You are not looking live inside Allen Fieldhouse, affectionately known as the Phog in honor of Forrest Allen, who was affectionately known as Phog. That and the Father of Basketball Coaching. The latter didn’t have quite the appeal.
Welcome to the Father of Basketball Coaching Fieldhouse!
Allen hung up three of those five banners. And, hey, to those who dare follow him, no pressure. He’s just the Father of Basketball Coaching. Anything short of reinventing the game is just a touch underwhelming.
The tradition he initiated and a long list of coaches, players and teams have enhanced is sprinkled all over this place. Every walk, be it to a restroom or a concession stand or the parking lot, features some reminder of what basketball is for this place … and what Kansas is for basketball.
Just a neat place with a great vibe, wonderful fans and very good teams. In short, the Phog has been sold out for 195 straight games — and we’re talking about 16,300 seats. The Jayhawks had a 33-game home winning streak snapped against Oklahoma State in January, but retains a 65-game non-conference winning streak. We could go on and on, but the point is that this is a great place to play and a tough place to play because the teams have been so good through the years.
Hats off to all of them.
That’s what they’re handing out to fans today. T-shirts are lame, folks.
And as for the rest of the day …
Here’s what’s at play for the Mountaineers. Should they lose today and fall three games below .500, they have to beat Oklahoma and Iowa State and then play into the final of the Big 12 Tournament just to be on the NIT’s figurative radar.
That run would put them at 18-16 and a loss in the final would leave them a game above, even though only two of the past 224 NIT teams have been fewer than two games above .500. Win the championship and it’s an automatic NCAA bid.
Then again, if they play into the final and lose, but have five straight wins before that, it might move the needle just enough to become the third one-above-.500 team. The NIT is a made-for-TV affair now and Bob Huggins is television friendly.
And I’m hearing more and more the CBI won’t happen.
Then again, look who’s on press row …