I don't care what the atmosphere is like tonight, if we don't win by at least 20 I'm gonna be disappointed.
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Just one scholarship player from the state of Kansas will represent Kansas University and Kansas State in the 281st edition of the Sunflower Showdown tonight.
If K-State is able to score a rivalry win, it will have to do it on the defensive end of the floor. Now, as a refresher, here are the Wildcats that KU will have to worry about inside the famed “Octagon of Doom.” (Mr. Ed says: "Famed?" Wtf.)
TCU showed up to compete and easily could have given the Jayhawks a little more of a scare than they did based on the way they played. TCU senior Trey Zeigler said he thought the Horned Frogs played better in Lawrence than they did in Fort Worth, even though the final score was closer in the first meeting between these two. Thankfully for the Jayhawks, who saw starters Kelly Oubre, Wayne Selden and Cliff Alexander combine for just eight points on two made field goals, the Jayhawks' defense was up to the challenge.
"Even (when you aren't) a player, the crowd is amazing," Huey said. "But that's the best feeling I've ever had."
An inconsistent road ensemble for most of the year, Iowa State over the past six days simply went to No. 22 Oklahoma State (17-10, 7-8) and Texas (17-10, 6-8) and won out -- not only keeping pace during a week postulated to open up a little breathing space for Team Self, but even working to close the gap instead. "With the stakes high," Self said, "(Iowa State) had probably the best week anybody has had all year long in our league."
From my spot on press row in Kansas' 81-72 victory over TCU on Saturday, I could hear quite a bit of what KU coach Bill Self was saying to his players during stoppages in play. A few times, I quickly wrote down what he said just in case it was needed for my story.
But here's the problem with that: Kansas actually plays better defensively when Alexander is on the floor. This week, I went through and tracked every possession that Alexander has played in Big 12 play this season, then calculated Kansas' per-100-possession success with Alexander on the floor versus its per-100-possession success when Alexander is off the floor.
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Heeney's fast sprint accounted for just part of what turned out to be a fantastic all-around day for the former KU captain who was among the Big 12's top defensive players during the past three seasons. Heeney also earned top-performer billing among all linebackers in attendance by finishing first in the three-cone drill (6.68 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle drill (4.0). (Mr. Ed says: JaCorey Shepherd will be on the field at the combine today (Monday).)
Three Jayhawks posted 10 or more points, including senior guard Natalie Knight, who had her second-straight game with 20 or more points, as Kansas dropped a another battle in Stillwater, 80-76, Saturday night inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Kansas men's golf team continued it climb up the leaderboard and finished 14th at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club golf course in Desert Palm, California, Sunday.
No. 75 Kansas women's tennis faced its third-straight ranked opponent Sunday afternoon, taking an early 1-0 lead over No. 68 Colorado before eventually falling 4-2 at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Complex.
Junior outside hitter Tiana Dockery, sophomore middle blocker Tayler Soucie, freshman setter Ainise Havili and freshman middle blocker Kelsie Payne will represent Kansas volleyball at the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Open Tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Feb. 20-22.
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The school held a public memorial service for the retired Hall of Famer in the campus arena bearing his name, drawing thousands of fans to pay their respects to the coach whose career made him not only the face of the university and a coaching innovator but also a civil-rights advocate.
Larry Krystkowiak had a simple diagnosis for what ailed No. 9 Utah on Sunday. His Utes suffered from a lack of an inside presence, subpar 3-point shooting and a dearth of second-half rebounds in their 69-58 loss to Oregon.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles blocked his team's access to its locker room and lounge. He also banned players from speaking to the media. Miles said the bans on locker room access and media interviews will continue for an undetermined amount of time.
Not all layups are the same. Misses are understandable when they come in traffic against a good defense. The ones that churn in the guts of coaches are the wide-open misses, particularly when the shooter goes for style points and doesn't use the backboard.
Enos spent five seasons at Central Michigan, going 26-36 while there. While that record isn't amazing, the Chippewas were 20-18 in his final three seasons, going to two bowl games. So it's not as if Enos found himself on a hot seat or was being encouraged to leave. He left on his own, and his point of view is an interesting one, because you don't hear a lot of coaches share those thoughts. At least not publicly.
- Potpourri -
"Eleven seconds, you've got 10 seconds, the countdown going on right now," as Al Michaels' near-breathless iconic call goes. "Morrow up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"
Aside from the three All-Star Games and four World Series he officiated, McClelland will be remembered most for being the umpire who called out George Brett in the Pine Tar Game during McClelland's rookie season. Most of McClelland's games weren't controversial, and were regarded simply as a job well done.
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Saturday afternoon vs. Georgia Tech marked the first Tar Heels home game since Smith's passing. On the first play, UNC coach Roy Williams flicked four fingers into the air. The rest of UNC's bench stood up and mimicked Williams. On the floor, the five Tar Heel players (who wore throwback-style uniforms from Smith's heyday) spread like billiard balls to each corner.
The fake shot clock countdown is a staple in college arenas across the country, but it only occasionally works. It's not too difficult for players to glance up at the big shot clock above each basket, and they're usually smart enough not to trust the opposing fans.
It’s funny because Bob Knight actually shot someone once.
What’s cooler than cold? Ice cold? What’s softer than soft? That goal.