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04/02/2012

Fort Worth's Kansas Jayhawks tie to the NCAA title game

Ap-201203301618587341344The obvious Fort Worth tie to tonight's NCAA title game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats is the award-winning, championship Big Mac Blog. Did you hear The Big Mac Blog was named the Best Blog in Texas? It's very similar to the Nobel Prize, only slightly more important.

As a Kansas grad, I have dutifully picked against my Jayhawks since the Elite Eight. It's my duty to be down on my team right up until the time I think they can win.

I digress; there is a tie between Fort Worth and the Jayhawks.

No. 1, my all-time favorite Fort Worth high school player, Keith Langford, is a KU alum and his little brother Justin Wesley is a sophomore on the team; Wesley transferred from Lamar to Kansas. Both attended North Crowley High School.

Langford was a member of the last Roy Williams' KU team to reach the title game, in 2003, where it lost thanks for 932 missed free throws (no, not bitter). Where is Langford? According to www.Euroleague.net, Langford is ballin' it in these days in Isreal, which explains why his ringtone sounds so weird when I tried to call.

Unless center Jeff Withey gets into serious foul trouble, which against UK's Anthony Davis that's a good possibility, don't expect to see Wesley tonight. KU coach Bill Self is down to using about two players off the bench.

Wesley averaged a little under 9 minutes in 37 games this season, and appears as if he will develop into a nice college player.

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"We have been lucky enough to do this a couple of times," North Crowley coach Tommy Brakel said; his team has produced Final Four participants Willie Warren (Oklahoma), Langford and now Wesley. "(Wesley) is in good situation. He was in a good one at Lamar, but he wasn't incredibly happy and he had the chance to follow his brother's footsteps at Kansas. He defends a little bit and he rebounds and he should develop nicely up there."

Lot of solid hoops in the Langford family tree. Keith played four years at Kansas; Kevin Langford began his career at Cal before he finished at TCU.

Would be really nice to see Wesley get a title, which would allow me the chance to buy more Kansas junk I simply do not need.

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