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Kansas Wins 2 Midnight Madness Awards from Yahoo!'s The Dagger

MOST RIDICULOUS COSTUME: BILL SELF, KANSAS BEST EX-PLAYER APPEARANCE: SCOT POLLARD, KANSAS: God Shammgod showing up at Providence was very cool, but Pollard takes this category with his appearance and his trash talk. Clad in a sleeveless black tuxedo T-shirt, the bearded Pollard questioned why Kansas State was picked ahead of Kansas in the Big 12 preseason poll, noting that the Jayhawks won the league by four games last season and have won at least a share of the past six Big 12 titles.

Once you control for the other factors impacting the team (players leaving, player development),...

Once you control for the other factors impacting the team (players leaving, player development), you do get a positive impact from top 10 recruits. But on average, it is not nearly as large as most people expect. There are two problems here. First, there are top 10 recruits that were simply disappointing. (Think John Henson for North Carolina or Lance Stephenson for Cincinnati last year.) Second, consider the alternative. If a top 10 recruit did not show up, they would not necessarily be replaced by a player with a 75.9 ORtg. Top 10 recruits tend to go to programs that have pretty good alternatives. For a quality team like Duke in 2008, what would have happened if there was no Kyle Singler? Well, Taylor King, Nolan Smith, or Brian Zoubek might have earned more playing time. And while Coach K clearly had his reasons for limiting those player’s minutes in 2008, they were all very effective when on the court. In other words, we have a value over replacement player (VORP) issue. For super talented teams, adding a top 10 recruit usually takes playing time away from other very talented players.

Yet Another Basketball Blog Thought this point was relevant as we wait word on Selby.

Jayhawks 3rd in Local Confidence Poll?

Where's the optimism for the Jayhawks? According to confidence polls, we're trailing the Tigers and Chiefs?

Perry Ellis: Can't Miss NBA Prospect

Feature from the KC Star on Wichita's Perry Ellis.

Minutes Played in 09-10 (Guards)

  1. Sherron Collins- 1,187
  2. Xavier Henry- 990
  3. Tyshawn Taylor- 831
  4. Brady Morningstar- 578
  5. Tyrel Reed- 560
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