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Episode 96 – The Tourney is Here

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by jayhawktalk No Comments

Sorry we’re late, but there’s no way that we weren’t going to record a podcast before the tourney starts. We get together to preview KU’s game(s) this week, talk about Uncle Anthony, March Madness Office Survival Tips, Wayne’s DUNK, the Big 12, and a new rendition of “Step Ya Game Up” with a new twist. There’s also quite a bit of bracket talk, but not like the boring give me your Final Four kind of bracket talk. Anyway, get in here, grab a drink, and listen to a little Jayhawk Talk Podcast — NCAA Tourney edition!

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Episode 95 – Big 12 Tourney Preview (with Brian Hanni)

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by jayhawktalk No Comments

Special edition podcast! The guys get back together to talk some Big 12 Tourney, including a team-by-team breakdown with friend of the podcast, Brian Hanni. The guys also present the 2015-2016 Annual Jayhawk Talkies (awards). They also share their premonitions about the future of several Big 12 seniors. There’s plenty of KU postseason talk mixed in with plenty of nonsense. Come on in, grab a beer, and enjoy a special edition of the Jayhawk Talk Podcast.

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Episode 94 – Welcome to MARCH (with Matt Norlander)

Posted on: March 6th, 2016 by jayhawktalk No Comments

March Madness is in the air, and the guys are soaking it all up after going 2-0 this week and securing the regular season Big 12 title outright. They are joined by friend of the show, Matt Norlander, of CBS Sports to rap about the Big 12, KU’s chances in the tournament, and several other national stories. They also preview the Big 12 tournament, take some credit for Wayne’s shooting slump bust, and do another round of “Step Ya Game Up.”

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Editor’s Note: Look for another podcast episode to drop Monday night previewing the Big 12 Tourney! 

Episode 85 – KU takes down OU, Brian Hanni previews Tech

Posted on: January 6th, 2016 by jayhawktalk No Comments

Greetings from the middle of the week! We decided that OU game was too much fun not to talk about it right away. We took an unscripted approach to our recap, talking about how the game compares to other greats in Allen Fieldhouse, what the game means for the future, and where the hell we go from here? The guys are also joined by Brian Hanni of Texas Tech radio to preview Saturday’s game against Tech in Lubbock.

Come on in, grab a beer, and enjoy a BONUS episode of the Jayhawk Talk Podcast!

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Episode 75 – NCAA Tournament Preview

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by jayhawktalk No Comments

The NCAA Tournament is finally here. The guys get together to react to the Committee’s placement of KU as the #2 seed in the Midwest Region and the insane path that KU will have to take to get to that matchup with Kentucky in the Elite 8. There’s also a short recap of the Big 12 Tourney, a chat with New Mexico State reporter, Mark Rudi, and a look at KU’s pod — including that potential matchup with the Shockers.

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Episode 74 – The Postseason is Here

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by jayhawktalk No Comments

Postseason basketball has arrived. The Jayhawks had a big week starting with an incredible comeback win against West Virginia to clinch the outright Big 12 title and then followed it up with a great game and effort in Norman without Perry, Brannen, and Cliff. The guys get together to talk about all of those things plus an update on Cliff, preview of the Big 12 Tournament in KC, and a look ahead at the Big Dance.

Come on in, grab a beer and let’s talk some postseason basketball. ROCK CHALK!

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Episode 53 – NCAA Tourney Preview (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by jayhawktalk No Comments

In Part 2 of the Jayhawk Talk NCAA Tourney Preview Podcast, the guys dive a little deeper into the competition, giving you a full scouting report on the St. Louis pod teams, including Eastern Kentucky (KU’s first opponent), and potential opponents New Mexico and Stanford (should KU win Friday). Short interviews are also conducted with three media members representing each team, giving you a great inside view of the competition. So come on in, grab a beer, and listen to a little Jayhawk Talk Podcast — postseason edition!

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Is this KU’s year?

