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While Heeney's gaudy statistics and wild-man demeanor made him far and away the KU defense's biggest standout, second-year Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury clearly came away impressed with Heeney's running mates, as well.
Although the two only connected on one deep shot against the Red Raiders, Cummings continually tried to push the ball down the field to King, sometimes even throwing into double coverage in an attempt to give King a chance to make a play. “We have a good connection,” King said. “If we call a deep pass, I know there’s a good chance it might be coming to me. I run every route to win, and we’ve built that relationship by making plays in practice every day.”
“He's getting to the doctor today to get a neck type injury checked out,” Bowen said. “He's at the doctor this morning, doing the whole run-down done on him to find out exactly what we've got going on. We haven't got the final word yet on exactly what it is.”
“(Sunday) Tony looked good, moving around well, doing things all right,” Bowen said during the Big 12 teleconference. “It doesn’t look to be something really bad.” KU (2-5, 0-4 Big 12) has a bye this week before playing at Baylor on Nov. 1. Bowen said his team would practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before taking Friday and Saturday off.
There’s still room for improvement, however, with Cummings and the KU offense. The Jayhawks were just 4 of 14 on third down and were stopped twice in crucial short-yardage situations. They had a slow start, turned the ball over twice and Cummings was sacked four times by a Texas Tech squad that didn’t blitz all that much.
Kansas Jayhawks, 2-5, 0-4, Prev Rank 10: We narrowly left linebacker Ben Heeney off our midseason All-Big 12 team last week. Maybe we shouldn't have. Heeney had a monster effort at Texas Tech with a career-high 21 tackles and a 37-yard interception return to keep Kansas in a 34-21 loss to Texas Tech. It was the most tackles in a game by a Kansas defender in 35 years. Heeney truly is one of the best players in the Big 12 and was omitted from our midseason Big 12 team only because he plays at one of the league's deepest positions. But if he keeps playing anywhere near the level he did Saturday, Heeney won't be left off any end-of-season list -- ours included.
In recent years, Talib often represented his hometown or his high school or said North Dallas after introducing himself. Not Sunday. This time, he simply said, "Aqib Talib, Kansas."
Kansas football will travel to Baylor for a 3 p.m., game on Saturday, Nov. 1. The KU-BU matchup will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Big 12 Conference announced on Monday.
“When I first arrived, we had a big mat up around the court and a dirt track. The basketball team was working out. The track team was working out. Every once in a while in bad weather the football team would come in,” Owens reflected. “We’d have to water the track several times and sweep the court several times during practice to keep the dust down. On game night, it was a special place.”
Self said there might be a scenario where Selden plays the point with two big wings. But no matter where Selden plays, Self is hoping his talented sophomore can make an impact shooting the ball. A year ago, Selden averaged 9.7 points and 2.6 rebounds a game and shot 43.7 percent from the floor and 32.8 percent from the 3-point line. Not bad for a freshman, but he shot just 62.9 percent from the stripe, so there was still much left to be desired.
For the first time in program history – and just the fourth time for the conference – the Kansas volleyball team swept the Big 12 Player of the Week awards. Tayler Soucie (offensive), Cassie Wait (defensive) and Ainise Havili (rookie) were each awarded for their league-leading weeks Monday afternoon.
Riding a three-match win streak that pushed the Jayhawks into the top half of the Big 12 standings, focus now shifts to a nationally-televised meeting in Ames, Iowa scheduled for Wednesday. Kansas at Iowa State is set for 6 p.m., on ESPNU inside Hilton Coliseum.
Fans lined the banks of the Kansas River, enjoying the opportunity to attend the second regatta held in Lawrence since 2005. Tailgates even broke out for those not partaking in the variety of concessions, including traditional cotton candy, funnel cakes and a Free State Brewery stand. More than 2,000 showed up to party at the Jamboree.
The committee will continue with 12 members for the rest of the season and will issue its first rankings Oct. 28. The four teams that will compete in the semifinals -- to be played at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl -- will be announced Dec. 7, and the title game will be Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In the event of a 6-6 deadlock on a vote, for example, of the top two teams in the playoff, the selection committee will continue to discuss and re-vote until someone makes a change. There is no process through which, for example, the chair's vote breaks a tie.
Redshirt sophomore receiver Jhajuan Seales and true freshman cornerback Juwan Offray were arrested on complaints of public intoxication after allegedly being found asleep in a car in the drive-thru lane of a local Whataburger at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to a story on the Tulsa World's website.
Despite overwhelming evidence of corruption, it doesn't look like Qatar will be losing its 2022 World Cup hosting privileges. Which still leaves that little problem of how to play in the heart of a Middle Eastern summer. One new proposal involves pushing back start times into the night and early morning, with the latest matches kicking off at 1 a.m. local time.
Pic of the Day
Couch on fire. Middle fingers raised. A white guy in a WFV t-shirt. Yep. It meets all the West Virginia criteria.