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Tonight, as West Virginia University takes on No. 2 Kansas, Chris Northrop wants to see the Coliseum filled and louder than ever before.
Northrop, director of Mountaineer Maniacs, said the program hopes to instill new traditions as the team enters its inaugural Big 12 season.
"We want to use the Kansas game to be able to parlay them into the rest of the season," Northrop said. "We really just want to be able to pick the tradition back up of making the Coliseum a really tough place for opponents to come play."
Today at 12:30 p.m., men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins will host the first-ever Coach’s Chalk Talk in the Mountainlairfood court.
Northrop said Huggins plans to talk with students and fire up their Mountaineer pride before the game.
"(Huggins wants) to get kids pumped up and get students excited for (tonight)," he said. "People will be there eating lunch, but I hope some people that wouldn’t usually be there come and swing by."
Northrop said the Maniacs have worked in collaboration with The Daily Athenaeum to publish game day musings in today’s edition.
"The musing is kind of going to break down how the teams are doing; it introduces their starters. It’s going to have some funny little quotes from them, and then, at the bottom, there will be a cheer sheet for the game. It’s really to get people organized and on the same page," he said. "Students will see it
during the day, and (I hope) it will get the word out that there’s a game tonight, and it’ll get people excited for it."
Musings will be placed throughout the WVU student section prior to tonight’s game, as well.
Northrop said he believes because of the team’s challenging season it’s important to rally as a Mountaineer Nation.
"With the team struggling, it’s still very important for students to help get behind them 100 percent," he said.
"We’ve got to be with them through rough times, which is where we are right now, but I think it’s a
great opportunity," he said.
Fans are also invited to Stripe the Coliseum for tonight’s game.
For more information and to see a gold/blue diagram, visit www.wvusports.com/stripecoliseum.cfm.
KU will wear special jerseys provided to the school by adidas during its next game — Monday’s 8 p.m. contest at West Virginia. The “tone-out” jerseys have been described as featuring a “more aggressive Crimson and Blue.” They will only be worn during the West Virginia game. KU also will wear “tone-out” warm-ups and shoes. The jerseys are available for sale in the KU store in Booth Family Hall of Athletics.
Bob Huggins has 25K incentive in new contract for regular season wins over KU. Something to watch for on Big Monday from Morgantown.
KUAD: Kansas vs West Virgina pregame notes
West Virginia will host one of the nation's best teams on Monday when No.3 Kansas comes to town.
That's bad news for the Mountaineers (9-10, 2-4) who have lost four of their last five games and have lost all three games they've played against ranked teams this season. Not to mention the fact that West Virginia's two conference wins have come against teams that are a combined 1-12 in conference games.
Despite all of that, WVU had a chance to get back to .500 in conference play with a win over Oklahoma State on Saturday. It was a great start for the Mountaineers, jumping out to a 24-11 lead, but they fell apart from there and lost by 14. That is becoming a bit of a habit for this team. To beat Kansas (18-1, 6-0), it's going to take a full 40-minute effort, and that will have to be a nearly perfect effort.
…This will be the first time these two schools have ever met. Similar to the Baylor football game, WVU is asking fans to "Stripe the Coliseum" for the game. ESPN will televise it as part of the network's Big Monday series. Tip-off will be at 9 pm.
Someday, Kansas and West Virginia may become fierce Big 12 Conference basketball rivals.
As of today, however, the teams coached by Bill Self (two Final Fours, one NCAA title) and Bob Huggins (two Final Fours) classify as strangers preparing to meet for the first time in the history of the two proud programs.
“We’ve never made the trip to Morgantown. I hear it’s a great home-court advantage they have,” KU coach Self said of the atmosphere in 14,000-seat WVU Coliseum, site of today’s 8 p.m. ESPN Big Monday clash between KU (18-1, 6-0) and WVU (9-10, 2-4).
“We’ve probably got to remind our guys about shooting the musket off and scaring them,” Self added with a laugh.
It’s a tradition for the Mountaineer mascot to fire a rifle while leading the players onto the field for West Virginia’s home football games.
Who knows? Huggins may put in a request to blast the musket to wake up his struggling Mountaineers, who are in jeopardy of not making the NCAAs for the first time in Huggins’ six years at his alma mater.
