Well, let's just cancel the season and go ahead and ship the trophy to Lexington. My goodness, that was a beatdown, almost of epic proportions. Either we're not one of the top ten or so teams in the country, or Kentucky is just exceptionally good. I mean... 12 points in the second half? I didn't think I would ever see that.
- Kansas Basketball -
A multi-talented, top-ranked Kentucky squad made plays that No. 5 Kansas simply could not as the Wildcats handled the Jayhawks with ease at the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday night inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 72-40.
A 72-40 thrashing? The worst loss of the Bill Self era and fourth worst in Jayhawk history? That proved quite a sobering surprise to the (1-1) Jayhawks and their legion of fans who helped sell-out Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"We never once did anything that resembled a team offense at all and I hope they were the primary reason why," Self said after sipping a glass of water and joking that he needed a stronger drink to help ease the pain. "I knew that we haven't practiced well or done some things real well, but I didn't think it would be like this. No matter how bad we shot it the first half we actually proved that we could shoot it a heck of a lot worse in the second."
“We kind of bum-rushed them a little bit and every time they looked, there were more tanks coming over the hill, more substitutes and reinforcements, here they come,” Calipari said. “It kind of gets to you a little bit. And I think that’s what happened a little bit.”
The Jayhawks were stunned at their inability to give UK a better game. “I’m personally pretty embarrassed. I mean I don’t know if I understand what happened yet,” Lucas said. “You don’t come to Kansas to play like this. It’s embarrassing to ourselves and our fans. We’ll take this and learn from it and be better for it."
After enduring a blowout loss to Kentucky, the Kansas basketball team experienced some travel problems Tuesday night/this morning in Indianapolis.
Brandon Ingram, a 6-foot-8 senior small forward from Kinston (North Carolina) High, who has both Kansas University and Kentucky on his list of schools, will announce his college choice in the coming days or weeks, his high school coach tells zagsblog.com. Ingram visited North Carolina State, Duke and North Carolina over the weekend.
- Kansas Football -
Kansas is looking to get back in the win column after its near-upset of fifth-ranked TCU in its last outing and snap a nine-game winless streak against the Sooners. Game time is slated for 11 a.m., with a live broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
Both Bowen and Kiesau credit the entire offense for KU’s recent improvement — the line has played better, the receivers have made tough catches, and the flow looks more natural than ever — but without the steady hand of Cummings under center, envisioning putting up 32 points and 466 yards (KU’s averages from the past two games) would have been little more than a dream.
While he might not play on a Big 12 contender, Heeney has been tremendous. He leads the country with 78 solo tackles as the anchor of a Kansas defense that has been solid, especially under interim head coach Clint Bowen. Heeney, who has been a stalwart for the Jayhawks the last three years, also sports the best beard in the Big 12.
- Kansas Athletics -
Freshman guard Chayla Cheadle came off the bench and netted 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc. Cheadle led the floor with a season-high 15 points as Kansas cruised to a 69-44 victory over Texas Southern Tuesday evening inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Sara McClinton, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree, was selected to the All-Academic First Team for the third-straight year, which equates to every year she has been eligible, as freshmen do not qualify. Sophomores Tayler Soucie and Cassie Wait became eligible this season – and both joined McClinton on the First Team. Chelsea Albers and sophomore setter Maggie Anderson earned spots on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.
Get to know the KU Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) representatives each week through our SAAC Spotlight series. First up is Maddie Stein, a senior softball player from Oklahoma City. SAAC is composed of appointed representatives from each of KU's 18 varsity teams and helps promote communication between faculty, administrators, coaches and student-athletes. SAAC members meet monthly to discuss ideas and issues pertinent to KU Athletics, the Big 12 and the NCAA.
- College Sports -
Danny Manning’s initial Wake Forest team (2-0) thrashed Tulane, 71-49, on Monday in New Orleans. It was the most lopsided road win by a Wake team since a 95-54 victory over East Carolina on Dec. 22, 2008.
Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., the team's best NFL prospect, says he is leaving with coach Will Muschamp. Muschamp was fired Sunday, less than 24 hours after the team's sixth home loss in its last eight games. A 6-foot-3 junior from St. Petersburg, Fowler posted on his Twitter page Tuesday night that "I came in with champ. I'm leaving with Him. Simple as that."
The No. 11 Wichita State Shockers pushed their regular-season win streak to a nation-leading 33 games on Tuesday, pulling away from Memphis in the second half for a 71-56 win at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD.
Heading home from a game against Pittsburgh on Monday night, the girls' bus ran into a snow storm that stranded them in the middle of the night. As of publishing time, they still have not been rescued. It has been 23 hours.
We normally reserve this category for a particularly good game, from both teams, but Kentucky's swat job on Kansas is getting pub at the top of the page because the Wildcats played good enough for four teams' effort, essentially. The stat everyone has/will be reciting: Kentucky had as many blocks (11) as Kansas had field goals.
- Potpourri -
When talking or writing about the NFL's handling of the Adrian Peterson case, it's difficult to separate discussion of the vicious cruelty of Peterson's actions from the fairness of the NFL's adjudicatory process. You can wholeheartedly believe Peterson belongs in jail, or in hell, and believe at the same time that the NFL's power is dangerously centralized and wielded capriciously for labor-crushing ends.
Free agent Billy Butler has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Oakland Athletics, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
The Oakland Athletics and DH Billy Butler have agreed on a three-year, $30 million deal, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirms.
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"You need to stop doing dumb s**t," Hart told Winston in front of the group. Everyone laughs off the comment as the comedian moved on to a crab leg joke as the FSU quarterback seemed less than amused with the antics.
I don't know that I would go as far as to say Cotton "dunked on" Goodwin. But he certainly blew by him and threw down a thunderous dunk from outside of the semi-circle as Goodwin half-heartedly tried to swat him.