Border War renews in Softball Regionals, Mizzou wins (twice), advances to Super Regionals + Border War Notes

A funny thing happened in Columbia this weekend. Missouri played Kansas. It’s a rare sight these days. And one that happens only on an impromptu basis now, except in club sports where the two teams still schedule each other because they aren’t governed by the universities’ athletic departments themselves, which are of course the birthplace of conference loyalties. But in NCAA-sanctioned sports, the two ancient adversaries don’t schedule each other anymore, despite having a rivalry on the playing field that dates back to 1891 and a rivalry on the battlefield that dates back to the 1850s. And we all know why they don’t schedule each other anymore. From Kansas’ point of view, Missouri is like the cheating spouse who bolted from years of commitment to the allure of newer, greener pastures, while Missouri views Kansas as the stubborn ex-spouse who ran off with half the stuff even though they couldn’t use it, then refused to negotiate a way to move forward which would be good for both [Read more...]

KU Tears

KU tears are delicious...and here is the shrine for them... First there was this: Karma came back and got Kansas and Elijah Johnson at the end as the top-seeded Jayhawks blew a 14-point lead with six minutes left, a 10-point lead with 2:30 remaining, an 8-point lead with two minutes remaining and a five-point lead with 21 seconds remaining...and the great coach Bill Self did not foul up 3 on the final possession of the game and Trey Burke drilled a game-tying 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left from about 35 feet and ultimately lost in OT. Johnson got his by doing his best Phil Pressey impression and pissing down his leg down the stretch, throwing the ball away, taking a 10-second violation, taking bad shots and then the drive and passing up a decent look from 5 feet, instead passing it to an unexpected Naddir Tharpe for a 3 at the buzzer, which missed. Karma also came back to haunt Kansas fans, who across the city began the "Rock Chalk" chant. JINX! There was this: Which turned [Read more...]

College Football Playoffs!!! NCAA have you been reading my diary?

Yes it is true and it is officially here.  College football will now be settled by a 4-team playoff and while it won't totally eliminate all controversy, it definitely feels a whole lot better.  So here's what we know so far: The championship game will be bid on like the Superbowl or Final Four. The semi-final games will be rotated amongst the current BCS bowls. The 4 teams will be chosen by a selection committee. Like I said, this new playoff system won't eliminate controversy.  There will be plenty of years where the difference between the #4 and #5 teams is miniscule.  And watch all the critics cry foul when three SEC teams make it into the playoffs, which is bound to happen.  But that kind of controversy I can live with, because whoever wins that 4-team playoff will have earned it. *** LINKS SB Nation: College Football Playoffs Are Here: 4-Team System Begins In 2014 SB Nation: College Football Playoff Schedule Should Look Familiar SB Nation: New 12-Year Contract [Read more...]

Border War dies in Lawrence as Mizzou wins 6-3; continues KansASS dominance with ANOTHER Border Showdown Series win

The Border War quietly rode off into the sunset last weekend in a three-game, season-ending series in Lawrence. The Tigers 6-3 win, their only in the series, was the last regularly scheduled contest between the rivals (NOTE: Mizzou and Kansas are both in the same hockey conference, but are both considered Division 2 and are NOT part of the Border War Showdown Series). Kansas gained a point in the standings, but easily lost, 31-8. In fact, Kansas, who did not register its first win in the series this year until Jan. 15's women's basketball win in Columbia, was done following Missouri's three-game softball sweep of the Gayhawks on March 21, as Missouri led 21-4 with just 14 points remaining. Day DATE EVENT LOCATION WINNER POSS. PTS. BONUS PTS. POINT TOTALS MU KU Wed. Oct. 12 Volleyball Columbia, Mo. MU, 3-1 1.5 Fri. Oct. 21 Soccer Columbia, Mo. MU, 3-2 3.0 Sat. Oct. 29 Men's Cross Country College Station, Texas MU, [Read more...]

Anthony Davis leads Kentucky to National Championship over Thomas Robinson and Kansas (video, links)

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Josh Campos will offer up his thoughts on the game and the season tomorrow in another Campos Commentary. *** Make that 0-3. Kansas has now played in three Final Four's in New Orleans, and has not won a title in any of them. It was a typical KU game as they fell behind early, and then rallied, but this time Kentucky's talent, featuring a starting lineup of five future NBA freshmen and sophomores, was too much as Kansas (32-7), in their 14th Final Four, fell 67-59 in a matchup of the two winningest programs in college basketball history. Kentucky looked like they were going to cruise, leading by 18 points twice in the first half before Kansas trailed 41-27 at halftime. KU trailed 59-44 before pulling within' 62-57 with 1:37 left, but ran out of time as Kentucky sealed it with five free throws down the stretch. Thomas Robinson was a beast - like he has been all season for KU - scoring 18 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in what was his last game, as [Read more...]

