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A student of the game of basketball, particularly the art of shooting, Kansas University freshman guard Andrew White III regularly pores over film of NBA greats Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Reggie Miller.
…“What we are going to do in the next hour ... that’s the best way to get through to coach (Bill Self). You’ve got to compete,” White said, speaking right before Wednesday’s practice. “With coach, if you are confident, working hard, defending, rebounding, keeping a competitive edge, that’s what will get you on the court. At this level, it’s not about shooting or defending, it’s about how much a coach trusts you on both ends of the court.”
White, who acknowledged he is a patient person, has found a way to energize himself. Instead of complaining about the four minutes of playing time he received in KU’s last game against San Jose State, he savors each and every second of that stint.
“I get out there and play as hard as I can for that minute, two minutes. I enjoy being out there just for the time I am. That’s my motivation to push for more minutes,” White said. “I know I shoot the ball well. I know defense is something you have to do to stay on the court. I think I’m a good rebounder. I think my defense is coming along. We have a talented group with a lot of guys older than me. There are a lot of things I can do better. Coach wants to see the best out of all of us.”
For Kansas’ first five games this season, the Jayhawks struggled to find much scoring outside of seniors Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis.
In KU’s 101-47 win over 0-6 Grambling State, the 6-0 Jayhawks got their much needed scoring relief.
The help primarily came from sophomore forward Chelsea Gardner, who led the Jayhawks in scoring for the first time in her career. Gardner controlled the paint against Grambling State’s zone defense, with 26 points and 10 rebounds – the third double-double of her career.
“She’s practiced well,” Bonnie Henrickson said. “I’ve been so surprised she hasn’t performed in games better. It’s been frustrating for her.”
“Today I was more chill and not overexcited,” Gardner said. “I brought a lot of energy to the team.”
…Grambling State’s sophomore guard Cierra Ceazer is a Topeka native and is a graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. Ceazer had a number of friends in family in the crowd, as Grambling State’s fan section would often erupt into a roar whenever Ceazer would make a play.
“It was so special,” Ceazer said. “I feel so much love right here. I was so glad I could come out and play for everybody.”
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Jalen Jones scored 20 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and SMU beat Utah 62-55 Wednesday night to improve the Mustangs to 7-1 under new coach Larry Brown for their best start in six years.
Once the shots started falling for Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon, it wasn't long before another top-five opponent went down, too.
Sulaimon scored all 17 of his points in the second half of the second-ranked Blue Devils' 73-68 come-from-behind victory over No. 4 Ohio State on Wednesday night.
…The Blue Devils - who beat then-No. 3 Kentucky in Atlanta and then-No. 2 Louisville in the Bahamas - won their 97th straight against non-ACC visitors to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The attendance-challenged Miami Hurricanes drew a sizable, boisterous crowd for Wednesday night's game against No. 13 Michigan State. And when it ended, many of the fans stormed the court in celebration.
Senior Trey McKinney Jones scored a career-high 18 points and Miami held Michigan State without a field goal for a pivotal 5½-minute stretch in the second half in a 67-59 victory.
A spokesman said Wednesday that the NCAA expects to release an update Thursday on Longhorns point guard Myck Kabongo, who has yet to play this season because of a question of whether he received improper benefits.
Meanwhile, sources close to the Texas program have told the American-Statesman they anticipate Kabongo’s punishment might be a 10-game retroactive suspension, which would allow the sophomore to play his first game Dec. 19 against 14th-ranked North Carolina at the Frank Erwin Center.
A 10-game ban would mean Kabongo would not be able to play Tuesday against No. 20 Georgetown, in New York City, or against UCLA next weekend at Reliant Stadium.
Joshua Smith graced the cover of the UCLA basketball game program Wednesday night, an awkward bit of timing considering that the talented but overweight junior center quit the Bruins' team earlier in the day, citing "personal reasons."
Smith's decision, announced several hours before the Bruins faced Cal State Northridge, made him the second player to leave the Bruins this week. Guard Tyler Lamb announced Sunday he would transfer.
The Bruins then rolled over the Matadors, 82-56, playing up-tempo on offense and zone on defense at Pauley Pavilion.
Norman Powell led UCLA with 17 points and Kyle Anderson had 15. Shabazz Muhammad scored 13 points and Larry Drew II had 13 assists.
More troubling for UCLA, though, was Tony Parker, who played one minute before leaving the game with an unknown injury. He remained on the bench for the rest of the night with a walking boot on his left foot.
Connecticut found itself left behind in the conference realignment shuffle again Wednesday as Louisville was picked over the Huskies to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, becoming the fifth football member to leave the Big East in just over a year.
UConn had been courting the ACC and was thought to be a leading candidate to replace Maryland after the Terrapins accepted an invitation earlier this month to join the Big Ten.
"I know this may seem like a tough moment for our fans, but we need to focus on the fundamentals of academic success across the university and in our athletic program as well,'' UConn president Susan Herbst said. "We are winners. We win, we like to win and we will continue to play the best possible opponents. We will be athletically successful, regardless of our conference, because of our successes in NCAA competition.''
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Talk about a star-studded event.
Five postgraduate basketball teams ranked in the top 10 nationally — as well at least seven ACC signees — will be in Waynesboro on Thursday-Saturday to participate in the Best Western Plus Caisson Shootout.
“Fans will see some very, very high level basketball,” said Fishburne postgrad coach Ed Huckaby, whose Caisson squad enters the tournament ranked sixth nationally. “Five of the top 10 teams in the country will be here. ESPNU will be there all three days. There will be very good players, coaches and programs. At the postgrad level, it’s the equivalent of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. There are some very good teams here.”
Massanutten Military Academy comes in ranked No. 1 in the nation, and the team features 6-foot point guard Frank Mason, who has committed to Kansas. Mason played his high school ball at Petersburg High School.
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