The first of two Sunflower Showdown men’s basketball games is at 1 p.m. Saturday in Lawrence (ESPN), where No. 9 KU will take on K-State. The Jayhawks have won 48 of their last 52 games against the Wildcats dating to 1994, including eight straight at Allen Fieldhouse.
Jamari Traylor, a redshirt junior, is averaging just 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds entering a matchup with Kansas State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse (ESPN). But Traylor has carved out a spot in the KU starting lineup mostly on his ability to play with energy and reel off the kind of hustle plays that spark a team on the floor and become viral sensations on Twitter.
Missouri junior Ryan Rosburg had played limited recently, but he scored eight off the bench and didn’t miss a shot in 25 minutes Thursday against No. 1 Kentucky. The Tigers face Mississippi at 3 p.m. Saturday in Columbia (Fox Sports KC).
The Missouri men’s basketball team has lost six straight games since opening SEC play with an overtime win against LSU. The Tigers face Mississippi at 3 p.m. Saturday in Columbia. The game will be shown on Fox Sports KC.
The Kansas City Royals’ annual FanFest begins Friday at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center. The two-day event includes appearances by the players, autograph sessions and interactive activities. Find hours, ticket information here.
The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday's Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case says they must leave the room if his name is mentioned.
Deon Jones hit the second of two free throws with two seconds left to play, giving Monmouth a four-point lead, 60-56 lead. It turned out to be the winning shot as K.J. Rose hit a three-quarter court, two-handed launch to pull Fairfield within one at the buzzer, 60-59 Friday night.
With his team 2-7 in the Big Ten - on pace to win half the conference games a year ago - coach Richard Pitino has gone a step further in trying to help block his players from the inevitable negativity that has followed the rocky first half of league play: