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Kansas University freshman guard Brannen Greene, who was taken to the emergency room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after getting hit in the lower abdomen at practice on Thursday, was released from the hospital after undergoing tests, coach Bill Self said Thursday night.
Self said Greene checked out fine with no apparent injury.
“He got hit and had some pain. They ran tests and nothing came back. There’s nothing there,” Self said, referring to injury. “He was released and we anticipate he’ll play tomorrow (against Louisiana at Monroe).”
Self said the only way Greene wouldn’t play is if he’s still feeling discomfort before the game Friday.
Frank Mason reflected on the day a West Virginia University football coach attended the Petersburg (Va.) High basketball practice to see his teammate, offensive lineman Quinton Spain.
“We were doing footwork drills,” said Mason, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound point guard. “I was a strong, little guard and the coach was like, ‘You shouldn’t be playing basketball. You look like a nice cornerback.’ I didn’t play any football in high school.”
It’s always nice to receive a compliment, but Mason didn’t give it a second thought that day.
“The next day of school they took me out of class and talked to me and wanted to offer me a scholarship,” Mason said.
Watching one basketball practice was enough to convince the coach. That’s the sort of loud speed, strength and agility Mason brings to the Kansas University basketball program.
“We’ve had some guys who are pretty fast. I don’t know if we’ve had anybody other than Tyshawn (Taylor) that’s for sure faster with the ball than he is,” 11th-year Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I think when he gets comfortable and turns it loose, we’ll see another gear because right now he’s playing safe a little bit, which is what I want him to do until he gets comfortable. But he is fast with the ball.”
Plenty of great athletes don’t make it to Division I schools because they can’t push themselves hard enough to get there. That never was a problem for Mason, according to a KU teammate who said he has known him since he was 10.
So now Mason takes the reins as freshman Andrew Wiggins makes his long-awaited regular-season debut. Mason joins a starting lineup that will feature three freshman and sophomore Perry Ellis.
Three days ago, Mason had four points and six assists while starting for Tharpe in a 92-75 exhibition victory over Fort Hays State. But Wiggins was slow to get going as Self stuck with a lineup of mostly reserves in the first half.
Wiggins will certainly get more minutes Friday, and so will freshman guard Wayne Selden. And Self appears to have no reservations handing the keys to Mason.
“He’s been a rock from an effort standpoint and a focus standpoint,” Self says. “Now we’re young and we talk about him being a point guard, which he is, but he’s never played point. He’s been asked to get 30 every game and put his head down and go score.”
A victory over Louisiana at Monroe tonight would be Kansas University’s 700th in Allen Fieldhouse.
“Seven hundred ... that doesn’t really sound like a huge number to me since the building has been here a long time,” KU coach Bill Self said of the arena dedicated on March 1, 1955, in a 77-67 victory over Kansas State.
“You’ve got to understand, going back 50 years ago, you probably only played 10 home games a year. We’ve experienced a lot of success here. All the coaches have, and all the teams have. We hope this is another one of those years we put ourselves in position to have unbelievable success in here again,” Self added.
KU enters the 7 p.m., contest with a 699-108 mark in Allen. Self’s teams have won 161 games and lost just eight.
No doubt it’s interesting that a milestone victory could come in the first game of the 2013-14 season.
“I’ll take a line out of Bill’s book: ‘Certain things just happen here,’” KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said. “I’m going to go back to the Legends game ... what happened there at the end of the game. Only at KU does that kind of thing happen. Only at KU do you have a chance for that number to occur on opening night. It just happens that way here.”
“I feel I am confident,” said Frankamp, who is known for working shooting about 200 three-pointers a day on days the Jayhawks practice and 400 on KU’s off days. Frankamp considers it a bad day when he misses “30 or 35” of the threes.
“It has been a little bit of a change from high school to college. I feel I’m making the transition pretty well. It’s just something I’ve got to keep working on,” he added.
KU senior Tarik Black says a relaxed Frankamp is fun to watch.
“He can shoot with the best of them,” said Black, who had three points, three rebounds against the Tigers. “We’ve been doing five-minute shooting (drills) ... Conner didn’t miss a shot in 10 practices in five-minute shooting. That’s unbelievable. He’s a good player.”
There’s been talk in the media and with fans that Frankamp and/or Brannen Greene (six points, 12 minutes vs. FHSU) might red-shirt this season, though coach Bill Self has said there’s a good chance no Jayhawk will sit out the season for a fifth year down the line.
“I’d like to play as much as I can,” Frankamp said. “I feel I can help the team. I feel I can be a spark for the team.”
