Into it, up for it and out of character. Kansas was in town, yet Colorado fans filled most of the seats, then all of the court after the Buffaloes edged the Jayhawks, 75-72, with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
No one was even compelled to bring a sign that read, ‘’At Least We Don’t Live in Kansas!’’ Their B-ball Buffs supplied every ounce of satisfaction.
LAWRENCE — Kansas State could have been beaten on Saturday.
Just like five other occasions this season coming off a Big 12 championship.
Kansas was not good enough, however, to capitalize. K-State forced six turnovers, and while it failed to convert on all the chances provided by those changes in possession, momentum and spirit, the Wildcats toppled the Jayhawks, 31-10, in Memorial Stadium.
LAWRENCE — The passion, the dedication, the attention to detail … well, no one really knows yet about Charlie Weis.
Sure, he wants to win football games at Kansas.
Yet any similarity to the coach of in-state rival Kansas State is difficult to ascertain.
No surprise, really. No one is altogether similar to Bill Snyder. As much as the word unique is often overused and inaccurate, Snyder is just that. The mere fact that, at 74, he is still coaching a program in the Bowl Subdivision is proof.
LAWRENCE — Jitters never struck Erin McNorton when she took over last season as setter for the Kansas volleyball team.
“No one knew the decision except the coaches,’’ McNorton recalled. “I didn’t really have time to be nervous, because they didn’t tell us before they gave us the starting lineups at Arkansas. So, no. Then afterward, I thought, ‘Oh, gosh.’’’
LAWRENCE — One of the best ways to circumvent a wall is to jump over it.
Low impact. Less messy. Convincing result.
Kansas does that in basketball. The vertical jump possessed by Andrew Wiggins — some 44 inches — is the average height of a kindergartner. The length of Joel Embiid is comparable to your Thanksgiving table once all the leaves are inserted.
Wiggins glides to the basket without the ball, then skies to convert the highest of alley-oop lobs. Embiid can use his gifted coordination “to do things,’’ KU coach Bill Self said, “that 7-footers can’t do.’’