After the win, Shockers guard Fred VanVleet sent a personal message to Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. regarding his comment about sleeping through Wichita State's game in the round of 64. Oubre said he took a nap as VanVleet and the Shockers defeated Indiana.
VanVleet had a response after his team took care of the Jayhawks.
"I probably wouldn't have said that publicly because I like to show respect to the other team," VanVleet told The Kansas City Star. "But he can sleep all he wants to now."
In the locker room, VanVleet brings Oubre's sleep pattern up once more saying he probably should've woken up for a particular play in the game.
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Landen Lucas on the future: “Coach (Bill) Self understands what it takes to make it deep in the tournament. Going forward, we have to make sure whatever he says to do, to do it. It starts from the top down as far as leadership goes. Next year we have to make sure to do what he tells us to do.
“It hurts going out early. The main focus is doing whatever it takes in the future. If it’s individual improvements, we have to make those improvements, make sure we do something about it instead of just talking about not going home this early.”
"It's the biggest game of the year and the biggest game of most of our careers, and we didn't take it seriously," Selden said, eyes still glazed. "(Including) myself. As a leader, you know, I take a lot of that."
Thumbs outnumbered fingers as pointing went in the KU camp early Sunday night at CenturyLink Center, a good sign. Coach Bill Self fell on a few dozen swords, when offered. Selden, his sophomore off-guard, did the same.
"I feel like I just didn't come through (Sunday)," Selden said. "I felt like I wasn't engaged in the game."
True and true, and a chapter closes. But here's the funny thing: For all the doom and gloom and grumbling Monday, the glass for KU hoops in 2015-16, at first blush, isn't half full.
For the second straight winter, Self piloted a flawed KU roster through the toughest dang schedule in the country and won the Big 12 anyway. Only the rosiest of rose-colored glasses anticipated much March mileage from a team with zero rim protection and an on-again, off-again love affair with the 3-point shot.
…And yet this is also a roster (at the moment) poised to be better (on paper, always with the caveats) than it was this past winter, something nobody was saying in March 2014 with lottery darlings Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid pretty much already out the door. It would be a mild surprise if gifted freshman wing Kelly Oubre elected to forgo the NBA Draft (where he's projected as a top 12 pick); it would be a major one if Cliff Alexander, still entangled in NCAA eligibility taffy, decided to do the same.
But there's cover, so to speak, for the latter -- Carlton Bragg, a 6-foot-8 five-star prep out of Cleveland could effectively serve the same function next season Big Cliff did this past winter, assuming that flight path is still clear. Oubre is a trickier hole to patch; perhaps 6-7 teen Ukrainian Svi Mykhailiuk with another summer of conditioning and shaping and lifting (mostly lifting) slides into that gap. Maybe Brannen Greene takes a step from role shooter to more of an all-around wing.
But if senior-to-be power forward Perry Ellis -- who, unlike Oubre, isn't projected to be a lottery grab -- elects to return, to really go for it, now you've got a base of the experienced, veteran pieces more along the lines of the Wichita State crew that sent you packing. Frank Mason is clearly on the climbing part of the curve at point guard; Mason and Ellis, a healthy Ellis, would be strong enough pillars by themselves to start building another Big 12 champion around.
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Kansas University’s nonconference basketball schedule figures to be rugged again during the 2015-16 season.
What is known right now is KU will meet NCAA Sweet 16-bound Michigan State in the Champions Classic on Nov. 17 in Chicago and also travel to San Diego State to meet Steve Fisher’s perennially tough Aztecs. S.D. State fell to Duke, 68-49, in an NCAA Round of 32 game Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
KU will compete in the Nov. 23-25 Maui Invitational, which has a field that also features UCLA, Indiana and former KU phenom Danny Manning’s Wake Forest team, as well as St. John’s, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Chaminade.
KU’s opponent in the Jan. 30 Big 12/SEC Challenge has not yet been revealed. There were strong rumors in January that Kentucky would travel to KU next season, with the Jayhawks heading to Lexington the following year as part of the one-day challenge.
The Jayhawks and Georgetown Hoyas, who were to have met in Allen Fieldhouse next season, have agreed to postpone that game until 2016-17.
Kansas will play in the CBE Classic in 2016-17 in Kansas City, Missouri. Teams have not been announced. Also, in 2016-17, KU will meet Indiana in Honolulu, travel to UNLV and play Georgetown in Allen. KU has not decided which preseason tournament it will play in 2017-18.
KU, which travels to South Korea to represent the United States in the World University Games this July, will be eligible for a summer tour to a foreign country the following summer.
Charles Barkley, a terrific NBA analyst who abhors analytics and pays attention to college basketball for probably a week leading up to the NCAA Tournament, made the above comment at halftime of Wichita State – Kansas Sunday.
Cliff Alexander, of course, has been suspended from the Jayhawks for weeks, and hasn’t played an actual basketball game since February 23rd. He wasn’t even in the arena Sunday. The Jayhawks lost to the Shockers, 78-65.