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 by jayhawktalk No Comments

Editor’s Note: I began writing the “Is this KU’s year” post in March 2008. Ever since then, I have authored a similar piece in hope that it works the same way it worked in 2008. Find the original post on my old CJ Online Hawkzone page here if you’d like to reminisce. 

It seems just about every March you hear someone around these parts say that this could be “KU’s year.” You might even hear some reasoning behind this assertion. In any given year, it might go something like this…

They just have a complete team. They are battle tested. They have all the intangibles. There are no holes on this squad. They have tournament guards. This is the seniors’ last chance. They’re focused on the prize.

Blah blah blah blah blah.

No matter what Andy Katz or Jay Bilas or Seth Davis or your co-worker at the water jug will tell you, this tournament is not decided by a measure of those kinds of htings. If it were, KU would have more than three national championship banners hanging in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse, and, most likely, ’88 would not be among them.

Instead, this tournament is decided by players making plays. It is decided by hunger, sweat, intensity, drive, and guts. Upsets happen this time of year because a team’s will can often overcome a team’s talent. Your school may not have five McDonald’s All-Americans but it can still box out, out-hustle, and out-prepare another group of 18-22 year-olds. Coaches and players like to think that these are the factors that can control in a tournament, and it’s true. If a team embodies these qualities and has the talent to compete, it can dance for a long time.

But then there are those things a coach and team cannot control, but most still overcome to reach a championship. First, there is the bracket and venue. The term “neutral floor” is thrown around so often in college basketball without any real basis. Playing UCLA in its back yard for a chance to go to the Final Four might come to mind. Perhaps playing a Championship game in Kemper Arena also rings a bell. Then there is luck. KU would much rather see Dayton or Western Michigan in Memphis than Syracuse or Ohio State. A Final Four matchup against Saint Joe’s sure beats one against Michigan State, no matter how much America is behind the underdog.

But that’s the great part about this tournament. There are so many unknowns, and there is always room for a Cinderella to make a miracle run. KU knows all too well, both on the giving and receiving ends. The unknowns make CBS executives pony up billions to keep it on their network. The unknowns make the office bracket pools so damn fun. The unknowns give those #10-#16 seeds a reason to ask the “what if?” question.

Can you blame them?

This has been an interesting year in college basketball. A team projected to go 40-0 by many of its fans finds itself on the #8 seed line. Two of Vegas’ three favorites are #4 seeds. Wichita State is a #1 seed for crying out loud. The madness is looming, and your bracket is already wrong.

So back to the original assertion. Is it KU’s year?

I don’t know. But I do know that the Jayhawks will have the best player (or players) on the court in nearly every game. I know the Jayhawks have the talent to beat any team in the field on any given night. And what’s more, it won’t require perfection to do so. It will simply require Kansas controlling those factors it can control and playing its own game.

Just six games of playing well and controlling what it can control. KU does that, and anything can happen.

I guess we’re about to find out.

 

Episode 52 – NCAA Tourney Preview (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 by jayhawktalk No Comments

The bracket is finally out. We know where we are going and who we are playing. We will be bringing you more information about KU’s competition with our preview podcast coming out tomorrow, but we wanted to do a quick podcast giving you our instant reactions to the bracket. That is this.

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Episode 51 – Big 12 Tournament Preview, Big 12 Awards, March Madness

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by jayhawktalk No Comments

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The guys get together to talk some POSTSEASON HOOPS! That’s right. It’s tournament time, and regardless of what happened in Morgantown this week, our spirits aren’t down. How can they be? It’s beautiful outside, KU is the #1 seed in the Big 12 Tourney, and the Madness is upon us!

We talk a little WVU recap, give out our own version of the All-Big 12 Awards, and preview the Big 12 Tournament with our good friend, Brian Hanni. We predict the games, give you some stories of the tournament, and look ahead to March Madness.

So come on in, grab a beer, and enjoy yourself a little POSTSEASON Jayhawk Talk Podcast. Rock Chalk!

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