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"I do think he likes competitive games," said Self, reiterating a point he’s made all season, that Jackson plays his best with the stakes at their highest. "I’m not gonna coach him that much longer and the only games we have left are competitive games so hopefully he’ll stay on a roll."
"He saved my career," senior center Lucas said after his understudy contributed three points, four rebounds and a steal in 9 second-half relief minutes. "He made some big plays. I’m not trying to go home. We’re trying to win a championship and that’s what it takes, guys being ready and he was ready."
The sight of Jackson and Bridges dominating in a game was nothing new to MSU coach Tom Izzo, who noted he saw it plenty while recruiting both of them.
But each and every time the Spartans thought they could make a run or take advantage of KU’s lack of depth, the Jayhawks used their experience to their advantage.
With a laugh, junior guard Devonte Graham added, "My boy Frank is not going for none of that … He thinks he can guard LeBron (James), so nobody’s going to intimidate him."
Josh Jackson is a guard by talent, disposition and practice. And besides, the man guarding him is some 23 pounds heavier. But here they go anyway, to the post, Jackson not only calling for the ball against the bigger man but doing it because this is what his coach wants.
After Drew left, KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk was left wondering who he was. After Lagerald Vick told him, Mykhailiuk replied simply, "Why?"
When shots weren’t falling, KU "took the lid off," as coach Bill Self would say, with near-perfect execution of lobs.
This Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball season has weathered more drama than any in more than a decade. On the court, KU went 28-4 and enters the NCAA Tournament as the Midwest Region’s top seed. With special access at practice throughout the season, columnist Sam Mellinger tells the story of how it all happened, and what it means for March Madness.
Goddard dominated the Horned Frogs' (14-5, 2-1 Big 12) lineup through seven innings and took a no-hit bid with him into the eighth. TCU tagged him for their first hit after he recorded the first out of the eighth frame.
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Duke was supposed to win the national championship and ultimately anything less than that would be considered a disappointment. To not even make it out of the first weekend makes this particular Duke squad an all-time disappointment.
Four games decided in the final seconds, North Carolina pushed to the brink, and Duke going down in stunning fashion. Let’s recap anything and everything that went down on day four of the NCAA Tournament.
Enjoy this, America.
This is not the reason Duke lost, but it's undeniably a major talking point.
Big programs need to start scheduling the Shockers, who were painfully mis-seeded and paid the price Sunday.
Looking at darkhorse College Football Playoff contenders and potentially surprising teams to watch.
- IN OTHER NEWS -
In case you missed it, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made a thrilling catch in Saturday night’s World Baseball Classic game against the Dominican Republic, robbing O’s teammate Manny Machado of a home run.