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Kansas was represented by head coach Bill Self along with returning starters Frank Mason III, Devonte' Graham and Landen Lucas. Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year Josh Jackson was also among the KU contingent.
"They’re different, but they still enjoy the same things even though they’re different," Self said. "One’s talkative, one’s quiet. One’s very outgoing, one’s not. But they complement each other very well."
"People have talked about winning 13 in a row, which would be awesome," Self began. "But it’s not 13, it’s one to this team and they need to focus in like that, that this is the first time for them to compete together."
Ishmail Wainright is in his fourth year at Baylor and before that grew up in Kansas City, so he is uniquely qualified to talk about the most annoying part of playing basketball in the Big 12.
This is new territory for Graham, as his entire life, he’s been doubted while having to constantly fall back on a belief in himself. After originally signing with Appalachian State, he says he didn’t even dream about going to the NBA following high school.
Newcomer Spotlight takes a look at Josh Jackson of Kansas. Jackson is looking to help the Jayhawks capture a thirteenth Big 12 title in a row as Kansas will have even greater aspirations in March.
"You flip that tape on, and it doesn't look like that. I don't care what the numbers say. I'm just telling you, they're stinkin’ good. They've got some good ball players on that side."
Luckily for Stoops and the Sooners, the next two games are against the Big 12's worst teams -- at home against Kansas on Saturday and at Iowa State on Nov. 3.
Going winless in the conference, two seasons into his five-year contract, might be enough to excite the Kansas faithful to beg for terminating his contract. This isn’t Texas; no one’s begging for an immediate release. There’s a sense of patience, one which Kansas decision makers need to maintain not just for the next year, but ideally through the end of the contract.
"I think we’re getting better, definitely," said Kansas outside hitter Kelsie Payne, an All-American last season. "Every game our stats are better, we’re getting more competitive and we’re kind of meshing more. And like coach said, we’re finding our personality. We’re trying to hit our peak soon."
For the first time since 2014, the Kansas soccer team entered the NSCAA coaches' poll and was ranked No. 25 on Tuesday.
Last time out, the Red Raiders took two sets off No. 2 Texas inside United Supermarkets Arena -- the site of Wednesday's match with Kansas. Although winless in league play, Texas Tech (10-13, 0-8) started 10-2 under first-year head coach Tony Graystone.
Recording all three rounds under par, junior Daniel Hudson led Kansas to a ninth-place finish in the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational Tuesday afternoon, ending the Jayhawks' two-event win streak.
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We have a new No. 1 team this week, but it's not a team that's new to being ranked No. 1.
Frustrations over the canceled game aren't shocking, but it is a bit surprising to see the athletic director going the conspiracy theory route with emails that you would expect to see on a message board somewhere -- plus, we learned later that Florida and LSU would have been disqualified from SEC championship consideration had they not made the game up.
Every current unbeaten will play its next game on the road, which means the potential for College Football Playoff tumult is strong. The Dash takes a look at the nine home underdogs in position to do some damage, and whether they can pull it off.
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In Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday (CLE 6, CHC 0), Perez not only smacked his second and third home runs of the postseason, he also guided Corey Kluber through a masterful performance to give the Indians a 1-0 series lead.
The story goes back to Sept. 17, when the Indians lost pitcher Carlos Carrasco for the season to a broken hand. After the game, Hoynes wrote that the Indians postseason dreams ended before they even started thanks to Carrasco’s injury and the injury to Danny Salazar, who is just now returning in the World Series.