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Mason was the only unanimous AP first-team selection, while Jackson is a third-team honoree. Mason received 65 first-team votes from the national media panel that selects the weekly Associated Press poll. Like most All-America teams released this season, Kansas is the only school with two representatives among the first three teams named.
Mason is the first Jayhawk to earn Consensus All-America First Team honors since Thomas Robinson in 2012. Last season, Perry Ellis was a second team honoree. Kansas has the most Consensus All-America First Team selections in NCAA Division I with 29. North Carolina and Kentucky are next with 27 each.
KU’s defeat still feels like a fresh wound, but the 6-foot-10, 230-pound Preston was looking forward. He’s confident that the loss to Oregon can be the building block for an even brighter future in Lawrence.
Preston’s also been on the recruiting trail this week in Chicago. He’s talked with small forward Brian "Tugs" Bowen II of La Lumiere in Indiana, but he’s working hardest to convince IMG Academy point guard Trevon Duval that Lawrence is the place to be.
There've been rumblings about Arizona and Duke emerging as the favorites for Duval, but, from everything I've heard, the Kansas coaching staff is still in it and continues to go after him with the belief they can still get him.
"I remember years of my life, not by the teacher I had in fourth grade, but by, in fourth grade, we lost to this team in this round," she explained. "That’s kind of how I associate years of my life, around basketball and I wouldn’t change that. I love that."
Interestingly, the data used to compile the list takes into account more than a given team’s seeding in the year it won. The research involves NCAA Tournament history and the frequencies with which a specific seed beats a team from another particular seed line.
Kansas football conducted its fourth practice of the spring in full pads on Tuesday afternoon, splitting time between the practice fields adjacent to Memorial Stadium and the turf of Kivisto Field.
"When you are in this league a lot of people talk that Kansas is turning the corner," he said. "They are not a lay-up. You have to prepare and it is a little different vibe out there than what it was. You just feel like it's coming."
It marked the fourth practice of the semester but the first in 12 days, due to the university’s recess from the class schedule. Beaty left pleased with the carryover he saw and felt confident players came back to spring football understanding their assignments.
Check out some of the work put in by defensive linemen Dorance Armstrong Jr., and Daniel Wise — under the guidance of new D-line coach Jesse Williams — as well as some drills involving cornerback Hasan Defense, receivers Daylon Charlot and Evan Fairs, tight end Ben Johnson — working in front of the watchful eyes of new offensive coordinator Doug Meacham — and more.
Shortly after his team’s practice Tuesday, Kansas football coach David Beaty was still buzzing about two long runs by sophomore running back Khalil Herbert.
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Michael said he has not had contact with other schools but added, "My dream was always to play at KU." Asked about other local schools such as Kansas State, Wichita State and Missouri, he said, "As long as I can go into a program right away and help that team win, it doesn’t matter where it is, but yeah, I would love to play closer to home if possible."
University of Kansas Jayhawks graduate, legendary player and former assistant coach Lynette Woodard had been a Winthrop assistant before becoming interim coach on Jan. 25. She was hired as head coach on Tuesday and is charged with improving a program that was 6-55 the last two seasons.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be competing for the NIT championship game, thanks to a strong showing against Cal State-Bakersfield Tuesday night. Joining them in the title tilt will be TCU Horned Frogs, who came back from a slight halftime deficit to dominate UCF Golden Knights.
The university is doing this on two primary grounds. The first is the that the plaintiff’s allegations now violate a two-year statute of limitations. The second is that Baylor doesn’t feel the allegations are examples of "deliberate indifference."