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Day 2. Switzerland Boat ride and then game 2 hope everyone has a good day no matter where u are because we are. #KUCMB
LJW Photo Gallery: KU defeats Swiss National Team 79-76
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Switzerland - Kansas Jayhawks 76-79 (8-10, 22-20, 19-27, 27-22)
Halle Saint-Léonard: 500 spectators
Kazadi (0), Louissaint (2), Mladjan (13), Petkovic (17), D. Ramseier (9), Stokalper (17), Kovac (0), Albrecht (4), Dubas (4), Ramseier F. (10)
Formed: Dos Santos, Vogt, Buscaglia and Brunner. analysis Sebastien Roduit after the meeting: "It's not easy for us to face a varsity team full of energy when we emerge from three weeks of preparation. This was felt in the second half with our shot percentage has dropped. We will use tomorrow's meeting to prepare even better for our first meeting qualifying in Albania. The 3-day break following the meeting will be good for everyone to be ready for this qualifying campaign. "
Swiss Basketball (translation)
Rivals JayhawkSlant members at game give their reports ($)
Even Kansas University coach Bill Self had trouble describing what he saw from Swiss forward David Ramseier in the second quarter of Kansas’ 79-76 exhibition victory Tuesday.
After picking up a technical foul, Ramseier went ballistic, spitting in the faces of two officials before being restrained by his coach and teammates.
“He went nuts. He went absolutely nuts. I’ve never seen that,” Self said. “I saw Bill Romanowski do it in football one time, and I saw Roberto Alomar do it in baseball one time. But this guy went and actually did it twice. He’s going after the official and did it twice.
“He’ll be back (tonight), so it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.”
The second technical foul resulted in Ramseier’s ejection.
“I’ve seen that stuff on YouTube. I thought he was definitely going to go after the ref and knock him out or something,” KU center Jeff Withey said. “It was crazy. I guess that’s how they do it around here.”
The Kansas Jayhawks opened their four-game European tour on Tuesday afternoon with a 79-76 victory over the Swiss national team in Fribourg, Switzerland. The performance came after a hectic couple of days — including some flight delays and sightseeing — but the Jayhawks’ mix of youth and experience pulled together and held on in the final minutes.
Senior center Jeff Withey finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes, while senior forward Kevin Young had nine points and eight rebounds on four-of-six shooting.
“It was a long day,” Self told reporters after the game.
The Swiss missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime. Moments earlier, sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe had made two free throws with 13 seconds left, pushing the lead to six. But a desperation three-pointer from the Swiss cut the lead in half before a KU turnover gave Switzerland an opportunity to tie with 1.6 seconds left.
After the game, Self sarcastically remarked that KU was perhaps on pace to set an international scoring record after just one quarter. The Jayhawks led just 10-8 after the first 10 minutes, and both teams were struggling to score.
“We were awful,” Self said.
…The exhibition tour continues with a rematch against the Swiss at 10 a.m. Central time on Wednesday. The Jayhawks will then head to Paris, where they’ll take on AMW Team France on Saturday and Sunday.
A tree died somewhere between Lawrence, Kan., and Indianapolis last year. No one got the age or genus of the former forest dweller, but judging by its massive output, it probably was in the neighborhood of a redwood.
It gave its life to a worthy but ultimately unwinnable cause, sacrificing its proud bark in the form of voluminous amounts of documents to help two would-be Kansas players prove they should be allowed to compete as freshmen.
And there, in the tree's graveyard, lies perhaps the greatest disconnect between the NCAA, its Eligibility Center and the people it's trying to govern: When it comes to determining a high school student's initial academic eligibility, quantity doesn't matter. Quality does.
…Public or not, the process of figuring it all out is painstakingly tedious. It includes, for people like Roesler, hours and hours of document review and, for people like Kansas coach Bill Self, hours and hours of confusion.
Self has spent the better part of the previous two summers working with the High School Review group. First he did the paper exchange for Josh Selby and then last year, for Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor. Selby ultimately received his academic clearance, though is college career was delayed for amateurism issues; McLemore and Traylor will begin their Kansas clocks this fall.
