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Big 12 All-Time Final Four Team

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Congratulations to the Baylor Bears for advancing to their third Final Four in school history and their first since 1950.  Big 12 schools have a long and proud history in the NCAA tournament and have had a representative in the last two Final Fours that have been held.   Of the first 21 tournaments played from 1939 to 1959, schools from the current Big 12 were participants in 13 Final Fours and won three national championships. Oklahoma played in the first Final Four held in 1939. Here is the number of Final Fours for each school in the current Big 12: Kansas 15 (1940, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1971, 1974, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2018) Oklahoma State 6 (1945, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1995, 2004) Oklahoma 5 (1939, 1947, 1988, 2002, 2016) Kansas State 4 (1948, 1951, 1958, 1964) Texas 3 (1943, 1947, 2003) Baylor 3 (1948, 1950, 2021) West Virginia 2 (1959, 2010) Iowa State 1 (1944) Texas Tech 1 (2019) TCU 0 Since the Final Four is this weekend, I thought it would be fun to look b

From The Couch - Collin Klein Talks Quarterbacks/Fall Gameday Returning To Normal For Fans

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    Spring football is in full swing and the coaching staff held a press conference on Thursday.  This post will concentrate on the quarterback position and the comments of quarterbacks coach Collin Klein.... "He's (Skylar Thompson's) done a great job, attacking his rehab and taking it one step at a time but getting after it. Throwing wise, he's spinning it really good right now in most things. We're still trying to protect him a little bit just so he doesn't get knocked around or take a weird fall or something like that. But he's doing tremendous and ahead of schedule." ...Collin Klein, Quarterbacks coach, March 25th JM:  It's good news that Skylar is ahead of schedule in his rehab. "I think the last three practices (Jake Rubley)'s made great strides. There's a lot in our offense that is on his plate and he has to handle. Obviously, it's a tempo that is going fast and pieces moving fast around him. So, he's drinking fro

From The Couch - Mike McGuirl Returning/Gene Taylor Contract Extension/Lon Kruger Retires

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"Kansas State men's basketball received some good news on Tuesday afternoon (March 23) when senior Mike McGuirl announced that he was utilizing his extra season of eligibility and returning to the Wildcats for the 2021-22 season."... www.kstatesports.com, March 23, 2021 JM:  Mike McGuirl is coming back, which is some "good news" according to the official K-State sports website. Guess there's been plenty of bad news lately with all the transfers, so it's nice to get some positive news like this.  I wouldn't have minded if McGuirl would have decided to move on, but fan reaction is mixed. "This was an easy decision for me. The coaches and the Kansas State community have been so great to me and I wanted another year with my brothers on the team." ...Mike McGuirl, March 23, 2021 JM:  How many seniors do you think will return to their teams and play an extra season instead of calling it a career?  We will see.  Skylar Thompson decided to retur

Is K-State Basketball Cursed?

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It's been a rough college basketball season for many fans, but especially for Kansas State fans.   I had a few friends text me throughout the season saying "your articles almost write themselves, don't they?"  They definitely don't write themselves, but record-breaking futility does give one plenty of topics to write about.  It also means that K-State fans once again have to watch the NCAA tournament rooting for their bracket since their team isn't in it again. I have to admit it's almost infuriating watching all of these ex-K-State coaches not only take their teams to the tournament but find a lot of success there while K-State is not a participant yet again.  It's hard to watch and not think "what might have been" had some of them stayed at Kansas State.  This gave me the idea to look at all of the K-State basketball coaches in the last 35 years to see what they did in the tournament while coaching at K-State vs. what they did in the tourna

From The Couch - Key Players Transfer Off The K-State Basketball Team

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    Bruce Weber lost three key players off the basketball team roster this week when Antonio Gordon, DaJuan Gordon, and Rudi Williams all hit the transfer portal. It's pretty hard, if not near impossible, to run a successful basketball program with this kind of turnover every year. Let's take a look at what happened.... "I want to thank the people of Manhattan for their tremendous love and support throughout this year. I would also like to thank my teammates for accepting me and loving me like a brother. I would lastly like to thank Coach Weber, Coach (Brad) Korn, coach (Chris) Lowery, Coach (Shane) Southwell, and Coach (Jermaine) Henderson for giving me the opportunity to play at this university. I will truly miss the memories that were made here with so many great people. But after prayer and long talks with my family and those close around me I have decided to enter the transfer portal to continue my athletic and academic journey." ...Antonio Gordon, Twitte

