Who Gave Kansas a 25th Place Vote?

AP Top 25 Poll

Others Receiving Votes: Boston College 126, Missouri 116, Miami (FL) 91, Oregon 90, Alabama 74, Oregon State 41, Michigan 39, South Carolina 39, Brigham Young 27, South Florida 27, Florida State 22, Arizona State 19, Southern Miss 9, Wake Forest 7, Kansas 1, Washington 1

I've spent a day and a half trying to figure this out and I have failed to do so. This link lists the voters but still shows their pre-season ballots. Should this turn out to be a bandwagon-type season, I wanted to give credit to the media member who bought the first ticket.

Speculation: I figure Tom Keegan's the most likely choice with Mike DeArmond edging out Chris Fowler as the least likely.

UPDATE: Cheers to gratefultyler for correcting my above snarky assumption. Media ticket #1 on the Kansas Football Bandwagon goes to Mike DeArmond, Missouri beat writer for The Kansas City Star.

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More Hardware for the Baby Jays

Yet more trophies for the Jayhawks, and hopefully, our boys won't need to sell them like Bjorn Borg is selling his Wimbledon hardware. A hint to Brandon Rush and all of the Jayhawk fans who are disappointed he didn't make First Team all Big 12 from the AP:

Opposing coaches want him to leave. That's why they say things like "he's a pro," and that's why they voted him First Team All B12. I think you can make an argument that he belongs there, but he wouldn't be on my first team. Not this year anyhow.

In any case, here are the awards:

First Team P.J. Tucker, Texas, Jr., 6-5, 225, Raleigh, N.C. LaMarcus Aldridge, Texas, Soph, 6-10, 237, Dallas, Texas Curtis Stinson, Iowa St, Jr., 6-3, 215, Bronx, N.Y. Richard Roby, Colorado, Soph, 6-6, 195, San Bernardino, Calif. Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech, Jr., 6-1, 185, Monroe, La. Second Team Brandon Rush, Kansas, Fresh., 6-6, 202, Kansas City, Mo. Terrell Everett, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-4, 188, Charleston, S.C. Cartier Martin, Kansas St, Jr., 6-8, 220, Houston, Texas. Taj Gray, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-9, 238, Wichita, Kan. Acie Law, Texas A&M, Jr., 6-3, 185, Dallas, Texas.

Third Team Joseph Jones, Texas A&M, Soph, 6-9, 250, Normangee, Texas. Mario Chalmers, Kansas, Fresh., 6-1, 182, Anchorage, Alaska. Will Blalock, Iowa St., Jr., 6-0, 205, Boston, Mass. Daniel Gibson, Texas, Soph, 6-2, 190, Houston, Texas. Thomas Gardner, Missouri, Jr., 6-5, 213, Portland, Ore. Honorable Mention Michael Neal, Okla.; Mario Boggan, Oklahoma St.; Russell Robinson, Julian Wright, Kansas; Aaron Bruce, Baylor; Aleks Maric, Nebraska; Brad Buckman, Texas; Kevin Bookout, Oklahoma.

An AP Voter sees the light, and it's shining Crimson and Blue

An interesting insight into the mind of an AP voter - Jerry Brewer of the Louisville Courier Journal.

You have to like everything about Kansas. Coach Bill Self has made this into one of the nation's best defensive teams. The Jayhawks hold opponents to 36.1 percent shooting. They have size. They have good shooters. They can overwhelm you athletically (ask Kentucky).

There's a whole lot more there, so definitely check it out. If KU plays well on Saturday, I think that a lot more people will be thinking like Jerry.

Bilas: Bill Self is Coach of the Year Candidate

Personally, I find the subtle but dramatic transition from free to subscription that ESPN has made over the last 24 months a little bit irritating, but there's some stuff in there that's probably worth subscribing for (when the ESPN talking heads aren't yammering on endlessly about the wondrous splendor that is East Coast Basketball), and this is some of that. There's more from Bilas on the Hawks here, but this is is a nice sample:

Coach of the Year:

It seems accepted that Bruce Pearl and John Thompson are the front-runners for coach of the year. Well, I have another name for you:

How about Bill Self of Kansas?

After a start that had everyone wringing hands and losing sleep, Self has guided his team past the toddler stage and has Kansas looking like a solid tourney team and a threat. The Jayhawks do not have go-to guys, but they do have great balance and guys who can take over for stretches.

More important, the Jayhawks defend. Kansas is holding opponents under 40 percent from the field, which leads the Big 12 and is among the best in the nation.

More and more of the big media folk are starting to notice KU. We're still young enough that I don't feel comfortable removing the plastic, urine-proof matress cover from the proverbial bed, I feel pretty good about this team's chances 4 weeks from now.

Thanks to PB reader Gen for the info.

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