Starting next Wednesday, we are going to try a new type of links article, in addition to the daily News and Notes. This is going to require everyone's help. I want you to send me any stories you find of strange things that happen, whether in sports or not. A sports example is the James Young video below. Every week, I'll rank the top ones for all of you to enjoy.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who can stretch the floor. We’ve got bigs who can score. Joel did a pretty good job in this game in the paint,” Traylor added of the freshman 7-footer who had eight points and seven boards. “As far as Wiggins, I think he’s going to get a lot more comfortable. Everything’s going to flow a lot more easy. I wouldn’t worry about today.”
I'm actually kind of glad to see others step up. Yes Wiggins will need to be on against Duke, but with so many guys vying for limited minutes, it was good to see what else we have.
With the ball near the left edge of the free-throw line, Mason pump-faked his defender into the air, dribbled to the right and zipped a beauty of a pass to vastly improved Jamari Traylor for an easy bucket. He stole the ball under the Fort Hays State basket and whipped a left-handed pass behind his back to start a break. He started another break by dribbling behind his back to free himself from a crowd, was off to the races, made eye contact with Andrew Wiggins and connected with him for a crowd-pleasing slam.
I honestly would not be surprised if Mason was starting halfway through conference play. I was really impressed.
“I do think we’ll look a lot better when we play less guys,” Self said. “To me, it’s hard to play that many guys and share minutes. That’s what I told our guys after the game. The days of equal opportunity ... they are done. There are some guys who will play 30, 32 minutes a game now.”
I think the above quote means that Self is doing a bit of double talking right now. I don't think he forces anyone to redshirt, but I bet someone will "volunteer" after not playing Friday.
Johnson believes part of the reason the score remained close was the strength of his team — jump-shooting. The Tigers made 49 percent of their field goals (27 of 55), an especially high number against a Self-coached defense.
No surprise, since this was a rivalry game. Wait, Tigers in black and gold aren't our rival?
Seriously though, this game had the feel of an intramural scrimmage for a while. I'm not worried about the defense.
“Here’s what I told them on Sunday,” Weis began. “This team will be remembered by what happens in the next four games. It will not be remembered by where you are right now.
Truer words could not be spoken.
Hope he gets back on the practice squad.
Duke isn't looking much like a pushover anymore. Where do you see a win on this schedule right now?