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Kansas, coming off its first Final Four appearance in 2015 and first Big 12 title this season, wasn’t at its dominant best Thursday and suffered from fits of inconsistency. In contrast, freshman Jada Burse was at her best.
Since Creighton (27-6) lost to KU (27-2) on its home floor, the Big East champions have only experienced two other setbacks — at Nebraska, the top overall seed in the tournament, and at Kansas State, the 14th overall seed. The Bluejays’ undefeated march through conference play only included five lost sets.
"At Christmas, on my mom’s side, we do Christmas Carols and one of the Christmas Carols they’ll sing is ‘Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU,’ " Bernthal Booth said with appropriate cadence for the chant.
A unique lineup left University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball coach Bill Self with an interesting offseason challenge: He needed to come up with a new offense to fit his players the best.
"It really hasn’t sunk in yet. I know it will be emotional. Hopefully I can get the team and myself to stay focused at the task at hand, (but) the number of memories and feelings about that place for me … it’s not possible to put into words. It will be exciting from that standpoint," Haase said.
Saturday’s showdown will be the first meeting between Self and Haase as head coaches, but their paths have crossed on the recruiting trail and both seem to have a great deal of respect for the way the other does the job.
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 basketball player and current Stanford head coach Jerod Haase.
Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self met with members of the media as the Jayhawks prepare for the upcoming Stanford contest, Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday afternoon that senior forward Landen Lucas would not practice today and his status was uncertain for Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. tip-off against Stanford at Allen Fieldhouse.
"One of the best things that we’ve done is I think we’ve developed the guys that we have in our program," Beaty offered. "There’s two ways I think you get better: you recruit and you develop the one’s you’ve got. ’Cause you’re not gonna get any more — they’re not gonna give you any more. You have what you’ve got and then you get to go get 25 (in recruiting), is what you get to get."
The Jayhawks will have a chance to embrace the challenge early as they open up the season February 17-19 in Charleston, South Carolina. There they will play The Citadel, Liberty and the 2015 National Champion Virginia Cavaliers, something Price and his players are looking forward to.
- College Sports -
Questionable shot selection dooms Cyclones in overtime.
We don't know if Texas running back D'Onta Foreman will finish the season as the nation's leading rusher, but we do know that if he does, he won't be coming back next year to defend his title.
The Buffs are not dominant. They are resilient. Four of the 10 wins have come by 10 points or less. CU landed only two players on the All-Pac 12 first team.
Not only have players bought into coach P.J. Fleck's quirky motivational tactics, fans have also embraced the team's philosophy and identity - especially now that the 13th-ranked Broncos are taking an undefeated record into Friday night's MAC championship game against Ohio.
Snyder knew he couldn't out-do Nebraska or Oklahoma, or even Kansas. He couldn't be competitive with teams with bigger and/or faster athletes. So he had to out-smart his opponents. He changed the way college football programs were built, and despite the criticism he received across the board, he stuck to his plan.
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So what we should have had was yet another two-point attempt for the Vikes, this time from the 12-yard line. Instead, we have yet another controversial ending to a prime-time game in which the refs, and not the players, are seen as having decided things.
(Mr. Ed says: Even I noticed the false start and wondered why there was no flag.)
I’ve been looking at this stuff for a couple hours, and I’m still wrapping my brain around it. So to help us all out, it’s time to grade the changes to the new CBA and baseball on a scale from one Selig (horrible change) to five Seligs (fantastic change). What’s new with baseball, and will these changes make the sport better?