For What It's Worth
6:43 AM CST, February 19, 2013
For What it’s Worth---on this February 19 -- Last night my ten year old daughter asked for a kiss goodnight as I tucked her in last night. Always charmed when she seeks me out, I melted at the opportunity to share a tender moment with my sweet youngest child—who, after smacking me on the lips said, rather disappointedly, “I thought you would have some chapstick on”. Ah, those special moments in the Haertl household.
Bob Huggins figured to be little more than a sacrificial lamb when he made his return to Manhattan last night and he didn’t disappoint. It was nice to see K-State fans rise in appreciation for the one year that Huggins spent with the ‘Cats, a year that certainly set the stage for a return to hoops prowess at KSU. Without Huggins there would have been no Frank Martin, without Martin there wouldn’t have been recruiting guru Delonte Hill, without Hill that AAU pipeline wouldn’t have been nearly as productive. People forget what a big deal it was to get Bill Walker and Michael Beasley to K-State. Without those guys leading the way Jacob Pullen probably doesn’t become the school’s all-time leading scorer, because he doesn’t come to Kansas State in the first place. Not to overstate things, but you get my point.
Two weeks ago the Missouri Valley Conference reprimanded an official for blowing a goaltending call that would have given the Shockers overtime against the Salukis. Yesterday, the conference punished the three man crew working the WSU-Illinois State game for allowing Cleanthony Early, the club’s leading free throw shooter, to take the shots after Jackie Carmichael’s flagrant foul against Tekele Cotton. It was Cotton who should have the free throws, but everyone(except Illinois State coach Dan Muller) thought that a technical had been called, giving Gregg Marshall the choice of who he wanted at the line. Of course, if the officials would have called the foul when it happened—Illinois State wouldn’t have had the two free throws they made before Early’s. Doesn’t that make it a wash?
Payback would be timely---
The Wichita State loss to Indiana State three weeks ago was most disappointing to Gregg Marshall because, for one of the only times this season, they simply didn’t fight back. That it happened at home only amplified their deficiencies and set them into a three game tail spin. Now with three straight wins in their pocket they get the return trip, a chance to atone at a time that could be most fortuitous. A win tomorrow night would just about seal WSU’s NCAA chances. The Shockers are currently 8-3 against the top 110 in the RPI, three of those wins are in true road games—tonight could be four.
Dealing with Odum---
See if Marshall doesn’t sag a little off ISU star Jake Odum tonight daring him to shoot from deep. Odum is at his best going to the rim, not always to score—but to create space for others to do so. Indiana scored a lot at the basket in Wichita, hitting 53 percent of its shots against a team that’s hold opponents under 39 percent. The Shockers countered at just 27% shooting, one would imagine that those numbers will much closer tonight. I like Wichita State in this game—the Shockers always seem at their best when they have something to prove.
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