Kevin Haskin: Trae Young makes it possible for Oklahoma to have top players in hoops, football

Early football signing day is upon us, but fanfare in-state figures to be subdued

Oklahoma guard Trae Young, left, looks for a pass while Wichita State guard Landry Shamet defends during the second half Saturday in Wichita. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Musings at the mid-week:

 

— Quick jab step, wrap-around passes, overall vision of the basketball court.

— All were attributes Trae Young showed off Wichita on Saturday when the freshman guard led Oklahoma to an upset over Wichita State.

— There was some show-off too given the confidence (cockiness?) in Young’s mannerisms and gestures.

— Did he happen to compare notes with the quarterback on campus, Baker Mayfield?

— Doubtful. Young’s antics could not be rated R.

— Oklahoma, however, may have the best player in both college football and college basketball.

— The Big 12 schedule will help answer that since conference rivals know best how to contain the league’s best threats.

— Not that Trae Young will go silent.

— The Big 12 sent eight football teams to bowl games. Could it send eight to the NCAA Tournament in basketball?

— Doubtful, given the restrictions of a 68-team field with many mid- and low-majors as automatic qualifiers.

— Big 12 hoops looks quite deep, however, based on nonconference outcomes.

— Enough to make many predict this is the year the string of league championships (13) ends for Kansas.

— Bill Self’s concerns over the lack of free throw opportunities for KU is understandable.

— “It’s not the officiating, trust me,’’ Self stipulated, while citing causes for KU not getting to the line.

— The two shots the Jayhawks look for most — lob dunks and 3-pointers — often go uncontested.

— There is an emphasis to work the ball in more to Udoka Azubuike, which can be fun to watch because of how the 7-footer contorts when positioning for a shot or rebound.

— Answer: Kentucky, Iowa, Saint Louis.

— Question: What three opponents beat KU the last time the Jayhawks lost three December games?

— Oh, the season was 1998-99, the year after Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz departed.

— Washington and Arizona State have wins this December over KU. Stanford and Texas remain on the 2017 portion of the schedule.

— Wichita’s downtown venue can get noisy when packed.

— WSU, however, cannot play there for the NCAA Tournament because it will serve as host for the first-and second-round games at IBA.

— Kansas will need to smooth out flaws to gain a seed that assures the Jayhawks a short trip in-state.

— The early football signing period, which now includes high school talent, arrives Wednesday.

— David Beaty is not even conducting a press conference to announce early signees.

— The KU coach is at his exuberant best when he gets to describe recruits.

— The difference, however, between potential and production can be vast.

— K-State coach Bill Snyder is conducting a press conference Wednesday.

— Doubt he prepares a power point presentation on the prospects the Wildcats sign.

— Referee Gene Steratore used an index card to determine a first down and it became the latest controversy for the NFL.

— I wonder how long he has kept the card around and where he got it.

— Duckwall’s? Woolworth? Kress?

— OK, office supply stores have index cards. They even come in colors.

— When was the last time you indexed something?

— To think, I am old enough to once know what constituted a catch in the NFL.

— Wouldn’t it be Chiefs-like for the Chiefs to lose to the Dolphins on Sunday?

— Blasphemy, I know, now that many are again thinking Kansas City not only can reach the playoffs, but is capable of making a postseason run.

— We should all know the Chiefs are not infallible.

— Just ask a longtime fan to recall the 82-minute, 40-second playoff defeat on Christmas Day, 1971.

— The Longest Game. Garo and Jan. The last game in Municipal Stadium.

— The end of an era for the Chiefs. The beginning of an era for the Dolphins.

— In 1972, the Dolphins went undefeated. They have been popping bubbly ever since.

— Their Super Bowl VII win over Washington was the crowning achievement, but the unbeaten run began by beating KC in the first game played at Arrowhead Stadium.

— With that, Merry Christmas everyone.

Contact Kevin Haskin at kevin.haskin@cjonline.com or @KevinHaskin on Twitter.

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