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“I would say upwards of 50 times,” junior Cassie Wait said, asked how many times she’s viewed tape of KU’s final point of the Elite Eight — one that included three digs from Wait and a final kill by Madison Rigdon. “That was who we were all season, that grit,” she added of the team's perseverance on a long match point.
"Did anyone stay up late last night to watch a little volleyball," Kansas head coach Ray Bechard joked about the match's 1:02 a.m. (CT) finish. "I wish you could have all been there, it was amazing."
The last point between USC and Kansas itself was epic, as the ball crossed the net 14 times after the serve, with both sides making crucial saves but not being able to put down a kill. However, the final swing came from Kansas sophomore Madison Rigdon, who got the winning kill.
Self spoke in the days leading up to the Oregon State game about wanting to shorten his rotation, taking every opportunity he could to remind people how difficult (almost unreasonable) it is to play six big men. So we could’ve seen KU relying on eight or nine players instead of giving every player in the top 12 a shot when possible. After seeing Oregon State (6-2) easily handle the various lineups KU threw at the Beavers in the first half, however, Self took it to the extreme and stuck with his starting five and Bragg instead of mixing and matching.
Kansas University’s basketball bench consisted of just one person — Carlton Bragg — during the second half of Saturday’s 82-67 victory over Oregon State in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
For KU, the good news is that the team was able to switch-flip and completely turn this thing around. Some of Kansas' shooting seems aberrational -- there's no shot this group can count on its 3-point shooting to be a potent as it was tonight, in almost every game -- but on the whole, Kansas is scary-good. Oregon State is not a pushover. For the Jayhawks to a face a stunningly large deficit, and then to rally and win going away? Very positive sign. At its best, Kansas is as good as any team in the nation.
After opening the game with a quick run and gaining the lead, Kansas (5-4) fell behind early, but responded by holding Navy (5-5) to a combined nine points down the stretch, including just two made free throws in overtime.
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Is it easier for a coach to get players at Ohio State or Michigan? Alabama or Auburn? Our recruiting team sought to answer those questions and many more in ESPN's 1-65 ranking of recruiting jobs.
So where were all the pandering pop-culturists Friday, the day after Des Moines (Iowa) Register columnist Randy Peterson’s leg was broken — “I locked legs with someone … I think” — as he unsuccessfully tried to leave the court to avoid a TV-certified court storming?
Iowa State, at home, beat Iowa. It happened on ESPN, the network whose experts have lined up to approve court-storming — a self-evidently dangerous and now obligatory audience participation endeavor — as good, clean fun.
Texas just earned the biggest win of Shaka Smart's young tenure as Longhorns coach. And it came in dramatic, controversial fashion.
When Wichita State had four losses by the end of November, it was alarming. But the Shockers were an incomplete team at the time with much better basketball in its future. On Saturday they were in top form with No. 25 Utah in town and got some revenge with a dominant 67-50 win.
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The historic streak of the Golden State Warriors is over at 28 games across two seasons and 24 games to start the 2015-16 season after a 108-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Behind 28 points from Greg Monroe and a triple-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks were able to do what no other team in the NBA has done in quite some time -- beat the Warriors.
The Warriors went 249 days between regular season losses. Here's just some of the craziness that went down during that time.
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Pictured above: An arresting view of the Pacific and the implication of baseball! By all means, compare it to Pepperdine's!
His Kansas Jayhawks were trailing the Oregon State Beavers in the first half of Saturday's game when the coach channeled his displeasure with a blow to his wrist. It carried enough force to break his watch.