“I guess, in all honesty, winning has become expected. Losing is excruciatingly painful,” Huggins said.
“It’s the first time I’ve been there, the first time anybody on the team has ever played there,” Releford said. “Of course it’s going to feel a little different, but we’ve just got to come ready to play no matter where it is or how quick of a turnaround it is.”
Traveling to Morgantown, W.Va., on a two-day turnaround represents a major departure from routine for the Jayhawks, who hadn’t seen much of the Mountaineers as of Saturday night.
KU had time to squeeze in a Sunday morning practice before leaving Lawrence, but that’s about all the Jayhawks will get in terms of game preparation.
“We know that they’re a tough team,” Releford said. “We’ve got practice (Sunday) morning, so we’re going to do scouting report early to get a good feel for them. We know they play hard. It’s always tough playing on the road.”
This, of course, is the burden of playing point guard at a place like Kansas. Even as KU ascends to the top of the polls, the Jayhawks’ recent point-guard play has sparked a few red flags. Last season, it was Tyshawn Taylor working through some early-season issues — remember “Good Tyshawn” and “Bad Tyshawn” — before eventually leading Kansas to another Big 12 title and Final Four appearance.
And perhaps victories are really the most relevant statistic. Earlier this month, coach Bill Self used a football analogy when asked to analyze Johnson’s performance. If a first-year quarterback had guided his team to an 18-1 record and a top-two ranking, most observers would probably think that quarterback was playing pretty well.
Further, Johnson has a history of slow starts. Last season, he was shooting just 30 percent from three-point range in KU’s first 19 games. By April, he had averaged 15.1 points in Kansas’ final eight games, helping the Jayhawks to the NCAA title game.
That, of course, didn’t stop Self from using some critical words when describing KU’s guard play after a 67-54 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday.
“We can’t dribble past anybody, and we don’t,” Self said. “And we don’t drive to pass. And there’s a lot of things that I think weren’t great.”
Johnson, of course, has had the challenge of playing alongside two backcourt players — Ben McLemore and Travis Releford — who don’t possess true point-guard skills or instincts. And for Johnson, the result has been a few more assists (3.5 to 4.8) but a larger increase in turnovers (1.8 to 3.2). In addition, Johnson is no longer benefitting from the open looks that Taylor used to provide.
Still, Johnson’s shooting slump hasn’t stopped Self or his teammates from believing in his skill-set. The stroke is still there, they say, and it’s just a matter of time before the shots start falling.
“We’re supporting him,” Releford said. “Coach is telling him to keep shooting. Because it looks good. He hasn’t done anything different or changed anything.”
BOTTOM LINE: This will be Kansas’ first trip to the WVU Coliseum, a place with a long history of being hostile and loud. That should count for something. But after escaping K-State with a victory last week, the Jayhawks seem to have a gift for playing tough when they need to.
The Jayhawks, you see, are their usual selves. They come to town ranked No. 2 in the nation, riding a 17-game winning streak and bringing with them a busload of top-line players and a history that makes this game something that may be different than any other matchup ever to be played in this college town.
To talk about Kansas really means you begin at the beginning of the sport of basketball itself, for once upon a time there was a coach at Kansas by the name of Dr. James Naismith, who just happens to be credited with being the inventor of basketball.
A year ago, sportswriter Jason Jenks in Topeka did an interesting article looking back upon the history of the sport at Kansas, and at Naismith, who had come up with the idea for the sport while in Springfield, Mass., writing the rules in less than an hour, using 427 words.
The first game was played with those famous peach baskets on Dec. 21, 1891.
Six years later, he moved to Kansas as its first coach and, Jenks noted, its only losing coach, for Naismith did not quite comprehend where his game would go or how the state of Kansas and the university there would adopt it.
The first game came in the winter of 1899, significant in a couple of ways, for Naismith’s team lost, 16-5, that night to a Kansas City YMCA team that Jenks reports featured “a rather rough player by the name of Jesse James.”
And yes, it was that Jesse James.
Naismith’s view of a basketball coach differs from say Bob Huggins, who will be on the West Virginia sideline tonight, or Bill Self, who will be on the Kansas bench, in that he saw the game as less competitive and more a matter of a way to stay in shape in the winter.
