KANSAS CITY, Mo. Bill Self needs John Calipari. He needs him the way Sherlock Holmes needed Professor Moriarty, the way Batman needed the Joker, the way Harry Potter needed Voldemort, the way that silly Trix rabbit needed those stinking kids.
A white hat needs a black hat, even if, in truth, both men sport chapeaus that offer several shades of grey. Self, Kansas esteemed mens basketball coach, needs a target. He needs a bar. He needs an adversary worthy of those mad skills, that folksy charm.
Missouri is gone. The hate gap remains. Kansas State? Self doesnt take Little Brother seriously. Self owns Little Brother. The Jayhawks have won 47 of their last 50 against Little Brother.
Oklahoma State? Meh. Iowa State? The better Fred Hoibergs men get, the thicker the plot, but it aint there yet. Texas? Please. Lets face it: The Jayhawks have won nine straight Big 12 titles. The bullies on this block dont swing quite the same stick that they used to.
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