Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith has seen teams wilt due to a lack of focus during the days before Thanksgiving throughout his 24-year head coaching career. His Red Raiders appeared to be doing the same in the waning moments of the first half Tuesday night.
No team in college basketball has made transfers work as well as Iowa State, and this year’s top newcomer is Bryce Dejean-Jones, who arrived after leading Nevada-Las Vegas in scoring. The Cyclones will play Alabama on Monday night in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center (about 8:30 on ESPN2).
Junior forward Perry Ellis helped the Jayhawks stake a 21-point lead during a dominating first half, then sat in foul trouble for most of the second while the Jayhawks fought off Rhode Island’s best efforts to make it a game. The Jayhawks prevailed 76-60 and on Friday will face the Tennessee Volunteers, who beat Santa Clara 64-57 in the tournament’s first game Thursday.
Bill Snyder has won many games as Kansas State’s football coach, and in the Big 12 era (since 1996), he’s won all 15 against programs that are breaking in a new coach. That’s the case with Saturday’s opponent, Kansas, led by interim coach Clint Bowen.
Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Thursday’s Orlando Classic game between the No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks and the Rhode Island Rams for live stats and updates from Rustin Dodd, The Star’s Kansas beat reporter, and other Star sportswriters and editors.
The Jayhawks open play in the Orlando Classic against Rhode Island on Thursday, and Kansas coach Bill Self is eager to see the team play with youthful joy and energy. Self calls this Kansas team the “youngest” he has had at Kansas, and while it’s standard operating procedure for college coaches to offer the usual invective about youth, Self means that his team is young in specific ways.
Looking overmatched, the Wildcats basketball team had its worst game in Hawaii on Wednesday and ended its trip with a fourth-place finish in the Maui Invitational after a 70-47 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers.