The Kansas Jayhawks are formidable opponents for the Swiss team. This renowned university can boast of having trained more than 20 players in NBA draftés in the first round and now has 12 players playing in the NBA. This European tour with two games in Freiburg and two other matches in Paris is very important for coach Bill Self is in the direction of the team for 10 years, with a record of 269 wins to 52 defeats until now .
This is the fourth time in history that the Kansas Jayhawks are moving out of the United States. They will be present in Freiburg with an impressive delegation of 30 persons including 18 players and nearly 150 fans.
These last two games will allow Roduit Sebastian and his assistants make final adjustments before the eight qualifiers for EuroBasket 2013 to be held in Slovenia. The Swiss team will also be a good show to the audience during this Olympic period against a team of very good standard.
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About 100 Kansas University men’s basketball fans gathered at the second floor ballroom of the Marriott Zurich on Monday night, enjoying a four-course meal while overlooking a Switzerland sunset through ceiling-high panoramic windows.
Only one thing was missing: the guests of honor everyone came to see.
The KU players and coaches were absent for the first full day of festivities in Europe after weather-related flight problems kept the team in Washington, D.C., overnight Sunday.
“Everybody I think is excited to meet the new players on the team. It’s always electric to be around KU basketball,” Shawnee native Connie Puett said. “I do feel bad (for them). We’re enjoying a great meal, and they’re going to be jet-lagged in here (today), especially with the layover and extra time they’ve had to spend to get here.”
…Today’s KU-Swiss National team game will not be televised. It is not available on radio. The Journal-World will have a live blog of the game available at kusports.com. The game is supposed to tip off at noon Central time. That’s 7 p.m. in Switzerland.
In Switzerland no service but my Internet and FaceTime is in Full Effect...
Switzerland is mad different so far..
Its official we are safe and sound in Switzerland!!
On Saturday Ellis had the ball on the left block, and he made a beautiful spin move around Withey. He went underneath the basket to try to fend off Withey and attempted a reverse layup. Withey stayed attached to his hip and pinned the ball against the glass.
The freshman came off the court immediately following the play, and Self told him he had made a great move and not to worry about the fact that it got blocked.
Ellis, my man, Self should have said, you will not go against a better defensive big man this season. Withey already led the country in block percentage (15.3) last year, and he has a great chance to repeat. He blocked every shot in his vicinity on Saturday.
Early in the season last year, opposing big man could dictate where they wanted the ball against Withey. He could be moved. Late in the year, he was establishing his position on defense and not getting pushed off his spot. Kentucky's Anthony Davis was brilliant in the championship game defensively, but so was Withey; he held Davis to six points on 1-of-10 shooting.
It was no shocker that Withey dominated the defensive end on Saturday, but what might have caught some media off guard was his development offensively. Withey was no slouch last season, averaging nine points a game, but all of his offense was created by others. He rarely scored over a defender from the post.
Withey showed nice foot work and balance during the scrimmage. When he wasn't finishing alley-oops, he ended every move over his right shoulder, finishing with his left hand.
"Coach Self definitely wants me to work on my left hand," Withey said, "and that's something I want to get down and be automatic." It was. He made almost every shot.
Withey is no longer the Big Project. He's the reigning Big 12 defensive player of the year and it's now his time to be the star post player for the Jayhawks.
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UCLA is bringing in loads of new talent for the upcoming season, but the team's leading shot-blocker will not be returning.
On Monday, the Bruins dismissed Anthony Stover after the junior center was ruled academically ineligible by NCAA standards.
“We had high expectations for him, and we were looking forward to getting increased contributions from him during this coming season,” coach Ben Howland said in a statement.
Stover, a 6-foot-10 big man from Windward (Calif.), averaged 1.4 blocks last season, despite playing just 8.4 minutes per game. He provided depth on the inside behind Josh Smith, who played just 17.2 minutes per game due to conditioning and foul trouble.
Brian Zoubek, a former Duke University men’s basketball center and 2010 NCAA basketball champion, has a newfound sweet spot.
For cream puffs, that is.
Zoubek is taking his skills off the court and into the pastry shop in the hope that his favorite childhood treat will become the latest dessert trend. Zoubek, a New Jersey native, opened Dream Puffz in Haddonfield, N.J. “After you taste them, you won’t stop dreaming about them,” he said.
Zoubek has taken a financial risk by investing his own funds in his shop, along with getting a little boost from his parents. Zoubek will handle the day-to-day operations, combining the role of owner, creator and manager, “basically doing every task you can think of.” The “z” in the name, he said, is his own personal touch.
Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) said its Turner Broadcasting unit has bought sports website the Bleacher Report to bulk up the media company’s Internet sports presence, which includes websites such as NASCAR.com and NCAA.com.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed but a source close to the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly about it said Time Warner is paying under $200 million for the San Francisco-based company. The sports website will now operate as part of Turner’s Sports division, the company said in a statement.
University of Kentucky royalties from licensed merchandise sales rose 40 percent in the past year, helped largely by the school’s eighth college basketball national championship.
Merchandise royalties at the Lexington-based school, which won the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament title in April, grew to $6.73 million in the 12 months ended June 30 from $4.80 million the previous year, according to Jason Schlafer, the senior associate athletic director for corporate and university relations.
The Wildcats moved to No. 3 from No. 7 in an annual list of top collegiate merchandise royalty earners released by the College Licensing Co., a division of IMG Worldwide. Kentucky’s successful season and basketball history helped it move into the top three, said Cory Moss, a vice president and managing director for Atlanta-based CLC. The University of Texas remained No. 1 among schools the company tracks.
“The basketball championship is obviously the key driver,” Moss said yesterday in a telephone interview. “The size of Kentucky’s alumni, student population and fan base, and their long tradition of basketball success certainly helped as well.”
The rankings cover royalties reported from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, by clients of CLC, which includes about 200 schools, conferences and bowl games. The company doesn’t represent every major-conference school, with Ohio State University and the University of Southern California among those not on its list.
Texas topped the list for the seventh consecutive year, followed by the University of Alabama, which this year won the Bowl Championship Series football title.
1. University of Texas, Austin 2. University of Alabama 3. University of Kentucky 4. University of Florida 5. University of Michigan 6. Louisiana State University 7. University of North Carolina 8. University of Georgia 9. University of Notre Dame 10. University of Oklahoma 11. Auburn University 12. Pennsylvania State University 13. University of Nebraska (10427MF) 14. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 15. University of Wisconsin 16. University of Tennessee (50986MF) 17. West Virginia University 18. University of South Carolina 19. Texas A&M University 20. University of Missouri
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Tyler Roberson, one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2013 out of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG entering his senior season. Here’s his fifth entry:
...A few days ago I shortened my list to ten schools: SMU, Kansas, Rutgers, Syracuse, Alabama, Kentucky, Florida, Seton Hall, South Carolina and Villanova.
All of these schools have been recruiting me for a while except for Kentucky, which just began recruiting me recently.
I plan on taking official visits to Kansas, Syracuse and SMU. I am going to use the last two visits but I am not sure to which schools yet. I also plan on taking some unofficial visits to some of the other schools on my list. I will shorten my list to five schools sometime next month.
…Kansas has a great history of basketball and is always competing for a national championship.
James Young will likely sign in November, not the spring, according to his former AAU coach.
“He’s sitting down now with his family and trying to decide when to make the visits and go from there,” Marlon “Smoke” Williamson, Young’s former coach with the Detroit-based AAU club “The Family,” told SNY.tv Monday.
Asked when Young would sign, Williamson said: “It’s up in the air right now. I think it’s probably going to be early, I doubt if he waits.”
Williamson, who recently became an assistant under Derek Kellogg at UMass, said Young’s “top four” consisted of Kentucky, Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas.
Kentucky has long been considered the No. 1 option for Young, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard whose stock rose heavily during the spring and summer.
“He still loves them,” Williamson said. “He’s just weighing all his options right now.”