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Kansas men's basketball took home three top accolades included in the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards Sunday as the conference released its coaches' All-Big 12 honors for the 2016-17 season.
The first of perhaps many National Player of the Year nods for Frank Mason III came on Sunday night when Bleacher Report awarded its top honor for a college player to the senior guard.
After scouting him on film, then trying to stop him in each game, all of the Big 12 coaches were impressed after watching Mason play.
With the regular season and a 13th consecutive Big 12 Conference title now behind them, the Kansas men’s basketball team is ready to shift gears into full postseason mode.
“He had a great game,” junior guard Devonté Graham said. “His shot was falling. He was being aggressive down low. He played great.”
Editorial: Off-court troubles have cast a cloud over Kansas basketball - Kansas City Star
Coach Bill Self indelicately dubbed his team’s self-inflicted wounds “crap and distractions.” That’s an unfortunate word choice amid allegations of domestic violence and vandalism against a Kansas women’s basketball player.
Given the heightened concerns about the intersection of college athletics and violence against women, it's curious that the criticism has been largely muted about the Jayhawks' transgressions.
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“I know how hard he and his staff have worked to turn the program around over the last three years. However, the lack of on-court success has resulted in a significant drop in interest surrounding our program, and we could not afford for that to continue another year.”
Tim Jankovich is a legit candidate for national Coach of the Year.
There was a time when it looked like this really might be the year Kansas’ insane streak of Big 12 titles would be snapped. Instead, though, the Jayhawks pulled away from the pack and won the league by four games. FOUR. GAMES!
On one hand, Wichita State assembled an aggressive non-conference schedule featuring five games against name-brand opponents. On the other hand, the Shockers lost to Louisville, Michigan State and Oklahoma State and didn’t prove much by beating rebuilding Oklahoma and woeful LSU.
Has Wichita State outgrown the 110-year old Valley? If not, how soon until Marshall outgrows Wichita State?
Is it worth bragging over spring game attendance numbers, or are there too many factors that make this a worthless stat to track?