- Kansas Basketball -
When the third-ranked Jayhawks take on the Hoosiers at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center, Self’s bunch will get one heck of a read on exactly where their four-guard approach stands entering the season.
This game has the vibe of one of those exciting, early-season match-ups that feels more like a game played in March and features a bunch of big buckets, emotional swings and memorable moments. The Jayhawks likely will lean on their veterans to lead them through it, but also figure to get a lift from freshman wing Josh Jackson, who will be playing the first true college game of his career.
Like the three other teams opening their seasons in Hawaii — Kansas, Arizona and Michigan State — Crean said the opportunity to experience, up close and personal, such an important part of American history added to what already would have been an amazing trip even if just for the basketball.
The Hoosiers are fresh off a run to the Sweet 16 and bring back a strong core of returners. It starts with 6-foot-10 sophomore Thomas Bryant, who would’ve likely been a first-round pick in the NBA draft if he declared last spring.
"I think Indiana should be a game, or is the type of game we should try to schedule every year," Self said. "It’s a game that I think would be good for both universities moving forward, if they’re open to it. I don’t know what their interest level is on that, but I do think it would be a good game."
KenPom likes Kansas by 5, 77-72. His preseason ratings expect these two teams to feature the 6th and 7th best offenses in the country -- and the 4th and 50th best defenses. Indiana’s defense is, um, not 4th.
"Josh, to me, doesn't need the attention but he also doesn't mind it," KU coach Bill Self said. "He doesn't mind you [media] guys hounding him."
- Kansas Football -
The voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, Brian Hanni, will periodically catch-up with former Kansas student-athletes and staff members as part of his Throwback Thursday podcast. Take a stroll down memory lane with Hanni as he's joined this week by former Kansas football player Bill Whittemore.
The world’s least attractive slump buster is next on the schedule. They may be ugly, but will get the job done.
"I think the reality for us is you look at this Kansas team, we watched a little bit of them a year ago, and they’re a completely different football team," coach Matt Campbell said. "They’re so well improved."
We caught up with Campbell and Beaty on Wednesday to discuss some of the similar rebuilding challenges they face.
- Kansas Sports -
The Jayhawks will meet the Tigers in the first-round match set for 1 p.m., at Rock Chalk Park. The old league foes will meet for the 22nd time overall and the third time in NCAA Tournament play.
- College Sports -
The greatest new rivalry trophy in all of college football sprang from a Twitter joke.
In pursuing another Final Four for Louisville this season, the coach seeks absolution through victory.
Florida International tight end Jonnu Smith's 2016 season and college career have come to an end after a domestic dispute between Smith and his pregnant girlfriend.
- Professional Sports -
When he chooses to not participate in the most basic and essential act of an American it reflects extremely poorly on him, his intellectual curiosity and his credibility going forward on nearly any subject. If he can’t be bothered to vote, then why should anyone listen to him? If he can’t find one initiative or proposal on a ballot to support or oppose, then how deep is he really thinking things through? That’s what he needs to explain.