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Kansas (7-1) picked the nation's capital for its first true road game of the 2014-15 season. Approximately 20 minutes away from the Georgetown (5-3) campus, the Verizon Center sits in the heart of D.C. and played witness to 33-consecutive non-conference wins for the Hoyas heading into the midweek matchup. Led by a career-best 19 points from Greene, the Jayhawks made certain the streak wouldn't reach 34 on their watch.
“I found myself open and just let it go. That’s what I do. I shoot the ball,” said Greene, who hit three threes in a game-changing 10-3 flurry that turned a 44-41 deficit at 13:47 into a 51-47 lead at 11:44.
Self likes that swagger. Needs that swagger. He wants people to think of his Jayhawks first not for a roster full of NBA draft picks and five-star resumes, but for being the hardest-working, toughest bunch on that particular floor on that particular night. When KU plays like a scrappy, try-hard mid-major that just also happens to be a blueblood, when the level of hard work meets the prodigious level of talent rather than using the latter as a crutch, that's the goal, the prime directive.
“He wasn’t aggressive, didn’t play very well. I put him back in and he threw the ball right to them. It’s nothing negative. I guess that’s what happens when you are playing a 17-year-old kid that should be a high school junior,” KU coach Bill Self said. “To me he’s as good an NBA prospect as we have. If you are going to grade him out at age 21, he’s going to grade out pretty high. I didn’t think tonight was going to be his night so that’s why we didn’t play him.”
“He turned his ankle. They re-taped it (in locker room). He’ll be sore, but he’ll be fine,” KU coach Bill Self said, noting it wasn’t serious.
“I didn’t know until after the game,” said Self, who doesn’t arrive to the bench until just a few minutes before tip, thus didn’t see the Hoyas’ warm-up drills with the shirts. “It’s a pretty strong stance. I think it’s pretty good. It shows a lot of solidarity amongst their unit. I don’t see anything negative with it at all.”
One might be inclined to think that after five straight wins -- including three in a row over Michigan State, Florida and Georgetown -- the Kansas Jayhawks are a pretty good basketball team. Not great, necessarily. Not vintage. But pretty good, right? Bill Self would be the first to disabuse you of that notion.
A trio of Kansas football seniors picked up first-team honors as the 2014 All-Big 12 football awards were announced by the conference office Wednesday. Linebacker Ben Heeney, punter Trevor Pardula and cornerback JaCorey Shepherd led the way as first-team honorees as a total of six Jayhawks were recognized by the Big 12.
The Premier Players Sports Foundation named Kansas senior cornerback/kick returner JaCorey Shepherd the 2014 recipient of the Lee Roy Selmon Community Spirit Award Wednesday evening at the annual awards dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Tampa, Florida.
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Jog your memory by watching and reading about the memorable plays below, then cast a vote for your favorite by tweeting the hashtag #PlayOfTheYear with the school's name. (#PlayOfTheYear Arkansas, #PlayOfTheYear Kansas, #PlayOfTheYear LSU or #PlayOfTheYear Nebraska.)
(Mr. Ed says: Obviously, all of y'all need to go vote for Nigel King.)
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is leaving the school after two seasons to take the head coaching job at Oregon State, the school announced. Andersen replaces Mike Riley, who left the Beavers this month after 14 seasons to take the head job at Nebraska.
Kyle Hittle hit a contested baseline jumper after Nebraska's Terran Petteway threw away an inbounds pass, and the school from San Antonio upset the Cornhuskers 74-73 on Wednesday night for its biggest victory since it started the four-year process of moving from Division II to Division I last season.
The Division II Savage Storm (5-6) took a 62-46 lead with 1:13 remaining. But after Tulsa's Shaquille Harrison scored and James Woodard added a three-point play with 5 seconds left, the lead was only 68-66. Danny Powell made 1 of 2 free throws for Southeast before Harrison missed a shot from just beyond the arc as time expired and SEOSU secured the victory.
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