Live TV is difficult. Want to chalk this up to a slip of the tongue? That’s fine. But nobody on the set bothered correct him.
Ken Reever, a teacher from Manhattan, tweeted Sunday night: “just to be clear, no one was booing his shirt. He’s just a really bad gov.”
A lawmaker and a political staffer who attended the game also pointed to politics.
…Will Lawrence, a Democratic staffer, said the boos were spread throughout the arena. He said that the cameras did not zoom in on Brownback’s shirt until after the boos started.
“There were people all over the place that sat the entire game and only stood up at one point. And that’s when they were booing Sam Brownback,” Lawrence said. “At the time that they were booing him you could not see what was on his shirt.”
Robinson, who scored 14 points and pulled down eight boards against the Lakers, insists his improved production is simply tied to finally getting a real shot.
"I never played this much before," he said. "I never played this consistent, but I thought I could. It is just the first time I am getting an opportunity."
While Robinson was expected to be a top-flight player right out of college with his high draft selection, things don't always work out that way.
Chauncey Billups was the No. 3 pick overall in the 1997 draft by the Boston Celtics. Five years later, Billups was on his fifth team with the Detroit Pistons. The point guard ended up guiding that team to an NBA championship and winning NBA Finals MVP.
In his time with the Pistons, Billups went to six straight Eastern Conference Finals, two NBA Finals, won a title, was named an All-Star three times and all-NBA three times. He retired last September with that one championship ring, five All-Star Game appearances and countless other accolades.
Robinson has long way to go to reach the same status as Billups. However, with the Sixers in a rebuilding stage and a place where there are plenty of minutes to be had, Robinson now has the stage to show just what he can do.
"This time of year is tough mentally if you are not playing for something," Robinson said. "It is all about the organization now. It is not about the playoffs. It is about us in this locker room. We want to go out with momentum. We want to go into the summer with a platform to build on. That is all that matters right now."
Timberwolves rookies Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins combined to score 49 points, leading their injury-ravaged team to a 106-104 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz.
It was the seventh road win of the season for Minnesota (16-54), who won for only the third time this month.
Kansas' Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine and Head Football Athletic Trainer, Murphy Grant, was honored by the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society (KATS) when he was named the state's Athletic Trainer of the Year Saturday at the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association Symposium. Grant, who recently announced the implementation of state-of-the-art concussion-sensing mouth guards by the KU football team, earned the honor for the first time.
"I was honored to have received this award," said Grant. "None of this could be possible without the support of my family, the great athletic training staff here at KU, and the support of our administration."
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Bennett was a fine choice — most years. But John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats are on the verge of doing something historic over in Lexington and not awarding him for that ongoing achievement is borderline criminal.
University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner could be a possible candidate for Arizona State's job if the Sun Devils fire current coach Herb Sendek later today, ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported Tuesday morning.
Sendek is reportedly scheduled to meet with Arizona State vice president of athletics Ray Anderson later this morning to discuss his future at the school.
If Sendek is fired, Katz wrote that Pastner and UC Irvine's Russell Turner could be candidates to replace Sendek.
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“Absolutely not, I’m not a coach at all,” Horatio Webster, Newman’s father and a former Mississippi State star, told the Clarion-Ledger after Howland got the job Monday. “I don’t want the headache. I’m already getting grey hairs on both sides of my head.”
The 6-foot-4 Newman remains the top uncommitted guard in the Class of 2015 and is considering Kentucky, Kansas, LSU, N.C. State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State among others. He is expected to announce sometime in April, perhaps after the NBA early entry deadline on April 26.
…Howland is expected to hire former UCLA and LSU assistant Korey McCray to his staff, and Webster said that couldn’t hurt.
“He’s recruited Malik since ninth grade,” Webster said. “He has a good relationship with him. They talk from time to time and I have a pretty good relationship with him, too. When he left LSU, the recruitment [of Malik] stopped.”
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Confirmed that Jaylen Brown took a visit to California yesterday and today. Nation's top uncommitted player.
“Yes, he took an unofficial to Cal this weekend,” Brown’s AAU coach, Desmond Eastmond, said. “Don’t know how it went. Didn’t get recap on last two visits.”
Brown has already taken official visits to rumored frontrunner Kentucky, along with UCLA, Kansas and North Carolina.
Brown had also mentioned taking unofficial visits to UGA and Georgia Tech, but hasn’t been able to work it out yet due to schedule conflicts.
This week will be a big one on the recruiting front for Our Savior New American star forward Cheick Diallo.
Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon was expected in to see the 6-foot-9 Diallo on Monday, and St. John’s coach Steve Lavin, Iowa State coach Fred Holberg and coaches from Kansas are also expected. Holberg is due in Thursday, a source told SNY.tv.
Diallo, who is an uncommitted and a consensus top-7 recruit nationally, last week won his second Gatorade Player of the Year honor. As a senior at the Long Island school, he averaged 17.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the 22-12 Pioneers. Diallo is considering Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, St. John’s and Pittsburgh and will commit in the spring.
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