- Kansas Sports -
Of all the flights he has boarded, none may prove as meaningful as today’s charter to Chicago, site of Tuesday’s 9 p.m., Champions Classic battle against Michigan State in the United Center.
Is Kansas still elite? It is a valid question. Since losing to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament’s national title game in 2012, the Jayhawks have secured a No. 1 and a pair of No. 2 seeds in the subsequent tourneys, but have been bounced before the end of the second weekend. (Mr. Ed says: To me, the high seeds mean you're still elite, but whatever.)
KU's latest loss, a 23-17 setback at TCU, provided Kansas fans, players and coaches with plenty of reasons to be encouraged, excited, optimistic and hopeful. And this team should feel good about its most recent effort. But the bottom line remains the same — KU is still making too many mistakes to expect to win games. From false starts and other silly penalties to not converting at key times and struggling to score points, David Beaty's team continues to shoot itself in the foot too often and that's costing them a chance to both be in and win games.
“That might be one of the only statistical categories where we’re actually in pretty decent shape right now,” KU coach David Beaty said of his defense’s steady improvement inside the 20.
The Jayhawks maintained the lead for much of the first 20 minutes of play, but the reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference champion, Texas Southern, fought back in the second half and forced the Jayhawks to earn the win.
- College Sports -
Tuesday’s State Farms Champions Classic in Chicago’s United Center will have that kind of fanfare. No. 2 Kentucky and No. 5 Duke start off the doubleheader, followed by No. 4 Kansas and No. 13 Michigan State.
The Citadel, Butler's hapless victim, lost by more points (73) than it scored (71). It's a school record, obviously, and yet Butler did it despite making "just" eight 3-pointers.
But four years ago, an NCAA ruling made it clear that the association did not believe that he would be capable of handling the rigors of a college classroom. Shortly thereafter, a Big 12 ruling forbid him from taking advantage of the scholarship that he had been given by Kansas head coach Bill Self. He wasn’t, they said, enough of a student to be an athlete in the NCAA.
Big IIX? Kansas apparently wants the Big Eight to return.
- Pics and Videos from the Weekend -
Vikings safety Antone Exum was only credited with two tackles against the Raiders on Sunday, but he probably should've been given credit for another one because he took out a fan who ran on the field during the fourth quarter of Minnesota's 30-14 win.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio sang "Kansas City" to honor his World Series bet with Kansas City mayor Sly James.
On Sunday, the Panthers are playing the Titans in Tennessee. Being a good teammate, Johnson flew to Nashville to watch his team try to extend its 12-game winning streak. Unfortunately, the Panthers somehow forgot to leave Johnson a ticket. So, Johnson was forced to buy his own ticket outside of the stadium.
Yeah. That is six players and one penalty box attendant all jammed in there.
North Texas called out Tennessee's poor field conditions on Twitter.