At three different time outs, when K-State cued a Sandstorm instrumental number its fans respond to with great fervor anytime KU visits, the crowd chanted, “(Expletive) KU.’’ Students led the chant, but some adults chimed in ... for a Big Monday television audience to hear.
Now, no one is ever going to deputize me into the morality police. But when that kind of chant is condoned, and to some extent encouraged, over a period of two-plus hours, the vitriol can potentially turn into something more serious.
In the end, the court-storming supplanted the upset as a storyline…
National Embarrassment for Land of Jock Jams
Brent: "I don't know of a better student body in the country," as KSU students chant "F--- KU!"
[I was there. It wasn't JUST the students. And shouldn't there be a limit to how many times you can hit "replay" on Sandstorm? Brent's senile, Fran's set on auto-repeat...he's got his talking points and will recite them until your ears bleed. Holly's become a caricature.]
A knucklehead Kansas State fan rushed at Kansas forward Jamari Traylor and body checked him on his way off the floor. Another Wildcats fan taunted several Jayhawks players until a Kansas assistant approached from behind and flung him away. Neither head coach was safe either as Bill Self and Bruce Weber both got pinned against the scorer's table by the crush of on-rushing bodies.
…Credit Traylor and his teammates for keeping their cool and not retaliating only seconds after an emotional loss.
Their restraint prevented an unsafe situation from turning into something uglier.
1. Kentucky (65 first-place votes)
9. Notre Dame
10. Northern Iowa
11. Wichita State
12. Iowa State
15. North Carolina
20. West Virginia
24. San Diego State
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ABOUT TCU (16-10, 3-10 Big 12): After starting 1-10 in the Big 12, a stretch that included a seven-game losing streak, TCU has notched two straight victories. The Horned Frogs handled a ranked Oklahoma State team 70-55 before defeating K-State 69-55 at home on Wednesday. “We’re growing up,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said, “we’re maturing.” In their third season in the Big 12, the Frogs have surpassed their total number of victories from their first two seasons combined. After going 2-16 in conference play in 2013, TCU was winless in the league last season. On the whole, though, TCU has continued to struggle on the offensive end during conference play. The Frogs rank ninth in the league in offensive efficiency, and last in the league in three-point shooting (26.7 percent) and free-throw shooting (57.7 percent). TCU fell to Kansas 64-61 on Jan. 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. But the Horned Frogs punished Kansas on the glass, snaring 26 offensive rebounds. That’s the most allowed by Kansas this season.