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This is the third-straight year Kansas and Iowa State will meet in the Big 12 Championship with both previous battles in the semifinals.
“Machines, ice baths ... we have a great staff that provides that, makes it happen,” Lucas said. “At this time of the season you have to expect these things (bruises) and play through it. Understand that this is what you play for all year. It’s not the time of year to be worrying about that (beat-up body). You’ve got to worry about that after the season is over. I’m getting through it fine and I know other guys on our team are doing the same thing.”
“He was looking more for his jumper,” said Baylor big man Rico Gathers, who finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Bears. “You could tell that he was favoring that knee, but he did what good players do. Guys like that have a lot of options and he started looking more for his jumper.”
Take Friday night. Friday night, two aspirin and a fifth of bourbon. No. 9 KU missed on 28 of 49 attempts from the floor, on nine of 12 from beyond the arc, and on 10 of 27 from the free-throw line. Oh, and turned it over 18 times, because why the hell not.
Kansas' 64-59 victory over TCU on Thursday contined a string of poor offensive performances for the Jayhawks. Let's take a closer look at the slide. I'm going to be using KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency here, which takes into account how strong an opponent's defense is. Because we do that, all these numbers can be more easily compared to each other.
This column is probably going to enrage some Kansas fans. There, how's that for trollin'? Anyway, glad to do it. We're here to please.
"My time at KU has been a great experience," said Johnson. "I have learned a lot from my coaches and have made friends I will keep for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, I will play my last year somewhere else, but I will always be grateful to Coach Beaty and his staff for all that they have done for me and how much he has helped me during this time."
With a young pitching staff and a recent bout with inconsistency on offense, the Jayhawks (7-11) needed to find a way to get back to their winning ways and grab some momentum as the non-conference schedule begins to wind down.
The Jayhawks opened its home slate with a 5-0 victory over Northern Colorado improving to 22-2 on the season.
Junior Casey Bowen earned a seventh-place finish in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday night inside the Randal Tyson Track Center. Bowen's finished earned him first team All-America honors for the first time in his career and marked the 23rd time a Jayhawk pole vaulter has taken home All-America honors from the indoor national championships, the most of any team in nation.
- College Sports -
So much going on in college basketball; there's no possible way for us to cover it all here.
Joe Young hit a long 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left and scored 25 points, helping Oregon outlast No. 17 Utah 67-64 on Friday night to earn a spot in the Pac-12 tournament championship game.
The ending was not without controversy. Someone from the Montana bench, whom the Big Sky Conference has identified as Jermaine Edmonds, an academically ineligible player for the Grizzlies, went out to midcourt before realizing there was still time remaining and diving back to the sideline -- a violation that could have resulted in a technical foul. But officials determined that the commotion did not interfere with the play, and no technical was called. However, when the head coaches met in the postgame handshake line, Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy appeared to poke DeCuire in the chest and a scuffle ensued with some shoving but no apparent punches thrown.
Auburn forward Jordon Granger was ejected in the second half of an SEC tournament quarterfinal matchup Friday afternoon after he tussled with LSU forward Jordan Mickey and threw a punch that appeared to graze the back of Mickey's head.
The Ed O'Bannon case returns to court March 17 -- the first day of the NCAA Tournament -- for oral arguments in the NCAA's appeal of a federal judge's decision to allow football and men's basketball players to be compensated beyond the value of their scholarship.
How can you beat the Wildcats? Where are the weaknesses, and what do coaches really think? I spoke with eight coaches from inside and outside the SEC in the past week, some head coaches, some top-notch assistants. Given the cloak of anonymity, they gave their honest evaluation of Big Blue. And there was a lot of praise.
A prominent Ole Miss athletics backer known for tweeting at and promoting potential Rebels student-athletes was revealed to be a fake account yesterday, ending years of speculation that the blonde and perky "Analesa Presley" did not exist at all.
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By the standards of non-ballplayer 47-year-olds, Mr. Ferrell acquitted himself quite nicely. Among his highlights? Making contact with an actual pitch, hitting the cutoff man and executing a 1-3 putout. However, in the remorseless and unsparing cauldron that is the Strat-O-Matic card, Mr. Ferrrell was revealed to be decidedly human.
In that same game, we also saw a rarity: a spring training ejection. Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez got tossed -- after one pitch! -- by home plate Dan Iassogna for arguing balls and strikes.
Oregon will play Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament final after beating Utah on an awesome buzzer-beating three-pointer from Joseph Young.
It doesn't feel like there has been a good golf movie released in a while, does there? Unfortunately, that doesn't appear likely to change anytime soon.