He told his top pupil, Forrest “Phog” Allen” that “You don’t coach this game, Forrest, you play it.”
Allen did not take that advice and became one of a long line of great Kansas coaches, many enshrined in the Hall of the Fame. The list includes Naismith and Allen, along with Ted Owen, Dick Harp, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and Bill Self.
In fact, Kansas has had but eight coaches since 1899, save for a couple of men who filled in for less than half a year.
Of them, by the way, the man with the best record is the man who brings his team into the Coliseum tonight, Self, whose winning percentage is pushing .850.
Coaches are as good as their players, in most instances, and Kansas has had players.
Oh, did they have players.
WVU, for example, has had just three players that are looked upon as basketball gods in a sense — Jerry West, Hot Rod Hundley and Rod Thorn.
There have been, of course, many others who reached All-American status and had great accomplishments, but there has been a Hall of Fame of Kansas players over the years, who not only were great college stars, but went on to star in the NBA.
Starting with the greatest and most famous, Wilt Chamberlain, the only man to score 100 points in an NBA game, there were 21 consensus All-Americans at the school, winning the honor 28 times.
This includes Clyde Lovellette, Paul Pierce, Danny Manning, Drew Gooden, Raef LaFrentz and Nick Collison.
Kansas has this special place in the world of college basketball, not only for its coaches, for its players and for its success, but also because it has taken part in some of the most notable games in the sport’s history.
None was more well known that the 1957 NCAA championship game in which North Carolina defeated Chamberlain and Kansas in triple overtime, 54-53, in a game considered by many as the greatest college basketball game ever played.
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With Duke's loss at Miami earlier this week, Kansas and Michigan could each be No. 1 in the polls this week. The Wolverines were second in the AP poll, while the Jayhawks were No. 2 in the coaches poll.
In today's bracket though, Kansas is the overall No. 1 seed. The Jayhawks have an unequaled seven top 50 RPI wins, including one at Ohio State, the place where Michigan picked up its only loss.
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Why Kansas should be No. 1: Because they haven't lost since the first week of the season. I'm not wild about the poll-voting tendency to weigh recent losses more heavily than those from weeks ago. At least at this point of the season, it can obscure the larger data set in favor of a handful of games. But, you know what? I'm sorry, Kansas' record is legitimately impressive.
After all, the Jayhawks lost their only game of the season on Nov. 13, when they fell 67-64 to Michigan State in Atlanta. Even then, it was hard to penalize Bill Self's team perception-wise. We all knew they'd be good, and they are. Self's team plays the third-best efficiency defense in the country, per KenPom.com. The Jayhawks hold opposing scorers to the lowest two-point field goal percentage -- just 37.0 percent -- in the country, thanks in large part to the shot-blocking prowess of center Jeff Withey. On offense, the Jayhawks are not quite as dominant, but they do feature redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore, who has blown up any and all of the already high offseason expectations about his evolution into stardom. McLemore could well play his way to the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's NBA draft, and he can score against college defenses at will.
With their two stars and a host of secondary players gelling seamlessly, since November the Jayhawks have rattled off 17 straight wins. This streak includes a road trip to Ohio State, as well as big-time challenges from Temple and Iowa State and back-to-back wins at Texas and Kansas State last week. They haven't gotten to that top spot yet this season for a few reasons: sheer timing, schedule quirks and a down Big 12 among them. But their case is just as good, if not better, than anyone else the voters could plausibly pick Monday afternoon.
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Florida may very well be the best team in the nation, but the Gators' résumé probably isn't strong enough to inspire many voters to jump them ahead of two teams with one less loss than they have. Wins over Wisconsin, Marquette and Missouri are all credible, but both Michigan and Kansas have a better collection than that, not to mention the Jayhawks have beaten the same Kansas State team on the road that the Gators couldn't handle in Kansas City.
So if the choice for No. 1 comes down to Kansas and Michigan, then my vote would belong to the Jayhawks.
They have a more impressive list of marquee victories. They haven't suffered a loss since mid-November. And they defeated the same Ohio State team in Columbus that handed Michigan its lone loss a month later.
