1/13/15, 6:26 PM
Rock CHALK! Cliff Alexander does his best Blake Griffin impression for Kansas on MONSTER #SCtop10 jam over OKST. es.pn/1ANwW0s
On Tuesday night against Oklahoma State, he offered so much more than a hint:
In the immortal words of Stefon, this dunk has everything:
- A 6-foot-10 man Marshawn Lynch-ing his shoulder through a (probably flopping) Le'Bryan Nash.
- A slight stagger as said man reorients his feet under his legs, like some sort of imposing baby deer.
- An unthinkably high leap and arm extension over a defender doing everything he can to not get embarrassed, ending with that defender getting embarrassed anyway, and ...
- The unrepentant, maybe unconscious flex-taunt that earned the freshman a technical foul.
Totally worth it! Besides, a technical was the least of the officials' worries. They're lucky KU fans didn't shut the gym down right then and there.
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1/13/15, 8:35 PM
Jayhawks win! No. 9 Kansas beats Oklahoma State, 67-57.
Cliff Alexander's #SCtop10 dunk rocked Allen Fieldhouse
…The Jayhawks attempted 46 free throws Tuesday while taking just 43 shots from the floor. KU's leading rebounder was 5-foot-11 Frank Mason (nine). With forwards Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor dipping (and this was a common theme) into foul trouble, Oubre basically served as the power forward, for stretches, over the final six minutes.
"Yeah, it was a bad game, long game, everything," Self said. "The only thing that was good (Tuesday) was that we won."
…A boring first 10 minutes, it wasn't. Cliff Alexander delivered the first unofficial shot, raising the ire of the Oklahoma State bench with a Blake-Griffin-esque, posterizing one-handed dunk some six minutes and 10 seconds into the contest. He was fouled on the play, then flexed both biceps for the crowd, Schwarzenegger style.
…Phweet! Technical foul. A pair of shots at one end, then back to the other end to try and finish the three-point play.
"I don't know why it was a technical," the KU big man would say later. "I was talking to Frank at the time."
And with 12:10 to go in the first half, the surreal became outright chippy. Oubre and Pokes forward Le'Bryan Nash bumped near the KU bench.
Oubre seemed to extend an unfriendly little elbow shove, and may or may not have said something. Because it was returned by a rather unkind and very large shove from Nash. Traylor, KU's unofficial enforcer, stepped in, and coaches on both sides worked to keep bodies apart.
Self wasn't thrilled with the altercation, and could be seen jawing with Traylor, the brawny junior out of Chicago, while the zebras tried to sort out the details. In the end, it was a double technical, with Mason connecting on one of two from the stripe and Forte hitting both of the Pokes' corresponding attempts.
"Act like you've been there before," Self said, grimacing, after the contest. "Unbelievable. And it counts as a personal. Cliff's was bad and Jamari's was worse. So that's discouraging to me. But we did rally around it OK."
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The gameplan was to just stay engaged. Don’t lose him. Find him in transition. Play behind him, so whatever way he goes, he can be followed directly off a screen.
Though Phil Forte’s scouting report had entry after entry, Kansas’ guards showed their ability to focus in while slowing the sharpshooter in No. 9 Kansas’ 67-57 victory over No. 24 Oklahoma State on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Forte, the leading scorer in the conference at 17.7 points per game, finished with 18, but that didn’t tell the whole story. Four of those points came on technical free throws, and just two came in the second half.
“We did a good job of guarding him,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I thought Wayne was terrific with it, and I thought Devonte’ did as well.”
…It worked so well that Forte checked out of the game twice in the second half with cramps, suffering from fatigue after going against fresh players.
“We didn’t really think that would happen, but we were kind of happy that he got out of the game a little bit,” Mason said, “because we knew they didn’t have as many scorers as they would with him in the game.”
“Usually I take a lot of pride in being the best-conditioned player on the court,” Forte said. “So I don’t use that as an excuse. I don’t really see what was different. I just try to go out there and play hard every game.
