Quick question: If Johnny Be Good – aka Bryce Brown — picks Kansas State on Monday, would that make him more popular than the governor? Just a question … talk amongst yourselves.
Ok, back on topic.
Kansas is Ground Zero for NJCAA national tournaments this week, with the men at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson and the women at Salina’s Bicentennial Center. Your Region VI teams — Garden City for the men and Hutchinson for the women — don’t have a lot of name recognition but both have solid resumes. I talked to both coaches on Sunday night, Garden City’s Kris Baumann and Hutchinson’s John Ontjes, along with first-team all-Jayhawk West pick Heather Robben, a Maize H.S. product.
Robben seemed pretty psyched about the upcoming tournament — “How could I not be?” She asked me — Ontjes was pretty reserved though, and had the company line rolling. Can’t blame him. As much as I’d love coaches to go off at any second, I do appreciate keeping things close to the vest.
Baumann said his guys were dealing with things pretty well after what had to have been an emotionally draining Region VI run and then return to GC — probably best that it’s spring break. Just thinking in terms of distractions here. He said Highland (Ill.), their first round opponent on Wednesday is incredibly tough — they’ve got like six guys that average in double figures and shoot 45 percent from beyond the three-point arc. That translates into about 67 percent inside of it, he told me. That must be Bucket math.
I gotta go now. Gotta start filling out my brackets.