After the Jayhawks hard-fought win over top-ranked Florida over the weekend, the Jayhawks have been the buzz in college basketball - specifically Julian Wright who enjoyed a breakout performance against the Gators.
If the rest of the collegiate regular season pans out the way it is predicted, KU will be stuck without a bowl game this year.
After enjoying a 3-1 start and over a week off since their last game, the Lady Jayhawks are ready for Western Illinois on Wednesday here in Lawrence.
Following its 82-80 overtime win over previously-top-ranked Florida Saturday night, KU jumped Monday to No. 5 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls. On the heels of that, sophomore forward Julian Wright, who registered 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win, was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week.
Southern California is the new No. 2. The Trojans advanced one spot to overtake Michigan in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, a day after their 44-24 victory over Notre Dame. USC, the sixth team to be ranked No. 2 this season behind No. 1 Ohio State, leads the Wolverines by 36 points in the poll.
Zac Taylor needed Nebraska. Nebraska needed Zac Taylor. What started as a marriage of convenience has been blissful, indeed. Until Nebraska came calling two years ago, Taylor's best offer coming out of junior college was from Marshall. Taylor, who grew up in Norman, Okla., the son of a former Oklahoma Sooner, always wanted to play in the Big 12. Here was his chance.
Daaron Brown wasn't worried about his basket that tied the game. The free throw he hit to break the tie with 23 seconds left was another matter. "I had to calm myself down and tell myself not to be nervous," Brown said of what would be the game-winning point. "And it was all net."
This season, Connecticut didn't wait until the second half to put Albany away. Freshman Gavin Edwards scored 16 points, and sophomore Marcus Johnson had 14 in leading the 18th-ranked Huskies to a 86-55 victory over the Great Danes in Sunday. Six Huskies scored in double figures, and UConn scored 21 fast-break points and held Albany to two.
Nice little go-round they're playing this week, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Makes for full houses, good basketball, enticing TV and, lest we forget, fat paydays for both conferences. But be cautious when analyzing the results. Come NCAA Tournament time, they'll mean absolutely nothing.
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Southern California is a victory away from returning to the national title game. The Trojans moved into second place in the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday, passing idle Michigan on the strength of a 44-24 victory over Notre Dame and closing in on a matchup with undefeated Ohio State in the title game.
It might be six days before Kansas University's football team knows anything for sure about bowl possibilities. And though the prospects don't look good at all, the Jayhawks will have a blindfold on this week with so much uncertainty.
Deemed the Most Valuable Player on the basketball court at the Las Vegas Invitational, Julian Wright also was the behind-the-scenes leader for Kansas University's men's basketball team. Wright, KU's vibrant sophomore forward from Chicago, was the Jayhawk whose voice echoed loudest during an impromptu players-only meeting late Friday night in a Renaissance Marriott Hotel hallway - a meeting that might have sparked the Jayhawks to play with such passion in Saturday night's pulsating 82-80 overtime victory over top-rated Florida.
You know it's a big-time college basketball atmosphere when you have to peak outside at halftime to make sure Tropicana Avenue didn't suddenly transform itself into a network of independent coffeehouses and bookstores, if the bright lights and streams of hotels and casinos along The Strip weren't converted into a small college town surrounded by parks and locally owned shops.
Being better than the best on one night didn't make Kansas University the top team in college basketball, but it did cement what already was evident: The Jayhawks are better than they were a year ago.
Bob and Julie Luce weren't about to let a four-hour snow delay in Chicago ruin their streak. The couple had a flight in October scheduled from Columbia, S.C., to Kansas City, Mo., with a layover in Chicago. They had to get to Lawrence for an important event. "We haven't missed a Late Night in 18 years," Julie, 59, said.