During the Chiefs’ first seven games, wide receiver Junior Hemingway averaged nearly 12 offensive snaps; during the last five games, he’s averaged 16 offensive snaps. That may not seem like a big difference, but after spending practically all of last season on the Chiefs’ practice squad, the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder couldn’t be more pleased to see his role increase for a winning team.
The Chiefs will play at Washington on Sunday without three key starters. Offensive tackle Branden Albert, outside linebacker Justin Houston and tight end Anthony Fasano have been ruled out because of injuries.
On one end of the court, Thomas Gipson fought his way to the rim and made a contested layup. On the other, he blocked back-to-back shots and helped his teammates score in transition. The crowd at Bramlage Coliseum, easily the largest of the season, roared in approval. That sequence didn’t go down as the decisive moment in Kansas State’s 61-58 victory over Mississippi in Thursday’s Big 12/SEC challenge, but it might have been the most important.
Kansas State played in front of a large crowd for the first time on Thursday, and the 11,990 fans in attendance at Bramlage Coliseum made a noticeable difference.
As No. 4 Missouri’s opening match in the NCAA Tournament against the IUPUI Jaguars started Friday, intensity lingered on both sides of the net. The first set contained seven ties and three lead changes. So despite a three-set victory for the Tigers, MU coach Wayne Kreklow focused after the match on his team’s slow start.
Almost from the instant Missouri’s move to the Southeastern Conference became official 25 months ago, MU athletic director Mike Alden cautioned that a 30-month orientation period lay ahead. That all seems like distant history now after Missouri secured the SEC East title and will play for the conference championship Saturday in Atlanta against Auburn with an outside-but-legitimate chance for the national title.
Kansas junior Chelsea Albers’ career-high 17th kill couldn’t have come at a better time as her score was the final point in the Jayhawks’ victory against Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament Friday night.
For KU coach Bill Self, who spent the last week talking about playing with the right kind of energy and toughness, the reserved personalities of his young players can be a significant sound barrier. But when Kansas tips off against Colorado at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Self will insert freshman guard Frank Mason into the starting lineup for Naadir Tharpe, adding another quiet voice to the fray.
Truman returns plenty of talent after losing just one game last season.
St. Thomas Aquinas will be seeking to repeat as Class 5A champion.