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"I may be nuts," Self admitted. "Because if he’s averaging 15 and 6 and probably the best passer on the team, (we) should probably be pretty happy with that. But I still think he can do a lot more. I really do. I think the ceiling is so high with him."
Even with the recent, season-ending injury to freshman center Udoka Azubuike, nothing really has changed regarding Self’s rotation and the way he would like to use it. What is gone is the Jayhawks’ margin for error and any depth this team once appeared to have.
"I love the conference championship streak. It may bring a little pressure, but it also brings a lot of pride and motivation," KU coach Bill Self said.
"Seeing a kid’s attitude and how badly he wants to work and win," Self said. "When things do not go well, does his body language change? Does he become selfish? Does he pout, complain about the officials? All those things play into whether or not you want him to be a part of what you are trying to do."
As time wound down in Baylor's 76-61 home win over then-No. 7 Xavier on Dec. 3, the Big 12 basketball version of that chant kicked up in Waco. "We want Kansas," Bears fans chanted. "We want Kansas."
Athlon Sports named Lee, a true freshman from New Orleans, and Hakeem Adeniji, another true freshman, from Garland, Texas, to its Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Lee, a 5-foot-11, 176-pound defensive back who finished second on KU with 77 total tackles (trailing only senior safety Fish Smithton’s 93), and Adeniji, who started all 12 games on the offensive line, made Athlon’s first team.
"You're lookin’ for guys that do that (pick up yards after catch) and guys that have enough speed and quickness to get open over the middle of the field," Beaty said, "and he does it time and time again on his tape."
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Keene’s remarkable start to the season puts him in position to achieve something that no college player in 20 years has done: average 30 points per game. Since Long Island’s Charles Jones put up 30.1 points per game during the 1996-97 season, nobody has eclipsed 30 points per game again — not Adam Morrison, not Doug McDermott, not even Stephen Curry.
Steve Alford has gone from apologizing to fans to near the top of the rankings in a nine-month span.
St. John's handily defeated Syracuse in what turned out to be not only the worst loss for Jim Boeheim this season, but the most lopsided loss for Syracuse under Jim Boeheim.
"If you can think back to when you watched him in high school," the coach said, "he doesn’t respond well when things aren’t going his way."
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The Chiefs still came out rolling even though they had clinched a playoff berth earlier in the day when the Steelers knocked off the Ravens.
And this is a whole different drill, I don't even want to comment on this one. ... You know, it's all fun when you're winning. Used to be, when I grew up, there was this thing called sportsmanship. I guess that no longer exists."
This guy must have played before.
After Sunday’s season-killing loss to the Packers, it was regarded as true and accurate that the stunning defiance of the defensive game plan by the Minnesota defensive backs lasted for the entire first half.
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Thought your holiday family dinner was a nightmare? Wait until you see your favorite elf in this creepy version of the holiday comedy. At least now you'll definitely be up all night to wait for Santa Claus.