- KANSAS SPORTS -
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was asked Thursday morning if his team had been able to wipe the memory of Monday’s loss from the minds of his players, and Huggins responded simply with, “I don’t know if I could if I tried.”
“If Baylor’s successful, it’s anyone’s game,” Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday, acknowledging that the rematch of KU’s 73-68 victory on Feb. 1 is “huge” in terms of the league chase.
No. 3/3 Kansas (22-3, 11-2) faces its second-straight Top-10 team when it plays at No. 4/4 Baylor (22-4, 9-4) on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 12 p.m., on CBS.
“The difference between the middle and the teams that are perceived to be at the top is not very much at all,” Self said, “as evidenced by (Baylor’s) scores and also by our scores.”
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 Aaron Miles.
It's little surprise that Mason has emerged as somewhat of a front-runner in this year's race for national player of the year. But there's still hardly a clear-cut favorite here in mid-February, as both Villanova's Josh Hart and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan could easily springboard ahead.
Mason has especially struggled recently. He’s 3-for-16 on twos in his last two games, and quick video study of those shots indicates other teams deserve some credit for defending him well.
Thursday’s announcement ended one of KU’s longest recent recruitments, as Bill Self and company had been targeting Rivals.com’s No. 14-ranked player in the 2017 class for years. Young attended KU camps as a freshman in high school and kept in close touch with Self and his assistants throughout his prep career.
With Young out of the mix and Kansas losing Frank Mason III — and potentially Devonte’ Graham — after the season, there is a clear opening for a lead guard in the Kansas program.
As of Thursday afternoon, KU still had four other commitments from Louisiana on board: four-star receiver Devonta Jason, four-star defensive back Corione Harris, three-star defensive back Aaron Brule and three-star running back Anthony Williams.
- COLLEGE SPORTS -
Football program's sins cast a pall over Baylor athletics, but basketball keeps on winning.
The Flames will be moving to college football's highest division with Ian McCaw as their athletic director.
- POP CULTURE -
After nearly 40 years of parodying celebrities, the accordion-playing nerd has become a legend in his own right.
- VIDEO OF THE DAY -
Cubs third baseman and 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant thought he was shooting a promotional video for Red Bull, but he was actually being pranked by Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.