Maybe it's because I'm reflecting on my own age these days, but aren't the seniors the one's that make the biggest mark in March?
Malcolm Armstead, Jeff Withey, Aaron Craft, Larry Bird: aren't those the guys you remember most in the NCAA Tournament more than the plethora of super freshman?
I look at KU right now and think, "do they care?" I know Bill Self does. I know Naadir Tharpe does. And I know Tarik Black does, because he said as much. But with ALL the NBA talent on the team, eyeing one season in Lawrence, I wonder if the young guys really get what it means to play in March in the NCAA Tournament?
In my eyes, it's always seemed like something that you have to learn. Experience in the tournament is as valuable as anything. Winning in OT vs. Oklahoma State did a lot for KU but now they must match the intensity of Iowa State in the Big 12 Semifinals. Despite being one of the most talented teams in the country, the Cyclones play with a chip on their shoulder. Maybe it's an Iowa thing. They seem tough. I wonder if KU has that same toughness.
We shall see.