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A failing grade in a government class his senior year at Petersburg (Va.) High School cost Frank Mason a spot on Towson University’s basketball team — the one that meets Kansas University in a 7 p.m. tip today in Allen Fieldhouse.
“It was a bad thing at the time. It’s a good thing now,” reflected Mason, who, after attending Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., last year, wound up a member of KU’s outstanding recruiting Class of 2013.
He had initially signed a letter of intent with Towson in November of 2011 but did not qualify academically.
“I always knew I could play at any program and with anybody,” noted the 5-foot-11 combo guard. He averaged 17 points and eight assists a game for (30-4) Massanutten after going for 27.1 ppg his senior year at Petersburg, where his teams had a combined four-year mark of 78-4.
“Towson ... I felt like I was close to home. The coaches pulled me in, told me what I wanted to hear. I thought I was going to go to Towson for four years and it was going to be my program.”
Instead, Mason emerged on the AAU circuit in July of 2012 and ultimately gobbled up a scholarship offer from KU’s coaches, who saw him dominate a tournament in Las Vegas.
“After I went to military school, I never considered Towson again,” Mason said of the Colonial Athletic Association school located in Maryland, just 187 miles from his hometown.
He chose the Jayhawks over Alabama, Maryland, Louisville, Rutgers, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
“I am glad it ended up like that,” he said of failing that government class by just “three points.”
“I guess God worked it out that way. I guess it’s meant for me to be at KU.”
…Self on frosh Wayne Selden, who has averaged 10 points and 3.0 rebounds while averaging 29.7 minutes a game: “Wayne tries hard, is very unselfish with his thoughts. He’s feeling better physically. He’s gone through a period of time he’s felt great, then got nicked up a little bit, but won’t sit out (playing through minor injury). He has his legs under him now and is feeling much better physically.”
Thievery: KU has 21 steals to its opponents’ 12. “We’ve been trying to get that going for two months now,” Self said. “It’s almost like we play defensive when we are on defense. Basketball is a game of comfort zones. We need to operate in ours and get our opponent out of theirs.”
This, that: Self said he’d use the same starting lineup of Tharpe, Selden, Andrew Wiggins, Perry Ellis and Tarik Black tonight. Black, who has had foul problems in all three games, is being pushed by Joel Embiid, who went for 16 points and 13 rebounds versus Iona.
Though Kansas has won 65 straight non-conference games at home and took its first two meetings with Towson (3-1) by a combined 72 points, Self won't allow his team to take anything for granted Friday. The Tigers beat Temple 75-69 last Thursday during the same week they earned their first-ever vote in the Top 25.
"They are really good," Self said. "They can score. Next to Duke, this will be the best team we have played."
Towson, however, is coming off a 78-44 loss at Villanova on Sunday. It limited the Wildcats to 40.4 percent shooting, but made just 30.9 from the field and committed 24 turnovers.
Senior Jerrelle Benimon averages a team-leading 17.5 points and 11.8 rebounds but was held to 11 and six by Villanova.
Teammate Marcus Damas (10.8 ppg) missed all eight field-goal attempts and went scoreless in that contest. He had 11 points and seven rebounds during Towson's 100-54 loss at Kansas on Nov. 11, 2011.
This will be the highest-ranked opponent Towson has faced since falling to then-No. 2 Purdue 94-58 on Dec. 30, 1986.
Kansas is playing its opening-round contest in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which it continues Thanksgiving Day against Wake Forest in the Bahamas.
For weeks, Kansas freshman Wayne Selden has been something like the Jayhawks’ version of a minivan. Reliable, strong, consistent … and he’ll definitely get you from Point A to Point B.
“You need a guy like that,” KU sophomore Andrew White III said, “that can kind of be the rock.”
But while Kansas coach Bill Self lauds the 6-foot-5 Selden for his consistency, he’d prefer that he would let his natural horsepower come out. Minivans can provide some comfort, but there’s nothing quite like letting a muscle car loose on the open road. The same goes, Self says, for the rest of the Jayhawks.
