A year ago, Kansas concluded its regular season by laying an egg in a blowout loss at Baylor. The Bears were a bubble team, and went on to win the NIT. So the scene on Saturday afternoon at West Virginia looked plenty familiar. West Virginia opened up a 50-38 halftime lead over No. 8 Kansas at WVU Coliseum.
The teenage basketball prodigy from Canada had been in West Virginia for just a few months when his host father came home with an idea. Andrew Wiggins was 16, quiet-natured and shy, content to spend his days playing video games on the Thomas familys Xbox. He gorged on microwaved Eggo waffles, and left shoes piled messily in his room. He was always smiling, unfailingly polite, but just didnt say much.
Missouri’s freshman class has had its ups and downs. That’s no surprise, because most freshmen battle inconsistency that first college season. But there is strong evidence that the 2013 freshman crop is the best the Tigers have had in quite a while.
Missouri has plenty at stake Saturday when it wraps up the regular season against Tennessee in Knoxville. The Tigers know it, and coach Frank Haith isn’t downplaying it.
When Kansas State honors its seniors before their final home game on Saturday, much of the applause at Bramlage Coliseum will be reserved for Will Spradling and Shane Southwell. But don’t forget Omari Lawrence, who has left his own subtle mark on the program.
If Kansas State beats Baylor on Saturday in the regular-season finale, the Wildcats will go undefeated at home in Big 12 play for the first time. The game tips off at 12:30 p.m. and will air on KMCI (Ch. 38).
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.
Suspended South Carolina coach Frank Martin apologized to fans for his harsh words aimed at Gamecocks point guard Duane Notice in the loss to No. 1 Florida this week.
Although critics dismiss his ballyhooed collection of would-be stars as finished, John Calipari declared Kentucky's season far from over on Friday.
UMKCs basketball team returns home tonight, but its a temporary new residence, the Independence Center. The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association is playing its tournament this week at Municipal Auditorium, where the Kangaroos usually play their home games.
Harrison, the freshman from Kansas City, turned in his best game of the season, scoring a season-best 31 points, including 22 of the Kangaroos’ 45 in the second half as they won 85-80 at Grand Canyon University.