For What It's Worth: March 4th

(WICHITA, Kan.)

For What it’s Worth -- March 4 -- It costs $32,000 a year to go to Creighton; one would think they could be a little more creative than the—‘I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore’ blast to start their pre-game feature. Is there a more tired cliché?

WSU scores 79 and loses---

I never thought I would see the day that a Gregg Marshall-coached team would give up more than 90 points, then again I didn’t think there was a real good chance of ever seeing a team shoot 70 percent in a game. It didn’t matter what the Shockers did, Doug McDermott wasn’t going to be denied. He shot over guys, under them, around then and through them. He hit shots with hands in his face; I think he could have hit shots with hands behind his back.

I’ve been watching Wichita State basketball since 1978 and I can’t remember a more impressive effort against WSU. Old timers will remember the 50 points that Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson had in the Roundhouse and Bill Bradley’s Final Four performance for Princeton in 1965 is still talked about as one of the great NCAA Tourney showings of all-time. But with my own eyes---it’s McDermott, incredible.

91-80?

For about the first hour after the game was over on Saturday, the Creighton game staff had given Wichita State an extra point, to make the final 91-80. On the final box they’d given Tekele Cotton credit for one of two free throws at the end of the game, even though he had missed both.

It wasn’t until reporters approached Creighton Sports Information Director Rob Anderson (one of the best in the business) and he was able to watch the last 0:30 seconds of the game that a correction was made, making the final score 91-79.

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The two largest crowds in Creighton basketball history are to see Wichita State. Even if Creighton goes to the Big East, it’s inconceivable to me how these two programs wouldn’t keep playing. There is simply too much mutual respect and, let’s face it, each seems to bring out the best in the other.

Wouldn’t that be something?

It’s all subject to change on a daily basis, but ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had Creighton, K-State, St. Louis, Missouri, Kansas and Wichita State all going to Kansas City’s Sprint Center for second and third round action in the NCAA. Bring those six programs to KC and their fan bases would short-circuit the adjoining Power and Light district.

Still rising—

Could K-State be playing itself into the discussion of a two seed? After Rodney McGruder ripped Baylor’s heart out with a three point dagger at the buzzer last weekend—one could make a pretty good argument. The ‘Cats will roll over TCU this week before closing out the regular season with no worse than a chance for share of the Big 12 title at Oklahoma State. A win in Stillwater, where they will be an underdog…er, cat—and I don’t see how they’re not a two. Bruce Weber is going to get some nice run for National Coach of the Year and he deserves it. Miami’s Jim Larranaga is the favorite, but Weber is pushing him.

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