“Second half, I don’t know, my hamstring just kept tightening up. So I just need to continue to take care of my body — ice it, eat right, get the right rest. At this point, that’s even more important than getting shots up and working on your jumper in practice.”
…Forte on the intense and physical nature of the series with KU:
“There were a lot of fouls and a lot of stoppage. The game seemed like it took forever. But every time we play Kansas, we know it’s going to be chippy. We know it’s going to be a physical game. That’s just kind of how the game goes sometimes and we have to adjust on the fly.”
…Boone Pickens, via Twitter, making a prediction during a question-and-answer session before Tuesday’s game:
“I think my Cowboys will win. We’ve got Bill Self’s number. #AskBoone.“
The Cowboys have won just two of the last 10 meetings with Kansas.
The .500 conference record comes with some regret, as the Cowboys have lost tight games at Iowa State and Kansas, the Big 12 leaders.
“We don’t really view it as a moral victory,” Forte said. “We want to win and that’s just kind of how we are. That’s the competitiveness of this team.
“Those are two of the toughest places to play in the Big 12. So we can play with anybody in the conference, we believe, but it’s just going to come down to the end. Who’s going to make the most plays and tonight we didn’t do that.”
Any flow from what began as a wildly entertaining game was wrecked completely by an officiating crew sensitive about establishing total control.
The Cowboys made 11 of 11 free throws in the first half to stay within striking distance. The Jayhawks, however, got more chances over 40 loooong minutes.
KU was, after all, playing at home. And by outscoring OSU 32-22 from the line off a 29-20 foul differential, KU banged out a 67-57 victory to remain undefeated in the Big 12 after both teams traded 16 field goals apiece.
OSU coach Travis Ford did not go as far as to endorse the early tussle as a way for the Cowboys to express some attitude. Not when the end result at the line proved costly.
“When you’re a defensive team and you go out and give your opponent 46 free throws, it’s tough,” Ford said. “It’s really tough. But Kansas did a good job and deserved to win.”
“It was one of the crazier called games,” Ford added, when asked about the double-T assessed to the Pokes’ Le’Bryan Nash and the Jayhawks’ Jamari Traylor. “It was hard for either team to get a feel. Two hours and 30 minutes (2:27 was the actual time of game) is a long time. It was hard for both teams to get into a flow.”
Kansas forward Cliff Alexander enjoys dunking more than most college freshmen. He offered up his best finish of the season on Tuesday night against Oklahoma State.
With just under 14 minutes left in the first half, Alexander received the ball on the block and turned hard against Oklahoma State forward Le’Bryan Nash, who absorbed the hit and fell backward. There was no whistle, and that left only Oklahoma State 7-footer Anthony Allen to protect the basket. Alexander jumped and threw down an emphatic one-handed slam as Allen Fieldhouse erupted.
“Yeah,” Alexander said. “Best dunk all year.”
…Alexander sat for most of the second half, picking up an early third foul and then playing behind sophomore Landen Lucas when juniors Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor got into the foul trouble. In normal situations, Self said, he would have gone back to Alexander. But Kansas was handling Oklahoma State just fine.
“Who was he going to come back in for?” Self said. “He had fouls and he would have come (back) in most situations, but our team actually played pretty good with Landen in the game, so there was no reason to take him out for a stretch.”
At the defensive end, Oubre played a role in the Cowboys so often looking so unsure of themselves. Oubre stands 6-foot-7, but is armed with a 7-2 wingspan. Mix in quick feet and it makes for a defender who can alter passes the way a long-armed leaper blessed with good timing can change shots.
At times, you can almost read the mind of a ball-handler from a KU opponent: “Where’s Oubre? Where is he?”
It looks that way at times because Oubre is trying to make it look that way all the time.
“I try to get out in the passing lanes, alter their passes, make them go a step further out away from the scoring area,” he said. “Just throw off of their offense a little bit.”
Oubre has 17 steals in 283 minutes. KU’s other three wings — Brannen Greene, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Wayne Selden Jr. – have combined for 18 steals in 936 minutes.