“The one thing I wish we were a little bit better at right now is playing to our athletic ability,” Self said. “And I think we can all do a better job of that.”
So Selden is not the only player whom Self has in mind. Freshman swingman Andrew Wiggins will be the most athletic player in every building he steps in this season, and No. 2 Kansas features a handful of players who can guard harder, attack more, and generally operate in a higher gear.
“When you do those things and you beat people off the bounce and you’re forcing help, everything just looks better,” Self said.
It’s a small part of a bigger issue for Bill Self.
So far, his Kansas team — blessed with plenty of NBA size and length — has struggled to come away with steals.
“It’s almost like we’ve played defensive when we’re on defense,” the 11th-year KU coach said.
“Basketball’s a game of comfort zones, and we need to operate in ours and get our opponent out of theirs. It seems like, to me, too many people are operating within their comfort zone, especially in our building.”
…Self hinted that KU might introduce some new defensive wrinkles Friday to try to speed Towson up. The Tigers have been turnover-prone, ranking 301st in offensive turnover percentage.
Selden believes it’s a matter of playing with more desire and focus.
“As we get more comfortable playing higher on the floor,” Selden said, “I feel like we can run through passing lanes.”
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Academic success continues to be one of the strong elements of the Kansas University football program under Charlie Weis, and, Thursday, the Jayhawks reaped the benefits of their work in the classroom.
Highlighted by a pair of seniors in offensive lineman Gavin Howard and defensive lineman Shane Smith, Kansas football placed 19 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 teams for the second-consecutive season under head coach Charlie Weis. The 19 honorees tied for the Big 12 lead along with Oklahoma.
Howard and Smith earned their third-straight selections to the squad and the Jayhawks led the conference with 14 first-team honorees.
Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish is the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player for 2013. Cornish, who was also named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian earlier in the evening, was presented with the honour at the CFL Player Awards ceremonies on Thursday night in Regina.
Cornish is the first Canadian to win the MOP award since Tony Gabriel in 1978. Russ Jackson, who earned the honour in 1963, 1966 and 1969, is the only other Canadian to be named the league’s top player.
Cornish won his second consecutive rushing title this past season as he ran for 1,813 yards, the fourth-highest total in CFL history. He also led the league and set a new franchise record with 2,157 yards from scrimmage. Cornish led all running backs with an average of 7.0 yards per carry and was tops in the CFL this season with 14 touchdowns.
His spectacular season featured nine 100-yard games — including five in a row to tie a franchise record — and a career-best 208-yard effort on Oct. 5 against Winnipeg. He won nine weekly CFL awards in 2013 as well as four monthly honours.
After chalking up another first together at Iowa State, the Kansas volleyball seniors will celebrate their final match in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center when the Jayhawks host Texas Tech on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Kansas will honor its seven-member senior class before and after the match. Prior to first serve, the seniors and their parents will be recognized on the court. Senior speeches will follow the conclusion of the match.
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So I was talking with CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb the other day about Marcus Smart, and he was listing all of the things the Oklahoma State guard does well -- like drive, defend and compete. Then, at some point, Gottlieb said this: "He basically saved Travis Ford's job."
That was interesting to me.
And it was especially interesting coming from Gottlieb, who knows college basketball as well as anybody and Oklahoma State better than most given that he graduated from the school after a succesful playing career under Eddie Sutton. If Gottlieb says Smart basically saved Ford's job, Smart basically saved Ford's job. And to that point, it should be noted, Ford was 31-35 in Big 12 games in the four seasons before Smart stepped on campus. So a fifth subpar year absolutely could've led to a change in Stillwater considering Ford's predecessor, Sean Sutton, was dismissed after just two subpar seasons relative to OSU's expectations.
Seeing what we have from both Kansas and Oklahoma State, who has the edge in this league right now?
