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“We have to meet every pass,” Self added, “because what West Virginia does better than everybody in America is turn you over and turn points into turnovers. We’ll have to do as good of a job as we’ve done all year attacking pressure, taking care of the ball and not having live ball turnovers.” West Virginia has committed 324 turnovers this season while forcing 533. In Big 12 play, the Mountaineers have committed 167 and forced 234.
Winning at WVU Coliseum, of course, is more easily typed or read than executed on the court. West Virginia plays a brand of pressure defense that is unique to the Big 12, and the Mountaineers have Bob Huggins, the third-winningest active Division I coach (759-306 career record) — behind just Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim — barking out orders from the sideline.
So much has been made lately about KU's three-point shooting — do they do it too much, do they do it enough, should they do it more, can they keep it up at their current pace — but Saturday's game was won in a much more conventional manner. KU's offense displayed good ball movement, players big and small got touches in the paint and the Jayhawks made a more normal 6 of 18 (33 percent) from three-point range.
One day, this will be fable. In ways that modern science has not yet been able to reason, Self has managed to get his Kansas Jayhawks team to finish atop the Big 12 standings for 10 straight seasons.
So, Kelly Oubre, when are YOU going to reach 1,000 in a Jayhawk uniform? To this, Oubre smiled. Then he froze a bit, pondering. Then he mumbled a sweet nothing under his breath. Then he smiled again. "Putting me on the hot seat there, man," said Kansas' electric freshman wing guard after helping rally the No. 8 Jayhawks past Baylor 74-64. "I'm not saying anything."
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“One of the things we talked about is, this is going to be fun,” said Beaty with eyebrows raised and a half smile highlighting his face. “Football is too hard not to be a little bit fun. We’re going to be an up-tempo, high-flying, throwing-that-ball-around offense. It’s going to be exciting to play in, an explosive attack.”
Tight end Kent Taylor, Kansas: The Florida transfer was a highly regarded prospect out of high school and saw action as a true freshman for the Gators in 2012. He left Florida after the 2013 season, transferring to Kansas, and could be the ideal replacement for Jimmay Mundine. With a big spring showing, Taylor could set himself up to be a terrific big receiving option in new coach David Beaty's up-tempo offense in the fall.
2. Kansas: David Beaty will be baptized by fire. The Jayhawks have a tough nonconference slate, including South Dakota State, which made the second round of the FCS playoffs last year. Memphis is coming off a 10-win season; Rutgers on the road will be a big challenge, as well. This is a brutal early series of games for a program transitioning to a new coaching staff which will have the fewest returning starters in the Big 12.
"Here is the way we're going to do things around here. It's real simple," Beaty said. "These kids, they know this, because I talked to every one of these kids that signed. It's no longer about what anybody says, it's about what you do. We're going to go by who's the best. That's easy to see. It's not that difficult. The cream, as I say, always rises. Somebody is willing to give more than the other. That guy usually separates himself."
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Kansas matched a program-record 10-straight wins to start the season with the victory, having swept through two tournament fields over the first two weekends.
Senior guard Natalie Knight posted 11 points and became the 28th Jayhawk to enter the 1,000-point club, but her efforts weren't enough as Kansas fell to No. 23 Texas for the second time this season, 74-63, Saturday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Seven members of the Kansas teams posted personal-bests as well as the men's 4x400-meter relay, which clocked in with the sixth-fastest time in school history.
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Cat Barber's surging self-assuredness could be the catalyst that alters the course of North Carolina State's season. It was, at least, enough to spark Saturday's 74-65 win over No. 9 Louisville, the Wolfpack's second win against a top 10 conference opponent this year.
The woman reported being stung on the hand, and the plane returned to the gate, where she was checked by medical personnel but declined further treatment.
A proposed change to the NCAA rule for illegal men downfield could make a big impact on how some offenses operate, via the AP's Ralph Russo. The current rule allows offensive linemen to move three yards beyond the line of scrimmage on passing plays, and the proposed change would pull that back to only one yard beyond the line, which is the rule in the NFL.
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AMC's serial drama Breaking Bad is the highest-rated TV show of all time, according to Metacritic and the Guinness Book of World Records, as well as IMDB. The one essential moral of the show is "for better or for worse, the choices you make will always have consequences."
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Trevor Booker manages to beat the shot clock with the backwards, no-look tap shot.