“Unfortunately today, Carlton broke his nose,” KU coach Bill Self said after practice. “We’ll see how long he’s going to be out of pocket with that. Hopefully he won’t miss anything.”
Bragg, a 6-foot-9 forward from Cleveland, broke his nose on a trip down the court. He didn’t run back, putting his hands on his knees before falling backwards onto the court. He didn’t appear to lose consciousness. Trainers, including KU team doctor Larry Magee, gave Bragg water and put rags on his head and around his legs.
He lay on the court for about five minutes before he was able to sit upright. Ten minutes later, he was moved to a chair on the side of the court. He walked to the team bus after practice under his own power with cotton stuffing in his nose.
Self said he doesn’t expect Bragg to miss any time.
“Well that’s not an injury,” Self said. “A turned ankle is actually a worse injury than a broken nose. Although the broken nose hurts bad. But really no concussion symptoms. It’s one that you come back (from).”
“It’s just can you play without being nervous about getting hit,” Self added. “He can do that. In all honesty, it’s probably not bad for him to play through some stuff. But it would be nice if we could find a mask, but I don’t think we’re going to be able to. He can’t hurt it worse. He’ll wait to have surgery until he gets back to straighten it up, but he should be fine.”
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Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self wanted to raise the intensity at practice on Wednesday morning at Gwangju High, the second practice in South Korea for the Jayhawks.
They completed that goal, but it wasn’t without a few hiccups.
There were some issues with a slick court. Windows were open, and the humidity forced people to wipe the floor constantly with towels.
…“We were more intense today,” Self said. “We were better. The floor is not very good. This isn’t where we’re playing our games, but you can’t play too hard on this because somebody will get hurt. Then unfortunately today, Carlton broke his nose. We’ll see how long he’s going to be out of pocket with that. Hopefully he won’t miss anything. But it was better today.”
…The Jayhawks will scrimmage against China at 5 p.m. Thursday July 2 at a different local high school to avoid the slippery court at Gwangju High.
“I think it’ll be good,” Self said. “I think it’ll be great for us to kind of give us an idea of where we are. Playing Canada in Kansas City, it was so comfortable. Here it’s not as comfortable, you have different surroundings. So hopefully guys will react well. But we have to find a court that we can play on that we can actually play without somebody getting injured because of how slick it is.”
Inside, more than 100 high schoolers were waiting. The students cheered and clapped for made baskets in warmups with loud roars during dunks.
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2015 World University Games - Men’s Basketball Pool D Schedule
(per @rustindodd KU games are slated to be on live or delayed on ESPNU. If delayed, they'll be live on ESPN3.)
The Jayhawks will play an exhibition game against China at 3 a.m., Central time, Thursday
Here is the full television schedule (all times CT):
▪ Friday, July 3: USA vs. Turkey (10 p.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Sunday, July 5: USA vs. Brazil (6:30 a.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Tuesday, July 7: USA vs. Serbia (10 p.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Wednesday, July 8: USA vs. Switzerland (8 p.m.; ESPNU
▪ Saturday, July 11: Quarterfinal (12:30 a.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Sunday, July 12: Semifinal 1 (1 a.m.; ESPNU); Semifinal 2 (4 a.m.; ESPNU)
▪ Monday, July 13: Gold Medal Game (6:30 a.m.; ESPNU)
Team USA will also play Chile at 12:30 a.m. on July 7, but at the moment, the game is not slated to be televised on ESPNU or ESPN3.
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Kansas basketball has always been a blue-blood program, winning 11 straight Big 12 titles, but there are plenty of other factors Beaty is learning from basketball coach Bill Self on how to be successful in Lawrence.
More than simply grinding with your players, you have to get out and sell your program to recruits, fans and boosters. It takes a lot of outside factors to succeed, and don’t underestimate the value of a smile on your face.
“He is phenomenal at what he does,” Beaty said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “I just watch Bill work around this state, around our community. He’s never met a stranger. He is everywhere all the time, with a smile on his face, talking to anyone and everyone. I love his passion. I love his energy. I love the smile he’s got, and I love the toughness he has with his players.
“We’ve learned a lot from him. We won’t apologize for having a great basketball program. We hope to have a program like that one day. It starts with the foot step.”