DeCourcy: I’d love to be able to cop out and say it’s all about who’s got the tougher schedule—which you can pull in nearly every other top league—but the Big 12’s decision to remain at 10 members means the basketball competition still consists of a double round-robin. The only thing better in college hoops than a double round-robin league schedule is the NCAA Tournament. So bless the Big 12 for that.
So that means we’ve got to look at these two great teams and pick one? OK. Then I’m going Kansas. Because even though Marcus Smart is a fair bet to finish as this season’s Naismith Award winner, KU still has more options, greater versatility—and more potential.
The potential mostly is contained in the expected improvement of freshman center Joel Embiid. I’ll tell you a little story about Embiid from the Champions Classic. He was struggling to make an impact on that game when he wound up all alone, wide open, with the ball in his hands just to the right of the top of the key. There was 5:29 on the clock, and KU was up by a point. Embiid fired a 3-pointer that missed.
There were gasps from some in the KU crowd, and even on press row. A 7-footer taking a 3-pointer at that point in the game? But right away I said, nope, it’s good that he shot that. Kansas needs him to believe he can be great. Those of us who watched KU practice recognize he’s got that sort of range. So it wasn’t a crazy shot. It wasn’t perfectly timed, but it suggested he was feeling comfortable. Next time out, he shot 7-of-7 from the field. By Big 12 season, Embiid might be a force. At the least, he’ll be a presence. I don’t know how KU or anyone else will contain Smart, but the Jayhawks still have more answers.
Charlotte coach Alan Major emphatically spelled out the key to the 49ers’ 68-61 victory over Kansas State on Thursday in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
“That was a great team effort. Capital letters T-E-A-M,” Major declared. “Everybody who played chipped in.”
Indeed, the 49ers (3-1) had five players score in double figures, led by double-double efforts from Mike Thorne Jr. (16 points and 11 rebounds) and Willie Clayton (10 and 10). Charlotte outrebounded Kansas State 46-34 and held the Wildcats to 31 percent shooting in the second half, including 2-of-15 from 3-point range.
It took a few games for Wake Forest's Coron Williams to find his touch from 3-point range.
Now that he's hitting the 3, Williams has helped the Demon Deacons to get off to their best start in five years.
Williams hit four 3-pointers and scored 12 points, as Wake Forest overcame first-half shooting problems to beat The Citadel 82-54 on Thursday night.
Devin Thomas added 11 points and Travis McKie 10 for the Demon Deacons (5-0), who won their final tuneup game before playing No. 2 Kansas in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament next week in the Bahamas.
"We've beat the teams that we should've beat," said Williams, a fifth-year transfer from Robert Morris. "Now we're really going to see what our team is made of — being on the road finally, and getting out of our comfort zone. We're going to see how tough our young guys are."
Down double-digits and getting pushed around by a much bigger Georgetown team, Northeastern forward Scott Eatherton said panic was the one thing that couldn’t be found during halftime in his team’s locker room.
It showed as the Huskies erased an 11-point halftime deficit and returned the favor in the final 20 minutes by outmuscling the Hoyas down the stretch in a 63-56 victory Thursday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
…D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas with 14 points, and they seemed to have the game in hand, but struggled from the free-throw line, going just 17 for 28. They also shot just 23 percent in the second half.
It is the Hoyas first 1-2 start since 1998-99, which was John Thompson Jr.’s final season as Georgetown coach. They fall to the consolation bracket where they will meet Kansas State.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III said Northeastern was simply hungrier.
‘‘This group quickly needs to figure out how to compete,’’ he said. ‘‘Offensive systems, defensive systems, rotations, slides — everything. We need to compete. I thought we did a poor job of just rolling up your sleeves and competing.’’
…The Hoyas were 0 for 8 from 3 in the final 20 minutes and 3 for 16 for the game.
‘‘I think we took too many 3s at the wrong time today,’’ Thompson said. ‘‘We didn’t execute what we were trying to execute. We didn’t execute inside and outside, we didn’t get the ball to the corners enough.’’
