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At the top of the Big 12 Conference standings after a two-game road trip, No. 8/9 Kansas returns home to host the 16th-ranked Baylor Bears on Valentine's Day. In his weekly press conference, head coach Bill Self covered topics such as Baylor's convincing win at West Virginia, the passing of two Hall of Fame coaches and Perry Ellis being on the verge of 1,000 career points.
“It’s just him getting confidence. It’s just him getting in the gym and getting a lot of reps,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Everybody goes through phases where you don’t play as well, your confidence is a little rattled, and you’ve just got to try to find your way to grind through it, and the best way to grind through it is to see the ball go in the hole, and the best way you do that is through repetition. He is shooting it a lot better, but I don’t think he ever shot it as bad as what a lot of people assumed outside the arc. It was mainly inside the arc. His two-point shooting wasn’t very good.”
“I take full responsibility for my actions,” Howard said in a press release. “I should have never been in that situation. Not only did I let myself down, but also my family, my coaches, my players, the fans and this program. Coach Self has done so much for me and I’m honored to a part of this team and this staff. I compounded the problem by not disclosing this incident to Coach Self and Kansas Athletics. I brought this penalty upon myself and will use this situation as motivation to work harder and represent this great program positively moving forward.”
CBS Sports' original series, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL PRESENTS NCAA MEN OF MARCH, features Kansas coach Bill Self this Saturday, Feb. 14 (11:30 a.m., CT). The series profiles top college coaches blending all-access footage and at-home interviews, providing a unique showcase of the life, philosophy and style behind some of the best coaches in college basketball.
Kansas DE Dorance Armstrong: "That kid has a body on him and he can run. No idea how other people didn't get him. He had like 20 offers and comes from a big program. Watch him and he's every bit of what you'd want to recruit. That was a steal."
Kansas TE Jace Sternberger: "Jace is a coach’s son. Small-school, multiple-sport athlete. He shows his athleticism on the basketball court. He could blow up once he’s committed to one sport."
I've been keeping an eye on Ke'aun Kinner since 2012, when he was perhaps the most productive back in the DFW Metroplex out of Little Elm, Texas. He rushed for more than 2,900 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior but never had the grades to go FBS. At Navarro College, he earned All-America honors in 2014 with more than 1,800 yards of offense and 22 TDs. He packs a lot of electricity into his 5-foot-9 frame, and I bet he'll be productive right away at Kansas.
Shepherd, a three-time academic all-Big 12 honoree, finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and Lee Roy Selmon Community Spirit Award winner, will be presented with the Haier Achievement Award during a first-half timeout at the KU men’s basketball team’s noon showdown with 16th-ranked Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas baseball opens the 2015 season Friday, February 13, when it faces the No. 2-ranked LSU Tigers in the first of a three-game series at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Mr. Ed says: Look for a baseball preview from RCT later today.)
After a perfect 5-0 mark to begin the 2015 campaign, Kansas is off to its best start since the 2011 season. The Jayhawks take their unblemished record to the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State Feb. 13-15. (Mr. Ed says: Look for an RCT softball preview later on this afternoon.)
Kansas women's tennis had it its two-match win-streak halted Thursday evening when it fell to in-state rival No. 40 Wichita State, 6-1, at the Wichita Country Club indoor courts.
- College Sports -
If you've never heard of Kenny Sailors, you're not alone. Chances are, you're also not from Wyoming, particularly Laramie, where Sailors, the man most widely credited as the inventor of the modern jump shot, is something of a folk hero. At 95 years old, he doesn't get out as often, or as easily, as he did a few years ago, but when he does he still happily poses for pictures around town. Still shakes a lot of hands when he's out to lunch. His No. 4 jersey, the one he wore when leading little ol' Wyoming on an improbable, Hoosiers-esque run to the 1943 national championship, is the only one hanging in the school's Arena-Auditorium rafters.
The Catamounts took 21 treys and somehow made 16 of them, a school-record 76-percent clip. I say somehow because Vermont doesn't shoot well. Even after Wednesday night, the Catamounts don't crack the top 130 nationally in 3-point percentage. And they aren't an effective team on offense overall; their points-per-100-possessions sits at 98.6, ranking 229th in the nation.
- Professional Sports -
With runs scored dipping to a 34-year low this past season, Major League Baseball says in 2016 it could change the official rule-book definition of a strike in order to boost offensive production. Independent researchers conclude that umpires, over the past six seasons in particular, have been calling strikes too low — within an area that's tough for hitters to make solid contact.
Of the 15 Kansas basketball players currently active in the Association, only one earned a spot in the league’s myriad of made-for-TV events this weekend in New York. (Mr. Ed says: I thought Wiggs was gonna be in the dunk contest? This article says he won't be.)
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The loss brings to an end Fairfield's 120-game winning streak, the longest streak in Montana high school history. Fairfield, which last lost in the 2010 state championship game, delivered the sixth longest girls' basketball winning streak in the history of National Federation of State High School Associations and the longest winning streak since Duncanville (Texas) racked up 134 consecutive wins from 1987-91.
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There's a pretty fascinating and quite aesthetically pleasing piece currently up detailing the history of officiating. Propaganda that it might be, it gave @NFLFootball Ops an excuse to post of a picture of a wrist-mounted HORN the refs used to use before the advent of the whistle.
I love that the warning track has been cleared so we can see exactly how much snow is in there in a cross-section type view.