Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 171-59, dating back to 1908. Only Art Heyman and Christian Laettner have accomplished that feat in school history. The Kansas Jayhawks completed the 2010 season with a record of 3 – 9 last year.
The Utah Utes are 4-0, ranked No. 10 in the country in both polls and are off to their best start since 2008 when they marched all the way to the BCS, a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama.
Jayhawk fans may be delirious over a possible 4-0 start. That is until one looks at the schedule. The Hawks opening schedule began with wins over Central Michigan, SE Louisiana, and are followed by tilts with Toledo and Florida International. Anything other than 4-0 is going to get serious attention.
But for now, here is the Michigan Wolverine-free version of the Futility Rankings for Week 3. And watch the Notre Dame Michigan game this week for the best battle of winless teams in half a century. This is what makes losing as interesting as winning – watching who can come back and who just keeps flailing away in the waters of hopelessness.
There are huge grass areas for overflow fans and visiting spectators.almost guaranteeing a chance at a ticket on your road trip. Another positive is the decent bathroom to spectator ratio, which came in handy.
Hampton heads home after winning the automatic bid from the MEAC, but they certainly have nothing to hang their heads about. F Charles Funches and G Darrion Pellum led the Pirates in scoring with nine points, as no one from Hampton registered double-digit point totals. They fell down 39-22 at the break, and there was never any chance of the 16 upsetting the one-seed in this one. Hampton was the last No. 15 seed to fell a No. 2 seed, as Steve Merfeld’s bunch shocked coach Larry Eustachy and star Jamaal Tinsley’s Iowa State basketball back in 2001. Lightning wasn’t close to striking in Charlotte, however.
NEEDS TO: Make the tournament finals. Kansas still enjoys an outside shot at a No. 1 seed, but has almost locked up a No. 2 seed. However, the Jayhawks will face either Baylor or Nebraska in the quarterfinals, and one of Texas, Kansas State or Colorado in the semifinals. Of those five teams, Texas has the highest RPI ranking (35). A bad loss is not the freshest impression KU wants to give the selection committee.
A buildup of that magnitude would be hard for the selection committee to overlook when it comes to handing out No. 1 seeds, and would help restore the swagger OU strode with en route to 13 wins in a row in January and February.
Two losses and one win would put the team at either a semi-acceptable 6 and 6 or a joyful 7 and 5. For Aggie fans who have faith in what Dr. Johnson, in another context, called the “triumph of hope over experience,” those numbers could be bettered to 8 and 4. But don’t bet the farm on it.