His is the perfect case study in where and how the dialogue breaks down between the two groups. Both are well-intentioned and Self is quick to point out that he thinks the Eligibility Center is right to demand academic preparedness and is doing its best in an impossibly complicated environment.
That said, the process still can make him -- as well as most every coach -- feel dazed and confused.
"I get it, I really do. There has to be a standard,'' he said. "But the problem is, it's not black and white. [An ACT score of] 17 and a 2.5 [GPA] doesn't mean you're eligible. It's not the standard really.''
…"One of the major philosophical differences between our mission and secondary education is that the high school mission is to graduate students from high school," High School Review associate director Jeremy McCool said. "You meet the graduation requirements and go into the workforce, to a two-year school, whatever you choose. We are standing at the gate of a four-year college education.
"So we'll get calls from people that say, 'Hey, this course meets our graduation requirements, so why don't you accept it?' Then we have to explain it may meet your requirements, but not our legislation."
Self said that is exactly the crosshairs that hangs up most athletes he has dealt with.
Kids, he said, are usually the last to know. Someone tells them to take a course and that it will count. They sign up, pass the class and find out later -- too late -- it doesn't meet the NCAA's core requirements.
"That's not the kid's fault," Self said. "The majority of the problems I've seen are based on bad advisement. That's where the fine line is."
And that's where the paper trail begins.
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Kansas and Missouri probably aren’t battling on the hardwood anytime soon, but a personal Border War will break out Wednesday morning at the Olympics.
In a men’s basketball quarterfinal with a medal-round berth on the line, Russia will take on Lithuania, which matches big men Sasha Kaun against Linas Kleiza.
That’s Kaun the former Jayhawk vs. Kleiza the former Tiger.
Kleiza was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, and was one of the nation’s most sought after players when Quin Snyder’s staff signed him out of Montrose Christian High in Maryland for the 2003-04 season.
Kaun was born in Tomsk, Russia, and came to Kansas from Florida Air Academy.
Their college paths intersected in 2005, Kaun’s freshman season and Kleiza’s sophomore _ and last _ year in Columbia.
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Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford announced on Tuesday that Philip Jurick has been suspended from the team. The Oklahoma State center was suspended after pleading not guilty to possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The center played in 27 games last season, including starting in 16 of them. Jurick is 6’11, and helped the Cowboys in the paint, scoring just under 2 points and grabbing 5 rebounds per game.
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Trey Lyles originally committed to Indiana in September 2010 – when he was just beginning his freshman year of high school.
Nearly two years later, Lyles is back on the market.
“Trey Lyles has opened his recruitment,” Jason Delaney, Lyles' high school coach, tweeted. “He loves IU & it is still #1 but he would like to have something to compare it to.”
Lyles, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Arsenal Tech (Ind.), is currently ranked No. 9 in CBSSports.com's Top 50 for 2014. He is one of the most skilled offensive players in the country, with the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter or take defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim.
Sources indicate that Lyles believed he committed too early, and wanted the feeling of being recruited.
Highland High School seniors Dylan and Dakota Gonzalez have verbally committed to play basketball for Kansas for the 2013-14 season. The twins also considered Gonzaga, UNLV, Washington, Stanford and Auburn.
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Just when it seems like she can’t get any better, Highland junior Dakota Gonzalez finds a way.
Along with twin sister Dylan, Dakota led the Rams back to the state tournament, an event in which Highland is accustomed to playing.
For her efforts throughout the course of the season, Highland’s Dakota Gonzalez has been selected as the Idaho State Journal’s girls’ basketball player of the year.
“I was completely unaware that this was going to happen,” Dakota said of the recognition. “It’s a great honor and I feel privileged. It’s still just a shock and I appreciate it because there are a lot of great players in this area.”
This is the third consecutive year that Dakota has received the accolade. Her and Dylan were named co-players of the year after their freshman seasons.
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