Don’t look now but KU‘s basketball team is headed to the Sweet Sixteen…
And no, I’m not talking about the lucky devils on the KU mens team that squeaked past Purdue the other day.
I’m referring to the AMAZING KU womens basketball squad who have been playing the best basketball in the state of Kansas the past two weeks since entering the NCAA Tourney.
That’s right, bring on the hyperbole because these ladies deserve it.
Check out what former Star sports scribe Mechelle Voepel wrote about the Lady Jayhawks for ESPN:
"Coaches always say that every bit of adversity for a team brings an opportunity for under-the-radar players to emerge That’s the optimist’s way of looking at a pessimistic situation. But a lot of the time it’s just wishful thinking," Voepel begins.
"Teams usually don’t have one potentially rising star (Keena Mays) transfer and another established star (Carolyn Davis) get hurt during a season, yet still come back to earn an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. And even if they do, they don’t make the Sweet 16. But Kansas did."
Kansas did indeed.
And here’s the headline to prove it from last night in the Lawrence Journal World:
"KU women advance to Sweet 16 with upset over third-seeded Delaware."
In other words, after losing its two brightest stars – instead of choking to a nobody like Missouri’s mens team or barely beating a lower seeded team like KU did Purdue – the 11th seeded KU women have been engaged in a game of Giant Killer.
And speaking of giants…
They did it on the coatails of KU’s 5-foot-4 captain, junior point guard Angel Goodrich.
Which reminds me, James Brown sang, It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s, man’s world, "but it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl."
So get over yourselves, dudes; don’t sell these women short.
Check out the game story on the Journal World here and be sure to watch when KU plays all-powerful Tennessee Saturday morning at 11 on ESPN.
May the force be with them.