The basketball game Kansas and Duke will play Tuesday in the Champions Classic is not about numbers.
Let Bill Self explain:
“When you refer to certain players from certain teams you don’t ever get to watch on TV, you refer to them as numbers,’’ said the KU coach. “We’re not going to refer to Duke’s guys as numbers. We’re going to refer to them as names. All our guys will definitely know who they are.’’
Which is why the disjointed opening win against Louisiana-Monroe means little for KU.
The amount was the sum total of what Tracy Claeys was paid for his first job in coaching.
It came at a time when he was stretching any dollars he had. Tight finances forced Claeys to return home to Clay Center so he could commute to Kansas State and finish obtaining his degree in secondary education after taking most of his classes at Kansas.
“I’d spent all my money,’’ Claeys said. “Being 30 minutes from home I needed to finish my degree and I saved a lot of money that way, though I’m a Jayhawk through and through.’’
Something dreadfully wrong had to be changed in college basketball.
The game was lacking appeal. People stayed away. The NCAA Tournament drew such poor ratings, games had to be played on TruTV.
Oh, wait. That did happen.
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LAWRENCE – Many who left Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday, or managed to tune into the first basketball exhibition played by Kansas, had one similar thought.
The 16 points scored by Andrew Wiggins lacked noise.
Anything the freshman sensation achieves is not supposed to be quiet. Not with all the magazine covers, NBA projections and sheer anticipation he created for a does-not-count matchup against Pittsburg State, which KU controlled, 97-57.