Yes, volleyball gets its own section today. I figure playing in Allen Fieldhouse is an important enough event to warrant it. Not only that, they lead us off today.
Tuesday was the team’s fourth match in Allen Fieldhouse in the past 12 months. Because the Jayhawks are in a position to host the first and second rounds of the upcoming NCAA Tournament, they needed to give KU’s basketball arena a trial run because their regular home environment does not provide enough seating to host. The team went through the same thing in preparation for last season’s NCAA Tournament and wound up hosting. The Jayhawks are 3-1 in their last four matches at Allen Fieldhouse and, while it may have been old hat for the team’s seven seniors, it was a new experience altogether for the freshman Soucie, who showed no signs of nerves playing in front of nearly 4,000 fans.
KU coach Bill Self is convinced tourney organizers have assembled a strong field.
"I was just reading Sports Illustrated — the one with Wayne (Selden) on the cover. Iowa is projected to be an 8-seed (in NCAA Tournament). Villanova is projected to be a 7-seed. Xavier is projected in the field. Tennessee is projected to be in the (tourney) field," Self said.
I don't think the two are mutually exclusive. While this is a strong field, KU is an immensely strong team. Thus the heavy favorites.
"That’s one thing about it, we do travel," Self said of KU loyalists. "We’ll have 2,000 or so fans here. It is tiring on the players, though. We’re gonna have to have security, because some of the guys will never get through the lobby. But it is good to have so many fans here, and I’m sure it’ll be a good home court for us."
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas: After the Nov. 19 86-66 win over Iona, one Iona player -- who will remain nameless here, because am I not merciful? -- called Wiggins overrated. Bold words after a 20-point loss, and also incorrect: Wiggins may not be a pure scorer, but he is good at everything and great at more things than not.
"With a young guy, here’s what you do," Weis said. "Before the game’s over you love him up. Then you hammer him. Then you love him up again. He’s starting on the uptick."