It only took 2 weekends for Kansas to get to its usual place atop the conference. Now we get to hold on for the wild ride.
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Kansas Men's Basketball
Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber said his typical pregame white board in the locker room features the names of seven or eight key players on the opposing team and little tidbits on the tendencies and game plans for each. / Before Saturday’s 86-60 loss at Kansas University, Weber’s white board was nearly full. / "I had a list of 12 players on the board, and they’re all very good players," Weber said. "They’ve got height, length, athleticism, and (if) you let ’em get going, that happens."
"You could tell it was a personal one for everybody, because it wasn’t just walking into the building, ‘Oh, we’re at a KU game,’" the senior Black said. "You could kind of feel and look around and see that, ‘This is the game.’"
If any mystery remained early in the second half, Wiggins ended the suspense. He scored 13 straight points on his own and finished with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting, with five rebounds. That spree was as dominant as Wiggins looked all season – worthy of a multi-magazine cover boy.
As easy as it might be to dismiss what happened Saturday as just another birthright thumping of the Wildcats, it was more than that against a team that remains intriguing itself even if can't solve KU. For the Jayhawks, this was a meaningful strand in the DNA of a still-forming force just six days after they had fallen for the ninth time in their first 13 games and in Allen Fieldhouse, no less, against San Diego State.
He will be allowed to play in Monday’s 8 p.m. contest at Iowa State. A Big 12 official told the Journal-World that if Williams had retaliated and thrown a punch at Embiid, it would have been deemed "fighting" and both players would have had to sit out a game. Embiid would have been cited for instigating a fight and Williams for fighting.
"It’s tradition. What are we, 186-91 now?" Wiggins said, rattling off the results of the all-time series against K-State after burning the Wildcats for 22 points in the Jayhawks’ 86-60 victory in Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown in Allen Fieldhouse.
"It’s the start of a new season. Everybody is 0-0," Self said of what beginning conference play can do for a team."That kind of renewed us from an energy standpoint and a focus standpoint. Getting to the new season was good for our guys."
"It speaks volumes to when you have three Division I schools in the state and they’re all ranked," Self said. "I think when K-State’s good it helps Kansas. I would think when Kansas is good it helps K-State. And then of course, I think when Wichita State is doing the things they’re doing, obviously it brings attention to our state, which is very positive.
The Jayhawks partied hard the rest of the game.
There was the alley-oop dunk by Wiggins off a feed from Selden, and a nimble post move by Embiid that resulted in another dunk. And even when Wiggins threw the ball away for the Jayhawks' first turnover, he atoned for it with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 58-34 lead.
Then came Wiggins' biggest highlight, a one-handed slam that went through the rim with such force that the ball bounced the entire length of the floor the other direction.
In case you guys want to relive the game through the live blog.
Kansas Women's Basketball
The Jayhawks held a 52-25 advantage on the glass. KU’s two biggest contributors to that margin came from the bench: Junior guard Asia Boyd snagged 11, and freshman forward Caelynn Manning-Allen pulled down 10. Six players had at least four boards, and junior point guard Natalie Knight praised her teammates for their efforts.
"Everybody is excited about me coming up," Mann told Cassidy of the reaction of the KU coaches. "I know that they have a great staff with guys that have coached in the NFL. They have a great running-back coach, too. I’m excited to see the campus."