By Larry Pritchett
Past PCHS Activities Director
High school and college basketball teams are moving into their final weeks, but for fans of the game this is “harvest” time. You now get to see the results of the seeds that have been planted starting last October and November.
You also get to see some “hail” beat down teams and torrential downpours (of three’s) wash out teams come tournament time. That is about the limits of my “Old Farm Boy” knowledge, but I hope you get the ideas. This will be some good times for some teams and it will be not so exciting for others.
You won’t hear this from me much, but “Way to Go K-State.” The improving Wildcats first hurt their in-state rivals by putting a big time beating on them at Manhattan, but now they have turned around and did the Jayhawks a favor by going to Austin and beating Texas.
The Longhorns are trying to avoid a collapse this year similar to last year’s tailspin, but they have lost to Nebraska and now K-State and that has let KU move back into first place in the Big 12 standings. KU still has a couple of games that they have to win and one of them is Missouri, which is known at the “Border War” so it will be difficult and it will be a must-win for the Jayhawks if they want to win the Big 12 outright.
The Huskers are going to have their plate full in trying to win their last two regular season games, Missouri and Colorado, and then probably have to win a game or two in the Big 12 Tournament if they want to get some post season play.
The Huskers certainly have improved from last year, especially in Big 12 play, but if you listen to the Omaha and Lincoln sports writers, it isn’t enough. Granted a win at Iowa State would have gone a long way in making the season very good not just improved.
College Basketball Hall of Fame for 2011
The 2011 College HOF released this year’s class and it included coaches Bob Knight and Eddie Sutton, players Ralph Sampson, James Worthy, Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn.
Eddie Sutton coached at Creighton, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and San Francisco. He is the only coach to take four different teams to the NCAA tournament. (Creighton, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Arkansas). Coach Sutton is an old Kansas boy who graduated from Bucklin High School in Southwest Kansas in the late 50s.
Nebraska High School State Tournaments Starting
This last week the boy’s district tournaments were held in C1 and C2 and the SPVA had two teams participating. Hershey lost to Kimball and St. Pats won over Bayard. So the SPVA got one girl’s team to Lincoln, Sutherland, and one boy’s team, NPSP.
The girl’s tournament was completed on Saturday of last week and the boy’s tournament starts today (Thursday) in Lincoln.
Lots of basketball to be seen and old friends to see. It should be a great weekend in Lincoln.