they from?".
Seems KU can't ever really get to the promised land unless they lure some top talent to KU by giving their parent a special job at KU that only seems to last as long as their eligibility. That is a fact, and I hope it burns, because you can look that one up. Here, I will do the hard work for you:
Larry Brown had shocked many by leaving the New Jersey Nets to become head coach at KU, and Brown, a North Carolina grad with lingering ties to UNC coach Dean Smith, had heard all about Manning.
But how could Brown possibly interest Manning in coming to Kansas? By hiring his dad as an assistant coach.
Ed Manning, a former teammate of Brown in the old ABA, had been working as a over-the-road trucker when the call came. Did Ed Manning want to drive a truck or be a college assistant coach? A real no-brainer.
Manning's KU legacy unequaled / LJWorld.com
2008 Final Four hero Mario Chalmers arrived at KU with his dad, Ronnie. The elder Chalmers -- a respected coach at the high school level -- served as director of basketball operations for Bill Self. As often seems to be the case in these situations, Ronnie Chalmers left KU shortly after his son.
Package Deals - Recruiting "package deals" under NCAA scrutiny
Oh, and I forgot how easy the NCAA made it for them in 2008 too. A recap:
They benefit by this strange seeding by receiving a draw of playing a 16 seed, an 8 seed, a 12 seed, and a 10 seed to get to the final four.
Missouri Tigers Athletics :: Mizzou College Sports :: TigerBoard.com :: The Self Years
Click on that above link if you want to relive the scum that is KU basketball. I cannot for the life of me understand why any Cyclone fan would ever cheer for KU. At ISU, Hubalek has to sit out games for using a beat up old car with Hawkeye plates on it that he borrowed for errands. At ISU, Lucca misses a year of basketball for benefits teammates received. At ISU, players such as Gilstrap don't get the benefit of the doubt on eligibility, and the same goes for current players on our bench. At KU? Pffft. Nothing to see here. If it benefits KU, that is the way the NCAA rules.
KU is as disgusting to amateur sports as Husker or Hawkeye football.
Ha, just as I thought. There's really no discussing this with you, you're too blinded by your hate for them to have a real discussion. But what's with the conversation misdirection? We're talking about KU's fortunes in the tournament, not recruiting. Also, who here is cheering for KU?
Teams can choke against opponents better than them, let alone high seeds (teams viewed to be inferior). Like I said, it depends both on how they lost and to what seed.
Jayhawk tears are delicious! They taste just like candy-coated candy!
Kansas tounament summary... three cupcakes and choke.
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KU was down by 5-7 points late in the game, having missed 10 or more free throws- if they did not choke at the line...
As long as two teams are playing, all the credit for the outcome can never go to one team.