A Horns they are a changin

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What do we need sir? 

Change? 

What should we change? 

Stuff. If you don't change it. I'll have to change other things. 

Steve wants changes to be made. He wants to see improvement,” said the source, who was familiar with the situation. “If we don’t get those changes, (Patterson) will have to make a change.”

Maybe they should just play the first halves of seasons. 

Link to story. 

Preview: Guaranteed Payday at Revenue Opportunity

Nothing good can come of tonight's game other than someone who usually spends his time on the far end of the bench using the time between 8:40 and 10:00 pm CST (approximate) to set a career high in various categories. On the other hand, the vast gulf of talent and athleticism that separates the Univeristy of Kansas men's basketball team from the Winston-Salem State men's basketball team renders everything that happens on the court meaningless while the very existence of this game highlights the most unpleasant realities of 21st Century college basketball. What progress is made tonight is not in pursuit of a conference or national championship in 2007 but in pursuit of narrowing the gap in Athletic Department revenue between the University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Austin.

If anyone wants the particulars as to Winston-Salem State's easily purchased incompetence, check Ken Pomeroy's wonderful content here and here.

Updated team and individual stats for the Jayhawks are after the jump.

TEAM OFFENSE

Opp Poss eFG% OR% TO% FT Rate PPP
NAU 75.0 58.7 39.4 18.7 27.0 1.21
ORU 77.2 44.8 41.9 24.6 16.4 0.92
Towson 75.7 61.4 31.0 23.8 29.8 1.15
Tenn St 72.0 60.2 41.9 20.8 30.5 1.24
Ball St 63.2 46.4 48.6 26.9 23.6 1.01
Florida 61.2 57.1 37.9 17.4 32.1 1.19
Dartmouth 65.4 51.5 60.5 19.9 20.9 1.27
DePaul 63.2 47.1 28.1 23.7 17.6 0.90
USC 71.9 41.3 47.6 23.7 31.7 1.00
Toledo 66.6 53.0 25.0 21.0 30.0 1.02
Season 69.0 52.0 41.0 22.0 25.9 1.09

TEAM DEFENSE

Opp Poss eFG% OR% TO% FT Rate PPP
NAU 75.2 38.3 29.3 27.9 23.3 0.76
ORU 73.4 56.0 26.5 21.8 32.8 1.06
Towson 75.2 44.6 31.4 31.9 25.0 0.81
Tenn St 70.7 35.3 29.8 24.1 37.9 0.76
Ball St 60.9 36.2 36.1 31.2 38.3 0.76
Florida 63.7 51.5 38.6 19.5 33.8 1.12
Dartmouth 63.4 28.1 21.6 30.0 20.8 0.50
DePaul 63.4 47.9 36.4 26.8 55.3 1.01
USC 71.8 48.9 29.6 34.8 43.5 0.86
Toledo 67.6 42.7 32.5 23.7 9.7 0.86
Season 68.5 43.2 31.3 27.1 31.3 0.85

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE

Name Min eFG% FT% FT Rate PPWS Pts/100 A/100 TO/100
Rush 315 46.2 56.8 17.8 0.97 23.9 3.7 4.6
Robinson 307 37.8 69.6 65.3 1.00 13.0 10.0 3.8
Wright 285 55.9 65.6 24.7 1.17 23.6 4.5 5.3
Chalmers 269 55.5 80.0 19.5 1.18 23.0 6.5 4.5
Arthur 216 60.4 77.8 30.8 1.29 37.0 0.5 3.8
Collins 189 56.6 71.4 8.2 1.15 22.7 5.5 4.6
Jackson 176 61.9 67.6 59.5 1.32 25.3 1.3 5.6
Kaun 97 45.8 57.1 16.7 0.96 15.5 0.6 4.8
Stewart 66 45.8 0.0 0.0 0.83 9.7 7.0 1.8
Name Min eFG% FT% FT Rate PPWS Pts/100 A/100 TO/100

INDIVIDUAL REBOUNDING AND DEFENSE

Name Min OR% DR% BS/100 S/100
Rush 315 7.8 13.1 1.9 0.4
Robinson 307 5.0 6.3 0.8 3.6
Wright 285 11.1 19.8 4.1 3.1
Chalmers 269 2.2 10.5 1.3 5.0
Arthur 216 15.7 14.5 6.0 3.5
Collins 189 2.5 12.6 0.0 1.5
Jackson 176 18.0 18.5 1.3 1.0
Kaun 97 9.7 7.8 4.2 0.6
Stewart 66 2.4 9.8 0.0 1.8
Name Min OR% DR% BS/100 S/100

Calipari to NC State?