Kansas would be my new No. 1. With West Virginia and Oklahoma State up next this week, let's see if the Jayhawks can hold that top spot any longer than their predecessors.
The Jayhawks haven't landed atop the AP poll for roughly two years, having last cracked the ceiling on Valentine's Day 2011, a season in which they'd danced on or near the No. 1 spot for much of the winter. Last season — with its lowered expectations and pre-conference setbacks — was different, a bunch that didn't climb back into the top-5 discussion until league play was well under way.
…Even if Kansas doesn't always pass the eye test, its resume stacks up with anybody's in the high-rent club. The Jayhawks head to West Virginia on Monday with a 7-1 record against teams in the RPI Top 50, a better mark than Duke (4-2), Arizona (5-2), Michigan (3-1), Louisville, (3-3), Florida (3-2), or Indiana (3-1).
While the Big 12 is deeper than you think, it's deep in potential 6 through 11 seeds, the Sooners (13-5) included. There's the Jayhawks, and then — well, there's everybody else. It's hard to find more than three losses, on paper, over the rest of Kansas' regular-season slate.
"You know, if we are No. 1, that's good, but it shouldn't really change what our focus is on the court," point guard Naadir Tharpe allowed. "Even if we're not No. 1 or No. 2, I feel like, no matter what, everybody's still going to come out and give us their best shot. So being No. 1 is a good thing . . . it would be great for us, but it's not the end of the world. It's just a ranking."
Because Kansas is located in the heartland, far from the media centers of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, and plays in the least powerful of the BCS conferences, there is a reluctance to think of the Jayhawks in the same way as Duke, Carolina, Kentucky, UCLA and Syracuse.
But make no mistake, Kansas is, and always will be, one of the nation’s elite basketball programs.
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Kansas coach Bill Self cited the effort in Austin as an example of what may separate this team from other contenders in a season marked by rampant parity across the NCAA basketball landscape.
"When we settled down we did the things that we should do to give us a chance to win on the road," Self said. "We had some experienced guys playing down the stretch. That makes a difference.
"I don't think that we've done anything in January to make me think we're way ahead of schedule [with this team]. But I do think we're right where I was hoping we would be. We've got a nice team that tries pretty hard, that is learning how to win in our league, learning how to make shots. Those are all very, very positive things."
So is the Jayhawks' big-game experience, thanks to the four senior starters. To put that in perspective, here's a breakdown of seniors in the starting lineups for other notable title contenders: Ohio State (0), Michigan (1), Syracuse (1), Louisville (1), Indiana (2), Arizona (2), Duke (3) and Florida (3).
We all remember Kentucky won last year's title with a collection of one-and-done freshmen no longer in school. But that team was rare. It was more gifted athletically than its competitors.
There is not a team that talented, or that dominant, in college basketball this season. That places a greater focus on intangibles in separating teams in this year's NCAA Tournament. Kansas has the biggest intangible -- experience -- on its side.
It may not be enough to win it all. But it's not going away between now and March, which is why the Jayhawks project as today's best bet to land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, even if they do not climb to No. 1 in this week's polls.
Withey, a 7-footer who averages 13 points per game and ranks second nationally in blocked shots (4.3 per game), said KU's veterans have an unspoken confidence in tight situations -- as well as a willingness to verbally challenge one another because of their familiarity -- that helps in crunch time.
"It's a little bit of both," Withey said. "We know what to expect if we're down, that a comeback starts one stop at a time. We've been there before and we have Ben. He's a redshirt freshman, so he's been practicing with us forever. We're a mature team."
And one that's well-positioned to ride that advantage deep into this year's NCAA Tournament.
It was, says Zach Peters, like wearing a target on his back. Anointed the top eighth-grade basketball player in the country in 2008, salivating opponents came game after game, primed to prove their worth by chopping down his 6-9, 220-pound frame.
But he survived nicely, playing at Prestonwood Christian Academy and earning a scholarship after his 10-grade season to play at the University of Kansas, perennially one of the top college programs in the country.
But there is no happy ending. Yet. After suffering a series of pre-season concussions at Kansas that left him dazed and confused on and off the court, he has returned home to Plano where he is instead completing his freshman year re-orienting at Collin College.
For the first time in memory, he is not playing basketball. “The doctors say it is too risky now,” said Peters, who passed a concussion test last week after four failed efforts. “It will take time.”
