Today is Super Bowl Sunday! But Saturday was about college basketball and the Jayhawks were once again the only local college that won. Missouri and Kansas State continued their struggles on offense. Kansas held on at home to win by three.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
KANSAS STATE (57) AT WEST VIRGINIA (66)
Kansas State’s defense was solid once again Saturday at West Virginia. They held the Mountaineers to 42% shooting from the field and just 32% from behind the arc. They forced 15 turnovers and had five steals.
The problem once again was the offense. Kansas State is really bad on offense. And it’s confusing because Bruce Weber is good at coaching offense. But this game was just ugly for the Wildcats on the offensive end.
Xavier Sneed scored 11 points on 2-for-13 shooting, including 0-for-7 from behind the arc. Seven of his 11 points came from the free-throw line.
That does point out one good thing Kansas State did on offense. They were aggressive attacking the basket and going after loose balls. They forced 21fouls on West Virginia and took 26 free throws. They just can’t hit enough shots to win most games and that’s not something that will likely change between now and the end of the season. Kansas State isn’t going to the NCAA or NIT.
MISSOURI (54) AT SOUTH CAROLINA (76)
See the Kansas State game review above and replace Kansas State with Missouri to understand how things are going for the Tigers. They too cannot shoot the ball. They shot 33% from the field and 21% from behind the arc.
There was nothing positive in this game for Missouri. Their shooting was terrible. They were outrebounded by seven boards. They turned the ball over 17 times and had the ball stole ten times. They were in foul trouble having committed 21 fouls.
KANSAS (78) VS TEXAS TECH (75)
Kansas dominated this game at the beginning of each half only to let Texas Tech back in it in both halves. Kansas led by nine at the half and held on to win by three at home to a team that is really struggling. Texas Tech, who lost in the national championship game last season, fell to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the conference. They are looking like they might not make the NCAA tournament.
The Jayhawks got David McCormack back from suspension and it helped a lot as he played 19 minutes with Udoka Azubuike playing just 16 minutes because of foul trouble. McCormack scored six points and had six rebounds and three blocks.
Devon Dotson can be really good at times but he still doesn’t realize that he’s not a three-point shooter. Sure, he needs to be one. He needs to keep shooting to keep the defense honest and he does have his games shooting from the outside but he’s shooting just 29% on the season. I think he’s going to go to the NBA after the season but I don’t think he is ready for it. But I don’t care about or follow the NBA game so maybe I’m wrong. Maybe when basketball is his only job he will become a solid outside shooter which I think he will need because of his size.
Ochai Agbaji was solid in this game. He was 4-for-8 from the field and took good shots. He didn’t force much. He shot faked and moved inside the three-point line for easy jumpers. Some would say that he bad shots because you should only shoot at the basket or behind the arc but those are the analytics people who understand numbers but not necessarily the game.
Kansas won and stayed a game back of Baylor so the race continues. Ken Pom projects Kansas and Baylor to tie for the conference title at 15-3. I’m still leaning towards Baylor winning outright until they stumble and let the Jayhawks back into it.
Isaac Bruce, Steve Atwater, Edgerrin James, Steve Hutchinson, and Troy Polamalu were elected to the NFL Hall of Fame on Saturday. The NFL Hall of Fame voting is much different than that in Major League Baseball.
Isaac Bruce spent 13 of his 16 years in the NFL playing for the St. Louis Rams. He was a star for The Greatest Show on Turf. He had six receptions for 162 yards in the 2000 Super Bowl win over the Tennessee Titans.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was named the MVP. He’s the second unanimous choice in the history of the award.
WHAT TO WATCH: The Super Bowl kicks off at 5:30 pm. The game is on FOX. FOX will have pregame shows starting at 11:00 am.
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