Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi familiar with Big 12

Islanders have faced Texas A&M, Oklahoma State


Texas A&M; University-Corpus Christi has played four games this young season — three against teams Kansas University will meet later on.

The Islanders of the Southland Conference have lost at home to Texas A&M;, 86-65, and on the road to Oklahoma State, 68-58.

On Sunday, Corpus Christi fell at Ohio University, 83-70. The Jayhawks will meet Ohio at 7 p.m. Friday in a Las Vegas Invitational contest at Orleans Arena in Glitter City.

“They’ve played a tough schedule so far,” KU coach Bill Self said of a team that also will travel to Marquette, Memphis and Texas Tech and meet Houston at home.

“That’s smart by Perry (Clark, coach) in my opinion, because the way to get into the NCAA Tournament is to win the league.

“What helps you win the league is (to) play good people. I guarantee you by the start of conference play they will be one of the best teams in the league with a chance to win it,” Self added on his Hawk Talk radio show.

The Islanders, who return four starters off last year’s 17-15 team (10-6 in SLC), are led by Demond Watt, a 6-7 senior from Chicago who averages 17.0 points and 10.8 rebounds a game. Watt exploded for a career-high 26 points off 11-of-13 shooting with five assists and five turnovers in Sunday’s loss at Ohio. Watt has hit 23 of 38 shots for 60.5 percent.

The team’s other double-digit scorer is Terence Jones, a 6-2 sophomore from Baltimore who averages 12.5 ppg.

Corpus Christi’s one victory this season came against Northeastern Oklahoma, 81-74. Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi’s enrollment is 9,468. The school is located in the Coastal Bend region of South Texas.

Selby note: KU freshman guard Josh Selby, who will make his collegiate debut against Southern California on Dec. 18 in Allen Fieldhouse, has made quite a positive impression at practice this season.

“He is a heck of a player, athletic, can get to the rim and create for others and himself,” senior Brady Morningstar said. “I’ve guarded a lot of players here. He’s as good as any I guarded. That’s the fun thing at practice. I come in saying, ‘I get to guard some NBA guys today.’’’

He compares Selby to Sherron Collins.

“He’s got a little dog (bite) in him. He’s from the city,” Morningstar said, noting Selby is from Baltimore; Collins from Chicago. “He likes the lights on him. Sherron had the crowd in his hands. When he told ‘em to stand, they’d stand. That’s the type of personality he had. Josh has a little of that in him, too. The way he plays, the fans will like it.”

Self was asked how he will use Selby in practice leading up to his debut.

“There’s probably not much reason for him to get lot of reps with the first group until we get back from New York (Dec. 7 game against Memphis),” Self said. “When we get back from New York, we still have Colorado State (Dec. 11) and then he can play the next game. I’m not too anxious to get him in there with that (first) group getting a lot of reps. The second group will be doing a lot of the same things the first group does.”

This, that: Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi is coached by Perry Clark (45-53, four seasons). Overall, former Tulane coach Clark is 295-252 in 19 seasons as a head coach. ... The schools are meeting for the first time ... KU is 2-0 against current membership of the Southland Conference. KU defeated Texas-San Antonio, 109-69, on Dec. 22, 1990, and Central Arkansas, 94-44, on Nov. 19, 2009, both in Allen.

Recruiting: Ben McLemore, a 6-5 guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., has not orally committed to KU or Missouri. His cousin told Monday that no decision would be made until after Thanksgiving.


Paul Brozik 10 years, 5 months ago

after thanksgiving? thanks for nothing. april is after thanksgiving.

lee3022 10 years, 5 months ago

Better to be sure before you commit, Ben. The opportunities and teaching style differ between the schools, as do the academics and campus life. For those of us who have attended KU, there is no finer place. But I respect a man who will not be pressured into an unsure decision.

As much as Josh will help us this year there is more than sufficient other talent on the team to beat anyone. The key for me is defense. Get that opponent FG% down below 40% where it belongs and this becomes a reality. I am not remembering much said about Josh's defense but he apparently has the physical skills to be good. The desire to impose his will on the opponent and dominate defensively is essential. Incidentally it is defense that gets rookies on the floor early in their NBA career. Without defense they must wait and learn. This is a big factor in the broad success of KU alums in the pro league.

jaybate 10 years, 5 months ago

"Some Other Things Ben McClemore Is Not Doing in Mouth of Wilson"

The LJW keeps reporting that BenMac is not yet committing in Mouth of Wilson, VA. Here are some other things the LJW might report that BenMac is not doing in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.

~Ben McClemore is not having a coney dog with XTReme Cheese at Mouth of Wilson Conies.

~Ben McClemore is not marrying anyone with dentures in Mouth of Wilson.

~Ben McClemore is not flossing with paramecia in Mouth of Wilson.

~Ben McClemore is not converting the bible to Base One machine language compatible with any major operating system used in Mouth of Wilson.

~Ben McClemore is not turning into a hermaphrodite driving a jeep through through Mouth of Wilson.

~Ben McClemore is not turning into a Na'vi riding a napalm-spewing dragon over the Cherokee National Forest near Mouth of Wilson.

~Ben McClemore is not attempting to canoe from Mouth of Wilson down the New River, thence down the Kanawha River, thence down the Ohio River, thence down the Mississippi River and thence to New Orleans to eat filet gumbo, cher.

~Ben McClemore is not marrying Dick Vitale in the Potato Creek Church near Mouth of Wilson.

~Ben McClemore is also not moving to the classified, orbiting space resort dubbed Club Space by the military elite that vacation there under a project code named Operation Mouth of Wilson.

But what Ben McClemore is doing is giving Mother McClemore all the time she needs to adjust to him coming to KU. :-)

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

jaybate 10 years, 5 months ago

"Multiple Choice Question From the Aggie Joke File"

Why did Texas A&M open a campus in Corpus Christi?

a) So tenured faculty had hope of escaping College Station.

b) To attract some students that were not into beastiality.

c) To start a degree track other than zoophiliology.

d) All of the above.

Gary McCullough 10 years, 5 months ago

The Corpus Christi campus is beautiful. Situated on the Gulf Coast, it has a beach on campus, as opposed to The Beach that got torn down for the Oread Hotel! A big plus: Gulf hurricanes get students excused absences from class!

jaybate 10 years, 5 months ago

This just in (and no joke):

Friend in Lawrence texts that Anschutz Pavillion next to Allen Field House is on fire. Three alarm blaze. As of this posting.

jaybate 10 years, 5 months ago

That's how comedy is. It works for those with senses of humor. Not for those without. :-)

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