Final Four Bound: KU is off to the “Big Easy” after winning in St. Louis (and links)

Josh Campos, KC SportsNation When the Brackets were released on March 11th, Kansas fans knew that if the Jayhawks could win their first two games that the road to the Final Four would go through their backyard in St. Louis. Leaving Omaha, though, was not easy. The Boilermakers nearly ended those plans for St. Louis and beyond. Coming off their worst offensive performance (but perhaps best defensive performance), it would be tough to imagine lighting striking twice and the Jayhawks offensively being bad. Then, they played North Carolina State. The Wolfpack came out confident as can be and raced out to quick lead (just like Purdue did), 13-3 lead. Once again, this was going to be a long night. After a Kansas timeout and a “Frank Martin” like yelling, the Jayhawks were able to wake up offensively and take a 6-point 27-21 lead. However, the Wolfpack used a couple of turnovers late in the half to take a 33-32 lead. Interestingly, Bill Self was 0-9 in the NCAA tourney while trailing at [Read more...]

Campos Commentary: Kansas survives Purdue, advances to Sweet 16 (links, Detroit too)

Josh Campos, KC SportsNation Kansas survived getting Hummeled by 10-seed Purdue, winning 63-60 despite leading for a grand total of 45 seconds. Kansas closed the game with six straight points, rallying from a once 10-point second half deficit and survived Purdue's sixth year senior Robbie Hummel's 22-point first half barrage. Purdue took a page out of the Missouri script for playing Kansas - one big, four out, as head coach Matt Painter elected to put the 6-8 swingman Hummel on Thomas Robinson. This worked wonders on both sides of the ball. This game followed the recipe for upsetting Kansas: make an incredible percentage of 3’s, hold Kansas to a low 3 point percentage and field goal percentage, and make them play your game. Mission accomplished. But, it still was not enough. In fact, even though Kansas shot a woeful 33% - becoming the team with the lowest shooting percentage in NCAA Tournament history to win a game - they still managed to win. The Boilermakers early on were [Read more...]

Border War, Vol 2 > Border War, Vol 1: KU wins another Big 12 title with epic comeback in epic year of rivalry

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Kansas 87, Missouri 86 in overtime. That hurts enough. But they way it happened, as a fan, makes it unbearable. I can't remember a regular season loss hurting more, EVER. Up 19 points at a place you never win at, and you lose. Unbelievable. I still can't believe it. It went from amazement, to disbelief to anger and confusion and back to disbelief. What do you have to do to win at Allen Fieldhouse? Freaking Richmond won here, but Missouri can't? Everyone says we should be proud. Why should I be? Because Mizzou blew their chance at a Big 12 title? Because they lost "but played well." No moral victories when you are a Top 5 team. A chance to win in your final trip in Lawrence for the foreseeable future. A chance to sweep the season series from your hated rival - something that hasn't happened since 1993 - in your final year in the Big 12, and you can't, instead blowing the biggest deficit Kansas has faced since 2007. Who leads by 19 at Allen Fieldhouse [Read more...]

MU-KU Hate Week, Vol. 2: Open letter to Kansas, Border War preview (and links)

First things first, lets get this out of the way, so I wont be distracted by how much I hate you... Dear Kansas, Some rivalries are built because of a history of important, crucial matchups, proximity or recent success against one another. Not this one. This one is built on pure hatred. Blood was shed. Their was an ACTUAL WAR. That is what makes this rivalry the best in the land. Its also why we hate each other so much. If today's game featured two 11-18 teams, it would still be sold out. You think Duke-North Carolina can say that? Hell no, they can't. Sure, there have been moments -- MU-KU basketball was incredible in the late-1980s, early 90's and Mizzou pulled a series of home upsets of superior Kansas basketball teams in the 1990s, and the teams played a trio of incredible football games at Arrowhead Stadium from 2007-09. But rarely have the teams both been great in a single sport at the same time. This rivalry is based on neighbor hating neighbor. On some story of a long-ago [Read more...]

KU hangs on at aTm after blowing huge lead; ready for Tigers (highlights, links)

Josh Campos & Brian Graham, KC SportsNation In its final game at Reed Arena in College Station, the Jayhawks were very careful not to “say” that they were overlooking the Aggies in preparation for the Border Showdown Saturday. And for the first 30 minutes of the game, the Jayhawks showed it. Then, after 30 minutes of offensive ineptitude, A&M used a 16-2 run in just four minutes - they scored just 21 in the first-half - in what was an extended 27-11 to pull within 60-56. A few possessions later, after KU went 1-2 on two trips to the free throw line, A&M had the ball down four after Elston Turner free throws, the Aggies were back within four, 62-58, but ?? Kinsley missed a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left. Jeff Withey then made four straight free throws. Kansas (23-5, 13-2 Big 12) made it a game when Thomas Robinson received a technical during a loose ball, fouling him out of the game and sending Turner, who finished with 10 points, went to the line. Kansas led 47-26 with [Read more...]