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.
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