Oubre had his rough moments Tuesday, as illustrated by his four turnovers. So did just about everyone else from both sides. Oubre also contributed 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and two steals. He made just 7 of 12 free throws, cheating himself of a big scoring night. Still, he reached double figures for the fifth time in the past seven games.
He has a hunger to score, all right, but his emotions run higher when makes a defensive play. He takes more pride in disruptively influencing a game.
According to accepted laws of physics and gravity, Kansas guard Frank Mason is not supposed to be the Jayhawks’ leading rebounder in a gritty conference victory over a top-25 opponent.
If you believe Kansas’ official roster, Mason stands 5 feet 11. If you believe his head coach, that height might closer to 5 feet 10. If you stop by a KU practice and listen to the junk and insults being thrown about, you will probably hear a teammate take a shot at Mason’s little-man status.
“They kind of tell me,” Mason says, “they don’t know how I grab those rebounds because I’m a midget.”
Kansas’ players like to call Mason the heartbeat of their team, a tiny pulsating muscle that maintains the rhythm and offers the energy to make this whole thing work. But even then, they are a little surprised when Mason does something like he did Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
1/14/15, 5:59 AM
The leading rebounder in last night's Big 12 battle between Kansas and Oklahoma State? Frank Mason with 9. Like a strong safety playing PG.
1/13/15, 2:09 PM
If Kansas wins its 11th straight @Big12Conference title, the No.16 player on @JohnGasaway list will be KEY reason. m.espn.go.com/ncb/story?stor…
16. Frank Mason, Kansas Jayhawks
Since the Jayhawks' humbling 77-52 loss at Temple three weeks ago, Mason has recorded 22 assists and just five turnovers in 212 offensive possessions. For the season he's connecting on roughly half of both his 2s and his 3s, and his paradigmatic game came against UNLV: 18 points, seven assists and four steals.
Still not convinced? Mason leads KU in minutes. There's a rap song about him. Best of all at a listed height of 5-11, he's eligible for the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award. It's only January, but Mason is making a strong case for that honor.
But the No. 9 Jayhawks still topped 24th-ranked Oklahoma State by double digits, with a score of 67-57. The Cowboys finished the night as the third consecutive team that has failed to register 60 points against Kansas.
The Jayhawks are jelling. The growth of Alexander and Oubre is an important part of that.
…Self is also known for turning freshmen into immediate contributors. Xavier Henry, Ben McLemore, Wiggins and Embiid all blossomed early and quickly. By midseason, it was clear KU’s ceiling was tied to their successes.
It has been a slower process with Alexander and Oubre, who are both elite recruits, former McDonald’s All-Americans and NBA prospects.
…It’s clear Oubre and Alexander are beginning to thrive under Self. If this trajectory continues, the Jayhawks will likely remain atop their Big 12 perch.
But there’s another factor in this, one the stats won’t show.
The Jayhawks finally look like they enjoy playing with one another. A couple freshmen who didn’t know where they stood earlier this season are developing.
And smiling. Finally.
KU will next meet Iowa State at 8 p.m., Saturday, in Ames, Iowa.
Oklahoma State has prided itself on playing stingy defense all season.
It’s hard to defend the free throw line.
The No. 24 Cowboys sent ninth-ranked Kansas there a stunning 46 times Tuesday night, and the Jayhawks made more than enough for a 67-57 victory that kept them perfect in Big 12 play.
…Kansas coach Bill Self joked that he was glad he didn’t drink too much water when the teams headed to the locker room at halftime. The second half seemed to take forever.
“I would have been in trouble,” Self said.
Brannen Greene, who played three minutes the first half, did not play in the second half. He was removed after not going after a rebound hard and did not return. Self said it was coach’s decision. Svi Mykhailiuk did not play (coach’s decision).
…Mason extended his double-digit scoring streak to 13-straight games. KU's longest double-digit scoring streak a year ago belonged to Andrew Wiggins (eight games). ... Devonté Graham has recorded nine assists without a turnover in 40 combined minutes over the last two games. … KU is 3-0 to start Big 12 play for the ninth-straight season and the 11th time under Self
Kansas may have the shorter bench, but it was also more productive. The Jayhawks had a 20-3 advantage in points from reserves, despite playing only nine guys. Oklahoma State played 12.