Q&A with Perry Ellis
The Champions Classic -- a neutral-site doubleheader featuring Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State -- has been renewed for another three years, meaning next Tuesday's much-anticipated event at the United Center in Chicago will not represent the final installment of something undeniably good for college basketball.
The renewal was confirmed Thursday.
This season's Champions Classic features No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State followed by No. 4. Duke ve. No. 5 Kansas. The next three years look like this:
• 11/18/14: Kansas vs. Kentucky/Duke vs. Michigan State (in Indianapolis)
• 11/17/15: Kansas vs. Michigan State/Duke vs. Kentucky (Chicago)
• 11/15/16: Kentucky vs. Michigan State/Duke vs. Kansas (New York City)
"The University of Kansas is excited and proud to be part of the Champions Classic," KU coach Bill Self said. "It's the most talked about premier early-season event that our sport offers and to be involved with Duke, Michigan State and Kentucky on a yearly basis brings nothing but excitement to our sport."
ESPN College Gameday, the basketball version, is coming to the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night. It’s in advance of the Champions Classic double-header featuring #1 Kentucky vs #2 Michigan State and #4 Duke vs. #5 Kansas. It’s basically a Final Four “on paper,” if all the seeds held, according to college basketball preseason polls.
Kentucky and Michigan State is the first 1-2 matchup of Associated Press ranked teams since Feb. 23, 2008 (Memphis vs. Tennessee) and it would be the earliest ever meeting between teams ranked in the top 2.
Or it’s like a hoops version of the BCS just five days after the season tips off.
ESPN College Gameday will originate from United Center at 6 pm. The College GameDay crew of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose and Digger Phelps will be on hand, breaking down the day’s college basketball action and previewing the Champions Classic. The double header caps off a 29 hour marathon of college hoops broadcasts on ESPN. Yes, there are even games in the middle of the night:
Western Kentucky at #16 Wichita State tips at midnight, Akron at St. Mary’s at 2 a.m., New Mexico State at 4 a.m. Hartford at last year’s NCAA Tournament darling Florida Gulf Coast at 6 a.m.
On the surface, it's really easy to understand.
Florida State is a football school which more than dabbles in baseball and has a basketball team that is capable of an exciting run every now and then before fading a round earlier than you thought during those less-than-common NCAA Tournament seasons.
The Seminoles are Bobby Bowden, Neon Deion, bowl wins and a big, healthy dose of All-Americans and Heisman winners who once went on an unthinkable run of 14 straight seasons with top-five finishes.
Kansas is a basketball powerhouse that views football as a necessary evil, so much so a coach once viewed as a prized commodity — Charlie Weis — won't even get a second thought in national “hot seat” debates as he sinks the program steadily further into football futility.
The Jayhawks are Phog Allen, Wilt the Stilt, 14 Final Fours spanning from the time of “Gone With the Wind” to “Argo” and can boast that the only coach with a losing record in the school's esteemed basketball history was the inventor of the game himself, James Naismith.
Sure, Kansas once won an Orange Bowl, and FSU handed Adolph Rupp the last loss of his legendary coaching career. So blind squirrels do find pecans.
And, on the surface, yes, it's relatively simple to understand why the top prospect on the continent would choose Kansas basketball over FSU.
But just below that surface, there's the little voice that screams out: “Couldn't you just throw the old man a bone?”
At Kansas, Wiggins will be one of many who will contribute to a likely run to the Final Four.
At FSU, they would've written books about him, given Leonard Hamilton a contract extension and made ex-player-turned-hero Mitchell Wiggins the toast of the town for the next decade.
When the Florida Gators' blue-man loop featured basketball and football titles won hand over fist from 2006-08, it produced the biggest energy possible on a college campus.
With the Seminoles winning in football again, the added presence of Andrew Wiggins would have forced ESPN to open a bureau near the State Capitol.
Whatever he accomplishes this season, Wiggins would've done it for Hamilton as easily as he will do it for Bill Self.
And he and his dad could've been dual heroes for a program that really needs them.
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Bilas: NATIONAL TITLE PICK: Duke
Assuming the Blue Devils figure out how to rebound against bigger teams and improve their transition defense, they will be a tough team to beat by season's end.
Fraschilla: NATIONAL TITLE PICK: Kentucky
Once Kentucky gets to the Final Four, master chemist and coach John Calipari should win his second national championship.
Gasaway: NATIONAL TITLE PICK: Kentucky
After a one-season hiccup, John Calipari will again have his freshmen and sophomores playing like a well-oiled group of veterans.
Goodman: NATIONAL TITLE PICK: Kentucky
Talent, talent, talent. These guys have more than anyone else and boast enough depth (eight potential first-round NBA draft picks) to withstand a key injury this season, if they have to.