Hoyas forward Nate Lubick said they were beaten by a better team and echoed Thompson’s call for he and his teammates to do some soul-searching.
‘‘I give them all the credit the world,’’ he said. ‘‘We executed relatively well in the first half, and we did not do anything we needed to do in the second half to continue our execution and do what we need to do to win games.’’
If you haven't seen New Mexico's Cam Bairstow (24 ppg) and Kendall Williams (22ppg) play, watch today. They draw fouls, and are terrific.
The Lobos' early-season form suggested they'd handle UAB with ease in the first round in Charleston; frankly, we expected them to roll to the title. Instead, they required a last-second Kendall Williams heave in regulation and a wide-open Alex Kirk 3 in the first of two overtimes to get rid of UAB. Williams hilariously shimmied after his crazy buzzer-beater, an act of startling confidence for a player who had just made a drastically low-percentage shot to avoid an ugly upset. But by the end of overtime No. 2, the Lobos looked exhausted and relieved in equal measure.
Virginia Commonwealth’s defense and its No. 10 ranking took a pummeling on Thursday night.
The Rams couldn’t stop Florida State on defense. They couldn’t make anything on offense. And that combination led to an 85-67 whipping in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament at Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
VCU (3-1), whose first regular-season top 10 ranking will be short-lived, made just 22 of 75 shots (29.3 percent) and was 5 of 23 on 3-pointers. The Rams will play Long Beach State tonight at 7:30 in the consolation bracket.
Lester Rowe, one of West Virginia’s greatest all-time basketball players, and an assistant coach on Mike Carey’s women’s basketball staff, has been reprimanded and put on notice by the Big 12 Conference for his role in a scuffle with fans that broke out directly after the Mountaineers won a tournament in Hawaii last weekend.
“Coach Rowe violated conference rules that prohibit coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from committing abusive acts toward an opponent's fans,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in a statement. “Coaches have the responsibility to refrain from behavior that incites negative fan conduct. Coach Rowe is also put on notice that future incidents may result in a more serious penalty.”
…“It was an unfortunate situation that occurred on Sunday prior to the trophy ceremony at the conclusion of the tournament at the University of Hawaii. The incident has been reviewed by the appropriate individuals and I consider the matter closed.”
The brawl seemed to have grown out of the heckling done by a Hawaii fan who was called out in the game’s closing seconds by an unidentified WVU assistant coach, apparently Rowe, according to published reports.
“He came down from the stands trying to go after my assistant coach,” Carey told the Honolulu Star Register. “That’s what happened. Then someone grabbed him and stopped him. He kept trying to go, and people fell. That’s when the commotion started.”
There were no serious injuries reported during the fight and no arrests were made.
Carey did report that his wife, Cheryl, had fainted during the melee but had recovered at the arena and was well enough to accompany the team on its trip back to Morgantown.
Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay injured his back, reported as back spasms after being struck, while trying to break up the fracas.
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Before Justise Winslow and his parents took their seats in front of cameras and hundreds in attendance, the St. John's senior attached a sign to a fourth chair just off to the side.
Then he placed a jersey from a one of his earliest basketball teams - the Houston Jaguars. It was with the Jaguars back in third grade that he met Beverly Mosby, a team mom who did a little bit of everything.
"Whether it was giving us $1 so we could get some candy from the concession stand or picking me up from my house on the way to practice," Winslow said Thursday. "Just little things like that and that's why she means so much to me and will always have a place in my heart.
Mosby passed away last year, but her memory wasn't forgotten as Winslow, who announced his decision to play college basketball at Duke, thanked her along with others in his support system. The moment brought tears to Winslow's eyes, forcing him to pause and collect himself as his mother also wiped away tears and his father placed his arm around the state's reigning player of the year.
"I love her to death and I really wish she could be here," Winslow said.
The mood wasn't all somber inside the gym - a standing-room only crowd watched and cheered on Winslow, who immediately turned Duke into an early favorite to capture the 2015 national championship.
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