Allen Fieldhouse was really rockin' and rollin' Monday night. It was all "Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk" as Kansas sent a message to Missouri and the rest of the nation. It was a phenomenal environment in Lawrence.
Many teams feel the brunt of the Kansas attack when they come to Lawrence. The Jayhawks put on quite a show in the second half against the Tigers. In fact, I believe it was the best performance in one half of basketball I've seen this season. It was an A-plus performance in every phase of the game. Kansas totally dominated Missouri.
It was the best performance in one half of basketball I've seen this season.
Kansas is talented both inside and outside and also features brilliant coaching. Roy Williams amazes me with his incredible numbers -- 373 wins in 13 seasons, the most of any coach ever in that time span.
Drew Gooden is the premier power forward in America. The tandem of Gooden and Nick Collison is the best 1-2 frontcourt punch in the nation. Gooden has had a monster year scoring (20.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg). He put on a show on national TV and he's making a run at national player of the year.
Kirk Hinrich is very underrated. He's an outstanding defensive player who can also shoot the jumper. Hinrich is Mr. Clutch, and he's so unselfish as a passer, leading the Jayhawks in assists this season (5.8 apg). He's automatic when he shoots, hitting 55 percent from the field.
I was impressed with Kansas' ability to convert in transition. The Jayhawks fill the lane the right way. This team is so fundamentally sound, taking high-percentage shots. Missouri isn't an easy opponent, either. The Tigers are talented, but they've been victimized by high expectations.
Kansas showed why it is capable of cutting down the nets in Atlanta at the Final Four.