Five Reasons To Keep Bruce Weber And Five Reasons To Fire Him

Kansas State basketball was a huge disappointment again this season.  Players are already hitting the transfer portal with yesterday's announcement by sophomore forward Antonio Gordon and a few more are likely to join him.  The Wildcats won four of their last six games after a 13 game mid-season losing streak, most likely cementing Bruce Weber as the head basketball coach for at least one more season. K-State played better down the stretch and gave Baylor a game in the Big 12 tournament before losing 74-68.  Fan reaction after the game was bizarre, with Bruce Weber supporters flooding social media with messages of support for him and his players.  If I hadn't known better, I would have thought Kansas State had just won the national championship when in reality they had just lost in the second round of the Big 12 tournament.  Heck, I figured the last two seasons might convince everyone remaining on the Weber bandwagon to jump off, but apparently not.  K-State has an interesting

I Lose a Friend and K-State Loses A Superfan Way Too Soon

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    My friend and K-State superfan Scott Thomas died early this morning after a battle with lung cancer.  He was 50 years old.  A mutual friend and I drove to see him in Hutchinson yesterday.  He was aware we were there, but he could not really speak or communicate with us.  It was hard to see him in that condition, but I'm glad we made the last-minute trip to spend some time with him.  Just hours after we left he was gone. Scott and I met in the early '90s at K-State and he was a couple of years ahead of me in school.  We both lived in Moore Hall and we sang in Men's Glee Club together.  We traveled together on some east coast trips with Glee Club, one year to Washington DC.  We had a concert in Lincoln, Nebraska the day before one of the K-State/Nebraska games and the Nebraska athletic department gave us free tickets to sit on the sideline behind the team benches.  The problem was that it was hard to see the game from those seats.  After about 10 or 15 minutes we decided

From The Couch - Moral Victories Are Good Enough For Some K-State Basketball Fans

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    The Kansas State basketball team played its best game of the season yesterday afternoon.  Unfortunately, they saved that effort for a game against one of the best teams in the country, the Baylor Bears.  Baylor won the Big 12 quarterfinal game 74-68.  Some K-State fans on social media celebrated the loss as if Bruce Weber had just led the Wildcats to the national championship.  It was quite bizarre to witness.  The fans weren't the only ones celebrating.  Bruce Weber and his assistant coaches and players were very excited and enthusiastic after this game.  Even athletic director Gene Taylor got in on the act with his first basketball-related tweet of the season.   I had to get a night's sleep in before writing this wrap-up to make sure I'm not living in some kind of bizarro world where losing is now winning and winning is now losing. Turns out it was real life and not bizarro world after all.  There is a lot to digest about what happened yesterday, so let's dig in..

From The Couch - A Comfortable Win For These "Young Guys"

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    A good win in game one of the Big 12 tournament tonight for K-State, beating TCU 71-50.  Nijel Pack led the Wildcats with 23 points, making five three-point baskets.  Mike McGuirl added 17 points. A strong defensive performance and a 16-0 run helped propel K-State to the victory. The competition gets much more difficult tomorrow against number one seed Baylor.  Baylor beat K-State twice during the regular season, by 31 points in game one and by 48 points in game two.  I'll be very surprised if the game tomorrow is close, but I guess you never know.  There's a reason it's called March Madness. Just a couple of post-game quotes from Bruce Weber....   JM:  Trust me, we know you've got all young guys.  Also, this sure doesn't sound like a coach that's ready to retire, does it?   JM:  Let's not go overboard here.  K-State has won five Big 12 basketball games all season.  They've beaten TCU twice, Iowa State twice, and Oklahoma one time.  The team has impr

Big 12 Tournament Thoughts

It was the afternoon of Wednesday, March 11th, 2020.  I purchased tickets to the first session of the Big 12 tournament for myself, my son, and my "Little Brother" Javion.  I volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kansas City and thought the Big 12 tournament would be a great opportunity for Javion to experience his first live sporting event.  Rumors started circulating during the day that the event may be canceled because of Covid concerns.  I remember refreshing my Facebook and Twitter feeds for news on whether or not they were going to play the games.  From what I remember, they didn't officially announce the tournament was still on until very late in the afternoon.  Once they made the official announcement, I jumped in the car and picked up Javion, and met my son downtown at the venue. Little did we know at the time that the game between Kansas State and TCU would be the last sporting event to be completed before most of the country shut down because of Covid. 

From The Couch - A Win's A Win For K-State Basketball/I Receive Mean Tweets

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K-State beat a horrid Iowa State team 61 to 56 on Saturday.  A win's a win and it's much better than being on the losing side of things.  The Wildcats proved they are not the worst team in the league, beating the 0-18 Cyclones for the second time this season and earning the number nine seed going into the Big 12 tournament. Senior Mike McGuirl had another great game, scoring 17 points.  Sophomore forward Antonio Gordon did not play.  Bruce Weber announced after the game that Gordon will miss the rest of the season for "health reasons," while declining to elaborate further.  In other news, Weber said that Kansas State University President Richard Myers spoke to the team after the game and told them how much they are improving and congratulated them on how much better they have gotten since the beginning of the season. Myers and Gene Taylor absolutely love Bruce Weber and, in my opinion, he will remain as head basketball coach indefinitely. They beat an 0-17 team by f

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