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- KANSAS SPORTS -
While the two superstars won’t spend much, if any, time guarding each other and probably won’t even be in the same areas on the court all that often, the matchup between Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan and Kansas point guard Frank Mason III provides the perfect trailer for tonight’s clash.
"The 3-point line is huge," said KU freshman Josh Jackson. "We’ve got some pretty good shooters and so do they. I think the thing we gotta do is turn their shooters into drivers and run them off the 3-point line a little bit.... We’re definitely not trying to out-shoot 'em. We’re not trying to turn this into a horse contest."
Most of the ballots were returned and the majority of the votes will be counted by the time Frank Mason and Caleb Swanigan face off against each other Thursday night in the Sweet 16.
"It’s gonna be a hostile environment," Edwards predicted of the next time the Boilermakers appear in front of Kansas supporters. "They’re only about 40 minutes away from their gym, so they’re gonna come packed."
U.S. and Virginia Government is a 12th-grade class. Along with English 12, it’s one of two classes required by the state for graduation. Mason did not pass, so he could not graduate, and for a time, high school teacher Terri Smith felt the town’s anger.
So, the transitive property advantage goes to Purdue, right? The Boilermakers beat the team that won at Kansas, therefore Purdue has a competitive edge in the Sweet 16 matchup Thursday at the Sprint Center.
His unlikely journey to college basketball stardom at Purdue — documented by Bleacher Report, ESPN and several other outlets since — required overcoming his weight issues, homelessness and first-hand encounters with drug addicts.
Some eight weeks before the NCAA Tournament bracket was announced, Bill Self was worried about Purdue. "I think as a coach you look at it and say, ‘OK, what teams out there are a little bit different that could potentially be a contrasting style that you could match up with?’" Self said. "And Purdue was the first one that came to mind."
Now it’s March, and the squad that Self took notice of two months ago is staring him in the face. Caleb Swanigan, the most dominant big man in college basketball, is sitting in an adjacent locker room. The team that stands between the Jayhawks and the Elite Eight is one that might as well have been constructed by basketball engineers trying to answer a pressing question: How do you beat Kansas?
Some interesting nuggets ahead of the Jayhawks’ upcoming matchup.
"I think speed beats size every time, every day of the week," Jackson said. "We’ve just got to come out, play our game and make it a fast-paced game."
As simply-stated as Kansas’ defensive focus might be Thursday — limiting Purdue’s front-court effectiveness — the plan on the other side is just as straightforward. Slow the transition game, led by Frank Mason.
"Last game was my left hook I was more comfortable with. This game was my right hook," Lucas said after the win. "I don’t know which one it’s going to be, but once I get a feel for it, once one starts falling, I’ll keep going back to it."
Mount Rushmore has more range of emotion. A block of wood is more expressive. Any guesses as to what the Kansas guard is thinking at any given moment start and end with his blank countenance.
As the Jayhawks began a nine-game homestand on Wednesday against Creighton, they were able to jolt the Bluejays in the first inning, but the offense fizzled the rest of the way during a 7-3 setback at Hoglund Ballpark.
The lawsuit initially filed in March 2016 by James and Amanda Tackett claimed that when recruiting their daughter to attend and row for Kansas, the school falsely advertised safe residence halls and violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. The suit claimed the university knew there had been sexual assaults in its dorms.
- COLLEGE SPORTS -
The Midwest Regional at the Sprint Center involving Kansas, Purdue, Oregon and Michigan is the toughest ticket in the NCAA Tournament among the four sites this weekend.
Reporters know the ironclad rule: No cheering in the press box. Ah, but there’s a loophole: We’re allowed to root for the story. And, man, is there a better story in American sports just now than the Michigan Wolverines?
The dual-threat quarterback is on track to become Iowa State's starting middle linebacker this fall.
- PROFESSIONAL SPORTS -
The symbol of American baseball dominance, 11 years in the waiting, March edition, was a 5-foot-8 half-African American, half-Puerto Rican kid from Long Island who, in declaring for Team USA three months ago, managed to innocently piss off both places.
Speaking to Billy Witz of the New York Times about the contrasts between Team USA and Puerto Rico, Kinsler unleashed a quote lathered with outdated baseball traditionalism. Kinsler didn’t quite say that the teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic "don’t play the game the right way," but he’s critical of style and passion of both teams and the culture he says fosters it.
Rodgers’ four-bedroom, three-bath, 4,012-square-foot abode (via Redfin) in Suamico, Wis., is up for sale. The price: $424,900. Amazing! That’s barely $100/square foot, which New Yorkers are currently vomiting at as they read this. Green Bay real estate, baby.