Have to be brief today. Had a busy afternoon putting together my NCAA Tournament picks for Sunday. Something tells me basketball fans in Kansas will like what they read.
Looking around on different websites, I came across the expert’s picks on ESPN.com, where 10 people in the know picked their Final Four fields. Only three of the 10 did not have either Kansas or Kansas State in the Final Four. They were: Diamond Leung, an ESPN.com blogger; Joe Lunardi, an ESPN.com bracketologist and Dick Vitale, an ESPN big mouth. Actually, I don’t mind Dicky V. Sorry for the insult, you PTPer, you.
Then I watched a video in which Lunardi did pick the Jayhawks to reach the Final Four. Lunardi, who already has his first bracketology out, knows how to cover his tracks, apparently.
There aren’t many games of note in college football Saturday. But there are a few that draw my attention, starting with No. 2-ranked Auburn’s home game against Georgia in the SEC.
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I see where the Auburn coaches aren’t talking about the Cam Newton situation now, even refusing to say whether he’ll be in uniform for Saturday’s game. That story just gets stranger and stranger and I feel like I need an attorney with me to even comprehend all the twists and turns. Not that I believe attorneys are that smart, mind you. I know a lot of attorneys who couldn’t stay with me in a game of Scrabble. I’m just saying that they seem better suited to sort out mumbo-jumbo than me.
Here are a few college football picks:
Auburn 41, Georgia 7 (if Newton plays
Auburn 21, Georgia 7 (if he doesn’t)
Florida 34, South Carolina 21
Alabama 31, Mississippi State 20
TCU 45, San Diego State 17
Baylor 27, Texas A&M 24
Missouri 28, Kansas State 17
Nebraska 56, Kansas 7
Oklahoma State 37, Texas 21
Ohio State 31, Penn State 13
Oregon 43, California 28
Oklahoma 30, Texas Tech 14
Johnny Coy I Baseball I Soph. (RS)CoyCoy is a big first baseman, and I mean big. He goes 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds and he hits the ball as hard as numbers like that would suggest. in 44 games last season, Coy batted .331 and popped seven homers. His OPS of .985 was one of the best on the team and even more is expected of Coy, a former basketball player and transfer from Arizona State, in 2011. I asked him a few non-intimidating questions:
What do you miss most about basketball?
Oh, man, I miss the game days. I kind of get the same type of thing hanging with my baseball teammates. But they’re totally different sports. I grew up playing both and I definitely miss the games. The games in basketball are awesome. I go to the games here and I see all the fans and how loud it gets inside Koch Arena.
Who is your favorite Shocker athlete of all-time?
I don’t really know too many of the past players in basketball. But we have a lot of guys who come around in baseball and hang out with the guys. Every guy I’ve met has been really nice and willing to help me what anything I’m doing. Dusty Coleman, Andy Dirks and even Mike Pelfrey. I’m not a pitcher, but he’s always been great to me. There’s no one who comes through that door as a past Shocker player that I don’t have the ultimate respect for.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Wichita?
I really like Fox and Hound. I don’t have any of those where I’m from (St. Joseph, Mo.), so I go there as much as I can. They have great waiters and lots of sports fans there. There are always lots of games on television.
Who is your funniest teammate?
Oh man, there are so many. I’d have to say (pitcher) Justin Kemp. But there are a lot of characters on this team and we all feed off of each other. With Justin, it’s just everything he does, the way he acts, the way he talks. He always has fun with everything he does. He’s great to be around.