College Basketball Lead Writer Jason King joined Bleacher Report and Turner Sports in December of 2013. Prior to that he was a national college basketball reporter at ESPN.com. He also spent four years covering college football and college basketball at Yahoo! Sports and was a longtime writer at The Kansas City Star.
King's work has received mention in the popular book series "Best American Sportswriting" and he's been honored numerous times by the APSE, USBWA and FWAA. King has also authored two books, including the 2011 best-seller "Beyond the Phog: Untold Stories from Kansas Basketball's Most Dominant Decade."
King grew up in Dallas and graduated from Baylor. He now resides in Kansas City.
You keep going on about Florida...Okay here is the case for Syracuse being #1. First, and most obvious...they haven't lost. Not at home, not on the road. Period. Two of their closest wins came against Pitt who is much better than 32 in the country. Pitt's only loses came to Duke, UNC, a very talented Cincy team, UVA, and twice to Syracuse - all by a combined 15 points if you take away the Duke score. Miami played Syracuse tough, sure...but they ALWAYS plays Syracuse tough because the slow the tempo and attack the zone and play great defense (10th in points against in DI ball). Syracuse beat Duke with 91 points - so they can turn it on when they need to, it's all relative to how they play the game, i.e. 92 against Cal. They handled Villinova no problem. You know EVERYONE gets out of bed to play #1 in the country, too. They have unmatched team chemistry (along with the best PG in the country which is the most important thing in tourney play). They have the champions ability to take the opponent's best shot and make the play to ensure victory when they need to...considering how difficult is to win in Pitt, how they won, speaks more to the confidence and toughness this 'Cuse team beating an NC State team that saw a victory at Syracuse as a season savior. Motivated underdogs are not easy teams to run over. The fact that they have been through these games only makes that 2nd layer of skin thicker. Ennis' 3 pointer btw - great shot, not a miracle...he squared up and and actually hit a long jumper, he didn't heave it to the gods wishing for a break. He made a play, just like the steal and layup from the NC State game...it was a great play by the better team that had an off night from an emotional roller coaster of a week. 25-0 in the ACC beats out SEC all day long.
Now let's look at the Gators - who play in the SEC....which doesn't mean the same thing as it does when your talking football. Now I know their team has it's nucleus now intact and they are on a roll. They are one of the 5 most dangerous teams in the country. Hell, as a 'Cuse fan I hope they get set up in a different region come tourney time if they are healthy. If we meet them in the championship then so it goes, and I love our chances - it would be a heck of a defensive battle and it would come down to heart and one or two plays (again, I like the Orange if that is the case because they've proved they can do it). Florida has 2 losses...so they lost twice. They lost two basketball games...? So I am sorry, they don't belong as the #1 team in any capacity. Kentucky is simply not that great of a team. Loads of talent but confidence is obviously not something you can buy on recruiting trips, Calipari. Dangerous team but not very good by any means. the Florida/Kansas score would be different now - with Embiid playing like he is/healthy that game would be much closer and Florida would probably lose. Then again, you never know what Kansas team is going to show up, either. Streaky. Let's take a look at who else Florida beat............................Memphis? Richmond? Missouri? Tenn twice? Put TN up against Pitt and watch what happens. Put any of those teams up against Pitt and see what happens. Arkansas by 2? Who has Arkansas beat? Kentucky and Minnesota? I know who they've lost to - Texas A&M, LSU, Georgia. Florida State? They probably won't even make the tourney now.
There is no argument here, man. Even if 'Cuse goes down to Duke by 10 points Saturday, they are still the best team in the country. Time will tell, but your argument is just weak.
Jason message me on Facebook and I'll give you my phone number and we can talk about it I know all about this deficiency. Google US patent 6630507 and you will see the US government patented cannabinoids for their anti-tumoral and neuroprotective properties. urine testing is counterproductive. Do you think the dolphins were a better team without Ricky Williams or the Cardinals are a better team without chane behanan?
Chane behanan has a deficiency he's not a drug addict. Its called clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD). You're more likely to have it if you were fed formula instead of human breast milk. Ask Chane if he was breast fed or fed formula. Cannabis is a neuroprotectant it will protect atheletes from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). This is the biggest sports story of the decade. Chane has the same deficiency that Ricky Williams has. We told both of them that they were drug addicts and they owed everyone an apology. They were both using cannabis medically because they have a deficiency and we owe them an apology. You interviewed him, does he have an alcoholic's personality? Most alcoholics are a holes, I've heard he's a nice kid.
Florida...an SEC team over Syracuse? Are you kidding or just writing something to stand out from the crowd? So what if they are not deep, and have won their last few games in dramatic fashion. Every team comes at and gets up for #1 and leaves it all on the court. A win is a win and those starting 5 are better than any other team's starting 5 - period. They have the system and coach and players to deserve to be called the best team in the country by every single sportswriter there is. Even if they lose to Duke at Camden by 5 or less, they are still, without a doubt, the best team in the country. FLORIDA?!? LOL omg man I like you, but your crazy.
if you had choose between duke or Kentucky?
Why is Kansas still ranked that high ?
Have you watched any Villanova games this year? Or randomly assigning them a power rankings. Only two losses are to Syracuse (#1 team in the country) and the unlucky position of being in the wrong place at the wrong time when Creighton couldn't miss. Creighton would have beaten any team that day despite Villanova's less than best defensive effort. Feel like you're knocking them because you haven't seen them.
Jason is a terrific writer. I've had the pleasure of reading him while he was with the KC Star, on Yahoo Sports, and ESPN.com and he's one of the best. I've also been fortunate to meet him on his book tours. He's just a really nice guy.
Jason, I followed you the past couple of years and enjoyed your food comments. I'm going to be in KC this weekend attending the KU-SDSU game. Can you recommend any KC BBQ and a sports bar in Lawrence?
Jason--the recent Joel Embiid feature is the best work you've done since the JR Giddens/Moon Bar saga back in 2005 with Jason Whitlock. GREAT piece!
Also, recently read your book Beyond The Phog and LOVED it--so refreshing to go behind the scenes and get a peek at Self's program and some of the untold stories (Russ Rob wanting to fight Self, etc). Did you know the KC Public Library does NOT have a copy of your book? Had to go through the Topeka library to check it out, so you might want to donate them one.
Really miss those days when you, Whitlock and Joe Posnanski were on the same staff at the Star. That was one hell of a collection of talent!
See you occasionally on Metro Sports but I want to see MORE of you there.
Looking forward to enjoying so much more of your superb reporting in the future. You're one of the best in the business. Hope you can settle in for awhile at Bleacher Report.
Regards and much respect--Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!