- Kansas Sports -
No. 2/3 Kansas (10-1) closes out the 2015 calendar year and non-conference play when it hosts UC Irvine (10-4) on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. (Central) on ESPNU.
The (10-4) Anteaters of the Big West Conference, who meet the (10-1) Jayhawks in an 8 p.m., tip, start 7-foot-6, 300-pound junior Mamadou Ndiaye as well as 6-10, 215-pound senior Mike Best. Jonathan Galloway, a 6-10, 235-pound freshman and Ioannis Dimakopoulos, a 7-2, 262-pound junior, garner significant minutes off the bench.
Kansas sophomore guard Devonté Graham talks about the length the Jayhawks will have to overcome when facing UC Irvine Tuesday night.
“They deserve it, they work hard, but obviously you want to be that team to knock them off,” Niang said. “Other than that, I mean, I don’t like thinking about it. I don’t want to see it happen again, so this year we’re looking to make a change.”
For the second year in a row, Kansas women's basketball opens Big 12 Conference play on the road. The Jayhawks begin league action at Oklahoma on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m., inside the Lloyd Noble Center. The game will air on the Jayhawk IMG Sports Radio Network and FOX Sports Southwest Plus.
- College Sports -
A huge question surrounding the idea of expansion — and probably the biggest reason the Big 12 has yet to do it — centers on the concept that there are really no attractive options that make sharing the revenue pie with two more teams worth it.
Self's bunch begins pursuit of its 12th straight regular-season championship when the league gets rolling with a full slate of games Saturday. That would break a tie for second-most in college hoops with Gonzaga, and trail only the UCLA teams from 1967-79 for most titles in a row.
The first question every season for Bill Self: What's up with the Kansas backcourt? Right now, however, the Jayhawks' backcourt is full of answers. Wayne Selden Jr. (55 percent from the 3-point line) looks like an all-Big 12 first-teamer. Self can trust Devonte' Graham and Frank Mason. Svi Mykhailiuk is averaging 7.5 PPG. Self's backcourt possesses the depth and talent necessary to pursue the program's 12th consecutive Big 12 title and a Final Four run.
Can Kansas finally be dethroned? Both Oklahoma and Iowa State are capable. I love this league because of its balanced schedule: Everyone plays everyone else twice.
How do the four CFP teams make and spend their money? CBS Sports analyzed each school's 2013-14 NCAA financial reports and other documents for answers. NCAA financial reports from 2014-15 are not available yet so most of the numbers listed below are on a two-year lag. Unless otherwise noted, all of the figures are from 2013-14 numbers the schools reported to the NCAA.
The school announced Monday that Ridley has fractured his left foot and will be out indefinitely. He will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the injury, and there was no timetable for his return.
- Professional Sports -
According to ESPN.com, a high-roller walked into the Flamingo in Las Vegas and put $165,000 down on the Seahawks to beat the Rams straight-up. The Seahawks were 12.5 point favorites in the game, so a $165,000 bet on Seattle to win wasn't going to pay $165,000, it was only going to pay $15,000. A Seahawks win was paying -1100, which means you'd have to bet $1100 to win $100.
As an NFL player Eric Weddle's got important business to deal with at halftime. As a dad he had more important business last week, staying on the field at halftime to watch his daughter perform as part of a halftime dance ceremony.
This particular baseball-ish artifact was discovered in 1999, and it promptly became the lastest bit of history to put the lie to the Doubleday myth.