Category Archives: COLLEGE TEAMS

Closing the deal: K-State’s Jesse Ertz will succeed this season

There’s a sales method used when trying to persuade a potential client to purchase an item called the “Ben Franklin Close.” You place all the reasons for buying the product on one side and all the reasons for not buying it on the other side. If head coach Bill Snyder wants to use the Ben Franklin formula for evaluating whether quarterback Jesse Ertz will have a great senior season, the plusses far outweigh the minuses.

Let’s examine them:

Talented Dorance Armstrong anchors Kansas Jayhawks’ defense

Dorance Armstrong is his name, and terrorizing opposing offenses is his game. With continued improvement, this explosive junior just might become the premier defensive end in the country.

He’s simply the face of Kansas football, a surefire NFL first-round prospect. He’s the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year who led the league with 20 tackles for a loss last season (No. 5 in FBS) and ranked No. 18 nationally with 10 sacks while being named a consensus All-Conference First-Team selection.

Mizzou’s Drew Lock eyes breakout campaign after last year’s learning curves

Coming off a four-win sophomore campaign, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock recalls two games helped him develop a new mindset for 2017.

One resulted in the Tigers’ third straight loss against Georgia last September. Lock had set his conference single-game highs with three touchdowns and 376 yards, but also tossed three interceptions in a turnover heavy half, which aided the Bulldogs to a late comeback.

“You throw 330 yards in one half, you want to come out and possibly do the same thing (in the second half),” Lock said about the Georgia loss.

Kansas State should contend for Big 12 Football Championship + optimism high for better Days at Kansas and Missouri

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One has high aspirations, another is hoping to continue recent moderate progress and the third is hoping to make a quick turnaround from recent failures. That’s the story line for the area’s Division I football programs.

Kansas State’s football program is dreaming of a landmark season, with the goal of bringing home the league crown. The Kansas football program has only won two games the last two seasons, and 14 over the last seven campaigns, but there’s optimism in Lawrence that hasn’t been there in several years. Missouri’s football program is hoping a 4-8 season in 2016, in coach Barry Odom’s first season, is an aberration, not the start of a trend.

Listen up KU and MU…the Border Showdown MUST return…soon!

Border Showdown

Since 2012, the classic Border Showdown rivalry between the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers has ceased. Fans on both sides of the border want the rivalry to return.

There have been a few unintentional meetings, primarily in the NCAA softball tournament, but not enough to really feel like the showdown is back with no football or basketball games. Of all seasons to bring back this classic rivalry, this upcoming sports season is the perfect time for the Tigers and Jayhawks to play again in basketball and football.

Mizzou is coming into this basketball season with a buzz from arguably the school’s best recruiting class coming in. The only thing that could possibly get fans more excited for the season would be a matchup with the Jayhawks.

Beating KU would prove the legitimacy of how good this Mizzou team could be and stand out on their tournament resume. Even more valuable, Mizzou could have bragging rights once again. Whether they would win the game or not, there would be so much more buzz around the Tigers.

Countdown: The Top 5 NBA players drafted from the University of Kansas

Kansas top NBA players

It’s no secret, the Kansas Jayhawks have one of the best basketball programs in the history of college basketball. They have the second-most wins and the most first-team All-American selections in Division I history. Plus KU basketball has five national championships. In fact, many of the All-Americans and other players that lead the program to such success have continued to succeed in the NBA. Some of the best players in the history of the NBA started in Lawrence, Kansas. Here’s our look at the best Jayhawks to be drafted into the NBA.

Chase Hanna leaves University of Kansas as Big 12 Golf Champion

Chase Hanna KU Golf

Chase Hanna is one of the top golfers in the area. Hanna’s resume includes 12 tournament victories while at Shawnee Mission East from 2009-13.

He was the 2013 Kansas City Golf Association Junior Player of the Year.

He set course records at Meadowbrook Golf Club (64), Prairie Village, Kansas; Eagle Bend (64) in Lawrence, Kansas; and Meridian Hills Country Club (63) in Indianapolis.

Hanna went to Kansas and became one of the best golfers in school history, ending his college career by placing first in the Big 12 Championship and named All-Big 12.

Hot Take: Believe the hype, Mizzou basketball will rise back to the top

mizzou on rise

The last time the Missouri men’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament was just 4 seasons ago, but for Mizzou fans, that seems like a lifetime. Just this summer, however, there has arguably been more buzz around the program than any other around the country. So much so that Mizzou is being recognized as a team to watch. With the additions of Cuonzo Martin, Michael Porter, Jr. and one of the best recruiting classes in the country, the Tigers not only look like they could be a threat in the SEC and the tournament this year and for years to come.

Countdown: Top 5 NBA players drafted from Kansas State University

kansas state basketball

As we continue looking at some of the best NBA players to come from our local schools, we now look at the best to come from the Little Apple. While Kansas State hasn’t had a continuously consistent basketball program, they still have found success, making 29 NCAA Tournaments, 4 Final Fours, and have been named 44th on the Associated Press’s All-Time Poll. Through the years the Wildcats have had some talented players that had great NBA careers, including a hall-of-famer. And as we get closer to the NBA Draft, we look at the best NBA players from Kansas State, based on their NBA success.

Countdown: The Top 5 NBA players drafted from Missouri basketball

Missouri Basketball Top NBA Players

As the NBA playoffs continue and the NBA draft approaches soon, plus to get our fill of basketball in the area until the college season starts, we decided to look at the best players drafted to the NBA from Mizzou, Kansas State and Kansas. This is all based on their NBA careers and not what they did in college. To that point, most of these players had good college careers that caused them to get drafted to the NBA. Not only that, we are only including players that were drafted, meaning anyone that went undrafted will not be included. To kick things off, we start with the best to come from the University of Missouri basketball program.