JACK'S SMACK: Weekend college basketball recap

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - I didn't have much going on over the weekend. I piddled around and did my weekly chores Saturday morning and then spent a lot of time on the couch watching college basketball.

I was interested in the K-State vs. Iowa State game. I like Fred Hoiberg but I think his team was clearly overrated after the quick start and 14 straight wins.

Sure enough, the Cyclones went belly up and lost three in a row in the conference. They're about to take another nose dive in the next 10 days with games against KU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

I like what K-State represents: a blue collar team that fights hard and usually plays tough defense. This team just never seems to be good enough to win on the road.

I've come to the conclusion they can't be taken seriously until they can find a way to beat Kansas. I don't see that happening in my lifetime.

The best thing about the Cats is that they never lay down. Missouri sits at 15-4. That's impressive but it's also misleading. They've had an easy schedule up to now.

What's most troubling is that the Tigers have struggled against bad competition in the SEC. But that's about to change.

Frank Haith has this impeccable record at home where the Tigers can't draw flies. They should have a full house Saturday for Kentucky.

If not, that would signal major fan apathy issues. That may be a problem already in Columbia.

I save the best for last: Kansas, who plays in the most boring league in America. Every year, it's Kansas and then everybody else. No one has a chance of dethroning this NBA factory.

I tried to watch some of that game against TCU. When they put your game on ESPN-U, the only worst option is having it on your computer.

The talent pool for ESPN-U seems to be made up of young kids fresh out of college who work cheap and are auditioning for future play-by-play jobs.

Kansas, as a national powerhouse, deserves a better platform in prime time, regardless of the opponent. The only thing interesting about this Big 12 race is the question, "Can KU run the table?"

They've got two possible road blocks: Saturday at Austin and March 1 at Stillwater. They will lose one of those.

I have KU going 17-1, and you still want to call this a great basketball conference?

That's Jack's Smack.

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