...Peters suffered his first concussion at a LeBron James elite summer basketball camp during high school. He took an elbow to the head from DaJuan Coleman, now a 6-9, 290-pound freshman at Syracuse.
“He had no clue where he was for two days,” said his father, Tim Peters.
Zach Peters’ second concussion came on the football field, early in the first game of his senior season. Peters, 6-9, 235, played wide receiver. He was knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit. He played every game the rest of the season.
Peters left for Kansas in June. Back in Lawrence, however, he suffered two concussions in practice about three weeks apart. When he returned from the second, he was fitted with a headgear for protection.
Several days later, however, he took an elbow to the forehead. Tim Peters said it wasn’t diagnosed as a concussion.
Still, Zach Peters remained in a constant fog. He couldn’t find chapters in books. He needed tutoring in an effort to keep up in class.
Peters returned to Plano at Thanksgiving for a family conference. Soon after Kansas announced Peters was leaving its basketball program.
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At the last second, Kansas University red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore banked in a three. The usual 16,300 paying customers screamed. Allen Fieldhouse shook. The fans knew the game that a moment earlier had seemed like a sure loss was headed to overtime. The scoreboard told them so.
Scoreboard operator Robbie Vannaman had done his job, just as he had at 800 other games in the old barn.
Since 1986, Vannaman has operated the scoreboard for KU basketball games on a volunteer basis. He took over the same role at football games around 1988.
Superficially, his job sounds simple. He doesn’t start or stop the game clock or video display. He just records the scores, the substitution listings, the number of fouls or the yards to a first down.
“It’s least important to the game administration, but it’s something that the fans want to see correct,” he said.
When he does his job perfectly, the fans don’t know he exists. But if he messes up, the crowd quickly lets him know it.
…He didn’t name a favorite game but would say that last year’s Missouri game was one of the loudest.
“When there’s a full student group, they bring so much energy, and they love to have it loud,” he said. “When Bill says there’s a great sixth man, he knows from experience. They give the players energy from their energy.”
He said one of the best moments he’s ever seen would likely be Wilt Chamberlain walking through the tunnel to have his jersey retired.
He doesn’t have a favorite player but cited women’s basketball senior point guard Angel Goodrich as a player who deserves more credit and is a joy to watch.
Vannaman also made sure to mention his appreciation for the program’s numerous walk-ons.
“I just think that they have some kids of fantastic character, and that really adds something to your team.”
On the first sequence of the fourth quarter, Markieff Morris stripped Dallas center Chris Kaman on the floor and streaked to the other side to receive a fast-break pass and draw a foul going to the rim.
That is the Morris who the Suns like seeing, getting back to the defense-first mentality that defined his time at Kansas and attacking the rim on offense rather than looking for 3-pointers. Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter has been complimenting Morris’ defense since the job he did on Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins.
“To guard that big guy the way he did and to fight and to rebound,” Hunter said. “I had to tell him, ‘Stop worrying about fouling. As good as you’re playing, you’d have to foul out to come out.’”
Morris said his defensive improvement mostly has been about extra effort.
“It doesn’t take that much energy to give extra effort,” Morris said. “Just being tuned into the game, knowing my defensive rules, being there on my rotations.”
Guard Tyshawn Taylor, on loan from the Brooklyn Nets, paced the Armor with 27 points and 11 assists. But Springfield played without the other half of its NBA contingent. Forward Tornike Shengelia did not dress because of a head injury. He suffered a cut under his eye Saturday night and was withheld Sunday for precautionary reasons.
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Few teams have benefited from the use of a small lineup more than Kansas State this season, but for all the positives a four-guard look has brought the Wildcats it seemed to hold them back during a 73-67 loss to Iowa State on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum.
The No. 11 Wildcats struggled to come up with rebounds and had no answer for Will Clyburn. The 6-foot-7 Cyclones senior continually muscled past K-State defenders inside while scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
One painful streak was going to come to an end on Saturday inside the Frank Erwin Center, and young-but-talented Texas made sure its head-shaking rough stretch was the one that came tumbling down.
