- KANSAS SPORTS -
For the first time in program history, the Kansas track & field men's team found itself among the top-10 of the weekly national rankings when the latest top-25 list was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday. The Jayhawks, who jumped 16 spots to check in at No. 8 this week, feature eight athletes and a relay team that sit among the top-25 in their respective events.
MR ED SAYS: Wait, I guess there was a basketball game last night?
- KANSAS BASKETBALL -
Kansas basketball mounted a miraculous 14-point comeback with 2:58 remaining in regulation to force overtime against No. 9 West Virginia and eventually defeat the ninth-ranked Mountaineers, 84-80, on Monday night in front of a record-breaking Allen Fieldhouse crowd.
Despite trailing No. 9 West Virginia by 14 points with 2:58 remaining, third-ranked Kansas staged a comeback for the ages, using clutch shooting, suffocating defense and, of course, a little lift from the home crowd, to shock the Mountaineers, 84-80, in overtime.
Vick, who played just 18 minutes but would have played near 30 if not for foul trouble, sparked the Jayhawks’ first-half comeback.
“It was a toughness win. I still don’t know how we did it. Our fans deserve a ton of credit, those that stayed. We had a few trickle out. They missed a hell of a finish,” Self said.
The Jayhawks are ninth in Big 12 play in two-point percentage and eighth in defensive efficiency — two staples of Self’s dominant teams. KU is two games up in the conference standings anyway.
“Anybody who says their guys play harder than mine, it’s a ridiculous statement,” Self said. “I’m not saying they play harder. I’m saying nobody completes harder than my guys.”
The rest of the league might as well gather campside and share tall tales about how they almost had the Jayhawks. The Mountaineers might just have the best, and saddest, story of them all.
There's a lot to unpack here, including Kansas' almost miraculous rally, how West Virginia let it happen, and what it ultimately means for both teams.
Don't lose sight of Kansas' excellence and where it puts its head coach as an all-timer. On a night when Allen Fieldhouse broke a Guinness world record for loudest crowed roar at an indoor sporting event, Bill Self continued to quietly set down a career that has few peers in the history of the game.
Mr. Ed says: Smoking Musket was "too depressed" to write their own recap.
- I GUESS OTHER STUFF HAPPENED TOO -
This is the best team that Scott Drew has had in Waco since the 30-win season and Elite Eight run in 2012. The development and emergence of Johnathan Motley as one of the country's best has paired with top-notch team defense to make Baylor a team that is still very capable of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. But the Bears have dropped three of five this month and are on the verge of missing their shot at knocking the Jayhawks from their perch.
While 100 straight victories is a headline-grabbing round number, it only hints at UConn’s unprecedented dominance. Other numbers better reflect the chasm separating the Huskies from the rest of women’s college basketball’s elite programs.