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Examiner
  • Tim Crone: KC is college hoops country

  • The Kansas City area put on a tremendous show while hosting the Big 12 Tournament. The crowds were outstanding and the atmosphere, both inside and outside of the Sprint Center, was full of excitement.

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  • The Kansas City area put on a tremendous show while hosting the Big 12 Tournament. The crowds were outstanding and the atmosphere, both inside and outside of the Sprint Center, was full of excitement.
    Even though the Missouri Tigers were not present, the city still proved it is the best place in the country for college basketball. According to all reports, the Big 12 Tournament had the largest overall attendance in the country.
    That says a lot if you consider that the Big East Tournament was played at Madison Square Garden, the greatest indoor arena in the world. The Big East has suffered from the same “progress” problems as the Big 12. I am all about change, but I hate to see all these traditional basketball rivalries go by the wayside. It appears that football is now the tail wagging the dog in all NCAA athletic decisions. I happen to be a football guy, but it is obvious all of the new conference alignments would upset the basketball world.
    I have attended the Big 12 Tournament nearly every year since I was 10 years old (Big 8 back then) and I attended this year as well. This is the place to be, and I hope the current Big 12 officials continue to believe that Kansas City is the best host city.
    I fear that the absence of a Missouri team in the league, the Texas dominated leadership will move the tournament to a new venue – Dallas perhaps? It is not a college basketball hotbed. It is football country all the way. In addition, Texans really are NOT barbecue authorities either!
    My hope is the original Big 8 teams of Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma will keep the great college basketball tradition alive in Kansas City. If money really does talk, the record breaking crowds throughout history should be the deciding factor.
    I talked with friends from the St. Louis area who attended the SEC Tournament held in Nashville, Tenn. They said the atmosphere was not even close to that found in Kansas City. Missouri gained in prestige in football when it joined the SEC, but basketball is not the same. It doesn’t hold a candle to the great past history of the original Big 8 and current Big 12 competition.
    I guess that’s water under the bridge. The main goal for Kansas City should be to continue to host college basketball.
    Some people may ask why and the answer is simple – Kansas City is the best place for college basketball!
    The city can continue to make a statement with the NCAA Tournament in town this weekend. The NCAA games have been hosted here over the past 50 years and I have attended most of them for the past 25 years. They have been superior.
    Kansas City basketball in March is like golf in Augusta in April – it is the place to be for that sport!
    Page 2 of 2 - *Can you believe that the Royals have so many pitchers that they are having a difficult time deciding who will be on the 40-man roster?
    *Mark Nusbaum was the last Kansas City area boys head basketball coach to win a big-class state championship 14 years ago in Liberty. He finally brought back a title to KC again with Rockhurst. It is a relief to see this side of the state with championship caliber teams once again.
    * I think the Kansas City Chiefs may have improved their team more than anyone in the NFL. I really like the addition of speedy receiver Donnie Avery. The Chiefs have been unable to stretch the field in many moons.
    * My quote of the week is from the great Hank Aaron. He, in my opinion, was one of the most consistent athletes in any sport – ever. “Consistency is what counts; you have to be able to do things over and over again.” I hope the Big 12 administrators consider consistency as they contemplate future sights for the Big 12 Tournament.
     
     
     

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