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- Kansas Sports -
Christmas comes but once a year and Bill Self may have a longer wish list this Christmas than he ever has before in any of his previous eleven seasons as Kansas basketball’s head coach. The Jayhawks are currently still ranked as the number ten team in the nation with nine wins on their resume compared to only two losses however, after being man-handled on the road at Temple this past Monday, the Jayhawks have left Self with plenty to wish for this Christmas as his team nears the midpoint of the season.
Bill Self has shown no hesitation in sitting all of his freshmen this season while they adapt to the collegiate level and it’s starting to pay huge dividends. Some have criticized Self this season for his reluctance to give some of his freshmen more minutes, in particular the two former McDonald’s All-Americans Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre.
The high school basketball recruiting Class of 2015 — which includes blue-chippers Ben Simmons, Malik Newman, Jalen Brown and Stephen Zimmerman — is considered quite deep in terms of talent. “I think there are more good players today than there ever have been because more kids are playing and the training is so much better for young kids and they are getting so much more exposure,” Self added. “Whether or not we’ll have top-heavy classes every year, I don’t know if that will happen. That’s cyclical, but it appears to me there are just more really really gifted kids out there right now.
The quarterback from Killeen, Texas, who admitted the Jayhawks felt skeptical about how the coaching search would turn out before Beaty was hired, at least knows what he and his teammates are getting in Beaty, whom Cummings described as an honest guy. “He’s gonna tell you like it is,” Cummings added. “And he’s sort of like Clint Bowen in his fire and his passion for the university and the game. And that’s always great to have, as a leader.”
Kansas in 2014 was the special kind of inept only afforded to one in college football. The Jayhawks were the only sub-100 Power 5 team in both scoring offense (115) and total defense (106).
The question came at Big 12 media days in July, a reporter wanting to know how much longer Charlie Weis planned on coaching with Kansas. “I think about five years, because I’d like to be able to enjoy some of the success,” Weis said with a grin. "What do you think, I just want to do all the grunt work and hand it off?”
- College Sports -
With that in mind, ESPN Stats & Information keeps track of a pair of metrics that better define how a defense performs: The yards a defense allows per play; and the points a defense gives up per drive. Factor in a third category -- turnovers gained -- and you have a better account of who is actually playing good defense. And who is not.
Kethan Savage, running tirelessly at the top of a 1-3-1 zone, twice swatted away passes and turned them into layups as the Colonials were relentless to the end Thursday night in a 60-54 upset of No. 11 Wichita State in the Diamond Head Classic championship game.
- Professional Sports -
“I’m a competitor so it’s fun for me,” (Wiggins) told the Star Tribune. “I’m sure it’s fun for him (James) and fun for fans to see. He’s one of the best players in the league, so I think I learned a lot. He can score in a lot of different ways and impact the game a lot of different ways.”
- Potpourri -
You've probably heard the story by now: On Christmas Eve 1955, a young boy in Colorado Springs dialed a Sears-sponsored hotline that let kids talk with Santa Claus. It's a cute story that pops up in the news every year. The only problem? It's not true.
- Pic and Video of the Day -
Not that the Longhorn Network is much better airing “BEVO Home for the Holidays.”
Mr. Ed says: Yep, I'm pretty sure this is what it's like.