(New York City readers : this is what Brandon Rush looks like)
Hey, where’d that 16 point first half lead go? The Jayhawks, sparked by a 24-7 run midway through the game and terrific play by Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright, survived a late Texas run to win the regular season finale for both clubs, boosted the hosts’ candidacy as a no. 1 seed. The Longhorns’ all-universe Kevin Durant scored 25 by intermission, but was just 3 for 8 from the floor during the second half, suffering an ankle sprain that kept him off the floor for a few crucial minutes.
Though Jeff Jensen’s celebratory mood is somewhat quelled by his inability to find the game on NYC TV (“the number 3 team in the country playing the number one player for the Big 12 final at Allen Fieldhouse?!?! No one on the East Coast can watch this?!?!? In 2007?!?!”), he’ll always have cherished memories of the Jayhawks’ 1986 Final Four squad.
Not sure I can truly write the perfect capsule of that team. Scooter Berry though? Mark “the surgeon” Turgeon way pre-Shockers coach. Calvin Thompson, Cedric Hunter, Mark Drieling, Danny (pre-miracles) Manning (above) AND JEFF’S FAVORITE PLAYER OF ALL TIME RON “RHYMES OH HELL DAWG” KELLOGG. Throw Larry “I had a very secret coke problem and knocked up a prominent Lawrence clothing moguls daughter(s)” Brown into the mix with 35-fucking-wins and we lost against Duke who learned everything he knows about coaching from Booby Knight who learned everything he knows about coaching from Henry Iba K. The ’88 squad was a joke compared to at least 10 other teams inthe last 19 years it’s OUR TIME OUR TURN. I’m rock chalkin’ I’m Jay-hawkin’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Losing to Iowa earlier this afternoon might prove deadly to Illinois’ tournament hopes, though perhaps the selection committee will take note of Rich McBride’s contributions despite having the sort of distractions other student-athletes might find too imposing (particuarly if they were suspended)