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).
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. ESPN2 will telecast the game starting at 1 p.m. Central.
Perry Ellis punctuated a dominating first half with a one-handed dunk in transition as No. 11 Kansas stormed to a 43-25 lead over Rhode Island on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Orlando Classic. The Jayhawks caught fire from deep, hitting seven of 14 from three-point range, and shot 48.4 percent from the floor in the first half.
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.
Justin Edwards played his best game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday. The Maine transfer scored six points and grabbed six rebounds against Pittsburgh. That’s an improvement on the total of three points he had scored in his previous three games.
Kansas State is involved in another close game at the Maui Invitational. After one half of basketball, the Wildcats trail Pittsburgh 30-27 in the tournament’s third-place game. Thomas Gipson has led K-State with nine points, while Marcus Foster has scored seven.