Kansas Men's Basketball
“My experience has been great,” Lamar transfer Wesley said of his three seasons and one red-shirt year at KU. “Of course I wanted the basketball side of it to go a little bit differently. That’s part of life. Some things go your way. Some things don’t. You have to make the best of it. It’s what I’ve done.
“I made the decision to transfer here and walk on. I’m still happy with my decision today regardless of how it went basketball-wise. My experience has been a helluva experience. I do not regret anything.
Given the increased importance of three-point shooting in today's college game, along with the correlation between hot shooting teams and their chances at victory, KU's numbers through the first 24 games of the 2013-14 season have to be at least a bit of a concern. There's no doubt that KU coach Bill Self and those on the roster would like to knock in a few more three-pointers per game, a feat that, if it came, would both loosen up things inside for KU's big men and give guys like Wiggins more room to work on drives to the rim.
But while KU's volume of makes and attempts might lag behind that of its predecessors, the fact that the Jayhawks still are knocking in a quality percentage is a good sign. The problem with lower volume is that it increases the importance of each attempt, making the misses sting more and the makes more critical.
Speaking of Brannen Greene, he definitely made his case for more playing time if for no other reason than the heart he showed to help Kansas erase a nine-point deficit in the final 1:58. Greene's put-back dunk and steal and layup in a six-second stretch single-handedly gave KU hope. The freshman forward played just 15 of 45 minutes yet finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. He leaves a little to be desired defensively and occasionally falls victim to mental lapses, but he's a gamer and he almost always carries himself with poise. I'm not saying start him, but it's cool to see him becoming more and more reliable.
Kansas Women's Basketball
Knight, a soft-spoken junior from Olathe, led KU with 16 points and knocked in four of seven shots from three-point range. While each shot from distance was huge at the time, none was as big as Knight’s two-point runner in the lane with 1:54 remaining. That basket pushed KU’s lead to 56-52 and helped bring calm back to the Kansas side.
The first 18 minutes of the first half had been a disaster for Kansas. The Jayhawks couldn’t find a way to score and were turning the ball over with regularity. They trailed by 10 when Henrickson called the timeout. / Out of the huddle came an inspired team. The Jayhawks closed the half on an 8-2 run sparked by back-to-back Natalie Knight 3-pointers.
When he decided to transfer, Millweard’s mother, Cynthia, came to pick him up. That’s when she made her pitch: Why don’t you give KU a look?
“I said, ‘Yes, ma’am,’” Millweard said. “You don’t argue with mom.”
A few minutes later, after being asked to dive a little deeper into the upcoming showdown, Millweard cracked and identified one area he thinks he has a clear advantage over the rest of KU’s quarterbacks.
“I think I got ‘em in the beard area,” said the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Millweard, who currently sports a mean patch of sandy blonde, Andrew Luck-esque facial hair.