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“Devonte’ couldn’t do much,” said Self, recalling that Graham played all but just a few seconds in the win. “He asked to come out and I said, ‘I can’t take you out.’ He’s cramping with five minutes left in the game and I told him to just go stand in the corner. And that’s what he did.”
But if you still haven't got enough of the shot — and what a great, clutch shot it was — take a look at this video, filmed at courtside, of the final moments of Tuesday's game and Mason's terrific game winner.
KU gained confidence, proved itself as a legit national title contender with a couple of big time players and also got enough from some of its young-and-still-developing players to put a serious boost into the hope and expectations for what guys like Udoka Azubuike, Lagerald Vick and others can be, perhaps sooner rather than later. In short, coming off of a tough Indiana loss in a game the Jayhawks probably should have won, this was the perfect answer for this team at this time.
From former Mason teammates singing his praises, to a former Duke star losing a bet, to media and analysts weighing in on the significance of the Kansas win, there was plenty to digest on Twitter.
“For two kids who committed to Appalachian State (Graham) and Towson (Mason) … I do think they’ve gotten a lot of national attention going into this year. Still it’s amazing how tough those two are,” Self stated, noting Graham has played through cramps every game this season.
Here’s something interesting: the Duke-Kansas game on Wednesday night is the most streamed game ESPN has ever produced. It had a total live audience (including TV and streaming) of 2,444,000 viewers up 28% from last year’s Duke-Kentucky game. It had 83,000 average minute viewers.
But even as a Kansas fan from afar, he still has a "back in my day when..." approach when reflecting on the Jayhawks of the past. Kansas is ranked No. 7 early in the season, but Chalmers is convinced the 2008 title team had more talent than the current 2016 team.
Ten games into his second year with Kansas football, Steven Sims Jr. examined the preseason goals he set for himself, compared them to his current statistics and reached a realization: he needs more goals.
Fourth-ranked Kansas volleyball was pushed to five sets on the road at West Virginia on Wednesday night inside WVU Coliseum and managed to extend its winning streak to 12 by finishing with a strong fifth set (25-18, 18-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-8).
A slow start plagued Kansas women's basketball as SMU capitalized on an early offensive surge to even the series with a 75-63 victory over the Jayhawks on Wednesday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.
(Mr. Ed says: KUWBB is now 0-2. I'm a bit disappointed, I thought they'd be way better than this. Guess it's taking more time for all of the transfers to gel - or something.)
On Friday, Nov. 18, the Jayhawks will meet the Tar Heels in the second-round match set for 5 p.m. (CT), in Chapel Hill.
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Christian Laettner led the way with 28 points to help Duke close out the first national semifinal matchup. On the other side of the bracket, Kansas edged out North Carolina behind the tandem of lead guard Adonis Jordan (16 points, 7 assists) and big man Mark Randall (16 points, 11 boards).
With the KSU band set to play the national anthem, members of the team went into the stands and surprised those in the crowd. Golden Flash players personally invited and escorted members of the crowd to come onto the floor and stand with them, to stand together, as the Star-Spangled Banner was played. Each player selected a person from a different race to stand next to them, and right there and then, one of the most uplifting and heartening moments you'll see anywhere in sports this week, this month, took place.