- KANSAS SPORTS -
After Saturday's announcement, several current players, former players and others sent a message of support to Self through social media.
The 5-foot-11 guard was honored earlier today at the Naismith Awards Brunch delivered by UPS. He joins Danny Manning (1988) as the only two Naismith Trophy recipients from the University of Kansas, and becomes the sixth Big 12 recipient, following Buddy Hield (OU, 2016), Blake Griffin (OU, 2009) Kevin Durant (UT, 2007) and T.J. Ford (UT, 2003).
“I think I’m a really good play-maker,” said Mason, who scored 20.9 points a game as a Kansas senior and dished 5.2 assists. “I can shoot the ball, I can get others involved. I think I’ll just be an overall great teammate and good player.”
In her first collegiate track competition in nearly 10 months, Sharon Lokedi once again posted one of the program's fastest 10,000-meter times as she kicked off her outdoor season Friday night at the Stanford Invitational.
"We raced very well considering the teams we were going up against were all in the top-20 in last week's national poll," head coach Rob Catloth said. "We made a tremendous effort to put ourselves in a position to compete against these top-20 teams."
Albright vaulted himself into the top-five of the latest NCAA rankings and was joined by several Jayhawk relay teams that added strong performances in their final day in Austin.
Six shutout-innings from its ace Taylor Turski and a huge outfield assist by sophomore Devin Foyle to end the game paced the Kansas baseball team to a Saturday afternoon victory over Texas, 2-1, at Hoglund Ballpark.
- COLLEGE SPORTS -
The North Carolina Tar Heels’ quest for redemption has devolved into a perilous exercise in avoiding regurgitation. Three times during this NCAA tournament, UNC has coughed up leads and felt the threat of elimination closing in.
“People can tell me what they want — I lost the game for us,” Bell said.
Frank Martin, long after either North Carolina or Gonzaga cuts down the nets Monday night, will remain one of the game’s elite coaches. Period.
It’s not strategy. It’s a loophole. It’s the basketball version of claiming bankruptcy when you’re still rich, benefiting from a rule that was, by definition, designed to punish. Free throws are supposed to be a reward in basketball. But in these scenarios, they’re a punishment. The fouler is rewarded for doing something against the rules. Which is stupid.
On the surface, the justification for excitement is pretty straightforward. The two teams left standings are a pair of No. 1 seeds with a legitimate claim to being the best two college basketball teams in America for the 2016-17 season. That’s all any of us can hope for when it comes to the culmination of any NCAA tournament.
“Smack Apparel,” a company specializing in shirts mocking teams and players, is claiming their shirt is protected by the first amendment — but the letter from Duke’s lawyers only claims “Smack Apparel” is using Allen’s likeness and name without his permission, which seems like a cut and dry case.
(Mr Ed says: If the shirt simply read, "Why You Trippin'? with the silhouette of a basketball player, they'd be fine!)
- PROFESSIONAL SPORTS -
Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the return of regular season baseball, the Nationals closer gig, and a possible return for Eric Gagne.
Don't ever believe anything you read on April Fool's Day.