Greenberg: NATIONAL TITLE PICK: Michigan State
Keith Appling will embrace a leadership role for the good of the group, and Gary Harris will emerge as one of the best players in the country. If Adreian Payne can score in the paint as well as off ball screens, the Spartans will cut down the nets in 2014.
Lunardi: NATIONAL TITLE PICK: Kentucky
Best players, best team. Let's not overthink this.
Simon: NATIONAL TITLE PICK: Michigan State
The Spartans have talent, depth, experience and toughness, which are all part of a championship formula under Izzo.
Without seeing Andrew Wiggins play, most media pundits are assuming the Kansas freshman will be the No. 1 pick in next summer’s NBA Draft. That might turn out to be true, but remember to always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle and jumping to conclusions.
If it seems the meteorologist usually gets the forecast wrong, he is probably far more accurate than most who try to predict the college basketball season.
A year ago at this time, Kentucky was the trending team, and its season ended with a first-round National Invitation Tournament loss. Meanwhile, in the NCAA Tournament, Wichita State and Florida Gulf Coast were making inspirational runs.
Who predicted even two of those three developments? Nobody.
A new season tips off today, with 50 games on the betting board, and the teams atop the polls and power ratings are the usual suspects.
“I have Duke, Louisville, Florida and Michigan State all within a half-point of each other,” said Kenny White, a handicapper for DonBest.com and the former top oddsmaker at Las Vegas Sports Consultants. “I have Kentucky two points below, but that’s subjective because it’s a fresh rating on new players, and the hardest thing to rate is freshmen.”
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has three starters, including senior guard Russ Smith, returning from the national championship team. The LVH posted Kentucky as the 7-2 favorite to win the title, followed by Louisville and Duke each at 6-1 and Kansas at 7-1.
It’s unfortunate to report this, but White is right when he says “Duke is loaded.”
If Wiggins is not the top pick in the draft, there’s a good shot it will be Blue Devils freshman Jabari Parker, another explosive 6-foot-8-inch forward. But if it’s not Wiggins or Parker, it could be 6-9 freshman Julius Randle of Kentucky.
North Carolina will open its season, as expected, without the services of P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald, the school confirmed to CBSSports.com on Thursday.
Hairston and McDonald are both out because of issues that are possibly NCAA-related.
The Big 12 Conference has announced a landmark agreement with NeuLion and Campus Insiders, two of the nation’s top digital providers. The arrangement, unique among any in college athletics, will enhance the Big 12 digital presence and allow access to unprecedented information on the league and its member schools.
NeuLion, a leading broadcaster of live and on-demand sports video over the Internet, will continue hosting the Conference’s digital platform, including Big12Sports.com. In addition, the company will also showcase the league through mobile applications, live streaming of events and a Big 12-branded affiliate video portal that will be available on websites in the conference footprint and across the nation. The Big 12 digital platform will also be the interactive destination for all game-related video content, including highlights, condensed games and full archives. The agreement is a four-year extension of a partnership that began in 2008 and will run through the 2016-17 athletic season.
“Growth of the conference’s digital platforms was paramount in reaching this agreement,” noted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “We are excited to enter into this arrangement and look forward to enhancing the coverage of the Big 12, its student-athletes and member institutions”
Campus Insiders, a leading digital content syndication source and online destination for college sports fans, is the newest Big 12 partner. CI will assist in the facilitation of the Big 12 Digital Network powered by Campus Insiders. The network will showcase the competitions, coaches and student-athletes in every Big 12-sponsored sport. In addition, Campus Insiders will staff a new Big 12 Digital Network Correspondent position, working out of the conference office to provide additional coverage of the league, its 23 championship sports and important events on Big 12 campuses throughout the year.
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Self at the luncheon said the Jayhawks, who have received a commitment from No. 12-ranked Kelly Oubre, 6-7 shooting guard from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., would like to land two more players in recruiting. KU is still in the running in the early period for Chicago power forwards Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander and Minnesota point guard Tyus Jones.
“We’ve got one commitment. I’m anticipating losing three (players). I don’t know who,” he said. “That’s what we recruited for. If we could sign three, that’d be great. If we sign two, that’d be fine, too. If we sign one kid ... we’re excited about him. We’re in the game on some guys. The competition is pretty stiff.”
How they did: They weren’t really involved with any of the seven to come off the board, so they had the advantage of sitting back and watching the chips fall.
What’s next: Name a top ranked prospect in the class and it’s a good bet they’re in the mix -- Okafor, Jones, Turner, Alexander, Winslow and Rashad Vaughn, among others
Bottom line: Like Duke, they have one guy already on board in Kelly Oubre, and moving forward, Bill Self and Coach K appear to be going eye to eye for more than one guy.
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