A few weeks back, Calipari said he wasn't going anywhere. Now, the tune on the old Coaching Carousel changed and got a little louder as Calipari is said to be in a dangerous flirtation with NC State University according to Gregg Doyel.

Calipari, the Memphis coach, is in serious negotiations with North Carolina State about becoming its next coach, according to a source close to the Wolfpack.

Texas coach Rick Barnes should send a fruit basket to NC State, because by simply dropping his name out there, they got the folks that our beloved flesh eating death machine of Texas Athletics a little motivated, such that Barnes is now making 1.8 million a year, despite potentially losing Tucker and Aldridge.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes is staying. But LaMarcus Aldridge, his star sophomore forward from Seagoville, is leaving.

According to two sources, Barnes will see his annual base salary jump from $1.3 million to $1.8 million with a $125,000 incentive for reaching the NCAA Tournament.

While Barnes will remain at Texas , he'll be without Aldridge. The 6-11 forward averaged 15 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.97 blocks per game and has told teammates and the coaching staff that he's headed for the NBA, according to three sources.

Smash-Mouth Jayhawks

Zone busters. Spark plugs. Pit bulls. I'm looking for the right words, help me.

The Kansas Jayhawks are rolling as the NCAA tourney looms, and it's hard to do justice to their offensive tenacity and smash-mouth defensive mentality.

After the Jayhawks beat down the Texas Longhorns, making me look good for having called the win and predicting key stats, the whole state of Kansas started jumping up and down. Out in the prairie, ground hogs thought a minor earthquake was hitting the Midwest.

Nope, it was just the ‘Hawks and their fans, celebrating a pay-back smack-down. Everyone told them not to do it, including the Longhorn cheerleaders, but KU went on and defied the Lone Star curse. They messed with Texas, but the dirt didn't stick. If anything, NBA lottery pick LaMarcus Aldridge (4 points, 5 rebounds, no blocks) is looking a little dusty now.

As the week progresses, I'll post some thoughts on KU's first-round match-up with the Bradley Braves. Bradley features a couple of NBA-caliber players, one of them a 7-footer. Needless to say, the services of the Jayhawk big men will be required once again.

For the moment, I'm simply thrilled with the tough, tough, in-your-face intensity I'm seeing from the Jayhawks. This team appears sold on Bill Self's strategy, and as a result has a toughness that Roy Williams KU teams always seemed to lack. This concerted aggression is embodied by PG Russell Robinson, whose stat line in the Oklahoma State game included 7 steals, 7 assists, 7 stitches. No problem. Against the Longhorns, Robinson's stat line resembled a Trophy assembly line: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals.

Gutsy.

What was written on UT's Championship Trophy

UT evidently didn't like what was written on their championship trophy on Sunday, so they called on the PhD hotshots at their sekrit embossing lab to make a quick replacement, and it was the replacement that got fans and such all excited. So what did UT choose to place on its trophy? Check out the photo evidence below...

One month till Spring football

Curiouser and curiouser...Mizzou will probably call for an investigation.

KU UT Postgame

I won't take anything away from UT. Both defensively and offensively, they played great. If they play like that, they will be in the Final Four. They just couldn't miss and I think that demoralized us over time.

A brief rant: It's time for Dick Vitale to retire. I used to enjoy his enthusiasm, but he's become an absurd caricature of himself. ESPN should have higher standards for their in-game analysis. Seriously Dick? Talking about the square footage of Shaq's house? What a slap in the face.

How much are they paying you to ignore the game? ESPN and its viewers ought to demand more.

UT beats anybody in the country tonight, and while 25 points is much much worse than I expected, the season's not over and our Baby Jays are going to grow up.

Here's my Saturday Night Special Guarantee: Brandon Rush will be a Jayhawk next year.

Here's my Saturday Night Wish: Dick Vitale gives up the mic for color commentary. He just doesn't add anything to the game for anyone. He doesn't provide any special insight into what's happening *on the floor. Indeed, he only masks his ignorance of the game by blabbering endlessly about every imaginable topic except that which he should be talking: what's happening between the baskets.

I'm really not that down about this game. We hit Texas on a blistering night and we really had no chance. Bill will teach these guys a lot from the game and our boys have already shown that they can rebound.

They'll wake up smiling tomorrow and they'll rebound strongly.

Have a good night everybody!

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