Heading into last night's game, history was definitely on the Jayhawks' side. In the previous 11 match-ups KU had never lost to Texas A&M.
Last night's loss was not enough to deter the KU men's basketball team from holding its annual Special Olympics basketball clinic.
Tying up loose ends from Saturday's happenings at Allen Fieldhouse, which saw KU succumb an 11-point second half lead to a 17-4 Texas A&M run late, including a flurry of points from senior Acie Law. The win by the Aggies was the first time in 32 tries that a Big 12 South opponent had come to Allen Fieldhouse and left victorious.
Patrice Reado scored 18 points, and Danielle Gant had 15 points and 10 rebounds in No. 18 Texas A&M's 64-53 victory over Kansas on Saturday night. The Aggies (17-4, 7-2) won their fourth straight Big 12 game for the first time in school history. Reado, who came in averaging 7.5 points per game, was 8-of-10 from the floor.
It looked as though Texas A&M was trying to foul Sasha Kaun with KU up 64-61 and about 1:30 left on the clock. After Marlon Pompey was tangled up with Kaun more than once as KU dribbled up court, a foul finally was called and Kaun - a poor free-throw shooter - clanked the front end of the 1-and-1.
Digger Phelps, the old Notre Dame coach who was in town to do ESPN's GameDay show, isn't in his second profession to make friends. He's in it to say things that make him look smart. Phelps, who made his name by knocking off the favorites over and over again, sat in the rented trailer/office parked by the baseball field and talked about how he had taken notes while watching Kansas University games all season.
Kevin Durant got his points for Texas. Cartier Martin and Kansas State got the win. And in case anyone hadn't noticed yet, the Wildcats are now a legitimate threat to win the Big 12 under first-year head coach Bob Huggins.
True enough. He "drove it" earlier when his bucket and free throw after a Rush foul with 1:38 left sliced KU's six-point lead to 64-61. "I didn't think he'd shoot it," Rush said. "I thought he'd drive me. He hadn't made one (three) all day. I was laying off a bit. They say he's the best clutch player in the league. He proved it there." KU's Mario Chalmers missed a floater in the lane with 5.2 seconds left. Law was hacked after the rebound and cashed two free throws with five seconds to play. Chalmers missed a long possible game-tying three with two second remaining.
Sidney Lowe always knew how to beat North Carolina as a player. The first-year coach proved he could also top the Tar Heels from the sideline. The former North Carolina State point guard earned his first big victory as its coach when the Wolfpack upset No. 3 North Carolina, 83-79, on Saturday in just the kind of rivalry game he was hired to win.
Kansas University's women's tennis team dropped a nonconference match to Syracuse, 4-3, Saturday. Kansas opened doubles play by getting an 8-5 win from its No. 1 tandem of junior Elizaveta Avdeeva and sophomore Edina Horvath. Avdeeva and Horvath are now a perfect 5-0 in doubles play this spring.
Ryne Price collected two hits, including his second home run of the season, and drove in three runs as the Kansas University baseball team won its fourth straight game to open the 2007 season in a 10-1 victory Saturday against Hawaii-Hilo.
Kelsey Griffin scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead No. 22 Nebraska past No. 13 Baylor, 76-67, on Saturday. Nebraska opened the game with a 16-2 run and never trailed. Baylor cut the Huskers' lead to one at 32-31 with 3:03 remaining in the first half. But that was as close as the Bears could get. Baylor, shooting 45 percent this season, was held to 32 percent shooting.
Allen Fieldhouse is an eerie place after a Kansas University loss. It's not often that the end of a men's basketball game at the old barn is met with stunned silence, followed by a smattering of boos directed at the other team for excessive celebration. Texas A&M went wild after its 69-66 victory Saturday, gathering near center court and jumping around in a postgame party normally reserved for a national championship. Kansas fans felt it was a little too much, and without solicitation, Texas A&M standout Acie Law spoke up afterward to say he agreed.
Jamaal Tatum scored 18 points to lead Southern Illinois to a 54-46 win Saturday afternoon over Wichita State. The Salukis (19-5, 10-3 Missouri Valley Conference) have won five in a row and seven of their past nine. Tatum made 7 of 15 shots. Randal Falker and Matt Shaw scored 13 points apiece for Southern Illinois.
Bent backs, errant elbows and signs bouncing off the back of the head were just a few things that had to be tolerated if I were to enjoy the return of ESPN's College GameDay to Kansas University. But heck, things could have been worse. I could have been Patrick Wilson. A freshman at Texas A&M, Wilson traveled to Lawrence with his beloved Aggies and received a more than typical Allen Fieldhouse welcome from the fans during the pregame show.
With 7:15 left to play Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse, Sherron Collins canned a three-pointer from the top of the key that put Kansas University on top of Texas A&M by eight and seemed like another crucial blow to the Aggies' hopes of a late comeback. After swishing what would be his final made shot of the night, the freshman guard hardly could hold back the excitement and let it show with a grin.
Kansas University junior Egor Agafonov was named the male athlete of the meet Saturday at the Husker Invitational after throwing for a meet- record 74 feet, 3â4 inches in the weight throw - a mark that automatically qualifies him for the NCAA meet.
They slapped on the crimson and blue body paint early Saturday morning. By Saturday night, a day that seemed so right for Kansas University fans came to a crashing halt, as Texas A&M came from behind in the second half and defeated Kansas 69-66. ESPN viewers saw a lot of enthusiastic faces of KU fans throughout the day, but unfortunately the final images were of shocked and dejected Jayhawk supporters.