Rick Barnes arrived at Texas from Clemson and turned the Longhorns’ program into one of the best. But his last four years didn’t measure up to the first 13, and now he’s out according to several media reports.
Nothing says program and conference underachievement like teams explaining unexpected losses with mumbled responses and puffy eyes, and the Big 12 produced another sad locker room on Sunday with second-seeded Kansas’ stunning loss to seventh-seeded Wichita State.
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The Big 12 got seven teams in the NCAA Tournament, including five among the top five seeds. Only the ACC got as many on the top lines. Now, the Big 12 looks to reverse its NCAA Tournament fortunes, a losing record over the past two years.
Iowa State would prefer not to trail in games by double digits. But the Cyclones rode playing with a deficit all the way to a second consecutive Big 12 Tournament championship. Iowa State defeated Kansas 70-66, and this time the Cyclones shoveled out of a 17-point hole. That’s five straight victories, and in all five the Cyclones trailed by at least 10 points.
As the Big 12 Tournament party celebrations were shut down in the Power & Light District early Sunday morning, the clean-up crew moved in with only eight hours to wipe out every trace before Live Block restaurants opened for lunch.
It’s been apparent for some time now that this particular team is as matchup-dependent as any coach Bill Self has had in 12 seasons at KU. We knew that before this week, of course, so seeing it packed into three days at the Big 12 Tournament was a more reinforcement than revelation.
No. 9-ranked Kansas squandered a 17-point lead and watched No. 13 Iowa State sprint to the Big 12 Tournament championship with a 70-66 victory on Saturday night at the Sprint Center. After falling behind 40-23 in the early moments of the second half, Iowa State shot 51 percent in the final 20 minutes and dashed Kansas’ hopes for its first Big 12 Tournament title since 2013.
The Kansas basketball flame burns hot. White hot. So hot that when Bill Self was hired as coach 12 years ago next month, he touched his chair at his introductory news conference and joked that his hands burned.
KU football’s assistant coaching staff that will make a combined $2,279,000 million in 2015, according to salary information obtained by The Star. Last season, that number would have ranked sixth among the eight Big 12 schools that are required to disclose the salaries of employees.
Taylor Cox has officially been granted a sixth year of eligibility, Kansas coach David Beaty said on Thursday. Cox suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon before last season, his second straight season derailed by injury. Cox rushed 91 times for 464 yards during the 2012 season, but he used a medical redshirt in 2013 after being injured in Kansas’ first game.