Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Heading to the Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament? Dont forget to fuel up before the game. These 12 restaurants are within a half mile of the Sprint Center.
In this edition of "Holding Court with Blair Kerkhoff," The Star's Blair Kerkhoff talks with Kathy Nelson, the president of the Kansas City Sports Commission, about what the Big 12 mens basketball tournament means to Kansas City. The tournament action gets underway Wednesday night. Kansas and Kansas State begin play Thursday.
Kansas City, as you may know, has no NBA team. But this week the city will be a site to view future NBA talent, perhaps top talent if draft projections are considered.
Kansas State freshman Marcus Foster, an unheralded recruit from Wichita Falls, Texas, has indeed made a name for himself this year. Still, Foster understands his future will only remain bright if he learns to do more. That means developing into a complete player, a process that will require work and improvement. Not just as a sophomore or as an upperclassman — right now.
KU’s Andrew Wiggins, the Big 12’s freshman of the year, may be the future of Canadian basketball. But he’s just one of many northern exports that will be on display this week during the Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center. Here’s a look at The Star’s All-Canadian Big 12 team — and how it would compare to an American counterpart.
Iowa State will make its first appearance in the CBE Classic in November. The Cyclones will join Maryland, Alabama and Arizona State at the Sprint Center on Nov. 24-25.
The best week of sports in Kansas City is here. It may not be what it once was, without Missouri, but this is still the best weve got: fans from 10 schools, most notably Kansas and K-State, filling the Sprint Center for three days of basketball, which means three or four nights of action all across town.
Crews are busy setting up the basketball festival on Grand Boulevard in front of the Sprint Center, where the Big 12 Tournament will tip off Wednesday.
Before the Big 12 men's basketball tournament tips off Wednesday at the Sprint Center, the league's coaches, including KU's Bill Self, spoke Monday morning on a teleconference. Check out a replay of the highlights.
The Star, the Big 12 coaches and The Associated Press have released their all-conference teams. KU’s Andrew Wiggins took The Star’s player of the year honor but Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim was the coaches’ and the AP’s top player.
The Associated Press All-Big 12 men's basketball team for the 2013-14 season as chosen by a panel of media representatives who cover the conference on a regular basis, with players listed in alphabetical order by name, school, class, height, weight and hometown:
The Big 12 mens basketball tournament starts Wednesday at the Sprint Center. Here is a printable bracket.
The Star picks Kansas freshman wing Andrew Wiggins and Florida senior guard Scottie Wilbekin as the players of the year in the Big 12 and SEC, respectively.
Kansas had the rare opportunity to celebrate a win over Baylor earlier this season. On Saturday afternoon, the Bears made sure it did not happen again.
KU's Andrew Wiggins scored 41 points and had eight rebounds and five steals to help lead a comeback from 25 points down in the second half, but the No. 8 Jayhawks fell short in a 92-86 loss to West Virgina in Morgantown.
Iowa State students teased Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart on Saturday by doing a "mass flop" in the stands at Hilton Coliseum when the Cowboys' star was introduced by the public address announcer before the game.
The Jayhawks end the Wildcats season with 87-84 overtime victory.
The Big 12 and the Sprint Center announced Wednesday that tickets for the conference’s men’s basketball tournament March 12-15 have officially sold out. The Big 12 men’s tournament has sold out every year it has been held in the Sprint Center — in 2008 and from 2010 through this year.
Several streets near the Sprint Center will be closed this week for the Big 12 Mens Basketball Championship tournament. According to the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association.
Beer and wine will be available inside Sprint Center for next week’s Big 12 Championship.