I’ve always been a KU basketball and an MU football fan…
Who doesn’t love a winner? My mom and dad went to MU and I did a year at UMKC, so I followed MU football. But I’ve always loved KU’s basketball program. It’s the best program for sports in our area, and yes, that includes the Chiefs and Royals.
KU basketball is Kansas City’s only elite team nationally and it’s been that way for decades.
Winning a 9th straight Big 12 title proves that Bill Self is a top three national coach.
And this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Jayhawks. Now they’re likely going to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Big Dance in a couple weeks.
Top notch, Bill!
But this year MU showed up huge.
And as we saw yesterday, both teams are about equal. MU wins at home, KU wins at home. Oddly, Kansas deserved the win at Missouri and MU kinda deserved to win at Kansas.
Simply put, I see it this way. Missouri is a shade better as a team and Kansas has the better three stars.
KU’s Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey. Yes, Missouri has the Pressey boys, Ratliffe, English and Denmon, but KU’S stars shine brighter. Robinson has been talked about all year as the NCAA Player of the Year, Tyshawn has moved up to be a possible All American (and NBA pick) Withey is the surprise player of the year, maybe even nationally. He too is NBA pick.
All these guys, including the MU players, are likely NBA picks at some point. Lots of talent.
As for KU’s overtime win, it was just so dramatic. Tyshawn and Robinson took charge at the end and in overtime. A one point win on CBS, game of the week. It locked up Kansas, barring an upset, to be a one seed again. Missouri is now likely a two seed, unless they go undefeated through the Big 12 Tournament and beat Kansas, then maybe a one seed is in reach.
Does the KU-MU series really matter?
HELL YES, IT MATTERS.
The coverage proves that for sure. These two games had the entire town talking. Only the Chiefs playing Green Bay and winning came close. This was the game of the year for KC sports, no question. So they need to continue to play each other.
The city loves it. And now that MU has an outstanding basketball team and a top 10 football team, yeah they need to continue to play each other. Why not?
Because MU left the Big 12? That’s even more reason to want the gunfire to continue. The two best conferences playing each other? Hell yes.
You can’t blame MU for going. There’s no reason to be mad, it’s just business.
Nobody’s blaming the teams coming to our conference for leaving theirs!
Final answer: Kansas is one player (outside shooter) away from being the best team in the nation. MU is one big man away, maybe. I give Kansas the slight edge in who’s best.
On Monday KU will be No. 3 in the nation and MU will fall to likely to 5 or 7, due to the two straight losses.