- KANSAS SPORTS -
Kansas senior Frank Mason III has been named the 2017 National Player of the Year by USA TODAY, the publication announced Tuesday. On Monday, Mason was named to the USA TODAY All-America first team, while KU teammate Josh Jackson was named to the outlet's All-America second team.
Of all the trophies, banners and awards in Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas basketball is missing one thing: A consensus national player of the year.
By all measures, Graham’s presence in the KU lineup was a huge reason the Jayhawks won a 13th consecutive Big 12 title, finished with a 28-3 record and have entered the postseason ranked No. 1 in the country.
Playing the four-man in the four-guard lineup, Jackson has stepped up on the glass when he’s team has needed him the most. He’s snagged 151 defensive rebounds this season, which is only five boards fewer than Lucas’ 156.
“Make at least 80 percent of our free throws,” Mason, KU’s senior guard who has made 82.7 percent of his free throws in 18 Big 12 games and 77.6 percent overall, said emphatically.
The Jayhawks (28-3) have plenty to play for beyond a title. They’re in good position to land the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and that would mean playing their first two games in Tulsa — a reasonable drive from Lawrence — and their next two games in nearby Kansas City, Missouri.
The trip, which is slated to include four exhibition games on Italian soil, will take place Aug. 2-3 in Rome and Aug. 5-6 in Milan, and will be similar to past foreign trips taken by Kansas, which also has traveled to Canada, Switzerland, France and South Korea in recent years.
After having two weeks off, Kansas women's tennis is now the No. 19-ranked team in the nation as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday.
- COLLEGE SPORTS -
It's the final edition of this season's power rankings. Duke began the season on top but ends up in the 13th spot after injuries, chemistry issues and inconsistent play. Several teams have swapped places in the top spot, but it's the Kansas Jayhawks who land there going into the postseason. However, the Jayhawks barely got the nod over defending national champion Villanova.
Here’s a story about each of the 10 teams in the Big 12 Tournament
Gonzaga, South Dakota State, Northern Kentucky and Mount St. Mary's punched tickets Tuesday.
How do you keep league tournaments played for automatic bids but provide serious advantages to the No. 1 seeds in a way that rewards them for regular-season accomplishments?
The organization incurred an operating loss for the first time in more than a decade.
This is negative recruiting taken to an entirely new, unnecessary level.
- PROFESSIONAL SPORTS -
According to various reports around the league, including one from ESPN’s Marc Stein, New Orleans will sign Selden, who played in the preseason with Memphis and has spent his time since in the D-League, to a 10-day contract.
Ryan Arcidiacono and Marcus Paige, the guards who squared off against each other in last year’s men’s national title game, are still thinking about that night.
Mike Moustakas surveys the Kansas City Royals clubhouse and knows it will not look the same next spring.