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Tarik Black had another solid game in 22 minutes off the Lakers' bench on Tuesday, notching nine points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in a loss to Miami.
While LeBron James was the player he has always been in his return from an eight-game absence, Suns forward Markieff Morris reached new heights Tuesday, overshadowing James' performance.
James scored 33 points in his first game since Dec. 23, but the Suns' Morris had a career-high 35 points in the Phoenix Suns' 107-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at US Airways Center.
"Markieff was awesome," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We just pounded it into Markieff and he came through, play after play. He was huge."
Morris had 11 points in the fourth period, and he made two free throws to give the Suns a 103-97 lead with 1:09 remaining.
Kings shooting guard Ben McLemore left Tuesday's loss to the Mavericks in overtime due to an eye injury and did not return.
McLemore was hit in the eye and appeared to be bleeding before coming out of the game to be examined. He finished with eight points on 2 of 8 shooting in 38 minutes. The Kings have a few days of rest ahead before facing the Heat Friday.
According to father Mitchell, Andrew Wiggins will participate in 2015 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Competition held 2/14 @ Madison Square Garden!
ANDREW WIGGINS HITS DEE BROWN-ESQUE FLOATER WHILE COVERING HIS OWN EYES
“Pay Heed. The game you love began here. Respect those who came before you. Make their legacy your own. Because destiny favors the dedicated. And rings don’t replace work. In this game you don’t get what you want. You get what you earn. We are Kansas. Together we rise. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
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North Carolina tops the list of the most iconic uniforms in college basketball history, according to NCAA.com.
In naming Carolina's jerseys its top choice, the NCAA said, "If it ain't broke, then break it and make it better. When Dean Smith asked Alexander Julian to rethink North Carolina's one-of-a-kind uniforms, the designer created the most original and coveted look in college hoops. From the argyle down the side to the intricate piping, you won't find a uniform more classic than UNC."
The full list of top five most iconic uniforms was:
1. North Carolina
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Jevon Carter scored 18 points and No. 16 West Virginia got its strongest performance of the season from its bench to beat No. 18 Oklahoma 86-65 Tuesday night.
Devin Williams added 14 points and 11 rebounds while Nathan Adrian scored a season-high 11 for the Mountaineers (15-2, 3-1 Big 12).
Buddy Hield scored 21 and Isaiah Cousins added 14 for Oklahoma (11-5, 2-2), which has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
West Virginia's full-court press contributed to a season-high 22 turnovers for the Sooners. It marked the most points allowed by Oklahoma this season. The previous high was 69 on two occasions, also losses.
West Virginia's bench, which had been outscored the two previous games, amassed 55 points, led by Carter and Adrian. The Mountaineers' previous high from its bench this season was 35.
Eleven different players scored for the Mountaineers.
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took the rare move of abandoning his jacket about midway through the second half with Miami holding a four-point lead.
He knew it was serious then.
He’s going to have to roll up his sleeves now.
Miami’s 90-74 win on Tuesday night not only snapped the fourth-ranked Blue Devils’ nation-leading 41-game win streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but it exposed a truth Krzyzewski said he has known for about a month.
“I just have felt since Christmas that there’s something missing with our group and I’ve said it,” Krzyzewski said. “I’ve said it to the press, I’ve said it to my team. When you’re still winning you don’t necessarily believe it completely.”
Believe it now.
1/14/15, 7:47 AM
How does #Duke start the year w/ 9 McDonalds AA, have no injuries and now have no depth?
1/13/15, 11:03 PM
Four of the last six national champions lost a home game.
1/13/15, 10:14 PM
Miami lost at home to Eastern Kentucky by 28.
After watching his team take apart Missouri 86-37 Tuesday night, Kentucky coach John Calipari had a simple explanation for what No. 1 UK did to the Tigers.
