- Kansas Sports -
Kansas first-year head coach David Beaty had a big smile on his face as he announced his initial Jayhawk signing class. Beaty and his staff worked diligently over the past two months to obtain the services of 24 new Jayhawks, with 16 of those student-athletes making it official by signing a National Letter of Intent Wednesday.
Benton Smith offers a quick blurb on each of the football signees.
“When I put a smile on my face today, it’s because I’m truly excited about these guys,” Beaty said early during the question-and-answer portion of Wednesday’s media session. “I mean, we have got some really good football players here.”
Beaty thanked defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell for keeping in contact with the kids who were "hard to hold on to." "Without those guys, there wouldn't be half these dudes on this page," Beaty said.
ESPN this week asked eight experts to identify 12 teams they would be “least surprised to reach the Final Four.” Twenty one teams were named, including the Kansas Jayhawks (19-3, 8-1), selected on 100 percent of the ballots.
It doesn't take much math to figure out that KU, in most instances, is wasting its time in the 18-foot range. Not taking into account offensive rebounding, we can expect KU to put up 0.71 points per possession when shooting a 2-point jumper and 1.19 PPP when hoisting up a 3.
“The biggest difference is probably just raw talent, but this team can win way more games than last year’s team – if we’re tougher, and play with energy,” Self said. “I don’t think we’re a great shooting team. We’re getting better. When you’re laboring shooting the ball and you can’t do it inside, you can look average at times. We’re not an execution team. We are an energy team. If you were going to say, ‘Let’s really go execute on offense,’ we could do it some, but we wouldn’t do it consistently.”
An even-matched first half didn't stop the Jayhawks from pulling ahead of the Lady Raiders in the second frame to claim their second win over Texas Tech this season, 71-67, Wednesday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas softball heads south to Florida for its first tournament of the 2015 season and will play five games in three days, including contests against opponents from the ACC, SEC and Big Ten.
- College Sports -
The school initiated the case, which includes academics, when it self-reported potential athletic department violations to the NCAA in 2007. School officials said Wednesday none of the conduct occurred after 2012 and no current student-athlete is involved. The ban includes the NCAA tournament, ACC tournament and NIT.
It seems convenient, on some level, that Syracuse self-imposed a postseason ban in a year that, relative to most Syracuse years, was headed nowhere. And it can't be a coincidence that the announcement came smack in the middle of football's National Signing Day.
Kansas State has suspended leading scorer Marcus Foster and reserve forward Malek Harris for violating team rules.
Toddrick Williams and Devaughntah Gotcher -- who combined for 25 of Texas Tech's 30 second-half points -- scored 22 and 15 points, respectively, to lead the Red Raiders to a 64-47 win against Kansas State on Wednesday night.
Standing in the same place where he won a Texas state high school championship a few years ago, Phil Forte calmly swished two free throws with 2.1 seconds left in overtime, sending the Cowboys to a 65-63 victory over No. 25 Texas on Wednesday night. Texas has lost four in a row.
Rapheal Davis scored 20 points Wednesday, and a stout defense rescued Purdue from its own free-throw shooting woes to barely hold on for a 60-58 upset over No. 20 Ohio State.
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