“I’ll be shocked if Keith doesn’t make the team,” Self said. “Keith is good. … I’ll be surprised if Keith doesn’t make the team. He’s the highest paid player in Europe. So yeah, it’ll shock me if he doesn’t. It’ll be nice — I’m sure that’ll be well-scouted by all of the NBA personnel — so it would be nice for him to get seen by everybody.”
The Pan-Am Games begin July 21-25 in Toronto.
There is nothing official, but the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft posted an intriguing photo on his Instagram account on Monday evening, hinting at exactly that.
While the team has yet to make any official comment outside of a statement following a Yahoo! Sports report several weeks ago that Embiid had suffered a setback and general manager Sam Hinkie saying Friday that surgery remains an option for the Kansas product, Embiid's instagram post while cryptic in nature could be a sign that he received positive news.
Joel Embiid has developed quite the reputation as a serial jokester, so take the following bit of news with a modest grain of salt. But, according to Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, the injured center recently texted him to say he's still growing.
In Embiid's words: "I'm 7'2" in sandals." This is interesting, and only adds to the unbelievable hype a healthy Embiid deserves. Here's more of what Brown had to say during a radio interview with The Fanatic's Anthony Gargano and Jon Marks:
“I get a text from Joel a few weeks ago in the middle of the night that said: ‘Guess how tall I am.’ And so I guessed seven-foot. Two minutes later he texts back ‘You’re wrong, I’m 7’2″.’ I text back ‘How do you know this?’ He texts back ‘Doctors. I’m 7’2″ in sandals.’ And when you stand next to him, when you’re around big men you understand the difference between seven-foot and seven-two, and he is 7’2″.”
If true: yikes.
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Rick Barnes addressed recent reports of academic misconduct allegations under his watch Texas for the first time on Monday night.
Tennessee's new basketball coach had some strong words in response.
A report from The Chronicle of Higher Education published earlier this month mentioned three instances of possible academic misconduct involving Texas basketball players in the last nine years.
Barnes coached at Texas for 17 seasons before the Volunteers hired him in March.
"You know, I think the reason I haven't said anything about it (is) if you read the article from my point of view ... there's no legs to it," Barnes said between watching games, signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans at Monday night's Rocky Top League games.
"I think Texas has said everything that needed to be said. I'm sure they'll pursue whatever they think they have to do there, but it was made clear that I had no involvement in it, which I knew. If I thought there was something, I would address. The fact that it has no legs, I'm not really concerned about it."
On the day the report was published, Texas released a statement that said Barnes had no knowledge or involvement in the allegations, and Tennessee athletic director also said via statement he backed Barnes and echoed the findings of his former program.
According to the report from The Chronicle, former academic advisors claimed basketball player Martez Walker used his cell phone to snap pictures of test questions during a final exam in the fall of 2013 and seek help on answers from someone outside the classroom.
One former academic mentor said Barnes helped former Longhorns guard J'Covan Brown write papers for courses, and a tutor for P.J. Tucker, the 2006 Big 12 Conference player of the year, said the current Phoenix Suns guard received impermissible academic assistance while he prepared for the NBA draft.
Texas announced it had launched an independent review into its academics and those allegations, but Barnes said Monday night he hasn't been contacted as part of that review.
The first he heard of the allegations were two weeks prior to the article's release, he said, when The Chronicle contacted him for comment regarding the story.
"I'd never heard anything of that while I was at Texas," he said.
Monday's major news in college hoops is simply this: Bo Ryan is likely entering his final season as Wisconsin's coach.
Ryan released a statement that revealed he openly debated retiring this past spring, but after discussions with his athletic director, he took some time to think it over. He's opting for one more season on the bench in Madison, and after that, his hope is that the program will do what Syracuse just formally announced: name a current assistant as its coach-in-waiting.
That coach would be Greg Gard, Ryan's longtime assistant.
The biggest storyline for the U.S. heading into Greece was the decision to add four high schoolers to the team -- athletes who should theoretically be two grade levels below the oldest players allowed in the competition. So far, it's working out: Harry Giles, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum have been the three best players on the floor in every game. They ended group play as the United States' three leading scorers, with each of them currently placing in the top 15 in scoring tournament-wide.
Giles, Jackson and Tatum are the consensus top three players in the class of 2016, and each of them seems like a great long-term prospect for the way sport is trending. All three are fast, can defend multiple positions and have a great feel for the game. That's one thing that jumped out during the USA's destruction of group play: These kids are gifted and willing passers with great vision who should thrive in any offense.
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