Kansas does what championship caliber teams should do

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It wasn’t exciting, it wasn’t very interesting, and it wasn’t really that fun to watch, but Kansas’ sound beatdown of the Richmond Spiders confirmed to everyone that this Jayhawk club is not screwing around, taking care of business with a 77-57 victory.

The optimist in me thought that maybe, just maybe, Richmond’s trio of seniors would challenge KU and find a way to control pace for spurts of the  game as a way to keep this game close. But that didn’t happen. Instead the Spiders found themselves down 31-9 mid-way through the first half, and felt completely out of whack.

Kansas thrives off missed shots, and down for the entire game the Spiders hurt their cause by attempting 26 three pointers, and converting on only four of them. Long rebound after long rebound, the Jayhawks took full advantage of Richmond’s desperation offense, and got easy buckets to help maintain their large lead heading into halftime.

In the second half, they just sort of chilled, looked bored, and held a firm double digit lead.

It was a formality well before the final buzzer sounded.

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I’ve learned that good teams often allow inferior competition hang with them, while great don’t send mixed signals. Sure KU was expected to win this game, but they showed me plenty be simply TKOB and preventing any shred of doubt from entering our minds that they’re not capable of cutting down the nets in Houston. It’s not their fault the region’s No. 2, 3, and 4 seeds couldn’t advance to the second weekend of the tournament and serve up a more exciting round of 16 for this region.

If Kansas does win the Southwest, there’s no need to argue that they’ll be unprepared for not playing a team seeded higher than nine. This is the most professional team remaining in the tournament, focused on not screwing up a grand opportunity to win the school’s second national championship in four seasons.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.

h/t ShockerHoops.net

AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.