Thanks to a reader Maddie Vosburgh, who points out a significant under-the-radar statistic that just might be pertinent for the Jayhawks this season.
Did you know that all three KU national championships – 1952, 1988 and 2008 – have occurred during a leap year? Of course you know 2012 is a leap year; Feb. 29 is Wednesday.
I don’t know what this means. I don’t know if it means anything. I just know that when Maddie pointed this out to me, a couple of books flew off their shelves and I heard a strange sound coming from the attic.
Kansas was in the NCAA championship game in 1940, another leap year. The Jayhawks played in the title game in 1953, 1957, 1991 and 2002, non leap years.
I guess the moral to this story is that if you’re trying to come up with reasons why Kansas can win the national championship this year, you have another one in your aresenal.
* Hey, Marcus Morris. Nothing good happens in a bar after 2 .m. I suspect you’ve known that for a while, yet you apparently just can’t help yourself.
Morris and his twin brother, Markieff, were back in Lawrence on Saturday for Kansas’ thrilling overtime win over Missouri at Allen Fieldhouse. They apparently went out for some fun after the game. Nothing wrong with that. Except when the fun turns into a 2:37 call to the police for a disturbance at a Lawrence bar. And when that call results in Morris being cited for misdemeanor battery.
Morris, who played for three seasons at Kansas and now is a member of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, is scheduled to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court on March 20.
I don’t know what happened inside that bar. Perhaps someone was trying to set Morris up. I just know that when you’re a current or former KU player, it’s important to be careful. And to not do something silly that gets you into trouble. Leave the bars when you’re supposed to leave the bars.
* I’m concerned that KU junior Thomas Robinson is getting slightly outside the lines with his court behavior. It was noticeable in the Jayhawks’ game against Texas A&M last week and it flared again during Monday night’s win at Oklahoma State. Robinson is a spirited player and that emotion serves him well. Until it doesn’t, and then it becomes a hindrance. There’s a fine line. Here’s hoping Robinson doesn’t cross that line because he’s a special player.
* That said, is Robinson KU’s clear cut Most Valuable Player? Or does senior guard Tyshawn Taylor deserve the nod? I think it’s Robinson, still, but Taylor is right there. I think both are solid All-America candidates.