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Josh Klingler is the co-host and update anchor of "Fescoe in the Morning," heard weekdays 6a-9a on 610 Sports Radio.  Perhaps the busiest sports personality in Kansas City, "Kling" also hosts pregame and postgame for KU Football and Men's Basketball broadcasts on the Jayhawk Radio Network and does morning sports updates on News Radio 980 KMBZ. He brings you his insight each Thursday on 610sports.com

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Josh Klingler: What I think I know / what I need to know

Time to chat some college hoops, with conference season just around the corner it's time to play a little 'what I think I know / what I need to know' with the 3 locals.


What I think I know

-Ben McLemore is freaky good. I'm usually hesistant to put much on newbies, but this kid is for real. I'm also not one to think about or even care how ready players are for the NBA. But don't plan on 23 being here after April. He's only going to get better.

-It's good to be Jeff Withey. Shot blocking fool, who does not have the reputation as a fouler, and will get the benefit of the doubt from refs.

-KU could full court press more if they wanted. Bill Self is always leery to admit that a team presses, but he''s got the horses to do it. They won't, but will throw it out effectively in spurts.

What I need to know

-If KU can get away with not having a true point guard. The last couple of games it looks like Elijah Johnson has turned the corner in his new primary ballhandler role. Can that continue? And can KU show more signs of improvement offensively in the half court?


What I think I know

-Rebounds are aplenty in Columbia. It's been a complete personality overhaul from a season ago and it looks like more muscle should lead to better post D & being able to thump teams on the glass.

-Phil Pressey is a bit too showy. We know you can pass, but not every one needs the mustard. I'd love to see him continue to work on being the all around top guard. That being said, if I started a team at the point, I'd be hard pressed to find someone I'd rather have.

What I need to know

-If MU can overcome the loss of Mike Dixon. It seemed they were playing the waiting game of “when Dixon returns ….” But now that it's not going to happen they need to find other outside options.

Kansas State

What I think I know

-K-State's gonna need more O. This team looks like it's going to labor to score at times. Rodney McGruder is the clear leader, then what? And when he struggles, look out. Angel Rodriguez & Wil Spradling should be 2 & 3, but where is any inside play? What happened to Jordan Henriquez?

-The Wildcats will still defend and rebound. There's some solid leftover attitude and 'want to' from Frank Martin's regime.
What I need to know

-the what I think and what I need are the same, I need to know what the Cats think they can get done inside. Will anyone step up? Bruce Weber's offensive plan is getting knocked by some national pundits, can't say the results would disagree.

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Locations : KansasMissouri
People : Ben McLemoreBill SelfBruce WeberElijah JohnsonFrank MartinJeff WitheyJordan HenriquezJosh KlinglerMike DixonPhil PresseyRodney McGruder

12/16/2012 8:13PM
Josh Klingler: What I think I know / what I need to know
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