The Longhorns took advantage of a punishing inside game and a flurry of Tech mistakes to earn a 73-57 win, their first in Big 12 Conference play this season after an 0-5 start.
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, lost their 17th straight game in Austin and fell to 9-9 overall and 2-5 in Big 12 games.
Indiana is a very good team, one capable of beating a couple of top-15 teams on its home floor (i.e. Minnesota and Michigan State), but the Hoosiers can't be great without Zeller.
"To be a championship caliber-team, I think they need more out of him," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said following Sunday's loss.
Zeller was virtually invisible for much of the 75-70 victory over the 13th-ranked Spartans. Crean is correct when he defends his sophomore big man, saying he does all the little things that are critical to winning. But Zeller needs to do the big things. He needs to demand the basketball at times, he needs to finish through contact, he needs to display more overall toughness.
I love Zeller. The kid is the ultimate team player, the highest of high-character kids. It's admirable how selfless he plays, but that's not what Crean and the Hoosiers need. They need him to be more like his teammate, Victor Oladipo, who plays with unbridled passion and intensity.
Let's face it: The Hoosiers still haven't truly been tested. They have won road games against Iowa, Penn State and Northwestern -- a trio of the league's bottom-feeders. They have beaten Michigan State and Minnesota at home, but they took down the Spartans with Zeller basically a non-factor until a late basket, just his second field goal of the game, with 1:34 remaining.
If you want to assert college basketball is down this season, I’ll buy some of the argument.
Scoring is off, headed to its lowest totals since the early 1950s with teams averaging about 68 points per game. Did you catch Northern Illinois’ act on Saturday? The Huskies scored four in the first half, made one of 33 three-pointers and fell at Eastern Michigan 42-25.
The game seems to be played at a slower pace with defenses more in control. Offensive skill level has dipped with top underclassmen leaving early and the very best making college a one-season stop. The game could use more Doug McDermotts and fewer 19-16 halftime scores, like Purdue-Iowa on Sunday.
By that measure, yes, college hoops overall seems a bit sluggish.
But in other ways, the game is as healthy as ever, more inclusive and diverse. Unpredictable, especially at the top as the sport prepares to announce its third different top-ranked team in three weeks today. It might even be a split-decision between Kansas and Michigan, poised to ascend after being ranked second in separate polls last week.
…Because of quick roster turnover, college basketball seems to be only sport that can have an up or down year. We don’t suggest that because there’s no strong draft prospect at quarterback that college football was down last season.
Or that the NFL is down because the Ravens, a 10-6 team that lost three of its final four regular-season games, are in the Super Bowl.
Or that the NBA is struggling because the Lakers and Celtics are aging and fading.
But college hoops gets the bad rap. To me, this season has many teams playing like second and third seeds and not top seeds. It’s wide open at the top, with stunning upsets on a regular basis, and March should be as entertaining as ever. If that makes it a down year, I’ll take it every time.
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While the Devils won the nightcap by 26, their game also appeared to be a close one in the early moments.
Tift had the lead for most of the quarter, but could not get more than a basket ahead until 1:21 when DJ Bryant's three made it 21-17. This started up a run that saw them outscore the Wildcats 12-2 to end the first frame and continue for three minutes into the second before Sam Tucker was able to score a basket to make the score 34-21.
It was little worry for the Blue Devils as a minute later Brannen Greene pushed the lead to 20 and the margin hovered around that for the remainder of the half as Tift took a 47-27 lead to the lockerroom.
…The Blue Devils had a balanced scoring attack on the evening. Greene led the team with 17. Jackson added 14, Bryant 12 and Donell Tuff finished with 11. Tucker topped Camden with 18.
…In Brunswick Friday night, the Devils and Lady Devils took two victories from the Pirates.
Greene had 33 points, including 11 in the final frame.
Tift County is off until Friday, when they visit Lowndes. Their next home game will be Saturday, when they host Valdosta.
Marshfield High School junior Lauren Aldridge committed to the University of Kansas basketball program on Saturday.
The high-scoring guard is a two-time all-state selection by the coaches’ association, and made the media’s all-state team last year.
Aldridge had also drawn interest from Kansas State, Iowa State, Arkansas, Missouri, Vanderbilt, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Creighton, Nebraska, Wichita State and Missouri State, among others.
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