What A Shock: Kansas Not Interested In Playing Wichita State In Basketball
Wichita State was an improbable Final Four team last season, losing to eventual national champion Louisville in the national semifinals. The Wheatshockers, members of the Missouri Valley Conference, are a perfect 10-o and ranked ninth in the current USA Today Coaches Poll. Based on their current ranking, the Shockers could lay claim to being the best team in the Sunflower State.
Coach Gregg Marshall would like to schedule a game with Kansas, long considered the granddaddy of college basketball in the Sunflower State and one of the elite programs in all 0f college basketball, but the Jayhawks are not interested. And not for the reason you may think.
Marshall reportedly has even gone so far as to refer to Kansas as “chickenhaeks” for its unwillingness to play Wichita State in basketball. That remark, if true, certainly doesn’t enamour University of Kansas athletic officials to want to do anything with its rival institution to the south.
The last time the two schools met on the basketball court was in 1988, and Kansas lost that game. You could argue that losses by KU to Missouri Valley teams Bradley and Northern Iowa in the NCAA Tournament in recent years is a potential reason why there is not interest on the part of the Jayhawks to schedule a game with Wichita State.
It has been rumored that another possible reason there hasn’t been a game between trhe Jayhawks and the Shockers in 25 years is because the two schools couldn’t reach a scheduling agreement. Kansas reportedly wanted a two-for-one split: for every game played in Wichita, there would be two games scheduled for Allen Fieldhouse. Marshall said this week he had approached Kansas officials and proposed a three-game series, with one game at Allen Fieldhouse, one at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. and one to be played at Intrust Arena in downtown Wichita.
Kansas head coach Bill Self denies that he has spoken with Marshall or anyone else at Wichita State about scheduling a game. “This isn’t knocking Wichita State,” Self told reporters on Tuesday. “But if it was best for our program, I would reach out to them about scheduling them. But it’s not.
“I’ve heard a lot of talk about them wanting to play us so bad, (but) Gregg Marshall’s never contacted me about playing,” Self added.
Big 12 Has Been Well Represented In The BCS Era
The Bowl Championship Series is in its 16th and final season. The Big 12 has appeared in 22 BCS bowl games in the 16 years of the BCS, including six BCS Championship games.
Oklahoma won the BCS National Championship in 2001, defeating Florida State by a core of 13-2. The Sooners also appeared in national championship games in 2004, 2005 and 2009. Texas defeated USC in Jan. 2006 in one of the most dramatic finishes in BCS Championship history. The Longhorns also played in the BCS title game in Jan. 2012, losing to Alabama.
Former Big 12 Players In Top Form In The NFL
Former Big 12 stars are at or near the top of the leader board in several NFL statistical categories. The Kansas City Chiefs Jamaal Charles Texas, 2005-07) leads the American Football Conference in rushing with a season total of 1,181 yards and a 4.8-yards-per-carry average. Charles is fourth in rushing yards in the combined NFL and has 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings (Oklahoma, 2004-06) and the reigning NFC MVP, is second in the NFL in rushing this season with 1,221 yards.
Former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon (2009-10), now with the Cleveland Browns, leads the NFL in receiving yards with 74 receptions for 1,467 yards and nine touchdowns.
Three Big 12 Players Named To AP All-America First Team
Three Big 12 players were named this week to the 2013 Associated Press All-America First Team.
Baylor guard Cyril Richardson and tight end Jace Amaro of Texas Tech were named to the first team on offense, and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat is a first-team selection on defense.
Five other players from the Big 12 were named to the AP second team: center Gabe Ikard of Oklahoma, kicker Anthony Fera of Texas, cornerbacks Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State and Jason Verrett of TCU and safety Ahmad Dixon of Baylor.
Kansas State safety Ty Zimmerman was named to the third-team.
Retiring Texas Coach Mack Brown:
On how he wants his 16-year coaching tenure at Texas to be remembered:
“Bringing some joy to Texas, , getting us back on track. The second thing is that I did it with integrity and class.”
Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy:
On the Cowboys’ Cotton Bowl Opponent, fomer Big 12 team Missouri:
“Missouri’s a great football team. They throw it around, they can run it and they’ve got tall receivers. Their schemes are really similar to what they’ve done in the past. Defensively, they’ve got two or three really good pass rushers, which is common with what they’ve always had in the past. They’ve always had guys up front that can cause issues for offenses. In the secondary, they’re very similar to what we saw when they were in our league a few years ago.”
On how the Big 12 is perceived after Missouri’s and Texas A&M’s success in the SEC:
“I think the success they’ve had early in the SEC surprised most people across the country. The talk then was that Missouri and A&M were getting into a league they weren’t prepared for in some people’s opinion. We’ve always had a lot of respect for Missouri. A&M is in a geographical location that allows them to have really good football players. So you’re playing against talented football teams either way. It’s interesting that they made the change of going into the SEC and (are) having tremendous success right away. It certainly makes us feel good about ourselves being in the Big 12.”
KU’s Allen Fieldhouse Ranked As College Basketball’s Loudest Venue, Says the NCAA
The NCAA reportedly has desingated Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse as the loudest venue in college basketball. The 62-year-old basketball arena seats more than 16,000 and is sold out for every game every season. “The Phog,” as it is affectionately known by Kansas Jayhawk fans, has long been considered one of the most difficult places to play for a visiting team anywhere in the country.
The Jayhawks are 702-1o8 all-time in games played at Allen Fieldhouse, and since 2007 they have lost just twice in 109 game played there.