“They got what UCLA and Kansas got. That's what they got. That effort,” said Calipari.
That was not the same effort Mississippi and Texas A&M got in UK’s first two Southeastern Conference games when both teams had a chance to beat UK — and probably should have beat the Cats.
Calipari didn’t want anyone to think that UK won big because Missouri (7-9) is that bad.
“But understand, they had Illinois beat, they lost by two. They had Oklahoma State, they lost in overtime. They had them beat. They beat LSU. And they had Auburn down 10 and they ended up losing by a couple,” Calipari said. “So you can say what you want, they played a buzz saw today.”
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Terrance Ferguson, a 6-foot-6 junior shooting guard from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, attended Tuesday’s 67-57 Kansas University basketball victory over Oklahoma State.
In Lawrence for an unofficial recruiting visit, Ferguson is ranked No. 8 nationally in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com.
Ferguson has already made unofficial trips to Oklahoma State and Louisville. He’s also considering Arkansas, Arizona, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Virginia and Texas.
“I want to try and go see all of my choices,” Ferguson told Rivals.com. “I’m looking for the coaching staff and how the team is built around family and the type of play.”
Prime Prep coach Ray Forsett told Rivals: “We want him to look at academics and to be a true student-athlete. We also want him to look for a coach that will push him and to help him keep growing as a basketball player and a man. Development is huge too because we want to keep that going.”
I had my visit to UNC last weekend and I had a great time!
Marcus Paige hit a crazy finger roll off the backboard over three people at the buzzer to beat Louisville and just to be a part of that environment with those fans was special to me. You should’ve been in that locker room after the game! It was just really genuine and hype.
Coach Roy told me he knew they were gonna win the whole time. I said, “Are you sure?” He said, “Yep, I’m sure!”
I had a great visit! I would give it a 10 out of 10.
I met with Coach Roy a bunch of times, the academic advisor, ate at coach’s house, hung out with the players at their dorms and all that. I had a ball!
They definitely know how to treat you at North Carolina.
Next I’m gonna take a visit to Michigan on the 24th. I’ve got a lot of family up there and so it’s gonna be a little reunion while I’m there. A lot of them went to Michigan and Michigan State so I’m really excited to see the campus and see my people.
That’ll be my fifth official visit and I’ll take an unofficial visit to Georgia on the 17th for a game.
After the season, I’ll know when I’ll want to make my decision. I set that as a goal for myself; I’m not saying I’ll know where but, I feel like I’ll know when I’ll want to have a decision by.
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As history has repeatedly proven, if you can get a prospect on your campus, you’ve always got a chance.
UGA will have to wait for its chance with Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 overall college basketball prospect.
The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School was supposed to visit UGA for Saturday’s home game against Florida. But it has been postponed, according to Brown’s AAU coach.
“He had to change it because they (Wheeler) leave on Saturday for the Hall of Fame game on Monday on ESPN,” Desmond Eastmond told the AJC. “He was going to go to UGA on an unofficial. So they have to set up another date.”
One of the coaches was heartened enough by what transpired to predict a state championship, and his team lost the game.
His counterpart did not disagree.
Simeon and Morgan Park put together a 32-minute highlight reel Tuesday, with the final clip belonging to Josh Thomas.
Simeon's junior reserve drove boldly to the rim for a tiebreaking bucket with 29 seconds left and the No. 2 Wolverines hung on for a 67-63 victory against No. 5 Morgan Park before a full house at Simeon.
…Morgan Park's marquee player, Marcus LoVett, scored 22 dazzling points — all in the final 18 minutes — with two Illinois assistant coaches seated in the front row.
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After a disappointing nonleague and tournament circuit portion of its schedule, the Maranatha High School boys basketball team was looking to take full advantage of having the slate somewhat wiped clean with the start of Olympic League play on Tuesday night.
Standout guard Tyler Dorsey made sure that’s exactly what happened.
Dorsey scored 18 of his game-high 42 points in the fourth quarter and Maranatha rallied from a halftime deficit to post a 69-64 win