It feels a bit strange to not be playing on Monday night....
The poll will be out later today, assuming we get ballots from our last two voters. If they don't get them in, I might just use their ballots from last week...
It didn't end up mattering, but KU's defense was not good against TCU. The Horned Frogs' 1.03 points per possession was their second-best mark in seven conference games, and even though KU extended its defensive pressure against TCU, it didn't result in a higher number of turnovers (TCU's turnover percentage was 14.9 percent). The Jayhawks also didn't do a good job of avoiding whistles, as TCU had its second-best free-throw rate of Big 12 play while putting in 21 of 25 fouls shots.
“The oldest kid we had score was a sophomore. We had seven freshmen score 75 out of 91 points, and two sophomores scored 16, and nobody else scored because ‘Naa’ (Naadir Tharpe) didn’t take a shot and Tarik (Black) was hurt,” Self said Sunday.
The bottom line about KU's latest victory demonstrates the maturity and developing killer instinct this team has. Although very few of the guys who contributed to this victory were there last year when KU laid an egg, they still treated the trip to TCU with a business-like mentality. The soaring Jayhawks nearly scored as many in the first half (53) as they did in the entire game last year (55) in Fort Worth. And it's clear that this group was determined to put to bed all of the talk about last year's meltdown. Road conference wins are never easy, but the Jayhawks made this one look like cake.
Lucas’ offensive highlight came late in the first half. After receiving an entry pass on the right block, he quickly turned and knocked in a short baby hook that gave KU a 34-20 lead with 6:35 left.
Kansas Golf (I know, it's weird for me too)
Overcoming a balky swing to stay atop the leaderboard for most of his final round, Woodland couldn’t recover from a drive into a bush on No. 17. A double bogey on the hole eliminated his shot at the title and helped drop Woodland to a 2-over 74 and to 6 under for the tournament, tied for 10th.
As Gary Woodland stood on the 17th tee Sunday at iconic Torrey Pines, I couldn’t help but flash back to an historic day nearly nine years ago in Manhattan, Kan.The date was July 17, 2005 when Woodland beat Tyler Shelton 1-up to win the first of his two Kansas Amateur championships. Facing a fierce north wind at Colbert Hills, Woodland claimed a 3-up lead through 23 holes and kept Shelton at bay with an impressive 73 under the most difficult of afternoon conditions.